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Spring Term Canvas Outreach

LMS, Workshop, Faculty Content, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Canvas is coming! We hope that you are as excited about this change as we are! But, for those who are experiencing some trepidation, we have scheduled abundant training and outreach at each campus throughout the 2019 Spring Term. Educational Technology will be teaming up with Training and Organizational Development, the Center for eLearning, and Digital Media Productions to offer in-person and online training opportunities, campus visits, and live broadcasts so that you can learn more about our new Learning Management System, Canvas (or just express your excitement, if you are already a Canvas FanPerson).  

Here’s a list of the events that will be occurring through the the 2019 Spring term:

Canvas at FSCJ: Basic Training Course

What: This course will provide introductory training on the Canvas Learning Management System. It will provide attendees with an opportunity to become accustomed to Canvas’s user interface, as well as learn how to build, manage, and grade course content and communicate with students.

When: This course will initially be offered on January 4th during Professional Development Day, then advertised throughout the Spring term.

Where: Online or in-person, at each campus.

How to Join the Fun: Pay attention to weekly emails from Training and Organizational Development and register for the course that meets your needs within the Student Center of myFSCJ.

Open Lab: Canvas Migration Assistance

What: Scheduled to assist instructors with migrating their course content from Blackboard to Canvas.

When: Every Friday during the Spring term during the hours listed below. If you are in need of assistance at a time that is outside of the hours listed, please email to schedule an appointment.


Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Downtown Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

South Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up and bring your Canvas.

Tech Tours: Canvas Transition

What: The Educational Technology, Center for eLearning, and the Digital Media Productions teams will visit each campus to discuss the details of the transition to Canvas and answer any questions instructors may have.

When & Where

Friday, 3/1

  • Deerwood Center TV Studio from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/5

  • Nassau Center B202 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • North Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 3/6

  • Cecil Center Room 206 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Kent Campus Faculty Resource Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

How to Join the Fun: Just show up! No Canvas needed.

LIVE Canvas Chats

What: These live broadcasts will provide an update on our LMS transition, as well as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Each month we’ll focus on a different piece of the Canvas puzzle.

When: Live at 11:30 a.m. on the last Friday of each month during the Spring term


How to Join the Fun: Review our blog to see each month’s topics and send in those questions in advance to be answered live.

As always, if you have any questions, please email us at

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.



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  

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


  • 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

    MediaSpace and YouTube Workshop Notes

    Tutorial, WorkshopMichael Smith

    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)


    SRTEd (free)

    Subtitle Workshop (free)