Emerging EdTech’s 2012 Free Education Technology Resources eBook

Here is a video announcing the ebook:

Here is how you can get the ebook for free:



Using Rubrics in Blackboard

You can create the rubric ahead and then associate it with an assignment: Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics > Create Rubric > Enter name and description > edit the rubric grid as desired > Submit. One problem I ran into is trying to put too much text in a rubric “square.”   

Or you can access an assessment such as an assignment (or an interactive tool such as a discussion board) then choose Edit from the action link button. If necessary, enable grading (e.g. discussion boards). Associated Rubrics > Add Rubric > Create or Select Rubric. Set rubric visibility > Yes (With Rubric Scores) > Submit.

You can also manually create a new grade column in the grade center and attach a rubric (like you might use for participation).

When you grade, you can click View Rubric to fill in the rubric associated with the assessment. Click the check boxes, provide feedback, and save the grade. It is going to take some time to figure out the best way to create rubrics so they work the way we want them to.

You can import and export rubrics. Let’s say a colleague is willing to export his/her rubrics and email you the zipped folder. In Blackboard, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics > Import Rubric > Browse My Computer to find the zipped folder your colleague sent to you > Submit (wait a few minutes until it finishes and click OK). Now you can use the rubrics as is, edit them, or make a copy to edit.


Apple Announces iBooks2, iBooks Author, and improvements in iTunes U

Excerpts from today’s announcement from Apple:

“Apple® today announced iBooks® 2 for iPad®, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned.”

“iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore.”

“Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses.”

See the video: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/1201oihbafvpihboijhpihbasdouhbasv/event/index.html

Read the press release: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012/01/19Apple-Reinvents-Textbooks-with-iBooks-2-for-iPad.html

Important traits for teaching online. What do you think?

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Online Instructor: Students and faculty discuss specific traits that make an online teacher compelling.