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Instructional Technology Blog

Blackboard: Supported Browsers

02.19.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
Since Blackboard is a web based tool, it will only work properly in certain web browsers. There are some known issues with using a non-supported web browser.  Recently there has been issues using Blackboard in certain browsers. Please follow the steps and guides below to make sure you are using a supported browser when using […]
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Ken Burns iPad App: History Mixtapes

02.17.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, in collaboration with the digital agency Big Spaceship, has released an app of “mixtapes” of all his documentaries titled Ken Burns. These mixtapes take all of his works (over 136 hours) and break them down into six themes in American history: innovation, race, politics, art, hard times, and war.   The user […]
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Ten Educational Tech Tools to Try This Year

02.11.2014 By: Kaitlyn Reish
A new semester has begun so why not check out some technology tools to use in your classroom this year? Below I have compiled a list of beneficial educational tools that you could integrate into the classroom. As you read considering trying new tools this year or implementing forgotten tools. Whatever the case, take time to check […]
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NMC Horizon Report on Technology and Higher Education

02.7.2014 By: Samantha Harlow
The New Media Consortium (NMC) annually teams up with EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) to write the NMC Horizon Report.  This report is on emerging technologies that will most influence higher education.  You can download the full NMC Horizon Report for 2014.  According to the NMC website “this eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon […]
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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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