USM’s transition from BbCollaborate (Elluminate) to Adobe Connect as the web conferencing tool has gone extremely well. The tool has been used successfully by faculty who previously taught with Collaborate, as well as by faculty who have never used a web conferencing tool. As use of the tool increases, please be aware that CTEL has a resource site available with some commonly asked questions, tips and training videos. Please view http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/adobe-connect-0 to learn more!
Are you looking for a REALLY simple and free conferencing tool to use, or recommend your students use? It would be worth your time to check out LiveMinutes (http://liveminutes.com/) which allows for hangouts with document sharing, commenting on documents, synchronous note-taking and sketching/imaging abilities. The output is a simple report with all your saved details. Throw in FREE video and audio…and you have an incredibly easy web-based tool at your finger tips!!
As of September 17, Blackboard changed their Mobile Learn app distribution model to a personal licensing option and updated their application to make it available to all iOS, Android, Blackboard and WebOS devices regardless of service provider. As a result, it is NO LONGER FREE of charge. The cost is $1.99 for a one-year license OR a one-time fee of $5.99. (Note: the one-time fee assumes continued use of the same mobile platform. The license is not transferable from iOS to Android and vice-versa.)
The free service was made available by the University of Maine system last winter, accessible via the app published by Blackboard, Inc. The service was available in a limited, subsidized capacity at no cost to any Sprint device or iOS over wifi user. Due to the new pricing model, I ask that you please read the information compiled about the change : http://usm.maine.edu/ctel/blackboard-mobile-learn.
***If you had the free Mobile Learn app already — the app will update for free on your device, but you will not be able to use without choosing a payment option after login.***
This article in Faculty Focus describes Dr. Patrice Hallock’s use of “frameworks” in her college teaching. She uses visuals of square, triangular and circular frames to promote critical thinking in her students’ work.
“The shapes have three associated phrases: “Something that ‘squares’ with your beliefs,” “Three ‘points’ to remember,” and “A question ‘circling’ my mind.””
Are you a Mac user? Does your machine run OS X Lion?
Check out Podcast Publisher – a free tool available on all Mac’s running Lion. It allows you to record audio/video and the screen of your machine as a podcast. These podcasts can then be shared to iTunes, your desktop or by email. Sharing to your desktop would allow you to upload to the USM Media Server or to your own YouTube channel.
View CTELs link for more information!
Here is something new. Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) allows you to post photos (or any other web-links or text) to a “wall.” Once you create your wall (free) you can send the url to your class and ask them to double-click to post a sticky with a photo and/or some text. The photo needs to be located on the web (Facebook, flicker, etc.) so that you can post a url (no direct uploading), but it works really well if you can get them past that stumbling block (right-click web photo to save link).
You can set your wall so that you have to approve anything posted there, which would control abuse by external posters, but the walls are public, so I would advise against posting more than a first name, and fairly vague information.
Check out my wall, as a test:
and feel free to add your photo.
A recent video on T4LT (tech for learn teach) about flipped classrooms mentioned these apps:
- ShowMe FREE!!Create videos of any length, and share (or not) from free hosting server.
- DOCERI - free iPad app with free demo, but eventually costs $100 for desktop application. Worth exploring. Read the reviews.
- Educreations’ Interactive Whiteboard - also FREE!! with free hosting and sharing from Educreations.com
Flipping the classroom has quickly becoming a hot button topic in education. Have you ever thought about it? Ever heard of it?
I would like to point you to Salman Khan’s (founder of Khan Academy) TED talk “Let’s use video to reinvent education” for a great introduction to the idea. Khan Academy has quickly grown into a not-for-profit organization that provides a wide array of video topics which learners are accessing at an alarming rate. Adult learners are finding that it is useful to reinforce a topic prior to returning to school.
TED talks have produced numerous videos on their site, but they have since expanded to launch TED-Ed. This is where flipping the classroom becomes fun. You can take any TED, TEDx or YouTube video and flip it! Ask targeted quick quick questions, engage students into deeper thought with short answer questions, and allow them to dig deeper on the topic by posting resources that relate to the topic. Check it out! Take the tour!
Are you looking for a quick and simple way to record your screen? Look no further….Screencast-O-Matic is for you!
Screencast-O-Matic allows the user to record up to 15 minutes of audio & video right from the online tool. You’re given the option of preset screen capture sizes, multiple export options as well as a hosting service…for FREE! If you are a more advanced user, you can purchase a Pro license for $12 per year with no maximum recording limit set, and a host of other features like editing tools.