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Creating Infographics: easel.ly

04.16.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Infographics are great educational tools to use for assignments, student presentations, and more.  Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly (taken from infographic wikipedia page). Here is an example of an infographic, made by HPU Office of Career Services: Though infographics are great, they are time consuming to create. [...]
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Blackboard: 5 Tips and Tricks

04.15.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Check out the list of tips and tricks I have compiled below to help make your Blackboard experience easier!   Blackboard now has an easy way to navigate between recently visited modules, such as content pages, Grace Center, ect., in different courses or other courses you are enrolled in. Click on the down arrow next to [...]
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Digital Pedagogy Initiative: Digital Learning Exhibition

04.10.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Last week HPU’s Digital Pedagogy Initiative (DPI) held a Digital Learning Exhibition, where HPU faculty showed off teaching and technology projects through a poster session in Slane. From the DPI Website: “The Digital Learning Exhibition was held on Wednesday, April 2, from 1:00-2:00. The exhibition showcased how HPU students and faculty are using digital technologies to advance [...]
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Recording a Voice-Over Narration in PowerPoint

04.8.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
I have had a lot of requests from students for help with voice over narration through a PowerPoint presentation. These instructions below will provide your students with step by step instructions on how to do so.  Keep in mind that voice over narration in PowerPoint does not provide any editing features. 1. Preparation Create your [...]
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Digital Pedagogy Initiative: Flipped Classroom Panel

04.4.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
HPU’s Digital Pedagogy Initiative (DPI) is a component of the 2013-2014 Think BIG Active Learning and Engaged Pedagogy Initiative.  The DPI supports and incentivizes pedagogical innovation in the realm of digital technologies. Their aim is to support any HPU faculty member who wants to learn how to integrate digital tools into a course or wants to share [...]
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YouTube Help: Tips and Tricks

04.1.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
The YouTube Help channel offers helpful playlists for learning tips and tricks about YouTube and the YouTube mobile apps. YouTube Help has three useful playlists, Mobile Monday, How To Wednesday and Did You Know? Friday.  These playlists update weekly. You can subscribe to this channel so you don’t miss any tips!  Watch the tips and tricks [...]
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Blackboard Maintenance: Friday, March 28th 3:00AM-4:00AM

03.27.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
 **Blackboard will be down for maintenance on Friday, March 28th between the hours of 3:00AM – 4:00AM**   
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Google Forms for Teachers

By: Samantha Harlow
Google has many tools and apps that are valuable for teachers, and one of these is Google Forms.  If you have not used Google Forms yet, it is a powerful tool for student surveys, quizzes, and more.  These forms are free to use, and can be created through your Google Drive account.  Simply go to [...]
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Blackboard: Bring the Scrollbars Back

03.25.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Are you using a Mac and noticed that the scrollbars in the Grade Center of Blackboard are no longer there? OSX Lion and Mountain Lion by default don’t show scroll bars unless you scroll the page. Blackboard is aware of the problem and will be addressing this in a future release but for now you will need to [...]
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Free Speech to Text and Text to Speech In Your Web Browser

03.20.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Teacher Richard Byrne writes a technology blog for teachers called “Free Technology for Teachers.”  One of his more recent posts is about free speech to text and text to speech tools in your web browser.  These tools can be helpful for students or professors who might need help reading articles on the web, transcribing projects, [...]
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