If you need to embed YouTube video, please use Mashup feature in Blackboard system.
Ms. Laura Shulman, an assistant professor of Religion at Woodbridge campus. On April 24th, she gave a presentation on how to use Screenr to create the screencasts answering students’ questions and recording mini lectures.She has presented this session on 2013 PUP conference.
Screenr.com is an online tool for creating and publishing short screencast videos. It can be very useful for engaging students in the online and hybrid course. Please check out the website on: http://www.screenr.com/
To view our Panopto recording, please click the following link. Especially thanks to our IT staff to upgrade the computer and webcam at Room 109 to make this recording available.
On April 18th, Biology professor Ms. Miriam St Clair gave a presentation on how she’s using a screen capture tool Screencast-O-Matic to engage her students. Several faculties attended the session and had a great discussion about how to integrate new technologies into classroom, f2f or hybrid, so that students are engaged and highly motivated.
Screencast-o-matic is a Java-based web application used to create screencasts on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can also download and install the application on to your own computer. Its highlighted cursor and click indicators are the starring features among all various screencast application. With the ease of use being said, the users can easily add captions and notes and the viewers to add comments.
You might want to read this online article “7 things you should know about Screencast-o-matic.”
Please check out Screencast-O-Matic at http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
And read this blog on how to create a video easily: Screencast-o-Matic: Record Video Online with Your Webcam
Unfortunately, the recording system didn’t work appropriately so we didn’t record whole session. If you’re interested in this tool, please feel free talk to Ms. Miriam St Clair and ISS staff who are willing to assist you.
On April 16th 10:00-11:00am Tuesday “Engaging Students with Games” by Jacqueline Weaver
Ms. Weaver is the ESL faculty at Woodbridge campus. She introduces some web-based games and apps to her ESL students in fun ways that embraces the game theory in the education field.
The Panopto recording: http://bit.ly/eslweaver (Video)
The handouts from the presentation: 10 Apps and websites to try with your students (PDF File)
- www.nearpod.com: Use your iPad to control your students’ desktops in a lab with interactive presentations. Make polls, quizzes, read articles together as a class, view photos and videos. This works with Google Chrome browser best. (I’ve tried other browsers with our computers but they don’t allow Flash—Google Chrome ALWAYS works). The students do not need iPads or iPhones (but you do)
- Live! Cam Avatar Creator: This is a Dell product that you might find available for free download. It comes pre-installed to all of Dell’s web camera software. Create characters that move and talk from any photo. Add to your presentations or Blackboard.
- www.flipboard.com: Use this on your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Organize and search through current news articles that have videos already embedded. Save time and paper. Email the article you want to yourself and then post it on Blackboard.
- www.eslpartyland.com: Trivia Games for USA/Europe/Art/American Lit./Constitution
- www.fotopedia.com: This is an app for iPhone/iPad only. See amazing photo collections to use as writing prompts/conversation starters.
- EasyBib Available for iPhone/iPad/Android devices. Scan any book and it automatically cites the source in MLA or APA format. It creates a Works Cited page for you! No need to pester those librarians. Just scan and go.
- Haiku Deck: Available for iPhone/iPad only. Create slideshows/presentations with ease. I often take photos with my iPad and then just make the slideshow. Share your presentations with friends or save them as albums.
- www.spellingcity.com: Students enter their own words and then play games and spell them. A fun way to review vocabulary lists/make flash cards.
- www.smartestgames.com: Take the IQ test. Play math and science-focused games.
- www.onlinebraingamesblog.com and www.lumosity.com; Use the science of neuroplasticity to strengthen your brain and keep mentally sharp. A wide variety of articles and links to games is found here.
On April 12th 10:00am-11:00am Friday “Engaging Students with Excel” by Edward Zuniga
Mr. Zuniga is the chemistry adjunct faculty at Woodbridge campus. He uses Excel to generate random practice questions for students that helps students understand the teaching points. This session was given to Adjunct Faculty Conference and received high value recommendations.
We encountered technique difficulty on the Panopto recording. Panopto tech support staff is working on the file for use at this moment. Here is the recording session which unfortunately loses the presenter images due to the technique difficulty: http://bit.ly/ezuniga (Video).
Click the following illustration to see how to view Panopto Recording.
The following materials are shared by Mr. Zuniga during the showcase presentation:
- Empirical Formula 2 (Excel File)
- Empirical Formula(Excel File)
- Gas Laws(Excel File)
- Nomenclature 2(Excel File)
- Nomenclature (Excel File)
- Quadratic(Excel File)
- Samples(Excel File)
Excel Presentation (PPT File)
After sending out the emails, one more faculty wants to share her experience too. The new session has been added:
Here is what Ms. Shulman said in her email:
“I’d like to share my experience “engaging students with Screenr”. Screenr.com is an online tool for creating and publishing short screencast videos.
I’ve used this tool to show students how to navigate their Blackboard course sites, to demonstrate use of specific websites, and have also created “mini-lecture” videos of me introducing course content and important reminder announcements. Faculty who have students using specific applications can use Screenr to demonstrate the use of the software. We could even have students use this tech tool to create their own videos for assignment presentation. You can see my Screenr videos at: http://www.screenr.com/user/lshulman
This tool can be very helpful for engaging students in the online and hybrid course as well as in the “flipped” classroom. “
Looking forward to it…
This April, three faculties from Woodbridge campus are sharing their teaching experiences on how to engage students learning with new technologies. This is the first time campus event that faculty get chance to share and learn from each other.
These three faculties are:
Mr. Edward Zuniga “Engaging Students with Excel” on April 12th 2013
Ms. Jacqueline Weaver “Engaging Students with Apps and Games” on April 16th 2013
Ms. Miriam St Clair “Engaging Students with Screencast-o-matic” on April 18th 2013
We will use Panopto recording the sessions for those who would not attend the session.
More details will be added soon…
“Panopto’s all-in-one video platform brings video recording, webcasting, video content management, search, editing and more to any laptop or iOS device.” — Panopto Website
NOVA has adopted a powerful lecture capture tool – Panopto for college wide use. This tool can record the classroom lectures through multiple video resources.
The following PDF file is the Faculty Guide created by Alexandria instructional support team. If you want to give a try on this tool, please feel free contact us for any assistance.
- Panopto Lecture Capture Faculty Guide (PDF File)
Here is a short video tutorial on how to deploy the Panopto Lecture Capture into the course content are in Blackboard:
The new version of Blackboard system 9.1 has split the former “Copy” option from the context menu into two options “Copy” and “Move”. The “Move” function is available for all objects you can use in a content area, including Assignments, Tests and Surveys. However the “Copy” function is only available for those elements that do no reflect a result in the Grade Center.
To copy assignment becomes a little bit tricky now. According the answers from Blackboard Ask The Doctors:
It is by design that there’s no “Copy” button to an assignment in 9.1 (and earlier versions of Blackboard as well). When an assignment is created and deploy, it is not just a simple content item, but also contains links into the grade center, creating a new column for assignment file management and grading. So assignments can be copied using a course copy that includes both the content areas and the grade center.
Deployed tests are the same way–they cannot be copied individually from the content area where they are deployed, but have to be copied as part of a course copy that includes the content area, the tests/surveys/pools, and the grade center.
Hope this answer some questions regarding the assignment item copy in Blackboard.
TAC has offered a great workshop about Accessibility issue that every educator should be aware. The focus is on creating accessible documents with Microsoft Office Applications and some good tips on creating captions for videos.