Mid semester projects coming due!

You planned your semester and all was going well, of course until we have had these class cancellations.  Yes I talk about lecture capture and that is always available but perhaps you planned on having your students do something different this semester and you were going to review the “how-to” during class.  Perhaps there is a solution to avoid using class time for “how-to”  by adding Lynda.com video courses to any content area of your Blackboard class. If your students need to learn how to use software such as PhotoShop, Microsoft Office, GIS, and AutoCAD, be sure to check out the Lynda.com library: ECU Lynda.com.

This is also a great resource to enhance your own skills in any number of different topics.  Check it out!


I was going to repeat myself

You know the same old in case of closings, lecture capture is a great tool to makeup class time either in the classroom or a desktop recording but came across this article which is a testimony to the use of video for classroom organization

Sonic Foundry: 2016 Online Video Industry Prediction – Communication is the New Video Content

But if you don’t want to hear any more about lecture capture do check out the tips from your Blackboard Administrators sent out this morning  Blackboard Grade Center Best Practices and take their survey click this link.


As the first month of Spring semester is complete

First exams are being taken and assignments handed in.  How are your students doing?  Hopefully they are doing well but if not perhaps you might want to change something, add student response questions using Turning Point or the recent app I wrote about Socrative.  If you are in one of the general classrooms we can easily record your lecture, you can control whether students view the lecture and/or how long it is available.  We can even make podcasts or vodcasts for those students who have to commute daily.

Perhaps you would like to explore different ways students can collaborate or create their own content to share with class.

As I posted in the summer ITC’s can help with online and face to face classes.

Check out the training calendar or schedule something specific.


Talking about apps, here are some tips that some of you might not know

Every so often I come across something that I think everyone knows but just in case here are some iPad tips!


Helpful Hint:  How to copy and paste.

Tap and hold finger over area/item to copy.  A copy dialogue option will appear.

Expand the selection handles over the entire area of text to copy.

Tap to paste.


Helpful Hint:  How to take a screen shot (screen capture).

To capture the screen image or take a screenshot on your iPad, just press and hold the Home button and then press the On/Off button at the top of the device so that you are holding down both buttons simultaneously for a brief second.  The iPad screen will flash and the image will be automatically saved and stored in the photos area.


Helpful Hint:  How to lock screen orientation (portrait or landscape).

Start by holding the iPad in the direction you’d like to lock it, and then press the Home button twice quickly, like a double-click.  The new task switcher will show up at the bottom of the screen, and then you’ll want to slide your finger over to the right to access the new screen hidden on the left.  Once you can see the new screen, click the button on the bottom left-hand side of the screen, and it will lock.


Helpful Hint:  How to delete an icon.

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