technology

Ten Great Apps for Students

Smartphones need not be the enemy of your course. There are a certainly a number of ways you can take advantage of this technology during class time— but smartphones can also be a student’s best friend outside the classroom (for reasons beyond text messages, viral videos, and multi-player word games, that is). Our colleagues at CengageBrain.com recently recommended ten apps students can use to help keep their school, work, and social lives in order. In addition to useful apps for scheduling, homework help, and budgeting, they mention a few apps that bring on the fun. Read More…


Channeling Technology Distractions with Clicker Activities

Technology, specifically smartphones, can be distractions in the classroom. However, if used correctly instructors can take advantage of technology to engage students and further the learning process. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research, and Theory for College and University Teachers (2011, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning), authors Svinicki and McKeachie outline tips and tricks for instructors leveraging clickers in the classroom. Clickers, or student response systems, are commonly utilized to promote active learning by enabling a large number of students to send their responses to poll questions posed by their instructor. There are even Web-based response systems that you can Read More…