The Most Anticipated Tech Tools for the 2011 School Year

  1. Google Plus
  2. Edmodo
  3. iPad

…according to Audrey Watters at KQED. Click to read the full article:


Katie’s Time-Saving Techniques for Blackboard

Organizing your course in Blackboard 8

·  To be consistent and clear, use your syllabus “schedule” as a guide to organizing your content in Blackboard.

·  Copy what you can from other shells using the copy command (for individual items) or course copy (for several sections at a time). With course copy, watch out for adaptive release rules. Discussion boards, wikis, and blogs may need to be cleaned out or recreated. Remember to update dates!

·  Remove menu items you don’t use. Add menu items for tools you use a lot. Control Panel > Manage Course Menu.

·  Structure your assignments section by starting with a generic “week” folder with a typical series of tasks listed inside. Then copy the folder multiple times for each week before customizing them. Add date restrictions to folders rather than items inside.

·  Discussion: Do you like to put everything under “Assignments” or do you like to break out exams, discussions, links, and/or projects?


Fall Semester Training

Hello College of Ed! Please reply with two educational technology tools/topics you would like to know more about.

Here are some upcoming group training opportunities. Email or call me to schedule one-on-one help sessions or if you want me to drop in on one of your classes.


August 5 from 12 to 1 pm Creating Accessible Online Documents: Ensure equal access for a diverse population online

August 8-12 August Tech Camp The faculty technology center is offering lots of great workshops including a technology petting zoo! Follow this link for details: LIB 214 or online

August 16 from 6 to 8 pm Blackboard: Time-saving techniques for communicating with students, grading, and more PSB 216

August 18 from 4 to 6 pm Blackboard: Time-saving techniques for communicating with students, grading, and more online

August 19 from 12 to 1 pm Elive 10 Refresher: Creating community online  

August 24 from 6 to 8 pm Elive Knowledge Share: Share your successes and/or try something new online

Use this link to join all online/elive sessions:


September 8 through October 27 (Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm) ED 565 Educational Technologies for Online Instructors online

Signing up for credit is optional. If you want 1 credit, the cost will be $74 (through PACE), otherwise it is free! Let me know if you are interested.


Bonus: I have been adding learning objects, videos, and other information to a College of Education EdTech Blackboard shell. If you would like to be added to that shell, let me know!