Last month I handed my 5-year old a brightly colored robot for kids (created by Make Wonder– https://www.makewonder.com) and an iPad. I didn’t have time to begin to explain how the app worked because immediately she said, “What happens if I do this, will he (and yes, we talked about why she immediately decided her robot was male) move that way?” and then “Yes! I knew it.” She arranged her toys as an obstacle course and tried to get the robot to maneuver though, and somehow during this game adopted If/Else statements (for example, If I push the top button the robot should say “hi” and start the obstacle course, otherwise/else, if I clap, the robot moos like a cow). And I thought about the push to get girls into computer science. But mostly I thought- look how much fun she’s having, look how complex her thinking can be. It’s a game- a big brightly colored doll she’s named and is controlling with an iPad. Look how much she’s learning.
And I wondered, how are we preparing the students we’re sending to work in daycare centers (coincidentally, a current Hostos student works at my daughter’s Washington Heights daycare) and teach in pre-k classes, to get these youngest kids, especially girls, excited about computer programming? And then I marveled at the question and at the new educational technology at our fingertips, because my kid who was only fully potty-trained 18-months ago just constructed a do-while loop. I can’t wait until she can read. I’ve got scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu) bookmarked for next year.
On February 5th, 2015, the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) presented the different tools and resources available to assist students with disabilities. They also demonstrated the process on how students can get help from the ARC and the different technologies they have available. The presentation was led by Raymond Perez, Student Disability Services Manager. For additional information, please visit their website: Accessibility Resource Center
Nearpod is a cross-platform application and an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of mobile devices in the classroom. With Nearpod, instructors can create and download interactive multimedia presentations, share content and assessments in real time, monitor classroom activity, and easily control students’ devices. Nearpod is a complete solution to manage what students see on their screens. Faculty can get immediate feedback and track their class progress with detailed reports.
Students interact and submit responses using any device, PC/MAC laptop, or mobile devices such as an iPad (iOS), Samsung Galaxy (Android) and Microsoft Surface (Windows). Also, students can join session
s from anywhere.
The Nearpod app can be downloaded and used for free with size restrictions. You will have limited storage space to develop Nearpod sessions. The free option will give you access up to 50 MB of Storage space, up to 20 MB Presentation size, up to 30 students per live session and reporting only in PDF format. The college has purchased a limited number of School Edition licenses. With these licenses, faculty will enjoy the full Nearpod experience with enhanced features and benefits. The college is able to create a Private library to access exclusive content. Faculty have access to content tool and reporting tool advanced features, 100 students per session, 10 GB storage space, Presentation size up to 60 MB and premium training and support.
Despite the great technological advancements in many areas, especially in education, there stll are areas for improvements. Specifically in online learning there is a lot to enhance the way content is created and delivered to students in the different Learning Management Systems. This is when Universal Design (UD) concepts and principles can be applied in education to provide more accessibility for all students. Universal Design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all peop…
by George Rosa
Spring 2015 is seeing some new and very important updates to the CUNY Blackboard environment.
The Student Preview is one of the most useful additions to the Blackboard toolkit to come along in a long time. The new Student Preview button allows you to see the course as the student is seeing it at that moment. It is the best way to verify which folders and items are available and how they appear in the content areas. Also, you can try out assessments like assignments and tests that you post and get your own grade report in the Grade Center and in “My Grades”, which previously was not possible. Besides making it possible to verify what you are posting to your students, it makes it less confusing for both you and your students when you demonstrate your course and how to access the assets you post on it.
ePortfolio and Group Assignment Submission
When you create an assignment, in the Create Assignment page you are given submission options under Submission Details. One option is for the type of assignment – individual, group or portfolio. Individual submissions are the standard assignment which has been used in Blackboard for years. With Group submissions groups that have already been created are selected for the particular assignment.
EPortfolios in Blackboard is something completely new to Hostos and CUNY Blackboard users. Blackboard has its own ePortfolio system, which is separate and distinct from the one Hostos uses in its ePortfolio Initiative. That ePortfolio system is hosted by Digication. There is no functional connection between Blackboard and Digication ePortfolios, so that ePortfolios created in Blackboard cannot be easily imported into Digication and vice versa. However, it might be desirable for some faculty for students to submit assignments in a portfolio format. Blackboard portfolios are a topic that really can’t be covered sufficiently in this article. If you have any questions or are interested in using Blackboard portfolios please contact us at the EdTech office.
SafeAssign now accessed through the Assignment tool link
Another option that can be chosen in Assignment Submissions is whether you want to submit the assignment as a SafeAssignment.” Previously when you wanted to post a SafeAssignment you navigated to the SafeAssigment link under the Assessments Action Link button in the bar at the top of the content area. Now you create a SafeAssignment by going to the Assignment link, like a standard assignment. In the Create Assignment page you then, under Submission Details, select “check submission for plagiarism using SafeAssign.” Thus SafeAssignment is now treated as a standard assignment with the SafeAssign plagiarism check applied to it.
Also in this area you can set to Exclude submissions from the Institutional and Global References Database. This is useful when multiple attempts are selected for submission.
Anonymous and Delegated Grading of Assignments
In the Create Assignment page under Grading Options, you can choose to Enable Anonymous Grading. Faculty may find this useful if they are concerned about bias in grading. Another option is to allow for Delegated Grading by different course users. For the graders, you can choose to have them grade all submissions or a random set, and if random set is chosen, the number of submissions in the set.
Please contact us at EdTech if you have any questions about these new features or any questions concerning Blackboard or anything related to technology apllications in
teaching and learning.
Setting Significant Figures in Calculated Formula questions
When adding a calculated formula question, you have the options to define the variables, set minimum and maximum values for the variables, and determine number of decimal places. A new option allows you to set the number of significant figures that the answer is calculted to.
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- Creating Interactive lessons with Nearpod by Iber Poma
- Universal Design in Online Teaching by Wilfredo Rodriguez
- Blackboard’s Latest Updates for Spring 2015 by George Rosa
- Lisa Tappeiner, Interim ETLC Chairperson, Spring 2014
- Academic Dishonesty in Online Learning
- The Tegrity/Blackboard Pilot Project
- Hostos’s iPAD Pilot Initiative
- Bronx EdTech Showcase 2014
- Blackboard’s Content Management System
- ADAPTIVE LEARNING: What is it; how does it work?
- EdTech Innovator Chase