Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five 3-Minute Videos - Teaching with Technology

EdPuzzle 3 Minute TOOL-torial
Add Questions to Videos, Monitor Progress, etc. EdPuzzle is an awesome free tool that makes it a breeze to embed questions in YouTube and Vimeo videos. When students log in and watch the videos on EdPuzzle, you can then see their progress. Did they watch it? How did they do on the questions? This is one of the most useful and powerful edtech tools I've come across, making videos a much more powerful teaching construct, engaging students in the videos as they watch and learn. Perfect for flipped and blended learning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLOC8gp0tZY


How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)It’s Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks’ so Viewers Can Pop to Different Section of Your Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXa4DSLgtJ8


Blendspace: Create Powerful Lessons in Minutes with Blendspace.Blendspace Makes it Incredibly Easy to Combine Web Pages, Files, Pictures, Videos, and Text into a Slick, Easy to Consume Online Lesson Resource, and it's Totally Free! Teachers love Blendspace for hybrid, digital, blended, or flipped learning.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsONWnbYGnM&index=5&list=PLVj5ks82jnjBgAct6_jWCgOx3PetmjfMA


Snip: Create Annotated Digital Lessons Based on Screen Shots in a Snap with Snip!
Snip is a screen capture and annotation tool (or just a ‘whiteboard’ if you want it). It makes it really easy to create instructional videos by writing or drawing on a screen ‘snips and saving the resulting video as an MP4 file.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_R0EuHfL1s&index=12&list=PLVj5ks82jnjBgAct6_jWCgOx3PetmjfMA


Screencast-o-Matic: The Original Free Screencasting App!There are a number of free screen casting tools available. One of the mainstays is Screencast-O-Matic, which is available as a web app, or as a download for your PC or Mac. The free version limits users to 15 minute videos and it does not provide editing capabilities, but you can upgrade and get editing functionality and unlimited video using the licensing purchased by UMM's Instructional and Media Technologies. Contact Pam Gades (pam@morris.umn.edu)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BE-MgK2CAxY&index=11&list=PLVj5ks82jnjBgAct6_jWCgOx3PetmjfMA



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A New Learning Management System for the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota will be adopting a new learning management system (LMS) next month.  Will it be Canvas, or will it be MoodleRooms?

The Academic Technology leadership at the U of M submitted a proposal to ULTA (University Learning Technology Advisors) that UMN continue as a member of Unizen and move to its chosen learning management system (LMS), Canvas.

The proposal suggests a timeline for a transition to Canvas of 18 months-2 years, to be determined in consultation with academic units. OIT will also provide transition services and support to academic units, to be determined in consultation with academic units.

View the U of M Learning Management System (LMS) Review - 2017 Report. 

Canvas

I participated in both the Spring 2017 and Spring 2016 Canvas Pilots and created course named, "Teaching with Technology - A faculty development course.

Read the Syllabus for the course.  If you are interested in exploring the course and would like to have access, please let me know.

If you would like to explore how others have designed and used Canvas, please check out these Sample Canvas Courses by Subject.

Moodlerooms

The other LMS solution that the U of M is considering for adoption, is Moodlerooms.  


If the Uof M chooses Moodlerooms, there will be a second transition to the Snap Theme in the near future.








Thursday, February 9, 2017

New Google Slides Feature: Insert Videos from Google Drive

NEW in Google Slides! You can now insert videos from Google Drive

How To Insert videos from Google Drive in Google Slides
Insert and play your Google Drive videos in Google Slides, in addition to videos from YouTube.


Once you’ve added a Drive video to your presentation, you can choose when to start and end it, whether it should autoplay when presenting, and whether it should be muted or play with audio. Simply right-click on the video and select Video options.


If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access.

Note that while you can play Drive videos in Slides on the web and mobile, you can only insert them from the web application. For more details, visit the Help Center.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PpAuIeSdS-9mkBiJVd7jQvu32nnsT95Ew0c51rUXz2Y/edit?usp=sharing