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Join us for the Apple Learning Tour. Reshaping content. Engaging Students.

CRDC and CAETL present the Apple Learning Tour 2012

Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Learning Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Engage students. Explore apps, interactive books, and Multi-Touch textbooks.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Discover amazing interactive iBooks. Immerse yourself in the world’s largest online catalog of free education content in iTunes U. And experience some of the thousands of education apps for iPad.

Learn how to create your own interactive Multi-Touch books with Mac and iBooks Author. Discover how a course is built with iTunes U Course Manager using interactive learning materials. Then see how it all comes together with an overview of ownership and deployment models for content.

Learn by doing. Create courses with iTunes U Course Manager.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to build a course by exploring all the capabilities iTunes U Course Manager has to offer. Experience the ease of pulling together content such as audio, video, iBooks textbooks, and over 500,000 resources in iTunes U into an organized syllabus. Make available all the assignments, quizzes, and materials for your students or anyone who’s interested in the topic — whether in your class or anywhere in the world.

Apple Learning Tour 2012

Room B716
Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Join us for a session. Or for all of them.

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Using the Smartboard GoWire

Smartboards are an excellent tool for collaboration and presentation. However, one of the drawbacks for new users is not having the software needed to use the interactive whiteboard. SmartTech has created a solution. Called the GoWire, this USB cable attaches to a users computer and carries all of the software and drivers necessary to use the Smartboard on the fly. Below are the steps to get you going with the Smartboard in the 24 Hour Learning Centre:

1. Power on the Smartboard using the power button on the front panel. The projector needs to be set to VGA1 by pressing the Input button (to the right of the volume dial) until VGA1 is displayed on the bottom right of the screen.
Smartboard control panel

2. Locate the GoWire USB and RGB cables on the rear right of the Smartboard and attach your Windows based laptop.

3. On your desktop, a dialog will open asking of you want to run Smart software. This is similar to when you insert a USB drive or DVD.

4. Start GoWire Meeting Pro to begin using the software and Smartboard.

5. Meeting Pro has a simple interface that allows you to use the touch features and tools on your desktop or a digital whiteboard. To switch between desktop display and the whiteboard space, press the Desktop or Whiteboard button at the top of the vertical toolbar.

6. The tools available are:
Cursor – allows you to use your finger as a mouse pointer and to select objects on the whiteboard.
Pen – use one of the pens in the tray or use your finger as a pen. You can select ink colour and line type.
Eraser – allows you to erase objects and lines.
Shapes – Draw various shapes such as squares, triangles, rectangles and lines.
Capture – allows you to capture entire pages or sections of a page or you desktop to use on the whiteboard space.
Clear All – Clears your current whiteboard page,

7. You can collapse the toolbar or move it to the other side of the screen using the Collapse and Move Toolbar buttons.

8. The software allows you to save your whiteboard sessions as image files or PDF.

9. When you are finished your session, close Meeting Pro and disconnect the GoWire and RGB cable. Shutdown the Smartbaord using the power button on the front panel.

We encourage you to practice with the Smartboard if you plan to use it in your teaching or class presentations. It is an excellent tool for planning and giving presentations using standard software or the web. If you are a Mac owner or you would like to use more advanced tools with the Smartboards, you can download Smart tools and a trial version of Smart Notebook, and the necessary drivers from the SmartTech website.

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Moodle 2.0 Tutorials: Setting up a Quiz

Moodle has the ability to create robust quizzes that can be used to assess your students. Quizzes can be written in a lab during class time, as a scheduled test within the UofL testing centre, or as take home quiz. It becomes your preference as to where and how to test your students, but the quiz module within moodle can help facilitate your quiz, and can be modified to meet most of your testing preferences.

If you will be using the testing centre, your exam must be booked in by the CRDC before the exam date.

The instructions in this tutorial will cover how to add a quiz activity, and will cover all the attributes that can be modified within the quiz settings. If you have already created a quiz and are looking to add questions, please see the question bank resources and the question type resources.

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Video in the Classsroom

With the advent of much smaller and simpler video and audio recorders capturing course content has become much easier and accessible. Here at the CRDC we have 2 Pocket Cameras available to Faculty who would like to use video in their class. Some faculty have used these to capture guest lectures so that students can access the content at a later date. Some have recorded introductions to course topics and sections so students can have a summary of information to be covered in upcoming classes. Where self evaluation is important student presentations can be captured and released to individual students. Whatever their purpose the videos can be uploaded to our video server and embedded into the U of L Learning Management System for easy access to students.

If you would like more info on how you can use video in your class please contact the CRDC.

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Uploading files to Vimeo video web service.

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Export grades from Blackboard to SIS (registrars system)

The procedure is as follows. Note: only Lead instructor (as listed by theRegistrar), will be able to complete this procedure.

1) There is a column in your grade book for each class called “Final” we need to get your final letter grades in that column (A+ , A, … F). You can enter them manually, or upload them from a spreadsheet if you wish. You need to make sure you only have letter grades expected by the system, and that they are all upper case etc. For some of you this may mean you need to change the column type of the final column to “alphanumeric” (if it is a calculated column). You can do this from the “grade book Options” > “Column Settings” page.

2) There is a drop down menu at the bottom of your grade book called “export to SIS”, you need to select “Final” for that and press the green arrow button to the right on this dropdown menu to start the procedure.

3) Pretty much just follow the instructions, they will have you confirm the grades and guide you through the process.

4) If there are any errors during the process give the CRDC a call (1856) and we can work through fixing them.

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Reset the toolbar in iClicker

If you run iClicker off of your p-drive, or some other remote drive, you may run into a problem where your iclicker tool bar that allows you to start and stop polls is missing. This is because you may be running the software from multiple computers that have different screen sizes and resolutions. So when your tool bar disappears, it is really there, but is pushed off the current screen.

To get around this problem, you will need to quit iClicker. Because the tool bar is missing this may be done by force quitting the program via the task manager (Cntrl Alt Delete on the PC and Cmd option esc on the Mac). Restart the iClicker software, but instead of choosing “Start Session” choose “Your Settings and Preferences”. Note in the General tab of your preferences that there is a reset button that resets the position of the iClicker tool bar. Clicking reset will move the toolbar back to a reasonable position on your screen.

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IT: Classroom Technology Training: Crestron Controller

This video provides instruction on how to use the Crestron touch panel to control the technology in the classroom. It covers the set up and use of the Data Projector, Audio System and Microphones, and DVD and VCR controls.

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How to write pages using WordPress.com

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