It’s past midterms, it’s right before spring break. Even your best students are card-carrying members of the Apathy Club and come to think of it … you’ve started your own count down to the end of the semester.
Well, SNAP OUT OF IT! Or better yet find a guest speaker. Bringing in a guest speaker can change-up the pace and add insights or knowledge that differ from your own. Thanks to technology, your guest doesn’t have to travel at all or you can record their one time talk and use it over again next semester or for online.
Through the magic of technology, Professor Steinborn is able to interview speakers from Switzerland, Germany, and France while his students were here in the Detroit Metro-area. How perfect for an international business course! Think of the possibilities of Skyping with peers in Mexico or Egypt for language courses. Interviewing the author of the course textbook. Artists, CEO’s, Scientists, even your Grandmother in Florida, who know what stories and experiences are out there to share!
Cools tools to use:
- Adobe Connect – for web Conferencing.
- Skype – It’s easy and almost everyone has it. Click here for Skyping in Education.
- Panopto – use it to capture your live or virtual speaker.
Need to find someone? Check out these options
- MERLOT Speakers Bureau
- Your Academic Colleagues and Previous Teachers
- Your Work Colleagues
- Members of the Community
For tips on this subject check out this website: http://www.glencoe.com/ps/teachingtoday/weeklytips.phtml/42
Need help setting up the tools to connect with your guest speaker, let us know. Have you brought in a guest speaker into your class? How did it go? Let us know in the comments.