Incorporating Technology into Your Teaching


Quickly, Easily, and Effectively


(Optional Add-On) 

Saturday, October 17 • 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

With so many applications and devices claiming they can help educators better engage with and teach students, how do you determine which ones are right for your specific needs?  And given our busy lives and limited budgets, what is the guarantee that a technology-driven teaching device or application will run the first time and seamlessly deliver the educational benefits promised?  Most importantly, how do you find out what changes need to be incorporated into your teaching approach and curricula to accommodate these innovations and to ensure a significant return on your investment of time and money?

Led by David Roberts, MD, a dean and medical education innovator at Harvard Medical School, this special half-day program is designed to answer these questions and provide strategies to quickly, easily, and cost effectively integrate technology into your teaching for improved outcomes.   

Key Tools to Effectively Search the Literature and Organize Results

Imagine going on rounds, recalling a paper on a topic you are teaching, and sending it to your students in real time. During this session, Dr. Roberts will demonstrate—and have you practice—easy literature retrieval and delivery techniques that allow for interactive, “just-in-time” instruction for your students.

Using the most up-to-date applications and technology, you will leave this session with specific ideas, innovations, and recommendations for keeping pace with the medical literature utilizing:

  • Smart searching techniques
  • Automated searches and RSS feeds
  • Bundled journal browsers
  • Web clippers

—all of which can easily be customized to your specific interests and instantly sent to your students.

Power Up Your PowerPoint

Have you ever wished that you could capture the energy and flow of a "chalk talk" with the visibility and reproducibility of PowerPoint?

In this session we will discuss principles and practicalities of effective PowerPoint use in various teaching settings. Even experienced PowerPoint users will take home some new tricks as we share ideas and best practices.

In this session, participants will:

  • Embed videos in PowerPoint so they work seamlessly and reliably
  • Distinguish PowerPoint tricks that distract from learning from ones that augment it
  • Tell a dynamic story using simple animations
  • Efficiently create an elegant presentation without hours of tinkering and frustration

"Pad"-agogy and More: Enhancing Interactivity and Learner Engagement through New Apps and Devices

This portion of the program shows you simple applications that are widely available (most for free) and that can be readily incorporated into your teaching for significantly better pedagogy and learner engagement.

  • These recommendations include free applications for smart audience response systems used to increase learner engagement, and collaborative annotation tools that enable you to run interactive sessions—even at multiple distant locations—simultaneously. 

You also get step-by-step, hands-on guidance to set up innovative teaching technologies on your own device with little additional time or cost.

  • Technologies covered in this program have been specifically chosen because of the speed and ease with which you can implement them.
  • Bring your smart phone, iPad, and other mobile devices, and you will leave this program with a smart audience response system and a collaborative annotation tool, set up and ready to use.

This session also provides effective strategies to incorporate these technologies into your teaching without having to redesign your entire teaching approach, presentation, or curriculum.

#MedEd: Social Media as a Venue for Teaching on the Wards and Beyond

Increasingly our learners are using social media for medical education -- discussing articles, sharing clinical images, participating in Twitter chats, listening to podcasts, and consuming didactic "Tweetorials." Are you afraid of social media? Are you a novice? Are you experienced but want to learn more?  In this session, participants will:

  • Characterize the various social media methods learners are using
  • Describe best practices for teaching on social media
  • Identify pitfalls to avoid when teaching on social media

 You will leave this session with practical tips to start teaching or improve your teaching using this new exciting method! 

What to Bring:  

  • Bring your smart phone. 
  • While optional, bringing an iPad or tablet is also recommended.

Minimal Preparation Needed.  You will receive simple, initial download and setup instructions for the applications covered in this program approximately one week in advance of the session, along with contact information for assistance should you encounter any difficulties.

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Friday/Saturday Add-On Bundle Discount

Sign up for "Incorporating Technology into Your Teaching" along with one track of the Friday Add-On, "Mastering the Skills of the Modern Educator," and receive a $100 discount.  Learn more about the three available tracks of the Friday Add-On: "Successful Career Development for the Clinician-Educator"; "Taking Your Teaching to the Next Level"; and "Medical Education Scholarship: From Creating a Curriculum to Publishing Your Work."