on July 6 2019 at 7:15 a.m.
Listen to our podcast episode about Top Hat, including audio from their 2018 conference, our interviews with professors using Top Hat and with Top Hat's CEO, and critical feedback from students - who were not invited to the conference but who had A LOT to say. https://soundcloud.com/user-669368828/odl-engage-conference-podcast
As participants in the conference, and digital media producers, we had the opportunity to interview educators using Top Hat and learn about their efforts to develop interactive content and adopt new educational technology in a rapidly evolving educational landscape. Martha Evans is a tenure track group one faculty at Ohio University and teaches classes in early childhood and middle childhood education. Evans said she sees students using mobile devices throughout their daily activities, and she's eager to find ways to engage with them in the classroom through technology. "I'm 56 years old. I am a digital immigrant, but the people who are sitting in my classrooms hoping to become teachers are digital natives," says Evans. Top Hat relies heavily on modern mobile phone technology and assumes all students have cellphones in the classroom. "I heard it said one time that if Rip Van Winkle went to sleep one hundred years ago and woke up, the place that he would recognize is the school system," she said. "Our school system is so antiquated we've got to be more forward thinking if we're going to keep up with the rest of the world."
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