The Productive Scholar RECAP: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?

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Topic: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?Clickers-ppt-front-Temos
Speakers: Janet Temos and Jesse Saunders

Time: Thursday, November 7, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

“Clickers” are the common nickname for “Student Response System.” If you’d like to review the powerpoint file from this presentation scroll to the bottom of this entry.

These systems allow for:

• Real –time classroom assessments and polling
• Automated grading of quizzes
• Avenue for a classroom ‘back-channel’ to assess comprehension and engagement
• A way to break up lecture and re-animate focus (helps with dense lectures)
• A quick way to gain consensus

Often best when there is a discussion following a Clicker segment. The iClicker system was adopted nine years ago by Princeton University. It was designed by two physicist at University of Illinois (Timothey Stelzer, Mats Selen *89: iClicker inventors) as a simple, consistently operational student response system. Each Clicker has an assigned broadcast signal and each unit can then be assigned to individual students for used in a course. Clickers haven’t fully caught on yet at Princeton, but are in wide use primarily in STEM courses.

The iClicker system software can be a powerful tool, but isn’t overpowering to your CPU. Clickers-Instructor-TemosIt’s design is notable for its minimal installation requirements; just a few minutes and it works identically on a PC or a Mac. A small icon will appear alongside whatever presentation or word processing software you’re using (Keynote, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word), and that allows you to control the system. Continue reading

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The Productive Scholar: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?

Topic: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?
Speakers: Janet Temos and Jesse Saunders

Time: Thursday, November 7, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

Large class? Never know precisely how well your students understand what you’ve just explained? Need to break the ice and liven things up a bit? Want to conduct a quick review of points already covered so you can move on to new topics?

Why not try clickers?

Clickers are the common name for student response systems,. They collect anonymous (or assessed) feedback from students in real time. Results can be displayed as polling occurs, or hidden for later auto-grading.

The i>clicker systems are available to faculty for loan, or purchase. New building blocks make integration with Blackboard easy. Learn how to use clickers, and where you can borrow them in this session.

Speaker Bios:
Jessie Saunders is Technical Support Specialist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton. A member of Princeton’s undergraduate class of 1982, she received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archeology at Princeton in 2001. Janet has been working in the field of Educational Technology for the past 20 years. She has been the proud owner of various personal computers for nearly 30 continuous years, and loves word processing and image editing software. She is a longtime PC native, but is also fluent in Mac.

The ETC provides instruction and training in all aspects of educational technologies for the campus community. We provide talks and training on demand, and each staff member holds regular office hours for consultations.

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blender: 3-D modeling and animation software weekend workshop

Dates:
Part 1: Saturday, November 9 - Introduction to blender: Interface Overview & Object Modeling
Part 2: Sunday, November 10 - Rendering & Animation

Time: 1:00pm – 4:30pm (both days)
Location: New Media Center, Lewis Library Building, 1st Floor

Description:
blender is a free and open-source, cross-platform (Windows/Mac/Linux), 3D computer graphics software used in art and animation, visual effects, 3D modeling, video games, and forensic reconstruction. This weekend intensive will be a hands-on opportunity to learn about this robust software. No previous animation or 3D modeling software experience is required.

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Lunch and Learn: New Changes

We’re making some exciting changes to ETC programing this year. The Productive Scholar series is now our single public series of educational technology workshops that highlight the tools and methods that enable scholars to work more effectively in the the classroom and in their research analysis and organization. We will no longer offer Lunch & Learn as a separate series. Now as part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, we are planning to introduce a broad program of traveling technology and pedagogy workshops that will bring our events to scholars where they live. We will offer a menu of topical workshops available by request, which we will bring to individual academic departments with the aim of providing more sessions tailored to the academic interests of specific disciplines and areas of study.

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The Productive Scholar: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration

Topic: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration
Speaker: Janet Temos

Time: Thursday, October 24, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

Do you find yourself going back and forth between the classroom whiteboard/blackboard and your PowerPoint to write notes or diagram a problem? Can you and your students see that board adequately in the darkened room? When you lower the projection screen to show your class presentation, does it obscure the only place to write? Did you ever wish you had a blank page mid-lecture so you could diagram or sketch an idea that’s just occurred to you? At the end of your talk, does everyone whip out their cell phones to take a picture of the notes you’ve written on the board?

Interactive whiteboards can help combine digital presentations and manual annotations on a single screen by using digital ink for freehand notes and annotations. The annotations can then typically be saved and shared with an audience, or circulated for collaborative work. This talk will provide an overview of various hardware, software, and mobile solutions to make on-screen annotations spontaneous and easy.

Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton. She is a member of the Princeton class of 1982, and received her PhD at Princeton in 2001. The ETC helps faculty use technology in teaching and research, and includes Training and Outreach as well as the New Media Center (NMC). We also offer consulting, training and outreach in educational technologies.

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