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CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
BEST PRACTICE

Check with your Dept.

If you plan to incorporate audio-visual equipment in your course, be sure to check with your department/division before finalizing your syllabus and class plan. You'll want to make to sure that any associated costs will be covered and that that classroom you have been assigned can accommodate your needs.

Talk to the professionals

Consider talking to someone about the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom. There is at times an expectation among students that instructors will incorporate technology into the classroom setting - but not all subjects/classroom environments are suited for such use. For assistance with regards to effective use of instructional technology, contact:
Center for Teaching Advancement  (CTSI)
www.teaching.utoronto.ca


Plan Ahead

Be sure to plan ahead if you wish to use technology in the classroom. Arrangements need to be made in advance, such as ordering the equipment through the appropriate office (often with a minimum of 1 week's notice), and last-minute requests run the risk of not being met.

Inform your Dept.

During the room allocation process, be sure to inform your department/division if you have specific a/v needs. It is often difficult to make changes to room assignments after they have been finalized.

Visit the room ahead

When you receive the room assignment for your course, consider visiting the room before the first meeting of your class. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the room, the placement of the a/v equipment and observe any limitations/restrictions that may exist.

Test the equipment

If possible, arrange for a time to test the audio-visual equipment in the classroom before you start teaching (e.g. before term begins, or on a day that your class is not scheduled). This will help to familiarize yourself with the room and the equipment and allow you to make any necessary adjustments before the class.