There are tons of great websites offering educational videos all over the web. TED, Khan Academy, YouTube EDU, and that’s only the beginning. The videos on these sites typically contain TONS of great information, all of which we would love to remember (but often don’t!).
Enter Video Notes! This tool allows users to pull up the video they wish to watch and take notes on via the appropriate link. The video will appear on the left side of the screen, while a notepad appears on the right—enabling the user to take notes in the same window while watching the video! When finished watching the video and taking notes, both the video and the notes will be saved to the Google
Drive account, and easily accessible for future use!
If you have Google, this tool integrates with your Google Account, with the Google Drive App! It is automatically saved to your account, and easy to share and distribute to others! This is a great tool—if you plan on spending time this summer seeking potential videos to share with students in the fall, this would be a great way to bookmark the videos and take some quick notes on your ideas of incorporating it in class!
Yet another semester has come and gone, and now it’s on to summer! A great time to reflect on the school year, relax, and do some preparing for the fall (because it will be coming so quickly!).
As you all know, we have blogged about the Flipped Classroom and ways to get started in the past! Now that there is more time to spend looking into adapting new technologies and trying new things in the classroom, we’re sharing a new tool with you: Soo Meta.
This tool allows users to create a video presentation which includes photos, text, videos, and voiceover audio that can be added by using a microphone. This video can then be shared with anyone and embedded in websites, blogs and more. One of the new features of this tool incorporates polling and quizzes into your presentation. Add questions throughout the presentation, and those viewing it are able to respond directly by clicking their response.
Soo Meta is a tool that is great for both teachers and educators alike. In the flipped classroom setting, it has several great purposes! Educators can create a video presentation and then as a homework assignment, have their students go through the presentation and respond to the questions throughout to check for understanding of the material being presented. Students can create their own presentations as an interactive project to share with their peers.
Soo Meta is just one of the many tools that are great to incorporate into the flipped classroom! For more ideas, feel free to contact us!
We always love sharing infographics on the ways technology is being used in classrooms across the world, so we had to share this one we came across!
Check out this infographic, which takes on a different perspective that what we’ve shared before. It’s clear that incorporating technology into education is important to educators, students, and parents alike! However, budgets are decreasing, and many students attend schools in low income areas where these resources may be more limited. It’s important to provide all students with the opportunities to learn with technology and enhance their education. We’d love to hear some of your ideas on how to lessen the digital divide and increase access!
As we begin wrapping up the spring semester, many of us may have exciting plans coming up. Summer is typically the time for trips abroad that may not fit into the school year, mission trips to help out in different areas for different purposes, family trips, friend trips, and wherever else the summer takes you…
One of the neatest ways to use all the great technology and tools available on the internet is to document experiences and share them with others. There are tons of ways to do this, and today we are sharing some of our favorites!
Blogging: Blogging is such a great way to get out there and share your experiences, opinions, ideas, and basically inspire (and be inspired!) by others on the internet. Incorporate videos, posts, photographs, maps, and anything you want to share about your trip (the list is really endless!) Blogs are great because they combine all of these elements in one easy location for others to follow and keep in touch while you are busy traveling the world.
Google Maps: If you are a Google Maps user, you may have noticed some of the pretty neat elements they’ve begun incorporating into maps: photos, videos, landmarks complete with descriptions, and custom-made maps created by Google users for others to explore and share. Creating a Google Map of a trip (especially if you are hopping around place to place) is a great way to document your travels and share them with others so they can see some of the same things you were able to experience!
We have so many ideas we’d love to share with you if you are looking to incorporate multimedia into really any of your experiences. You don’t have to travel to Europe to create a blog or go on a backpacking trip to create your own Google Map. These awesome tools are at your fingertips waiting for you to become inspired, create and share!
Every week, we blog about new tools, new ideas, and new methods of utilizing technology in your classroom and in higher education in general. While there are tons of great resources out there we love sharing, and tons of services we offer here at UIS, we understand that making this leap into the technology world isn’t always easy!
If you are following along and are familiar with the challenges that may come along with using technology, then check out this infographic we found! From electronic textbooks to tips on integration and which devices to use, this will introduce you to some of the ideas and concepts to get started!
The “Flipped Classroom” Model is definitely something we have spent some time blogging about in the past, but did you know that this year, new, innovative methods of flipping the classroom are projected to make it one of the biggest changes in higher education this year!
Basically, if you haven’t heard, the flipped classroom is the notion that time spent in the classroom is for projects, “homework”, and other collaborative activities, and time spent outside the classroom is for lecturing, note-taking, and watching videos. With all of the advances in technology, educators are able to record their lectures and post them online, provide students with videos, notes, and other class materials electronically (not just in the classroom). So, this gives educators the opportunity to really take advantage of the valuable hours they meet with students each week!
If you are interested in this concept, contact us! We love the idea of flipping the classroom, and have so many ideas to share. Many technology tools offered here at UIS are perfect for transitioning lectures to the online environment. We’d also love to share some of our great ideas on multimedia projects and utilizing some of our favorite tech tools inside the classroom to promote creativity and collaboration within the classroom!
Jing is such a useful and neat tool, it’s hard to believe it’s FREE! While you do have to download the software, Jing will surely be something worthwhile. It allows users to create annotated screen captures instantly, and create screencast videos. Jing allows users to capture all or part of images and add text, draw, or highlight text. They can then be shared with students on Blackboard in class notes! UIS faculty, staff and students also can take advantage of Camtasia Relay – but for folks not associated with UIS, then Jing is an amazing free tool!
Google is one of the top search engines utilized, especially in higher education. The popularity of Google’s Apps followed what Google was initially famous for—Googling! After entering your search into the Google bar, your initial results will appear. Below the toolbar, select Search tools, and a few options will appear along top!
Choose the timing of the results that appear, reading level, visited pages, not yet visited, etc. There’s tons of options to choose to customize your search to be exactly what you need!
It’s pretty clear from our blog that we are huge fans of infographics! So you could imagine our excitement when Sliderocket just released this awesome feature: templates to create your own infographics!
Infographics are a great way to share information in a unique and attention-grabbing way. Mix graphic visuals with pertinent information, and you’ve got yourself an effective infographic to share on your blog, website, twitter and more!
One of the coolest features about Sliderocket’s infographics is that they are animated, complete with transitions and all! Check out one we’ve created here!
Today, the internet plays such a significant role in our lives, and even when it comes to education! Here at UIS, several programs offer online courses ranging from undergraduate to numerous graduate programs. Some are even completely online!
The internet helps bring the classroom to a student’s home, making possibilities endless. Individuals with pressing outside obligations can find a perfect fit in an online curriculum. However, taking online courses is a unique experience, one requiring individuals to foster a learning environment that allows them to really absorb and put skills learned from the course into practice. If you are taking an online course, check out a few of our favorite tips for being successful as an online student!
- Be comfortable with the internet! The largest part of online learning? The internet! It’s essential that users are very well acquainted with using the web and navigating their course content. Get familiar with working with documents, social media tools that will be used in class, and anything that is necessary to know to succeed in your course!
- Be organized! Often times, learning online is very independent—it’s up to you to keep track of readings, projects, due dates, etc. Keep a syllabus, calendar, and instructor contact information handy in case you have any questions!
- Like we mentioned above, to an extent, online learning is a more independent learning environment. Stay on task, and don’t let all readings and other class activities pile up.
- Keep up with the discussion board! The discussion board is often an integral part of online courses, so it’s essential that you engage in classroom discussions through this form.
If you experience any difficulties acclimating yourself to the online learning environment, contact us and we can help you learn how to better navigate!