Technology for Teaching

Conestoga provides a variety of technologies that support and enhance teaching. Try one or more of the technologies listed below and offer feedback on your experience. Reach out to the Educational Technology Officer for training or support.

Active learning classrooms

Many classrooms at Conestoga are considered Active Learning classrooms. You may be scheduled to teach in one of these innovative, collaborative spaces.  If you're scheduled in an Active Learning classroom, sign up for an orientation, or check out the online training resources.

Interactive projectors

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.

Print these quick guides to use the software in PC or Whiteboard mode, or in PowerPoint slideshow mode.

Touch interaction currently only works with classroom podium computers.

eTexts and Open Educational Resources (OERs)

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 OERs 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.

OneDrive

An alternative to the Google Drive, the OneDrive lets you store and create documents, share your content and collaborate with others. The OneDrive is built into how you access your email.

Microsoft Office 2016

Conestoga offers five free installations of Office 2016 for all students and employees. This can be accessed the same way you would access your email. Please feel free to use these on your personal computers. Download the apps for free on your phone or tablet. Ask the IT Service Desk for help or advice with installing Office 2016.

Polling apps

Plickers is a good option for classrooms with less reliable Wi-Fi, students without devices, or those who don't feel particularly "tech-savvy".

Office365 Forms lets you 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 semester.

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.

If you'd like to try a new presentation app, check out Microsoft Sway or NearPod. Access Sway through your Conestoga email.

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 easily using free apps like YouTube, Screencast-O-Matic or the Mix tab in PowerPoint 2016.

Create a YouTube channel to upload your video and add closed captioning automatically. Edit the closed captioning to include punctuation, corrected text and capitalization before sharing with students.

You can even embed these videos into your PowerPoint presentation.

Video chats

Use tools like Office 365 Teams, Skype or Zoom to host virtual office hours for your students, or bring a remote guest into your classroom.

Twitter

Teachers are among the most active users on Twitter with numerous tweets relating to education. Follow us and join in on the conversation.