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Learning technologies

Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.

There are numerous learning technologies available for Georgian College faculty to use in the classroom to enrich the learning experience. Not sure where to start or which tool to choose? Try our interactive technology selection guide.

Blackboard

Blackboard is Georgian College’s online Learning Management System (LMS). It can be used to communicate with students, post links to important information, post course content such as lecture materials, and facilitate student collaboration by means of blogs, discussion boards and wikis. There is also a grade centre in which marks can be entered and made visible to students at any point in the semester. If you are new to Blackboard have a look at the resources found below. For more information visit the Faculty Blackboard Support or check out the assessment and collaboration tools in the sections below.

Finding images for your course

Visuals that affect people’s emotions create a better sense of satisfaction and learning experience. Making your learners feel through the image is the goal here. If the image makes them laugh, they are intrigued and want to know what’s next. If it makes them upset, they want to know the solution and even try to relate to it personally. To ensure that you choose the right emotionally charged picture, while avoiding being over the top, melodramatic or, in some cases, even offensive, use your audience analysis information:

  • What are the learners’ aspirations and life goals?
  • What do they expect from this course?

The more you gain knowledge about your learners, the more affecting images you will be able to select.

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A course feels more coherent when it has an uniform look and feel. This means that your selected visuals need to conform to the style of your course. For example, avoid mixing together clip art, vector images and photos. Be consistent with your image format.  Random formats would confuse your learner and obstruct the learning process.

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Be very selective about the images you choose for your remote course. Remember to choose a high quality, good fit over a poor quality, excellent fit image in relation to the content.

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Some technical subjects are best taught using real world photographs in which learners can see the work in progress, in the right sequence.  Another great way to use photographs is to integrate them in flowcharts. Learners can view the photographs in the right sequence and apply their learning in the work context. You can find these photographs or take them yourself with most smartphones.

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Creative Commons (CC) lets creators communicate the terms through which they want their work to be used, making it easy for you to source images online.

Finding images available under a Creative Commons license is as simple as doing a search on Flickr or Google. Just take care to verify and comply with the exact terms of the licence. To identify the CC license of an image, trace it back to the source and verify the licence from there. Generally, CC licence types are clearly displayed and searchable on image databases. That said, it’s best practice to attempt to find the original source of an image, rather than take what you see at face value.

When doing a Google image search, for example, first, use the usage rights filter within search tools, then click through to the image host and verify the associated licence terms.

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You can find free images using the following resources:

  • Unsplash: Free high-resolution photographs. Attribution is expected.
  • Pixabay: Free, high quality images, videos and music. Attribution is expected.
  • Flickr: A community of free images. Copyright on some images. Attribution is expected. Login to create a profile.
  • Creative Commons: Library of free content available for reuse under CC licences or in the Public Domain. Attribution is expected.
  • Google: When searching for free, CC licenced images for reuse, click the tools button and choose the usage rights drop-down. You can search for images with specific CC license types free for reuse. Attribution is expected.
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When attributing an image, we recommend the TASL model:

  • Title: The title of the image
  • Author: The name of the creator
  • Source: The URL where the image is hosted (plus optional link to author profile)
  • Licence: The type of Creative Commons licence it is available under, including a link to the relevant licence
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You can source icons using the following resources:

  • The Noun Project: A global community of designers building a visual language through icons
  • Flaticon: The largest database of free icons available in PNG, SVG, EPS, PSD and BASE 64 formats
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Below are some advanced image creation and editing tools you can leverage:

  • GIMP: Free app provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites, the only limit is your imagination.
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Finding videos for your course

Library video streaming

Through Georgian’s Library video streaming, you can search for streaming video titles you can use in your classroom, projects or presentations. It includes access to a variety of collections, such as Films on Demand.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides science, technology, engineering, and math tutorial videos and courses with sample problems and solutions.

TedEd

TedEd includes inspiring and openly licensed talks on varied topics from industry experts, scientists, public figures, educators and more.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning provides tutorials and courses on business, creative design, or IT topics. It covers SketchUp, Blender, Adobe and Microsoft software products. Sign in with your college email and password. Great for your students too!

YouTube

YouTube is a free video sharing website that makes it easy to watch online videos. Search an ever growing list of instructional and informational videos to support student learning in your classroom.

H5P interactive content

H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently – all you need is a web browser.

H5P content is responsive and mobile friendly, which means that users will experience the same rich, interactive content on computers, smartphones and tablets alike. We are very fortunate to have access to a new H5P Studio where you can create and store your own interactive objects! This opportunity has been made possible by our friends at cCampusOntario and Wilfred Laurier University.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a persistent, chat-based collaboration platform complete with document sharing, online meetings, and many more extremely useful features for communication with students and colleagues.

Having a common, shared team space is key to being able to make creative decisions and communicate with one another. Microsoft Teams makes this much easier to achieve, especially during this time when we are all working and teaching and learning remotely.

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching and learning materials that you may freely use and reuse at no cost, and without needing to ask permission. OERs have been authored or created by an individual or organization using a Creative Commons licence or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted and shared. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.

For students, OERs offer free access to some of the world’s best courses and educational content. They can also offer huge cost savings as alternatives to expensive textbooks.

Screencasting and creating video

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.

Several decades of research has demonstrated the many benefits that video in education provides for students throughout the learning process. Videos and screencasts enable students to learn at their own pace, make meaningful and deeper connections with the content and in many cases, there has been evidence of increased engagement and motivation (Wilmot, Bramhall & Radley, 2012).


Use screencasting in your classroom

You may be wondering why you would want to capture a screenshot or record a video of your screen. The short answer is that it can help you communicate with more clarity and impact than you can with written words alone.

Screencast ideas for your classroom:

  • Record procedures and answer common questions.
  • Give students audio-visual feedback (the next best thing to a 1:1 conversation).
  • Record lessons that students can access anytime, anywhere.
  • Make a video to help your substitute teacher if you have to miss class.

Tips for getting started

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  1. Have a plan. Having a script is very helpful. Studies have shown that six minutes is a good length for recordings.
  2. Organize resources you’ll need (Word or PDF file, website, etc).
  3. Review best practices for screencasting (see additional resources at the end of this document).
  4. Choose a quiet room for your screencast recording.
  5. If you need to, review how to make a screencast. Video tutorials are available on the Screencast-o-matic website.
  6. Go to Screencast-o-matic.com.
  7. You must agree to the terms of service and then you can click the “Launch the Recorder” button.
  8. Set up your stage. Choose to resize the dashed rectangle or choose to record the entire screen. Set the zoom on your document or website so that text can be ready easily.
  9. Record a brief, one-minute screencast to check for sound quality.
  10. Rehearse your screencast.
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  • Once your stage is set, you are ready to start recording. Click on the red “Rec.” button.
  • For your first screencast, expect to produce numerous takes as you learn your way around the software and perfect your screencasting technique.
  • Once you have completed the recording, review it.
  • Re-record if necessary.

Three tips for recording

  1. Once the recording starts, do not start talking for about three seconds. As you finish the recording, wait about three seconds after you finish talking to stop the recording. You can trim the beginning and the ending of your screencast before publishing your screencast.
  2. Speak slowly and carefully; the audio is the trickiest part of a screencast.
  3. Use the pause button to your advantage. Pause between major points you want to make. This will allow you to recompose. You can also pause using Option-P for Macs and Alt-P for PCs.
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  • Once you are satisfied with your recording, you are ready to publish it. We recommend using Screencast-o-matic’s hosting service.
  • When publishing, you can choose to make your video searchable through Google. or alternatively, to make it not searchable.
  • Once published, you can open the uploaded file. On that page, you can get the link or embed code that you can use to share your video through your Blackboard course.

Screencasting best practices

Before you begin you will need:

  • A laptop or desktop computer and a microphone.
    • We recommend a good quality USB microphone.
  • Request Georgian College screencast-o-matic.com account.
    • You’ll need that to be able to share your screencast with students and faculty.
    • Alternatively, you can use YouTube to store your video. You’ll need to create a YouTube account if you want to do this.
  • Optional: Earphones or headphones for listening to the audio of your screencast.
    • If your earphone/headphone has a built-in microphone, you can use it to improve the sound of your screencast.

Supported tools and additional resources

Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-o-matic is a free screen recorder for instant screen capture and sharing. Use it right in your browser without an install at screencast-o-matic.com or download to run on your computer at anytime. CTL is offering introductory workshops throughout the semester. Please visit the CTL homepage for the weekly drop-in schedule.

Note: Georgian has a pro account to create longer videos and use advanced editing tools. Please review the ebook below and contact CTL for the account details if you would like to access the pro version of the software.


Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create grids to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called topics, and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment. Customizable security settings help protect student privacy.

Students can respond via the Flipgrid app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes, and a maximum recording time can be set. Teachers can also allow students to record replies to classmates’ responses. There are a variety of moderation features teachers can turn on or off per topic. The CoPilot feature allows more than one teacher to be a grid moderator. Teachers have access to a help center and two active teacher communities: Disco Library for sharing grid templates and GridPals for connecting with educators and classrooms around the world.

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Tools for assessment

Formative assessment data has traditionally been collected on a checklist or sheets of paper in a binder. However, that can easily become disorganized and inefficient when it comes time to enter data into an electronic grading system.

]There are many free and easy to use digital solutions for gathering formative assessment data that streamline the collection of student responses and assessments and provide the instructor with the ability to easily collect and organize their student data. Many digital assessment tools can also be used to quickly gather students responses and gain better insight as to which pieces of content require more or less attention.

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Akindi is a web based assessment system that automates the creation and grading of multiple choice examinations for all faculty at Georgian College. Unlike the previous Remark system that uses proprietary scanners and paper, Akindi allows users to use any scanner and any sheet of paper. You will need to be in one of your Blackboard courses to access Akindi and get started. There is even an app for your web-enabled devices that enables you to scan and grade the bubble sheets anywhere, at anytime that is convenient for you. The best part about Akindi? Not having to go to the library to get results, and no more printer jams!

Check out the links below for additional support resources and keep your eyes open for upcoming workshop notifications! CTL is offering several Akindi workshops at various campuses on a regular basis to help familiarize faculty with this new system as the Remark system is retired. Have a look at the upcoming workshop schedule on the CTL homepage.

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Assignments

Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files. You can distribute assignments to course groups.

Collaboration tools

Collaboration tools include blogs, discussions and wikis. Similar to a public-facing journal, blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and address the need to expand various aspects of social learning. The discussion board  is an important tool for interpersonal interaction and can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Wikis are collaborative collections of information that use interlinked pages to present and organize the data. All of these tools can be linked to and assessed via the grade centre.

Grade centre

Using the grade centre, provide and manage your students’ grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis, and for ungraded items, such as surveys or self tests. You can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, or track participation.

Tests and surveys

Tests and surveys are used to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students. You can create tests and surveys and then deploy them in a course area. The difference between tests and surveys is that test questions have points assigned to them for grading evaluation, whereas surveys do not.

Turnitin

Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty, and thousands of institutions worldwide. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material and is integrated with Blackboard to provide a seamless experience for both faculty and students.

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Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create grids to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called topics, and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment. Customizable security settings help protect student privacy.

Students can respond via the Flipgrid app or website with any camera-enabled device or by uploading a previously recorded video. Responses can be 15 seconds to five minutes, and a maximum recording time can be set. Teachers can also allow students to record replies to classmates’ responses. There are a variety of moderation features teachers can turn on or off per topic. The CoPilot feature allows more than one teacher to be a grid moderator. Teachers have access to a help center and two active teacher communities: Disco Library for sharing grid templates and GridPals for connecting with educators and classrooms around the world.

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Microsoft Forms enables you to create surveys, quizzes, and polls, invite others to respond to it using almost any web browser or mobile device, see real-time results as they’re submitted, use built-in analytics to evaluate responses, and export results to Excel for additional analysis or grading.

To access Microsoft Forms, log in to the employee portal and click the app waffle in the upper-left corner of the screen. From here, choose Forms from the app list.

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PollEverywhere transforms one-sided presentations into two-way conversations with your audience. Similar to our former Turning Technologies Responseware system, PollEverywhere enables you to embed interactive activities directly into presentations, and seamlessly integrates with PowerPoint and our Blackboard learning management system (LMS). The audience responds via the web or SMS texting on their phones. The results are captured in a variety of ways that enable you to leverage the data and use it to best enhance the learning experience. The comprehensive reporting features are easy to use and understand so that you can maximize the results from your polling experiences.

PollEverywhere offers a variety of innovative question types that enable you to interact with your students in fun and engaging ways. Some examples include the typical multiple choice and multiple answer questions, but there are also hotspot clickable image interactions, word cloud displays, open ended questions, ranking questions, surveys, and several more. An exciting, new feature called Competitions can put your students into a head-to-head or team-team battle of champions in real-time. For more information about PollEverywhere as well as answers to FAQs, please log in to the Georgian College employee portal and visit our PollEverywhere support page.

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Quizlet provides free study tools for students, teachers and learners of all ages. It can be used in and out of the classroom, on your own or with friends, and on the go with our iOS and Android apps.

Using Quizlet is an effective way to get students engaged in what they’re learning both in the classroom and at home. Quizlet boasts six different study modes that appeal to all types of learners, allowing students to use what works best for them and go at their own pace. As a teacher, you can easily create Quizlet classes to share study material with your students quickly and track their progress. Further, with our team-based game, Quizlet Live, it’s easy to get your whole class involved, learning the material and how to work together in the process.

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Turnitin is the leading originality checking and plagiarism prevention service used by millions of students and faculty, and thousands of institutions worldwide. Turnitin encourages best practices for using and citing other people’s written material and is integrated with Blackboard to provide a seamless experience for both faculty and students.

Tools for collaborative learning and activities

It is becoming increasingly important in today’s diverse workforce that higher education graduates can demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team in virtual environments. As such, instructors are evolving traditional pedagogies and providing opportunities for students to interact in virtual spaces in an effort to develop these highly desirable skills and meet the needs of employers (Colbeck, Campbell & Bjorklund, 2000; Karpova, Correia, & Baran, 2009).

The ability to collaborate in a virtual space does have it’s challenges from time to time and can be quite intimidating in the beginning. The key thing to remember when starting out is to start with a small, low risk task and take baby steps as you learn with your students. There are many tools available that can facilitate the process of collaborating virtually and help students develop these invaluable skills.

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Blogs

A blog (also called a web log) is a website consisting of posts that appear in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first. Blogs typically include features that enable readers to comment on the ideas contained within or ask questions about the post. It can also be described as a publicly visible journal.

Discussion boards

Discussion Boards are a powerful outcomes based learning tool that can be used in a variety of ways to engage students in a group environment within Blackboard. They can be described as a virtual bulletin board of sorts where students post and respond to each others comments online at their convenience.

Groups

Instructors can create groups within Blackboard which provide students with a virtual space to collaborate among themselves as a contained unit. Groups can be designated as self-enrol, allowing students to add themselves to a group, or manual enrol, where the instructor assigns students to a group.

Journals

Journals are personal spaces for students to communicate privately with you. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool. They can post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course-related materials.

Wikis

A Wiki is a web site developed collaboratively by a community of users, allowing any user to add and edit content. Blackboard now has the Wiki feature available for use in every course. One of the best explanations of what a Wiki is and how it can be used is the Wikis in Plain English video found on YouTube.

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In its simplest form, a Microsoft Teams is a hub for group chat rooms, which are called channels (conversations). Multiple chat rooms or channels can be created within a team to organize the conversation by topic, and to help keep chats easy to follow, conversations are threaded, flow from top to bottom, and notify users of updates. If users need face-to-face conversation, they can jump straight into voice or video chats with other channel participants with a single click.

Teams is integrated with Office 365. This means it is tied to other Microsoft Office services, such as Word and Excel, as well as its cloud storage and sharing services such as SharePoint, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Any documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and the like that are shared within a team are synced with a copy stored in Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage and a local SharePoint environment, so every Team member always has access to the latest version. Collaborative editing of this shared content is also possible, with each user’s changes reflected in the Office software in real time.

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Office365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your schoolwork. It’s available for free to teachers who are currently working at an academic institution and to students who are currently attending an academic institution. The service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, OneDrive, Sway), and SharePoint sites for collaboration.

Excel online

With Excel online, you can view, edit or create spreadsheets from anywhere. Get up and running quickly with familiar navigation and formulas, while maintaining the same formatting across all your devices. With the Excel mobile app, your Office moves with you.

OneDrive

With OneDrive, you can create documents on your computer and edit them on your laptop, tablet, or phone, share files and photos with others, collaborate on Office documents with friends, create albums of pictures for family and friends, get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device.

OneNote

OneNote is a digital notebook. Whether you’re at home, in school, or in the office, use OneNote to take notes wherever you go. And OneNote automatically saves and synchronizes your notes so you can focus on your thoughts and ideas.

PowerPoint online

With PowerPoint on your PC, Mac, or mobile device, you can create presentations from scratch, or a template, add text, images, art, and videos, select a professional design with PowerPoint Designer, add transitions, animations, and cinematic motion, save to OneDrive to get to your presentations from your computer, tablet, or phone, or share your work and work with others, wherever they are.

Sway

Sway is a digital storytelling app for work, school, and home that makes it quick and easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, newsletters, personal stories, presentations, and more.

Word online

With Word online, on your PC, Mac or mobile device, you can create documents from scratch, or a template, add text, images, art, and videos, research a topic and find credible sources, save to OneDrive to get to your documents from your computer, tablet, or phone, share your documents, and work with others, and track and review changes.

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Writing in the margins has always been an essential activity for students. Annotation helps in reading comprehension and in developing critical thinking about course materials. Hypothesis enables students to continue this essential activity with online readings. Digital annotation also offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.

You can check out the following resources or have a look at our tips heet for guidance to help get you started.

Tools for content creation and presentation

Digital learning technologies can be used to create and present engaging content in ways that enable students to grasp concepts in deeper and more meaningful ways, better connect theory and application, and engage in learning more readily, while also improving instructional techniques. Instructors can now share their digital content and ideas with the click of a button, giving students access to learning materials at their own convenience.

Thanks to the constant evolution of the technological frontier, we now have access to a wide range of content creation and presentation tools to enhance the student learning experience.

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Word

With Word, on your PC, Mac or mobile device, you can create documents from scratch, or a template, add text, images, art, and videos, research a topic and find credible sources, save to OneDrive to get to your documents from your computer, tablet, or phone, share your documents, and work with others, and track and review changes.

PowerPoint

With PowerPoint on your PC, Mac or mobile device, you can create presentations from scratch, or a template, add text, images, art, and videos, select a professional design with PowerPoint Designer, add transitions, animations, and cinematic motion, save to OneDrive to get to your presentations from your computer, tablet, or phone, or share your work and work with others, wherever they are.

Sway

Sway is a digital storytelling app for work, school, and home that makes it quick and easy to create and share interactive reports, presentations, newsletters, personal stories, presentations, and more.

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H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently – all you need is a web browser. H5P content is responsive and mobile friendly, which means that users will experience the same rich, interactive content on computers, smartphones and tablets alike. We are very fortunate to have access to a new H5P Studio where you can create and store your own interactive objects!

This opportunity has been made possible by our friends at cCampusOntario and Wilfred Laurier University.

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Explain Everything is a whiteboarding platform where people meet to share ideas and make them visual and clear so they can better understand each other.

  • Collaborate and whiteboard together in real-time with voice chat on any device, anywhere.
  • Present on an interactive canvas for immediate control over your content.
  • Create videos, just-in-time messages, stories, tutorials, and explanationsby capturing your interactions and voice.
  • Share your projects as images, PDFs, videos, or editable projects. Share them as Web Video Links so others can stream your Explain videos.

Tools for organization

File management is the process of administering a system that correctly handles digital data. Therefore, an effective file management system improves the overall function of your workflow. It also organizes important data and provides a searchable database for quick retrieval. Effective file management ensures that your files are organized and up to date. Whether its for personal or business reasons, having the right files ensures that you have any data that you need.

Organizing your files includes creating folders and organizing by file type. Depending on the files, it might be best to organize by year or by category. For instance, for taxes, it’s best to organize by the year and from there, the type of document. Below are some supported tools to help with organizing your data.

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OneDrive enables you to create documents on your computer and edit them on your laptop, tablet, or phone, share files and photos with others, collaborate on Office documents with friends ,create albums of pictures for family and friends, get to your files and photos from anywhere, on any device.

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OneNote is a digital notebook that in many ways, is setup like a traditional paper-based binder. Whether you’re at home, in school, or in the office, use OneNote to take notes wherever you go. And OneNote automatically saves and synchronizes your notes so you can focus on your thoughts and ideas.

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SharePoint is a document management and collaboration tool developed by Microsoft. It’s basically an intranet and content management system that is used for internal purposes to assist with bringing an organization together. SharePoint is comprised of a multipurpose set of technologies that has tight integration with Microsoft 365 as well as handy document management capabilities.

SharePoint’s core functions are:

  • to store documents in a more effective format than a regular folder system;
  • bring an organization together so that everyone receives critical information that’s relevant to them.

Tools for social annotation

With a social annotation tool, learners can make text-based annotations on a webpage or a document by highlighting a specific portion of the text and adding a comment.

The annotations can be either private or shared with a group. Members within the group are able to see and respond to each other’s shared annotations. The annotations can be thought of as a layer on top of the existing resource which is added after the creation or capture of the original object and, generally leaves the original object unchanged.

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Writing in the margins has always been an essential activity for students. Annotation helps in reading comprehension and in developing critical thinking about course materials. Hypothesis enables students to continue this essential activity with online readings. Digital annotation also offers new affordances, enabling students to respond to text using different media and empowering them to collaborate on understanding and developing ideas about their readings.

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Perusall is a social annotation tool that integrates with Blackboard via the Tools menu in the navigation pane.

Perusall allows students and their instructors to collaboratively markup .pdf documents. Instead of reading a document and discussing it, Perusall brings the discussion to the text.

Turnitin

Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks assignment submissions for citation mistakes or plagiarism. When a student submits a paper, Turnitin compares it with other text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles, etc.    

Turnitin is integrated into the Assignments tool within our Blackboard courses, and is tied to the Grade Center for seamless grade entry and feedback. This means that when students upload a paper using the Turnitin Assignment, you create in your course, it will automatically be sent through Turnitin’s repository. The similarity report that it generates will  help identify possible instances of plagiarism and enable you to provide comprehensive and rigorous feedback.

Using Turnitin assignments, you can:

  • encourage original work, investigate authorship, and deter students from submitting assignments that compromise academic integrity
  • empower students to think critically and take ownership of their work; it is easy-to-use feedback and grading features facilitate instructional intervention and save time both in and outside of the classroom
  • identify unoriginal content through similarity highlights found from within the world’s largest collection of internet, academic and student paper content
  • prepare students for success in secondary education, higher education and beyond; lay the foundation for original thinking, authentic writing, and academic integrity practices that will last a lifetime
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WebEx support

End of support for Windows 7.x, 8.x and macOS 10.12 Operating Systems for the WebEx App

In the October 2021 (41.10) release, Windows 7.x, 8.x and macOS 10.12 operating systems will reach end of support. The minimum requirement for the Webex app will be Windows 10 and macOS 10.13. Users running on Windows 7.x, 8.x or macOS 10.12 operating systems will no longer receive new releases or features after the October release. Additionally, we will no longer provide bug fixes specifically to these operating systems. To have the best experience possible, plan to upgrade your operating system before October 2021. View the systems requirement help article.
In the January 2022 (42.1) release, we’ll officially end of life support of the Webex app on these operating systems.

WebEx meeting is an online meeting that allows you to virtually meet with other people, without leaving your home or office.

WebEx meetings require a computer with internet access. By logging into the meeting via the internet, you will be able to see the presenter’s computer screen. By calling into the conference phone number, you will be able to hear the presenter and other participants.

Please note: The first time you use WebEx, please allow yourself approximately five minutes to log in and get set up. Your computer will need time to download the free WebEx plugin that will allow you to join the meeting.

YouTube in the classroom

A completely free resource with thousands of educational videos, YouTube has nearly endless potential for the classroom use. When selecting YouTube videos, it is very important to ensure they have closed captioning and/or text transcripts available in order to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards. For more information about AODA requirements for educational institutions, please visit the AODA website.

Here are some ideas and suggestions to get you started.

  • Videos can be used to break up a traditional lecture and add some entertainment to the lesson. They also give the students alternative ways to digest and process the content they are learning about.
    • Consider creating activities for the students to complete as they watch the videos to ensure they are comprehending the material.
  • As you use YouTube more frequently you will likely find you have a long list of useful videos for your students.
    • Consider creating channels and playlists organized by topic to give your students a new toolkit full of supplementary resources that can be used for studying and reinforcement.
  • You can use YouTube to share your own videos as well.
    • Consider creating your own tutorials or screencasts for your students and share them on YouTube.
    • Others outside of your students may also find your videos helpful. Remember, YouTube is not only a video hosting site, it is also a community.
  • You can embed and link to YouTube videos from within Blackboard to give your students a seamless user experience.