Day two of the Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference started with this extremely useful insight into the roadmap Blackboard is taking with the ‘Learn’ product, as well as Blackboard’s own opinion on the conference theme: “Make Do or Spend?”.
Greg Ritter (@gritter), Director of Product Management with Blackboard Learn, showed Blackboards perspective on ‘the challenges ahead’ and on the conference theme, ‘Make Do or Spend?’. Greg showed us, and discussed:
- Blackboard Analytics [product]: extract student data, from both Blackboard and Institution student-records systems, for use in reporting to different stakeholders.
- Focus on fundamentals, 2010 to 2012:
Do you use images or photos? Do you check with the owner before saving or copying or using? Are you using Creative Commons (CC) images and think that it’s all OK because the image labelled as CC therefore you’ve done all your supposed to?
Do you in fact understand what Creative Commons is? If in doubt, before you go any further, watch this video: Creative Commons Explained.
Right, so you understand CC now? Then you’ll also be needing this Infographic: “Creative Commons: free photos for bloggers“:
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A photo or image placed under a Creative Commons license enables you, the ‘borrower’ to copy, distribute, and display the work providing the photo or image is correctly attributed to the owner. Every CC license applies worldwide, is non-revocable, is not exclusive, and lasts for the duration of the works copyright.
Get a nice little image like this for your eLearning resources, made up of your own content from this website: www.fodey.com/generators/newspaper/.
Here’s one I made earlier from the introduction to my recent “What is a Learning Technologist (part 8)” post.
Whilst it doesn’t generate an image that’s nearly big enough to showcase any meaningful content it could be a well placed and personalised image to introduce a new section of your learning resources, or part of a montage of images / clippings for a class review, or a unique image for your next PowerPoint presentation? How would you use this?
Simply input your Newspaper name, publication date, and article title as well as the main text you want the generator to use and then press the ‘Generate’ button, like this:
I have used Google Earth a few times in some eLearning packages I’ve put together, mainly to demonstrate location or distance, but what else is it useful for? Well, that all depends on what age of student you have, and what you want them to achieve in the activity.
I came across this excellent list of uses for Google Earth in Education, and a great list of 50 Ideas for the Classroom.
The post starts by saying:
“Google Earth has opened up potential for students in classrooms around the globe with its bird’s-eye view of the world. Whether you are a veteran teacher looking for new ways to teach old topics or you are a still an education student getting ready to make your debut in the classroom, these exciting ways to use Google Earth are sure to infuse your lessons with plenty of punch.”
I’ll not replicate the article here, so you’ll have to click the link above for the full list (split into the different age ranges of students) but here are a few choice activities for the different ages, from Primary to higher education;
If your new to Google Earth and want to know more, then you ought to read a few websites that are good at introducing the application and it’s uses. A few to start you off are;
Of course you’ll need to have Google Earth installed first – it’s free and available here. Another really good tool to use is the browser plugin - Google Earth API – which lets you “embed Google Earth, a true 3D digital globe, into your web pages. Using the API you can draw markers and lines, drape images over the terrain, add 3D models, or load KML files, allowing you to build sophisticated 3D map applications.”
If you’ve used Google Earth yourself and would like to share your experience, and even the activity you used it in, then please leave a comment.