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Summer Is Here, Time for New Technology!

May 20, 2012 1 comment

Summer is the perfect time to play with some new technology that you can add to your fall courses. Maybe create a small learning object or some piece of a lesson and see how it goes. Here are some ideas to get you started. clear logo The Center for Language Education and Research out of Michigan State University has come up with some amazing Rich Internet Applications that are definitely worth checking out. The one we are going to use for our Spanish online course is the Conversations app. It allows for completely asynchronous chats via a microphone and web cam. This is simply a fantastic tool for chatting with your students or them chatting with one another in a foreign language. I also see applications for business courses and interview practice. Take a look and try it out.

Google Drive

google drive image Have you been looking for a reason to use Google Drive instead of DropBox or some other cloud file service? Me too! Well I think I found at least one. It is called WeVideo. It is a cloud based video editor that integrates with Google Drive. It is pretty slick and allows for great collaboration. Students can create videos together in this collaborative environment then share them in just about any format. You can use it for your video editing as well.

Storyline by Articulate

It’s no secret that I am an Articulate fan and I have been DYING to spread the word about their new product, Storyline. I am not a programmer at all but I have great ideas for learning objects, activities, assessments and the like. This tool allows me to look like a rock star with no programming whatsoever. It can develop great looking simple things in minutes or you can unleash its power on some pretty detailed stuff. Drag and drop, show and do, branching, animations and more can be done with this great product. If you are in education be sure you check out the educational pricing. It would cost that alone to hire out for just one interaction. Now you have to the tool to do whatever you need. Try the 30 day trial and you will be hooked. Look for future posts on this product.

So take your lap top out on the deck and get techy! Now is the best time to play. Drop a comment on your newest, latest, greatest finds. Enjoy!

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ASCUE Conference Ideas

July 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I just got back from  attending the Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE). (Ok so it has been a couple of weeks.) This year I happen to be the President of the association. The keynote was Tom Kuhlmann from Articulate. He writes the Rapid Elearning Blog and is my elearning hero. He has a knack for breaking down the process of course design down to some simple steps. He also did a session on PowerPoint and showed how we probably use PowerPoint to about 20% of its abilities. And it is not the tool, it is the user that produces “bad” PowerPoint.

Cool Tools

My presentation was about the “cool” tools I found in the last year. I have featured some of them in previous posts. If you are looking for a different kind of blog posting tool, try Posterous. You can e-mail your pictures, videos and words and Posterous will arrange your blog for you. Perhaps you are looking for a way for your students to brainstorm or organize a project. This online stickie note application might do the trick. Lino allows you to do this, and what I like is students don’t have to have an account. This is handy for workshops and meetings too.

I have a lot of flash card creation links but StudyBlue seems to be a nice one that is flexible and has notes and cards out there that others have created. Ok, so you have been trying to do that important work in your life and e-mail and Twitter just keeps interrupting. Download this app and you can schedule time when those applications can’t bother you.

I think the biggest hit was RedKid. It is a website that allows you to customize signs and images. We created an ASCUE vodka as  you see below.

So I will finish with a free webinar tool (AnyMeeting) that so far seems to be a great substitute for some of the pricier webinar tools. Some of the features include sending surveys to the attendees after the webinar as well as the standard screen sharing, webcam and audio features. It also gives you the option of voice over IP or telephone conferencing.

I hope you find something useful with these new tools. Leave and comment and let me know how you use them.

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Faculty and Student Support Using Screenr

May 18, 2011 1 comment

I have been doing more support in the last few weeks than usual so this is on my mind. I often get e-mails from faculty asking how to do something in our learning management system. (which we are in the process of changing) Sometimes the faculty are forwarding questions their students had that they could not answer. Rather than just answer in words to that one person, I create a quick screen-cast in Screenr. This allows me to better answer their question as well as create an archived answer if I should get the question again.

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If you are not familiar with Screenr, I encourage you to try it out. Yes, it is another screen-casting tool like so many out there but I believe Screenr is better. There is no figuring out screen size or all that. You just drag the handles to the screen area you want to cover. It gives a nice count-down to prepare you for your big debut. Just recently added is the ability to sign into Screenr with Twitter, Facebook, Google, or Yahoo. The web based application is platform independent.

When you have finished your masterpiece, you can copy the URL, or two different types of embed codes. You can also download the mp4 file which could then be edited with another product. It also makes it easy to tweet your screen-cast or upload it to Youtube with simple clicks. I have used many of these types of products and this is by far the easiest and most mistake proof. Oh and did I mention that it is FREE.

It has really come in handy lately. And don’t worry if your screen-casts are not perfect. People just want the answer. For the last faculty member who had a student “how to” question, I created a quick screen-cast and sent her the link. She then posted the link in the learning management system so that other students would benefit too. So maybe it took me 5 minutes to do but it answered what was sure to be a lot of similar questions. I have also used Screenr in conjunction with my Eno (smart) board. I am able to capture my work on the white board to post for students later. (https://janethurn.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/some-of-my-favorite-things-part-1/)

Here is a link to my Screenr page. Give Screenr a try!