10 Technologies for Better Education

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"10 Ways Technology Has Made Education Better and More Inclusive" (online article) lists ten aspects of technology that can 

1. Online Classes 

  • With mycourseline/D2L, both on-campus and online courses can benefit from the full range of "online learning" options.
  • Contact the Teaching Commons to see how your classes can benefit from online 

2. Open Educational Resources:

3. Online Study Help

  • "Many [i]nstitutions are providing personalized study help to the students.
  • "These include providing appropriate study materials, assignment, and project help to the students so that they can improve their academic performances."
  • Check out "Ask - Chat with a Librarian."

4. Webinars and Video Streaming

  • Video streaming can "deliver ... ideas and knowledge to the students."
  • "[W]ebinars: seminars over the web ... are much more interactive than the traditional seminars as students can discuss and ask questions at the same time."
  • Check out YouSeeU and "virtual classroom" (under "Other Tools" in your mycourselink/D2L site).

5. Podcast

  • "Podcasts are digital audio files that can be downloaded by the user."
  • "This gives students a flexibility to learn and revise the study material anytime, anywhere."

6. Laptops, Tablets, and Smart Phones

  • "[N]ew software and technology ... enhance[s] the teaching and learning experiences," bringing e-notes, portable presentations, apps, in-class polling, group games, etc. to the classroom. 

7. Presentation Software

  • Enrich your lectures with "high-resolution pictures, diagrams, video clips, and text which keeps the student engaged throughout the classes."

8. Online Course Management Tools

  • Use mycourselink/D2L to "organiz[e] ... resources and class contents ...post class materials and course syllabus ... record grades, share announcements, and discuss various topics with the class students."
  • "Students can also post assignments and access the materials provided by the teachers."

9. Lecture Capturing Tools

  • "[R]ecord [your] lectures and make them available digitally to the students through the web."
  • Check out Camtasia.

10. Online Collaboration Tools

  • These tools "allow the students and teachers to share information, discuss and brainstorm ideas over the same platform."
  • "Students can work together on projects and solve different problems."
  • "These tools can also be used for time management, workflow routing, milestones, and calendaring by the teachers as well as students."
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