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10 Excellent Video Editing Apps

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Video Editors

Video Editors

Cinefy, Magisto, Viddy, and Cute Cut are just a few of the video editing apps featured on this website. The apps allow you to edit video right on your IOS or Android device. A lot of these featured apps are free, although some may have a minimal fee. They contain a wide range of editing capabilities from basic to special effects and audio overlays. Check it out at http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/video-edit-apps/.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

Posted in Cool Finds, Fun, iPad

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VISUWORD

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VisuWords

VisuWords

A few weeks ago I shared the Visual Thesaurus, this week’s website is very similar. VISUWORDS is an online graphical dictionary and it is great for the visual learner. Moving your mouse over the word creates a popup giving the word and definition. Words are also color coded, which identifies them as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. In addition connections between words are diagrammed for the user.

Unfortunately this website does not work well on the ipad. On the plus side it is a perfect tool for the visual learner. Check it out at http://www.visuwords.com/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

Posted in Web 2.0

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Adding Categories and Weighted Columns

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In BlackBoard 9 when you when you use a tool to create a graded assignment, test, discussion, or other type of work for students the system automatically assigns a category to that grade book column. These categories allow you to filter columns into various views.

These views are called “Smart Views.” By default the grade center has the full Grade Center which allows you to see all the columns in the grade book. The Needs Grading view allows you to see only items that need grades. The Assignment view separate items marked as Assignments from all the other columns. The Test View allows you to see only items in the category of test.

The advantage to having columns in various categories is that it reduces the amount of scrolling you need to do when trying to access various grade book items. Another advantage to categories is the ability to use Weighted Column. Weighted Column allows you to assign certain weights to class projects. An example would be something like assignments worth 20 percent, discussions worth 20 percent, homework worth 10 percent, and quizzes worth 50 percent of the student grade.

Normally using a specific tool automatically add that tool name as the category, but you can manually override the default settings. It is a two-step process, first you must create the various categories and then assign the categories to the columns.

Create the Categories

From the Full Grade Center select Manage> Categories. Click the Create Category button to create a new category such as Home Work, Exams, or Quizzes.

Assign the Categories to Columns

From the full grade center select the action link beside the column title and choose Edit Column Information. Change the Category to the new category type and click Submit.

 

Making Smart Views

In the Full Grade Center> Manage> Smart Views> Create Smart View

Name, check Add as Favorite, click Category and Status, and choose Category and All Users. Click Submit.

The new category will appear in the Control Panel under the Grade Center.

Create a Smart View

Create a Smart View

 

Weighted Column

Go to the Full Grade Center> Create Calculated Column> Weighted Column

Give the Column a name, choose the categories you want to include in the weighted columns, assign a percentage to each item in the selected categories (Total weight must add up to 100%), and click submit.

Weighted Column

Weighted Column

 

I have a faculty member that uses categories to divide test into exams, quizzes, and homework. She can then use the weighted columns to assign percentages to the various types of test. This is just one example of how you was use weighted columns to calculate grades.

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

What You Need to Know About the Grade Center

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Published on Apr 1, 2013

Dr. Julia VanderMolen, Davenport University

The Blackboard Grade Center allows instructors to record, calculate and share grades with students through their Blackboard course. This webinar will show instructors the basics of recording and sharing grades and comments with students through the Grade Center. Participant will also learn some tips and tricks for managing grades.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

October 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

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