Looking for a fun alternative to online discussion boards? Want an easy way to create audio announcements for your students? Check out Audioboo! Click below for an audio overview:

Audioboo (mp3)

Want to learn more? Check out the video below.

Intro to Audioboo from Mark Rock on Vimeo.

Audioboo (mp3)

Technology in education: South Korea to digitize its school curriculum — from 18 October 2011 post on BBC news

“South Korea, one of the world’s highest-rated education systems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entire curriculum.     By 2015, it wants to be able to deliver all its curriculum materials in a digital form through computers. The information that would once have been in paper textbooks will be delivered on screen.     South Korea’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Ju-Ho Lee, said that his department was preparing a promotion strategy for “Smart Education”, focusing on customised learning and teaching….”     Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15175962  “Digital textbooks open a new chapter” by Gary Eason.

Let’s Talk Undergrads and Technology

The ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology was recently released. Although I could point out what I find most interesting, I am curious about your thoughts! Take a look at the infographic, and leave a comment. What do you find most interesting or thought-provoking? Do these findings make sense, given your experience with undergrads? What are the potential implications for Concordia, or for you as an instructor?

Plum Creek Presentation – The Digital Anticipatory Set

This link is for my Plum Creek attendees who wish to access my presentation:


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“7 Things You Should Know About WordPress”

The “7 Things You Should Know About…” series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues. — From http://www.educause.edu/Resources/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutWordP/235390

View “7 Things You Should Know About WordPress” at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7076.pdf

Instructional Technology Updates

We’ve had a lot of exciting things going on in the world of CUNE instructional technology. First and foremost, we purchased WebEx. What an amazing tool for both faculty and staff! All CUNE employees should now have access to WebEx, allowing you to virtually meet with one or more individuals using audio and/or video. You can also share your desktop, transfer files, share presentations, take control of someone else’s computer, collaborate via a whiteboard, and more. This semester, I will be using WebEx in my Empowering Teachers as Leaders course to present a panel of teacher leaders from across the U.S. I’ll also use it to meet virtually with students since they are in Omaha. Finally, I’ll use it to offer optional WordPress Q & A sessions since they will be using WordPress to create an online action research portfolio.

Speaking of WordPress, this is another tool that you now have at your disposal! While WordPress.com has always been free to use, we now have it installed at Concordia, so faculty, staff, and students can create an account using their CUNE username and password. WordPress is the tool that was used to create this site (which I will soon be exporting to our CUNE WordPress, so stay tuned for a new address). For faculty, this means that you can easily create your own blog or professional portfolio, and you could have your students do the same. As I mentioned earlier, my students will be using it to create an action research portfolio, with a page for their research journal, research question, literature review, data collection tools, etc. WordPress is available for faculty and staff at wp.cune.edu and for students at wp.cune.org. We plan to discuss WordPress in more detail at a future faculty seminar and, of course, training will be offered.

Finally, our last new and exciting tool is Blackboard 9.1. Yes, it’s here! No, you don’t have to use it yet. I will be taking the next couple of weeks to familiarize myself with it, and I will then offer training sessions to prepare you to use it in the spring.

As for other trainings, we have offered six introductory WebEx sessions with great participation. For those of you who missed these, click here for the recorded version. Self-paced tutorials can be found by logging into your account at cune.webex.com and clicking on “Training.” I will periodically offer this training again; however, our next round of WebEx sessions will focus on Training Center, which is a step up from Meeting Center, allowing you to do breakout sessions and other advanced things. Stay tuned for these.




If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to encourage brainstorming and collaboration, you should take a look at LinoIt. With LinoIt, you can create a multimedia collection (text, video, images, files) of your thoughts and notes. The best part about it? You can create groups and invite others to contribute. This would be a great way to have your students reflect on readings, plan for a project, or gather and share additional resources related to a subject. You can even embed the canvas in Blackboard.

Don’t let the size of the canvas in this screenshot fool you. You can move it around by clicking and dragging, so it can be much larger. Also, notice all of the types of information that you can post. This example has text, a YouTube video, an image, and even a PDF file. Due dates can be assigned to items on the canvas, which makes LinoIt perfect for working on tasks together.

To use LinoIt, all you need to do is visit the site, create an account, and start creating!



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