[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!
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Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series:

Student Engagement Tools- Blogs, Wikis, Discussion Boards and Journals

When: Wednesday, June 18th 12:00 pm CST
Where: M201A Downtown Campus
Track: Collaboration and Assessing Learners
Presenter: Keely McDonough, Blackboard

 

Blackboard Learn offers four communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration and communication. In this session Blackboard will discuss each tool and share examples.
When members of an online community direct their efforts toward a common goal, powerful connections are made. Learners can achieve more through in-depth conversations, relationship building, and problem solving in a community. Without a goal, connections, and conversations, there is no community.

CmapTools: A Free Concept Mapping Teaching Tool

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CmapTools: Integrating, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Online Courses

Teaching, learning, and evaluation in online courses offer unique and exciting challenges for instructors. Not only is it necessary to find new teaching strategies but it’s essential that instructors find new ways to facilitate student learning. Concept maps (Novak, 1998) are one strategy that can promote teaching, learning, and evaluation in online environments.

Concept Maps are pictures or graphical representations that learners draw to depict their understanding of the meaning of a set of concepts. They use the maps to link new learning to what they already know. One of the ways adults learn is in analyzing their own experiences and linking them to the new information they are learning. In this way, the maps offer learners and instructors an opportunity to share, discuss, and revise their understanding of concepts, propositions, and the relationships between new and existing knowledge. One way to use concept maps to promote learning is to have students construct concept maps of the course readings [throughout the course]. Students pick a reading that piques their interest in a particular topic and maps out the reading as a way to understand it.

CmapTools can be incorporated into any course taught online for adult learners. It is a relatively easy program for students to install and learn http://cmap.ihmc.us.

Novak, J. Learning, Creating and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations. Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum, 1998.

Concept Map using CmapTools

YouTube Video on How to use the CmapTools Software to create a concept map.