EDUCAUSE 2012 Presenter Profiles: Troy Stein

Meet Troy Stein

Troy SteinTroy is a Solutions Architect right here at TechSmith. As part of the EDU team, Troy works with educators to refine the existing teaching methods and build new tools to help teachers help their students. Besides being a TechSmith superhero, Troy is also an erstwhile educator himself (taught German 1991-1993), a father of five, and a ridiculously positive soccer coach of the world’s best 3rd grade soccer team in Ann Arbor!

A Little Knowledge is a Creative Thing

TechSmith products have been making the grade in K-12—helping teachers flip their classrooms and integrate technology into their teaching. Now, they’re ready for higher ed! We’ll walk you through a day-in-the-life of a college, highlighting the use of Snagit, Camtasia, Camtasia Relay, and our mobile applications. See how these products are used to share knowledge across universities and beyond, and engage students in creative endeavors.

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Wednesday, Nov. 7: 12:00PM, 3:30PM
Thursday, Nov. 8: 1:30PM

An interview with Troy

What should we look forward to in your presentation?
I’m telling four short stories of educators who took an idea from left field, so to speak, and applied it with remarkable success. Eg., a surgeon who applied an idea from a triathlon conference to improve the performance of his medical school residence.

What do you hope to gain at EDUCAUSE?
I’m hoping to inspire educators to improve their and their students’ performance by learning from others. As T.S. Elliot said, “a good poet will borrow from others remote in time or alien in language or diverse in interest.”

What are some of your favorite non-TechSmith digital tools?
I’m a big fan of Evernote because I don’t have to remember stuff. I love WACOM tablets because they make screencasts sing. I love my Canon 60D because it helps me tell stories.

What would you say the difference is between implementing technology use in k-12 classrooms versus in higher ed classes? Is one easier than the other?
In my experience higher ed has more support resources; the ratio of technology people to instructors seems a bit more favorable than in higher education.Thus the wireless is broader, more reliable. The projectors are a bit more ubiquitous. And generally the students have more laptops or mobile devices. Pretty broad generalizations, I know, but that’s what I’m seeing.

If your house was burning down, what are three times you’d run out with?
My family, my wallet, my phone. Everything else is just stuff.

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