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Teaching With Technology Fora

September 14, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Des Peres 213
Promoting Critical Thinking and Student Engagement Using Interactive PowerPoint Techniques
Chris Grabau, Instructional Developers, Reinert Center

Using PowerPoint during in-class time can offer a lot more than just information transfer. When created as a visual aid or as an interactive tool, using PowerPoint can help develop students' critical thinking skills while also providing creative ways to interact with course material. This session will discuss ways to use PowerPoint to support critical thinking and will offer a few simple techniques to help make your presentations promote an engaging classroom environment.

November 16, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Des Peres 213
Concept Maps for Sparking Critical and Creative Thinking
Sandy Gambill, Senior Instructional Developer, Reinert Center

Concept maps are graphic illustrations that help students uncover relationships between concepts, organize information and represent knowledge. Concept maps are typically drawn on chalkboards or white boards when they're created in groups, or on paper when assigned to individual students. In this session, we'll discuss ways to incorporate concept maps into teaching and examine some software solutions to help incorporate concept maps into Blackboard or online courses.

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