How Can I Make My Life
What are those options I
keep seeing on Blackboard?
Why should I care? What
can I do with them?
What is Panopto?
This is another program which allows you to
share notes and PowerPoint of your computer
screen with your students. You may also record a
class lecture or share a whiteboard with students.
The VCCS has a contract so talk to your IT
individuals to find the address for your schools
Jazz up your PPT with Prezi
This is a fun program to use when you are
talking on screen--- but you can just create
Here is my first attempt.
What is Slideshare?
You will find it at :
This is a terrific free program which will
allow you to upload handouts using
PowerPoint, Open Office, PDF, or Keynote
and share presentations on the Internet.
This will allow you take your handouts and
move them to an easily accessible area.
What is Sophia?
This is a delightful site for teachers by
teachers and will allow you to find or create
lesson or quizzes or find some that have
already been created. There is an option to
get suggestions from other teachers about
your lesson if you wish.
My group number is: 3935c6
What is ScreenCast-O-
This is a simple free program which will
allow you to create an easy video lesson for
This is an extremely simple program to use;
all you need is a camera and a microphone.
Where can I keep the video?
You can save your video on the this free
It is simple to save your work here and
allows you the option to copy/ embed your
Jing will help you grade
This is one of my favorite sites and has allowed me to
save a lot of time.
Jing is a free program which will allow you to save up to 5
minutes of video. That may not seem like a lot, but it
works well with our students’ attention span.
This program is by the same company that created
Camtasia. Your school may be able to provide you with
Camtasia which allows you to edit and do other things.
I have always found it amusing that it isn’t Utube--
- but there are a lot of excellent lessons to be
found here which can be added to your
Once you are registered, you can join groups
which strike your interest, and these groups will
Lead you to other groups… Try Educator.com.
Looking at Blackboard
Have a look at the top row for