BbWorld2015 Live

Can’t make to this conference in person, but it’s great they do some live streaming. I’m attending this in front of my computer. If you’re interested, you can register at right now.

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Design Digital Posters with Smore

I came across this online application another day and thought it would be a handy tool to create the digital poster, which you can add text, images, videos, links, buttons and other elements easily.

Smore can be used to create class digital newsletter by instructors that include a link to the video and various resources online, an image with the same theme, a paragraph of the topic and/or assignment instruction, a link to a Google Doc that has an activity for students to complete.

Or, let students use Smore to create their own newsletter. You might be surprised to see how creative they are.  Sharing a Smore is simple. It can be easily uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, or use the embed code or the shareable link in Blackboard system.

Here is a good tutorial of Smore from YouTube.

Easy way to download YouTube video

No plugin needed. Following the steps:

  • Step 1.  Open the YouTube video webpage.  (e.g.
  • Step 2.  Add “ss” without the quotation marks in front of the youtube in the URL (g.g.
  • Step 3.  It will open a new window called  Just patiently wait for the download button is showed up, and choose the appropriate video solution, and click the download button.
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Be aware of the copyright of the video.

Extended Hours

ISS extends working hours to 7:00pm on every Thursday for faculty who can’t make to the campus during the work time. Please feel free to contact us for individual consultation at your convenience. We’re looking forward to working with you!

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Add-ons for Google Docs, Sheets and Forms

The following Add-ons will help you make a good use of Google Drive applications.

FormLimiter:  One faculty asked me whether Google From could be shut off when it hits a max number of responses.  FormLimiter is a free add-on for this purpose.  Not only that, it can close the form at the specific date and time, or when a spreadsheet cell contains a specified value.

Form Notification: This add-on allows you to set up the email notification to the creator of the form and/or send short, customized reply emails to the Form submitter.  This will be very helpful to add the virtual meeting room information for our Webinars.

Add Reminders: This add-on is for Google Sheets, which allows you to send the reminder messages and email address on a specific date.

EasyBib: This add-on allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper by entering the titles or URLs. Format citation could be MLA, APA, Chicago and others.

Tag Cloud Generator:  This add-on creates a tag cloud in the side car from you Google Docs document, which helps you to identify the emerging theme.

Content Curation with

Content curation is a new concept for our information exploded society. It is the process of seeking through the vast information on the web and making sense of the information through organizing, sorting, and arranging. At the end, the author will need to share it with their community. The key is content curation is not about collecting links but putting them into a meaningful way with organization, annotation and presentation.

in today’s world, the skill of how to find, make sens and share content is critical skill, which helps us stay informed. Scoop.It is a terrific tool for people to discover, curate and publish content. Get a free account and check it out.

Office Mix

Use Office Mix to create interactive lessons that students can review at home, reserving class time for group discussions or focusing on the difficult material. Enhance your PowerPoint by inserting voice overs, add a movie/live website, or include a poll/quiz.

Please contact ISS for training.

Welcome back for a new semester

At the beginning of the Spring semester, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) hosts the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference. This conference is by faculty and for faculty. This year CETL presents the 10th Annual PUP!

This year, one of the keynote speakers Dr. José Antonio Bowen, the Author of Teaching Naked gave a fabulous speech. I can’t agree more on his ” College  is  about  preparing the  mind  for  the  unknown. Teach  Naked.  Change  a  Mind.”  Faculty should be a “cognitive coach” instead of professor, which customizing the teaching to meet different students’ needs by encouraging, assessing, guiding the students learning.  Here is the link to his handouts.  You might want to take a look at his website at:

This year, two faculty member and I teamed up and gave a very successful presentation at PUP.  Jennifer Sovine and Edward Zuniga are two faculty members who have integrated the iPads into their classroom use.  They have shared their experience and challenges.  We are looking forward to the more collaboration in the near future.

As always, Instructional Support Services are here to work with you, faculty and staff members. Please stop by our office or contact us as you need.