Timelines as Creative and Attractive Projects

Timeline of construction of Eifel We are all very familiar with the basic presentation tools and formats. Oftentimes, projects are envisioned as white papers, an  MS PowerPoint presentation, or an alternative, such as Prezi or Keynote, and a website project. Recently, we have been adding YouTube videos as either oral testimonials, “sales pitch” presentations for grants, or weekly video check-ins. Sometimes the reasons behind these are using something different and more exciting, or providing the vehicle for collaboration and visual presentation. Having just sent a number of timelines to instructors about the upcoming course refresh work, I came upon these two tools that I am going to pitch today. Fancy timelines! One is HSTRY HSTRY As can be deduced from the title, it’s about history… Read more >>
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Another Safe Source of High Quality Copyright-Free Images

Oranges It’s amazing how generous people can be with their creations! Pixabay is a website which hosts and allows you to download high-quality images that you can use and reuse any way you want! They don’t even require attribution, although that is always nice to mention. If your students are creating web pages or any other publishable materials, they may want to explore this site. The only caution is that you will also see “sponsored images” – they are clearly marked, have a watermark, and are NOT free, but they already went out of their way to make it very obvious, so there is really no confusing them! What is Pixabay? Read the FAQ. And just a nice touch, you… Read more >>
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Bringing stories home using maps

Mapping 100 Years of Revolution There has been this trend to map either individual stories or certain events, or works of fiction to bring them to life in geographical terms. The most obvious ways to use this would be to have students map out stories of their clients, clearly refugees, immigrants, and those who have moved a lot are best suited for this type of product. Alternatively, social services may be mapped in an area in this way as well. Finally, there are already maps that can readily be used in certain courses with a historical perspective. The American Revolution from Heganoo 100 Years of Unrest Bringing local awareness: Mapping Gunfire near DC Schools Bringing international awareness: Mapping the Syrian Civil War What other ideas… Read more >>
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Organizing Your Tasks

today's to-do list We, the online folks, often have a running list of things to do, and our environment is such that we may be working in cafes, at home, at libraries, in hotels, you name it! Plus, the constant potential disruptions in the form of incoming Skype calls, emails, actual phone calls, meetings we need to attend, virtually or otherwise, and sudden issues that pop up or scheduled events, like grading a set of papers, and then there is this blog to read, which fortunately comes out at the most convenient time and has wonderful tips on how to keep your online sanity! Since we have been pushing Chrome as one of the better browsers for Blackboard, here is how you can… Read more >>
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What if students created viral videos as course projects?

Viral videos as assignments It might just work! Sure, writing papers is academically significant and is a way to demonstrate understanding, analysis, and such. No question that putting together a website is collaborative and there are opportunities to make changes after peers offer feedback on the project. But, what if good videos carried a good message – and through great distribution, affected thousands of people and how they think? What if content was presented in a persuasive way, and had immediate impact? We can shoot for the stars, right? Truth is that a good story is part of the success. Viral by itself isn’t much, it has to have a message. But it also needs to be produced well. What if we could attract… Read more >>
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Images You Can Use in Your Course or Project Without Breaking the Copyright

copyright free images Well, we are no strangers to taking advantage of efficiencies, so we are proudly presenting someone else’s handiwork here, for you may find it hugely helpful. This article in The Chronicle of Higher Education explains how to filter your image search results in Google Search based on rights to reuse. As some of your current courses are moving into a project work phase, you are encouraged to use other people’s digital property responsibly.* Additionally, you can also use Creative Commons Search service, and to learn more, check out this article. Despite the disclaimer below, this will assist in narrowing down images that may be copyright-free. *No service mentioned here guarantees that the image is free to use. Do… Read more >>
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