Using Technology to Enhance Students’ Engagement in a Large Classroom

Authors: Ricardo Nogueira*, Georgia State University
Topics: Geography Education, Climatology and Meteorology, Earth Science
Keywords: online book, teaching, students' engagement, physical geograpgr
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8211, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Today's teachers are the most sharply see and feel the impact of classroom disengagement. The challenge to teach large classroom requires new techniques and new technology to correct this trend. Digital technology, already the infrastructure of student learning, must become the infrastructure of the classroom as well. And if today’s students learn through digital content, then producing and sharing digital works with classmates should be part of their evaluation. This trend towards “student-generated content” marks an important shift, because the projects are never intended solely for the professor’s eyes.
This paper shows the results of using digital textbooks that incorporate up-to-date, relevant links, and breaking up the lecture with video content to engage students. Non-science majors showed positive feedback to the new technology and better grades in physical geography class.
Through the years I have been incorporating several combined technologies in my intro classes such as Clickers, online assignments, and an interactive online textbook to improve class engagement and to help students retain their lessons. Overall, students have responded positively to each system approach with positive feedback and better grade distribution,

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