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Student Apps for the Classroom: Study Apps

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Student Study Apps

Student Study Apps

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Student Apps for the Classroom: Presentations

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Student Presentation Apps

Student Presentation Apps

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Activation Lock for the iPhone & iPad

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Activation Lock

Activation Lock

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Creating Extra Credit Questions on Exams in Blackboard

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Edit an existing test.

On the Test Canvas screen, click the Question Settings button (top right).

Extra Credit

Extra Credit

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.

Extra Credit Settings

Extra Credit Settings

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.

Extra Credit Question

Extra Credit Question

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.

Extra Credit Points

Extra Credit Points

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

Blackboard Tool to find Broken Links

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During the semester start-up, you may find the Broken Links tool a valuable resource for your online classes. This tool checks for broken links to various items in your course. Links may be broken because the path to the item no longer exists, or the file may have been moved, renamed, or deleted. This process checks the content collection for missing files, it does not check your web links to external websites.

On the Control Panel Choose Packages and Utilities> Check Course Links> Ok

Broken Links

Broken Links

Broken items will be displayed with a list to where they were originally located. The Print Preview button will allow you to print out the file list to assist you in tracking down the missing files.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Smart Phones

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Smart Phones

Smart Phones

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Customizing the Grade Book: Grading Periods

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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.
  • Submit
Grading Period

Grading Period

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.
Current View

Current View

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Textbooks

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Textbooks

Textbooks

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

Normal: Battery Analytics

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The web is full of articles on how to increase your mobile battery life such as ZDNet’s 26 ways to improve your iPhone’s battery life. All of these are good resources to help, but who wants to do a web search each time you are looking for the precise steps to disable your phones background refresh option.

 

Normal: Battery Analytics

Normal: Battery Analytics

This week I have a new app for you, although it is not necessarily educational it is very useful. The app is called Normal. It is useful to discover the battery sucking apps on your mobile device and how to fix the problems. Check it out at the App Store Normal: Battery Analytics.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 25, 2014 at 9:00 am

Collecting Threads

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The discussion board is one of the more powerful tools a faculty can use to build community and allow students to interaction with other students in Blackboard. Keeping up with those discussion post is much easier if you use the collection feature. Collection is available to both faculty and students and is extremely easy to use. Once you enter the forum all you do is select and collect.

  1. Click Select All
  2. Click Collect

Collect

Collect

The selected threads will open and all be listed on one page. From the open post you can respond to individual post. This feature even allows you to print the post. Discussions have never been easier to review and all it takes is two simple clicks.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

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