Beth Hundey

Musings and professional dossier of an educator, geographer, and educational developer

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Reflection: Technology in teaching

There are many reasons why instructors use new technology in their teaching

  • It’s shiny and new, it’s fancy! Of course I want to use it!
  • If I don’t do it, I’ll be a dinosaur.
  • My students are using technology that is alien to me – I better pick up on it so I can speak their language.

Why do you choose any of the teaching methods that you use? Why do you sometimes pick up chalk or a marker instead of showing a downloaded image? Why do you demonstrate how to do something rather than give a handout? I’m sure you have your reasons, and your teaching methods that involve technology need good reasons too!

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Collaborative Mind-Mapping Sesh a Succesh!

I’m not sure how other educators decide when to incorporate active learning, but for me the process goes something like this:

Not total chaos...

Not total chaos…

In sum, I generally develop/ incorporate active learning activities to deal with the boring-lecture-problem, rather than start off with active learning activities that I’m dying to incorporate. ¬†This might explain why I use the most random mix of active learning activities, many of which don’t have names (that I know of).

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