Enhancements for the Sage on the Stage

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.07.14 AMFace-to-face lecture based teaching methods make up the vast majority of courses delivered at most post-secondary institutions and yet much of the focus and technical support systems in place an emphasis on online and distributed learning designed classes. But what about the Sage on the Stage? Are they doomed to be the lecturing luddite year after year?

Nearpod, an iOS app, gives the lecturing professor some tools for a more engaging and participatory face-to-face experience and a way to keep those mobile devices busy with focused content during class time.

How It Works
· Teachers use Nearpod to share content with their students and to manage the flow of the lecture.
· Students use Nearpod on their iOS devices to receive multimedia content and to participate in engaging assessment and collaboration activities.


Nearpod allows teachers to:
1. Create Content: Teachers log in to www.nearpod.com to create multimedia presentations with interactive features such as quizzes, videos, polls, drawing tools, and more.
2. Engage: In the classroom, teachers log into the Nearpod iPad app to share content with their students and manage the flow of the lecture. Students use the Nearpod app on their iOS devices to receive curricular content, participate in activities and submit responses.
3. Assess: Teachers can see students’ answers in real time on the Nearpod app. Additionally, teachers can log in to www.nearpod.com to access post-session data and obtain detailed activity reports.

Kind of a cool way to make your “on stage performance” more of a collaborative learning experience.  mzl.zxaaezrr.320x480-75Students can follow along the presentation on their devices and then be asked to participate in surveys, web quests, quizzes, or collaborative brainstorming techniques. This sounds like a great tool to me to use in a large classroom where you want to use a flipped model of delivery or just to spice up the old thespian lecture.

Best of all the app comes in at my favorite price point, $0. Go get it and give it a go.

TCC for Free

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 8.18.02 AMI’ve been attending Hawaii’s Online “Technology, Colleges and Community” Conference again over the last few days. Amazing as usual. Probably the best educational technology conference I go to every year. With an international selection of speakers on a wide variety of topics. The only down side is I don’t get to sit on the Hawaiian beaches sipping coconuts while I do it. I think this is my third or fourth year in a row. This year TCC is offering a few sessions for free so if you get a chance and want a taste of this great conference then check out the links below.

Multisensory Internet Learning Using Five Senses (Adrian David Cheok)
April 18, 2:00 PM, JST (Japan Standard Time)

The MOOC: What we know and have learned about MOOCs to date (Veronica Diaz)
April 18, 6:00 PM, MST (Mountain Standard Time)

Tools Trends and Strategies for Successful Distributed Learning

David Trottier, ICT U of S, and I presented some tools and strategies for online learning at this years Tech Week here at the U of S. Here is a video and a link to the Prezi of our presentation. Although we got cut off part way through due to the room being double booked. Doh! Sorry for the possible Condom commercial that is sure to preface the presentation, but it’s best to be safe. 😉
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EdTech Saskatchewan

EdTech Saskatchewan

Alec Couros has started a Google + group for Saskatchewan Educators interested in Educational Technology. Its a fast growing community with lots of opportunity for collaboration innovation. Membership is simple. Ask and ye shall receive. Already there are 48 members and I suspect that this will be an active community considering the participants. Check it out and join in the Ed Tech Fun!!!