I’ve written about several different tech tools in previous blogs, and I’ve got more to go…but today I want to talk about some specific ways to use tech tools to liven up your assignments. Tired of grading the same boring papers? In the market to try something new next semester? Then this blog post is for you!
Things to Consider
But first, there are a few things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about giving a tech-based assignment:
Now that you’ve got these points figured out, let’s talk about some specific assignments. These are easily adaptable for a variety of class sizes and topic areas, so feel free to make them yours!
Idea 1: Create an Infographic
Idea 2: Create (Cartoon) Video
Students are generally pretty great at using their phones to record things, so this one doesn’t have to be high-tech unless you want it to be. Even if they’re just using their phones, the act of having to DO something can be far more beneficial than writing about it. Here are some ideas for implementing this assignment:
One possible variation on this assignment includes having the students create animated cartoon videos using a free online website such as moovly.com, which offers a free version to anyone with a .edu email address!
Idea 3: Use Social Media, Websites, and Blogs
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that students are ALL OVER social media, and there are lots of ways to use this to our advantage when it comes to creative assignments. One thing to consider is the difficulty of making social media accounts private for education purposes. If this is a concern, you might try using a social media template rather than the social media site itself. Either way, there are a lot of possibilities for assignments:
Hopefully these ideas will spark your creativity and help you develop a few fun activities using a little bit of technology. In the next post, I’ll be talking about how to use technology to manage communication and collaboration with teams, which is an especially important topic for those of us with teaching and research assistants. Until next time!
Written by Jenel Cavazos