Both My Mediasite and Blackboard have a feature called “profiles”! Take a moment and fill them out and add a picture to Blackboard so your students know who your are!
My Mediasite – click the down arrow and enter your name, email, bio url etc.
Blackboard – click on your picture or the avatar and then click again to open up the Edit Profile page
On the ECU Technology Digest please note this important announcement about checking ECU email on your mobile device! Smartphone Security Need assistance contact OET!
As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.
“Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores
Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”
I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?
You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks. Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information. You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others. Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.
You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies. Lots of uses for this software. Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.
I know sometimes my job does require that I do something “cool” and this week it was attending a webinar on “Cool Tools” so I figured for the next few blogs I would share a few that were highlighted!
Clickers are always a fun way to engage students but if you forgot to pick them up from my office here is a way to still have that same experience. Socrative is “smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets!”
Contact OET to explore!
My Mediasite What it does
My Mediasite provides tools for managing your recordings. All faculty have access to My Mediasite and the ability to download the Desktop Recorder. Even if you do not use desktop recordings you are able to manage your semester recordings via the My Mediasite web page. By clicking on the title of your presentation you can Edit its title, availability, add descriptions, external links and add polls.
Analytics on a recording can be found here which includes information as to who watched, how long, when, etc.
Editing of content is available via My Mediasite , clip the beginning, end or middle of the presentation. Add chapters for quick reference.
Contact OET for more information and to integrate with your course!
Mediasite Web Editor
SLIDESHARK! Per their website ”SlideShark is the leading app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint® content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides the way they were meant to be seen—with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.”
By using the broadcast feature to the computer in the classroom you can control your presentation via your IPad - see your slide notes, timers, animation counter and next/previous slides. Go to the app store to download and stop by me office for a demo!
Kudos to Christine Lysaght from PT for bringing this neat feature to my attention!
Android users I have not found a similar app, any suggestions?