Session S34b (Tuesday, 9:30am, Wartik 105)

P425: Touch-screen technologies and the teaching triangle

Brett McCollum (Mount Royal University, Canada)

Touch-screen technology is quickly becoming omnipresent in our lives, from the grocery store self-checkout to fitness equipment, from smart phones to digital camera displays.  Despite this significant shift in technology and the impact it has had on society, most educators have not yet determined how they can best integrate touch-screens into the classroom to enhance learning and student engagement.  More than half of the chemistry students at Mount Royal University own an iPod, iPhone, or iPad.  These students understand how to use the touch-screen technology and are ready to incorporate it into their education.  Examples of how iPads can be used to teach chemistry will be presented including the iTunes U authoring tool and research on student molecular visualization skills.  Effective use of classroom technologies will then be discussed within the context of a pedagogical approach known as the Teaching Triangle.

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