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iPadagogy

iPadagogy

I recently came across a website called iPadagogy (http://www.youtube.com/user/iPadagogy).  This is a wonderful website for learning how to use the ipad in education. There are a number of videos covering a wide variety of iPad apps. Some of the apps covered are Pages, Notability, iStudiez Pro, Evernote, and Popplet. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/iPadagogy.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Blackboard Learn Gradebook Total Column

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Grade Center Calculations

Grade Center Calculations

If you are having issues with inconsistencies in your calculated Total Columns in Blackboard Learn you may want to check for hidden columns. If a column is included as a calculated score in a Total column and that column is hidden it will still be calculated.

Example

A column in the gradebook titled Homework 1 has been created and assigned 10 points. Under Option 3 when you are creating/editing the column you tell BB to include this Column in Grade Center Calculations, which means it will be included in the total column for student overall score in the class.

A couple students do the homework assignment and receive a score for the assignment. Later you decide to drop the assignment. You tell the students Homework 1 it is no longer required and hide the column in the gradebook to keep students from thinking they missed something.

Later you notice that the total column has miscalculated a couple of grades. You will need to go back and unhide the Homework 1 assignment. You can then edit the column and tell BB to not make it available in the Grade Center Calculations. Once you have done this you can re-hide the column, but you should notice that the total column has recalculated the grades and not included Homework 1 in the calculation.

If the total is still incorrect, check for additional hidden column that are included in Grade Center Calculations.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

Goodreader for the iPad

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Goodreader for the iPad

Goodreader for the iPad

This week I would like to introduce an app that has been around for a few years, but it is worth your attention, Goodreader for iPad. This reader will allow you to read PDF, text, MS Office, and other documents. In addiction, you can view audio and video files. One reviewer called it the “Swiss Army Knife” of document readers. 

This app allows you to transfer your documents from your PC via cable or WiFi, and from various online document storage services. Besides to being able to read and markup documents, an added feature is the ability to password protect files and folders. Check out the video Goodreader Adding and Managing Files on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPAiubfbvLU).

Current listed price is $4.99 at the App Store.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Storify

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Storify

Storify

This week I would like to talk a little about Storify. Storify allows user to bring together stories from around the web and other social medias and add a narrative to build your own story. Once your story is complete you can publish it to a variety of outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

It is easy to use. Simply add the provided button to your browser tool bar and start collecting stories. Once you collect your stories, click and drag them on your story board and add your narration.

Faculty can use Storify to present a collection of works to students or student can use it to research and tell their own stories. In addition to the web application found at https://storify.com/ you can download the app for apple and android devices.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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Sync Up Your Apple Products

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icloud

iCloud.com

Sharing documents across devices is simple with icloud.com. If you are using iOS5 or greater you can take advantage of the icloud features to sync up your Apple products. You can create documents through a browser, the ipad, iphone, or  the iPod touch and when you move between the various devices see your work from other devices.

Go to the  iCloud set up website located at http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/ios.html and setup your devices.

After you set up each device, iCloud begins to push information to each device. You can also sign in to http://icloud.com and start using the iCloud web applications.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 3, 2013 at 9:54 am

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