Free Google Training Webinars from SimpleK12 – Saturday May 20th

Faculty who are interested in developing skill in the use of Google Apps to support their teaching practice are invited to sign up for a free day of learning provided by SimpleK12 on Saturday May 20th, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Central). Although designed for K-12 instructors, college-level instructors may benefit from the following brief webinar sessions:

  • Google Session #1: Google Drive and Tools: An Introductory Overview
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Google Session #2: Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools
    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Google Session #3: Getting the Most Out of Google Forms
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Google Session #4: Did You Know Google Could Do That? – Search Tools and More
    12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Google Session #6: Flipping Your Class with Videos and Live Streaming from YouTube Live
    2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Use this link to register for the event and watch on your own. Seats are limited, register today!

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.

Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together.

Smarter spreadsheets

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We launched Explore in Google Sheets to help summarize spreadsheet data with automated charts and insights. But many students might not experience the full value of spreadsheets because they can’t write formulas. This is a case of the computer requiring you to speak its language. Machine intelligence turns this upside down, so now the computer understands your language. Students can simply enter a question using natural language and Explore in Google Sheets will use Natural Language Processing to translate the question into a formula and offer an instant answer.

Smarter documents

We’ve also added Explore in Google Docs with machine intelligence to automatically recommend related topics to learn about, images to insert, and more content to discover. Students can even use Explore in Google Docs to find a related document from Drive, so they spend less time switching between apps and more time polishing their assignments.  And educators will be happy to hear that image searches performed using Explore limit results to those that comply with SafeSearch and are approved for use with Creative Commons.

Smarter presentations

For students, making a presentation inspiring can be a lot of work. Often, students spend more time formatting slides than thinking creatively about the story they want to tell. Now, as students add content to a presentation, Explore in Google Slides dynamically offers layout suggestions that help the content shine. In just a couple of clicks, students can create polished presentations that bring their ideas to life. The best thing about these intelligent features is that they’ll continue to learn and improve over time the more they’re used, and save students even more time tomorrow than they save them today.

Smarter scheduling

Finding time to meet with other teachers can be hard, especially when the list of people and locations you’re coordinating starts to grow. Google Calendar uses machine intelligence to help you easily find a time when invitees are free, and it also suggests available rooms based on your previous bookings. And, when the list of invitees grows long and no times are available, Calendar will suggest times across the group where the conflicts are easiest to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings.

Learn more about the new name and features.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

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In this one-hour online training session, faculty and staff will be oriented to the online Google Apps workshop to review using Google Gmail and Google Calendar.

Seating is limited – - complete the Registration Form to reserve your seat by November 3rd! Select one (1) session:

  • November 10th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • November 17th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about the workshop, contact:

Mernathan Sykes
sykesm@matc.edu
414-297-6890

 

Register Today: Google Apps for Online Teaching Course Begins September 16th

COMPSW-184-002
Date/Time:  Fridays 10/14/16 – 11/04/16, 9:00 AM – 11:55 PM plus 4 hours online.
Location: Milwaukee Campus, room M458
Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

This free 1-credit  faculty professional development course involves techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student groupwork and faculty interaction).

Register Today Using INFOnline

Register for the Google Apps for Online Teaching Class this Summer!

In this free 1-credit course for faculty and staff, you will learn techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student group-work and faculty interaction).

COMPSW-184-400 Google Apps for Online Teaching    
Fri. June 10th & 17th, 9 AM–3 PM, and online, Room M458                                   Instructor: Mernathan Sykes


You may register for this classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide How to Register for classes Online or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

Summer 2016 Blackboard and Google Apps Training Courses

Summer Professional Development Courses - Blackboard & Google Apps

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard or Google Apps in their teaching are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this summer. All courses will be held on the Milwaukee Campus.

COMPSW-197-201  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  
**See Spring Semester in INFOnline for this section**
Mon. May 23rd  &  Tues. May 24th and online, 9 AM  – 3 PM, Room M458
Instructor:  Del Wakley

COMPSW-198-400   Intermediate Blackboard 9.x
Tues. June 7th & 14th,  9AM – 12 PM and online, Room M458
Instructor: Stephanie McKennie

COMPSW-184-400 Google Apps for Online Teaching    
Fri. June 10th & 17th, 9 AM–3 PM, and online, Room M458                                   Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

COMPSW-199-400 Advanced Blackboard 9.x 
Thurs. June 21th & 28th,  9 AM–12 PM and online, Room M458
Instructor: Stephanie McKennie

COMPSW-197-700 Introduction to Blackboard 9.x
Tues. August 9th & Thurs. August 11th 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM and online,  Room M458
Instructor:  Doni Bartley


You may register for these classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide How to Register for classes Online or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

Upcoming Blackboard & Google Apps Workshops for May

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All faculty are invited to attend any of the following workshops at the Milwaukee Campus’s Faculty Innovation Center to learn how to use Blackboard and Google Apps tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective.

Blackboard End of Semester Process

At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to download course grades, make their courses unavailable to students, and archive their semester courses. Participants will be introduced to using Personal Masters to store a master copy of a course on Blackboard for reuse and revision.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. May 16th, 11AM-12PM Mequon Campus, Room A280 Stephanie McKennie
Thurs. May 19th, 1PM-2PM Oak Creek Campus, Room B165 Doni Bartley

Blackboard Grade Center – Ask the Trainer

In this one hour workshop, faculty may ask questions and get assistance regarding working in their Blackboard course Grade Centers. Bring your questions and get help with what you need to get your grading done. Remember – final grades are due in INFOnline on May 23rd by 5:00 PM.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. May 16th, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Pablo Muirhead

Blackboard Grade Center - Ask the Trainer

Google Apps Update – Calendar

 

Launch of Reminders for Google Calendar on the web

Google has announced that Reminders are now available in Google Calendar on the web.
New features:
Set a reminder for a specific time and date and get notified when it’s time. To create a reminder, tap on a time in the calendar grid, then select “Reminder.”
  • Reminders carry forward to the next day, until you mark them done. To mark a reminder as done, simply click on the reminder, and click ‘Mark as done’.
  • Reminders created in the Google app, Keep, and Inbox will also show in Google Calendar.
  • Reminders on the web will sync to your Google Calendar Android and iOS apps.

Please note:

  • Reminders are private to calendar owners and are not viewable, even if your calendar is shared with others.
  • Google Tasks users will not be prompted to use the Reminders feature. It can be enabled from the drop down menu on the Tasks calendar.

 

Google Apps Update – Drive

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

Google has added a new feature to Google Drive.  According to Google, this new feature helps keep your organization’s information safe. Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

For instance, imagine a student receives an incomplete in your course. To complete the course, the student needs to view a spreadsheet, doc, or presentation containing pertinent information about the course. Following this launch, you’ll be able to share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations with the student, give them view access-only, and set that access to expire at the end of the semester. If the student attempts to open the spreadsheet after the expiration date has passed, they’ll be denied access.

Please note that you’ll only be able to set expiration dates for users with comment or view access; you will not be able to set expiration dates for file owners or users with edit access.

Google Apps for Online Teaching Course

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Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Google Apps to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our free 1 credit course,  Google Apps for Online Teaching (COMPSW-184) this spring.  Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn 1 credit.

Course Time & Location Instructor
COMPSW-184-201 Fri. April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29
9AM – 12PM; Milwaukee Campus – M458
with additional online requirements
Mernathan Sykes

This course involves techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student groupwork and faculty interaction).

Register today in INFOnline to reserve your seat!

 

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops for March

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All faculty are invited to attend any of the following workshops to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. Please use our workshop reservation form to save your seat.


Setting Up Blackboard Grade Center

At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to: access a course Grade Center, create columns for assignments, created weighted grades, and learn how the Grade Center can help you and your students keep tabs on their learning progress.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. March 9th, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Pablo Muirhead

Google Apps Workshop

During this one-hour session, participants will review using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs to enhance their productivity and teaching practice.

Date & Time Location Leader
Tues. March 22nd, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Mernathan Sykes

Google Apps for Online Teaching Course – Register Today!

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Google Apps to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development course this spring. The course will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit.

Google Apps Course

You may register for these classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide “How to Register for Classes Online” or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

If you have questions about this course, please contact instructor Mernathan Sykes at sykesm@matc.edu.

Blackboard’s Video Everywhere Tool Not Available

YouTube IconAfter January 16, 2016, Google plans to drop support for its record webcam video to YouTube feature.  As a result, Blackboard’s Video Everywhere tool  has ceased functioning and has become unavailable in Blackboard’s content editor. Blackboard is aware of this change to the Google API and is looking for a solution to apply in a future update.

Workaround Instructions

Instructors may record videos through these free external tools:

Instructors may upload videos they have recorded using external tools to YouTube and then share their YouTube videos through link or embed code in their courses in Blackboard. To learn more about these processes, please see:

For additional known issue statements and workarounds, please see MATC’s Faculty Blackboard Support site.

Spring 2016 Professional Development Courses – Blackboard & Google Apps

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Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this fall. All courses will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit.

COMPSW-184- Google Apps for Online Teaching (1 Credit)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM -Fridays- Feb 26, March 4, March 11, and March 18- with additional online requirements
Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

COMPSW-184- Google Apps for Online Teaching (1 Credit)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Fridays – April 8, April 15, April 22 and April 29 – with additional online requirements
Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

COMPSW-197- Introduction to Blackboard 9.x (1 Credit)
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Fridays: February 12 and 19 – with additional online requirements
Instructor: Del Wakley

COMPSW-197- Introduction to Blackboard 9.x (1 Credit)
6:00 PM – 8:55 PM, Wednesdays: February 17, March 2 and March 16 – with additional online requirements
Instructor: Toshiba Adams

COMPSW-198- Intermediate Blackboard 9.x (1 Credit)
4:30 PM- 8:30 PM Thursdays: March 17 and April 7 – with additional online requirements
Instructor: Stephanie Mckennie

COMPSW-199- Advanced Blackboard 9.x (1 Credit)
4:30 PM- 8:30 PM Thursdays April 14 – April 28, with additional online requirements
Instructor: Stephanie Mckennie


You may register for these classes online at INFOnline. Please see our quick-guide “How to Register Online with InfOnline” or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

To see the latest schedule of courses, please see https://goo.gl/btEJ7X