Using technology in the auto tech class.

January 2015
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Rob Thompson's Automotive Technology Education Newsletter

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This newsletter is to share teaching ideas for auto tech instructors and to provide informational updates on what is happening in CT education around the country. 

Using technology in the auto tech classroom - work smarter not harder part 2. 

Continued from last month...

3. Find the part (scavenger hunting) - When I begin a new topic, such as brake systems, I have the students find various brake parts on different vehicles. This gets them to use the SI and check out different makes and models to see things that are similar yet different. One way I have them show me that they found a particular item, such as an ABS HCU, is to take a pic with their phone and then show me their evidence. Other students take pictures of pieces of SI or diagrams and take the image back to where they are working. 

4. Remind (formerly Remind101) - is a free app that allows you to text your students anonymously. This is a great app for communicating information to your students without them knowing your phone number or you having their numbers. You can also have parents sign up and receive updates in addition to your students. 

Remind continues to add functions, such as Stamp, which allows you send questions and get responses. Check it out!

5. Twitter - I admit I'm new to Twitter and don't use it a lot as it is blocked by my district over our Internet service. However, I do have students who subscribe to my "teacher" Twitter account. I send updates and interesting tweets from other automotive sources. It's a good way to share relevant automotive info from many different companies. 

More to come next month...
Stay Tuned!

What's going on around the country in auto tech and education.

Alcoa says process steps up competition between aluminum and steel in automotive market

Audi Q7 will be VW Group's 1st plug-in diesel

EMEA: Automotive Ethernet – safe or sorry?

How Smart Watch May Eliminate Car Valets, 'Lost' Vehicles

Google Seeks Partners for Self-Driving Car

State's community colleges seek 4-year degrees

This CES will be an auto geek's delight

Chief University Introduces Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology Course

Automotive Industry Could Be Next Advanced Users of 3D Printing

Best tech cars of 2014

Grainger Industrial Supply awards scholarships to Athens Techstudents
Recently added material on Quizlet. Quizlet is an online flashcard, test review, and study tool website that is free to use. I have added all of the key terms for Automotive Maintenance & Light Repair and am adding supplemental terms as well. Key terms for Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach 6e are in progress.

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In addition, I continue to add PowerPoints and photos my website for download and instructional use. 

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