Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Web Conferencing


Are you looking for an opportunity to engage your online students?  Enhance classroom instruction with live guests?  Conduct virtual meetings or office hours?  Blackboard Collaborate is a web conferencing tool that will allow you interact with students and colleagues. 
Personally, I use a web conferencing tool to hold a “live chat” during every week of my online courses to review materials, answer questions and hold discussions.  Furthermore, in the CTE we use it to hold division meetings and monthly faculty meetings.  The opportunities are endless!  
Check out this video for more details:  Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Orientation for Moderators!  
We are holding regular training sessions for Collaborate this fall.
  • Monday, August 31, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 8, 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 14, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 19, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
For help with this tool and many others, stop by the CTE, send an email to cte@triton.edu or call extension 3371.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tell your students about Smarthinking



Tell your students about Smarthinking




Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that Triton makes available to its students, and it now has an app! 

Smarthinking provides tutoring in mathematics (basic math through Calculus including Bilingual Math), Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Statistics, Spanish, Writing, Reading, and its own technical support. Please join one of the following sessions to learn more about this service and the ways in which it can help your students succeed.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1:00, 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 27, 1:00, 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sep. 16, 1:00, 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sep. 29, 1:00, 3:00 or 6:00 p.m.
Register for the session of your choice at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2223425084930371073. You will receive a confirmation email with information for joining your selected session.

For more information about Smarthinking, visit  http://www.smarthinking.com/

Friday, April 17, 2015

Smart Notebook 14

Triton is installing a new version of Smart Notebook on the Smart Boards across the campus.  Already installed on 13 of our newer Smart Boards, Smart Notebook 14 includes a number of exciting features.  Watch the video below for a taste of what's coming.



Smart Notebook 14 has improved math functionality through the new Smart Math Tools powered by Geogebra! Write equations, create interactive graphs, and use new Smart Board features that are available for all levels of math instruction and for disciplines that use equations and graphs. Watch the video below to see these new math features in action.



Two of our Math Faculty will be facilitating "Smart Board - Math Tools" workshops on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28 from 2:00 - 3:30 in the Faculty/Staff Computer Lab (E-210W). Come and be sure to bring lots of questions!

To register, please go to http://www.triton.edu/cte and click on the "Click here to register..." link.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

321 Free Tools for Teachers

What's in your teacher toolbox?  I know that overtime we accumuluate various tools, some are free and some we had to purchase.  A few of these tools we continue to use, but some of them, are outdated. Well, this is an excellent time to update your toolbox!  Here’s a recently posted list of 321 free tools for teachers categorized in 18 educational technology areas, including tools for creating infographics, text to speech, digital storytelling, podcasts, survey, polls and quizzes, screen capturing, social bookmarking, bibliography and citation, sticky notes, photo and image editing, testing and quizzing, web conferencing, authoring, annotation, video, PDF, Royalty free and Creative Commons music, and stock photos.  They’re all available in the article, 321 Free Tools for Teachers on eLearning Industry’s website.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Open Educational Resources LibGuide

Do you often find yourself asking, “Can I include this image in my presentation? Do I have permission to share this video in my Blackboard shell?” Learn the basics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and how to access free, sharable images, audio files, course texts, recorded lectures and more using the newly created OER LibGuide. Created by Triton College Librarian Lauren Kosrow and Instructional Design Specialist Sara Gallagher, this online guide is an introduction to OER for faculty, students and staff who are interested in incorporating OER into teaching and learning.  And don’t forget that there are more LibGuides on many subjects available, and you can work with the library to create LibGuides specifically for your courses. For more information about LibGuides, contact Lauren Kosrow Ext. 3478 or laurenkosrow@triton.edu.

For more help with this tool and many others, stop by the CTE, send an email at cte@triton.edu or call extension 3371.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Blackboard's Mashups

Did you know that by simply adding media to your course that you add visual appeal and engage a wider student body?  Adding media to your courses in Blackboard is easy with Mashups!  Triton’s Blackboard Learn supports files from YouTube, SlideShare and Flickr.  Once you intentionally select your media, it only takes a few clicks and automagically, the media is there.  Blackboard offers step by step instructions and the video below for help.
Check out these step by step instructions on how to incorporate Blackboard Mashups.  Prefer to view a video?  Blackboard presents How to Create a Mashups in just over 2 minutes.  

For more help with this Blackboard tool and many others, stop by the CTE, send an email at cte@triton.edu or call extension 3371.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Growing Online Learning: Faculty Share Lessons Learned

Happy New Year!  Spring 2015 is officially on its way.  I know we’re all busy checking on students and responding to emails, but we wanted to share a free web-based conference opportunity focusing on Illinois community colleges beginning February 9 through February 12, 2015.  Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO) is hosting a free web-based conference with a Faculty Shared Lessons Learned theme.  This is an excellent opportunity for current faculty teaching online or those who are interested.  For more information on individual sessions and to register (did I mention it was free?) visit http://ilcco.net/ILCCO/index.cfm?p=conferences

See you there!