Smart Devices: Friend or Foe?

Mark Hall (presented by Linda Gray, as a dean’s meeting was called)
SCMLA 2013 notes
Technology in Language Education section.

clickers, smart phones
in process of deciding what to do, using, but still in market

explored 3 companies’ tech options:
Turning Tech
Class Mind
Desire to Learn (D2L)

Oral Roberts U chose D2L

How can we engage students and keep them learning?

Benefits to the institution:
allow for statistical analysis
show success
access students’ progress individually
give instructors resources

Benefits of adopting in class:
disruptive tech
is it more of a disadvantage?
personal learning networks
accessible and attractive
helps students spend more time on task

Turning Tech
self-paced assessment
poll using laptops
can ask questions and get assessment
response clickers or use internet devices
clicker system can put grades into D2L grade book
info can be integrated into PowerPoint

format or kinds of questions determine what kind of devices are used

Responseware allows students to use any Java-script-enabled web browser.
Gives students independence and helps them feel engaged.

Began using Class Mind in 2008.
quickly moved into the classroom
provides personal service
can use iPhones or iPads to answer
can use pre-written (by prof) questions

Response system–students use their own devices.

Decrease your workload?
yes, eventually
have to set up
auto grades short answers
skims for key words
exports the scores to the CMS
takes automatic attendance

1 semester for free trial was offered to Oral Roberts U.


enables classroom online discussion
enables instructors to post grades and feedback
enables instructors to create customized quizzes
enables contact with students
there are home page announcements
will email to whole class

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