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3 collaborative whiteboards

December 15, 2016

mark-516279_640I’ve started to follow Richard Byrne’s blog “Practical Ed Tech” and this week he has an article that lists Three Free Collaborative Whiteboard Tools. Online whiteboards let you share what you draw on the screen – diagrams, concept maps, graphs, and so on. The video below shows Richard’s demo of one of the tools, NotebookCast. It’s beta software that runs on pretty much any desktop or tablet.


Wikipedia projects for classes

December 13, 2016

Wikipedia globe

In a recent Faculty Focus article, John Orlando describes how his medical ethics students at Norwich University worked with Wikipedians to create a new article.

While we’ve addressed this topic before (Wikipedia gains academic acceptance), there is renewed interest as Wikipedia becomes increasingly entrenched in our lives.

Read more…

Quick looks at Geospike and Unidoodle

December 5, 2016

First, many thanks to Dr. Frances Boylan and the other folks who are producing The 12 Apps of Christmas! A great deal of work has gone into assembling these resources and coordinating the course.

Today we are taking a look at the first two apps. You’ll need to sign up if you want to see the case studies on the 12 Apps website today. At some point after the twelve days are over, all materials will be made public.

Learn about the apps

The 12 Apps of Christmas

December 1, 2016

12appsStarting today, the Dublin Institute of Technology is offering the third iteration of its short online course, The 12 Apps of Christmas, where learners spend 10 minutes or so each day discovering a different mobile device app (all available for iOS and Android). Following a popular model of technology integration, learners explore each app’s potential to enhance learning in higher education. The first app for 2016 is Geospike.

The 2015 course won an Excellence Award at the European Conference on eLearning. To learn about 24 more apps, access the courses from 2014 and 2015 !

Registration through Eventbrite is free. Each morning during the course, registrants will receive an email about that day, along with a password. I’ve signed up and hope to share more about the apps over the coming days.


Flipped = lecture x 2?

September 27, 2016


According to CronkNews, a professor returning from a recent conference was elated to have discovered flipped classes, a teaching model that yields “Twice As Much Time to Lecture.”

If you’re tuning in for the first time, articles at CronkNews masquerade as reports from higher ed but are actually snark-filled satire (like The Onion, but not as believable). What’s described in the first sentence didn’t happen in the real world.

One would have to be pretty cynical to imagine that any real professor would be so intent on cramming content down the throats of students or colleagues. The piece does, however, serve to remind us that student-centered teaching has yet to become standard procedure in colleges and universities.

[Image: “Backflip” by 50mm Photographer, shared under a CC:BY-NC-ND license]