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April 11, 2014

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At some point today or early tomorrow morning the NspireD2 blog will register view number 250,000!

We are very pleased that over the past five years readers have found the information we provide useful. Many of the nearly 600 articles have been viewed thousands of times.

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Flickr image by Oh Geez! Design

MOOC: how to design blended learning

April 8, 2014

blendkitIn blended courses (also called hybrid or mixed-mode), face-to-face instruction is partially replaced with web-based online learning. Instead of physically meeting three times a week, a blended class might get together once. EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are offering a free MOOC*, BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer, where interested folks can learn how to develop a blended course.

The 5-week course runs from April 21, 2014 through June 9 and learning activities will include reading scholarly work, following practical step-by-step guides, participating in social networks, interacting with facilitators and students, and receiving critiques of design work.

blendkit badgeParticipants may choose to pursue an official credential by submitting a portfolio for review and paying an $89 fee. Those who meet the review expectations will earn a certificate from EDUCAUSE and UCF, along with a digital badge.

You can find details at the course home page, including links to a schedule, readings, learning activities, and course registration.

I’ve got a little list — List.Ly review + badges

April 3, 2014 logoI often research a topic on the Web and assemble resources to share. At first I collected bookmarks in a browser and later I used social bookmarking sites like Diigo, but I have recently started using Google docs. None of those is an elegant way to build a list and post it on a blog.

Read more…

Make video clips with TubeChop

March 28, 2014

TubeChop logoTubeChop is a neat little tool that lets you enter a YouTube video URL, select a single section, and make a”chop” that you can embed on a web page or share as a link to the “chop page.” No account is required.

The embed code won’t work on, but you can see the result on this example web page. An iPad can’t make make a chop or view an embed (they require Flash), but it can display the TubeChop page; here’s a sample:

tubechop example

The Getty moves toward open content

March 26, 2014

Goya drawingThe Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses one of the world’s premiere art collections. Last summer it launched an Open Content Program with a goal of sharing as many of the museum’s digital resources as possible. The initial focus is to provide images of public domain artworks in their collections.

NOTE: This has nothing to do with Getty Images, a collection of photos you can license for a fee.

“The Getty” started by offering roughly 4,600 works and that number has more than doubled. These are high-resolution images, which you are free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose. All they ask for is attribution (example below). You can find the images on the Getty Search Gateway; open content images are identified with a “Download” link.

“Open content” is a broad term describing creative work that does not follow conventional copyright restrictions. The public is typically given rights to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the work. Creative Commons licensing is a specific method of providing open content. Many higher ed faculty members make their course materials available for public use through course websites, Open Courseware, and other means.

[Image credit: Francisco de Goya, "It's a Pity You Don't Have Something Else to Do!" Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.]

40-plus Android Apps for Educators

March 24, 2014

Android logo with mortarboardLast week I asked readers to share their favorite Android apps for the classroom, and… well… we didn’t end up with nearly as many suggestions [as from iPad users].

So wrote George Williams in 40 Android Apps for Teaching and Learning (ProfHacker). While many of the apps on his list are not specifically geared toward educators, it’s a great place to start if you have been wondering about ways to use your Android phone or tablet. Another great resource is 20 Types of Tablet Tools for Teaching (on this blog).

A dozen challenges for presenters

March 19, 2014

pzenA few years ago I developed a workshop based on Garr Reynolds’ book, Presentation Zen. One of my handouts is a set of challenges aimed at helping faculty break the “Death by PowerPoint” mold. I presented the session yesterday and decided to share part of it here. The ideas are intended as goals, not absolute rules. Read more…


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