Classroom Technology Blog

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Join the Office of Instructional & Research Technology for a day focused on teaching and technology. At the 2015 OIRT Showcase: Cultivating Interactive Learning, held on December 4 at the Rutgers Business School on Livingston Campus, guests are invited to attend sessions aligned along three tracks: "Best Practices for a Quality Course," "Moving Beyond the Lecture," and "Group Work & Collaboration." At the TechXpo, you can check out popular... Continued
Keynote, Pages, and Numbers icons
Mac users, rejoice! The iWorks suite is now installed on all Digital Classroom Podiums and Flip-Tops. iWorks includes three popular applications. Keynote is the Apple version of PowerPoint, used to create and give slide-based presentations. Numbers is a spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft's Excel. Finally, Pages is a word-processing document. These applications may be accessed in the blue applications folder located in the dock on Digital Classroom Systems. The programs will automatically open if you select a Keybote, Numbers, or... Continued
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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... Continued
A student asks a global health expert at the UN a question.
This semester, DCS helped connect students in Tillett Hall Room 257 with leading medical experts at the United Nations. Using the Digital Classroom Podium and video chat equipment, Prof. Francis Barchi's "Global Health Perspectives" class was joined by three special guest speakers as part of the Rutgers-U.N. program. Connecting via Skype, these global leaders in health working out of the U.N. headquarters in New York were able to discuss their fields of expertise and answer questions from students. For more information about these classes, check out the... Continued
Bar graphs on a podium
Online polling technology is a newer way of communicating with students in the classroom. Many instructors use these tools to conduct quizzes, take attendance, and gauge the class’s understanding of a topic. iClicker is one of the most popular devices used on campuses today, but web-based polling offers a hardware-free method that some instructors find more convenient and cost effective. There are several free polling options available online to meet the varying needs of different classes. In this article, we will take a look at a few of the more commonly used sites. Three web-based polling methods that are gaining in popularity are Poll Everywhere, Socrative, and Piazza.  Using all three... Continued