Paperless Grading: Getting Electronic Feedback on Your Work

Here's where I put all my dissertation documents in Dropbox for my committee to read.  This means that we all share the most updated versions of these documents, which is really handy.

With increasing numbers of faculty using forms of paperless commenting on student work, we’ve published several posts here on the Academic Technology Blog about doing electronic grading. I’ve used PDF editors and MS Word comments to paperlessly grade student work before, and would never go back to grading hard copies of papers. But, now that […]

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Blackboard Feedback at Exam Time

This option combination will show the student’s answers and the correct answers.

It seems like midterms are barely behind us and already final exams loom on the horizon. Writing good test questions, creating multiple versions of a test, and grading the tests in a timely manner can be a trial. Thankfully, Blackboard can grade a number of different test questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, calculations) […]

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How Technology Shapes Understanding: The Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom swaps what students do in the traditional classroom and what they do outside of class.

Currently here in the Technology Integration Center at the W&M School of Education, we’re developing new ways to make it easier for instructors to flip their classroom instruction. We currently are getting requests from faculty asking “How can I reach my students better?” or “How can I flip my class?” and we’re more than happy […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Devil in the Details

A screen capture of the Divvy app for iPhone.

The devil’s in the details when it comes to technology tools. Sometimes the difference between technology that doesn’t work at all and tools that work great can be really small.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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