Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom

The Department of Information Technology wants to help our Faculty utilize technology to improve teaching in the classroom. The first step to using technology as a tool for teaching in the classroom is to learn and become proficient in the basic operation and concepts of each tool, understand how other Faculty members are already using each tool in the classroom, and how each tool will benefit both the Faculty member and their students. If you have any specific requests for technology training, please let us know.

Getting Connected

NJCU Faculty can now request technology training in the areas listed below:

Interactive Whiteboards

Are large interactive display that connects to a computer. It is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a digital projector. The instructor can then manipulate the elements on the board by controlling the computer using a pen, stylus, or other devices. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand. They are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms and others. There are many types of interactive boards. NJCU uses mostly Epson Bright Link Series Boards. We will go through the basic steps on how to make the best use of the tools available for the interactive whiteboards. Including a view to “ink aware” applications. When software is Ink Aware, you can write and draw directly into an active file. When you save an Ink Aware application file, your notes and drawings will be visible the next time you open it. Microsoft® Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® software are the most commonly used Ink Aware applications.

Panopto

A flexible and easy-to-use lecture capture platform that lets faculty and presenters capture, edit, share, and archive recordings of classroom presentations. The primary purpose of Panopto is to provide a method for delivering content and tools that are used to enhance the teaching and learning environment for a class during a given academic period. Lecture capture at NJCU is an effective means to record live classroom presentations to be made available to students for later review and also to be used in online courses. We will go through the basic steps on how to make the best use of the tools for your recording needs.

Basic Computer Skills

A short, easy-to-master workshop on basic computer knowledge. The goal is to give you a solid foundation. Once you understand these basics, you will have a clearer understanding on which to build your knowledge and skill with computers. To become familiar with your computer there are certain basic skills to be mastered. While these skills might seem obvious at first, many people never take the time to learn these important basics. By reviewing them now, you will both save time and also improve your daily computer productivity.

  • Organizing files and folders.
  • How to create and manage keyboard shortcuts.
  • Setting up and customizing toolbars and favorites.
  • Clearing cached files and cookies on all browsers.
  • and more.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a complete suite of applications including Word (word processing), PowerPoint (presentations), Excel (spreadsheet), and Outlook (email/calendar). Each application is listed below with additional details.

Word

Is a word-processing program designed to help you create professional-quality documents. Word helps you organize and write your documents more efficiently. Your first step in creating a document in Word is to choose whether to start from a blank document or to let a template do much of the work for you. We will go through the basic steps to get you started so you can create, edit, save and print a professional looking document.

  • How to do a mail merge.
  • Setting up labels.
  • Tracking changes from one version to another.
  • Creating and using keyboard shortcuts.
  • and more.

PowerPoint

Has a brand-new look: It’s cleaner and is ready for use on Pcs, tablets, and phones, so you can swipe and tap your way through presentations. Presenter View automatically adapts to your projection set-up, and you can even use it on a single monitor. Themes now come with variations, which make it simpler to enhance the look you want. We will go through the basic steps to get you started so you can create professional looking presentations that represent you and your own unique style while effectively delivering your ideas to the audience using basic animation, transitions, and other editing tools.

  • Using Word Art in presentations.
  • Setting up slides (including master slides).
  • Adding video and audio into presentations.
  • Working with transitions and other special effects.
  • and more.

Excel

Is an incredibly powerful tool for getting the most use of enormous amounts of data. It also works really well for simple calculations and tracking almost any kind of information. The key for unlocking all that potential is the grid of cells. We will go through the basic steps of understanding how to use the cells which can contain numbers, text or formulas. We will show you how to put data in your cells and group them in rows and columns. This will allow you to add up your data, sort and filter it, put it in tables, and build great-looking charts.>

  • Filtering data.
  • Importing and exporting data.
  • Creating graphs and charts.
  • Setting up and using formulas and calculations.
  • and more.

Outlook

Is a personal information manager from Microsoft, available as a part of the Microsoft Office suite. Although often used mainly as an email application, it also includes a calendar, task manager, and contact manager. It can be used as a stand-alone application, or can work with Microsoft Exchange Server for multiple users in an organization, such as shared mailboxes and calendars, Exchange public folders, and meeting schedules. We will go through the basic steps on how to make the best use of the tools in this communication application.

  • Flagging items and using rules.
  • Setting up reminders.
  • Adding and working with auto replies and signatures.
  • Using multiple calendars.
  • and more.

Technology Training
Is Available
For All Faculty

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