Another Doodle but not by Google!

I blogged about this before but recently had a question come across my desk about creating a calendar to avoid “an organizational nightmare”?

Doodle.com

According to the website “Doodle offers a wide selection of online solutions that radically simplify the process of scheduling appointments, ranging from the group event “poll” that doesn’t require registration to the professional appearance with own branding.”

Check it out!

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Using Turning Point Cloud – Clickers

Clickers have been a great tool to quiz students and the software is available in all classrooms.  I have lots of clickers in my cabinet and you don’t have the students sign up if you are doing anonymous polling.  You don’t have to get a license just sign up for a free Instructor account.

Some interesting data –

  1. The class became more active and vibrant
  2. Students became less passive
  3. Absenteeism was reduced
  4. Students seemed to like the addition of clickers
  5. More students were able to share their ideas with the whole class, promoting an emphasis on explaining and listening to reasoning. Students were also better able to hear their classmates.”

Contact this office to learn more.

Instructions on setting up an account – turning-account-faculty

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We have all heard

What’s in your wallet? Advertisement – I am asking a similar question which is “What’s in your Classroom”?  Are you trying something new this semester or have you tweaked something old?  Any light bulb moments?  Is it working or have you tried something that just isn’t going right?

Take a moment and share here or send me an email and I will blog about it!  What might just be old hat to you may be a treasure to some one else, please share!

 

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One of the many emails last week

Was from ECU Technology Digest about OneDrive for Business (OD4B) Cloud Storage.  So you may be using Dropbox for your lecture files but consider putting them on your OneDrive.

Start using your OneDrive for Business today by logging in to http://pirate365.ecu.edu.  OD4B makes it easy to share files and/or folders as well.

Features

  • Storage – 1TB for non-sensitive files – NO HIPAA, PCI, SS# or other sensitive data (see the OneDrive vs. Piratedrive page for a list of examples)
  • Availability – access files from a work, personal or mobile device
  • Document editing – edit files within OD4B using Office programs on your computer or Office Online within OneDrive
  • Sharing – Share files or folders with ECU and non-ECU users; either read or edit permissions
  • Collaboration – Edit a file simultaneously with others. There’s only one version!
  • Sync – You choose which files automatically upload

Delve – See what’s been shared with you through the Delve app

Visit the OneDrive website for general info, an FAQ and a list of learning resources. Having trouble installing OneDrive? Call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800. 340.7081.

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Looking to try something new this Fall?

Want to get to know your students quickly, try having them create a homepage blog, try using clickers gives them a bit of anonymity.  Perhaps a video introduction would be a way to get to know your distance ed students. Need to set up presentation or meeting schedules there are easy to use apps to help with that.  
Some technologies in house can be found at this Educational Technology link  Want to invite a guest to lecture to your class but they are on the other side of the country here are some conferencing systems available to you.
Lynda.com available to faculty, staff and students can help learn a new skill or brush up on an old one. Some apps blogged about are Doodle.com for scheduling, Socrative.com for audience response.
Share with us what has worked for you!
Let us know what you want to do and we can try to make it happen.  Contact OET!
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Something to share with your students

In the news recently was Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion  As your students go out into the “real” world beyond academia LinkedIn is one way for them to network outside of Facebook and other social media tools.  Here are some tips on creating the “perfect” LinkedIn profile, called the Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet.

For instance the

Perfect Profile
Right Size Image
Outreach for Recommendations
Hidden Features

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Have you read?

Today is Reading Day and have you been reading this blog?  Well if you haven’t take a few minutes and glance at the various topics, perhaps there is something that catches your eye? Spring semester is just about over, hopefully it was a successful one! For some of you summer semester is right around the corner.  

Take some time to reflect on what went well these past semesters and if not perhaps it is time to try something new.  Contact OET for help in developing, learning, creating something different.  There is a whole world of technology out there! 

The OET calendar is wide open with the end of the semester and no more classes being recorded.  Consultations, course development, training, pick your flavor and pick your time!  Just send out a request!  Maybe you want to try desktop recording?


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So why Tweet?

Or why not?  I will admit I have not embraced this technology but I am exploring it’s use in higher ed and have found some articles which tempt me to continue in this endeavor.  If you use “tweets” as part of your class or were thinking of incorporating them into class let me know and we can explore together.

Some articles which may help you get started:

10 Twitter Tips for Higher Education | University Business Magazine

Tweeting alternative to Discussion Board

Tweeting in Higher Education: Best Practices | EDUCAUSE

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Web conferencing with Saba

I know I talk/write often about lecture capture but there is another tool available to faculty and students which can be used for both synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Some faculty use it along with their lecture capture.  The tool has become more user friendly than its former name Centra.  Click on the picture to find out more or contact OET for a demonstration in real time!sabameeting

Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program where a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment. Saba Meeting can be accessed live anytime, anywhere attendees have an Read more

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