Monday, October 4, 2010

In classrooms, are pencils missing the point?


In her blog "Live Shots," Elizabeth Prann of Fox News
reports on how Emory is using technology to engage science students in the classroom:

Along with the required reading list, Emory chemistry lecturer Tracy Morkin requires her students to buy what looks like a television remote at the beginning of the semester. It’s called a “clicker.”

Morkin said it’s a great tool to get every student directly involved in the lecture. She posts multiple-choice questions on an overhead projector, her students then punch their answers into the device and the results are sent to Morkin's computer.

“It’s a way to engage and activate the learning even in a large lecture setting,” Morkin said about clickers. “I love the idea of getting feedback from students in real time. They tell me what they know in that moment and I can adjust my lecture accordingly.”

Preetha Ram, an associate dean for pre-health and science education at Emory says technology is quickly expanding beyond the clicker, to a global virtual study hall called OpenStudy.

Read the full story at the Fox News web site.

What do you think? Will technology ever fully replace the art of taking lecture notes using a pen or pencil?

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