“While increased internet adoption and the rise of mobile connectivity have reduced many gaps in technology access over the past decade, for some groups digital disparities still remain.” View the 40-page report at http://pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2012/PIP_Digital_differences_041312.pdf .
This week I helped Dr. Helmer’s class learn how to use Prezi, but I learned about something too… iPad attendance apps! Dr. Helmer was using a free app called TeacherPal to take attendance. Dr. Helmer simply set up his iPad, which showed his students’ names and pictures. The students then came up one by one and, with one simple touch, recorded their attendance.
I soon found out that there are several attendance apps to choose from. Teacher Pal is free, but I liked the review for Attendance and the fact that it seemed more geared toward higher ed, so I decided to invest the $4.99. Like Teacher Pal, it allows you to create different classes, add students, and take their pictures. Default attendance options are present, absent, late, excused, and unknown. The app allows you to record notes about individual students and view/email reports. So far, it is working great. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a screenshot, and I can’t show you mine due to FERPA.
Speaking of FERPA, if you are keeping student information on your mobile device, make sure you password/passcode protect that device.
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You gotta love educator accounts! In my last post, I told you about Prezi educator licenses. Today, I’d like to tell you about Diigo, a social bookmarking site, that is now also offering free educator accounts. Diigo provides a powerful online research tool and learning environment that allows teachers and their students or colleagues to:
- add highlights and sticky notes on any web page, anywhere, and access them anywhere.
- utilize group online annotations for instruction or discussions.
- share and interact online findings through group bookmarks, highlights, sticky notes, and forum discussions.
- and a lot more!
With an educator account, you can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation).
- Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums.
- Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them.
- Ads presented to student account users are limited to education-related sponsors.
Student accounts have the following special settings:
- Classmates in the same class are automatically added as friends with one another to facilitate communication, but students cannot add anyone else as friends except through email.
- Students can only communicate with their friends and teachers. No one except their friends can send message, group invite, or write on their profile wall.
- Student profiles will not be indexed for People Search, nor made available to public search engines.
Click here to sign up for your Diigo educator account. Make sure you use your CUNE email address.
If you are a Prezi user, make sure you use your cune.edu email to sign up for an education account. If you already have an account, you can upgrade. Why get an education account? Because you get free features that would otherwise cost you almost $60 a year! With your education license, you can set your Prezis to private, add your own logo, and get premium support. Your students can get this license as well.
Not familiar with Prezi? It’s a great way to make your presentation more engaging. Check it out at http://prezi.com/index/.
Eyejot is a FANTASTIC and FREE tool that is super handy for online instructors. You can use Eyejoy to embed or email short (5 minutes or less) videos to your students. Check out how Jack Kinworthy is using Eyejot to introduce his macroeconomics course (I only included the first minute of his message):
Notice how we embedded Jack’s video right into the new version of Blackboard!
Using Eyejot couldn’t be easier. Just visit the site (http://www.eyejot.com/) and create a free account. Go to the messages section and click “Compose New Message.”
Allow Eyejot to enable your webcam.
Click the red record button and start talking! You can then add email addresses by entering them in the address box and clicking “add.” Then click “send Eyejot.” If you want to embed the video in Blackboard, send it to yourself.
You (or Whoever you sent the Eyejot to) will get an Eyejot in your email. If you want to embed in Blackboard, click on the image or where it says “here.” You will then be taken to a page that will allow you to copy the embed code. If you need more instructions from there, contact me and I’ll be happy to help!
Copy the embed code under “Embed this message.”
The Sloan Consortium recently released its annual survey on online education. Survey results indicate that online education is certainly on the rise. One of the findings that I found most interesting is that very few students (2.7%) find face-to-face education superior to online. You can read the report here or view the infographic for a quick snapshot of results.