Thursday, October 12, 2017

Librarians Guiding the Use of Classroom Technology

As librarians, we are often the go-to institutional source for teaching technologies. In law, the faculty often look to us to help train on and maintain these technologies for the benefit of the law school community. And with a 21st Century library's focus on service, we are happy to help.


To that end, The Teacher's Guide to Tech 2017 is an invaluable resource. It’s a 265-page digital binder you’ll use all year: Keep it on your desktop, laptop, tablet — even your phone — to help you navigate the tech world with confidence. Like having a tech-savvy friend on call to explain things in plain language, the guide will give you a sense of control over all the options.

The guide explains over 150 tools in clear, simple language. All tools are grouped into categories based on what they do. Each section starts with a discussion of classroom applications.

Then it takes one tool at a time, explaining what it does, how you can use it in the classroom, what it costs, and what platforms it works on. You get a screenshot of the tool in use, plus a link to the tool’s website and a video that shows you how it works. 

Not only will you find a how-to regarding the technologies, there are also sections with advice to implement the various technologies with a look at a few teachers who use technology to enhance the learning experience.

You'll find technologies that help with the following classroom activities:
  • assessment
  • blogging & website building
  • book publishing
  • classroom management
  • cloud storage
  • coding instruction
  • collaboration
  • content curation
  • discussion tools
  • feedback tools
  • flashcard creators
  • flipped learning
  • fundraising
  • image making
  • interactive posters
  • interactive whiteboards
  • language learning
  • learning management systems
  • live streaming
  • mind mapping
  • note taking
  • photo editing
  • podcasting
  • presentation tools
  • productivity
  • research tools
  • screencasting
  • social media
  • student response systems
  • survey tools
  • video production
  • video sharing
  • virtual reality
  • writing
View the full Table of Contents here

As more law schools dabble in online learning and as our focus on outcomes assessment increases, these teaching technologies will be very important to ensure proper student-instructor interactivity in accordance with the ABA Standards. 

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