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U462A·Developing Active Learning Classroom Exercises for Use with Tablet PCsWorkshop Sponsored Sessions
Sun. June 26, 2011 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Room 202, Vancouver International Conference Centre
Free ticketed event
Tablet PCs use their inherent ability to accept electronic ink (e-ink) input to enable users to interact with the device in a more natural way. This is especially important in learning environments where the user needs to focus on subject material rather than on the device used to record or store the subject information. Using Tablet PCs, instructors are able to increase their effectiveness by making more dynamic presentations and by including active exercises into their classroom environments. Tablet PCs also facilitate better and more natural note-taking by students and easier after-class review of course material and notes. Further, Tablet PCs facilitate better interaction with persons participating in classroom sessions from remote locations since they easily involve students exchanging visual descriptions of concepts with the instructor and the rest of the class. Several software packages are available to support the pedagogical needs of the university classroom, as well as typical group collaborative environments. Classroom Presenter, DyKnow, WriteOn, and MS OneNote with the Interactive Classroom add-in are examples of some of the packages that provide excellent classroom capabilities. These packages allow for a highly interactive environment with both teacher-student and student-student bi-direction real-time interaction. See http://www.ee.vt.edu/~jgtront/tabletpc/ to download tablet PC software. In this hands-on tutorial, faculty will receive an introduction to the use of Classroom Presenter, OneNote, Interactive Classroom, VectorPad, and PDF Annotator. We will provide sufficient instruction for faculty to have a basic competency with the technology. Most importantly, we will show faculty various pedagogical practices that we have found helpful in using these technology tools in the classroom over the past seven years. Active learning exercises for various disciplines will be emphasized. Faculty will be tasked with developing short active learning exercises starting from the development of goals for the exercise, through the desired student interaction, and ending with the exercise assessment and improvement strategy. These active learning exercises will be targeted to students who are expected to be in the classroom, as well as those who may be taking the course at extended campus locations. Exercises will be determined by the individual faculty member’s disciplinary interests.
Prof. Joseph G. Tront
Joseph G. Tront
W.S. Pete White Chair and
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Virginia Tech University
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