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Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

If you are of a certain age (like me) you have probably been around long enough to experience different iterations of the “ultimate teleconference system”…remember Polycom, Google Hangouts, Skype, JoinMe, Collaborate, GoToMeeting… they have all come and (somehow) gone. Until Star Trek’s transporter becomes a reality, my more recent experience using and playing around with […]

It’s All About the Fundamentals

It’s All About the Fundamentals

I haven’t been able to dunk a basketball for the past five years. Or during the 30-some odd years prior, for that matter.   Back in 3rd grade, though, you would have had a hard time convincing a four-foot-me that I wasn’t destined to star in Space Jam 2. And I wasn’t the only one […]

2 Tips for Google Docs: Beautiful Existing Templates & How to Create Your Own

2 Tips for Google Docs: Beautiful Existing Templates & How to Create Your Own

Google Docs is a powerful collaboration tool available to all CI faculty and students, branded as CI Docs. CI Docs is part of the DolphinPod suite of services that provides for the creation of digital documents, presentations, and forms through your web browser. Any of these items may be turned into a collaborative environment simply […]

Virtual Field Trips with VoiceThread Mobile

Virtual Field Trips with VoiceThread Mobile

Confession: My name is Jaime and I am a regular VoiceThread user. I have been using VoiceThread for the last few years after being introduced to it by Jill Leafsteadt and Michelle Pacansky-Brock. I have integrated VoiceThread in a variety of ways into my courses, from asynchronous discussions about ethical issues in nursing to integrating […]

Virtual Reality & Online Teaching: Are we coming full circle?

Virtual Reality & Online Teaching: Are we coming full circle?

vir-tu-al re-al-i-ty (noun) technology that replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagines worlds and let the user interact in that world.  A few weeks ago, I came across an interesting article* about Virtual Reality (VR) and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Thirst, maker of the soon to be first consumer […]

The Unplugged Professor

The Unplugged Professor

   On any given week, in my “traditional” face-to-face classes I use the computer available in the classroom and many digital tools: Google Docs to facilitate class discussions, readings  and analysis done by students; the criticized PowerPoint; Voice Thread; YouTube videos; CD player or the Internet to find relevant data. The class is usually fluid, […]

Bring a Project to Life with Digital Storytelling

Bring a Project to Life with Digital Storytelling

Looking for approaches for to improve student engagement? Want to integrate digital tools and technology into assignments? Need to bring a project to life? Spice up your end of semester projects with Digital Storytelling! Why digital storytelling? Digital Storytelling tells a story in a powerful way by connecting ideas, narratives, and emotion through the use […]

ONLINE TEACHING: OVERCOMING LONELINESS

ONLINE TEACHING: OVERCOMING LONELINESS

  As I take some time to look back and reflect on my online teaching experience, I can’t avoid the feeling that, while it has been transformative in profoundly positive ways, it has been, frankly, lonely at times. We, as traditional face-to-face classroom instructors, have taken different paths to our teaching: an early vocation or […]

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