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Watch a Special (End-of-Semester) In Focus: Student Edition

In Focus, DMP, EdTech, AppsRobyn Reese

At this time of year, we all struggle to make it the last fifteen percent of the semester because we just want to think about the summertime! The drawback of this magical feeling of euphoria is that it is also finals time: the most important part of the term! For April's In Focus: Student Edition, Brandi and Robyn took a look at some apps to help you stay on track during these final days so that you can master your final exams. Then, we switched gears to look at ways that you can make the most of your summer!

After watching the video, you can download the apps that were discussed by clicking on the tiles below. Good luck on your final exams and happy summer! 

Blackboard Upgrade in the Works!

EdTech, NewsBrandi Bleak
blackboard logo

FSCJ is planning to upgrade Blackboard on May 10, 2017, with outages certain on May 10, and possible throughout the day on May 11. 

Why Upgrade?

Blackboard releases version updates twice a year, in order to introduce new features and address bugs that are problematic in old ones. Currently, we are a bit behind in adoption of Blackboard versions, and will be making a larger leap from Version 9.1 CU 5 2014 to Version 9.1 Q2 2016.

What to do to Prepare for the Upgrade

There is very little that needs to be done by instructors or students to insure that the upgrade is successful; the Academic Technology Department will work with Blackboard to complete the transition as seamlessly as possible. 

We are asking, however, that professors export any summer courses that you are working on now and store them locally for backup purposes. For more information on how to do this, visit the FSCJ Knowledge Base. 

What to Expect after the Upgrade

Though the Blackboard interface will not change substantially as a result of this upgrade, and most things will look and function the same, users will notice some small changes, detailed below. 


When creating an announcement, "Not Date Restricted" is now selected by default.


This release fixes an issue with email sent from Blackboard. Some email clients do not use the reply-to header of emails sent by BbLearn to populate the "To:" field when the user replies to an email. As a result, some students were confused when they received email from do-not-reply@<bblearn_domain> instead of their instructor's email address. This update will fix that problem.


Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.

Browser & HTML5 support

Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. The Content Editor now supports HTML5 Audio and Video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers.

VALUE rubrics

As part of the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U’s) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative, the VALUE rubrics contribute to the national dialogue on assessment of college student learning. Educational professionals from over 100 higher education institutions collaboratively developed 16 VALUE rubrics to use the most frequently identified characteristics for measuring success in key learning outcomes.

For users who are interested in using these rubrics, Blackboard has made them available for download and import. Each rubric has been built and formatted appropriately so it can be imported to your courses and used anywhere you can align and evaluate with rubrics today. The downloadable rubrics are available in US English only because this is how they were authored by AAC&U.

iWork, Garageband, and iMovie just got better!

AppsRobyn Reese

Good news for owners of iOS devices! When Apple recently updated its flagship apps for productivity and creativity, it lowered their price to...wait for it....FREE! This is great news for users of Apple's mobile devices, as these apps were previously among the higher priced in the app store, ranging from $4.99 to $9.99 each. All are essential for making the most out of your Mac or tablet. Details of the functionalities of each are presented below, for those who are not already familiar with them. Apps are available for Macbooks, iPhones, and iPads, and require that you have one of the most recent operating systems (iOS 10 or MacOS Yosemite).

While these apps are must-haves for the casual user, they also have a number of pedagogical applications as tools for allowing students to synthesize and showcase learning in a variety of cool ways that will help them to develop real world skills. Teachers can also use the last two creativity tools to find ways to deliver instruction to students asynchronously while hitting different learning modalities. 


Apple's cleanly designed word processing app can help users make visually appealing posters, cards, and flyers, as well as serving as a word processor. Documents are stored automatically in the cloud for easy collaboration. 


Numbers is Apple's spreadsheet application, and while it is not highly robust in the formula department (Excel remains the industry standard), it can be used to easily make visualizations of simple data sets. 


With a slew of elegant-looking templates, Keynote makes beautiful presentations the norm. Its strengths are in looks and photo editing, though it does not feature as many customizable tools as PowerPoint. 


Want to make music or a podcast? Garageband is the app for you! It allows you to easily record voices or instrumentation and comes with built in beats and sound effects. It has been used to create top ten pop songs, and is a great tool for auditory creativity. 


iMovie allows you to easily make slideshows and movies with a series of still images or video files. It comes with built in transitions, music, and add-ons like credits and introductions that can enable you to make professional-looking movies very easily. 

In Focus LIVE: New MediaSpace Tools!

In Focus, EdTech, DMPRobyn Reese

On March 31, the Academic Technology Department hosted an episode of In Focus LIVE that showcased some of the new, easy to use features of MediaSpace, FSCJ's video platform! While you may have used MediaSpace to watch videos, store media, or integrate into your Blackboard courses, a recent update has also given faculty and staff the opportunity to create video quizzes and to do simple screen and lecture capture. MediaSpace expert Michael Smith joined Brandi and Robyn to share best practices for using these new tools within and outside of Blackboard. Watch the In Focus episode below, then, for more information about specific features mentioned in the segment, view the curated playlist of videos below, provided by Kaltura/MediaSpace.

If you are interested in becoming a MediaSpace expert, sign up for Kaltura University, Kaltura's free and comprehensive training program! Kaltura University provides a great overview of how to make, store, and manage videos, with details about chaptering and organizing content.  

How to Use MediaSpace and Upload Videos

Become a MediaSpace power user! This video will show you how it works, and how you can use it to find and view video content at FSCJ. It will also give you a look at how to upload a video from your computer to MediaSpace and how your videos can be organized into playlists and channels. 

Using the CaptureSpace Recorder

CaptureSpace is an exciting new tool that is available for FREE for all FSCJ faculty and staff. It can be used to do screen, voice, and camera recordings with up to three inputs. This video will give a brief overview of how to record videos using CaptureSpace, and will explain how to complete post-production tasks like chaptering and indexing. finally, it provides a look at the flexible media player that is one of the unique features of screencasts that are completed using CaptureSpace. 


Post-production Video Tips

This short video will give the novice creator of educational content some tips for how to make videos look more professional. Many of the suggestions provided, including trimming, adding a title, and adding credits, can be done with the touch of a button within MediaSpace.

Others, like captioning for accessibility, are equally important for educational content, but must be done outside of the MediaSpace platform. More information about captioning can be found at the bottom of this blog post. 


Adding Video Quizzes

Video quizzes are the newest and most exciting educational feature to be added to the MediaSpace platform. Video quizzes can be created with any video that has been uploaded to the system, and provide a wide range of flexibility in terms of the types of questions that can be asked and their placement within the video. Using the easy techniques that are integrated into MediaSpace, you can create professional looking video assessments that can measure student engagement with media content, as well as concept retention. 


Gathering Data from Video Quizzes

Once you have created a video quiz, learn how to use a variety of different tools to gather data about your students' performance. Reports can be viewed within Kaltura, can be exported into Excel, and can be directly sent to the Blackboard gradebook.

Video quizzes can be integrated into Blackboard, to be used for course assessment, as well as being used to track which students are watching required course media.

Tips for using Video for Teaching and Learning

Are you new to creating videos for educational purposes? Learn from the wisdom of MediaSpace users and video professionals from around the country who are interviewed in this video and provide simple tips that you can incorporate into your work. Remember: in making educational videos content, not technology, is king! Make sure that you are using the tool of video to deliver the information that you want your students to learn. 

For more information about how captioning for accessibility is handled at FSCJ, visit the Information Technology Knowledge Base here

Questions, comments or feedback? Email

Are you Maintaining Equal Access for all Students?

EdTechRobyn Reese

One of the main benefits of twenty-first century educational technology is its ability to increase opportunity for students to learn and grow academically. Learning Management Systems like Blackboard allow students to earn college credit at any time and from anywhere, while supplements like Khan Academy, Coursera, and EdX allow students to master skills without even paying for traditional education! Oftentimes, though, when using technology to deliver content, we forget that crucial groups of students with disabilities are not always able to access this content on a level playing field.   

Accessibility for Americans with Disabilities is a crucial, but often overlooked, piece of the academic technology puzzle, and refers to the removing of barriers that prevent people with disabilities from having access to web-based content. When a site, document, or video is correctly designed with features such as captioning, proper headings, or good use of color, it allows for all users to have equal access to needed material. Careful attention to a few simple guidelines can help you to ensure compliance. 

The Educational Technology Department has curated a few resources to guide you along the way! The .pdf below provides detailed instructions for maintaining the accessibility of all types of electronic files and systems. Please feel free to download and share it, as needed.

Additionally, if you are looking for assistance with making complex images (such as graphics or flow charts) accessible, or with adding accessibility components to mathematical expressions, we have found that the non-profit Diagram Center has a number of useful resources that can provide guidance. 

It is important to remember that, under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, it is required by federal law for emerging use of technology in the classroom to be easily accessible to students with disabilities. The responsibility for complying with this federal law rests on all members of academic institutions who are creating and putting out content. Any content that relates to testable course objectives must meet federal accessibility guidelines. , If you have specific questions about accessibility, please email

Blackboard Collaborate Webinars

Videos, TutorialRobyn Reese

FSCJ recently made the switch to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, a very useful synchronous communication tool that is available within every Blackboard course shell. Blackboard allows individuals to collaborate (hence the name ;) ) over the web using their computer's onboard camera or microphone to give live lessons or work on group projects. 

It also allows professors to share and mark up powerpoints or word documents with students, show and demonstrate applications and screens, and record lessons for later viewing by students. It is a truly versatile and incredibly useful tool for online faculty, as well as those teaching face to face classes! 

Prior to Spring Break, the Educational Technology Team hosted a series of webinars that took a deep look at the many features of Blackboard Collaborate. All three webinars are shared below. 

This webinar is useful for proessors who are just getting started with using Collaborate. It covers setting up the camera and microphone, sharing applications and files, and the use of the digital whiteboard. 

This webinar picks up where Beyond the Basics left off, and covers breaking students into groups, recording sessions, and ideas for using the whiteboard and file sharing applications. 

This webinar reviews the features of the Collaborate mobile app, as well as best practices for its use. 

We hope that these webinars are useful for faculty and staff in providing a introduction to and a reference for Collaborate. As always, please feel free to direct any further questions to

Tools for the Millennial Student Training Materials

EdTech, AppsRobyn Reese

As a part of the Office of Training and Organizational Development's One Step Program, the Educational Technology team presented a workshop on teaching millennials with technology, focusing on a series of learning methods that were cited as the most useful by the Adobe Creativity Study.  The video below provides a summary of the information covered in the training. 

Those who are interested in taking this training (or others) through the Office of Training and Development should visit  

Any way you Slice it, Raspberry Pi makes Computing Sweeeet!

Robyn Reese

Recently, we in the Academic Technology department have been talking a lot about the Raspberry Pi, a computer that packs a lot of power into a teeny magenta case. The Raspberry PI was created in the United Kingdom to help democratize computing by providing an economical platform to teach coding and engineering in schools and to encourage experimentation in robotics.

In the five years since the first Raspberry Pi model was launched, the product has gone through several iterations, and is the third most successful computing platform of all time. The newest version, the Raspberry Pi Zero W, has a  1GHz, single-core CPU, 512 MB RAM, various mini-HDMI and and mini-USB ports, 802.11n wireless LAN, and Bluetooth 4.0, all for the astonishingly low price of $10.  While it does not come with a keyboard, mouse, monitor, or even an operating system, its small size makes it a great fit for creative projects.

Check out this Ars Technica article to see some of the ways that people around the world have used the Raspberry Pi to power robotics, create emulators, and even create musical vegetables.

Have a great educational use for a Raspberry Pi?  Let us know at! 

Teaching with Technology: Mobile Apps for the Classroom

Workshop, EdTech, AppsRobyn Reese

As a part of the Office of Training and Organizational Development's One Step Program, the Educational Technology team presented a workshop on new mobile apps that can be used for creating, sharing, and presenting in the classroom. The video below provides a summary of the information covered in the training. 

Those who are interested in taking this training (or others) through the Office of Training and Development should visit  

Virtual Reality on a Budget!

AppsRobyn Reese

Interested in getting your students out of the classroom and into the circulatory system, onto the grounds of Versailles, or even circling the moon? Virtual trips like these used to be more akin to Star Trek than the real world of learning, but in the last few years more economical and abundant technologies have made it possible for anyone to have an impressive VR experience for very little cash!

Last week at the Academic Technology Open House, our student assistant Elizabeth Rodrigue provided a demonstration of Google Cardboard, a fifteen dollar headset that uses your smartphone as the conduit for a pretty impressive 360-degree video experience. Here's what she had to say about it: 

Google Cardboard is a headset apparatus with two lenses that uses your phone to create an immersive 360 experience. Though there are tons of apps that work with Google Cardboard, at the Academic Technology Open House we chose to showcase Google Expeditions, an "adventure" app that allows instructors to take a class to almost any place in the world they can imagine. "Expeditions" range from underwater scenes to ancient ruins or large cities. You can even take a look at different careers! The instructor uses their personal mobile device to work as a "guide", and the app provides the guide with a paragraph about what is being seen, three questions to ask the students, and key points that can mark certain areas in the scene for students to look at when clicked upon. The students are the "explorers" and are immersed in the experience with the headsets. After some initial skepticism, the Google Expeditions presentation was well received, and by the end of it many faculty and staff were excited about how they could utilize it.

The Cardboard headset is quickly becoming a logical choice for those looking for an entry-level VR experience, and recently sold their ten millionth headset.  Google Cardboard can also be used as a viewer to access any of the thousands of 360-degree videos that are housed in YouTube by using the youtube app in iOS or Android, and setting it to "Cardboard" mode by clicking on the goggles icon in the bottom right. An example of such a video can be seen below, which allows the viewer to experience a current art exhibition at the Hirschhorn Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. This was created by the New York Times as a part of The Daily 360 video series, through which the NYT releases a different 360-degree video each day on a topic of cultural, social, or political importance. The whole series can be accessed here

In Focus Student Edition: Collaborating on the Go

In FocusElizabeth Rodrigue

A big part of success for college students is keeping up with the work of communicating with professors and fellow learners. This is even MORE important if you are enrolled in online or hybrid courses, since group projects, content questions, and grade inquiries are more challenging when your audience is not right in front of you! Sometimes managing your schedule and workload can feel stressful.

Worry no longer...Educational Technology has your back! Join us for In Focus: Student Edition, where we discuss adding your FSCJ email and calendar to your mobile device and show you some tools for collaborating with classmates efficiently and effectively. 

Technologies covered in this video:

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that is used by professors to connect with students. As a student, you can use Blackboard Collaborate to meet with your peers for a group project, attend a webinar, or share and work on documents. There are also tools to share your screen, review a PowerPoint presentation, and write on a digital whiteboard. Blackboard Collaborate can be accessed in courses, if your professor has enabled the Tool. Please ask your professor if it is not visible within the course’s menu on the lefthand side of the course shell.

For more assistance with Blackboard Collaborate, submit a ticket at or visit the Blackboard Help site.

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is a virtual notebook tool that can be used to store photos, documents, links, and audio memos. Notebooks are stored in the cloud, update automatically, and can be shared. There is also a mobile app for OneNote that allows you to take photos, videos, and record audio files. OneNote is Included in Office 365 Suite and is FREE for all FSCJ faculty, staff and students.

For instructions on how to download Office 365:

For more information on OneNote from Microsoft:

Dropbox (and Paper)

Dropbox is a tool that allows you to store and share digital files with others. The basic version of Dropbox is free and gives you 2GB of space to use. You can write, comment, and embed media in Dropbox and access those Documents from anywhere, even a smart phone!

Click the link below to sign up for the FREE version of Dropbox.

Google Drive / Docs / Hangouts

Google Drive is a FREE cloud storage service that provides 15GB of space for its users. It accepts all file types and allows for collaboration and sharing with others. Google Drive integrates with the Google Productivity Suite, which includes these free, cloud-based apps: Google Docs, a word processor, Google Sheets, a spreadsheet program, and Google Slides, a presentation program. These are very similar to the Office365 Tool Suite. 

Google also provides a great communication and conferencing tool, Hangouts. It  allows users to text, make FREE calls, or video chat. The video function uses your computer's webcam, but also has screen sharing capabilities, so that you can show someone else what you are working on. You can use it to communicate one-on-one or in a group. It can also be used anywhere, via the Mobile Hangouts app, which is available for iPhones, IOS, and android devices.

For more about the features offered in Google Drive:

Find out how to get started with Google Docs:

Find out how to get started with Google Hangouts:

Thanks for watching! If you have any questions or would like to suggest topics for future episodes of In Focus, please email us at

Humanities Open Source Remixes!

Robyn Reese

If you are a Professor of Art, History, Literature, or Humanities, or just a humanities nerd (like me), 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the open source bonanza! Three really exciting new resources are available to help you find, remix, and use digital visual culture, free of charge!

Recently the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, North America's largest museum, announced that it was switching to an Open Access policy for all of its artworks that are in the public domain under a Creative Commons 0 license. This means that researchers, designers, artists, and students can download, print, change, and remix any of the artworks that have the Creative Commons 0 icon under their catalog entry at (see example below). Since the Met has one of the largest collections of fine arts and historical artifacts in the world, this opens up a wealth of possibilities for publishing, displaying and sourcing these works without paying exhorbitant fees for the rights! 

Image of The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565), as it appears at

Image of The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565), as it appears at

The Public Domain Review

The Public Domain Review describes itself as "an ever-growing cabinet of curiosities for the digital age...with a focus on the surprising, the strange, and the beautiful". It is an open-source treasure trove of digital cultural artifacts that are divided into four categories: film, audio, books, and images. Articles are periodically written that are curated around a specific subject. This results in the bringing together of objects from all four categories by theme, period, or topic, so that readers can dive deeply into the material documentation of a subject that they find personally or academically interesting. A wonderful recent example of this type of article dives into nineteenth-century yellow journalism as historical example of the "fake news" phenomenon. You can take a closer look at this story by clicking on the photo below. 

Detail from The Fin de Siècle Newspaper Proprietor, featured in an 1894 issue of Puck magazine.

Detail from The Fin de Siècle Newspaper Proprietor, featured in an 1894 issue of Puck magazine.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America is a digital database of maps, books, documents and ephemera that is housed in public libraries across the country. It goes beyond the traditional database because it is actually a platform that uses API (Application Programming Interface) and metadata to organize its collection, which allows for the creation of apps that can sort and deliver content in a variety of really interesting and useful ways. While the technology behind this is a bit tough to explain (the video below provides more information), the results are incredibly useful. Users can sort library materials by subject, location created, or even by color! Click here to view an awesome collection of artifacts and primary sources from various times and locations that help to explain the history and context of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. 

So, as you can see, these three open source resources can help to make art, history, and literature come alive for your students by situating it in context and helping to generate new ideas, understanding, and creative products. 

For more information about other open source resources and how they are currently being used at FSCJ, view our In Focus Live: Open Educational Resources seminar, filmed in December. 

Academic Technology Open House

Robyn Reese

You've heard us at Convocation, seen us on In Focus, and met us at Technology Tours. On Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we invite you to visit us at the Academic Technology hub at the Deerwood Campus TV Studio! 

At this, the first annual Academic Technology Open House, the Digital Media Productions, Client Services, and Educational Technology teams will be showcasing the skills and resources that they use to support the FSCJ community, including:

  • Live technology help provided by the Client Services Staff
  • Blackboard Collaborate mini-training at each hour and half-hour
  • Easy screen recording training at :15 and :45 after the hour
  • Demonstrations of multi-platform mobile apps to support education
  • Free professional headshots
  • iPad Pro demonstration
  • Tours of the TV studio and green screen area
  • Ideas for integrating low-cost virtual reality technology into face-to-face classes. 

All Faculty and Staff are welcome to join us at their convenience! Hope to see you there! 

Join AT and TOD for Campus Solutions Web-Based Training!

VideosRobyn Reese

The Office of Training and Organizational Development teamed up with Academic Technology to produce a live web-based training for student services employees to introduce the new Campus Solutions admissions system! If you missed the training, or would like to view it again, you can do so here. The same video is also accessible at Please direct any questions that you may have about the video's content to

Lending a Hand to the LLC

DMPRobin Herriff

Last week, the Digital Media Productions team took a literary trip to the Deerwood and Downtown Campus LLCs.  In honor of African-American History Month, we helped the LLCs shoot a series of interviews and readings with FSCJ administrators, faculty, and staff about their favorite African American authors.  You can find the finished videos on the FSCJ Library and Learning Commons Facebook page.  Check them out!

Join Us for January's In Focus LIVE!

DMP,, In FocusRobyn Reese

Not sure where to turn or who to call when you're looking around for technology assistance?  What's the best way to find out the answers for yourself? What enterprise resources are available here at the College? We answered these questions (and more) in January's broadcast.


On Friday, January 27th at 10:00 AM, the Academic Technology Team live streamed the latest episode of our In Focus series, which took a deeper look at Information Technology Services' new website,

Our broadcast started with a general overview of how to use the site and provided a closer look at some of its improved features. The Educational Technology team explained how to fill out a help ticket, how to request new technology, and how to easily reset your password without having to contact the help desk. WE clarified when to use the "Request a Service" feature and when to use "Get Help", and shared some available resources for new faculty and staff. 

You can view a recording of January's In Focus below. Please feel free to send any questions that you may have after viewing it to, and stay tuned to this blog, the FSCJIT Twitter, and for information about future In Focus LIVE broadcasts!

Using Technology to Create Mathematical Magic

Workshop, EdTechRobyn Reese
Adobe Spark.jpg

Educational Technology

Brandi Bleak, Robyn Reese, Elizabeth Rodrigue

If technology is the answer, what is the question?
— Wadi Haddad

Adaptive Learning 
Means that the product has multiple branching assessment paths and responds to student answers to adjust the level of the questioning. So, for example, if a student gets a question wrong they would get an easier one. If they get it right, they will get a harder one. Great adaptive software can target the specific aspects of complex problems that students are having trouble with and ramp them up in a specific skill.

Educational Websites


  • Student perspective from Elizabeth
  • Workspace assignments


Khan Academy

A personalized learning resource for all ages:

Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

  • From kindergarten to calculus
  • Self-paced learning tool 
  • Adaptive technology identifies strengths and learning gaps
  • Missions are individualized math experiences grouped by subjects. 

Students can use missions to:

  • Fill in gaps at their own pace within a certain subject,
  • Master skills that are challenging and appropriate for their level
  • Use hints and videos immediately when they need help

Free tools for parents and teachers

Khan Academy empowers coaches of all kinds to better understand what their children or students are up to and how best to help them. See at a glance whether a child or student is struggling or if she hit a streak and is now far ahead of the class. Our coach dashboard provides a summary of class performance as a whole as well as detailed student profiles.


Pixar in A Box

  • Partnership between Khan Academy and Pixar
  • A behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. 
  • Connects math, physics, and computer science topics to animation
  • Scaffolds mathematical concepts from the real world to the basic to the advanced. 
  • Features video tutorials, applets, real-world activities, and assessments.

Educator’s Guide:


Math Nation

Free, online, easy-to-use resource aligned with the latest state standards.

What make math nation different?

  • Dynamic videos  specifically aligned to Florida state standards.
  • Videos break down each problem and provide a corresponding study guide so students can follow along at their own pace.
  • Encourages collaboration by asking questions that students can answer on the Math Wall
  • “Test Yourself!” practice feature - allows students to test their skills in the same computer-based format they will encounter on their course final.

Tell me more about Math Nation

  • Free, open source tool
  • Includes Adaptive Practice
  • Contains content up to calculus (even though name suggests it is not useful for Postsecondary institutions)
  • Brain genie—Math-based games and competitions
  • Modern look and feel to create similar feel (think fb for math)
  • Content is organized into “bytes”--small topic-driven modules. Instructor can create a designated learning plan for students in the class that can be based upon the textbook order or their own judgement.


MyOpenMath (MOM)

  • Provides classroom use, without any cost to students
  • Not adaptive
  • Integrates with OER textbooks.
  • Less video content and no “help me solve this”

How the system can be used by instructors:

    Mobile Apps


    Photo Math

    • Free app for Android, iOS, Windows
    • Create awareness, different approach
    • Application, not just process
    • Take a photograph of a mathematical calculation or equation and it solves it for you! 

    Myscript Calculator

    • Free app for Android, iOS, Windows
    • Accepts handwritten math problems
    • Will do calculations for you
    • Shows work
    • CES - Best Mobile App award
    • Same company as Nebo!



    Digital Whiteboards/Collaboration Tools

    Blackboard Collaborate

    • Already loaded in every Bb course
    • Can schedule and record sessions
    • Digital whiteboard
    • Can share screen, send files, chat

    Explain Everything

    • Free app-- full individual license $4.99
    • The most versatile suite of drawing tools
    • Zoom in and out
    • Built in equation editor!
    • Create custom color palettes
    • You own your content
    • Host or join collaborative sessions with complete interactive whiteboard toolset and recording
    • Allow participants to save copies of collaborative projects on their own devices following a hosted session.


    • Free for 1 hour of video, but they control the storage and use of recordings.
    • $5.99 a month for a premium subscription (300 hours and video export)
    • Cannot control video speed.
    • Limited built in backgrounds
    • Can search for images using google on the web to integrate
    • Can rerecord audio
    • Can create new slides in the middle of recording.
    • Lots of great content already



    • Lots of already existing content
    • Built in Math graph paper
    • No cost to download the app/set up account
    • Can share with student on educreations
    • No free drawing tools
    • Have to pay to be able to get more backgrounds
    • 50 mb storage with free version
    • Can't export without paying

    Taking Notes with your Mobile Device

    EdTech, AppsRobyn Reese

    When I got my first iPad five years ago, I had grand dreams of how it would allow me to streamline my life by allowing me to have all of my work, play, and family resources in my tote bag whenever and wherever. My original iPad (and the iPad mini that replaced it), went a long way towards meeting this goal, but over the years I found that there was perpetually one specific functionality that was never quite perfect: notetaking.

    I could, of course, take detailed notes and draw complex pictures on my iPad relatively easily. There have been a number of great styluses on the market over the years, some of which have the ability to write on the screen like a pen (we recommend the Adonit Jot Pro for writing) and draw like a pencil (we use 53's Pencil for drawing with touch sensitivity). The problem was always the app--I was never able to find one that allowed me to use the notes in another format.

    The ideal note taking app should integrate with the other tools that you use for productivity, and allow you to share your notes with others who may not have access to the same apps or equipment that you have. In order to do that, the app needs to be able to translate your handwriting into text. Enter: NEBO! 

    As shown in the video above, MyScript's Nebo app uses a technology that they have dubbed "interactive ink" that allows you to easily manipulate notes and text by using intuitive gestures on your tablet. You can mark up text to create headings, bulleted lists, diagrams, and mathematical notation. Double tapping on the content turns it into standard text and illustrations that can be exported as a .pdf, word document, or html! 

    Nebo is the note taking app that I have always wanted, but it does have one drawback: at this time, it is only available for iOS and Windows devices. MyScript currently offers a beta version of its Stylus app, which offers more a more limited interface that also utilizes the interactive ink technology. 

    For those lucky notetakers who have an Apple or Microsoft mobile device, click here to learn more and download the app for free! 

    Professional Development Day: SharePoint Webinar

    VideosRobyn Reese

    Did you miss Training and Organizational Development's SharePoint Webinar on Professional Development Day? You're in luck! Click the image below to view the recording, which was delivered by TOD's Training and Development Specialist, Dr. Barbara Moyer. 

    For those who may be unfamiliar with the topic, SharePoint is a useful file-sharing tool that is a free part of the Office365 Suite to which all FSCJ employees have access. It can be used to create departmental or organizational websites, as well as for project collaboration and document authoring. In the webinar, Dr. Moyer begins with the basics of setting up a SharePoint site, and continues with a discussion of the major features of the application.

    If you are a more advanced SharePoint user, the Training and Organizational Development Office hosts face-to-face classes to help you move to the next level. Find more information about this and other TOD offerings at

    Explore the new, responsive!

    help.fscj.eduRobyn Reese

    You may have noticed some changes to when you returned for the Spring Semester! Information Technology Services is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved service site. The site has been redesigned with a focus on the user experience, and is now responsive, which means that you can get help from the convenience of your mobile device. It is now easier than ever to search the Knowledge Base, submit tickets for technical assistance, or chat with a representative.  We’ve even added a button to take you directly to the Password Reset area to ensure you always have access to the College portals.

    Need Help? Get Help! 

    If your computer is broken or you are having trouble with any of the college IT services, click on this icon at any time to fill out a service ticket that will be sent to one of our Service Desk Representatives. You can also use the Contact Us link in the top toolbar to talk to a Representative via phone or online chat during business hours.

    Discover the Knowledge Base

    The knowledge base can be used for self-service, as it contains answers to questions that are commonly asked, and ways to fix issues that are commonly reported to the Service Desk. You can also access the knowledge base to learn more about how to efficiently use FSCJ IT resources and about special features of each application.

    Request a New Service

    This area is only accessible to faculty and staff and provides a quick way to request educational resources such as iPads, blogs, and software licenses . Network, email, Cisco, and Sharepoint access can also be requested through this service catalog for new and current employees.


    Get Familiar with Additional Resources

    Are you looking for a solution, or want to try something new? Visit the Additional Resources area to see what applications, software, and equipment are available for faculty and student use. This site also links to other informational resources, like the Library Learning Commons, the OER library, and the Academic Technology Blog. can help you to explore the many ways that technology works to support and improve education here at FSCJ. New to the College? Start by visiting our Faculty, Staff and Student Technology Resource Guides. Need information about IT policies and procedures? Visit the Technology Library.  Need to reset your password? We can help with that, too! The newly redesigned Information Technology Services site is about just that: Service. Check it out today to find out what ITS can do for you.

    Here's a video overview on the new site: