Five Tips for Using Skype and Google Hangout for Meetings

This image shows a comparison of different ISOs from a digital camera. Notice the additional noise in the bottom image? This is due to settings on the camera that aren't allowing enough light to enter the lens. [Image source.]

I recently moved to the opposite coast from W&M, and used the opportunity to learn how to use both Skype and Google Hangout for meetings with folks still in Virginia. I’ve used both platforms over the past few months, and I’m here to share my own quick tips for getting the most out of video […]

Mozilla Webmaker Part 3: Making and Using Web Projects

Some of the projects available on Mozilla Webmaker.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards education, meant to help people become more Web-literate. This is part three of my three-part series on Mozilla Webmaker, and in it I’ll talk […]

Adventures in Tech: Video Hosting with WMApps

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It’s always nice to discover something that you need right in your own backyard.  I was poking around the Web and on the same day found out that there was a product called “Google Video for Education” and that the product was discontinued. Why discontinue such a valuable and needed service? Well, I found that […]

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Part 2: Getting Started with Twitter in the Classroom

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Julie and I are both teaching sections of Designs for Technology-Enhanced Learning courses this semester. These courses are for elementary pre-service teachers, and they’re given an introduction to computer-based instructional technologies, curriculum-based planning with technology, and emerging trends and issues in educational technology. One of the tools we’ve decided to use in our sections is Twitter. We’ve learned some important things about getting started using Twitter for a class that we’d like to share with you in this post.

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Part 1: Engage Beyond the Walls of the Classroom with Twitter

Are you as ready to tweet as this guy is? Don't worry, you will be!

I and post co-author Julie K. Marsh have started using Twitter as one of our class tools to help students (and future K-12 school teachers) learn how to manage their Web presence. With 140 characters in each tweet, Twitter allows students the ability to extend or participate in class discussion by commenting, questioning, and sharing their opinions in a medium they find easy to use. Our students will be in their first professional job by this time next year. With this in mind, we’ve encouraged students to use Twitter to connect and engage with other educators as well as to build their own Personal Learning Networks (PLNs).

Mozilla Webmaker Part 2: Web Tools

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Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. In the last post in this series on Mozilla Webmaker, I went over some reasons why you might want to use Webmaker for a class assignment. In this post, I’ll cover a few of the nifty Mozilla tools available. Next week, in the final post in this series, I’ll talk about some of the project assignments available and how to go about making your own.

5 Reasons to Use Blackboard’s Online Quizzes

With online quizzes, say goodbye to piles of quizzes to grade by hand.

After using online quizzes for a few weeks already this semester in my Geology 101 course, I have five reasons why I think you should try it out.

Mozilla Webmaker Part 1: Easily Teach (and Learn) Web Skills

Image courtesy of Flickr user Joe Mabel.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox, has a useful new website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards teaching. Users of the site can create their own projects and post them on the site, remix existing projects, or are free to simply use existing projects. In this post, part one of my Mozilla Webmaker series, I’ll explain why you might want to think about assigning a Web-based project that involves coding or other content creation skills, and explain why Mozilla Webmaker is a great option for instructors.

Three Tips for Using Ebrary E-Books

Here's an example of a note I added to a page of Lisa Gitelman's Always Already New, and a highlight on the same page.

I recently started using more of Swem Library’s electronic books available via ebrary. Before this week, when I’d seen that a book was only available electronically, I rolled my eyes and would ILL a copy. I just didn’t want to have to read the book on my computer screen.  Fast forward to this week.  I […]

Adventures in Tech: Sharing an iPad in a Video Teleconference

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I was worried at first when asked to research the problem: how to share the screen of an Apple iPad within an Adobe Connect meeting. Screen sharing using an app is not just unavailable, but prevented by the iPad’s basic design. But then I had a glimmer of an idea, and thus of hope: AirPlay.