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How to Create Email Rules

Here’s a totally optional tip that may make your life a little simpler by organizing your email inbox.

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Posted in Blackboard Learn for instructors, Free & Cool, Office365

How to Convert Videos with VLC Media

If you’re uploading a speech or other video to your course’s Ensemble dropbox link, you may encounter an error related to the file extension on your video.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, IDS Tech Academy

Use Just-in-Time Video to Give Online Classes a Personal Touch

Just after the start of this most recent quarter, an instructor contacted me about getting his video to play in our learning management system. When I looked at the link he included, my first two thoughts were “what a great

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Posted in ANGEL Tips, Blog, Free & Cool, IDS Tech Academy, Online Pedagogy

Resource Roundup: Links from the Sandbox 3/5/14

Here’s a roundup of articles on educational technology worth passing around the sandbox.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, Online Pedagogy

5 Easy Icebreakers to Get Students Participating Online

If you’re looking for “get-to-know-you” activities for your upcoming spring quarter courses, consider some online icebreakers, made quickly and for free with these web-based tools.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, IDS Tech Academy, Online Pedagogy

In Honor of Digital Learning Day, an Experiment in Curation

Curation: It’s one of the crucial 21st-century skills for learners of all ages, including through higher education and beyond.

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day with Free Resources

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Wednesday is Digital Learning Day, a “nationwide celebration of innovative teachers and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and provide options for students to achieve at their highest potential,” according to its

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, Online Pedagogy

Tech Epiphanies: Understanding the ‘Internet of Things’

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In this podcast from the sandbox, our department director, John McAdam, muses on an internet-connected toothbrush, first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

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Posted in Blog, Devices, Free & Cool, Podcasts

Flippity.net Easily Turns Spreadsheets into Flashcards

Flippity.net is a super simple way to make and share online flashcards. Like, amazingly simple.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool

Use Diigo for Bookmarking and Organizing Online Research

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Diigo is a social bookmarking site that I use for auto-blogging, but it was launched as a tool to organize online research.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, IDS Tech Academy

Resource Roundup: Links from the Sandbox 01/14/2014

Here’s a roundup of interesting articles on educational technology that we’re passing around the sandbox.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool

How to Use Prezi in ANGEL

Recently, an instructor asked me if he could embed a Prezi presentation directly into a page within our learning management system, ANGEL. I thought this was a great idea as Prezi definitely falls into my free & cool educational tools

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Posted in ANGEL Tips, Blog, Free & Cool, IDS Tech Academy

Resource Roundup: Links from the Sandbox 01/07/14

Here’s a roundup of interesting articles on educational technology that we’re passing around the sandbox.

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Posted in Blog, Free & Cool, Learning Trends