Nothing like kicking off a new semester by attending our annual Tech It Out Day on Monday, August 17, 2015. Tech It Out Day is a half-day event to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and online. Faculty, lecturers, and staff had the opportunity to “test drive” a variety of technology tools, network with colleagues, and celebrate the start of a new semester with a free continental breakfast.
This year we featured a track on Open Educational Resources (OER), social media, and other free, web-based tools and apps such as Tackk, Kahoot!, and Google Sites. You can view all the sessions here.
Some participants also got to try out our new Dell Chromebooks with touchscreen. A set of 20 Chromebooks, our new COW (computer on wheels), is available for checkout starting this semester at Intec Services, LC 116.
Participants had a lot of things to say about Tech It Out Day:
“The most effective sessions helped me understand not only how to use the technology, but how others have used it to create meaningful learning experiences with students.”
“Each session taught me something new–even when I know about the [tool].”
“OER: I love the philosophy behind this push.”
“Kahoot was the most useful and informative for my subject area (ESL). I feel prepared and excited to use this technology with my students.”
“Great job as always! I like how you include sessions on updates to existing tools.”
“I liked the practicality of the sessions.”
Participants mentioned they will implement what they learned by:
“…using an OER text in Spring, using parts of Susan Wood’s and the EMC’s site templates in my own courses, and trying to find applications for Scrible.”
“…I already created a lesson using Tackk for one of my online classes.”
“…using the Snagit extension to create narrated screen captures.”
“…I will be trying kahoot for in-class quizzes and remind as a class communication tool.”
We hope to see you at next year’s Tech It Out Day! Click through our photo album below.