FiUG Meeting Feb. 12th 2013

Kathryn Malody talked about the successes and challenges of preparing and then utilizing iPads while abroad. She presented the peripherals to protect the iPads from the Jamaican climate while maintaining their functionality for an art and biology course. She also talked about the apps that they used. Ben Phillip introduced the SAMR model, which breaks down how technology can be leveraged on four different levels – as a direct substitution of existing technology, as an augmentation with slight improvements, as a significant modification of technology, or as a complete redefinition. A chart containing apps listed within these levels was also explored.

Both presentations can be found at:


John Shepard shares two games on environmental education

StormDrainGoalieJohn Shepard shared two environmental educational games that are currently in development: Storm Drain Goalie and Estuaries in the Balance: The Texas Coastal Bend.

“The StormDrain Goalie project doesn’t have a web site yet and isn’t yet available in iTunes, though it should be within a month or so. The project’s elements include:

  • A simple game app that engages younger users in keeping common pollutants from washing into a storm drain while allowing untainted water drops to enter the drain. A Rogues Gallery about the pollutants and the importance of fresh water provides background information. This has been developed as a proof-in-concept application as part of a larger plan to add levels to the game and create additional, similar games on related issues. Continue reading

Interested in using clickers this semester?

Turning Technologies is extending a promotion to any Hamline faculty placing an order for student response devices (clickers) through the university bookstore.  Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning if you are a Hamline faculty member ordering clickers at the Hamline bookstore and you will receive a TurningPoint instructor kit containing both a clicker and a receiver. Owning your own TurningPoint receiver and clicker will allow you to present clicker presentations off campus at your convenience.

Testimonials from Hamline students using clickers

“I like that we use the clickers in the class. It’s one more way to help me from getting bored during the lectures if there really isn’t much interactivity otherwise.” (Chem 1100, Spring 2010)

“We use the data from the clicker questions to get a sense of how the class as a whole is doing in understanding the material and spend extra time on material that we might not be understanding right away.” (Chem 1100, Spring 2010)

“Even though the class was early in the morning, Dr. Morgan would always make it active by using clicker points to understand whether or not students understood the topics for the day.” (Chem 1140, Spring 2010)

“The lectures and clicker questions provided a way for me to review all the stuff I learned from high school. (Chem 1140, Spring 2010)

Eliminating the Clicker?

Is Hamline University Eliminating the Clicker?

Yes and No. Hamline University is in its third year of using clickers in the classroom for a variety of purposes, i.e.  to add interactivity to lecture halls, to gain insight into student’s prior knowledge of a subject while teaching, or to instant poll the audience’s understanding when introducing a new subject.

The use of the clicker at Hamline is indeed continuing, but in a new way – via smart phones or personal computer. This fall semester two Hamline faculty members, Matt Morgan and Thomas Anderson of the College of Liberal Arts, piloted the newest version of Turning Point with their students. The new version includes a ResponseWare component which eliminates the clicker altogether and allows smart phones or computers to act as the response device.

Hamline’s software support has updated computer terminals campus wide to the newest version of TurningPoint, so that ResponseWare can be used from any classroom that has wireless access. Starting this J-term, students will have the option to either purchase a clicker or a license from the Hamline bookstore. After registering the license with Turning Technologies and downloading a free app onto their smart phone or computer, students are ready to eliminate the clicker and participate in interactive TurningPoint presentations using their computer or phone. Both clicker and smart phone responses will register in the presentation seamlessly.

Hamline faculty, if you are interested in trying out ResponseWare in your classroom, please let us know and the Center for Teaching and Learning will get you set up with an account to create sessions in which your students use their smart phones or computers to respond to your lecture questions.