Tutoring with Technology: Say Goodbye to Pen and Paper

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

College students use their cell phones for everything.  As faculty members have long utilized a variety of teaching and learning strategies which traditionally have been demonstrated through visual examples on a white board or by pen and paper….until now.  The innovative use of iPad technology with the Notability App has effectively reinforced the student learning process for students at the post-secondary level.


Kelly Metz Davis is a Senior Lecturer and Support Coordinator. She has been a faculty member at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) for more than six years but has worked at RIT/NTID under various departments for over 16 years. She earned her Associate of Science in Business Administration, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration - Accounting, and Masters in Science in Professional Studies with concentration in Finance and Education from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and has taught courses including Financial Accounting, Fundamentals of Management, Principles of Marketing, Fundamentals of Marketing, Fundamentals of Spreadsheet Applications, and Orientation to Business. When she is not teaching, she can be found tutoring our cross-registered students in Saunders College of Business at RIT and serving as their Support Coordinator. Her role as a Support Coordinator primarily focuses on advocating for her deaf and hard of hearing students that are enrolled in Saunders College of Business to ensure that they receive equitable access in and out of the classroom. Not limited to advising, enrolling, designating supported sections for certain classes, working with Access Services at NTID, and establishing professional tutoring rosters to provide additional tutoring services to our students. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her husband, son, daughter, and their dog. She is a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan and also loves Disney!

Extended Abstract

This presentation will demonstrate the innovative use of iPad technology together with the Notability App to make tutoring sessions more visual, interactive and malleable for students.  Notability is a note-taking app that allows users to download Power Points or other faculty provided media/resources and overlay notes, drawings, graphs, formulas, and other visual aides to enhance student understanding.  As educators, we are constantly changing our approach to teaching to match the learning styles of our students and the use of Notability embraces their love of technology (phones, iPads, laptops) to expand deeper into topics, allowing for immediate online access and upload for review.  Participants will be offered a hands-on experience with the app at the end of the presentation.

Learning Goal: Participants will learn how Notability can be easily used to reinforce student learning in a tutoring environment.
Plan:  We will demonstrate the functions of Notability through a projection of the app and a step by step instruction.

Learning Goal: Participants will see how the technology is used in different teaching/tutoring sessions with Deaf/hoh students.
Plan:  video clips of tutoring sessions using Zoom and the Notability app on the iPad.

Learning Goal: Participants will experience how easy the app is to use with different kinds of problem solving.
Plan: Participants will have a hands on opportunity to experiment with the app with predetermined problems & handouts.