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App of the Week – ShowMe

You would think that the name of the app would make this a little self-explanatory.  Well, it is!  In this particular app, you as the teacher can share a picture or form with your students and your students can then write and take notes over the original.  Once saved these annotations can be shared (as in sent back to the teacher for grading).  Easy to use, this application is basically an electronic transparency sheet that’s even great for taking notes.

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Don’t know what to do with your students to start, no problem.  When you open your individual ShowMe there is a tab at the top that says “Explore.”  This tab gives you not only ideas, but lessons that have been done and recorded with the ShowMe App.  Oh wait, did I not mention that ShowMe can also record as you go?  Well, it can.

Check it out for free on your own device or stop in AA337 and we will be more than happy to show you how ShowMe works.

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App of the Week: Khan Academy

By: Khan Academy

Khan Academy is an app with a library of over 4,200+ videos and articles.  With a variety of topics covered including math, chemistry, biology, physics, art history, civics, and finance, a wealth of learning resources are at your fingertips.  Khan Academy partners with such organizations as the Stanford School of Medicine, the California Academy of Science, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Brookings Institution, to provide various resources within the app. 

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As a student, you can make use of their vast library of content, including interactive challenges, assessments, and archive all of the things you’ve learned and see that data with a click of a button.  That complied data can also be shared with your teacher or instructor that uses Khan Academy so they can use those statistics to better help you and see your progress.  The videos that are offered are downloadable, meaning that, at your own pace, you can take individual videos or entire playlists to watch offline.  Within those videos, Khan Academy offers subtitles, which allow you to follow along, skip ahead, or go back by navigating through the subtitles of the video.

As an instructor or teacher, you have an unparalleled view into what your students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy app.  Instructors and teachers can access all of their students’ data and get a critique of  their class’s performance as a whole or see a particular student’s profile to figure out exactly which topics need to be revisited.

 

Price: Free

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App of the Week – Tellagami

Lori’s Intro Tellagami

Please click on the above link  before reading the rest of this post!

Ok, so now you saw my short intro and are probably thinking “Ok, how is this supposed to help me with my classes?”  Well, it can!  The downfall to the Tellagami app is that you only have about 30 seconds of recording time (mine was only 19 seconds).  However, that isn’t a bad thing.  It would force you to be concise and on-point in your presentation.  Here’s how you could use it, regardless of the class you teach.

  1. It’s a fun way to introduce yourself to your students. (This video can be saved and uploaded to your Blackboard account)
  2. It’s an inventive way to give instructions. (If you have a project that has a series of steps you can create a series of 30 second Gamis to explain the directions)
  3. It’s an interesting way to present questions in a game setting. (Just like the short video clips in Jeopardy, these Gamis can present a question to the class as part of an interactive instructional game)
  4. It’s a fun way for students to do an icebreaker. (Have you ever been embarrassed having to stand up in from of people and introduce yourself?  Well, a Gami is a way to have students introduce themselves to the class without actually having to speak in front of people they’ve just met.  Gamis even have a preset list of voices to choose from)
  5. It’s a cool way to introduce a painting, cell structure, a story, an author, automotive parts/charts, and so much more (Have your Gami stand in front of the painting and give some background information)
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App of the Week: Notability

1Notability is a note-taking app on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, it will transform how you work: sketch ideas, annotate documents, sign contracts, complete worksheets, keep a journal, jot travel notes, teach a class, make a presentation and much more.

Features:
- Write, illustrate and annotate using gorgeous retina ink.
- Import forms, contracts, worksheets, documents, presentations, and even books.
- Type an essay, create an outline, fill out an application, or make a list.
- Record lectures and meetings, your own voice practicing a speech, or help a child learn to read with a recording.
- Finding information quickly is an important part of note-taking.
- Organize notes by subject in the library and automatically backup to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, or webDAV.

Price: $2.99

Link: [Apple]

 

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App of the Week: Cozi

 

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This app is less of a true teaching tool and much more of an organizational one.  I like to refer to Cozi as a family collaboration tool.  The app is simple to use, you use a single e-mail and password to sign up and then add the names of your “family” members.  Everyone signs in using the same email and password.  On the app itself you can create shared calendars (and even import from Google calendars), shopping lists, to do lists, and leave notes for one another.  From a personal standpoint, the shopping lists are incredibly useful.  I always hate trying to remember what we need an then tell my husband to pick up it up at the store, but with this app on our phones both of us know exactly what we need to pick up if either of us have a chance to stop at the store after work.  It helps me keep organized with an easy to use to do list (and you can add things to your “family” members lists as well).  From a business standpoint it works in much the same way.  You can post to do lists for the members of your staff and, if supplies are needed, the shopping list is a perfect way to streamline the ordering process.  Remember that a lot of apps can be used in more than one way.  Just because Cozi is advertised for families doesn’t mean that it can’t be adapted to the workplace.

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Student Technology Classes – March 2014

The updated IS&D Student Workshop Calendar for March 2014 is now live!

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Our scheduled  sessions include:

Windows and Office

  • Word I and Word II
  • PowerPoint I and PowerPoint II
  • Excel I and Excel II
  • Access I and Access II
  • Windows is Your Friend

Web 2.0 and Apps

  • YouTube for Uploading
  • YouTube for Research
  • Prezi
  • Google Drive

Programming and Web Development

  • Programming I and II
  • HTML I and II
  • Dreamweaver

Click here to access the registration form to register for a session online!

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March 2014 Training for Faculty and Staff

The updated IS&D Training & Events Calendar for March 2014 is now live!

This month, we are featuring a Spring Break Webinar Series! Take a workshop in the convenience of your home. Webinars for this month include: 10 Awesome Apps, Socrative 2.0, and Blackboard Collaborate.

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Additionally, our scheduled training sessions include:

Windows and Office

  • PowerPoint
  • You can do that with Microsoft Office?
  • Windows is Your Friend

Blackboard

  • Blackboard Grade Center
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Blackboard Assessments

Lecture Enhancement/Engagement

  • SMARTboard Essentials
  • Panopto

Web 2.0 and Apps

  • Prezi
  • Socrative 2.0
  • Tablet Tuesday
  • 10 Awesome Apps

Web Development

  • SeaMonkey
  • WordPress

Upon request, we offer many other training sessions by appointment.

Click here to access the registration form to register for a session online.

We’re glad to schedule one-on-one sessions in case a time doesn’t work for you, and we’re always open to suggestions for new training you’d like to see us start offering. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at AL_IS&D@nvcc.edu. Hope to see you soon!

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App of the Week: Brainscape

By Bold Learning Solutions, Inc.Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 1.07.28 PMBrainscape is a web and mobile education platform that helps you or your students learn efficiently using stored content or the feature to “create your own flashcards.”

Features:

  • Brainscape is available on both the iPhone and iPad allowing you to “create your own flashcards” and use other media content already stored in Brainscape.  
  • Brainscape allows a user to create multimedia flashcards easily on their website AND within the app itself.  Student can then share decks of the flashcards with classmates and collaboratively develop content…together.
  • There is a a library of useful knowledge that students can study right from the get-go for free on Brainscape. If the free content is not useful, then for a small fee you can have access to premium content that may better serve your educational needs.
  • Teachers and Instructors can create and share flashcards with their students and have the opportunity to track student progress as they study via the web or mobile device.

Price: Free

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February 2014 Training for Faculty and Staff

The updated IS&D Training & Events Calendar for February 2014 is now live!

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This month, our scheduled training sessions include:

  • Blackboard 101
  • Blackboard Assessment and Assignments
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Blackboard Discussion
  • Blackboard Grade Center
  • SeaMonkey
  • Prezi
  • PowerPoint
  • SMARTBoard Essentials
  • Socrative 2.0
  • Using Google Drive
  • Using Student Clickers for Assessment
  • You Can Do That with Office?
  • Web 2.0 Tools for Instruction
  • Windows is Your Friend
  • WordPress

In addition, we offer many other training sessions by appointment, including any of the Blackboard tools, Google apps,  and more.

Click here to access the registration form to register for a session online.

We’re glad to schedule one-on-one sessions in case a time doesn’t work for you, and we’re always open to suggestions for new training you’d like to see us start offering. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time at AL_IS&D@nvcc.edu. Hope to see you soon!

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