Magazine article Techniques

Using Technology to Enhance an Automotive Program

Magazine article Techniques

Using Technology to Enhance an Automotive Program

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The PowerPoint curriculum itself is a gift of technology. The instructor is able to use still and video photography to enhance presentations using videos and photos he has created for his students. The use of projection systems, presentation software, the interactive student response systems and remote electronic computer control, as well as instructor voice enhancement, greatly improves student attention, participation and learning.

Denis Ashton uses technology in his automotive technology program at East Valley Institute o['Technology (EVIT) to positively impact student outcomes.

"Technology is not only a tool that helps me teach," he says, "it helps me know if the student is really learning." Ashton, the department chair for the automotive programs at EVIT, in Mesa, Arizona, says that using an interactive PowerPoint curriculum makes learning fun for students and provides immediate feedback for the teacher. Not only does he know what percentage of the class "gets" it, but he also knows who isn't getting it, and if he needs to cover the subject again.

How it works

The system begins with a lesson on the screen so that the students are seeing the coursework as well as hearing it from the instructor. Once the presentation has been given, students are immediately tested on the content. Divided into teams, each student has an electronic key pad on his or her desk. A multiple choice question is flashed up on the screen and game show music is played while students enter their answers.

The results are immediate; the teacher and students can see who got the answer right and which team had the most correct answers in the shortest period of time. The winning team typically gets candy, or some inexpensive reward. But the real reward is to the teacher. If everyone got the answer correct, he knows he can move onto the next lesson. If there seems to be some confusion, he can go back and reteach the content.

The PowerPoint curriculum itself is a gift of technology. The instructor is able to use still and video photography to enhance presentations using videos and photos he has created for his students. The use of projection systems, presentation software, the interactive student response systems and remote electronic computer control, as well as instructor voice enhancement, greatly improves student attention, participation and learning. …

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