I love integrating technology into my daily lessons. This is what we do as business educators; always trying to think outside the box and stay up on new tools. As I redesign my course for the Cadre, I am reminded about some tools I have used in the past and I would like to incorporate them again.
I have used this for infographics or conceptual models. I would like to use an infographic in lieu of a research paper about careers this time. To the right is a visual representation I created to share with students so they would see the benefit of taking the Preparing for College and Careers course.
How would you like to take a survey/poll during your presentation? Mentimeter is able to be embedded in a PowerPoint and students can use their phone to answer the survey and you get a graphic instantly to see the results. This would be great as a formative assessment. I have used this with adults when I give presentations. It is great feedback.
HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma)
When I taught computer applications back in the day, students would have to design flyers. This got boring year after year so I decided to work with the first grade teachers to have my students develop “self-help” posters. These posters covered things like “how to tie your shoe”, “how to wash your hands”, “how to cough into your elbow”, and other things that are useful for first graders to know. My students still got experience creating a “flyer” of sorts and then they added the augmented reality piece by using the flyer as the trigger image and then overlay videos they created. We printed the flyer in color on cardstock and presented them to the first grade teachers. The teachers hung the flyer low in the classroom so the students could use an iPad or other device to make the magic happen. The teachers loved the inclusion of technology and my students got a new take on making flyers. I would like to use Augmented Reality again as part of my Canvas course and the Cadre.
I have created several “breakout” boxes in the past for my classes or presentations I’ve done that required either wooden boxes or toolboxes to house the clues, and multiple locks. This was costly as you can imagine especially if you need multiple breakouts going on at the same time. The folks that created the BreakoutEDU boxes in the first place discovered teachers making digital versions so they have tried to get in front of this movement by creating “digital breakouts” and offer this as a service. The FAP used a digital breakout to teach the freshmen about the Academies in the high school. The game was a different way for the students to learn the content. It was time consuming to create, but once you have it, you’ll always have it. Click HERE to play the Academy Breakout. Add your name and this code Q2O-XYY-1QR to play. Let me know if you have any trouble and I’ll work with you directly to try the Digital BreakoutEDU. I would like to incorporate this as a “station” or rotation as part of one of the units in my course.
Give one or all of these suggestions a try and let me know what you think.
Today's thoughts come to us from Ms. Dena Irwin. Dena is an Indiana State University graduate with a BS in Business Education. She is currently finishing her Master’s in Career and Technical Education from Purdue University. Dena has taught since 1994 at the secondary and post-secondary levels. She has had many leadership roles in organizations and presented at local, regional, state, and national conferences. Prior to coming to Pike, Dena served as Indiana’s State Specialist for Business Education.