Showing posts from October, 2016

ITEC Workshop: Google Classroom

ITEC presented a workshop about Google Classroom ("Classroom") September 6 and 8. Thank you to all who attended. From Google, "Google Classroom is a blended learning platform for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. It was introduced as a feature of Google Apps for Education following its public release on August 12, 2014. Its aim is to be a paperless educational system." Classroom is available through the Beloit College Google domain.

If you are interested in this tool, please contact ITEC.

Using Google ClassroomClassroom is a great tool for communicating with students, discussing topics, sharing assignments and staying on top of the course schedule. As we will see, Classroom integrates powerfully with Google Drive, making the document management related to the sharing and submission of assignments easy. The collaborative nature of the Drive apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Draw) make these tools especially …

Styli Recommendations

If you are considering taking notes digitally, then the following list may be helpful. While the article is titled as "tablet styli," most, if not all, should work on any capacitive-touch enabled device.

Five Best Tablet Styli - Lifehacker

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Moodle: Grades Over 100%

ITEC just made a small update to the settings in Moodle to allow grades over 100 (which is the default). Instructors may now give more than the maximum points allowed in a single activity. Now in a scenario where the maximum points possible on a paper is 100, an instructor may give the student more than 100 (up to 500). It has always been possible to create an extra credit grade item mark an activity as extra credit in the grade book, but this hopefully will provide some more flexibility to grading in Moodle.

Swivl Pilot

Instructional Technology (ITEC) would like to announce that we are currently running a pilot for a Swivl. "What is a Swivl?" you may ask. The Swivl is a system comprised of a robotic base, infrared marker and tablet that may be used to record a presentation. The benefit of the marker-base setup is that the base will track where the marker moves. The marker also contains an integrated microphone and uses the microphone to record the audio from the presenter. This provides much better quality audio than a traditional video camera setup would. Video is recorded locally to the paired iPad and also uploaded to a free Swivl Cloud account. From there the video may be trimmed, shared, or downloaded.

There are a number of applications for the Swivl, but a few main applications are:
an instructor recording material to present to a class in a "flipped" or "blended" instructor recording "in-time" material in response to recording student presentati…