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Grading using iAnnotate from Wired Campus

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The Chronicle blog Wired Campus did a great piece this morning on grading using iAnnotate.  iAnnotate is one of several great document editing and feedback tools.  I'd suggest you take a look at the article, and consider using one of the following apps if you are interested:

Happy grading!

Quick Tip - iPad Screenshots

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At yesterday's cohort meeting, we discussed ways that remote whiteboards like AirSketch could be used to demonstrate concepts while the instructor roams the room.  One of the most useful tools on the iPad to use in conjunction with a remote whiteboard is the screenshot function.  

At any time and in any app, you can take a screenshot or a picture of your iPad's screen by pressing the power and home button at the same time.  This takes an image of your screen and saves it to your photo roll.  If you find an image on the web, a graphic in an app, or some text you'd like to capture and annotate, this is an easy way to get it quickly.

Here is a short video I made on how to do this:



Moodle Monday 18 November, 2013

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Hello Moodlers,

Spring 2014 classes are now available on Moodle!

News:

  • This week the Thursday open session will be in Murphy 434.
  • There will be no Open Sessions next week.
      

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248), except Thursday’s Open Sessions

Thursday, 21 November, 9:30a-12:00p Murphy 434
Friday, 22 November, 9:30a-12:00p Learning Commons
 

Moodle tips of the week

  1. You may have noticed that the 2014SP classes were uploaded last Friday morning. As you build those classes, and migrate content from previous semesters make sure you don’t copy Turnitin assignments. Because of the way the Turnitin company denotes assignments in their database, it will see an assignment copied from one class to another as being the same assignment. Every time it is copied, it just adds the new students to the existing assignment.

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

Moodle Monday

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Hello Moodlers,

Spring 2014 classes will be available in Moodle on November 15.

News:

  • This week the Thursday open session will be in the Reinhart lower level commons.
    

Upcoming Training

All training sessions are in the Learning Commons (2nd floor of the library MC248), except Thursday’s Open Sessions

Thursday, 14 November, 9:30a-12:00p Reinhart lower level Commons
Friday, 15 November, 9:30a-12:00p Learning Commons
 

Moodle tips of the week

  1. Sometimes entering grades in a large gradebook can be a challenge. One way to move between students in the same column faster is to use the tab key. In gradebook the tab moves down not sideways. And [shift] [tab] will move up. To avoid having to scroll all the way to the bottom of the gradebook to scroll to the right, just click somewhere in the gradebook (but not a cell you would put a grade in) then use your arrow keys to move right and left across your gradebook (this also works for up and down)

Need Help?

Remember you can get awesome tutorials online 24/7 at http://viterbo.libguides.com/moodle.

You can also get help by emailing courserequest@viterbo.edu this works better than emailing Chad or I directly or leaving voicemail for us.

Video Tools Roundup(1)

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Instructional videos are a great way to connect with your students and provide feedback.  There are tools available that can provide a recordable whiteboard, a recorded PowerPoint presentation, a screencast of how to navigate through a website, or recorded notes on a student's paper.  Below are a roundup of those tools for any kind of video response. 

Camtasia and Screenflow are two powerful screencasting, video recording and editing softwares.  They allow you to record your screen, annotate video with arrow and text, trim sections of video, record powerpoints, and more.  There is a feature in Camtasia that allows you to record from your webcam at the same time as you capture a screencast, letting your students see your face as you present content.  You can also export into a variety of formats.  These tools are available in the Media Production lab in the Learning Commons.

WeVideo and Mozilla Popcorn Maker are two online video production tools.  WeVideo provides similar tools to Camtasia, but for free.  The limitor for WeVideo is that you can only produce items to YouTube or Google Drive.  You can't take the file with you as easily as a tool like Screenflow or Camtasia.  Mozilla Popcorn Maker lets you annotate and collect video that already exists online.  You can insert pop-ups, loop sections, add Google maps or images, and create an interesting new piece from existing video.

ScreenChomp is a simple and intuitive iPad app that provides a recordable screen or whiteboard.  It truly works like a recordable whiteboard with an eraser, three colored markers, and a useful quick wipe feature.  You can insert images and rotate or skew them very easily by using two fingers.  Recordings are automatically uploaded to Screenchomp.com or to Facebook if you log in.  This would be an excellent app for sharing quick explanations, or if you would like to have students explain a concept in class.  This app is free.

Explain Everything is one of my favorite iPad apps because it is so robust.  You can insert images from the camera, your iPad’s photos, DropBox, or Evernote.  You can record one slide at a time, or continue through multiple slides and narrate each one.  You can also insert special shapes, write with different colors, or type text on the screen.  It also lets you delete objects you’ve inserted, which is helpful if you decide not to use a particular element.    Finally, and most helpful, you can export your movie or project file to email, YouTube, DropBox, or Evernote.  All video save in MP4 format, which can be viewed on any device.  This app is definitely worth the $2.99 price tag.

Coach's Eye is an iPad app originally designed for coaches to provide feedback to athletes.  You record someone with the app, and can then insert voice-over commentary, highlight sections, and slow down portions of the video for analysis.  Instructors have used this to provide feedback on student speeches in past cohorts.

Depending on what you are looking for, you have lots of options when it comes to video feedback.  If you have other tools or resources to share, please do so in the comments.

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