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iTecs Innovative Ideas

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February 28, 2009

Welcome to the iTecs news blurb, a weekly note of ideas for using technology in instruction and to enhance your professional life. We'll keep it simple and brief, but feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule time to work with us.





Educational Ideas



Professional Ideas
This issue focuses on the utilization of technological devices and Internet websites to collect data from your students. Clickers and polleverywhere.com are the two examples highlighted in this issue of Innovative Ideas.

A clicker is a small electronic device that enables the user to provide a response to a receiver normally attached to a facilitator or teachers’ computer.

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Why use a clicker?
- Clickers provide classroom teachers with a device that will enable them to assess students in an immediate, private, and personalized manner. Questions can be pre-determined or created during a lesson. It can also be integrated with PowerPoint files that can be shared with other teachers.

Best practices for using clickers:

http://www4.uwm.edu/ltc/srs/faculty/best_practices.cfm
Clickers are available for checkout from the TIES office in Room 133. Before using clickers, though, you have to download clicker software on to your computer. The software allows you to create a clicker database for your class, as well as, create a clicker quiz or assessment which can be integrated into a PowerPoint presentation. Go to the following website for the free download:
http://www.einstruction.com/Downloads/index.cfm
Specifics for the download:
Select PC full release if you are a PC user
Select Mac full release if you are a Mac user
Download will take at least 20 minutes

Another excellent application for collecting data and integrating a student response system into your classroom teaching and professional practice is with the following site:
http://www.polleverywhere.com/
Poll Everywhere allows data to be collected using cell phones and/or with a laptops.

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Poll Everywhere is free for classes with up to 32 students per section. Click here (K-12 or Higher Ed) to find out more and learn why Poll Everywhere is great for educators.
According to the Poll Everywhere website the following is a list of benefits which are available using Poll Everywhere:
  • Increase classroom participation and attentiveness
  • Encourage risk-taking with anonymous student responses
  • Elicit diverse opinions when there isn't a correct answer
  • Expose social misconceptions
  • Gauge student comprehension of material immediately
  • Grab students with thought-provoking opening questions
  • Allow students to provide instructor feedback
  • Automate taking attendance
  • Assess last night's reading with a quick quiz
  • Strengthen retention
  • Utilize its capabilities outside the classroom for professional development, student-run presentations, talent shows, battle of the bands, company presentations, student government, or community forums.
Source: http://www.polleverywhere.com/sms-classroom-response-system
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Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs)

We are three graduate assistants at Michigan State University who aid the Teacher Education faculty and instructors in using technology to teach subject matter in pedagogically effective ways in their classes. We are available for meeting with teams or individual instructors or assisting with classes. More information can be found on our iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu.

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Issues will be archived on the iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu/newsletters. Be sure to browse for other ideas there!
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Comments? More ideas? Feedback?

Respond via email or click on the Discussion tab above to add your input to this issue.

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Innovation with Technology in Education Consultants (iTecs)

We are three graduate assistants at Michigan State University who aid the Teacher Education faculty and instructors in using technology to teach subject matter in pedagogically effective ways in their classes. We are available for meeting with teams or individual instructors or assisting with classes. More information can be found on our iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu.

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If you would like to be taken off the iTec Innovative Ideas list, please email us. If you know someone who would like to be added, have them email us at msuitecs@gmail.com and they will receive our next Innovative Ideas.

Issues will be archived on the iTecs wiki, http://itecs.wiki.educ.msu.edu/newsletters. Be sure to browse for other ideas there!
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