Teaching with Technology: Trends, Tools and Tips

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This session will explore questions, concerns, and myths that faculty and administrators often have concerning the use of technology in education. We will discuss how technology is being used today in higher education and share ideas and specific technology tools that faculty can incorporate into their teaching to enhance the learning experience for their students.

Our Students...

  • 81% of students report using technology every day
  • 75% of students on campus own a laptop (2007, via ars technica)
  • 76% of students own a portable music/video device (2007, via ars technica)

Teens and Mobile Phones

  • 75% of 12-17 year-olds own cell phones
  • 72% of all teens, or 88% of teen cell phone users, are text-messagers
  • 50% of teens send 50 or more text messages a day; 30% send more than 100 texts a day

College Students and Mobile Phones

  • 99.8% of college students own one or more cell phones
  • 49% of phone-owning students have smartphones, up from 38% in October 2009 and 27% in February 2009
  • 97% of students use text messaging as their main form of communication, 30% use email, 27% use instant messaging
  • 90% of smartphone owners use their phones to access the Internet
  • 87% of smartphone owners take and send videos 

21st Century Campus: Defining the Vision

Findings below from the CDW-G 21st-Century Campus Report (2009) examining the current and future role of technology in higher education. CDW-G surveyed more than 1,000 college students, faculty and Information Technology (IT) staff members to understand their respective perceptions of campus technology.

Access defines the 21st-century campus

  • Students, faculty and IT staff agree that the 21st-century campus is defined by access--wireless access, resource access and access to each other

Importance of campus technology skyrockets for students

  • Students increasingly associate educational value with campus technology; 81% use technology every day to prepare for class, up from 63% in 2008
  • Despite the critical imporance of technology to students, 45% say it is full integrated into their curriculum, down from 54% in 2008

Faculty and students do not see eye-to-eye on technology use

  • Faculty rather their use and understanding of technology as high, but students disagree with that assessment
  • Students rate faculty lack of tech knowledge as the biggest obstacle to classroom technology integration and see it as a growing problem

Looking ahead, students and faculty lack confidence in institutions' workforce preparation

  • Just 32% of students and 22% of faculty strongly agree that their college/university is preparing students to successfully use technology when they enter the workforce

Tenets of the Education Offered to our Students

  • Integration of faith and learning
  • Formation of mature Christian character and spiritual life
  • Inculcation of a strong, fervent interest in the goal of world evangelism
  • Commitment to ethnic and gender diversity while preparing students for leadership and ministry in a diverse and globally interdependent world
  • Development of loyalty to the doctrines and principles of the Assemblies of God
  • Preparation of leaders for the Kingdom of God and the Assemblies of God

Why Technology?

Question posed: Why should faculty incorporate technology in their teaching?
  • "Learn from other like-minded professionals to share, support, and keep sanity" (via @TomGavin)
  • "Why? That is a reflection of the digital age. I say, why not? (via @dpeter)
  • "Stimulate learning, simulate working, improve instruction, engage learners" (@jsuzcampos)


Question posed: What common misconceptions do faculty have about technology?
  • All technology is expensive
  • Using technology in teaching will just take more time and add to the teaching workload 
  • "it is hard to learn, hard to do, I am too old, I do not have the stuff to do it with" (via @padgets)
  • "That just having a web presence fixes everything" (via @JessicaThinkies)
  • "That it's a passing fad" (via @zacearly)
  • "Passing fad, expensive, too difficult, disruptive" (via @jsuzcampos)


Question posed: What initial questions do faculty often have when considering whether or not to try new technology?
  • How difficult is the new technology to learn?
  • What does it cost?
  • "How much time am I going to need to learn this?" (via @jhengstler)
  • "When will training be available?" (via @jhengstler)
  • "How does it work, is it worth the time, who is already using it and why, will it be reliable, what will the students get out of it" (via @jjulius)
  • "Will Internet filtering black an important site. Institutions block sites for no reason. Where 1 site is blocked at one institution, it's available at another" (via @TomGavin)


Question posedWhat common concerns arise when incorporating technology in teaching? 
  • "Using too much technology will overwhelm my students" (via @brocansky)
  • "I will end up training students to use tech" (via @brocansky)
  • How will student privacy be protected?
  • What level of technology infrastructure is needed?


Key Drivers of Technology Adoption 2010 through 2015

  • The abundance of resources and relationships made easily accessible via the Internet is increasingly challenging us to revisit our roles as educators in sense-making, coaching, and credentialing.
  • People expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to.
  • The technologies we use are increasingly cloud-based, and our notions of IT support are decentralized.
  • The work of students is increasingly seen as collaborative by nature, and there is more cross-campus collaboration between departments.

Critical Challenges for Learning Organizations 2010 through 2015

  • The role of the academy — and the way we prepare students for their future lives — is changing.
  • New scholarly forms of authoring, publishing, and researching continue to emerge but appropriate metrics for evaluating them increasingly and far too often lag behind.
  • Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline and profession.
  • Institutions increasingly focus more narrowly on key goals, as a result of shrinking budgets in the present economic climate.

Technologies to Watch

Likely to become mainstream for institutions within 6-12 months

  • Mobile computing - use of network-capable devices students are already carrying
  • Open content - movement led by schools like MIT to make course content freely available online 
Likely to be adopted in 2-3 years
  • E-Books - convenient and capable electronic reading devices combining activities of acquiring, storing, reading, and annotating digital books and other digital content
  • Simple augmented reality - shift making augmented reality accessible to almost anyone
Likely to be adopted in 4-5 years
via 2010 Horizon Report, Educause

Technology Tools 

The following technologies are commonly being utilized by faculty in higher education today. Each topic is a link to a separate wiki page containing additional information, links, etc.
  1. RSS
  2. Blogs
  3. Microblogs
  4. Wikis
  5. Podcasts
  6. Video
  7. Social Bookmarks
  8. Screencasts
  9. Slidecasts
  10. Synchronous Communications (chat, presentations, etc.)
  11. Mobile Apps
  12. Wave (combination of synchronous and asynchronous communication, pioneered by Google) 

Selecting Technology

  • Current technology skill level
  • Current available technology
  • Student and faculty needs
  • Available resources
  • Learning curve
  • Stability and longevity of technology
  • Compatibility with other existing technology

Tips for Instructional Content

  • Keep instructional presentations and tutorials to under 10 minutes
  • Make content reusable whenever possible (e.g. instructions, resources, etc.)
  • Encourage students to contribute to instructional content
  • Keep content and interactions private by default whenever possible
  • Allow students the opportunity to make their own created content public and retain after course ends

Pitfalls to Avoid

  • Assuming students know how to use technology for learning
  • Using too much too fast
  • Not having a plan B
  • Not becoming comfortable with technology before introducing to students
  • Supporting every available technology tool
  • Not supporting faculty

Keep in Mind

  • Always begin with objectives, then select technologies most likely to help meet stated goals and objectives
  • Pick the best technologies for your needs and then stick with them...don't move to a new technology just because of the novelty
  • Technology is not a substitute for good teaching

Rhode, J. F. (2010, Jun. 24). Teaching with technology: Trends, tools, and tips. Presented at the 2010 Assemblies of God Faculty Seminar, Springfield, MO.
Jason Rhode,
Jun 22, 2010, 12:40 PM
Jason Rhode,
Jun 22, 2010, 9:14 AM
Jason Rhode,
Jun 21, 2010, 1:35 PM