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EasyBib

EasyBib

EasyBib is a website that generates citations and bibliographies. You simply paste in the website address and fill in the blanks to create a perfectly formatted citation. This generator allows you to create citations for websites, books, newspapers, journals, databases and many other sources. It will create in MLA, APA, or Chicage/Turabian, although only the MLA is free.

In addition to the creator, the website also contains a nice citation guide and educators blog. Lots of great things are happening on this site. Check it out at http://www.easybib.com/.

 

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

Best Practices in Creating a Welcoming Course Environment

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This video is a part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series and presents Cheryl Cyrus. The title to this webinar is Brest Practices in Creating a Welcoming Course Environment. It was originally published March 11, 2013.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

BB9 Bug: Student Grade Book Error!

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Student Grade Book Error

Student Grade Book Error

If you have received complaints from students that they cannot access the My Grades area of their course, there is a software issue. The issue happens when a new column is added to your grade book. One of Blackboard’s service packs started the problem, a new patch was put on this weekend to fix the issue. The instructor can fix the issue using the following steps.

  • Go to the full grade center
  • Locate the new column that was recently added
  • Click on the action link beside the column name and select Edit Column Information
  • When the column information page loads DO NOT change anything on this screen — just click Submit.
  • You must do this for each newly added column.

A patch to fix this issue was added this weekend, but it only prevents issues for any new columns you create, it does not fix the old issues.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 15, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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What is chunking?

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Chucking

Chucking

3 Chunking Strategies That Every Instructional Designer Should Know Written by  Christopher Pappas.

Chunking refers to the strategy of making a more efficient use of our short-term memory by organizing and grouping various pieces of information together. When information is chunked into groups, the brain can process them easier and faster, because our working memory can hold a limited amount of data at the same time. So, chunking is useful when… read more

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Visual Thesaurus

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Visual Thesaurus

Visual Thesaurus

 

As educators we are all into words. The Visual Thesaurus helps us discover the connections between those words. You simply type in the word and click the Look It Up button and you are given a map of words associated with the original word.

Visual Thesaurus Sample

Visual Thesaurus Sample

The above example shows the word education. It not only mapped out the word, it lets you listen the correct pronunciation. You also have the ability to print and share the diagram.This is a great way to get students learning about words.

On the negative side there is a small monthly charge of $2.95 to subscribe to this service. On the positive side, it is fun. Check it out at http://www.visualthesaurus.com/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

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Popplet

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Poppletrocks!

Poppletrocks!

Today I would like to highlight an app called Popplet and a website called Poppletrocks! Popplet is a mind mapping app that allows you to organize ideas and manage a variety of projects. Paul Hamilton, at edublogs (http://paulhami.edublogs.org/2012/06/11/popple-for-mind-mapping-sharing-and-presenting/), writes a wonderful overview of the app. He includes on his blog a wonderful video tutorial from iPadagogy.

Poppletrocks (http://blog.popplet.com/category/popplets-in-education/) is a website devoted to Popplet. There are a number of Popplet techniques and examples of how teachers are using this app in the classroom. It is worth your time to check out Popplet and Poppletrocks!

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

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