Friday, February 26, 2016

TRY IT! Voice Typing in Google Docs

The Voice typing tool in Google Docs is new and improved. For six months, you’ve been able to type with your voice, but today you are able to use a long list of commands to do a whole lot more. Some of the new commands include adding tables, moving around to different lines of your document, and even formatting your text to align right.
To start typing your document with your voice, watch the short video below and follow these steps:
  • To turn on Voice typing, go to Tools, and then select Voice typing.
  • Next, click on the microphone that appears to the left of your document. When you click it, it will turn red and will begin recording.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Classroom Engagement with Plickers and i>Clickers: Student Response Systems

Engage ALL students in critical thinking by using a student response solution, such as Plickers (Printed Clickers) or i>Clicker remotes. Give all students the chance to participate and engage in learning without feeling self-conscious.
How To Use Clickers Effectively

Focus more on teaching, less on set-up. No waiting for students to log-in on a computer or even open the right app. Plickers integrates seamlessly into the way you already teach.

Getting Started with Plickers


Getting Started with i>Clicker

Teaching With Clickers

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Smartphone Video Tips

The University of Minnesota's Academic Technology Support Services created this video as a resource for a course that has a student video assignment. We thought it would be useful to faculty creating video content as well.  Tips include: 1. Get tight and focused. 2. Keep it horizontal. 3. Steady your shot. 4. Light it up. 5. Get clean audio. 6. Play it back.

Teaching Tip: Recording Class Presentations

The University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education Media Specialists, Jill Zimmerman and Greg Steinke, are at it again. This video covers University-supported tools that can be used by their students to record presentations as an activity for class. 1) Google Hangouts On Air 2) WebEx - Web Conferencing Platform 3) VoiceThread

Resource Guide for Students: Recording Presentations