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Tools for the Millennial Student Training Materials

Workshop, EdTechRobyn Reese
 

On July 13, 2017, the Educational Technology Department worked with the Office of Training and Organizational Development to offer Tools for the Millennial Student, a look at how technology has changed the educational experience for today's students. The training provided an overview of some apps, websites, and applets that fit into the broad categories of effective learning detailed in the graphic above, drawn from the Adobe Education Creativity Study.

 

MediaSpace/CaptureSpace

For those who are interested in learning more about MediaSpace, FSCJ's media streaming service and CaptureSpace, the screencasting and recording tool, the Office of Training and Professional Development is offering a dedicated session on Wednesday, July 19th at 2:00 at the Advanced Technology Center Downtown. 

You can also view an In Focus webinar that showcased MediaSpace, produced by the Academic Technology Department, here, along with a series of tutorials that explain how to use some of the more advanced features of MediaSpace, like chaptering and video quizzing. Information about the Reach auto-captioning service for MediaSpace can be found by watching this tutorial. Remember that, as discussed in training, all academic videos should be captioned to 99% accuracy in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Blackboard Collaborate

Based upon the results of the exit survey that we administered at the end of the training, many of the participants wanted more information about the use of Blackboard Collaborate. You can find a series of webinars that detail the many features of Collaborate, along with best practices for their use, here. 

Thanks so much for attending our training! For more information about inititiatives offered through the Training and Organizational Development Office, click here to visit their website. 

Teaching with Technology: Mobile Apps for the Classroom

Workshop, EdTechRobyn 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 training.fscj.edu.  

Using Technology to Create Mathematical Magic

Workshop, Student Content, EdTechRobyn Reese
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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


MyMathLab

  • 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. 

https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar

Educator’s Guide:
 https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/pixar/start/introduction/a/educator-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

http://www.mathnation.com

 

CK-12.org

  • 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. 

http://www.ck12.org/browse/

 

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!

    Demo

     

    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.
     

    ShowMe

    • 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

    http://www.showme.com

     

    Educreations

    • 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

    MediaSpace and YouTube Workshop Notes

    Tutorial, WorkshopMichael Smith
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    Should I Use MediaSpace or Youtube?

    Both platforms work great with Blackboard. Each service has their own strengths and weaknesses. Take a look at the list below to help choose the right service for your video project.

    Kaltura Mediaspace - FSCJ's Enterprise Video Platform

    Pros Internal Administration Privacy Easier Fair Use

    Cons Less Intuitive Limited Tools (editing, captioning) Less Advance Features Not Easily Searchable Students can’t upload

    Youtube - Video Sharing Website Owned by Google

    Pros Easier to Use Advance Tools Extensive Documentation Easily Searchable Personally Administrated

    Cons No College Administration Limited IT Support Copyright Restrictions

    Always keep a copy of any video you upload!

    What Are Some Copyright Guidelines?

    In the classroom there is a lot of freedom with the fair use of copyrighted material. Using the same material online can be tricky. Here are two resources to help you decide how copyright restrictions may apply to what you post online.

    Duke University Copyright Checklist

    Baruch College Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses

    How Do I Add Captions to My Videos?

    Both Kaltura Mediaspace and Youtube support subtitles and captioning.

    Captioning is not only helpful to many students, it is required by law.

    Why Captions and Subtitles are Important

    Captioning Tools

    A quick web search will reveal many tools to begin creating captioning files for your videos. Here are a few tools to get you started. The software listed below has not been fully tested and reviewed.

    Cross Platform

    Youtube Captioning Tool (free)

    Aegisub  (free)

    Jubler  (free)

    SubsEdit (free)

    Mac OSX

    Subs Factory (paid)

    Sub Edit (paid)

    Windows

    SRTEd (free)

    Subtitle Workshop (free)