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Teaching with technology

On Thursday 10 January 2013 I was invited to give a presentation to The University of Hull History Department on teaching with technology. It was at the Hull History Centre. My presentation included a live demonstration of using Socrative and GradeMark, both of which are online tools. Socrative is a student response system that can be accessed from any internet-enabled device. I have a bunch of iPod Touch’s that I hand out to students, and in this case academics! GradeMark is a part of the Turnitin suite and is used for online marking. You may not know anything about these products so I thought I’d post my Keynote slides to give you an overview of what they do. There’s more information on GradeMark because I actually used Socrative during the presentation, rather than just talking about it. One of the things that frustrates me about teaching and learning conferences is that everyone talks about new ways of teaching, and yet at those conferences you just sit passively in large lecture halls! So, I thought I’d practice what I preach. Anyway, I hope the slides are of some use. I tend not to put much on my slides and so talk around them.

I also talked about my use of iOS apps in class including Papers, which is like iTunes for PDF files. I also talked about my iOS programming and how I’ve developed a number of apps that I use in class including TimeMotion (activity analysis) and First Class (marking). First Class is an app I developed for use by staff within my department to mark posters during our annual Student Thesis Conference. In previous years we used carbonised paper and it was all a bit of a mess. So, I decided we needed a 21st century approach. Each academic was given an iPod Touch with the app installed. They could then walk around each poster and mark it simply by moving the sliders. The final mark was automatically weighted and was emailed to the module leader. They could also take a photo of the poster.

If you have any questions about my presentation then just ask. I’m happy to talk! You can download the presentation as a PDF by clicking here.

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