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Nov 29, 2011

More on Student Collaboration and Google Apps

As you know, Google Apps were made available to NYIT faculty and students this past summer. Many schools in the US and around the world are using Google Apps for Education to support student learning and provide opportunities for student engagement and collaboration. You might ask: “What’s in it for me?”   A simple answer is: 1)    It will save you a lot of time 2)    It will make you a very interesting teacher who uses technology innovatively (students love Google Apps’ user-friendly interface!)   You might also ask: “What’s in it for my students?”   A simple answer is: 1)    Easy collaboration: no more multiple… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 17, 2011

A Time for Thanksgiving

  On behalf of the Student Solutions Center, we’d like to wish you a happy & safe Thanksgiving Break.  During these tough time, let’s take a moment to reflect on all that we can be thankful for.  See you after the break! More

Author: anna_ye

Nov 16, 2011

Enhance Student Collaboration with Online Tools: Google Apps

NYIT faculty members care about effective teaching and student engagement. Sometimes in conversation, faculty members voice concerns about student collaboration. Let’s consider two of the most common: Accountability: How do I hold all students in the team accountable for doing their share of the work? How do members of a team hold each other accountable? Time constraints: How do I engage students in meaningful collaborative work when it takes so much class time?   Some of the emerging educational technologies might be able to address these prevalent concerns in an easy and user-friendly manner. This summer NYIT has adopted Google Apps… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 15, 2011

Dean Uttendorfer on Homework

  The volume of homework for kids has drastically increased proportionately to the emphasis in the past few years on testing. Dr. Michael Uttendorfer, Dean, NYIT School of Education, believes there can be too much homework. He feels too much homework is just practice rather than work that builds understanding. Studies show that the amount of homework for elementary ages has no bearing on their ability to perform. Dr. Uttendorfer and Judith West have an interesting discussion on this topic on Getting Your Money's Worth. More

Author: michael_uttendorfer

Nov 09, 2011

Guide Your Students Toward More Effective Study Habits

Research on learning suggests that students who think about the process of learning are likely to learn more deeply andretain information longer, but students with poor study habits are less likely to reflect on and change their study habits (Fu and Gray, 2004; National Research Council, 2001, p.78). Since your students may not necessarily havegood study habits, it helps to make them aware of what works and what doesn’t. Here’s one easy way to do just that. When you return exams, give each student an index card. Ask them to write, anonymously, the grade they received on the exam along… More

Author: francine_glazer

Nov 01, 2011

Communicate High Expectations

  “Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”  ~ Confucius A good course is designed with two layers of expectations. First are the expectations of the program, course, or assignment. Letting students know exactly what you expect gives them a roadmap for the program, course, or assignment, and helps them to succeed. This can be accomplished through the syllabus, through assignment guidelines and rubrics, and with oral or written feedback. My best advice for helping students to succeed in your course is to give them… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 26, 2011

How to Ace That Text

How to Ace That Test. 1.       Review the hardest material right before bedtime. Going to sleep right away consolidates the information in your memory. 2.       Turn off music, text messages, TV and email. Distractions make you less likely to remember material you were studying at the time. 3.       Test yourself repeatedly.  Students remember more when they force themselves to retrieve concepts than when they simply re-read textbook or their notes. 4.       Eat oatmeal for breakfast. Balanced, slow-digesting diet provides a sustained flow of glucose to the brain.               -Wall Street Journal, 10/26/11 More

Author: anna_ye

Oct 26, 2011

Storytelling, Creativity, and Classroom Management

A perennial problem faced by many faculty members is students who arrive late to class. I’ve found a way to encourage students to arrive on time, while exercising their creativity. As one of the preliminary exercises in creating an animation, I ask the students to first read a series of short stories and then write a factual account of something that they have experienced that has made an impact on them. They are then instructed to set their written story aside and "perform" the story as a storyteller. This is a standard exercise commonly used in many classes that involve… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 19, 2011

Glogster and Audio Essays

Here’s a link to an online tool called “Glogster” (http://edu.glogster.com/ ). I use this tool as part of a writing assignment that challenges students to find their writing voices through a “no-writing” writing assignment. The students must use heavy description and narration to pull this one off, because in this case, the audience will listen to (not read) the essay. Of course, all “drafts” are audio drafts, and they’re shared with others in the class—as listeners who provide audio feedback to their trio of writers. Once they’ve received audio feedback, they then must incorporate active listening (using their peers’ comments and… More

Author: francine_glazer

Oct 11, 2011

Using SafeAssign as a Teaching Tool

I honestly believe that most students who plagiarize do not do so deliberately or maliciously but because they don’t understand summarizing, paraphrasing, and documenting well enough to avoid it. I have found a way to improve students’ understanding. SafeAssign is a plagiarism detection program that is built into Blackboard (turn it on inCourse Tools). While many faculty use it as just a way to catch student plagiarizing, I use it as a teaching tool for students, as well. I use SafeAssign in both my face-to-face and online courses. First, I create a “SafeAssignment” in Blackboard (in a Content area, Evaluate-Create… More

Author: francine_glazer

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John Hill John Hill
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department: Architecture
Campus: Manhattan
Charles Matz Charles Matz, A.I.A., R.I.B.A., C.I.D.
Associate Professor
Department: Interior Design
Campus: Old Westbury
Purushottam Lal Meena Purushottam Lal Meena, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department: Management Science Studies
Campus: Old Westbury