Do you remember the days of the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books where you would read a few pages, then based on a choice, you’d flip to a particular page where you were faced with another choice? The same story could be read multiple times, with a different ending every time!
Quandary is a free application that allows you to make web-based action mazes, similiar to these books. These action mazes are great tools for problem-solving, diagnosis, procedural training, surveys/questionnaires – really any activity that students might understand and remember better by example than through explanation.
Enjoy the simplicity of PowerPoint but looking for a fresh, alternative for your presentations? Check out SlideRocket.
SlideRocket is a web-based tool that allows users to create sharp and modern presentations with layouts and options similar to PowerPoint. SlideRocket’s basic plan is offered to users at no cost, which makes it a great alternative for your students who may not have access to PowerPoint. While an internet connection is needed to access and play presentations, SlideRocket offers an assortment of customizable options. A few highlights include:
• Browse through thousands of images to add to slides
• Upload YouTube videos to play directly in the presentation
• Add audio
• Edit text in various ways
• Add live Twitter feeds
• Enter data to instantly create charts
• Import slides from PowerPoint to edit in SlideRocket
Be sure to take a look at SlideRocket to see how you can revitalize your presentations, and share this great free tool with your students!
Hopefully, by this point in your students’ educational career, the excuses are more creative. In fact, I’d venture to guess that technology is blamed more than unruly pets.
“My computer died. I lost my Flash drive. I e-mailed it to myself, but the e-mail server is down. I saved it on my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/parent/neighbor’s computer and they are out of town now.” Sound familiar?
While I can’t promise the elimination of excuses, I can offer a solution for your students. eDocs, UIS’ document management system, is available for faculty, staff, and students to store and share files. eDocs is a web-based resource and can be accessed on or off campus, 24/7, from any computer with Internet access. If students would get into the habit of saving their work to eDocs (which ITS backs up nightly), there might be fewer excuses for not submitting work on time.
For more information, please visit our eDocs webpage.