Sharing student work

Here is an interesting article in Educause Quarterly about the value of “public” performance:


The key takeaways are:

  • Requiring students to submit work privately using a digital dropbox (or even worse, e-mail) can be a destructive pedagogical practice.
  • Students benefit from public performance and public critique because people have to perform in the “real world” and are regularly subject to critique.
  • Online faculty should strive to incorporate authentic, real-world types of experiences in the online courses they teach — including public performance and the accompanying public feedback.

(By Patrick R. Lowenthal and David Thomas | November 2010)


When I have my students create projects, I usually have them submit the file or link to me in a Blackboard assignment, share or discuss their project during class,  and also post their project file or link in a discussion board to share with their classmates.

 How do you have your students “turn in” their projects?

 What is the best way for students to share projects with each other?

 What is the best way for students to share projects with the public?


Here is another benefit of sharing projects. As an observer in one COE class last week, the faculty member suggested that while the students were going to have to create 4 lesson plans on specific topics, they would leave the course with close to 80 lesson plans on a wide variety of topics because they would pool all the lesson plans created by the all the students in the course!



Review of IPEVO Point 2 View USB Camera

I purchased a few small and inexpensive Point 2 View USB cameras for the college. I set up one camera in each classroom and have one in my office for check out. If you check out the camera from me (or use your own laptop in the classroom), you will have to install the P2V software on your computer (it only takes a few minutes). Here is what the IPEVO Point 2 View camera looks like:

To use the IPEVO Point 2 View camera, plug it into a USB port on the computer. Click the Start button > All Programs > IPEVO > P2V > P2V. Once the software window opens, you should see the image appear and you can zoom or take snapshots using the P2V software. When in the classroom, you can place an object or document under the camera for the class to see on the big screen. It is a small camera, so large objects will not work unless you stack some books under the camera stand! Here is a related tip:

I tested the IPEVO Point 2 View camera with Elive and it works but is limited. In Elive, open the video window from the button on the toolbar and choose your Device at the bottom. You will get an error if you choose the Point 2 View camera when the P2V software that comes with the camera is open. If you close the P2V software, then you can Preview to get the image rotated correctly (upside down) and pick your quality (fine color). There is auto focus on the camera itself but no zoom button so you just have to move the camera arm to zoom in/out. Then you can transmit the video to the class. The quality isn’t great for text but works pretty well for small objects.

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Digital Citizenship

A digital citizen must have the skills and knowledge to interact safely and effectively using digital tools. In today’s high-tech society, this describes everyone!

Digital citizenship includes digital literacy which can be defined as the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology ( I think of it as critical thinking and resourcefulness! These are key skills our college students need to succeed in school and in life.

For our students’ students, safety, security, ethics, and etiquette are key. “Because they feel anonymous in cyberspace, and seldom see the people with whom they interact, kids behave differently when online.  They can become leaders and experts in their areas of interest and can organize others for a cause. They can also be mean or engage in dangerous activities themselves.”  (

If you are interested, check out these great resources:

Brain Pop

Cable in the Classroom

Common Sense Media has some free programs for students and parents

Do you have a secure password?

These days we have so many passwords. Ever wonder if your passwords are long enough and strong enough? UAA adheres to the NIST2 standard which requires that passwords be at least 8 characters and include upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.

But how will you ever remember it? This info graphic (created by Zone Alarm) suggests you take a sentence and turn it into a password. “To thine own self be true” could become 2tosBtrue!