Apr 17

Fried Friday: Fun With Memes

 

group3 vertI attended a session at the DevLearn2014 conference this last fall titled, “The Future of E-Learning in Memes.” Five presenters each did a PechaKucha style presentation using memes.  My brain was a little mentally overloaded at the time and this was just what I needed to end the day with a smile.

If you are not familiar with PechaKucha or Ignite (20 slides, 15 seconds each) presentations, they consist of 20 slides and the presenters spend only 20 seconds on each slide. For this conference session the slide images were all memes. You have probably seen several memes even if the term is not one you regularly use.

I think you will find the following Slideshare presentations from three of the presenters very entertaining:

The Future is Now by David Kelly

Meme-ing the Future of e-Learning by Cammy Bean

The Future of Learning: The Meme Vision by Jane Bozarth

Memes are simple to create using one of several online sites available.
Try imgflip.com/memegenerator or search online for meme generators.
Most include the popular memes to choose from and you can also upload your own images.

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Apr 14

Tech Tuesday – Article Clean up

saulifyFor all of you Breaking Bad fans…and everyone else!
If you encounter a hard to read web site or a mobile mess; you better call Saul!

Send cleaned up articles to your students and colleagues. They won’t be confused about what it is they are supposed to be reading and they won’t getting sidetracked by all the surrounding ads and links.  Great for reading on mobile devices as well!

Just copy and paste the URL of an online article to clean it up and share using saulify.me

 

Go from this:
beforeSaul

 

To this:
afterSaul

 

 

In seconds with… Saulify.me

Click here if you are interested in the article used in the images.

 

 

Apr 13

Sign-up TODAY for Wednesday’s Roundtable

lonely professorBest-selling authors know that the first sentence of a book sets the stage for the rest of the read. In fact, a bad first sentence may entirely discourage readers from continuing on. The start of your course is actually very similar.

How do you make sure you aren’t the only one in the classroom? That your students are there, attentive and responsive? How do you get things off to the best start possible?

Join us Wednesday, April 15th  at 1 PM for a roundtable discussion on creating a powerful and engaging “Getting Started” or “Start Here” module for your next online course. Those of you in Sitka will meet in room 230. The rest of us will join via Google Hang-out. PLEASE JOIN US. Share your ideas, suggestions and concerns and let’s compile a great Getting Started Kit for the future. We’ll use Peer Review Standard I to guide us as we discuss options.

We’re using Google On-Air Hangout for this round-table and we need the email name that is associated with your Google account (the email you log into for G-Mail, or Google docs/drive or YouTube). Please submit via this link and we’ll make sure you get an invite to our Roundtable discussion, April 15 at 1 PM.

Image credit: clipart.com

 

Apr 10

Fried Friday: Google Feud

Just what we need! Another time distracting web site!

Google Feud is a web game based on the Google API. Google selects the questions, then the results are pulled directly from Google’s autocomplete. You can choose from four categories: Culture, People, Names and Questions.

**Beware, certain results may be offensive and/or incomprehensible!

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Apr 08

Faculty Copyright Discussion April 9

copyright Faculty Copyright Discussion
Copyright or Copy=wrong?
April 9, 2015
12 pm

Join us for a discussion of issues related to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Licensing.

Juneau: Glacier View Room
Sitka: Room 110
Ketchikan: Ziegler 114 Conference Room

Phone information
1-800-570-3591
PIN: 6960850
Online: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/online/portfolio/maohalloran/webmeeting
Sponsored by TLTR & Egan Library

There will be a short introduction to copyright and fair use then discussions on topics of interest to participants (e.g., linking to library resources, locating images, etc.) Your input will help us in planning additional meetings next semester.

You may also attend remotely via Collaborate (Webmeeting):
http://www.uas.alaska.edu/online/portfolio/maohalloran/webmeeting

If you haven’t attended a Collaborate Webmeeting then please visit this page in advance:
http://www.uas.alaska.edu/idc/webmeeting/ and click on the link for Blackboard Collaborate First Time Users.

In addition, recent security updates have caused problems for some using Collaborate – see FAQ#1 on this page
http://www.uas.alaska.edu/idc/webmeeting/faq_webmeeting.html for information on adjusting your security settings or contact the helpdesk for assistance.

Image source: clipart.com # 32251041

Apr 07

Tech Tuesday – 78 Google Things

78googleA quick Tech Tuesday post today! Here are 78 things you didn’t know you could do with Google. You’ll find tips and tricks in the following categories:

  • Do More
  • Save Time
  • Have Fun
  • Be Secure
  • Ask Google

 

Apr 06

Roundtable Discussion: Getting Started

Roundtable discussion

Coming soon, mark your calendar, the Getting Started Roundtable Discussion: April 15th at 1 PM. Join us to discuss the elements of a “Getting Started” or “Start Here” module that can improve the performance of your students and meet the standards for best practices for online courses.

Why is this important? Students who get off to slow or late starts in online courses are at higher risk of failure. Here are a few examples of Getting Started or Start Here modules from faculty at other universities:

Start Here for English 101 Mike Smedshammer has used Jing to capture elements of his orientation module.

Start Here: Welcome to the course! Click the NEXT button to view all pages of this online module.

Start here Quick Reference Tyler Junior College created a template for faculty that can be modified.

We’re using Google On-Air Hang-out so please be sure to sign up above if you are joining us from a distance.

 

Image Credit: istockphoto: MachineHeadz

Apr 03

Fried Friday: April Fools!

Were you bamboozled by any of the online April Fools pranks this year?  I always look forward to the clever pranks Google, Amazon, and other companies come up with each year.  Their clever stories and advertisements really caught my attention and had me questioning everything I read on Wednesday.

Did you do anything to trick your students this year?  Including something worthy of an April Fools joke could be a great way to get their attention while reminding them not to believe everything they find online!  Share your favorite pranks with us and any ideas you have for pulling one over on your students.

Below are a few of my favorites this year:collage

Playing Pac-Man in downtown Anchorage, AK with Google Maps: I am not any better at it than I was in the 80’s!

Grouber: Uber with cats as drivers

Math Teacher Pranks Students

Petbox: Redbox for Pets

Roku’s Rendezvous: Dating Service for Streamers

Underwater Playstation

Amazon Dash: This is actually real even though most thought it was a prank.They tricked me; I thought it was fake.

IHOP Bacon Dispenser

Selfie Shoes: No way I can do that with my leg!

 

Apr 01

It’s Never ‘Too Soon’ to Get Ready for Next Semester!

Getting Started Questions

We’re gathering together for a round-table discussion on April 15th at 1 PM. For those of you in Sitka you will meet in room 230. The rest of us will join via Google Hang-out. PLEASE JOIN US. Share your ideas, suggestions and concerns and let’s compile a great Getting Started Kit for the future. We’ll use Peer Review Standard I to guide us as we discuss options.

We’ll be using Google On-Air Hangout for this round-table and we need the email name that is associated with your Google account (the email you log into for G-Mail, or Google docs/drive or YouTube). Please submit via this link and we’ll make sure you get an invite to our Roundtable discussion, April 15 at 1 PM.

 

 

Mar 31

Tech Tuesday: Extreme Blackboard!

Almost every campus has a love-hate relationship with their learning management system. Blackboard is no exception. While Blackboard has some great features it also has some gaps.  Behind the Scenes Technology points out in Cool Tools You Can Integrate with Blackboard Learn 9.1 that you can overcome many of Blackboard’s deficits by embedding Web 2.0 coolness into your course. Check out some of the tools that are mentioned.

CBU/online (California Baptist University) has developed an excellent resource combining a list of cool tools and directions on how to embed.

Click for PDF

 

Blackboard Help also provides an excellent tutorial on How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools in Your Course along with a comparison chart of free Web 2.0 tools and their ease of use.

If you are using and embedding a cool Web 2.0 tool– please comment below with a REPLY to this post. Thanks!

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