Matching learning outcomes to appropriate technologies is an important step for effectively integrating technology into classroom teaching and learning. The following are some technologies commonly available at community colleges for aiding instruction in a wide range of subjects:
- Overhead projectors and PowerPoint software can enhance lectures by emphasizing key points and incorporating photos, graphs, and cartoons into presentations that would otherwise lack visual interest. Overhead projectors have the advantage of being interactive, as the instructor can change or add to a transparency as necessary.
- Slides and transparencies can be prepared in advance, a distinct advantage for instructors who have poor handwriting. Never copy your lecture onto the page and read it aloud in class. Keep visuals short and graphically interesting. Face students when using visuals to catch the cues that tell you how students are responding to the information.