True Confession Time: I still like paper.
At a conference, while everyone is on their tablets, I still have my colored pens and my notebook. I still process information better with a physical copy of a document that I can take notes on. I color-code the paper that my handouts are printed on for class activities so that I can keep track of which assignment the groups are working on.
Now, in spite of my apparent addiction to it, I still look for ways to minimize my use of paper:
As most of you know, I am a very visual person. But did you know that I actually create a lot of images, buttons, and banners (like the Tech Tuesday logo) with Microsoft Word? By using a combination of the Text Box features and the Image editing features, I can create any number of visuals to make my course documents and my Canvas course more interesting and appealing.
If you are anything like me, you get VERY frustrated on behalf of your students with the cost of textbooks and other materials. A lot of institutions of higher education around the country - especially public institutions, which are heavily supported by taxpayer dollars - are adopting low-cost initiatives. In 2011, Washington launched its Open Course Library project, aiming to keep the cost of course materials to the student to $30 or less. The Washington state legislature funded the project, knowing that in the long term the taxpayers would be saving money. Along with many other institutions, the Maricopa Community Colleges has launched its own low-cost initiative, Maricopa Millions, where a "low-cost" course is defined as one which will cost the student $40 or less in total for course materials.
There are two big ways in which you can help students...
I have something a little bit different for you this week – rather than introducing new tech or new techniques, today is a bit more about reflection on educational technology, and why we use it.
Well, it’s all over the news – the iPad just turned 10 years old! On January 27, 2010 Steve Jobs introduced the world to the very first iPad (for one of many articles, see Forbes’ ”10 Years Ago Today: Apple Unveils the iPad”).