10 Ways To Integrate Technology In Your Class

| July 22, 2019

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If location is out of reach due to logistical issues, you can simulate a virtual trip by using a wide variety of augmented reality apps. To make it easier to give lessons and presentations, use a tool that tracks and displays classroom noise. You can bolster your lesson plans by using videos as stand-alone overviews for some topics. Whether it is a contact from another school or a seasoned lecturer you reach out to, bringing an expert into your classroom will expose your students to new ideas and can lighten your workload. Whereas slideshow presentations entirely made up of text can disengage students, ones with multimedia can effectively hold their attention by varying content delivery.

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Founded in 1844, Olivet College is located in south central Michigan, 30 miles south of Lansing and 125 miles west of Detroit. Olivet College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution, presently offering 28 programs leading to the baccalaureate degree, a master of arts in teaching degree, an online master of business administration in insurance, and dual degree programs with two higher education institutions in Michigan. Olivet College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Article | January 18, 2021

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Founded in 1844, Olivet College is located in south central Michigan, 30 miles south of Lansing and 125 miles west of Detroit. Olivet College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution, presently offering 28 programs leading to the baccalaureate degree, a master of arts in teaching degree, an online master of business administration in insurance, and dual degree programs with two higher education institutions in Michigan. Olivet College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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