UW-Superior Teaching with Technology Projects Use Time-Lapse Photography, Digital Storytelling, Web Conferencing, and the SmartBoard in Spring 2010 Courses

UW-Superior Teaching with Technology Projects Use Time-Lapse Photography, Digital Storytelling, Web Conferencing, and the SmartBoard in Spring 2010 Courses

Four projects proposed by educators to integrate technology into UW-Superior courses were selected for support through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s Spring 2010 Teaching with Technology Program. For his Plant Physiology course, Nick Danz, Assistant Professor of Botany, has developed an assignment that enhances students’ ability to record and analyze plant growth through technology. Students are using web cams and laptops to record the growth of plants in still images and video using time-lapse software. Students then measure growth on the digital photos using additional software. After an initial experience using the technology to record and analyze plant growth over a two-hour span, students are planning and using the technology for their own projects.

For her course Teaching Art in the Elementary Grades, Dr. Kathy Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts Department, students are developing digital stories on a memorable learning experience. To create the stories, students are using Windows MovieMaker or iMovie along with basic photo editing software to combine digital photos with music and their own audio narration. Students then consider how digital storytelling can be used in the elementary grades to enhance art education.

Students in Dr. Bruce Kibler’s Strategic Management course are gaining experience in working with international teams through a management simulation that involves small groups of students from UW-Superior and the University of Kassel in Germany. This semester the simulation experience will be capped with a final presentation using video conferencing technology to link the two classes. Kibler, Assistant Professor of Management, is part of a UW System Pilot Project to test the integration of the web conferencing tool Elluminate into Learn@UW. In May, the international teams will use the Elluminate web conferencing tool to make joint, simultaneous presentations in Superior and Kassel with shared PowerPoint slides, live video, and synchronous audio.

This spring Marilyn Toscano, Senior Lecturer, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, is integrating the SmartBoard into her course Teaching Elementary/Middle School Mathematics. SmartBoards are found in many Duluth and Superior K-12 schools, and training in the technical and pedagogical skills for teaching with the SmartBoard are increasingly being requesting by teacher education students and employers. UW-Superior received its first SmartBoard through the recent Jim Dan Hill Library renovation project. For her Teaching with Technology project, Toscano is observing teachers experienced in the use of the SmartBoard in area schools. Her UW-Superior students are working with the SmartBoard in the Library Instruction Classroom. Students are planning elementary or middle school-level lessons that use the SmartBoard and then demonstrating those lessons to their UW-Superior classmates.

UW-Superior’s Teaching with Technology Program supports the integration of learning technologies into UW-Superior courses to enhance teaching and learning. Faculty and teaching academic staff are eligible to submit proposals. Selected instructors receive a $500 stipend and up to $100 to cover project-related expenses. Each fall semester, the Teaching with Technology Program supports technology integration into First Year Seminars. In spring semesters, the program is open to all courses. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning dedicates support and services to the projects. Contact Lisa Larson, llarson@uwsuper.edu, for further information about the program and these projects.

Submitted by Lisa Larson