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Dr. Joyce Salls, one of our 2013-2014 Faculty Technology Fellows, recently presented her work at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) annual conference.
The session,”Using VoiceThread To Enhance Student Learning”, discussed how educators are challenged to provide students with learning activities that promote reflective thinking via web technology. She demonstrated how VoiceThread, a free web based technology tool, was used to enhance student engagement both in online and on the ground courses.
I’m very pleased to share that Dr. Tracy Bartel, a 2012-2013 Faculty Technology Fellow, has recently had her work published in the online peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. The article, Inspiring Student Engagement with Technology, addresses the question of how to replicate the educational benefits of in-class discussions and lectures in an online environment.
Congratulations to Tracy and thanks to her and the technology fellows for their ongoing work!
P.S. Don’t forgot to come support the 14-15 Technology Fellows on Thursday, April 9th for their Faculty Lecture Series Presentation!
The Chronicle of Higher Education writes about a recent study on flipped classrooms. The study is to be published in February in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, but it is avaliable online now. It reports on the 2011 and 2012 versions of a first-year course for graduate students, “Basic Pharmaceutics II.” It also describe the course redesign and how what students thought of the change.
The newest app to grab my attention is TouchCast. I often find apps that I like, but this app is sparking love! TouchCast is being touted as “video and web coming together.” The app allows users to create videos that are fully customizable. The videos need to be shot and viewed with an iPad for optimal performance, but the videos can still be viewed with limited interactivity from computers and smartphones.
Are you feeling vApp-id?
Nothing is vapid about TouchCast, but its Video Applications (vApps) are mind-blowing. Users can create videos and add vApps. The vApps add interactive components to the TouchCast recordings that are both professional in appearance and highly customizable. Below is a screenshot of the all the vApps that are currently available.
Wait! There’s more!!
Beyond vApps, there is a useful whiteboard feature that allows users to draw directly on the video or on a blank screen. There are also several video effects that can be added to the live video feed, and another really cool feature is the teleprompter. That’s right, a teleprompter. The teleprompter is found on the cameral tab and is fully adjustable. The teleprompter appears on the side of the iPad nearest the camera so that you appear to be looking at the camera while reading your script or scanning your notes.
Beyond the teleprompter you can fully prep a TouchCast’s vApps, titles and whiteboard annotations and save them as projects, which can then be used in the TouchCast recording.
How to experience a TouchCast
TouchCast videos can be uploaded to Youtube, however the interactive features aren’t available. Viewers of TouchCast videos will find the optimal viewing experience on an iPad 2 or new. However, viewers can go to the TouchCast website (www.TouchCast.com) in either Chrome or Safari and enjoy the interactive viewing experience.
TouchCast in the Beginning (aka last month)
TouchCast was just added to the App Store on June 27, 2013 and I am sure there will be bugs, but it is one of the neatest apps I have seen in a long time. The main limitation (for the time being) is the 60 minute upload limit. TouchCast is currently free, which means limits. However, they are developing a subscription plan that will allow users to buy more time in the future.
TouchCast’s Bright Future
On a final and morally sound note, TouchCast has a strict content guideline policy. They intended to enforce their commonsense guidelines, which are meant to prevent violent, sexually explicit, or hateful videos and comments. It is nice to see that a sense of community is being established early and that this app will be used to its’ fullest potential for the good of all.
Feel free to view my TouchCast – http://www.touchcast.com/chathamit/Sample-Touchcast
Here are two articles about passwords that are worth a read:
We are pleased that Chatham has been represented in a new peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy (JITP). The article entitled “Incorporating the Virtual into the Physical Classroom: Online Mastery Quizzes as a Blended Assessment Strategy” originated from Kyle Beidler’s work in the Faculty Technology Fellows program.
Congratulations to him and the rest of the fellows for their ongoing work!
The app has been touted as having an “interactive” whiteboard. I tend to disagree with the word choice. I believe the app has a “dynamic” whiteboard. The interaction occurs between the presenter/instructor and the material, rather than the viewer/student and the material. Therefore, I prefer the term “dynamic.”
ShowMe’s features are well-integrated and easy to use. The app is free to download on your iPad. When you open the app you will have to create an account. You can log into the app via Facebook or Twitter, but I find it best to always create a separate account.
After the account is created it runs through a brief demonstration and then you are ready to go! The app allows you to annotate directly on the whiteboard or you can upload or take a picture, which you can then annotate with any of the seven available colors. You can also layer images and pause recordings to change images.
The absolute best feature is what happens once you are done recording your ShowMe; it saves to your ShowMe account. Once it is saved to the account you can then share it from you iPad. You can share it via Facebook, Twitter, email or web link. Also, if you log into your account at ShowMe.com you can then get an embed code to put into Moodle!!
This is an easy way to create both visual and audio tutorials for students to access from their iPad, smartphone, or computer.
Below is a video Showing You how to use ShowMe.