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Using Facebook Productively (Yes, It’s Possible!)

Presented by Jean O’Dwyer

Although there has been a multitude of studies about how Facebook kills productivity, there are many positives to be had. Facebook is an excellent place to gain and share ideas, to connect with others, learn new things.

When deciding to use Facebook, you must first decide what you want to do and who you want to see it. For example, do you want to create a blog or promote a band? Once you create your page, you have to get noticed. There are three option:

  1. “The Old Fashioned Way”: Invite people to like the page, post a lot, and hope the likes follow.
  2. “The Strategic Way”: Use relevant hashtags and schedule posts.
  3. “Money Talks”: Pay Facebook money to boost posts.

Some tips and tricks for growing:

  • Collages, good photos, and good quotes.
  • Admin groups help to manage, edit, and develop content.
  • Patience: be humble, fix mistakes, and accept progress as it comes.
  • Shorten hyperlinks.
  • Polls and competitions gain quick likes.
  • Boost already successful posts if you are going to use that tool.
  • Keep an excel file of your posts and a link to them.
  • Have fun!

Questions, comments, thoughts? Add your feelings below!

Turning Technologies Student Response System (Clickers)

Presented by Jeremy Robinson

Clickers can be used in a variety of ways. When utilized, each student receives their own electronic clicker to interact with during class. Clickers can be used:

  • In class with a live feed of responses.
  • In class with hidden responses, with the correct answer only being reveal once the poll has been closed.
  • With a time limit.
  • With numerical responses, multiple choice, short answers, and others.

Using clickers in this way can help students to gauge how well they understand material and can also help a lecturer to decide whether or not to elaborate on a topic or move on based on the responses (formative assessment).

When used in general chemistry these year, a course with approximately 500 students, it was believed that approximately 70-80 percent of students in class would regularly respond.

At UL, a clicker is 39 euro for students. However, if a student returns the clicker they will receive 22 euro back. In the 2016 year, all S&E students will be expected to purchase a clicker.

To learn more about Turning Technologies follow this link.

What ways could you see a clicker being used in the classroom? Comment below!

 

“This is What I Use”: Discussion

Presented by Tracey McKillen

Apps shared by attendees:

  • SurveyMonkey
    • To organize events
  • Doodle
    • Schedule events
  • EverNote
    • Save websites, books, references, photos
  • Prezi
    • Presentations
  • Bitly
    • Shortens links
  • Camtasia
    • Screencasting: allows you to record screens, edit video, add animations, etc.

What apps do you use to enhance your work environment? Share below to join the discussion!

PowToon: A Creative Tool To Engage You

Presented by Peter Reilly

PowToon is an online animation creation software. PowToon works on the same principle of a slide sharing software, such as PowerPoint, or as a video. On the free version of PowToon, you can work on up to five projects at a time.

With PowToon, you have access to different templates, characters, and props to set the scene and create a cartoon that communicates your chosen message. PowToon may not appeal to everyone but a positive of this tool is that it can access both visual and verbal learners. Furthermore, you can add voice-overs and music to add more intrigue to your presentations. Users also have the ability to upload personal pictures.

PowToons can be uploaded and embedded on various websites as well as downloaded as PDFs.

Peter really enjoys PowToon as it is an opportunity to entertain and inform.

Learn more about Powtoon.

Questions, comments, thoughts? Please share below!

UL Timetable App & #ulcampus

Presented by Andrew Ju

The UL Timetable App is an Android app that can be downloaded to your phone. The app takes any information from the UL timetable website and transfers it to the app, saving lecturers and students the time and hassle of having to log-in to the webpage every time they forget their timetable. Using the app, you can add/update your term timetable and add/update your exam timetable. Furthermore the app remembers your student/staff ID and will inform you of the opening hours of the library.

The app will tell you the name, time, and location of the class and will add the classes to your calendar. The app even has the ability to send you a reminder fifteen minutes before a class begins.

On a more thoughtful note, Andrew would like to draw attention to #ulcampus. This is an instagram account that Andrew has set up to acknowledge the beauty of the campus where we all work and study.

Questions, comments, thoughts? Let us know below!