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Create your own Infographics!

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!

 

 

Tablets transforming college campuses

The iPad, the Galaxy, and many more—Tablets have officially become one of the most popular tech tools on the market. One of the best areas for using these useful tools? Higher education. Tablets are rapidly growing among students, and are proving themselves to be extremely effective in the context of education.

In fact,

  • 86% of tablet owners think their tablets help them study more efficiently
  • 76% believe tablets help students perform better in class

So exactly why is it that these tools are so effective in higher ed? Think about it—tablets give everything students need on the go! From textbooks in e-book form to apps to help with organizing and studying to their Blackboard courses at their fingertips complete with class notes and annotation tools, these devices are truly priceless in higher ed. There are always new, innovative ways to utilize these tools being presented, so be sure to follow us regularly because we love sharing these ideas!

With finals just ending, this infographic seems quite appropriate to share with you all! What are the study habits of the modern day student? From their beats to when they eat, check out the trends that students today are following!

What your students really want: Where technology matters the most!

We recently came across findings from an Educause survey asking college students about how technology is used by their instructors. Not surprisingly, the amount of teachers using technology in their classroom has significantly increased since 2010! Today, 68% of students report that their instructors effectively use technology in the classroom. Yet, there is always room for improvement. Check out the areas below to see where students would like to see more technology sources utilized!

Do Smartphones have a place in Higher Ed?

Think phones have no place in a college classroom? You may want to think again! Smartphones are changing the way we absorb and learn new information-and for the better! Having so many resources and apps at our fingertips makes it easy to find answers to questions, organize information, and become better learners. Students using their smartphones for educational purposes study more, track their progress using various apps and tools, and have access to an endless amount of tools and resources. Check out this infographic to learn more about some of the best apps, and why smartphones have changed the way we learn!

 

Students and their Smartphones…

Check out this infographic we have found that looks into the impact of the smartphone on college students! Their phones are constantly attached to their hands-and constantly in use. Information from all over the world is being consumed in real-time from anywhere they may be. In higher education, this can have many benefits-including creating a mobile classroom so students are able to engage in discussions, etc. even when they are not in class.

If you aren’t familiar with the Blackboard Mobile App, now is the time to familiarize yourself with it! Based on these statistics of how much students use their smartphones, it’s no doubt that Blackboard Mobile is a tool they would find very useful. To learn more about Blackboard Mobile, click here! And be sure to share this information with your students this fall!

The Value of the Web

Ever think about where we would be without the internet? How communication would change, how jobs would change, and where we would get our information?

We are always blogging about great free web resources that are changing the way we teach and learn-and definitely for the better! The internet is bringing learning to the fingertips of people across the world. People who may not have the access to a set of encyclopedias have access to an endless amount of information.

Check out this infographic below and tell us what you think!

 

 

How do you get your news?

There is no questioning that social media has become a huge part of most of our lives. From tweeting on a regular basis to checking our Facebook for updates from friends and organizations that we follow, we find out most of the information we know via social media. So exactly how is social media changing the role in which we receive news? In a huge way-social media is rapidly growing in numbers and beginning to replace traditional journalism as our news source. Check out this great infographic we have found and see just how much social media is changing the way we get our news!

The new Cloud in the sky

Google Apps has taken over many of the things we use the internet for—email, managing schedules, organizing photos, creating websites, and so much more! Now, they’ve released Google Drive, the app that allows us to share and store files over the internet.

Google Drive is like Google’s version of “The Cloud” but it offers several additional features, including:  it integrates with your other Google apps (including Google Docs!), offers 5GB of storage for free, and it goes beyond other storage apps by offering live collaboration features.

Google Drive is an app that is downloaded to your computer. After downloading Google Drive, you will be able to sync your files on your computer to your Google Drive. They will then appear on the web for you to access whenever you need them! Any time you put a file in the folders synced with your Google Drive, they will appear in your Google Drive on the web. You will then be able to view, edit, share, and collaborate live on your files.

Google Drive offers many additional features for you to check out. The integration of Google Docs allows users to create multiple types of documents, there is a search feature that can help you find anything, and you can get Google Drive on the go through their apps for Android and iOS devices (coming soon)!

The Internet in 2020-How far will we be from where we are now?

Do you ever think ahead to the future and try to imagine how we will be using technology? How cell phones will evolve, what new tools they will come out with, and how the internet will advance? We recently came across a neat graphic that explores how the internet may be in year 2020. In the next 8 years, internet use is expected to multiply globally, which means there will be more people in countries all over the world using the internet, and there will be more opportunities for collaboration and networking. While these anticipated changes are very exciting, security and protecting yourself online will be more important than ever. Check out the graphic and tell us what you think!