Category Archives: Techniques & Tips

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11 Ways to Increase Technology Usage on Campus

11 Ways to Increase Technology Usage on Campus

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Too often in the EdTech world we spend the majority of our time finding the right technology, getting funding approved, installing, etc., but much less time promoting technology to ensure that it is actually being used by students and staff. This “getting the word out” is especially difficult in the university setting, where …

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Three cool things #2 2014

Three cool things #2 2014

HI again, Here are the 3 cool things I did this week:   1. WATCHED THIS GOOGLE HANGOUT: Google-hangout-on-air-getting-ready-for-the-ilt2014-conference. I am totally loving the idea of using Extensions/Apps within Google Chrome. Adds a whole new way for our students to engage with, and learn from the internet! Here are some of the Google extensions mentioned in this Google-Hangout …

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Tips for Effectively Using Social Media in the Classroom

Tips for Effectively Using Social Media in the Classroom

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com A reasonably well agreed upon definition of social media is that it includes web based applications that users can create and share information through. This includes social networks, such Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, in addition to other web based tools such as blogs and wikis. Educators often use social media to connect with …

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Three cool things – blog post #1 2014

Three cool things –  blog post #1 2014

Hi everyone, Three Cool Things: blog post #1 Welcome to this first blog post about 3 cool things I did this week. In an effort to share my “secret genius” (stealing these now famous words from Kevin Honeycutt), I decided that regular blog posts dedicated to share the big, the little, the random, and the totally cool stuff …

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What Will You Buy Next? A Look at Computer Market Share

What Will You Buy Next? A Look at Computer Market Share

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Earlier this week my wife came into our home office to grab a computer. We currently have an iMac, Chromebook, and my work Mac Air, so we aren’t hurting for access to technology. However, this short interaction got me thinking about how long it has been since we’ve had a PC (which is …

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Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives

Connecting with others via video conferencing: Google Hangouts and the alternatives

Jason Carroll’s recent blog post Upgrade Your Next Meeting With Google Hangouts gave an overview of this increasingly popular video conferencing tool. He tells you how to get started and how to start using the instant messaging/video conferencing/screen sharing features. To quote Jason, Google Hangouts “has the potential to replace many of the face-to-face meetings individuals are accustomed to”! Towards the …

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5 Tips for Using Highlighting Tools in the Classroom

5 Tips for Using Highlighting Tools in the Classroom

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Last week I wrote about Google’s new Add-Ons for Docs and Sheets and demonstrated how to find, install and use Texthelp’s Highlighting Tools in Google Docs. This week I am sharing a few tips I wrote for using the Highlighting Tools Add-On in the classroom. While these tips were written specifically for using …

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Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com This week I am wrapping up my series on Universal Design for Learning by discussing where it fits in the college and university setting. Unfortunately, the majority of resources that I find online focusing on UDL use K-12 examples. However, Universal Design for Learning is just as important in Higher Education. While I …

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Universal Design for Learning – Expression

Universal Design for Learning – Expression

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com Over the last couple of weeks I have been focusing on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This began with a practical overview of the topic, followed by a more detailed post on one of UDL’s guiding principles – Multiple Means of Representation. This week I am continuing the trend by discussing Multiple Means …

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Universal Design for Learning – Representation

Universal Design for Learning – Representation

Reposted with permission from blog.texthelp.com In last week’s post I gave a high level overview of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework designed to give all students equal access to learning. In this post, I will be diving deeper into one of the UDL Principles, Multiple Means of Representation, by providing ideas and strategies to use when …

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