Instructional Technology Showcase (for MC faculty)
Essential Tools and ResourcesINSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE Marie Martino, Instructional Technologist | Morton College | 01.13.2011
FAST FACTS 81% of students use technology every day to prepare for class 74% of higher ed instructors say they incorporate technology into every class or nearly every class From the CDW-G 2009 21st Century Campus Report
BENEFITS OF ELEARNING Connectivity – easy ACCESS to information on global scale Flexibility – learning can take place 24/7, anywhere; (CONVENIENT for learner) Interactivity – learning not static; can be immediate and autonomous Collaboration – use of discussion & other types of tools support collaboration in/outside the classroom Extended opportunities – materials can reinforce and extend learning beyond classroom Motivation – multimedia/web 2.0 resources can make learning fun! (Joint Information Systems Committee, aka JISC, Bristol, England: http://www.elearning.ac.uk/effprac/html/start_defin.htm)
IT TOOLBOX: SAMPLER―Top 10‖ edu tech tools/resources: Available through an MC subscription or FREE on the Web Work in the ―Cloud‖—means apps are web- based, no need to install special software on your computer Access anytime, from anywhere Reliable, trustworthy Personal account required to use
BLACKBOARD CE 4.1 MC’s secure, password-protected LMS Powerful, robust Like a course website Resource sharing, communication, assessment, and grading tools Supports text, video, audio Students cannot control content (excluding discussion board)Access: https://webct.morton.edu/
EDMODO ―Social learning network‖ Lightweight LMS with Facebook-like interface Secure, password-protected space Share alerts, notes, various types of files, web links, polls Includes a calendar, assignment upload tool, and gradebook that exports to spreadsheet (Excel and others) Mobile-device friendlyAccess: http://www.edmodo.com/
GOOGLE SITES Create a Google-supported website Offers visual editor to create/edit pages (don’t need to know code); layout options Integrates easily with all of Google’s tools including Google Docs, Calendar, Picasa, Maps, and YouTube Public or private view settings availableAccess: https://sites.google.com/
PB WORKS Free ―Basic Education‖ account Wiki website—known for ease of use; fixed layout Create a course website or collaborative workspace for students Advanced features available Public or private view access Password protected Set permissions on student content creation/editing abilities Access: http://www.pbworks.com
WORDPRESS Powerful blogging (web publishing) tool Dynamic communication/discussion tool Many features--can also be used in lieu of a website- making tool; many layout options available Public or private settings Set student commenting or editing permissions IT WP site on Blogs in the Classroom-- http://mcblogsintheclassroom.wordpress.com/ Access: http://www.wordpress.com
TURNITIN.COM Available through the MC Library—special institutional code needed to create an account Web-based plagiarism prevention application Checks papers for plagiarism Advanced tools include visual paper grading mark-up tool and peer evaluation optionsAccess: http://www.turnitin.com/
GRAMMARLY@EDU Made available by the MC Library Use MC email address to obtain an account Easy, automated writing/grammar instruction and feedback tool Access: http://www.grammarly.com/edu/
3 ESSENTIAL RESOURCES MC eLearning Blog -- http://mcitblog.wordpress.com/ Campus Technology --Free online magazine about technology in higher ed http://campustechnology.com/ Educause –Resources produced by non-profit organization that ―advances higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.‖ http://www.educause.edu/
QUESTIONS?Feel free to ask now. . . or contact me later:Marie Martino, Instructional Technologist708-656-8000, firstname.lastname@example.org THANKS!!
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