2013 Conference: Innovating Teaching & Learning through Partnerships and Collaboration

Welcome to the proceedings blog of the CIT/EdTech Conference of May 16, 2013 “Innovating Teaching & Learning through Partnerships and Collaboration”

Thank you for attending the 2013 CIT / Ed Tech Conference on May 16–we hope to keep you informed of future events that might be of interest to you. And we want to offer a special thank you to this year’s presenters who offered so many rich perspectives on teaching and using educational technology at UMass Boston.


iPads in the Classroom- Video


Plenary: The Reluctant Early Adopter: Technology and the Teacher

Professor Stephanie Hartwell (Sociology and Graduate Studies) Recipient of 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

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1.1 E-Books Are Not All The Same

Panelists will present opportunities available to faculty to integrate e-books licensed by the library into their teaching. We will present the advantages of using the Library e-book collections along with some of the tools for using them.

  • Presenters: Janet Stewart and Teresa Maceira (Library) and faculty

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1.3 Swipe to Unlock Learning: Student Engagement with iPads in The Classroom

Through the iPad in the Classroom program, IT has deployed a mobile cart of iPads to faculty teaching many different subjects including English, Art, Music, African Studies, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies. During the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to try out the iPads and apps used in various classrooms, and discuss with faculty presenters how they integrated the iPads into their teaching,

  • Presenters: Mary Simone (IT/EdTech), Steve Ackerman (Biology), Cat Mazza (Art), Susan Mraz (Latin American and Iberian Studies), Rebecca Romanow (English), Amy Todd (Anthropology), Heather Guiney (Boston College High School)

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1.5 Supporting ESL Learners: A Moving Target: Letting ESL Students Speak for Themselves

In ESL reading-writing pedagogy an educator’s intimacy with code-switching is crucial to his/her success. As both an approach to education and one such “code”, a feminist optic provides unique opportunities for meaning-making in ESL education.

  • Presenter: Jacob Burke (English)

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2.3 Using Voicethread And IPads to Increase Student Interaction and Develop Foreign Language Skills

The presenters will share ways in which they’ve used Voicethread to support students’ learning.  The first presenter will talk about how she has been integrating Voicethread with the iPad to support her students’ interaction and collaboration as well as their presentations.  The second presenter will share how she has used Voicethread to build four foreign language skills into one activity for her Spanish 230 Intermediate Spanish Composition and Conversation class as students work with Juan Rulfo photographs.

  • Presenters: Susan Mraz and Susana Domingo (Latin American and Iberian Studies)

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3.1 Confronting The Common Core: Teaching “Informational Texts”
Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction
This session addresses the implications of the Common Core State Standards Initiative’s emphasis on “informational texts” for the high school to college transition. Students who have just completed their student teaching in Boston area high schools and their professor will share their thoughts about the ramifications of this curricular transformation.

  • Presenters: Alex Mueller (English) and students Jorge Garcia, Brenda Gonzalez, and Tamzin Partridge

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3.3 Participation, Peer Review, And iPads: Engaging Students in The Reading And Writing Classroom

Presenters will show how they integrated this new technology into their classroom practices to realize the pedagogical goals of engaging students in critical reading, writing, and research, including peer review, and collaborative composing.

  • Presenters: Victoria Kingsley (English); Rebecca Romanow (English)

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3.5 The Power Of Influence

As creative and academic writers, panel members use published work to influence their writing to greater heights. In the RWSSC, we introduce the same idea through tutoring, encouraging students to participate in the larger academic conversation.

  • Presenters: Peter Picetti, Jill Tessier, Ian Drinkwater, Kurt Klopmeier, Krysten Hill, and Katie Raddatz (Academic Support)

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4.1 Open Access and Customization
Room: Healey Library, 4th Floor, Center for Library Instruction
Presenters will share the Open Access for Africa project, which is a clearinghouse for free scholarly articles and databases in medicine. You will learn how to customize your own open access material for your class or department.

  • Presenters: Tina Mullins (Library), Eileen Stuart-Shor (Nursing), Jacob Kariuki (Student/Nursing)

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4.3 Using iPads to Engage Students

The first presenter will share a middle school teacher’s observations of a school year-long study on how the immediacy of technology through the use of personal iPads can be used to extend the classroom community outside the confines of a school room. Presentation will share best practices of using technology to foster community-mainly focusing on the educational social media site Edmodo, input from student interviews on the way iPads have changed their interactions with teachers and students, and examples of student writing and sharing online with their classroom community. The second presenter will explore apps and strategies for classroom presentation, interaction, and collaboration.

  • Presenters: Heather Guiney (Boston College High School), Susan Mraz (Latin American and Iberian Studies)

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4.5 Friend Or Foe: How We Choose The Readings Our Students Read in Freshman Composition

The Freshman English website emphasizes that our courses “teach reading and writing as interconnected activities and promises students “you will learn to write as a reader and read as a writer in ways that prepare you for college level assignments.”  So we have gathered five Freshman Composition instructors to open a discussion on how we choose the readings we choose to have our students read.

  • Presenters: John Hess (English), Victoria Kingsley (English), Itai Halevi (English), Brittany Wadbrook (English), Megan Turilli (English) & Wendy Schoerner (English)

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