Using technology in the auto tech class part 1.

December 2014
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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. 

The last two issues looked at features included in ExamView test generation software. This issue will present some ideas for using technology in your auto class.

Today's students are more connected than ever, which can present problems as well as opportunities for you as the instructor. I have embraced technology, both as a practical necessity and as a way to allow students to put their tech to work productively. Below are examples of how smart phones and even not-so-smart (older) phones can be used to your advantage.

1. VIN decoder applications - don't get me wrong, I still teach how to get the info from a VIN, but for convenience and time savings, a VIN decoding app is great. If you have a NAPA account, you can use the Prolink app and connect with your account using the app. However, for students to use the Prolink app they have to log into the NAPA account.

2. QR code readers - I have QR codes on fire extinguishers that link to a video on how fire extinguishers work. The video also explains the types of fires and extinguishers for each type. Students complete a lab worksheet based on the video and the information on the extinguishers. 

I also have QR codes attached to various pieces of equipment, such as tire machines, that show how to use the equipment. Students scan the code and watch the video before using the equipment.

Credit for this tip to Sonny Reeves who shared the QR code idea years ago.

More to come next month. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
Stay Tuned!
VIN Decoder links

iOS VIN Viper Scanner

roid VIN Decoder

NAPA ProLink VIN Decoder
Figure 1 - Example of QR code in lab
QR Code Links

QR Code Generator



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