As technology develops at an accelerating pace, it is important to stay current with the latest instructional technology trends. The Teaching & Learning Center aspires to provide the resources necessary for evaluating technologies that have the potential to alter the instructional landscape at Chadron State College.
The TLC blog is itself an example of how technology alters the way in which we now share knowledge; it has become a resource to communicate newly acquired products and newly developed services offered by the TLC. These resources also include specifically designated faculty multiuse spaces designed so that technically adept staff are always nearby to help. We anticipate providing a Teaching & Learning Center that incorporates modern wireless standards and provides a test-bed for proofing a variety of technologies for classroom and online environments.
A few of the notable TLC technology acquisitions include a unique device called a Swivl. The Swivl is designed to convert a smartphone or tablet into a robotic cameraman and includes a wireless presentation remote that also works as a cordless microphone. For more information, watch the Tech Crunch interview with the Swivel CEO. The video below provides a quick demo of how it works.
Another technology tool available in the form of a portable note capturing/streaming device is called the Smartmarker. The Teaching & Learning Center continues to monitor and evaluate the latest in bring your own device (BYOD) technologies and keeps tabs on trends that involve displays, collaboration tools, video streaming, and voice-enabled technologies.
We invite faculty to spend some time evaluating technologies with us. Faculty feedback is a critical component moving forward. Feeback helps us determine viability, demand, and, ultimately, successful implementation on campus and online.
To use and/or discuss the TLC’s available technologies and services, visit our website, stop in for a visit, or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 309.432.6234).