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Chrome Store

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For the past few years all the rage has been concerning apps, sometimes it seems there is an app for everything. I am not saying that this is a bad thing, but what about the people who do not have smart phones and tablets. Well Google has an answer for that; it is called the Chrome Web Store. The chrome web store has a collection of apps that does not require a smart phone or other expensive equipment to run. The only requirement is the chrome browser, which can be downloaded for free at https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/.

The store features everything from educational resources to various utility packages. One cool app that you can check out is The Bio Digital Human, a customizable 3D human frame.  Instead of telling your students about the respiratory system, show them in 3D imagery.  Let them explore on their own and quiz themselves with the built in quiz system.  Check it out at https://www.biodigitalhuman.com/.

Bio Digital Human

This and much more can be found at the Chrome Store (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/app/95-academic-resources?hl=en)


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Exemplary Courses

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Hi Folks,

I wanted to share with you a list of exemplary courses from Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program. This is a list of winner from around the country. These courses cover a variety of subjects and most have a video tour of the course. This is a wonderful opportunity to see examples of good course design for online educators.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

Prezi, iPads, and Learnist

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I have three more lists for you today, one for Prezi, one for iPads, and one for Learnist. Everyone is familiar with Prezi and iPads, but Learnist is new. It is still in the Beta phase, but I think it will be a keeper. It is being advertised as a cross between Facebook and Pinterest with an emphasis on education. Check it out along with the links for Prezi and iPad.

17 Interesting Ways* to use Prezi in the Classroom


100 Ways to Use iPads in the Classroom


10 Ways To Use Learnist In The Classroom


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 7, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Remove Dropped Students from the Grade Book View

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Now that the semester is underway, many of you may find students still in your online course that have officially dropped. We normally do not remove students from a class once they have enrolled because they may be reinstated. Deleting students from the course would lose all information on that student and would make it hard if they were reinstated. What we do is deny them access and hide their row from view.

Following are the steps to remove students from your grade book view.

Step 1: Deny Student Access

  1. Go to the course in which you need to remove the student
  2. Go to the Control Panel
  3. Select Users and Groups
  4. Select Users
  5. Select the action link beside the students name
  6. Click Change User’s Availability in Course
  7. Change Available (this course only) to No
  8. Click Submit

Step 2: Remove Student from Grade Book View

  1. Go to the full grade center
  2. Select the Manage button (at the top of the page)
  3. Select Row Visibility
  4. Click the checkbox beside the students name
  5. Click Hide Rows
  6. Click Submit

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

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