Here are some great tools for making your own flashcards. They can be used by instructors or students. If you’ve got more suggestions or if you’ve tried one of these tools and have some feedback, please leave a comment!
- Evernote Peek This tool turns Evernote notes into flashcards by using an iPad smart cover.
- Brainscape – make your own flashcards, share flashcards with others, or use flashcards others have contributed on various topics. Use on computers, tablets, or phones. Many of the rest of the sites mentioned here have similar features:
- Koofers Warning- this also has user-contributed professor ratings.
- Quizlet - less social sharing features
A little less radical than flipping the classroom, here’s an article on Peer Instruction that explains an easy way to incorporate this technique into your classroom.
What is peer instruction? From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer_instruction):
“Peer instruction is an evidence-based, interactive teaching method developed by Harvard Professor Eric Mazur in the early 1990s. Originally used to improve learning in introductory undergraduate physics classes at Harvard University, peer instruction is used in various disciplines and institutions across the globe. It is a student-centered approach that involves flipping the traditional classroom by moving information transfer out and moving information assimilation into the classroom. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of peer instruction over more traditional teaching methods, such as pure lecture.”
Student portfolios can be used for a variety of purposes:
- A jump on employment by creating a functional resume
- A sense of accomplishment as they see their own progress
- Alternative assessment
So, where do students create or store their portfolio?
One method is to just personally store files and links using a tool like Dropbox. It’s simple. Students can store a variety of file types, and their Dropbox account would follow them after graduation. If they go beyond their storage space quota, however, they’d have to pay for the additional space.
Google Drive offers a similar drag and drop folder interface, and it can also be used to write and edit word processing files individually. Files can be shared and transferred, and they can be set up using the campus Google Apps (stumail) address. Students could then transfer their files to a regular Google account after graduation.
Google Sites can be used to make a website, and individual documents can be linked and shared. Sites can be public or visible just to select viewers.
LinkedIn is a social networking service for professionals. It allows users to add resume items and links to portfolio items that are stored elsewhere. Some employers even allow users to simply click a button to fill out job applications using their LinkedIn information. Updating LinkedIn would be a great habit for maintaining an up to date resume and gathering the materials for a great functional resume on graduation.
The Dental Hygiene program has a new set of instructional modules for use in ANGEL! Kim Stabbe, Professor of Dental Hygiene, requested a project through the ETC. She provided her PowerPoint teaching materials for several units, which were used to create interactive learning modules to aid student study. These modules can be uploaded to an ANGEL course or community group. If you’d like to do something like this for your course or program, contact the ETC to set up a meeting!
Do you have content in your course that students struggle with? Would your students benefit from being able to practice material at home or on-the-go? In the Ed Tech Center, we can create custom, interactive modules that you can put in ANGEL. Take a look at this article about a project we did for the Anatomy courses at JCCC: E-Learning Helps Anatomy & Biology Students Make the Grade.