Over the course of the summer I plan to highlight various tools, how they work and perhaps you would like to try in the fall. Last week I blogged about clickers in the classroom so I already started my plan of action.
This week I want to highlight “AirMedia” a tool available in all classrooms in our college. AirMedia allows instructors and/or students to present from any mobile device in any platform. Using AirMedia you can walk into any meeting space and wirelessly present PowerPoint®, Excel®, and Word documents, PDFs, photos, and screen shots from your personal iOS® or Android™ mobile device on the room display. Click on the link above to find out more or contact OET for a demonstration!
Clickers, polling, audience response systems are great ways to create interactivity in the classroom, keep the students awake and find out just how much they are listening/understanding. Turning Point Cloud is loaded on all classroom computers in our building and to use it for anonymous polling you just can go to Tools in your Blackboard course and click on the “Turning Account Registration” link in your Blackboard course, open the TurningPoint Software, or log into ResponseWare on a mobile device, you will be redirected to an ECU login page. You can download the software to your machine for easy creation of polling questions. OET has clickers which can be checked out when needed.
Want to know more contact OET or contact the ECU IT Helpdesk, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some tips for organizing your computer and Blackboard sites.
Remember to Update your Computer Windows and Mac
Hiding courses from previous semesters (they are not gone, just hidden)
Being a good steward of student information (make sure no grade files etc are on your hard drive, they should be saved to pirate drive)
While you are checking My Documents for student information perhaps sort by date modified and clean out those files that are over 5 years old!
Clean up your gradebook.
Organization of content.
Need help with course organization or development contact OET!
During summer sessions many students are embarking on clinical internships and/or faculty may be traveling. ECU offers a number of ways to stay in touch synchronously such as Saba Meeting, Skype for Business (you can share screens), Cisco WebEx, Cisco Jabber and Dedicated Hardware. To find out what each can do click here. Want to try it out just contact OET for a demo or trial run. Don’t let distance keep you apart!