Title: Easy and Free Technologies to Promote Learning in and out of the Classroom

Presenter: Amber Navarre 黄馨怡, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Date/Time/Location: Friday, 04/05/2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Crystal A 

Audience Level: K-12 and Post-Secondary Teachers

Language of Presentation: Chinese and English

Objectives: Participants will be able to

  • identify need for instructional technologies based on learning objectives and contexts;
  • explore and select the most appropriate technologies from currently available tools and resources;
  • use and integrate these technologies into curriculum and daily classroom practice.


This workshop aims to help Chinese teachers who are interested in integrating more technologies in their curriculum and daily classroom practice but have concerns regarding the required efforts and cost in implementing them. Participants of this workshop will first identify their own needs for instructional technology and then be introduced to tens of technological tools that are both easy to use and free of cost. These tools serve 1) a wide range of purposes, from promoting in-class interaction to expanding learning experience outside of the classroom, 2) a wide range of contexts, from face-to-face class settings to varied forms of blended learning to virtual classrooms, and 3) a wide range of platforms, from computers to tablets to smart phones. Techniques and real classroom examples are discussed. This workshop is highly interactive and participants will have the opportunity to address the challenges with which they are faced and explore technology-assisted solutions for their own teaching contexts.