As a university professor, I have often heard my colleagues lament over the challenges their students present regarding repetition of information. We seem to find ourselves having the same conversation with different students time and time again. What if we could leverage our time and clone ourselves? What if we could be available to our students whenever and wherever they wanted us, virtually?
Technology offers such a solution with the creation of the blog. Think of the blog as technology that tutors 24/7. I started my blog in January of 2011 as an effort to create content once with the intent of using again and again in my classes. Welcome to the world of the blog where some of my efforts as a professor are now scalable. I can create a video (with transcript), embed on my blog, and simply provide the link to my students as the need or topic may arise in my class discussions. With a quick click of a mouse, I simply copy and paste the link and . . . Voila! I have now created a permanent supplemental teaching tool, i.e. with me as the teacher in the video using technology that tutors.
Please join me on this journey as I offer a path to shorten your learning curve with increased efficiency in teaching methods as we look to the blog with 7 ways to save time by using the blog as a teaching tool.
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As faculty, we are challenged with addressing all the needs of our students, while keeping the three main teaching strategies in mind: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Using the blog offers us the ability to appeal to our students to advance their learning as part of their effective learning strategies.
For visual learners, the ability to integrate videos, graphics, and text offers an opportunity to connect teaching concepts with content delivery. Technology also affords students the ability to watch videos again and again, or reread text blog posts over and over to reinforce learning through repetition.
By varying our teaching strategies, we can also create and maintain interest and engagement for a student to avoid boredom, apathy, and lack of excitement. Think of the possibilities if we faculty learn to use technology that can tutor our students as well as to increase the love of learning as part of the process.
Please share your practices as I would love to learn more!
Our focus is regarding teaching strategies that integrate technology in the classroom. There are many wonderful tools available to facultyfrom Jing and VoiceThread to Screencast and Animoto. Since January 2011, I created a system that uses the blog as a way to enhance my teaching strategies to make my classes more interesting and exciting, as well as a way to more effective use my time.
The secret is using the blog as my personal teaching library. I create either a blog post or video once, and then use these over and over in future classes as the need may arise.
Technology now offers faculty the ability to clone themselves to offer students the ability to reinforce lessons in a way that aligns with their learning style. The student is now more in control of their learning when and where that is most convenient for them, as often as they like.
We look forward sharing tips and best practices for technology in the classroom in the weeks ahead.