We are approaching the halfway point of the semester - are your students still with you?
This week was our first ever "LOL... Some Good News Edition." We had live guests AND good news shared via email, conversation about tools, student engagement, instructor presence, creative workspace hacks, and more!
Remote teaching can turn into an expensive gig. But do you know who is always on a tight budget, and really knows how to think outside the box? Teachers, that's who!
Laptops, webcams, document cameras... working from home can be effective, but it also takes work and often some specialized equipment. That gets expensive - and even if you don't mind spending the money, the demand is very high so it can be a challenge to get hold of the hardware that you want. Fortunately, there are a lot of clever (and determined!) teachers out there, and luckily for us, they share on social media!
Let's take one example that the CTLA has been fielding questions about - the document camera. No doc cam? No problem!
The topic for this week's LOL session was "Keeping Students Engaged & Accountable." We had a conversation about student engagement and accountability, and demo'ed Pear Deck, an interactive slide presentation tool.
Pear Deck has both a free and premium version,
and currently has a 90-day Premium trial available to educators!
Yesterday was another awesome LOL session with our CGCC faculty - I'll send everyone the link to the recording as soon as I'm done editing!
If you’ve never watched John Krasinksi’s “Some Good News” on YouTube, you really need to – in the wake of the COVID pandemic outbreak last spring, he sat in his home office and offered some desperately needed balance to all of the bad news that was everywhere by seeking out and sharing Some Good News! He broadcast stories of first responders, spread joy by holding virtual prom and virtual graduation for the Class of 2020, brought together everyday heroes with their personal heroes, and generally created a sense of connectedness to his audience in an unprecedented period of social isolation.
There were some updates (dare I say, improvements...?) to Webex in the last few days, and your faithful CTLA staff are working hard to create resources that will bring you up to speed on the new features that are available! But for today, I just wanted to help with one existing feature that looks a little different this week - the "mute/unmute" buttons!
Jen researched and gathered lots of resources to share with everyone, and shared the Top 3 Tips that she discovered. Watch the recording to discover 3 Tips for Survival this semester!
Do you ever click on the wrong course in your Canvas Dashboard because they all look much the same? Does your active course have the Base Camp badge on it (which could confuse your students)?
This week's tip will help you!
As most of you know by now, I am a super-visual person - being able to distinguish my courses visually is a big help to me in locating the course that I want to work on within Canvas. Here are some tips to help you visually differentiate your Canvas courses - a more unique look to your course will also help students locate it faster in their Dashboards!
Here’s a sample of the kind of tech demo you’ll be seeing this year - as a follow-up to last week's Tech Tuesday on Animoto 3, we’ve recorded a how-to video (in LOL, we’ll present these live, but we will record the presentation so that it remains available for you to access at any time).
Awesome people who want to help you do awesome stuff in the classroom! Join the conversation here or in our Facebook Group: CGCC Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment