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Saturday, March 19 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Sparking Student Interest Using Yammer and VoiceThread

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Yammer and VoiceThread are effective in engaging students. The presenter has used these technologies in her Penn State course to allow students to be active participants in the learning process. Student retention in learning by passive methods is only 5 percent for lecture, 10 percent for reading, 20 percent for audiovisual, and 30 percent for demonstrations. However, for participatory methods, the retention increases to 50 percent for group discussion, 75 percent by doing, and 90 percent for teaching others. Students participating in a lesson with Yammer and VoiceThread increases retention. Also, students improve their written and oral communication skills while using these technological tools. As an instructor, you can use these tools to spark student interest in your course by creating a community of inquiry and allowing students to explore relevant current discoveries in the field. In this hands-on workshop, you will actively learn by doing. You will set up and use your own Yammer network and VoiceThread, within a small group. Also, you will learn simple guidelines to get students to participate and to manage assessment. Later, you can use this knowledge to try out in your own course.

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Dana Brinkel

Research Technologist, Chemistry, Penn State Altoona

Saturday March 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 106

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