Teacher Tools: Education Apps

Google for Education

Do you use education apps in the classroom?Google is looking for educators to profile on their Google for Education blog. Help them discover the latest and greatest educational websites and Android apps that are making an impact in your school by filling out this form.

Webinar Opportunity – Literacy Tools through the Read&Write Google Extension

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Faculty who are interested in supporting literacy learning are invited to view a free 1 hour webinar on their own computers introducing a Google Chrome extension called Read&Write. With this extension installed, students may use powerful tools to:

  • Hear text from PDF and Google Docs documents read aloud with on-screen highlighting
  • Access translations and definitions of text
  • Create and listen to notes directly in Google Docs
  • Receive predictive suggestions for word choice as they type

Webinar Details  

“Looking for Great Literacy Tools for ALL Students? Milwaukee Public Schools Share Their Story With Read&Write for Google”

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Tues. January 31st
3 PM to 4 PM (Central)
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

ECHO 360 WEBINAR: Intervention! Identify At-Risk Students with Predictive Data

 

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WEBINAR:  Intervention! Identify At-Risk Students with Predictive Data
Canvas Data and Echo360 provide insights into learning so rich Ferris Bueller would have never taken a day off.

Wednesday, January 20th at 11 AM Mountain Standard Time (US)

What if you could prevent your at-risk students from failing or dropping your course? Or take your most engaged and successful students and replicate their success among your other students?

Join Instructor and Echo360 to learn how integrated data sets enrich the teaching and learning process. Instructure provides the leading cloud-based learning management system focused on course-based activities such as content distribution, assessments, and grading. Echo360 has a unique focus on learning in individual classes within the course, combining student engagement, lecture capture, and behavioral analytics. Our newly formed partnership creates unlimited possibilities:

  • Understanding if your students are mastering complex topics
  • Predicting which students will succeed based on their engagement, attendance, study habits and performance
  • Correlating student success with the types of learners in your course

Discover how combined data associated with learning activities create correlations to deliver insights that are not available from any other system or combination of systems.

Register today to learn more about the new collaboration and how it will forever empower you to create stronger learners.

Register Today!

Faculty Resources for Using iPads in Education

Are you new to using iPads? Do you have an iPad, but aren’t sure how to use it for teaching and learning?  Check out these free, educational resources to orient you to using an iPad and popular apps for office productivity and authentic assessment.

Getting the Most out of Your Teacher iPad

[Today] 20 Free iPad Apps for Educators Webinar

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Event:  20 Free iPad Apps Educators Can’t Live Without
Date:    February 5, 2015
Time:   2:00-2:30pm CST
Cost:    FREE

There are thousands of free iPad Apps out there, but finding the perfect ones for you
can be tough. The Simple K12 team has spent hours searching for the best-of-the-best, free iPad Apps for Educators, and they’re sharing all of them with you in this webinar!
Click Here for Free Registration
Click Here for Free Registration

Free iPad Apps for Classroom Management Webinar

Free Online iPad Event

Free Online Webinar: Unlock the Full Potential of Your iPad

Presented by Monica Burns

Click Here for Free Registration

Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 9:00:00 AM CST

Whether you’re a teacher with one iPad or are working in a 1:1 classroom, there are plenty of free apps you can use to keep your students in check. Join Monica Burns as she shares free apps for classroom management for teachers with access to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone. These apps will help ease transitions in your classroom, hold students accountable, and make your life managing a classroom of students much easier!
  • Information on the best apps for classroom management and organization 
  • Practical applications for using an iPad to increase student collaboration
Status: Available for Registration
Subject: General
Date & Time: Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 9:00:00 AM CST
Duration: 0.5 hour
Categories: Classroom ManagementiPads & Mobile LearningResponse to Intervention (RTI)

Blackboard Mobile Learn Resources for Mobile-Friendly Courses

Blackboard Mobile Learn AppFaculty who are interested in developing course content that is accessible on mobile devices are encouraged to review Blackboard Mobile Learn’s 4-part guide:

  1. Introducing Blackboard Mobile Learn
  2. Getting Started with Blackboard Mobile Learn
  3. Designing Course Content for Mobile Devices
  4. Mobile Learn Tools
Additional information and support is available at the Blackboard Mobile Resource Website.  Students and faculty who use the Blackboard Mobile app are encouraged to follow @BbMobileSupport on Twitter for additional support and helpful tips.


Please Note

  • Mobile Learn is best used by students as a platform for consuming educational content, for reviewing grade information, and for  participating in communications-based activities (ie. discussion boards, journals, and blogs).
  • Not all features of the web version of Blackboard Learn  will be available in the Blackboard Mobile Learn app or when using a mobile browser because mobile devices lack support for Java and Flash content.  Content or tools may seem different and appear in a more simplified format when accessed on a mobile device.
  • A mobile device should not be considered as a substitute for a laptop.  Students will  still need access to a standard PC and supported web browser for most activities and assessments. Please refer to the minimal technical requirements guide for more information.

Mobile Learning Impact on Student Engagement Webinar

Mobile Learning Impact on Student Engagement

Webinar Description: Innovation in teaching is promoted on the Framingham State University campus through a Teaching and Technology Grant. The program was reshaped a few years ago, when a Biology Professor asked the question, “What can I do with iPads in the classroom?” The success of her pilot influenced the campus to: form a Mobile Task Force, fund additional pilots, purchase Blackboard Mobile Learn, and recently host a multi-institution sponsored workshop on using mobile technology in the classroom. During the presentation and interaction with the participants, we will share experiences, what we discovered and our top 10 mobile tools.

Presenter: Clair Waterbury and Robin Robinson
Location: Web Conferencing using Blackboard Collaborate
Date: 3/27/2014 12:00:00 PM (Central Time (US & Canada))
Capacity: 1000
Duration: 1 hour

Click here to Register for Webinar!

Google new “Add-on” feature!

Google Docs and Sheets now include third-party add-ons!

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Add-ons include:
Merge by MailChimp, Avery Label merge, EasyBib Bibliography Creator, Table of Contents, eSign by Seamless Docs and many more… These add-ons are free to download to your Google Docs or sheets.

These Add-ons allow users to sign documents, create customized email templates or make name tags from within documents and spreadsheets.

The web giant has tagged these apps as ‘add-ons’, which are now available to Google Drive users in Docs and Sheets, the free online word-processing and spreadsheet services.

To access these add-ons log into your Google Account and click the App Icon to select Drive. Next, click Add-on from the menu bar. Watch video below to see how it works: Add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets.

Become a Google Tools Expert

Free Online Event:

Become a Google Tools Expert

  • An overview of using Google tools with student projects and assignments
  • Step-by-step guides on how to increase student writing and researching skills
  • Information on FREE Google resources for increasing student engagement
• Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 9:00:00 AM CST

• Productivity and Collaboration in the Cloud with Google Drive
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 10:00:00 AM CST

• Go Google for Presentations
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 11:00:00 AM CST

• Simplify Data Collection and Documentation with Google Forms
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 12:00:00 PM CST

• 10 Google Search Tips to Help You Find the Info You Need
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 1:00:00 PM CST

• Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 2:00:00 PM CST

• How To Get The Most From the Teacher Learning Community
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 @ 3:00:00 PM CST

Click here to request registration link!

Collaborating & Creating using Microsoft Tools Webcasts

 

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Free webcasts for educators

Educator Webcasts Register and attend to hear firsthand from educators and tech experts on how best to polish your skills, as well as receive professional development resources to help you stay current, on your own time. Use Office 365, PowerPoint and Moviemaker to build a collaborative team project for student learning inside and outside the classroom.
Educator-focused learning:

March 7th at 6:30 pm CST: Collaborating and creating on a team project

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Getting Started with Google Apps – Recorded Webinar

For those who could not attend the Google Apps information sessions provided to faculty on February 20th, 2014,  a recorded version of the webinar and slide presentation is provided below.

Recorded Webinar

Getting Started with Google Apps – Slides PDF

Additional Resources


Where Can I Go to Ask Questions or Get Assistance?
Join the MATC Google Apps Users Group on G+
Contact a Faculty Peer Liaison
Send an Email to googlehelp@matc.edu

Where Can I Learn More About Google Apps for Education?
Enroll in COMPSW-184 “Google Apps for Online Teaching” (free 1 credit course for faculty).
*Contact Mernathan Sykes for more information.

Where Can I Go to Learn More On My Own?
View the “Become an Expert Google Searcher in an Hour”  Recorded Webcast
Access tutorials at Google for Education Learning Center
Access  GCFLearn Google Apps Interactive Tutorials

Respondus LockDown Browser

Attend an Upcoming Webinar

Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser used by hundreds of institutions to lock down a computer during an online exam. When using LockDown Browser, students can’t print, copy, visit other websites, or use other applications during an online test.

These sessions will include an overview and demonstration of LockDown Browser. We will also provide a brief overview of Respondus Monitor. Respondus Monitor integrates webcam technology with LockDown Browser, creating an essential layer of security.

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser

This training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser with online exams. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end. LockDown Browser integrates with Blackboard, ANGEL, Canvas, Desire2Learn, Moodle, and Sakai.

Attend a viewing of this webinar in the FIC (Downtown Campus) Room M201A. Click here to RSVP!

 

Using YouTube to Host Videos and provide Video Captions

Videos that faculty have created themselves, where they retain copyright ownership, can be uploaded to their MATC YouTube account. YouTube is a free video service that all faculty have access to through MATC Google Apps for Education. By default, YouTube will upload videos no greater than 15 minutes long.  However, there is a way that you can increase your limit to 30 minutes. Also, YouTube allows you to add captions and transcripts to your videos. Please see the instructions to learn more about these processes.

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