“Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.”
When I teach, I do all I can to engage and inspire my students, and to create deep learning connections for them with the material that we cover in class. One strategy that I have for helping me to create and maintain connection with my students is to step from behind the podium and walk around my classroom.
We now offer a technology that makes this practice even easier than before, so faculty can connect to their classroom projectors and display content from a laptop or mobile device located anywhere within their classroom, rather than from the podium.
There are Polycom Pano devices to over 20 classrooms, which allow for connection from nearly any smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Additionally, nearly every classroom now has an AppleTV device for teaching untethered from a Mac laptop, iPhone or iPad.
Never heard of untethered teaching before and are curious about how it might be a game-changer in your classroom? This video might provide some inspiration:
If you would like to learn more about how to untether yourself from the instructor podium in your classroom, please drop by the Tech Hub (DeMille 104) during business hours and a staff member can help you with a hands-on demo using your own device.