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Leveraging Student Laptops and Smart Phones – Some Resources

Posted by on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in News.

What questions do you have about making productive use of your students’ laptops and smart phones? Submit them here via Google Moderator.

Below you’ll find some resources relevant to today’s CFT workshop, “Wireless in the Classroom: Strategies for Leveraging Student Laptops and Smart Phones.”

  • CFT “Wireless in the Classroom” Teaching Guide – This guide includes questions to consider when developing course policies about wireless in the classroom, as well as sample syllabus statements and strategies for leveraging students’ mobile devices in the classroom.
  • Vanderbilt School of Engineering TransIT – This site provides general and technical information on the School of Engineering’s TransIT laptop initiative.
  • Turning Technologies’ ResponseWare – ResponseWare, from VU’s clicker vendor, allows students to respond to in-class “clicker” questions using any Web-enabled device, such as laptops and smart phones. See this CFT guide for more information on using ResponseWare at Vanderbilt.
  • The Twitter Experiment at UT-Dallas – This five-minute video was produced by a grad student at UT-Dallas. It describes the ways that history professor Monica Rankin used Twitter as a backchannel tool during class discussions.
  • Twitter Symbiosis: A Librarian, a Hashtag, and a First-Year Seminar – Baylor University faculty member Gardner Cambell, librarian Ellen Filgo, and undergraduate Alexis Tracy share their experiences using Twitter in a seminar in this archived presentation from the 2009 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative conference.
  • Backchannel in Education – Nine Uses – CFT assistant director Derek Bruff blogs regularly about classroom response systems, including clickers and backchannel tools. This post features a taxonomy of ways of using backchannel tools in the classroom.
  • Google Moderator – Google Moderator is a free tool you can use to have students submit questions or comments, then vote each other’s submissions up or down. This allows the questions most pressing to the most students to rise to the top. See, for example, questions from today’s workshop.
  • Berkman Center’s Live Question Tool – The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at the Harvard School of Law makes available a free online tool for handling Q&A during events. It works much like Moderator except that Google accounts are required.

Also, you’re invited to participate in our virtual brownbag tomorrow 12:15 to 1:00 pm, “Tools for Creating a Backchannel in Your Classroom,” facilitated by CFT educational technologist Rhett McDaniel. Registration required.

Image: “IMG_4590” by Flickr user bionicteaching, Creative Commons licensed.

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