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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.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

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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

Livescribe 3 Pen

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Livescribe 3 Pen

Livescribe 3 Pen

My new favorite toy is the Livescribe 3 Pen for the iPad. Many of you may be familiar with the Livescribe pen, but let’s face it, it was a hassle dealing with the USB cable to upload your pen cast. The Livescribe 3 connect via Bluetooth to your ipad and your writing are uploaded with no hassle.

The device feels like a real pen in your hand, although a little on the thick side. The pen and notepad allows you to keep traditional style hardcopy notes and simultaneously creates an electronic copy. It uses your ipad’s microphone to record voice and automatically sync’s with your writing. The ipad app allows you to send electronic copies via email. The pen itself uses real ink and on the opposite end is a nice stylus tip for your ipad.

Another bonus is the online content can be converted to text with the swipe of a finger. Of course that requires legible handwriting to work properly.

One of the major drawbacks of the pen is the need to use special paper, proprietary dotted paper. They do say that you can print copies of the special paper if you own a 600dpi (or higher) inkjet printer.

You can learn more about the pen at the Livescribe website located at http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/smartpen/ls3/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

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14 Google Search Tricks That Make Life a Whole Lot Easier

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Google

Google

I know I have touched on this before, but this is good stuff. Huffington Post has created a list of 14 ways to make google more productive. In this article 14 Google Search Tricks That Make Life a Whole Lot Easier author Carina Kolodny covers a variety of tips for google. For instance, do you know how to do a search for fill in the blanks? Do Math? Convert Currency? Make Google Flip Out? Check out the answers at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/30/google-search-tricks_n_5338470.html.

Additional search tips for Google

Time zones – Search for ‘time in <place>’ and you will get the local time for that place, as well as the time zone it is in.

Translations – A quick way to translate foreign words is to type ‘translate <word> to <language>’.

Conversions – Currency conversions and unit conversions. For example, you could type “convert 12 inches to millimeters’ and get an instant answer.

Check flight status – If you type in a flight number, the top result is the details of the flight and its status. for example, typing in AA 1067 reveals that American Airlines flight 1067 departs Los Angeles at 7:30 AM today and arrives at Chicago terminal 3 at 1.30 PM.

Weather forecasts – Type the name of a city followed by ‘forecast’.

Public data – To see trends for population and unemployment rates of different cities and counties, type ‘population’ or ‘unemployment rate’ followed by the location. So for example, typing ‘unemployment rate’ Charleston, WV returns the answer 5.4 percent, and shows a graph of unemployment rates over the last 10 years.

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

Strategies for Teaching Across Campuses

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Strategies for Teaching Across Campuses

Strategies for Teaching Across Campuses

 

BridgeValley Community and Technical College was founded on March 20, 2014 after the consolidation of Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical Colleges.  Existing campus locations will be maintained in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the new Advanced Technology Center.

As a result of all these changes BridgeValley has adopted Mondopads as the technology of choice for synchronous remote delivery.

On May 13, 2013 Dr Laura Little and I presented, Strategies for Teaching Across Campuses to the BridgeValley Faculty. This presentation covered a number of strategies faculty can use when presenting synchronously to students at multiple locations.

This presentation does not cover mondopad specific instructions, instead it is designed to get you thinking about how remote delivery is different from traditional classroom activities.  Check out the presentation at Strategies for Teaching Across Campuses and download the Preparedness ChecklistDuring Delivery Checklist, and After the Delivery Checklist.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age

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Connectivism

Connectivism

Presented on Jan 9, 2014 by Sherri E. Ritter, Ed.D. and Kathleen Phillips, MLIS

A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn. Three broad learning theories are Behaviorism, Cognitivism, and Constructivism.

  • Behaviorism is a theory of learning based upon the idea that all behaviors are acquired through conditioning. Conditioning occurs through interaction with the environment.
  • Cognitivism has a premise that humans generate knowledge and meaning through sequential development of an individual’s cognitive abilities, such as the mental processes of recognize, recall, analyze, reflect, apply, create, understand, and evaluate.
  • Constructivism says people construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. When we encounter something new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience, we are active creators of our own knowledge.

Connectivism

Connectivism was founded in 2004 by theorist George Siemens. The theory address to role technology plays in the learning process. Technology has increases the speed at which individuals have access to information and creates a learning community.

Connectivism

  • Connectivism is driven by the understanding that decisions are based on rapidly altering foundations.
  • New information is continually being acquired.
  • The ability to draw distinctions between important and unimportant information is vital.
  • The ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday is critical.

Examples of Connectivism

  • Have you ever been in a meeting and a question comes up that no one can answer and a couple minutes later that guy that never seems to be engaged in the discussion (because he is always surfing the web) speaks up with the answer… well that is connectivism.
  • Have you ever listened to a speaker and thought to yourself, “I want to know more,” and used technology to verify the facts… well that is connectivism.

Why is this important to you?

This is the new reality in the digital age and you are training students to work in this environment. The ipad was released in April 2010 and it has changed the way we learn and do business. Mobility is the new reality.

Examples of iPads in Business

Local Examples Health Care Professionals: Hospital Use

  • Find-A-Code – Medical Coding made easy.
  • Medscape – Medscape from WebMD (medscape.com) is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information.
  • Structured Dictation – Dictation allows users to create dictations on-the-go.
  • Epocrates – Access Epocrates’ trusted clinical resources faster and more conveniently than ever from your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • UpToDate – With an individual subscription to UpToDate® you can get the clinical knowledge you need from any computer, tablet, or mobile device. Choose the solution that’s right for you!
  • 103 FDA Regulated Mobile Medical Apps
  • Metronic CareLink Mobile

Business Apps

  • MicroStrategy Mobile for iPad – Quickly Build and Deploy Information-Driven Apps.
  • Roambi Analytics – Roambi Analytics™ re-designs the way you interact with, share, and present data from a completely mobile perspective. Take data from anywhere and transform it into a simple, engaging, and intuitive experience that helps you understand, present, and share your numbers.

Sparkvue

  • Sparkvue – Keep the focus on the science, not the software. Lab software for the classroom.

Sparkvue Sensors

Other Apps

  • Remind101 – Safe way for teacher to text students.
  • Skyview – SkyView™ Free brings stargazing to everyone, and it’s totally free! Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more!
  • Frog Dissection – is a greener alternative for teaching dissection in the classroom.
  • Side by Side – Open up to 4 documents in one window.

  • ScratchWork  – ScratchWork allows you to take notes and browse the web at the same time. 

*Image from http://rutraining.org/2011/06/13/a-new-learning-theory/

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

Creative Commons

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons

You are surfing the web and come across content that perfectly describes a concept you have been trying to explain to your students. Unfortunately, copyright laws keep changing and you don’t know if it is appropriate to reuse the content. You find yourself wondering what is legal to share with students and what could land you in hot water.

Here is a quick introduction guide to Creative Commons. Creative commons is a simple legal way to create and share reusable content. Check it out at http://www.edudemic.com/2013/07/what-is-creative-commons-infographic/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

Reimagining Learning: Richard Culatta at TEDxBeaconStreet

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Published on Jan 10, 2013 Richard Culatta identifies 3 major challenges with our current approach to education and suggests a shift to personalized learning. He talks about closing the digital divide between those who can leverage technology and those who simply use technology to digitize the status quo. A very interesting talk. http://youtu.be/Z0uAuonMXrg

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

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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The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter

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Twitter

Twitter

Here is a wonderful site for instructors who want to incorporate twitter in their classroom. This Guide is packed full of tips and ways to use Twitter. The site also contains a cheat sheet and a number of hashtags to get you started. Check out The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter at http://edudemic.com/guides/guide-to-twitter/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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