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The benefit of Twitter

I’ve been a bit skeptical about what Twitter can provide that’s better than what most instructors already do. It seem like a pretty superficial tool …

Video Tutorials

When the “Best” Teaching Practices Don’t Work

If you have ever worked hard to add something extra to your course but didn’t see the results you expected in student performance, you are not alone. …

Pedagogy

Are you building the next experts?

The basics on curation: It is a focused effort to analyze, categorize, emphasize, and contextualize the best of the Internet, making it a useful …

Teaching

When is it due?

Assignment countdown clock — a helpful, visual procrastination deterrent<p>Or procrastination aid. I’m not sure which. Sometimes it seems that students …

Procrastination

Bling with a Purpose

Jazz up your Blackboard page, help students navigate it.<p>So, which assignment above did your eye zoom to first? Which one would your students be more …

Video Tutorials

Try timetoast

Help students visualize history<p>Students like pictures. When we turn descriptions into visuals, they understand information more intuitively. When we …

Video Tutorials

The philosophy behind better discussion boards

I got a lot of thankful comments for my newsletter article about grading discussion boards. It’s good to know that people are enjoying what I put out …

eLearning

What to do with Google

<b>One great way to use Google Apps to help your class communicate</b><p>As announced last week, ESU has equipped students and faculty with some of the Google …

Google Apps

WordPress has polls?!?

I changed the blog’s layout and wanted to know if my thousands of adoring fans approved. Looking for an easy way to set up a poll and crossing my …

Web Design

Making an Intro Video with Panopto or YouTube

I’ve made 3 tutorials to show you the complete, start-to-finish steps to making an introduction video for your course and posting it to Blackboard. …

Education Technology

Seriously, what the heck are these?

<b>An introduction to QR codes</b><p>QR stands for “quick response,” and if you use them correctly, that’s what you can give to your students. Just as a bar …

QR codes