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14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
From the Ngram Viewer to Google Dart, check out some of these lesser-known Google applications.

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Some terrific business and analytic tools. 

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 22, 2014 5:22 AM

Hidden Google goodies. See what else you can do.

Louise Quo Vadis's curator insight, March 22, 2014 3:23 PM

Well I am learning something new every day. How about you? Do you have knowledge that  you want to share with us?

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7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your eLearning Courses (Plus 25 Solutions)

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your eLearning Courses (Plus 25 Solutions) | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Here are the traits of a bad eLearning course that you should steer clear of.

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Some good things to remember here. I think the first one "Be Dull and Boring" is perhaps the most important. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, Today, 2:21 PM

So, you when go to the trouble and effort to build an e-Learning course why not make it one that people will love?

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
I’ve written about a number of video, audio, and collage creation tools, with WeVideo, Audacity, and PicMonkey topping some of my lists. However, it can be a challenge for students to locate copyright-friendly media when using these tools for presentations or idea sharing. It’s always best for students to create materials or use ones that are in the public domain. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found for the latter.

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Excellent resources for free and royalty free video, sound and images. 

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Deekit - Online Whiteboard

Deekit - Online Whiteboard | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

nicely designed whiteboardDeekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.


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This is a handy little tool for collaborating during online meetings. 

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Suzanne's curator insight, May 10, 4:48 AM

Looks good to try out for free.

Don't like that sign in options are only through Facebook, Google or Microsoft, though.  

Liz Horrocks's curator insight, May 10, 11:26 AM

Adult and Teenage students would love this - also good for out of the classroom learning, or virtual one-to-ones. 

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 15, 4:04 AM

This looks interesting.

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How to learn with zero effort

How to learn with zero effort | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.
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Interesting article from the BBC. 

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, May 4, 10:19 AM

Impressive tactics and strategies that can rapidly increase your memory potential.

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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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Arizona State University to Offer Online Freshman Academy

Arizona State University to Offer Online Freshman Academy | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The university, working with the online course provider edX, will begin a low-cost program that will be available worldwide with no admissions process and full credit.
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Interesting online model. I wonder what this will do to traditional admissions. 

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Swoosh - deliver presentations with the swoosh of your hand

Swoosh - deliver presentations with the swoosh of your hand | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Take your presentation to the next level to persuade clients, woo customers, and train internally by delivering your presentation with Swoosh. 

No more added complexities, configurations, or expensive hardware. Simply use intuitive gestures to control your presentation, keeping your hands free.


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Walter Patricio Perez Sereño's curator insight, April 12, 11:16 AM

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 13, 9:33 AM

Take your presentation to the next level, check out SWOOSH!

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 23, 10:23 AM

This looks like fun

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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

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Worth sharing. 

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Reggie Agulha's curator insight, March 9, 6:52 AM

Brilliant ideas. Really useful. 

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, March 10, 3:51 PM

Contação de historias como modelo milenar de aprendizagem de adultos #avancee

Andrea Stewart's curator insight, March 21, 4:55 PM

Great techniques for teaching or professional development. The article gives video examples of each.

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How to Get Your Students to Come to Class Prepared

How to Get Your Students to Come to Class Prepared | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Imagine a world where students came to class prepared. Class time would be so much more productive and enjoyable for teachers and students alike. We would have informed class discussions and focus on students applying, analyzing, and evaluating the material under our expert guidance.
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This could work!

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50 tips to develop and run your online courses

50 tips to develop and run your online courses | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"From getting started to managing the day-to-day business, try these 50 tips for setting up a successful online course for any grade level.


As many K-12 U.S. public schools and districts are struggling to compete with 100 percent online cyber charter schools for essential student funding, many universities are struggling to understand the impact of MOOCs on future enrollment. Both of these scenarios point to the one thing that is abundantly clear, online education is having another growth spurt in the second decade of the 21st century and the race to create in-house online content is on."


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6 Tips To Create Better eLearning Content

6 Tips To Create Better eLearning Content | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"As more organizations turn to online instruction to train their employees and customers, more administrators and other leaders are finding themselves in the position of having to create a lot of content. These leaders must turn their presentations, lectures, on-the-job training and years of experience into self-contained lessons that not only contain a great deal of institutional knowledge, but also convey it effectively. This task may seem intimidating and overwhelming. There are, however, a few tips that can simplify the process."


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Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 12, 7:47 AM

Good basic advice. Again, good teaching practice as applied to e-learning.

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, February 12, 10:00 AM

To reference in support to teachers.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 12, 5:23 PM

While aimed at business - the advise given here (Feb 11, 2015 | Posted by Henson Gawliu Jr. ) can easily be applied to creating eLearning content for schools - simply guidelines broken down as follows:

1.Take advantage of the medium.

2. Keep it uncluttered.

3. Reinforce frequently.

4. Seek out experts.

5. Keep your goals in mind.

6. Put yourself in the students shoes.

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Best Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures

Best  Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Easy to use tools make incorporating screenshots and tutorials into your online class a snap. 

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 31, 11:48 AM

Four apps for annotating screenshots are discussed here. I like Snagit, where it is possible to save annotated screenshots to one's Google drive.

flea palmer's curator insight, February 3, 5:38 AM

These all look good - much easier than using a combination of tools! Remember copyright though!

Filipe Cálix's curator insight, February 22, 10:57 AM

Para capturas sobre páginas web (além de edição e anotações sobre as capturas) a extensão Fireshot (browsers Chrome e Firefox) é, para já, imbatível.

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade."


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Is this more or less time consuming than typing comments? Does it lead to better student outcomes? 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 27, 8:49 AM

Let's hope so! 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 30, 6:37 AM

My initial response is "maybe." I stopped using a red pen years and years and years ago. The red is distracting, especially if there are a lot of comments. I also stopped putting a grade on the paper years and years and years ago. Yes, students went straight to the grade and if they liked the grade, that was that: they never read the comments. So they had to read the comments to do any revisions of the paper and no, they didn't know the grade until the final version of the paper. But by then there'd been conferences to discuss their papers and my comments.

Trent Online's curator insight, January 30, 9:49 AM

For online courses, this is a personalized touch that helps improve the sense of instructor presence and build community. And, it is not difficult or time consuming with current technology

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National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Access for Learning

Welcome to the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials. This site provides resources for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and NIMAS.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 27, 1:27 PM

This is the NEW AIM / CAST website.  This is an essential source for information about accessibility and learning. 

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Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader

Free text to speech software with Naturally Sounding Voices -- Free NaturalReader | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
text to speech software for naturally sounding voices. Let your computer read most documents with naturally sounding voices and convert text to MP3, or text to WAV files, text to audio files, read text aloud, download free text to speech software now text readers, computer reader, Reader, online reader, talking text, voice text. naturally sounding voices, TTS, learning disability, reading disability, visual impaired, low vision, text to speech solutions, text to MP3, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Screen Reader, Dyslexia Software, Dyslexia.

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Interesting free tool that could help with section 508 compliance. Only the paid versions of the program have the "natural" voices. 

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 19, 11:29 AM

Test this out and see what you think.  I think it was definitely automated sounding, but not horribly so.

David Swaddle's comment, May 19, 11:09 PM
I think the fact that they went for a professional 'real human' voice on their video says a lot for the product. When the manufacturer won't use it themselves you have to realise that it's not quite there yet.
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7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar

7 Apps to Help Anyone Improve Their English Grammar | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
In a world of spellcheck and texting abbreviations, few people want to take the time to learn about subjects, objects, and dangling modifiers. Besides, computers can fix our sentences for us. However, as anyone who's suffered an autocorrect embarrassment knows, computers don't always get it right. Language is a human tool and requires the insight of…

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 23, 2:40 AM

Good "on-the-go" tools for grammar reference... let's go mobile!

Joseph J Filoramo's curator insight, April 23, 9:13 AM

#filoramoroxpd #filoramoroxpddiffcoll

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, April 25, 2:24 PM

Here could be a reason for students to use their cell phones in class during down time.  Three of the apps discussed are free and a few more are under $2.  They offer workbook like practice in the selected grammar area.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Tips to Boost Your Learning

INFOGRAPHIC: 8 Tips to Boost Your Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Work smarter and make learning stick with these eight simple techniques. Each one has well documented evidence based results behind them and are easy to implement.
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Nice summary of important learning concepts. 

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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 26, 12:33 PM

Thanks to Gust Mees.

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 28, 7:39 PM

Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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WeVideo | Free Online Video Editor & Maker

WeVideo | Free Online Video Editor & Maker | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, MAC, PC.

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Carolyn Quarterman's curator insight, April 18, 1:32 PM

Rescooped from "Tools for Teachers & Learners" as a useful tool for video-based projects.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, April 20, 1:05 AM
A great recourse for video editing ~
emilioet's curator insight, April 21, 5:27 AM

WeVideo is the leading online video creation platform for video editing, collaboration, and sharing across iPhone, iPad, Android, Chromebook, MAC, PC.

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1 hour of seat time? Checklist for Online Courses from 360training.com

1 hour of seat time? Checklist for Online Courses from 360training.com | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Have you been thinking about authoring an elearning course (Life as a 360 Author), but are having a hard time getting a sense of how much content to create to end up with about an hour of seat time?

The following provides broad high-level guidance for authors, subject matter experts, and instructional designers when planning an online course. Note that these are guidelines only. Design for actual courses should reflect learner needs with respect to course objectives.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 23, 12:02 PM

What's it take to author an e-learning module with 1 hour of seat time?  For a solid estimate and a fine outline on how to build an e-learning module read this article! 

Sue Walsh's curator insight, March 26, 5:54 PM

It reinforces the importance of wise up front choices to maximise ROI!!

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Questions from First-Time Online Instructors

Questions from First-Time Online Instructors | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

How Do I Know It's the Learner Doing the Work?


How Do I Know It's the Learner Taking the Test?


How Do I Know They Aren't Looking at Their Books During the Test?


How Do I Balance Effort and Points?


How Can I Teach Online and Still Have a Balanced Life?

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Assessment and Rubrics

Assessment and Rubrics | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, cooperative learning, research process/report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

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Good rubric for discussion boards included. 

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Diane Johnson's curator insight, February 15, 8:47 AM

This site contains a range of samples for a variety of projects. As usual, you will want to be a wise consumer, but many will provide a nice start.

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Bill Gates on The Verge: Can online classrooms help the developing world catch up?

In 2012, a 15-year-old named Battushig Myanganbayar aced a circuits and electronics course designed for sophomores at MIT – from his school in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Myanganbayar had watched...
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Important to read. We haven't heard much about this lately. It's a topic worth discussing. 

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Ten Tips for More Efficient and Effective Grading

Ten Tips for More Efficient and Effective Grading | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Many instructors dread grading, not just because grading takes up a sizable amount of time and can prove itself a tedious task, but also because instructors struggle with grading effectively and efficiently. However, effective grading does not have to take inordinate amounts of time, nor does one need to sacrifice quality for speed. The following tips can help instructors grade more effectively while enhancing student learning.
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Anything that can lessen the burden of grading is welcome!

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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.

 

The way most students study makes no sense.

That's the conclusion of Washington University in St. Louis psychologists Henry Roediger and Mark McDaniel — who've spent a combined 80 years studying learning and memory, and recently distilled their findings with novelist Peter Brown in the book Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.

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Great article.

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