Technology doesn’t have to be overwhelming when you know how to narrow your options.
This program presents some simple guiding principles for choosing technology to use in the classroom.
It will also feature a fast-paced “what works and what doesn’t” discussion that touches on many best practices and common misconceptions about instructional technology. It’s a lot to cover, but this program does it—and all in just 20 minutes.
How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning? won’t tell you which technology to use, but it will show you how you can choose the best technology for your courses.
These are real insights that will work for you no matter what or where you teach.
When you are finished with this program, you will know:
- How to identify where technology can broaden the reach of your class, increase impact, or otherwise improve learning
- How to choose the right technology for you and your students
- How and why to create and incorporate a backup plan for when technology fails you
- How to use technology to decrease paper flow and simplify workflow
- How technology can help students connect to each other and to course materials
- Where to find experts—both on and off campus—who can help you choose the right tools and learn to use them in the right way
Beyond that, How Can I Use Technology to Improve Learning? will give you some technology perspective.
You’ll quickly realize that starting incrementally is the smartest way to do it. Ready to get started?
Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.
After serving almost 30 years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a department chair and professor teaching strategic leadership at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has published and presented on a wide variety of topics during his career. His current research efforts focus on student learning and military service during times of conflict.
Ken and his wife, Sherilee, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
Tyler Griffin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Brigham Young University.
With degrees in Electrical Engineering and Instructional Technology, combined with 18 years of professional teaching experience, Tyler has three major focal points in his work: (1) Best practices for teaching & learning (2) Best uses of technology to increase the scope and scale of learning, and (3) best practices for teacher development/inservice. He teaches over 1,000 students per semester and loves how technology can help to "shrink" large classrooms.
He has also developed two major online training programs that have since grown into robust online learning communities of teachers and students.
He is also actively involved in designing and developing 3-D immersive learning environments for his students.
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