Teaching with Technology


Please see Extending the Classroom for information on setting up in-class polling, recording videos, using class forums, and other ways to engage students inside and outside the classroom.

Please contact Hollie White or Wayne Miller for assistance with any of these...

Before Class

  • Pose discussion questions on the Course Email List or on Sakai
  • Require students to post their own discussion questions
  • Require students to reply to discussion questions
  • Poll students to test conceptual understanding of the day's readings (using Sakai, Qualtrics or other polling software)

At the Start of Class

  • Display your main points in a brief PowerPoint or an outline from a word processor, so that students are oriented to the day's plan
  • Let students know that you will distribute your Powerpoint slides, or outline, so they don't feel they have to write everything down
  • Poll students electronically (using Sakai or Qualtrics ) to test conceptual knowledge, or to illustrate the controversial nature of a topic
  • Start off with a scene from a video or DVD to highlight the day's main point
  • Display on screen and discuss the mornings headlines from Jurist, NYTimes.com or CNN.com

During Class

  • Put a piece of student or professional writing up on the screen and ask for help in polishing it (if there is a wireless keyboard, ask a student to make agreed-upon changes)
  • Show a video or describe a scenario, and poll the students before discussing it
  • Ask students to close their laptops and discuss more intently
  • Put students into groups to reach a consensus or majority opinion on a question, then have groups report back with a PowerPoint or outline of their main arguments

After Class

  • Send out your slides, outline or notes to the Class Email List, or post on Sakai
  • Ask a follow-up question on the Course Email List or Sakai
  • Require students to post follow-up observation or question/response on the Course Email List or Sakai

During the Semester

  • Give self-assessment assignments to allow students to review their conceptual understanding, perhaps through CALI lessons, or through review questions or quizzes on Sakai
  • Provide brief mock exams questions to work through, in a timed environment using Sakai if possible, and provide model or alternative responses
  • Assign mock exam questions to groups, have groups develop model responses and share them with entire class through the Course Email List or Sakai