Often Instructors wish they had more screen space so they could see more columns in the grade center. One simple way to accomplish this by temporarily hiding the course menu.
To hide the course menu move your mouse over the divider between the course menu and the grade center. When the left pointing arrow appears click it. The menu will collapse thus creating more screen space for the Grade Center.
To reveal the course menu, simply move your mouse to the left side of your screen and the right pointing arrow will appear. Click the arrow and the menu will expand revealing the course menu.
This weeks blog post is dedicated to Martha Pierson. Thank you for all the assistance the past few weeks and for the following video. Job well done!
A list of my favorite Student Study Apps:
- Livescribe+ – Livescribe+ is designed to be used in conjunction with Livescribe 3 smartpens.
- Evernote – Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders.
- ScratchWork – ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web while having the two side by side to avoid back and forth flipping. It also provides a custom math keyboard.
- Side by Side – Side by Side is a multiple-window reader/browser with offline reading and note taking capabilities. It turns the iPad into multiple resizable reading devices working in parallel.
- Highlight by Cohdoo – Shine new light on audio recording user research, interviews, lectures and more with Cohdoo Highlight. Simply start a recording, marking “aha” moments as you hear them. Break time? Pause and resume the same recording, adding more highlights.
- Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus – The Visual Dictionary & Thesaurus iPhone app not only brings you definitions and words of similar meaning, but the visual picture links together the varying contexts and connections for words.
- Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad Top-rated app with trusted reference content from Dictionary.com & Thesaurus.com. WORKS OFFLINE – no Internet connection needed when searching words.
- Flick – The easiest and simplest way to share documents, videos and images between iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macs, and other devices and operating systems.
- Natural Reader – The NaturalReader text-to-speech (TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words.
- Storify – Now social storytelling is at your fingertips wherever you are, allowing you to create stories on the iPad as never before.
- PS Express – ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP EXPRESS: Edit and share photos anywhere.
- Learnist – Pinboard for education
- MyScript Calculator – With MyScript Calculator, perform mathematical operations naturally using your handwriting.
- Geometry Pad – With the Geometry Pad you can create fundamental geometric shapes, explore and change their properties and calculate metrics.
Following is is list of my favorite Student Presentation Apps:
- Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.
- ShowMe - Turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard!
- BaiBoard HD – Create, Share and Collaborate your education content.
- Teach By Knowmia – Knowmia Teach is a free lesson planning and recording tool for teachers and their students. It helps you create short video lessons on any subject.
- Prezi – Prezi for iPad lets you create, edit, and share your presentations wherever and whenever you want.
- Sharkslide – SlideShark is an app for showing PowerPoint from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, videos & hyperlinks intact.
- ThingLink – Make your images come alive with private video, notes, or even music from YouTube.
- Word Collage – Create stunning word collages on your iPhone and iPad! Set up a collage with your text, different layouts, fonts, and color themes. http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/09/6-great-apps-to-create-word-clouds-on.html
- WordPress – Create online blogs.
- Weebly – Weebly gives everyone a surprisingly easy way to create a high-quality website or blog.
- UStream – Broadcast live and watch live video on your device – anytime, anywhere! Ustream powers live interactive video that enables anyone to watch and interact with a global audience of unlimited size.
- OSnap – Simple, intuitive, powerful time-lapse and stop motion photography. Create and share stunning videos with ease.
A few months ago legislation was passed to help control thief of mobile devices. This act was known as the kill switch bill. Since that time mobile devices have been much harder for thieves to sell. Many people may have even been victimized by purchasing used mobile devices that were stolen and locked.
If you are buying or selling a used iphone or ipad, Apple has now come out with instructions on activating and deactivating the kill switch. A paper titled, Find My iPhone Activation Lock, will walk you through the process of working with your activation lock.
Mashable has also published an article by Rex Santus, How to Check If the Used iPhone You’re Buying Is Stolen. Steve Dent from Engadget published a similar piece, Apple’s new iCloud tool can show if a used iPhone is stolen.
Edit an existing test.
On the Test Canvas screen, click the Question Settings button (top right).
On the Test Question Settings screen, scroll to Section 4. Add a check mark to the option, “Provide option to assign questions as extra credit. “
When finished, click Submit.
Select the test question you want to be extra credit and click the Points box to the right of the screen.
A popup menu will appear. Insert the the point value of the question. Add a check mark to the Extra Credit box and click Submit.
The Points box will display again with the words “(Extra Credit)” as shown below.
As many of you are aware the new iPhone is coming out soon. Apple is actually releasing two phones, the iphone 6 and the iphone 6 plus. If you are in the market for a new phone you may be asking what the difference are between the two and what are my other options?
Business Insider has published an article The Key Differences Between The iPhone 6 And The iPhone 6 Plus by Alyson Shontell. This article compares the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
DroidLife has another article Comparison: iPhone 6 and Plus vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 vs. Moto X vs. G3 vs. One (M8) by Kellex. This site has a nice comparing the different phone in categories’ from price to battery life, weight, displays, and much more.
Finally Adario Strange from Mashable does a comparison in his article iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Competition. He compares iphones, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Lumia 930, and Moto X.
It is not uncommon in higher education for faculty to have to report mid-term grades. This can be simple with a little planning. Blackboard Grading Periods is a simple way to accomplish this reporting.
Grading Periods are used to sort Grade Center Columns into sections based on due dates. These sections help manage the Grade Center by associating Grade Columns together so that viewing and reporting can be done based on a Grading Period instead of the entire Grade Center.
It goes without saying that in order for this to work properly, due dates must be set for all activities listed in the grading center.
Create Grading Periods
To get started go to the Full Grade Center> Manage> Grading Periods> Create Grading Period.
- Add a Name to identify the grading period.
- Fill out the date range for the columns you want included.
- Select the Associate Columns option.
To View Grading Periods
- Return to the full grading center.
- Select Filter and change the Current View to the Grading Period you want to view.
Every instructor has struggles with students getting a late start because of textbook prices. Today I would like to share a few resources I have collected for free and inexpensive textbook alternatives. There are a number of sites out there like Merlot (http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm?action=find) and Open Stax (http://openstaxcollege.org/books) that have alternatives to the pricey traditional book publishers.
Although it may be too late to incorporate these resources into this semester, now is the time to start thinking about the future. If you are looking to design a new online class or substitutions to your current course offering, please check out this list alternative solutions for your classroom.