USC Upstate Faculty Member Stands Conference Presentations on Their Ear

October 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Educators know the phrase “technology in the classroom,” but at a recent technology conference, a

Michael Lampe

presenter from the University of South Carolina Upstate turned the typical tech talk – sideways.

Michael Lampe, an instructional design specialist in the Department of Learning Technologies, presented recently at the S.C. EdTech 2017 conference, held in Myrtle Beach.

Lampe said too often presenters will talk about the pros and cons of a few tools, but in his presentation, “Turning Sideways Top-10-Tools-Presentations: Let’s Review Tools and Publish Results,” Lampe said he took a different approach from the traditional top-10-list way of discussing technology tools.

“A lot of times, [presenters] will say ‘here are the top 10 tools for collaboration,’ or ‘let’s do 60 tools in 60 minutes,’” he said. “The problems with those sessions, whether it’s K-12 or higher education, you might find two or three [tools] that you like, but [attendees] get so busy that by the end of the day they can forget exactly what the tool was about, and they kind of leave it off.”

Rather than discuss specific tools, Lampe broke his audience into smaller groups to discuss different needs in classrooms, and how specific tools can help educators successfully address those needs.

“I said ‘why don’t I help you to figure out a rubric that you can use when you get to your classroom,’” he explained. “Instead of me just talking about tools that [they] can use, I had them read a few articles in groups and then create a rubric on a technology based on activities they might do in the classroom.”

Using the technique, Lampe said, will help educators “integrate technology through the lens of their ideal classroom instruction, environment, engagement and assessment.”

Lampe said he created a place in Microsoft OneNote Notebook and let attendees upload their findings for later review.

“I made it as a public link, so that all of the people in my sessions and the people they’re going to be associating with can click on that link from here on out and utilize that rubric that we came up with in our session to think back on what we did,” he said.