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Category Archives: Tools & Tips
We’ve been busy this summer getting the rest of the FPH classrooms ready to go with new equipment. Rooms 101-102 and 105-108 now have similar set-ups to 103 and 104.
Features include new HD projectors, Apple TV’s that allow wireless projecting from some Mac devices, and no more ugly racks with crazy cabling!
Rooms 101 and 102 have projection whiteboards behind the projection screens, so a class can mark-up a projected image or text, but still have a nice pristine screen when they need it.
We hope these improvements will improve everyone’s classroom experiences this fall!
This semester Myrna Breitbart’s class “Creative Interventions: Locating the Spatial Practice of Social Change” is experimenting with a mapping project, with support from Caro Pinto, our CSI and Emerging Technology Librarian. They’ll be using mobile devices and an app called Fulcrum to collect location-specific data about our campus. An amazing amount of her students had personal smartphones with GPS already, but we needed to get something on hand for the rest to use. iPads seemed the obvious choice, but there were a couple things to sort out.
If you’re looking for a versatile online place for students to easily post and share images and text, Google Presentations may be for you.
What is it?
It’s a type of document available in Google Docs, and basically it’s an online Powerpoint presentation. It lives online, and multiple people can access it and work on it at the same time.
One of our classes this semester wanted students to find and share images from their subject and post text and information about the photographers. The instructor started a Google Presentation, shared it with the class (each student needs a Google account) and the students were able to go in and create 3-4 slides each to add to the presentation. They ended up with a nice resource of images and information, created collaboratively by the students. They are creating one presentation for each subject they’re studying.
We’ve become a very visual society. A web page with only text? Forget it. Books without pictures? Booorrring. Well maybe we’re not quite there yet, but the fact is that visual resources are important, and literacy about finding and using them is a crucial skill for our students (and faculty!).
In our previous post we discussed Google Docs, which is probably the #1 tool for group work of any kind. Here are some more ways technology can help people work together.
Wiki’s: A wiki is a website created and maintained by a group, with anyone in that group being able to edit the content. You can have a wiki as part of your Moodle course, or use an outside service like Google Sites or Wikispaces. Students can work together to build a repository of what they’ve learned about the class’s subject, or use it to share resources, links, or ideas with each other.
Moodle Glossary: You can create a glossary as part of your Moodle course, and the students can add terms and definitions to it. This can be an assignment in itself, or simply a way to build a record of terminology or concepts they’re learning. Once created, Moodle will automatically create links to these glossary terms wherever they are used in the course (in a discussion forum, for example).
Voice Thread: This is a neat tool for creating multimedia presentations and discussion boards. You start with images or a video, and then students can go in and record comments. Students can comment on others’ comments, add images or videos, etc. It’s a interesting alternative to response papers, and engages students with different learning styles. We can set you up with accounts for you and the students, and provide training & set-up help as needed. Here are some links about Voice Thread in education.
Want to find out more? Get in touch, we can help.
Did you know you can add fancy text formatting, images, and videos to your Moodle course page? Take advantage of Moodle’s versatile text editing tools and jazz things up!
Wherever you type in Moodle, you can also:
- Format the text for emphasis or style
- Add links to websites, or even to files in your own course
- Add pictures
- Embed videos or anything else you have the embed code for (more info on that in our previous post)
Check out the video below for an overview! Also, see this post about other tweaks to make your course page more manageable.
There are so many blog posts, news pieces, journal articles, and white papers I want to read during the day. Unless it’s breaking news or critical for a project that I am working on in the moment, I don’t read content I discover immediately. Instead, I use a variety of services to store and organize what I read to read or retrieve later. Generally, I read my treasure trove of articles on my iPad.
Instapaper: Designed for iOS devices, Instapaper allows you to save web pages to read later. Using a bookmarklet in my web browser, I can save current web pages later. Instapaper is embedded in Twitter for iPhone and for iPad which I use daily. I can save links directly from those clients to read later. Instapaper allows you to store articles to read offline, so when I travel, I always make sure I have a long queue of articles and long form journalism pieces to read on the go.
Read It Later: Another service that allows readers to save web pages for later. Operates in all mobile platforms. Another solid choice for those who want to save items to read later online or off.
Reading Lists: Safari allows users to save web pages for later and creates reading lists right into the browser. If you don’t have a tablet or smartphone, this is a good option.
Readability: This a neat tool that allows users to clean up web pages for easy reading. For a subscription fee, one can save articles to read later on another device, most notably the Kindle. I use their free Chrome extension to clean up text on the web for easy reading.
Zotero: Not only is Zotero a fantastic bibliographic management system, it’s also a great tool to capture web pages and attach pdfs of articles to annotate and share. It is my go to tool for tracking potential library purchases or articles I might want to teach in the future.