You’ve probably noticed that the 5 megapixel camera on the back of your iPad takes some pretty good pictures and video. You’ve also probably noticed that sometimes it’s tough to hold the iPad at the right angle and keep it still when using the camera.
The music department has taken this problem a step further, and in the process, has found another innovative use for the iPads. Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Dr. Peter Purin, is considering using one of the new iPad gadgets seen in the pics above to replace some of the aging and broken document cameras in the music classrooms. Stand-alone document cameras can cost $1,000 and more and are often not easily portable.
These devices, such as the two referenced below, are inexpensive and have multiple uses that take advantage of the portability and the high quality imaging available in today’s mobile devices. The image from the iPad attached to the document camera can be sent to the projector via VGA adapter cable, or via AirPlay through the Apple TV device that is installed in many classrooms. They can typically be used with any mobile device that has a camera, not just an iPad, as long as you have a method to send the video to the projector.
A fellow OBU professor, Dr. Lee Hinson, has found new and creative ways to use his iPad in the classroom.
One unique piece of software Hinson is using is the Airturn BT105. This bluetooth pedal which, when combined with a digital sheet music program like forscore, enables him to display his music on his iPad and with his foot pedal flip the pages; no hands required. Hinson uses this in his “Leading Worship with Guitar” class. By incorporating this into his class, Hinson enhances the student’s learning experience by being able to teach more efficiently and by introducing them to technology that can improve their performance.
Hinson also uses his iPad to record his students so they can review their performances, and as a hymnal which can be enlarged for vision-impaired students. In the future he intends to use a program called SloPro to play back recordings in slow motion to allow his students to critique performances more precisely. Finally, in one of his fine arts classes, he uses a free app which allows him to view all the paintings hung in the Louvre.
Some ways Hinson uses his iPad
It is so encouraging to see our faculty make efforts to use their iPads effectively in their field of expertise. This age of advanced technology offers many ways to do things faster, more efficiently, and effectively than ever before. The OIT would like to thank our awesome professors who recognize this and utilize it to enhance their student’s learning environment.
First Day of School for Josh and Molly Young — circa 2001
Today I am re-tweeting another timely, practical, and succinct Faculty Focus article by Maryellen Weimer. Below are a few of the tips shared in the article. Click on the link above if any of these pique your interest. Also, please share any of your favorite “first day” activities in the REPLY section below on the blog page.
Users don’t have to create accounts and log in to Turnitin separately
Users can submit and grade papers directly within Moodle
As of Fall 2013 OBU has implemented Turnitin.com integration with our Moodle learning management system. If you have never used Turnitin.com, go to our main support page and read about the features. If you use Tii often and you also use Moodle, there is now a simpler process for both faculty and students. Instead of creating a separate Tii account, faculty go to their Moodle course where they intend for the students to turn in their written assignments. They create an assignment there, directly within the Moodle interface instead of having to log in to Tii and create a class and an assignment. The student also does not have to create a separate Tii account. They log into their Moodle course and turn in the assignment there. The professor can check originality reports and grade papers from within the Moodle course page taking advantage of all of the features of the Tii application. There is even an iPad app for checking originality reports and providing detailed feedback with Grademark.
There is no installation requirement. Simply log in to Moodle and go to your course. Faculty can view the tutorial video on how to add an assignment here. This tutorial was created based on Moodle 1.9, but the information can easily be extrapolated to Moodle 2.x which is the version in use by OBU.
Wireless projection is now possible in almost
half of the OBU main campus classrooms.
Apple TVs are designed and marketed for the home entertainment market, but they can be very useful in the classroom. Anything on the screen of an Apple device such as an iPad, an iPhone, or a MacBook, can be sent wirelessly to the projector via the Apple TV device. The sound signal is also sent to the projection speakers. It uses Apple’s “Airplay” protocol to connect wirelessly to other Apple products. If you have an Apple device that is on the same wireless network as the Apple TV device (the employee network), you can mirror your screen onto the projector and show presentations, show web sites, show videos, demonstrate apps and other software, etc.
The Moodle development community is constantly trying to improve their code and add features to the core Moodle product. Moodlerooms, our cloud hosting provider, usually waits a few weeks (or months) to fully test the changes before releasing them to their clients. Moodlerooms also adds new features to their joule product at that time. Below is a list of the extensive changes that were made in July. We will be adding some of these features to our training session on assessments and gradebook. The most useful changes in my opinion are the Group Assignments, Blind Marking, and Offline Marking features mentioned below:
Moodle 2.4 Major Features
Assignment Module Updated
Group assignments: Now it’s possible to setup an assignment that a group can work on collaboratively and each student can receive a common (or individual) grade.
Blind marking (not knowing the student’s identity when grading): Randomly generated Participant numbers will replace Students’ names.
Submission Date Extensions: Teachers can set a cut-off date (and time) beyond which submissions will no longer be accepted. They can also grant extensions for those who miss the deadline.
Submission statement: It will be possible to set a submission statement so students have to check a box promising their work is original before submitting it.
Offline marking: Teachers can download all assignments plus the grading sheet, view, grade and give feedback offline and then upload back to Moodle and have the grades/files/comments transferred into Moodle’s Gradebook.
Students can now see the content of advanced grading forms on their assignment page before they submit.
Workshop Module Updated
Full support for alternative grading evaluation methods.
Final grades are displayed to workshop participants when the activity is closed.
Ability to define a conclusion text to be displayed to workshop participants when the activity is closed.
Teachers can assess submissions in the grading evaluation phase without the need to switch to the assessment phase.
Users can set the order and number of courses displayed on their My home page.
Activities and topics can be restricted according to user profile fields.
The screen reader profile setting has been removed – all pages should now work with a screen reader
Submission added to the Activity Completion tracking options
When searching for users exact matches are listed first
The messaging providers page has been tidied and ordered
Safe Exam Browser window no longer includes a logout link
Blog system can be completely disabled
Automated course backup settings include options to specify whether the backup of certain courses should be skipped
Options to include selected user profile fields and custom profile fields in grade export
New Joule Grader
Updated Joule Grader to work with assignment team submissions and assignment blind marking
Assignment comments and feedback are now fully integrated with Joule Grader
Added a Full Screen Mode that offers more room to view documents/activities (enabled by default)
Joule Grader and Assignment comments have been integrated into the Moodle Messaging system
The Pearson Direct for Moodle plug-in facilitates direct integration between Moodle and Pearson’s MyLab / Mastering and CourseConnect products. Direct integration allows instructors and students to log in to Moodle and click a link to access their Pearson resources without the need for the user to create a new account, a course, or to log in a second time.
This plug-in gives you access to your MediaCore account from within Moodle. Using MediaCore (a cloud-based video education platform) you can browse, search, and add your videos directly to Moodle pages and courses. You can also upload videos directly to your Moodle course without needing to leave Moodle. The plug-in also works with MediaCore’s iOS Capture App, which means you can bring mobile video capture into the Moodle learning experience.
“I am teaching 2 (or more) sections of the same course but I only want to manage one Moodle course. Can we combine the course enrollments into one large course?”
Yes you can. Moodle calls this process “meta linking.” You can go here to read more about it. It is common for faculty to want to combine or merge sections of their Moodle course. However we do not combine them by default because there may be a good reason not to combine. For instance, you may want different deadlines for the distinct sections, or you may actually want to post different content for the separate sections. Banner will continue to manage the enrollments of the meta course. If a student drops in one of the combined courses, Moodle removes them from the meta course.
It is possible for faculty to create their own meta courses, however we want the meta linked course names to be standardized, therefore OIT will combine your courses for you. Fill out the form below and OIT will combine your courses within two business days from the date of your request.
Sorry we missed you if you could not make it to our end-of-year faculty dinner/seminar. I will try to schedule it earlier in the Spring semester next year. We had great food, useful door prizes, and we honored two of our best faculty “geeks” who showed exemplary use of educational technology in the past year. Congratulations Amy and Krista!
Green Award: Amy Riggins
Gold Award: Krista Hands
Below is the audio-only version of George Saltsman’s lecture. Sorry, I was unable to get his PowerPoint slides.
It’s that time of year again! Hopefully you don’t have students lining up outside your office asking for another chance at that missed assignment. You do have some options if you use the Moodle gradebook. Go to this page on our Moodle support section to see the easy, step-by-step instructions on how to make the points in a graded item in Moodle count for extra credit.
You are cordially and digitally invited to the Year-end OIT Faculty Dinner Seminar:
When: April 29th 5-8 pm
Where: Mabee Suite
George Saltsman, Ed.D.
Dr. George Saltsman from Abilene Christian University will be speaking on “Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age.” There will also be the first annual “Green and Gold” awards for exemplary use of educational technology. The “Green” award will go to a faculty member who is a relatively novice user of edtech and the “Gold” award will go to a veteran edtech user.
Throughout history, technological advances have profoundly influenced religion, education and politics. In that same way, today’s mobile technologies, the internet, and ubiquitous access to information are shaking the foundations of churches, schools and governments. By looking to our past we are able to project a path to our future, and that future may not be what we expect. Our Christian worldview offers us tremendous opportunities, but only if we are willing to embrace the movement that threatens us most.
George Saltsman is the Executive Director of the Task Force for Innovation in Learning and Educational Technology at Abilene Christian University and Instructor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. As the leader of ACU’s Connected Mobile learning initiative, George works closely with faculty and administrators who are deploying and researching mobile learning within education. George is an Apple Distinguished Educator, mobile learning policy advisor to UNESCO, and winner of multiple awards, including Campus Technology Innovator of the Year and The New Media Consortium’s Center of Excellence award. As a researcher, George has overseen over 40 empirical investigations into mobile learning and worked with partners that include Cambridge University Press and Bell Labs France. George is co-author of An Administrators Guide to Online Education and multiple other works focused on the integration on technology in education.