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Teaching Thought: Take a Breather — The 10-2 Lecture Method

Taking a short break every ten minutes or so when lecturing or presenting new material can help students better learn the material. In last week’s post, I pointed toward some research that suggested students who write their notes by hand learn the material better than those students who take notes via laptop. This week, I want to continue on a similar path, but suggest a teaching strategy that dovetails nicely with handwritten note taking. It’s easily incorporated, takes very little time or planning, and could produce big gains for your students. After every ten minutes or so of lecturing, pause for two minutes and instruct students to review the notes […]

App of the Week – Swivl

This week’s app of the week is the Swivl app. Early this week we featured a review of the most recent CETL purchase, which was the Swivl device. It is a device that when paired with users’ iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches allows them to record lectures and slides while the device moves 360 along with the presenter. The app itself is free. However, the Swivl is not. If you would like to use the Swivl in your class you may reserve it at the CETL. In addition, you will need a to create a Swivl cloud account. To learn more about that please read the post  we wrote about […]

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