Turn Your Phone into a Scanner!

The CamScanner app enables you to quickly scan any document with your phone (iOS or Android) as an image file (JPEG) or PDF. The platform allows you to auto-crop the file and either email, store (through Google or Dropbox) or print it. Of particular interest: a free upgrade to the full version of the app is available to anyone who registers it with an .edu email address. For more information on this app, click here: http://www.intsig.com/en/CamScanner.html

The Flipped Classroom

There is a lot of buzz in educational trends about the concept of the “flipped classroom”. The Flipped Classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction to students through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to view the lecture material in advance , then ask questions and work through problems in class, with the guidance of their teachers and the support of their peers  – creating a collaborative learning environment.

The TED site offers flipped lessons to use/customize, as well as  a template for designing your own.  Each lesson contains a video, quick quiz, a ‘think’ section- requiring more in-depth thought, and a ‘dig deeper’ section – resources for discovering more about the topic.

Below is a sample of a Flipped lesson from the TED site on The Real Origin of the Franchise

Student Response System

Looking for a way to engage your students with instant feedback?  Try an online Student Response System.  One to consider is iVoted.  The instructor enters  the questions through the online portal . Students can respond via text message, twitter, email or web.  Results appear graphically and are instantaneous.  The free version allows 25 users to be polled at a time. For more information, see:  http://www.ivoted.com/view/education .