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Teaching with technology

Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting

instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best”
tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning.  Once
identified, integrating those tools can itself be a challenge albeit an eye-
opening experience.

The CTL is here to help you (novice, expert and everyone in between) find
creative and constructive ways to integrate technology into your class. If you
are looking to flip your class, make use of Canvas or simply want to
experiment with some new instructional technologies, we can help.

To arrange an appointment or consultation, please fill out our CTL contact


What do we mean by “technology”?

The term “technology” refers to advancements in the methods and tools we
use to solve problems or achieve a goal. In the classroom, technology can
encompass all kinds of tools from low-tech pencil, paper, and chalkboard, to
the use of presentation software, or high-tech tablets, online collaboration
and conferencing tools, and more.

The newest technologies allow us to try things in physical and virtual

classrooms that were not possible before. What you use depends
fundamentally on what you are trying to accomplish.

How can technology help you?

 Online collaboration tools, such as those in Google Apps, allows
students and instructors to share documents online, edit them in real
time and project them on a screen. This gives students a collaborative
platform in which to brainstorm ideas and document their work using
text and images.
 Presentation software (such as PowerPoint) enable instructors to
embed high-resolution photographs, diagrams, videos and sound files
to augment text and verbal lecture content.
 Tablets can be linked to computers, projectors and the cloud so that
students and instructors can communicate through text, drawings and
 Course management tools such as Canvas allow instructors to
organize all the resources students need for a class (e.g. syllabi,
assignments, readings, online quizzes), provide valuable grading tools,
and create spaces for discussion, document sharing, and video and
audio commentary. All courses are automatically given a Canvas site!
 Clickers and smartphones are a quick and easy way to survey
students during class. This is great for instant polling, which can quickly
assess students’ understanding and help instructors adjust pace and
 Lecture-capture tools, such as Panopto, allow instructors to record
lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional
classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give
them and then uploading them for students to re-watch. Studies show
that posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and
students really appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their
own pace.

What are some good examples?

One of the best ways to get ideas and inspiration is learn from others and
blogs are a great way to do that. Here are some of our favorites

 UWB Learning Technologies

 Teaching Forum: talking teaching at UWT
 GridKnowledge (blog of UWT’s Assistant Chancellor for Learning
 Wired Campus, Chronicle of Higher Education
 Prof Hacker, Chronicle of Higher Education
 Agile Learning (blog of the Director of Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching)
 Faculty Focus
Where to get support

Center for Teaching and Learning

CTL can help with the pedagogical methods for deploying technologies in
your teaching. We offer workshops in partnership with UW-IT, individual
consultations, and can prepare a custom workshop for you group or

Visit CTL’s Teaching remotely pages to learn best-practices, important

policies, and essential aspects of effective online instruction. This resource is
designed for UW faculty members, graduate instructors, teaching assistants,
and staff educators who are seeking information, advice, ideas, resources,
and support for their remote course planning and teaching.

IT Connect Learning Technologies

IT Connect’s Learning Technologies group can help identify and implement
various tools that support teaching and learning. They offer numerous
workshops to get you up and running, as well as integrated workshops in
partnership with the CTL

Academic Technologies (Seattle campus)

Academic Technologies offers comprehensive media support and services to
students, faculty and staff. They offer a full range of in-classroom audio and
video expertise (including help with classroom computers, equipment rental
and repair, technical services and access to an educational media collection).
Source: https://www.washington.edu/teaching/topics/engaging-students-in-learning/teaching-with-