Monday, April 23, 2018

Why Your Students Should Blog

Six Powerful Benefits of Students Blogging

1. Exercises Student Creativity
2. Sharpens the Brain's Performance
3. Promotes Expression of Self
4. Boosts Confidence
5. Improves Communication Skills
6. Earn Income (if they take it to that level)


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Innovate! Teaching with Technology Conference 2018 @ UMM

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I am excited to announce that UMM will again host the Innovate! Teaching with Technology Conference on June 12 & 13, 2018!   New for this year:  We have added an all-day pre-conference Workshop on June 11th.

This conference is designed for K-12 and Higher Education educators.  Please visit the conference website for details on the Call for Proposals, Keynote speaker, schedule, and registration.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Voice Typing in Google Docs - a Reminder

Did you know that you can talk to your computer and it will type what you say?

Coding in the Classroom

Coding in the Classroom: If you’ve been considering coding with your students, now is the perfect time to start. As part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec 4-8), thousands of educators will try coding with their classrooms for the first time. You can join them using free programs from Google, including our newly launched coding activity from CS First, where students can create a their own Google logo and personalize everything from dancing letters to accompanying music.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Google Updates the Calendar App

Google Calendar’s updated interface will be available at the University of Minnesota beginning Tuesday, November 28. The new interface will be optional for you to use until February 28, 2018, when it will become the University’s standard Google calendar interface.

New Features

  • See event details at a glance: including the entire guest list and responses.
  • Add new events more quickly: easily add the event name, time, and more when you click on an empty space on your calendar.
  • New view options: calendar events look different depending on your response

Steve Nguyen, Service Owner
Collaboration & Web Content Services

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Incorporating Canvas Tools: Helping Students Keep Up

As instructors, we want students to come to class prepared, complete assignments on time and know about any changes to assignment deadlines. Key Canvas features can help you communicate your expectations to students and help them keep up with your course. The auto-populated Calendar and To Do List along with automatic Notifications can provide students with timely reminders. In addition setting Requirements and being able to list an assignment in multiple places allow instructors to more clearly indicate their expectations.

Read the entire article at:

Techniques in Learning and Teaching (TILT)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Transitioning from Moodle to Canvas?

Instructional and Media Technologies

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Upcoming Canvas Training

October 25 & 26:  Onsite (UofM) and Online Canvas Training

This full day training will be an introduction to Canvas that cover the basics and beyond.  A trainer from Canvas will be visiting the Twin Cities campus (and streaming on YouTube Live) to provide attendees a solid foundation to begin using Canvas to its full effectiveness.
Where: Wednesday, October 25 - West Bank, HHH 50 & Online
Thursday, October 26 - St. Paul Campus, Cargill 105 & Online
*Both days will cover the same content. Feel free to come and go as needed on either day.

  • Hour 1: Create and organize course content
  • Hour 2: Communication and discussion
  • Hour 3: Assess, grade, and monitor student work
  • Hour 4: Lunch (on your own)
  • Hour 5: Facilitate collaborative learning with groups
  • Hour 6: Advanced topics
  • Hour 7: Questions & Canvas work time

Canvas Nights at UMM

Open labs where you may bring your work and help will be on hand.  4 to 8 p.m.  Bring your syllabus and your content. Come and go as you wish.
  • Thursday, November 9, 4-8 p.m., Imholte 11    
  • Wednesday, December 13, 4-8 p.m., Imholte 11

November 28:  An Evening with Canvas at UMM

When: Tuesday, November 28, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Imholte 11
(See agenda below)


Part 1 - Canvas Fundamentals

  • Navigating within Canvas
  • Adding/Organizing Content
  • Creating an Assignment
  • Grading an Assignment - SpeedGrader
  • Using the Gradebook
  • Communicating with Students

Break and Light Refreshments

Part 2 - Building Your Canvas Course Site:  Hands-On

After a brief introduction to the Morris Canvas Course Site Template, we take a rapid course development approach. Participants begin building a Canvas course site using the Morris Canvas Course Site Template. Bring your content on a thumb drive or access via online storage (such as Google Drive).

Wrap-up and Final Remarks

Recorded Past Trainings

Custom Canvas Training - September 12

Led by a trainer from Instructure (the creators of Canvas).

Topics covered:

  • Communication inside of Canvas
  • Integrating Google and Canvas
  • Using the Canvas teacher mobile app
  • Exploring the student experience on the Canvas student mobile app
  • Using the gradebook
  • How to request Canvas help