Visions of Education Futures by Jackie Gerstein


Jakie Gerstein gives her vision of the future education inspired by new technologies and social culture as below:

  • Information is abundant and education will become more evenly distributed.
  • Social based and networked learning
  • Personalized learning with the help of new technology
  • Holographic Meetings
  • Augmented and virtual reality simulations replace textbook and lectures
  • Project Based Learning and DIY (do it yourself) will replace drill and kill instruction
  • Interest and passion-based learning groups will replace old classroom concept with mixed ages and genders
  • Global stewardship will permeate all aspects of education

To read the details, please click the above link to access the blog article.

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Movie Making Apps

Looking for some creative way for students to demonstrate their understanding? Want to try something different from the text-based report and allow students’ imaginations fly? If you’re brave enough to allow students create a movie that includes video, text, images, and other elements as a dynamic learning artifact, you might want to try these movie maker apps.

Splice - Video Editor & Movie Maker - Trim and Cut Clips & Photos Splice – Video Editor & Movie Maker – Trim and cut Clips & Photos:  Splice lets users create and edit videos on their iPad/iPhone. Users tap the “+” button on the top right of the screen to start a new project. Once Splice is granted the access to the camera roll, users can import videos and images easily. Users can add project name, choose the format (landscape or portrait), set up background color, transitions between slides and photo duration. The video can be easily shared over social media, email or  a text message. It can be saved to camera roll. – iOS

 VivaVideo: Free Video Editor This app allows users to record the video or import photos to create a video from their devices. The project can be shared through email or posting to social media websites. – Google Play



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When a Door closes a Window opens

Due to Blizzard 2016, the college was closed for a long period. In order to help faculty catch up missing class time, we sent out the email regarding some lecture capture tools so faculty could record some mini lectures. The tools are:

  1. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is one of Blackboard build in blocks: Go to any content area in your Blackboard course site, mouse over Tools tab and choose Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, you will be able to create a session into your Blackboard course. Here is the tutorial on getting started:
  2. Office Mix. This tool is a free add-on for the MS PowerPoint, which allows you record voice over the existing slides and add the assessment into it.  You can download it from by clicking Get Office Mix button. And use your NOVA Gmail account to sign in. Here is the link for the tutorials:
  3.  Panopto. College purchased licenses for faculty and staff use. Some configuration needs to be done before you can use Panopto. This PDF tutorial will show you the steps for the configuration:  The server addess needs to be updated to You can download Panopto from Choose Sign in using Blackboard option on the right top corner and use your Blackboard account to log in. Once you log into the site, you should be able to see an icon on the right top corner under your name with the label “Download Recorder. ” Click the label and download the recorder to your own computer and follow the instruction for the installation.
  4. Screencast-O-Matic is web-based free tool for lecture capture. You can signup a free account at and record on its site or download from: Here is the tutorials:
  5. Google Hangout.  With your college Gmail account, you can use Google Hangout to record the lecture and even broadcast yourself.  Here is the tutorial:
 For those who carry iPad around all the time, you might want to try Educreations or ShowMe, two free apps for creating content on the go.
  1. Information about Educreations
  2. Information about ShowMe
Hope everyone gets some free time to explore those tools.  You might find a whole new world over there. :)
Stay warm and safe!
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Music Apps

Here are a few popular music apps for your mobile devices.

Cover art Spotify Music

With Spotify, you have access to a world of music. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. You can choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood or get personalized recommendations.

Cover art Shazam

Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps. It can identify music and get song lyrics instantly.

Cover art  Pandora Radio

It creates personalized stations that play only music you will love. The user starts with the name of one of your favorite artists, songs, genres or composers, and the app will do the rest bringing an entire world of music.


  Apple Music

It replaces iTunes Radio and with monthly charge $9.99 per month for a single-user account.

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Spring Semester 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year!  Instructional Support Service wishes your first week of the semester went well.

In the past year, 4 iPad carts were used for more classes and campus events. The attached is the iPad cart usage report. We’re looking forward to assisting more faculty and campus units to make good use of mobile devices.

From this semester, Technology Integration Walk In sessions will be offered every Thursday afternoon. The purpose of the session is to provide a platform for faculty and staff who wants to explore some new technology for teaching and daily work. Please stop by Room 438 WS building to discuss your ideas and thoughts.

The college will fully utilize Microsoft 365 soon. The trainings related to Microsoft 365 will be provided in the upcoming month. The training schedule and details can be found at:

If you need individual assistance at your convenience,  please feel free to send email to us.

Have a great semester!

2015 iPad Carts Usage Report

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Apple iTunes Radio Is No Longer Going To Be Free

“In September 2013, Apple launched the ad-supported iTunes Radio — which is a free streaming music service that competes against Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music and Google Play Music. Unfortunately, iTunes Radio will be absorbed into the paid Apple Music streaming service starting January 28, 2016.” — News from Forbes: You can find more details through the link.

Apple Music will charge $9.99 per month for individual memberships and $14.99 for family memberships.

Apple Music

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Blackboard Video Everywhere Feature will be gone

Here is a change regarding Blackboard Video Everywhere feature. Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016. This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature. That is, users will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected. Users can still upload the pre-existing videos to the YouTube.

If you have questions regarding to this change and other Blackboard features, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to assist you get ready for the new semester.

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Good News for Blackboard Users

Bb Student App is available at App Store:  The Version 2.0  support for Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. That means students can now use their cloud connected accounts to easily submit documents for class assignments!  It also support Collaborate with the Ultra experience.

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Coming December 29th, the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra will have some highly anticipated enhancements, including phone audio for sessions, a new scheduling experience, 100 participant session maximum, and private chat for moderators! Full details are available on the Blackboard Help site:

Hope you find this information useful for you and your students!

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NOVA zELI Courses for Public Access

Dear Colleagues,

You might have heard about OER (Open Educational Resource) and VCCS Z-Degree initiative before. Here is the status for NVCC who is the first community college to fully share its OER degree courses for public access, quoting from the site:

Pioneering zero textbook cost courses and degree programs since 2012, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the first community college to fully share its OER degree pathways and courses for others to use and build on. 

 NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and Lumen Learning have teamed up to make these “zELI” courses and degree pathways broadly available to the education community. These courses fulfill all requirements for NOVA Associate’s degrees in General Studies and Social Sciences. Published with open, Creative Commons licenses, anyone can freely use, revise, remix and repurpose the courses.”

To view the more details, please visit Kudos to ELI and all faculty involved!

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Two Workshops on Nov. 11th

Open Computer Lab supervisor Ms. Hussna Azamy will host two workshops for faculty and staff at Library Instruction Area (230K WAS) on Wednesday 11/11 from 3:30-5:00pm. Two topics listed below will be covered.  Please use the link to register:

  1. 3:30-4:15: Speed up your PC with Basic Computer Maintenance

Is your computer taking a long time to load a program? Are you frustrated with the slow speed of your PC? Attend this workshop to learn how to enhance the performance of your computer.

Attend this workshop to learn how to:

  • Speed up your computer performance
  • Keep your computer running smoothly
  • Increase the life of your PC
  • Overall maintain your computer
  1. 4:15-5:00: Getting Familiar with Windows10 and its new features

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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