I came across the video below about doodling. I wonder what instructors thoughts are on doodling, both for students doodling in class and for themselves. I wonder whether or not students doodle and if they have realized any benefits from doing so.
In the video Sunni Brown makes the assertion that we should doodle so that we can reap its benefits - namely the ability to better process and retain material.
Do you doodle? Do you allow your students to doodle?
OCR (optical character recognition) is a complex and inexact process. I covered some of this in a previous post. The video below is a deeper dive into the processing and math (just a touch) behind how OCR processing happens.
Because of the complexity of this process it is important to begin with the best quality original scan possible. Some scan settings to keep in mind: Color - This should be set to Grayscale. The grayscale setting helps to gather as much detail as possible from the original without making the file size too large.Resolution (DPI) - This should be set to 300 dpi. This is the minimum resolution recommended for OCR.Format - The file format should be PDF.
I recently came across this post on the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog, listing a number of apps that may be used for formative assessment. I have not used all of these, but the list provides some good options for gathering "in-time" feedback from students.
Kahoot is fun to use. while straight-forward and easy to use it offers some sophistication as well.
Poll Everywhere is one that I have heard a lot about, but have not had the opportunity to use. I also would like to mention Mentimeter. I have participated in a poll using this tool and it was easy to use.
One other app from this list that looks interesting is Plickers. This app uses the instructor's mobile camera to read symbols on cards held up by students. The students do not need their own devices. This may be a good option for someone who does not want students to have devices in the classroom, or who does not what to discriminate between those that have a device and those who do not. This tool favo…