Workshop: Cell Phones, Laptops and Facebook

Sophie Lavoie

Attending the CETL event “Cell Phones, Laptops and Facebook… What Can I Do About Them?” brought Sophie Lavoie ideas on how to take advantage of distracting technologies in her classroom. An Associate Professor of Spanish with UNB Fredericton’s Dept. of Culture & Language Studies, she has attended many of CETL’s professional development courses, workshops and presentations, and says that this one in particular had a direct impact on her pedagogy. 

“In my Advanced Spanish Translation class, I ask students who have hand-held devices to download a dictionary ‘app’ such as Wordreference. If we get stuck on the meaning of a word or expression during workshopping, it becomes an exercise to find the right definition. If students use technology this way, then they're doing something productive with their devices.”

“I find CETL is really one of the only places to get an understanding of new trends and pedagogical findings in the university setting."

Due to the relatively recent prevalence of “smartphones” in the classroom, it can be difficult for instructors to know how to deal with any associated complications. For Lavoie the workshop showcased what other people are using as solutions to these problems. “I find CETL is really one of the only places to get an understanding of new trends and pedagogical findings in the university setting,” says Lavoie.

In 2009 Lavoie completed a team project with Teaching and Learning funding titled “Incorporating Film and Video into the Curriculum,” and has attended numerous UNB Kaleidoscope Teaching Showcases. Some examples of the other workshops Lavoie has attended include “Learning Theories Forum: Cognitive Psychology & Theory and Implications for Instruction,” and “Who Runs this Class?: Encouraging Student Ownership.”

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