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Blackboard: Video Everywhere

02.4.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Video Everywhere is a feature of the Content Editor Building Block. Once installed and activated, a new icon is added to the Content Editor that controls a user’s webcam. When activated, users can record a video and upload it directly to YouTube. The feature provides the ability for instructors and students to: Record a video on the fly using a […]
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ThingLink: Interactive Images

01.30.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Thinglink is a free website where you can create interactive images.  It is a way for you to create one image that includes music, video, text, images, shops, and social media.  Thinglink can be used for presentations, assignments, organizational strategies, and more. Once you sign up, you can build a stream, similarly to picking boards […]
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Top 6 Tips All iPad Professors Should Know About iOS 7

01.28.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
A lot of professors are integrating the iPad into the classroom and have had multiple questions regarding the iPad. With the new iOS 7 there are some good tips and tricks to help you navigate the software. For that reason, I have put together a list of of the top 6 things every iPad professor […]
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Free Media Software: Find the Right Tool Online

01.23.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
There are many free tools online that can help you flip the classroom, create posters and flyers, stay organized, video edit, and more.  The trick is finding the right tools, knowing where to find the tools, and knowing what’s available. HPU Libraries Media Services has created a Free Media Software Guide to get you started […]
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Your W Drive: A Good Alternative for Sharing Files

01.21.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
With the popularity of the flipped classroom and more online classes, lecture videos are a must. However, did you know there is a file size limit of 50MB that you can post to Blackboard or even email via your HPU email account? A five to ten minute video would more than likely exceed the 50MB […]
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Using Audio in the Classroom: MP3 Conversion Websites

01.17.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
  This post is about implementing audio into classrooms and assignments by uploading audio files online.  There are many different options, but one that is popular and usually successful is uploading a MP3 file to Blackboard as an item.  This way you can have students listen to the audio at home, play the audio easily […]
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Learn How to Use Webex

01.14.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
WebEx is a Web conferencing application that can be used to host classes, office hours, and other meetings online. Instructors and students communicate in real-time using chat, voice, and video. Instructors can show PowerPoint presentations, annotate slides, allow students to present, share a document, perform live editing, poll students, record the session, and much more. […]
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Screencasting Tools: Camtasia vs. Screencast-O-Matic

01.10.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Recording your computer screens into a digital video (screencasting) for class tutorials can come in handy when flipping the classroom.  You can record yourself using an online tool, reciting a presentation, or guide students through a website.  You can even record streaming video online – though you will still have to follow copyright rules when […]
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Adding HPU Email to Your Phone

01.7.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Did you get a new phone or iPad for Christmas and want to add your HPU email to it? Follow the instructions below to learn how to add webmail to your devices.   Adding webmail to an iPhone/iPad: How to Add Webmail to an iPhone from Kaitlyn Reish   Adding webmail to an Android device: […]
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Adding Blog to RSS Feeder

12.16.2013 By: Samantha Harlow
Since it’s the holidays, we are going to write a simple post about RSS and adding URLs to your favorite RSS readers or feeds program. “RSS or Really Simple Syndication is a family of web feed formats.  RSS is mainly used to publish frequently updated works.  RSS feeds are very helpful for blogs or news […]
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