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Mar 04

*Videos* from 1st Semi-Annual Student Tech Showcase

2016 Showcase Flyer_Social MediaWe held our first, semi-annual, Student Tech Showcase earlier this week. Four (4) members of the Instructional Technology Collaborator team spent 10-15 minutes each, connecting a DEC-supported technology to the teaching and/or learning experience. These presentations were part of the 4th tier of the ITC Badging Program and serve as the implementation component of a 3rd tier badge, Presentation Design. Each of the 4 ITCs spent the fall 2015 semester designing these presentations, working with DEC professional staff for feedback. Intended to serve as an introduction, Longwood instructors are welcome to work with the Digital Education Collaborative for further assistance on any of the technologies presented.

Videos are linked below and embedded after the presentation descriptions that follow.

 

link to video Customize Your Course with the Canvas Style Guide  Kelsey
link to video Getting to Know the Apple TV Xavier
link to video Google Drive and Classroom Collaboration  Kristen
link to video Bring in Guest Speakers with WebEx  Rebecca

 

Customize Your Course with the Canvas Style Guide

The Canvas Style Guide is an open-source resource from Canvas that can be used to personalize your courses.  Using simple HTML, and the samples from the Canvas Style Guide, an instructor can add anything from toggled bullet points to forms.   Come learn how to customize your Canvas course using the Canvas Style Guide. We will also provide a short HTML overview to enhance your ability to further customize a Canvas course.

Getting to Know the Apple TV

Technology has become more prominent in the everyday classroom, ranging from pre-kindergarten to graduate school. In this hour long session, faculty and staff will learn how the Apple TV can be beneficial in their lessons when partnered with an iDevice as well as an application. When partnered with an iDevice, and application as well, the Apple TV allows users to stream only audio, stream video with audio, or mirror what is happening on their device to a larger audience, along with the audio, through compatible technology like smart screens and projectors. This can be helpful when faculty and staff are trying to demonstrate to a large audience, instruct their audience to complete a single task or series of task, or having individuals from their audience sharing appropriate audio or video from their own iDevice. Local Wi-Fi is not needed for all of the features of Apple TV, those features not needing Wi-Fi will be distinguished during the program. Additionally, I will feature a HDMI Pocket Projector that faculty and staff can use when in a place that may not support the Apple TV or their iDevice.

*Note: the recording tool used to capture the Showcase did not allow us to capture the monitors for Xavier’s presentation. We have Apple TVs in the office and would be happy to offer a one-on-one review of this content.

Google Drive and Classroom Collaboration

To encourage participation and interaction in the classroom, professors are looking more towards collaboration between students. Whether this is through group discussion or group projects, interacting with other students is pedagogically sound and invaluable to the learning process. Collaboration outside the classroom can be difficult, however. This challenge can easily be solved by using Google Drive, which allows you to create different files and collaborate at a distance. You can create, collaborate, share, and so much more with Google Drive and this presentation will show you how.

Bring in Guest Speakers with WebEx

Have you encountered difficulties bringing in guest speakers to your classes?  Perhaps the speaker is interested, but for whatever reason is unable to physically come to your class.  With WebEx you can teleconference them in from anywhere, directly to your classroom.  WebEx doesn’t require any special software, so it is easy to set up and use for both you and your guest.  They can call in from the comfort of their own home or workspace.  Users will need a computer with an internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam.  We’ll show you how easy it is to set up and use this great tool!

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