Using Technology for Demonstration
“We have found that conducting economic experiments in the classroom, with discussions before, during, and after the experiments, is an effective way of getting students to use economics to think about the world around them. Students have no problem grasping the rules for the experiments and love getting involved with markets and then figuring out what happened rather than simply being lectured at. Better yet, they not always play as cleverly as they might, providing the opportunity to learn from their own and others’ mistakes. They are enthusiastic about what they learn. As instructors, we feel the same way.”
While classroom experiments are among students favourites and allow them to get a exposure to real world, to how experts and scientists work, some are simply too costly or dangerous (especially in STEM disciplines). Demonstrating a nuclear reaction is usually not possibly in your classroom (and no, we are not suggesting that you try that).
This module will:
- Show some resources how you can start,
- Give you a couple of examples from different disciplines.
- Students of the Harvard Business School appreciated the multiple instructors co-ordinating their case studies in one week to be related to ice cream. Turned out, this was a coincidence, but a memorable one for students that allowed to integrate concepts from multiple courses.
- You can start your session with a video. Or better yet, assign a video for home study, flipped-classroom style. See “25 Chemistry Experiments in 15 Minutes” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOuEJf8Dr_4 ) for an example. Or see howstuffworks website (https://science.howstuffworks.com/ ) for examples of questions to assign to students.
- Also, there must be an app for it. Students want to be on their phones, so instead of forbidding them as a distraction, use them as a tool in your class. See “101 Amazing Apps for Classrooms” ( https://www.edsys.in/101-amazing-apps-for-classrooms/ ) ( or other similar lists.
- Augmented Reality (Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality), is making inroads… More likely there are already applications for your subjects. See ”Use Cases of Augmented Reality in Education and Training” (https://rubygarage.org/blog/augmented-reality-in-education-and-training) for number of examples.
- Look for inspiration in other disciplines. While you can not use the same example, case etc., it shows what can be done.
- Who are the cool teachers in your discipline? Look abroad. Who are the teaching stars on YouTube?
- Can you work with other instructors? Can they use your examples to illustrate concepts in their discipline and vice versa? Share the load!