| The Legal Practice Skills Department of Suffolk University Law School hosted the 2008 regional conference of the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers. The focus of the conference was “Teaching Through Technology.” The morning program featured three interactive presentations exploring innovative methods for teaching legal writing and research through the use of Wikis, Clickers, and Podcasts.
• Professor Samantha A. Moppett presented on the use if Wikis in the classroom. Her workshop introduced the use of wikis as a collaborative learning tool. Her presentation addressed what a wiki is, discussed how wikis can be incorporated into the legal research and writing curriculum, and demonstrated how to set up a wiki.
• Associate Professor Shailini Jandial George presented on the use of clickers in engaging and assessing students. Her presentation focused on the advantages of using clickers, both to engage students and to assess what they are actually learning. Her presentation demonstrated how to create and use clicker presentations in the classroom.
• Assistant Professors Gabriel H. Teninbaum and Sabrina DeFabritiis presented on the use of podcasts and voice comments to supplement classroom teaching. Gabe Teninbaum presented on how, when, and why to use podcasts to complement classroom teaching. His presentation provided concrete advice to help a beginner get started, as well as training on how to create, edit and publish podcasts. Sabrina DeFabritiis presented on the use of voice comments in providing students’ feedback on their written memoranda. Her presentation focused on the advantages of using voice comments instead of traditional written comments. She also demonstrated how to create voice comments and provide them to students.
The luncheon featured a talk by Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Concentration at Suffolk University Law School. Professor Beckerman-Rodau spoke on the Pedagogy of Teaching Through Technology.