Every Summer, the Educational Technology team hosts a series of all-day Professional Development Workshops designed to develop Wilmington University’s teaching and technology skills. Last year’s theme was the Technology Carnival, but this year’s theme is the “Tech Invasion 2012” (fitting in with the supposed Maya predictions of the end of the world in 2012).
The Tech Invasion will take place from 9:30am-3:00pm on Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26 at the Wilson Graduate Center. Faculty will learn a variety of topics, ranging from Blackboard Skills to learning the latest Web Technologies like Screencast-o-matic and Voki.
A free lunch will be served for faculty members who attend the Tech Invasion.
Knowledge is power, and we want you to be powerful and prepared for the impending invasion. Below is a tentative schedule of the workshops - ALL off the workshops below will be held on both days. Please click here to register to attend!
Techno Tricks in Zero Gravity
Multimedia is a large part of the teaching experience that has exploded in Blackboard over the past few years. This workshop will look at the role multimedia plays and cloud storage plays in in Blackboard. Evernote, Drop Box, Download Helper, and Online-Convert will be shown in this workshop.
The SMARTBoard is a piece of classroom technology that is gaining in popularity at Wilmington University. The premise is so simple, yet it can enhance the classroom experience immensely. You don’t have to change the way you teach. You can still use PowerPoint and the Web like you do now, but adding some SMARTBoard pizazz makes your class much more engaging to the students. Enjoy this “audience participation” workshop and see how the SMARTBoard could enrich the way to approach teaching.
Blackboard Basic Bots
This workshop is a pre-requisite for the advanced course, as well as the HOT training. This preparatory session will introduce faculty and staff to the Blackboard Learning System environment, general navigation, and core tools used in the teaching and learning process. You can then move on to the Advanced section of the online training.
Interdimensional Student Communication
Engage your students with a variety of ways to communicate in your course. Students can achieve more through in-depth conversations, relationship building and problem solving using the interactive tools available in Blackboard. This workshop will look at the many tools available for communicating with your students to keep them involved in your course.
Become a Prezi Probot
Make your ideas come to life with Prezi - a free website used to create engaging online presentations. It is quickly gaining popularity as Prezi tends to capture an audience’s attention more than a traditional slide-based presentation tools (i.e., PowerPoint). This workshop will introduce you to how to create a Prezi. We’ll review how to use design templates, link frames together, layer and zoom, insert YouTube videos, and more!
Supernova Screen Video Capture
Learn how use screencast-o-matic.com, a free online screen capture software, to create a 15 screencast video. Using a sample script and presentation, you’ll participate in narrating a mock lecture capture.
At the end of this hands-on workshop, you will have:
- Practicing the steps of reading from a script to narrate a PowerPoint presentation.
- Review the process of editing out mistakes such as ‘ums’ or long pauses.
- Learned the options to export your video to YouTube, Screencast-o-matic, or download the file.
This session will demonstrate how to use the Student Response System, also known as “Clickers”. We will cover the steps of creating polling using TurningPoint2008 and Turning Point Anywhere software. Clickers provide a means of anonymous quizzing and immediate feedback. Students enjoy the interactivity and are enthusiastic to use Clickers in the classroom!
Galactic Game Based Learning
Make learning fun by exploring options to liven up the online or face-to-face class! Learn how to deliver some memorable learning opportunities by creating games, puzzles and trivia. We will explore the pedagogy of game based learning and make actual games to play in the classroom using the SMARTBoard and Internet sites.
Orbiting in Web 2.0
We will explore some free Web 2.0 sites. Teachers might find a voice tool to use, or find tools for students to create amazing projects. We will explore as many classroom Web 2.0 Tools as we can in one hour!