Video for in-class business etiquette team assignment

An example of how I used iMovie and Garageband to create a fun way to introduce an in-class team assignment on ‘business etiquette’. Each team was given a group number and then had to research the business etiquette of the destination shown on the globe that corresponded with that number. A better way to do it than just telling them.

 

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3D Brain App Tutorial

 

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How to use ‘Explain Everything’ screencasting app for iPad.

 

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My first attempt at a midterm review video.

This is my first attempt at using a combination of iMovie, Garageband, iPad apps, and video recording tools that I have been experimenting with during the last couple of months. I wanted to try it all out, so I put together this midterm review. As you watch, you’ll hear some sound bites from Garageband thrown in. At the end, to lighten it up, I put in a finishing clip of me banging on my drums! I’ll be posting new and improved videos as I get more comfortable (and faster) at putting these together. When I read about how profs will be making online videos all the time in the future, it’s easier said than done; trust me, its awkward to be talking into a small camera in a room by yourself versus talking naturally to a classroom of students. Plus, it’s a lot more time consuming to put something like this together then most would think (literally hours). Once I do ‘nail’ this process down, I’ll share it. I’m sure I’ll cringe a year from now when I watch this, but sometimes you just have to put it out there for the greater good! Anyway, it may give you some ideas on what can be done with video.

 

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‘Robot and the Professor’. A short story by Phil Jones

‘Robot and the Professor’ by Phil Jones

It’s 2033 and it is Lucas’s 2oth birthday, but celebrations will have to wait because he has a busy day ahead at college. A major assignment needs to be handed in at the beginning of his class and after that, he needs to write an exam for a self-interest online course that he’s been taking over the past couple of months. If he passes this exam, he’ll get another Digital Merit Badge that he can add to an ever-growing roster of his lifelong learning achievements.

Lucas finds that a combination of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) with traditional in-class delivery modes is a good balance for his learning style. In fact, most people prefer to learn this way, despite the earlier doom and gloom scenarios of the demise of bricks and mortar colleges due to MOOCs. Human nature wins out again. Most people still don’t have the self-motivation to succeed online, and many simply want to be with other people in a classroom setting, especially with all the technologies that have reduced face to face social interaction. In 2033, colleges and universities are thriving, as they have become focused on teaching ‘Change Management’ and ‘New, Creative and Innovative Thinking’ skills. There is a reason for this. Learning to adapt to change and generating new ideas are really the only key skills that set apart a human from a humanoid. These skills have become increasingly important lately, as robots are replacing humans at an unprecedented rate in all sectors of the economy. It is not enough to think outside the box; humans must now think outside the bot. [Read more…]

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How to make cool looking slides using a MacBook, an iPad, and ‘Paper 53’.

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This is a sample of a slide that I created using a MacBook, iPad, and an iPad app called, ‘Paper 53’. The entire process is outlined in this post!

During my sabbatical last year, one of my objectives was to find other alternatives to using PowerPoint to create my slides. I experimented with different techniques until I came up with a winning combination that involved using a Mac, an iPad, and a very cool drawing app called ‘Paper 53’.

In order to do this, you’ll need to have ‘Keynote’ on your Macbook, and both the ‘Keynote’ and ‘Paper 53’ apps on your iPad. You will also need an ‘iCloud’ account. Mac works seamlessly, so this entire process is very smooth. Don’t worry if [Read more…]

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A new category for ‘Educational Technology’: TechnoPHILia

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While developing this blog over the last few months, I have made several adjustments along the way, and will continue to do so as I learn more. A main objective during my sabbatical was to delve into learning about educational technology and how it can, or in some cases, shouldn’t be used in higher education. My first task was to learn about blogging and developing a WordPress site and all that it encompasses; widgets, css code, and SEO, to name just a few ‘must-know’ terms. I will be doing a future post about this whole experience later. [Read more…]

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