Monday, July 14, 2014

Video Tools

The CTE recently hosted a workshop on the Flipped Classroom.  We spent a day eating yummy food and snacks, as well as sharing instructional strategies and modeling a flipped classroom experience.  To supplement the workshop, I thought I’d share three video tools that can be used in a flipped or your current classroom.  I have used these tools in my online courses.  Essentially, screen capture refers to a process that records audio and video components on your computer screen.  (However, it may also refer to a still image of your computer screen.)

This is a free web based screen capturing tool for up to 15 minutes of recording time or feel free to purchase for more features.  I use the free version.  Screencast-O-Matic allows video creation in multiple formats (mp4, avi and flv) for uploading to its site or YouTube.

Student Strategies:  
  • Use Screencast-O-Matic to provide a video introduction of yourself or a course, whether it’s online, hybrid or face-to-face.
  • Need to respond to a student question, but it would take too long to type it out or need to "show it", use this tool to personalize your response or keep it general and use it again later.
  • Keep your first video short until you become more familiar with the tools and process.  
  • Don’t sweat the small mistakes-the show must go on!

Most of you are already familiar with YouTube.  But…did you know that YouTube has editing capabilities and an automatic text captioning feature?  It’s not perfect-but it’s a start.  You may also upload a transcript.   Check out this YouTube video that quickly walks you through closed captioning.  Also, you can categorize your video files as public, private or unlisted. 

Tech Tip:  Use “Mashups” in Blackboard to easily view and share YouTube videos.

Here’s an example of how I used the videos tool to provide my students a tutorial for formatting Microsoft Word for a College 101 type course.

This is my first attempt at blogging.  I hope you found it helpful.  Is there something you’ve been wondering how to add to your classroom?  Need help with any of these tools?  The CTE is here to help you!  Send an email to or call extension 3371. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Announcing the Blackboard SP12 Upgrade!

Blackboard Learn SP12 has been installed for our Blackboard Learning Management System.  What are some of the new features for faculty?
  • The Global Navigation Menu provides one-click access to your Courses, Settings, Blackboard Help, and the new My Blackboard tools.
  • A new "My Blackboard" where critical information from all your courses is consolidated in a simple, modern, easily consumable way.  This includes Posts, Notifications, and Grades for students.
  • A new and improved Content Editor
  • A redesigned Discussion interface
  • A completely rebuilt Calendar system which automatically synchs course due dates, supports drag and drop changes, provides customizable views, and can be exported to other third party calendars
  • The Retention Center that highlights retention factors and student engagement
  • Inline Assignment Grading where you can review and grade student submitted files in the Blackboard environment
  • Test Enhancements that improves the design and deployment of tests.
This video will quickly show you some of the new key features that may change the way you work...

There's definitely more to Blackboard Learn!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Apple TV and the New Smart Board Rooms

Apple TV
The second generation of Smart Boards have a new feature: Apple TV! This will serve as a media hub through which you can share materials and apps from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch on the Smart Board.  What are some of the uses?
  • Annotate documents
  • Display pictures
  • Use and demonstrate apps
  • Walk the room while still remaining connected
  • Creative project presentations
  • Use as a document camera

Attend a training session in the CTE to learn how to link your mobile device to the Smart Board through Apple TV!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Triton College Has an App!

Triton College is making Blackboard Mobile Learn available for all Students and Faculty. Now, much of the core content of your Blackboard courses will automatically be available from your mobile device on the free Blackboard Mobile Learn App.

What does this mean for Faculty?

Using the same Blackboard Learn platform you already use to manage your courses, you can quickly and easily disseminate information to your students via their primary means of communication.

Updates that you make to courses loaded onto the Blackboard Learn platform, whether via your computer or your mobile device, will seamlessly sync with the content in the Blackboard Mobile Learn application.

You can now meet the needs and expectations of millennial and non-traditional students, who want to be able to do EVERYTHING on their mobile devices.  The Blackboard Mobile Learn application is available on the following networks and devices:
  • Android™ devices
  • BlackBerry® smartphone devices
  • HP webOS devices
  • iPhone®, iPod touch®, and iPad™
  1. Visit the:
    • App Store on your iPhone®,iPad™,or iPod touch®
    • Android Marketplace™ on your Android device
    • BlackBerry App World® on your BlackBerry® smartphone device
    • Palm App Catalog on your HP webOS device
  2. Search for “Blackboard Mobile Learn”.
  3. Install the app.
  4. Search for your institution
  5. Login to Mobile Learn with your personal credentials.
Questions? Please contact our CTE department at or ext. 3269 for further assistance or visit for more information.

Click here to see a demo of the software on the different platforms.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Announcing Smart Notebook Version 11!

With the installation of ten new Smart Boards on campus, we have begun to upgrade our Smart Notebook software to version 11.

What are the differences between Smart Notebook Version 11 and the Notebook software running on the previously existing Smart Boards?

  • New Toolbar: The most obvious difference will be a new toolbar at the top of the Board.  Buttons are now organized into panels, and clicking on a button will open an additional panel that will allow you to better format the tool that you have selected.
  • Internet Browser:  You will be able to insert an Internet browser into your saved notebook files to display websites and manipulate them like you would any other object.
  • New Digital Ink Features:  New custom creative pens are available, you can fill closed areas drawn with digital ink, and you can set “Magic Pen” digital ink to fade after a specified time
  • New Text Editor:  Version 11 comes with an improved text editor, allowing greater flexibility when formatting text
  • New Object Manipulation Features: Resize a picture to fit properly inside an object, group and ungroup objects with a “group” motion on the screen, and record sounds for specific objects.

For more information, watch the following video about Smart Notebook Version 11:

This video provides additional information about the new Toolbar:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Microsoft Office Online Training from Microsoft

Microsoft has a wonderful Office online training site available at  This site gives you the ability to select the product and version for which you want to get training. You can even download the training for a version to be able to train anywhere.  If you need help getting rolling on your Office 2010, 2007, or even 2003, check out this site!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Getting Your Blackboard Learn Course Ready for the New Term

We have converted all courses to the Blackboard Learn (9.1) environment. There are a few procedural changes regarding how to copy course content from one course to another, and making the course available to the students at the start of the academic year.

First of all, copying content to a new course involves logging into Blackboard Learn at, opening the old course which is the source of the content, and, by selecting "Packages and Utilities" and "Course Copy" in the Course Management Area. The key items that one must do is:
  • Select the new course into which the content is being copied
  • Select the Course Menu items that are being copied
  • Select the Tools (Blogs, Discussions, Journals, Tests, Rubrics, etc.) that are being copied
  • Submit the Copy Course form
Once the course is copied, it is necessary to open the new course and do the following:
  • Change dates that were set for any assignments, test, documents, discussions, learning modules, etc.
  • Clear out any old discussion postings
  • Confirm that the tests are deployed on the proper content pages in within Learning Modules, and, if they cannot be opened, redeploy tests
  • Confirm that all external links are opening properly
  • Change the Course Entry point to the page that you want the students to see first. The following link will take you to a demonstration on how to set the Course Entry point.
The following procedure explains how to copy existing course content to a new course shell.

In addition, if the course shell for the new term was created in Blackboard CE8 and was a blank shell when converted, the only item in the Course Menu will be "My Grades." If the new course shell was created in Blackboard Learn, you will see in the Course Menu the default links:
  • Home Page
  • Information
  • Content
  • Discussions
  • Groups
  • Tools
  • Help
Please delete any of the links that you will not be using.

Finally, it will be necessary to make the course available to the students on the first day of class. The following video from Blackboard explains how to do so: Setting Course Availability. A printable procedure that explains how to do this is available by clicking on Making the Course Available.