Technology for Teaching
Conestoga provides a variety of technologies that support and enhance teaching. Try the technologies listed below and offer feedback on your experience. Contact the Educational Technology Officer for training or support.
Active Learning classrooms
Many classrooms at Conestoga are considered Active Learning classrooms. If you're scheduled to teach in one of these innovative, collaborative spaces, sign up for an orientation, or review the online training resources.
Many classrooms are outfitted with interactive projectors, which allow you to use the projected screen like a tablet. Visit our YouTube channel to watch training videos or read our tips on how to use these interactive projectors.
Download the Easy Interactive software on your own computer and prepare interactive lessons at home.
Touch interaction currently only works with classroom podium computers.
eTexts and Open Educational Resources (OER)
Many programs and courses are exploring digital textbooks. eText programs use eConestoga and the Texidium app to deliver their textbook. Read our tips and suggestions for teaching with eTexts in the classroom.
Many programs and courses bring in OER from the library to supplement course material, or offer students a free textbook. Students can use the Microsoft Edge browser or an extension in Chrome to highlight and take notes on these textbooks.
Conestoga offers five free installations of Microsoft Office for all students and employees. This can be accessed the same way you would access your Conestoga email. This software can be used on your personal computer, phone or tablet. Ask the IT Service Desk for help or advice with installing Office.
Evidence suggests that visually representing concepts or structures facilitates information retrieval and critical thinking. Learn about the varieties of mind maps and visualizations.
Plickers is a good option for classrooms with less reliable WiFi, students without devices, or those who don't feel particularly tech-savvy.
Office365 Forms allows you to build quick surveys and self-marking quizzes. All of these can easily be distributed to your students.
Start with any one of these tools to enhance your formative assessments, bridge-ins and check-ins through the term.
PowerPoint and presentation alternatives
When preparing your presentations, review our best practices when using PowerPoint to teach. Many of these guidelines apply to other presentation apps as well.
Try gamifying your PowerPoint presentations with these game templates.
Creating video lessons
Use tools like Ed Puzzle or TED Ed to add multiple choice, discussion or open-ended response questions to videos. In TED Ed, you can add supplemental resources, discussion postings and summaries. Create an account to build and share lessons.
Screen casting or screen recording
Create short video tutorials by trying one of these options:
- Record your screen with VLC - the free software installed on all campus computers
- Record your screen on a Mac or use QuickTime
- Use the screenrecorder built into Windows 10 Game Bar -to activate, select both the Windows logo key and G on your keyboard.
- Try a tool like Screencast-o-Matic or Screencastify - you may need to pay for a subscription.
Use Microsoft Stream, available through your Conestoga email, to upload the video and have it automatically captioned, or create a YouTube channel to upload your video. Make sure you edit the closed captioning in either Microsoft Stream or YouTube to include punctuation, corrected text and capitalization before sharing with students.