Teaching with Technology: A peek at the 2012 PITF fair

Want to know what’s new in classroom technology?  On August 16th the Bok Multimedia team visited the End-of-Summer PITF fair to scope out the projects that were developed for the Fall term. The PITF (Presidential Instructional Technology Fellowship) program supports Harvard courses by developing digital and technological materials to be integrated into the curriculum. This…

A Reader Writes . . .

Frequent Bok Blog contributor and PhD candidate in Music Matthew Mugmon recently pointed me to a new technology, meant to facilitate classroom discussion. GoSoapBox is a customizable response tool that teachers can use to solicit real-time information from students – who no longer have to raise their hands. The idea is that students will feel less self-conscious…

Experiments in Experiential Learning

Three projector screens showing three simultaneous Keynote presentations running on three laptops makes for one visually stimulating talk – not to mention a fascinating sneak peek into the future of teaching. On Friday, Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama gave a talk entitled “The Geography of Ginseng and the Strange Alchemy of Needs” under the aegis of the Reischauer…

Around the Web: New Frontiers

Several recent news stories focused attention on the closely interrelated issues, in higher education, of technological innovation, rising costs, academic elitism, and personal, individualized small-class instruction. Apple entered the digital textbook market (prompting some skepticism); President Obama addressed the cost of higher education in his State of the Union Address; MIT announced that it would…

Term Papers vs. Blog Posts: Are We Really Having This Argument?

The New York Times published a special section on “Education Life” today, which included a thought-provoking article by Matt Richtel on the increasingly common choice of blog posts as assignments in writing classes. Richtel quotes blog-friendly faculty like Professor Cathy N. Davidson of Duke University and Professor Andrea A. Lunsford of Stanford University, who argue that blog posts motivate…

Creative Assignment Chaos?

Among the many things I learned at the Bok Center’s Fall Teaching Conference was this: TFs are anxious about creative assignments. During a panel sponsored by the Program in General Education, creative assignments came up again and again. How should they be evaluated? What should prompts look like? What campus resources can TFs rely on?…

Around the Web: Hitting the Books

What will the textbook of the future look like? There has been a lot of buzz about e-textbooks this year. Will the iPad be the platform that turns the tide? What will collaborations between book publishers and educational platforms bring? Will late-adopting professors, publisher restrictions, questionable fees, and the nonexistence of a secondary market doom the conversion to digital? Will open-source…