Explain Everything is an excellent app for recording lectures and presentations. This tutorial will provide a quick overview for importing, presenting, recording, and saving a lecture via Explain Everything.
Recently, I came across a pdf file containing 40 ways to use QR codes in the classroom. The file can be downloaded from the link below.
If you do a lot of public speaking or presentations in front of people, Zoho Showtime could make your life (and job) easier. Showtime makes it easy to take questions from your audience, let them save slides or go back to see previous ones, and you can control the presentation from your phone.
Full disclosure: I often use a Mac at work but occasionally find myself in need of jumping into Windows. I’m running Windows 10 via Boot Camp.
In this article, I’ll address one particular issue common (I believe) to anyone who often switches between a Mac and a PC. It has to do with the differences in layout between a Mac and a Windows’ keyboard. The layout of a Mac’s keyboard isn’t set up to work with Windows, but there is a solution for this problem. Just keep on reading!
The main issue, at least for me, has to do with “shortcuts”. For example, when “cutting and paste” on a Mac, we use Command+c and Command+v. When using a Mac keyboard on Windows, the layout is different: Control+c and Control+v.
Since I switch between the two operating systems quite often, confusion is a common event. This confusion is explained by behaviour psychologists, and more recently by motor control and learning experts. The term is called negative transfer of learning, and it can be explained by the cognitive confusion theory. In this case, confusion happens due to the unfamiliarity of the keyboard. Note that the problem here is not related with limb control. You already know how to strike the keys in a sequence. The problem is the unfamiliar location of the keys. To avoid this confusion, one can remap Windows keyboard shortcuts in Boot Camp on a Mac. Follow the link below to get this set up on your Mac.
Diigo, the alternative to Delicious bookmarking system, has just released a new feature called Diigo Outliner. First you need to install the Diigo browser extension. I have only tested the version for Chrome.
Perhaps, the best way to explain it is by using an example. Say you are preparing a lecture and need to collect, organize and share supplementary information from the web with your students. Diigo Outliner helps you through the process. Once you visit a relevant site or video (or anything else) you want to share with your students, simply click the Diigo button and save the content to an “outliner” (see figure below).
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Below is how it will look like. Then, simply grab the link Diigo provides and share it with your students. That’s all!
Have you ever wanted to mirror your iPhone or iPad on your computer? There are many reasons one would want to do it. For a complete list of ideas, visit the AirServer website. Unfortunately, Apple does not provide a built-in solution… yet. Until then, we have to rely on third party apps. So, say hello to AirServer; arguably the most elegant and least expensive solution out there. See below what the developers are saying about AirServer.
[alert type=”success”]There are times when you need to show content to your class to engage your audience, using an iPad. With AirServer you can wirelessly beam your iPad display to your Mac or PC and from there to your projector, smartboard or HDTV. AirServer also supports multiple simultaneous connections, so one or more students could mirror their iPads to share their ideas and their work with the rest of the class. You can monitor what your students are working on and encourage collaboration. [/alert]
Watch below as I demonstrate how to use the website Quizlet (Flashcards tool). The demo was done using AirServer.
This is a great Chrome extension. You can take a screenshot, screen capture, or screen video recording within Chrome. It integrates nicely with Google Drive, which makes the process of saving your work a breeze.
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Colgate University Instructional Technologists Ahmad Khazaee and Zlatko Grozl highlight 10 iPad apps in 10 minutes – Lightning Round Style!
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Ask3 allows students and teachers to collaborate on lessons in and outside of the classroom. By turning your iPad into a recordable whiteboard, lessons can be posted into an Ask3 classroom where others can add text and video comments, questions and answers. Whether students are asking questions or answering them for others, peer to peer teaching is possible with Ask3- anywhere, and anytime.
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