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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Fall Brings an Abundance of Web 2.0 Resources

In celebration of the arrival of fall, we will take a glance at a few Web 2.0 resources that you might find useful in your classroom and personal life.  For some, fall inspires a time for self-reflection.  If that describes you, take a look at http://ohlife.com/.  Ohlife is an online personal journal that is great for capturing your daily thoughts and life’s unexpected moments.  OhLife makes journaling easy;  every day they send you an email asking you how your day is going.  To post to your journal, you reply to the email with your daily reflection and if you have a photograph you want to post, you attach it to the email.  Hit send and your reply email is sent to ohLife and is immediately posted to your private online account.   What is so cool about this site is that it is free, private and you don’t have the option to share it with anyone.  One of the few drawbacks is that you can’t make multiple posts in a day.  

Possible Classroom Application:  Students could journal about their experiences in your class or journey at Harding.  Later they can return to their entries to mark possible growth periods, struggles, and view God’s hand at work in their lives.  

Capture

Need a better way to edit, share, and store your web-based research?  Scrible (http://www.scrible.com/) is simple, free, and you don’t have to download anything to your computer.  Most research today is conducted on-line, why not use a free on-line application that allows you to mark up web pages in the browser (any browser), manage them, and collaborate with others online?  You can highlight important text, strikethrough irrelevant text, and leave notes right on the web-page. You can share your research pages with others and store your web research online in your personal library. For those who prefer a hard copy, you can export your web-based research to a word document keeping all or some of your annotations. Subscribe and add the Srible toolbar to your browser to begin a new way of editing, sharing and storing your web-based research.

Scrible

Keep watching for more Web 2.0 Teaching Tools.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Rebelling against Blackboard…

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That is the headline in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read how one teacher has created a rich learning environment, including great use of POSTEROUS!

Just follow the link: Rebelling Against Blackboard.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Looking For an Alternative to PowerPoint?: Part II

Looking For an Alternative to PowerPoint?: Part II

Have you ever arrived for class and realized you left your thumb drive with your PowerPoint presentation in your office or even worse, the file is corrupted?  Try web-based presentation tools that are stored on a cloud and are available when you need access to them.  Why not surprise your students next week and support your lectures with a cloud-based presentation platforms like Glogster or Empressr.

Glogster is another alternative to PowerPoint where students and teachers alike have a blank canvas to embed images, audio, text, and video in a web based format. Like Prezi, the navigation is nonlinear. EDU GLOGSTER (www.edu.glogster.com) is the 21st century version of a poster board. Teachers create a collaborative online learning platform for their students to explore and interact with online content and embedded media. A version of this presentation tool was created especially for educators.  Several teachers in the Canon Clary College of Education are already using Glogster to present content and are assigning student created Glogsters as well.  You can embed Glogster in wikis, web pages, blogs, and Moodle. Like what you have read so far, go to www.edu.glogster.com for more information.

Glog

Prefer a presentation tool that has more of the feel of PowerPoint?  Empressr is a free on-line tool that allows you to upload audio, videos, and images online for video creation, storage, and sharing. Empressr has really cool 3D transitions that you will not find in PowerPoint. You can embed your presentation into your web page, Facebook, wiki, blog ,etc…If you are short on time and need images or video uploaded for a quick presentation, try Empressr’s quick upload feature that applies transitions automatically. PowerPoint presentations can be imported, edited and saved as well.  

 

 

 

For additional  information contact us at hulearn@harding.edu

Check back next week as a Harding University teacher will share how she is integrating technology into her instruction.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Connected: God at the Center (Harding University Remembers 9/11)

One by one, students stood up and faculty members followed as chapel attendees remembered 911, singing Blessed be the Name of the Lord.  As Americans, our lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001.  On that date, most Harding students were seated at their desk, in elementary classrooms around the world unaware of the tragic events that were unfolding across the United States of America.  Today when we think of being connected; we think of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, and  LinkedIn, where not being connected to the WWW means you are, well simply put, not connected. 

Today during chapel at Harding University, there were no thoughts of Facebook, Twitter, blogs, RSS feeds, and LinkedIn connections, but the connection that was visible and evident in every movement, every word spoken, and every song of praise lifted up was God’s connection to us. One student stood up, unprompted and others followed until all present in the Benson auditoium rose and contintued to sing  Blessed be the Name of the Lord.  Today we witnessed our future leaders and it is good to know that they are connected, connected to God.  

 


 
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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Looking for an Alternative to PowerPoint?

As your 8:00 class starts, students rush to their seats with a café mochachino in one hand, a smart phone in the other, and before you know it, they pull a laptop out of their backpack.  They are wired and ready to learn.   Briefly you reflect back on your college days and you may recall your rush to class with a 3 ring notebook binder in one hand, a ball point pen in the other and perhaps a highlighter to mark the most salient information.   

Yes, times have changed with the distribution of and access to information at the click of a button or touch of an app; you can be transported to Florence, Italy thanks to Google Earth or chat with a friend in Athens, Greece via Skype.  You ask yourself, how do I meet the needs of the 21st century learner? Have students really changed that much?  Perhaps they haven’t changed that much, but the way they access information, how they are connected to the world, and each other has.  

Suddenly you are brought back to reality, when you hear the familiar Windows start up tune playing from a student’s computer.  Promptly at 8:07 you begin class and your prepared PowerPoint presentation is projected on the screen for all to view.   You feel good that you are using technology in your instruction, but you wonder is there more out there than just PowerPoint? After all, the millennial learner has grown up with PowerPoint and could be bored with its linear format and transitions. That is not to say that Power Point is not a great presentation tool because it is; in fact PowerPoint’s strengths lie in its presentation of content, visual images, 3D graphics, audio, and video.  However there are other presentation tools that are worth a look and a chance in your classroom.

Prezi (http://prezi.com/) is not your average presentation tool nor does it look or work like PowerPoint.  You and your students can access your presentation over the Internet.  Prezi provides a very nonlinear approach to presentations.  With a Prezi presentation there are no slides to click through, instead everything is on a singular canvas ready for you to zoom, spin, and browse to text, images, and video.  Your presentation is not layered on multiple slides; rather your content is strategically organized on the canvas for quick access.  You can create a path through your content for students follow or your students can freely explore your presentation in a nonlinear approach. For a closer look at Prezi follow this link http://prezi.com  

 


 

SlideRocket  
(http://www.sliderocket.com/) has more of the look and feel of PowerPoint but is a cloud-based tool.  An incredible feature of SlideRocket that is not available in PowerPoint is the ability to embed Google Documents into the presentation.  Students upload pictures to Flickr and view YouTube videos frequently and with Slide Rock you can integrate content from these free sites into SlideRocket.  In addition, SlideRocket has powerful tracking and collaboration tools.  Since it is cloud based you do not have to download any software to your computer or store your presentation on a memory drive.  You can also embed your presentation in a website, Moodle, wiki, or blog.   For a closer view, access SlideRocket here: http://sliderocket.com/  

 

 

Check back next week  for more alterantives to Power Point. 

Harding faculty join us next week  for an Overview of New Moodle Tools: Engaging 21st Century Learners, as we look at some ways you can engage your 21st century learners with new ntegrations in Moodle that include: Campus Pack Blogs, Wikis, Journals, and Podcasts, StudyMate Class, Turnitin, Turning Technologies Classroom Response System, and embedding content in HTML Blocks.

Where: Admin 200A – Training Room
When: Wednesday, September 14th or 15th from 12:00 – 1:00
*Lunch will be provided

Email us with any comments or questions at hulearn@harding.edu

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Moodle used by Year 2 students – you have to be kidding!!!

I want to relate a story that came to the E-learning department recently. 

A former Grad Assist in the E-learning department told how he thought when he left Harding, his days of dealing with Moodle support were over. But alas, late one night he received a call from his Mom. She was upset and perturbed because school started the very next day and her Moodle classroom was messed up! She was calling her son to help her get her Moodle classroom set up and ready for the start of school. Of course, he came to his mother’s aid and after a time the classroom was back in shape. Pheewwww…

Moodle

Well so what? His mother is teaching Year 2 in Elementary School! Yes, Elementary School. Year 2 students are learning using tools inside a Moodle classroom, while they are in the classroom and when they are at home. Are you ready for these students to get to Harding?

It is a daunting thought. If you are looking for help using technology in your classroom, contact the Center for Learning with Technology at hulearn@harding.edu

Follow the Center on Twitter to get regular updates: @HULearnTech 

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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