At DCS's 2nd Annual Showcase: Unplugging from the Podium, we demonstrated several classroom tools designed to help instructors get out from behind the podium and engage their students. Our Instructional Technology Supervisors discussed ways to control the podium remotely, methods of wireless student and faculty projection, ways of using Nearpod to connect with and poll students, and video conferencing. We covered a lot in our two-hour showcase and invited faculty to pilot these teaching methods in the coming year. Weather you attended the Showcase or not, we have provided information below about each topic and what you need to know to try it out yourself.
Controlling the Podium Remotely
One of the first rules of presenting states that the presenter is the presentation, not the slides. By using hardware or software options to remotely control presentations, instructors can get out from behind the podium to give a more dynamic presentation that commands students' attention. DCS is offering several hand-held hardware options that enable instructor to control computer presentations while walking around the room. We are also piloting a software solution that allows faculty to see and operate the podium from their mobile device.
Wireless projection facilitates presentation and collaboration. By connecting to projectors wirelessly, instructors and students can present materials from anywhere in the room, without having to struggle with wires and adapters. Wireless projection also enables the sharing of multiple laptops at once. This can be used by instructors to monitor and compare group work. DCS is currently piloting two methods of wireless projection.
Engaging Your Students with Nearpod
Nearpod is a web-based application that allows instructors to send slide presentations to student devices, poll the class, and more. Nearpod can be used in classrooms with wireless internet. Contact James Kizhnerman, DCS's Instructional Technology Supervisor for College Avenue, with Nearpod questions and to identify rooms with sufficient wireless.
Nearpod can also be used on tablets, enabling the instructor to freely move around the room while conducting class. For instructors that are interesting in trying Nearpod on an iPad, DCS is offering three iPads for use in the upcoming summer or fall semesters.
Video conferencing can be used to bring in guest lecturers from around the world, enable instructor to teach remotely, and provide a way for students who cannot be in-class to connect to their classroom. Video conferencing allows presenters to be seen, heard, and to share computer presentations. DCS is piloting several different video conference solutions. To help identify the right solution for your class, contact Dave Wyrtzen, Associate Director for Faculty Training and Outreach.
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