technology

Teaching Students to Use Technology to Learn

If you’re hoping to incorporate the use of social media into your classroom, you may want to consider the points Cengage Learning author Ken Baldauf makes in this brief video. Here, he talks about the importance of teaching students to use various technologies to learn, and he offers suggestions for how you can evaluate technology tools and apply them to use in your courses. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyIQJt4-yXk?wmode=Opaque] For additional insights on online learning and teaching with technology from Ken Baldauf, watch his presentation “Teaching Tech Online” from the 2013 Course Technology Conference.  Do you use social media in your courses? What activities have you Read More…


Tips for Students: Establishing a Backup Plan for Accessing Your Course Resources

Where would we be without our tech tools? We rely on them for so much—school, work, communicating with friends—that if disaster strikes in the form of loss, theft, hardware failure, or a virus, it would be easy to slip into a panic. At other times, technical glitches such as a broken Internet connection can make the difference between an assignment completed on time and one that misses the mark. Though we can’t always prevent computer problems from arising, we can think ahead and mitigate the negative fallout that may occur because of them. In their book E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Read More…


Gathering Insight and Information via RSS Feeds

To stay up to date on the latest happenings in your areas of interest, you likely refer to a number of Web sites. The news articles, photos, video, and other material you glean from these sites can also provide rich and relevant resources for your classes. However, you could easily spend a great deal of time visiting each of these sites whenever you want to find an example of current research, an engaging clip to open your class session, or a thought-provoking article for discussion. Therefore, if you aren’t yet using RSS feeds to follow and gather content, you may want to consider Read More…


Cloud-Based Tech Resources for the Classroom

More and more instructors are taking their students to the cloud. Are you? For those new to the cloud, we’ll first offer a quick definition. Per Kenneth Baldauf and Ralph M. Stair’s Succeeding with TechnologyFourth Edition, “Cloud computing utilizes Internet-based service providers to deliver information and computing services, including software, business systems, and data storage, for business and personal use” (p. 307). Cloud-based technology resources also offer the benefit of simple, Web-based access from a variety of devices, which means that students can participate in the interactive activities and assignments you’ve created for class, with less worry about hardware compatibility, increased technology Read More…


Using Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Your life as an educator requires you to manage numerous activities: teaching your courses; meeting with colleagues; conducting your own research; traveling to conferences and workshops… the list goes on. As an educator dedicated to excellence, not only do you want to simply finish your work; you want to do so efficiently and effectively.  If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, there are a wealth of applications (or “apps”) designed to make your tech tool a powerful partner in getting things done. In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund describe the different types of apps that Read More…


Best of the Blog: Flipping Your Course

The “flipped classroom” has engendered quite a bit of discussion and experimentation among educators. Therefore, we weren’t surprised to learn that author Beverly Amer’s post “To Flip or Not to Flip: That is the Question” is among the most-read articles at the Cengage Learning Blog. In the post, Amer discusses the benefits of the “flipped classroom” and offers some suggestions for implementing it in your course. She provides a good starting point for anyone who is in the beginning stages of exploring the possibilities this approach offers. Read more about the flipped classroom at the Cengage Learning Read More…


Digitally Literate Student Engagement

With online education making headline news due to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) from MIT, Stanford, and other prominent institutions, many colleges are wondering where they fit in the online education movement. Technology courses such as the Intro to Computers course are ideal courses to teach 100% online, and provide a great start for schools looking to extend their reach beyond the local community. When delivered effectively, online courses can also ignite learning in iGeneration students who live a great portion of their lives online. For example: In 1998, Professor Ken Baldauf joined the Florida State University (FSU) faculty Read More…


Use Technology to Create a Student-Centered Learning Experience

Guest Contributor: Rochelle Beatty, Program Manager, Cengage Learning Peer-to-Peer Faculty Development and Consulting As time goes by, my students are becoming more and more connected with and savvy about technology. According to a survey of undergraduate college students conducted by ECAR (Grajek, 2011), students today use more technological devices and use them more frequently than in the past. They report that 87 percent of college students in 2011 owned laptops and 53 percent owned desktop computers. As well as a majority having a computer, 55 percent of these students also owned smartphones. As no surprise to me, Read More…


Integrating Technology into My Classroom: One Instructor’s Perspective

So much about my students has changed over the last twenty years, but much remains the same. My students still have a strong desire to succeed and an innate interest in learning. They still miss class, argue over late assignments, groan at the mention of a research paper, and love being actively involved in the learning process. They still challenge and amaze me as they share unique insights and ideas about the topics we’re studying. I still feel like I learn more from my students each semester than they could possibly learn from me. However, my students have changed Read More…


Selecting a Mobile Computer for Use at School? Consider These Points

Because of the nature of the coursework in a flipped environment, you may decide that a mobile computer — such as a laptop, netbook, or tablet — is the best tool for the job. However, given the array of available options, how do you decide which one to purchase? In Discovering Computers: Essentials, Misty E. Vermaat, Susan L. Sebok, and Steven M. Freund present a “Mobile Computer Buyer’s Guide,” which describes some of the factors you should consider when you’re evaluating which computer is best for you. Below, we’ve summarized some of the most salient points. By bearing these practical considerations Read More…