Classroom Tech Hints

Want to use the computer pen to illustrate on your PowerPoint?  When in Slideshow view either press down with the pen or right click and select pen options.  Select your style, select your color on the monitor and start annotating.  Click here for more instructions.  Not sure how it works contact OET!!

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

 and Fall Semester is less than 5 days!

Some quick reminders –

 

Send your lecture capture request if you would like to try this tool to give your students some extra help with course review click here for form.

Make your classes available in Blackboard – Control Panel > Customization > Properties > Set Availability > Yes.

ADD TA INSTRUCTOR: How do I add another instructor or a TA to the course?

  • Control Panel > Users and Groups > User > Find User to Enroll > Browse (type username only in the box), click Go > when you see the username, click the box and then Submit.

COURSE COPY: How do I copy my course from one semester to the next? Go here to learn more. Do NOT do another course copy if you think “it didn’t work.” Contact Blackboard Support.

SECTION MERGE: How do I merge (or collapse) two or more course sections? Go here to learn more.

Using Clicker Technology? ECU will begin providing all students with a Turning Technologies Account license beginning in the fall 2017 semester.  Enable TP in you BB course and use ResponseWare with Mobile Devices (available at their app store)  quick and easy!

 

 

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Do you know Lynda?

Lynda.com that is.

ECU students, staff and faculty now have access to lynda.com, an online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills. Taught by accomplished instructors and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for students and faculty.

To learn more, watch

Access the lynda.com library 24/7–even from your iPhone, iPad, Android device or mobile phone–and watch entire courses or single tutorial videos as you need them.

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No needles needed for this thread!

Voice Thread is one of the newer tools available for faculty to use.  It was piloted Fall and Spring semester and now will be available campus-wide!  VoiceThread is a web-based platform available through Blackboard, which allows instructors and students to upload slides, images, video, or documents, record audio, video, or text comments, and then invite others to view and record comments as well.

To find out more about this tool check out these resources

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Yammer while you wait

From the Yammer Blog “Did you know that Yammer is a great way to kickstart conversation inside and outside the classroom?  How?”  Well rather than me telling you here is what one of your colleagues, Kim Stokes has to say about using Yammer!

“We use Yammer as a communication platform for our clinical year students. It’s a great way to make class wide announcements when each student is in a very different course. We make a private page for each class so we can chat away. The students can answer each other’s questions sometimes in the main page and we can poll students and get feedback quickly. We pin documents to the wall that are of upmost importance (evaluations, manuals, etc) and we can private message persons when we need to discuss personal information. 

I personally do not have outlook on my phone to get a break from work when I”m not at work. But I always worry about student emergencies. The Yammer app allows students to reach me if there is an emergency without having to give out my cell to them (which I do anyway) and it also  makes reaching me really easy. The app puts instant notifications on their phone re: Yammer notes/messages. 

I love it. Yes, there are some things I’d tweak, but I love it overall.”

C. Kim Stokes, MHS, PA-C

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Since this is the longest day of the year . . .

And summer break!

 

 

 

 

Take some time, look at some of these tools

Turning Cloud – Clicker Technology

Socrative – Clicker Technology

Voice Thread – feedback video tool within Blackboard

My Mediasite/Mediasite  – Mediasite is the university’s enterprise video strategy. My Mediasite, an all-in-one tool for recording, uploading and managing video, now gives users more control over their content.

Air Media – classroom tool

Blackboard Tools – This link will provide you with quick tutorials for tools available within BB

Respondus Test Generator – easy import of word documents into BB tests

SabaMeeting – Saba Meeting is a Web conferencing program in which a group of people interact in a virtual online meeting environment.

WebEx – Collaborate with colleagues anywhere, anytime from the Web through a browser or mobile app.

Yammer – Yammer is the official social networking tool of ECU. Think of it as Facebook for ECU. I

WordPress – WordPress allows users to create both static and dynamic Web pages.

Multimedia and Animation Services – Project Applications being accepted

Software supported by ECU

Or explore this blog and contact OET for demos or to explore new ways to distribute your content!

 

 

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My colleagues have made my life easy today with their posting about Webex

Webex serves as a feature-rich web conferencing tool for ECU users. On Friday, June 30, 2017, ITCS finalizes the transition from our current “on premises” version to the new WebEx Cloud. After this transition on June 30, the on premises WebEx version will no longer be available.

You Can Transition Now

WebEx Cloud is now live, so you may wish to start using the new interface. Also, after June 30, any scheduled meetings or recordings stored on the WebEx “on premises” server will no longer be available, so you will need to manually move these items as soon as possible.

Haven’t tried it?  Very easy to use and to share with colleagues within the college or outside the college.

Want to test it out send me a meeting request!

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Not a tool but a tip!

I am often asked if Presenter View is available in the classrooms.  Unfortunately I have to answer no as the system does not recognize the screen as a 2nd monitor!  So how do you utilize this feature?  Using a laptop either Mac or PC will allow you to use Presenter View.

Another way to view your notes from your Ipad is to install the app Slideshark.com which will let you read your notes while advancing slides remotely.  Contact this office to find out more or search this blog for a previous post.

 

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