iPad as a Document Camera

ipad-documentcamsYou’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.

Dr. Hinson Uses iPad Creatively in Classroom

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Hinson uses Airturn pedal

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.

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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.

-Victoria Smith, Guest Editor

What’s new in Moodle-Summer 2013

MoodleThe 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.
  • Miscellaneous

    • 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

New Plugins

Pearson Direct

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.

Mediacore

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.

Seminar Recording

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.


Sloan-C: Workshops & Webinars for Faculty – Funded by OIT

Oklahoma Baptist University is now a member institution with Sloan-C.  There is a long list of benefits available to every faculty member at member institutions. Some of the most significant benefits include:

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Register:

If you would like to take advantage of this great professional development opportunity, simply go to the user registration page and create a personal account with Sloan-C.

Workshop Payment:

If you would like to register for a workshop , email teach@okbu.edu and ask for the “college pass coupon code”.  Then click on the link to register, and then on the workshop you would like to attend, and add it to your shopping cart.  As you “check out” of your shopping cart, you will be asked for the attendee’s email address. The system will automatically enter the email of the person completing the registration. When you reach the billing page, you will find a spot to add the college pass coupon. Enter the coupon number that you were sent via email and click “apply” to zero out the balance.

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is the leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education through its community.

Copyright Answers

Do you or your students have questions about copyright issues?  Are you unable to afford a copyright attorney?  Is your understanding of copyright issues as clear as an Oklahoma creek on a rainy day?  If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, we have a wonderful resource to share with you.  Paul Roberts, our new library dean, has developed a Libguide that is hosted on the OBU library web site.  It is the most thorough copyright resource for academics that I have ever seen. (And, yes, I did ask permission to refer to it in this blog!)  It covers complex and misunderstood topics with detailed guidelines including how to determine Fair Use, multimedia issues (including YouTube), course management system factors, seeking permission from copyright owners, and public domain resources.

http://okbu.libguides.com/copyright

Free etextbook for iPad

Do you have an iPad?  Would you like to see what a best-in-class etextbook looks like?  Instructors who have iPad’s can request a free copy (to keep, not just a demo) of a textbook in their field of study from Inkling.  Just go to the educators site at inkling.com/educators, download inkling to your iPad, and then click “Request a Free Title” on the Inkling educators web page.

Inkling is not just a paper text converted to a .PDF.  It has embedded media, inline assessments, social highlighting, and note sharing.  You can build an entire learning community around an Inkling textbook.  Drawbacks include a limited number of titles and the fact that it is only available on iPad at this time.  However, both of those limitations are changing soon.  Inkling is adding titles regularly and are open to suggestions from faculty.  They also are building Droid and web-based Inkling readers to be released soon.

See my April blog post about the general etextbook landscape for more info about what is happening in the epublishing industry.