Month: July 2008

Blackboard 8: Grade Center Training

Posted by on July 21, 2008

Educational Technology and Blackboard will be providing training on Blackboard 8 Grade Center. Grade Center is a new and improved version of the previous Blackboard grade book. It supports an interface similar to a spreadsheet, directed email to students, and the ability for instructors to generate progress reports. Other features include Smart Views, Grading Schemas, […]

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What, exactly, is Web 2.0 all about?

Posted by on July 16, 2008

Web 2.0, according to Wikipedia (which is itself a Web 2.0 technology), is "a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology [i.e. the Internet–mhays] and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and most notably, collaboration among users." Unlike typical product releases (Blackboard 8.0, for example), Web 2.0 […]

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Video: How NOT to use PowerPoint

Posted by on July 15, 2008

PowerPoint is a staple technology of today’s classroom (at least on this campus in classes that use clickers). However, there is both a "right" way and a "wrong" way to use PowerPoint.

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Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Posted by on July 10, 2008

It is common today for people, students, to make and share videos to tell stories, complete projects or start debates. The internet and websites like YouTube have helped to make it so much easier to share these video creations. This digital platform allows "old" culture to be transformed into new and for a generation to […]

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"Hello? Is anybody out there?"

Posted by on July 8, 2008

I was steered towards a web site hosted by Illinois Online Network that offers a number of general and specific strategies for promoting online communication among students. The General Strategies page discusses some common-sense approaches to engaging students in online communication. Ironically, students often have much more experience at online communication than many of their […]

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