Instructional Technology and Media Design
Technology and media are useful tools to increase student participation while also documenting their work overtime. Below I highlight three examples of technologies and media platforms I use most frequently for classroom instruction.
I use collaborative notes for classroom instruction as a way to keep students engaged using technology. I can keep track of students' participation during class and also track student participation outside of class time using the history function in Google Docs. Collaborative notes is a great way to document student work, and gestures to them that I trust they will use laptops productively in class.
Polls and Chats
Poll Everywhere and Backchannel Chat are useful tools to use when presenting content to my students. I have used both platforms while giving lectures and leading classroom discussions. Students can log on or use their cell phones to answer polls, ask questions, and/or post content online. I typically project polls and backchannels on a screen so students can see in real time their comments and responses. Some course management systems like Canvas, for example, also has a chatroom feature.
Social media platforms play a major role in my teaching. In addition to teaching about how people and communities leverage social media in their daily lives, I also use social media platforms, like Twitter, Instagram, and Spotify to engage students in discussions and document their work outside of class. Twitter for example is a great way to crowdsource current and former students' ideas and resources, and also allow for course content to engage the outside world.