Make a Quick Video…

Keynote/QuickTime/YouTube steps: Make your slides. Add your voice (Play menu > Record Slideshow…) figure one Save your work. Export it to QuickTime (File menu > Export To > QuickTime) This brings up a Creating Movie announcement that shows you the progress of saving your work asa MPEG-4 movie.  figure two Open QuickTime. Open your .m4v file. Share your product to YouTube (File menu > Share > YouTube). At this point you need to be logged in. If you aren’t you will be asked to log in. Please use your UA…

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Fast and easy presentation tools

When asked what tools an instructor or student might use for online presentations I could respond at length. However, here is a brief list of ones you might try: Jing (Techsmith) Screencastify (Google Chrome plugin) VCASMO (online tool, slides and video) Keynote (I love this!) Prezi (think carefully, you can have sound, but maybe not as you want) Explain Everything (perfect for your iPad)

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Google Screencastify

www.screencastify.com Where do I find the embed code when I make a screencast using Screencastify? Follow the link to where the screencast is stored Choose More... from the menu and select Embed If you are using WordPress you have to enter this information on the "Text" editor tab.

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Tech free challenge!

Let's play with fiber, yarn, needles, ... or maybe wire and snips?! Baskets! - advice here - http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/desert2.html Getting started Coiled Baskets You need scissors and willingness to have fun. All other supplies are provided. If this turns out to 'be your thing' I got many of the supplies locally. Ask me where.

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Take notes by hand? I always thought it was a good thing.

This morning I received email confirmation that my desire to have hundreds of sheets of paper floating around is a good one. Okay, that's a stretch. But my notebooks (that are bound) with start and end dates clearly printed on the front [for work] and my bound notebooks for college courses I've taken... those stand me in good stead. Here's the article if you'd like to read up on it yourself: This is why you should take notes by hand instead of with a laptop - on…

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Let me update your trac ticket – FileZilla (fix)

Who wouldn't want to open up a new account to update Trac tickets for FileZilla problems first thing on a Monday morning? This rocks! http://trac.filezilla-project.org/ticket/9750#comment:1 Couldn't find a solution in 5 minutes of surfing. Found others with a similar problem - my window was off the top of my screen. Jumping and shouting just wasn't going to get it to come down. That doesn't work with my toddler either. So... I started control clicking. Nope. Option clicking... hey... yeah. Figured I'd give back - that's only about five more…

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Article review: Stop Talking …

Marissa Carl Acosta posted to Google+ about Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education. I saw it and immediately wanted to read parts of it. Grabbing a random chapter, I dove in. This text, by evidence of chapter five: Into Our Classrooms, has lessons each instructor and student can benefit from. Chapter five has several sections. I read both An Octopus in Every Lesson and Saving the World with Indigenous Pedagogy. After reading one chapter it is clear I need to read all of this…

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Methodology

Taking this opportunity to drop in another paper I wrote for ED603. Let me know if you find it helpful! Introduction This paper discusses the evaluation of methods for a research project that involves attempting to measure building community interaction among first-time users of Blackboard while capturing the participants’ opinions of their experience. Preparing for my research project I evaluated both the qualitative and quantitative research methods. Prior to understanding about the mixed method, I determined to incorporate portions of both types. The quantitative research method is…

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Bias? What bias?

I've done some of the assignments out of order (in ED603). This is another one of those assignments I liked so much I wrote it twice. Introduction This paper discusses addressing several forms of bias while conducting research. Researchers need to be aware of, and counteract the possible introduction of, bias in areas of their research including conducting their literature review; performing their study; working with, evaluating, and listening to their research subjects; analyzing their data and writing their report. As a student new to research I…

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Road map

Okay, so this is one of those 'I just love easel.ly' moments. Doing a session on screencasting today. Here's my thoughts on how it should go... ROAD MAP I should log back in later and tell you how it really went. (The best laid plans...) The link above is in case the embed (below) does not work. easel.ly

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Tech Free Challenge

It can be challenging to spend up to two hours doing something new or different. This is especially true if you've got deadlines looming. At UAF eCampus, the designers meet about every six weeks to do something different. On Tuesday of last week we got creative with paper, ribbon and stamps (plus a few stickers). That's actually a bit tame. This group has had knot tying and fire making challenges, telling an impromptu story, making books from scratch, origami folding and more. “There is good evidence that…

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A few mobile links for WordPress

How do you make your WordPress site mobile friendly? Earlier today I spent a little bit of time downloading and testing a WordPress plugin designed to detect mobile devices and switch the view of your WordPress site to accommodate whatever tool the user was using (within reason). [Mobile detection plug in: WP Mobile Detector] I am cross-referencing this post a 'how to' because I have a few tips on what you should do. See the bottom of this post. While looking for this plug in I came…

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English is so tricky!

I've had the pleasure of working with a few amazing instructors over the past year. Carl Strange teaches Latin 101 and 102. He writes the best announcements to encourage his students, tell them what's coming up, and keep them interested in learning more. I'm excerpting part of last week's announcement, with his permission, because we gel on this topic. English is tricky! Recent work in our course has highlighted some anomalies, one daren't say deficiencies, in the ability of language to make itself clear. I speak, of…

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Teachers using blogs in their course rooms

Blogs are an excellent way to get your students talking to each other and you about their studies. If you have posts where you are asking your students questions or if you are requiring them to create their own posts you may require them to submit by a certain deadline (or to comment on fellow classmates posts). In order to help with deadline confusion, you should set your date within WordPress. Click on the image for a close up view. Here is how to set your date…

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