Appy Monday – Explain Everything

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What is Explain Everything?

Explain Everything is an interactive whiteboard, screencasting tool. It is available as a mobile app. However, there is a cost of £4.49 . Please be aware of this, if you choose to use it.

Explain Everything™ Interactive Whiteboard from Explain Everything™ on Vimeo.

What can it do?

With the Explain Everything app, you can import documents, pictures, videos and sound files to your project and then add drawings, annotations, animations and voice over narrations. The final project can  be recorded and shared with other people.

Animate by using a variety of tools and draw in multiple colours on a virtually unlimited space.

Rotate, move and arrange any object added to the stage.  Record and playback your screencasts.

Integrates with multiple import and export sources, for example Google Drive, Dropbox.  Import images, videos, PDFs and more.  Export to MP4, PDF, PNG and editable projects.

How to download:

From the App Store   

From Google Play Store

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Instructional videos, create step by step how to videos with text or voice
  • Creating flipped content style videos
  • Check students understanding and knowledge by asking them to create an ‘Explain Everything’ presentation.
  • To give feedback to students on their work: student feedback

Short task:

  1.  Download the app ‘Explain Everything’
  2.  Open the app and click on the ‘plus’ sign to start a new project
  3.  Add a photo or document from your iPad
  4.  Use the annotation tools, press record and a voice over narration
  5. Stop the recording
  6. Export to video to your email account

Important note

Please be aware the app costs £4.49.  Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Explain Everything within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

iOS help guide

 

 

Appy Monday – Sketches

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What is Sketches? 

Tayasui Sketches is a drawing app which enables you to draw out your notes, doodles and diagrams on your iPad or iPhone and organise these into collections.

What can it do? 

  • Enable you to draw electronic sketches using a variety of different drawing tools and a wide range of colours.
  • Use patterns to fill large areas of the picture.
  • Add text and shapes to add further meaning.
  • Share your drawings via email or social media tools such as Facebook and Flickr.
  • Add photos with your camera as a background to an image.

Download it now

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • To take notes during a lecture or seminar combining text, drawings and diagrams to represent key points.
  • To create visual images which help to break-up heavily text based learning resources or presentations.
  • Challenge students to represent a concept or idea using drawings only and share this in class or on a shared area in Course Resources such as a discussion board.

Short task: 

  • Download the app.
  • Open the app and try drawing the University of Derby logo.
  • Save the picture.
  • Email this to yourself.

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Sketches within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Sharing audio for peer review and submitting for assessment in Course Resources using Media Gallery

Matt Le Mare. Creative Expressive Therapies, College of Health and Social Care

Matt, who ran the Music and Musicianship module in Spring 2016, wanted a way for students to share their formative music assignment with each other within the Course Resources module so they could do peer feedback. He also wanted the students to submit their final assignment, which comprised a piece of music, through Course Resources.

Matt comments that Media Gallery “…works for me as I wanted to electronically move quickly from assessing audio to text and then back again instead of trolling through usb stick, CDs and DVDs, then reading students’ paper submission, then having to give the feedback on paper. It works for the external examiner because she/he can do the same. For students, they can submit electronically, which is what they wanted to do. They can share it if they wish. It was easily set up, just works, and ‘saves’ time!”.

Sharing media within Course Resources

Media Gallery (Kaltura) was the perfect solution for his requirements. First, using the Media Gallery feature, students were able to upload iterations of their music and publish them within the module.

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A view of the Media Gallery containing students’ formative work

Media Gallery also has a comment feature akin to social media, which allows attributed comments to be posted.

media gallery comment

Submitting media for assignments

Mat also wanted students to submit their final piece of music through Course Resources. Previously dealing with media would have required receiving CDs, DVDs or USB flash memory drives with all of the associated management and potential for damage or loss that entails – especially when required by external examiners.

With Media Gallery, students were able to upload their music and submit it directly through Course Resources “Assignment” where it was safely stored and accessible only to the tutors. External moderators are also able to view the work directly through Course Resources, so there is no more worry about sending off media in the post.

media submission music and muscianship

Summary

Media Gallery provided a simple and robust solution for Mat’s needs. It also enhanced the student experience as they were able to share their music and get feedback from each other which is kept only to the group enrolled within the module. This effectively extended the classroom into an asynchronous space offering more opportunity for students and tutors to interact outside of physical contact time.

The submission of media within Course Resources solved the problem of access and security of assessed work. Pieces were available immediately within Course Resources to tutors and moderators, and management of physical submissions was eliminated.

Recording trainee teachers’ discussions using Panopto’s student Dropbox with group view

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Dr Bill Esmond. Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education: Post 14. College of Education, University of Derby.

Bill’s cohort of trainee FE teachers were considering the current curriculum and the gaps which exist in the teaching of the subject. They had an introductory seminar to consider the issues and then, in small groups, were required to create a video of their discussion which was recorded into a panopto Dropbox. A Dropbox is a special folder that allows students to record presentations to using the Panopto recorder. It can be set to be private so that only the tutor and student can see their recording, or group view, so that everyone in the cohort can view them all. In this case Bill chose group view so that the students could see each others’ work.

A training session for the students went through the basics of Panopto recording, and solved technical problems with installation on students’ computers. For many, this was a new experience, and as Bill says:

“This was clearly a challenging experience for everyone concerned: even trainee teachers are nervous about recording their ideas on shared video, no matter what they might do on [Facebook]. And, yes, there were technical issues: I think most of the Apple people struggled to upload, some sound quality didn’t come out well… and the quality of the medium wasn’t as good as the media teachers would like!”.

However, despite these teething troubles, the result was generally positive.

“But the point of the exercise was really less about the product (the video-clip) than about the process of getting them to discuss ideas in sufficient depth that they felt able to make a video about it. I couldn’t count the number who said to me afterwards how useful they had found the activity because it had made them think about and discuss the issues in far greater depth than they would have done for an open-ended task (and, I suspect, a poster or [Powerpoint]).

So, I think this technology has some potential as a tool for interactive, relatively autonomous learning just as much as it has for the one-way transmission of lectures.”

In summary, although Panopto’s main feature is recording traditional lectures, it contains an option which has the potential to engage students with material in a different way. Analytics of the students’ recordings shows that many of the presentations had at least five unique viewers which means that peers were attending to each other’s’ work.

Using Panopto to record feedback to students’ questions posted on a MOOC forum

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Dr Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes (left) and Dr Tony Anosike.  Academic Innovation Hub, University of Derby Online, University of Derby Business School.

MOOCs are free open online courses becoming that are popular as a way to engage people interested in a subject. The University of Derby’s Academic Innovation Hub have been running highly acclaimed MOOCs, one of which is using Panopto Lecture Recording in an interesting way. As an online course, students are temporally and spatially distanced. Interactions usually occur asynchronously, often via blogs or forums. Students might respond to some materials by posting discussions and questions which the tutor may or may not engage with.

In the Innovating in Operations Management MOOC the tutors, Dr Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes and Dr Tony Anosike, responded to the questions in a “weekly wind up” video recording that answered several of the threads being discussed on that week’s topic.

Using the Learning Enhancement’s Media Team video booth located in B114, the tutors recorded several 30-40 minute feedback discussions covering topics raised that week.

Jose comments: “The experience that we had with Panopto was very positive as it allowed us to communicate with over 2,200 students all over the world without any issue in regards to the different times, and in a more dynamic way. With Panapto, Tony and I had the opportunity of elaborating in specific topics that we considered important for the specific units that we were reviewing every week. Also, we could elaborate on examples requested by the students. For instance, the MOOC content was very oriented towards the manufacturing sector, with plenty of examples regarding this industry. However, the students asked us to provide examples of the application of the Operations Management theory in other industries. We used the Panapto recording sessions to discuss this other examples that were not included in the written content of the MOOC. The Panapto recording sessions also helped us to wrap-up the unit reviewed during that week. The comments of the students were extremely positive, they were eagerly waiting for the recording session to be released every Friday.”

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Screenshot of the Panopto recording giving feedback to learners

Feedback from learners about the wind up sessions has been very positive. Students commented:

  • “I guess excellent is the word. Especially the weekly wind up”
  • “It has been well thought out and the wind up each week is also very informative and engaging.”
  • “The weekly wind-up video helped a lot in summarising the course.”
  • “…also the weekly wind up videos deepen the understability of the learners.”

Appy Monday – IF (IFTTT)

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What is it?

If (Ifttt) stands for If This Then That and enables you to create simple connections between different online services which can help you to automate some everyday tasks. For instance a simple ‘recipe’ could be that whenever you publish a blog post Ifttt automatically sends a Tweet telling others about this on your Twitter feed. There are many different combinations of actions you can make, it all depends upon which services you use and the actions you would want to automate.

 

What can it do?

It would be difficult to list everything this app can do but as described above it can automate some every day tasks to help you to manage and share your online resources more effectively. It links to over 200 different online services and provides thousands of different combinations of actions. So for instance not only can you link your blog to automatically tweet when a new post is published, you can also set out how you want the tweet to look and include specific hashtags.

Download it now… 

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

There are many possibilities about how this tool could be used for learning, teaching and assessment but here are just a few ideas:

  • Automatically post a tweet when a new blog post is published.
  • Receive an email when a new story appears on a popular news website.
  • Enable the tweets you like to be sent to your note taking app (e.g. Evernote or OneNote).
  • Send Tweets using a specific hashtag sent to a story on your Storify.
  • Create a Trello card for each of the meetings you have in your Office365 calendar.

Short task:

This task requires you to already have an account on Twitter:

  • Download the IF mobile app
  • Create an account and sign in
  • Browse the recipes to get an idea of what might be possible searching for the online services you use (e.g. Twitter).
  • Think of a hashtag which you use regularly.
  • Set up a recipe which builds a Twitter list of users who have used a particular hashtag in their tweets.
  • Save the recipe and make sure it is turned on.
  • Get others to start using this hashtag in their tweets.
  • Watch your Twitter list grow.

Important note:

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Useful resources:

Appy Monday – Feedly

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Feedly is a tool which collects together new information posted on websites, blogs and YouTube channels. Once new information is posted to one of these sites then it will appear in your feed. It could be considered a similar tool to an RSS aggregator.

The New Feedly Mobile from Feedly on Vimeo.

What can it do?

Feedly can collect and present information in a clean, minimalist format, where you can organise this content into collections, identify articles for you to read later and share what you have discovered with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Please note you can only share collections if you upgrade to a pro account, although you can share individual articles.

Download it now…

From the Apple store

From Google Play

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Encourage students to set up their own collection of useful websites, blogs and other web-based sources of information.
  • Students can then view and read this information via the mobile app wherever they are.
  • Share relevant articles on social media channels for the course like a Twitter feed and encourage students to do the same using a shared hashtag.
  • Collect articles together in a note taking tool like Evernote or OneNote for you to read and add to later.

Short task:

  • Download the Feedly app
  • Login or create a Feedly account
  • Add content from a website by copying and pasting in a website address e.g. www.bbc.co.uk/news
  • Read a relevant article on the website and then share this via email or on Twitter.
  • Take a look at the app later in the day to see what new articles have appeared.

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Feedly within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Appy Monday – Sli.do

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What is Sli.do? 

Sli.do is a web-based polling tool, that enables participants to be polled in real-time by a presenter. Participants can also  anonymously ask questions which can then be voted on (“liked”) by other participants. The “ask a question” feature could also be used to gather opinions of participants and enable popular opinions or answers to be “liked”.

What can it do? 

  • Pose different types of questions such as multiple choice (single answer), multiple choice (multiple answer), free response, scale/rating.
  • Receive responses from your audience (3 polls per event for free version).
  • View the results in real-time.
  • Participants can pose their own questions to the presenter (these can be moderated in the paid version).
  • Participants can vote on other participants questions.
  • There is an add-on so sli.do can be used in prezi.
  • Mobile app enables participants to follow presentation on their mobile devices.

Download it now

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • To check understanding of teaching content within a live session.
  • Gain instant feedback from students during a live session on their learning experiences.
  • Encourage reflection around the topics covered within a session.
  • Ask students to discuss their answers in pairs before revealing the correct response.
  • Encourage students to ask questions, and “vote up” areas of interest/need more support in.

Short task: 

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Sli-do within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – Skitch

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What is Skitch? 

Skitch is a free annotation tool provided by the same people that created Evernote.

What can it do? 

  • Take photos
  • Take screenshots
  • Annotate/mark up photos, pdfs, images
  • Share annotated items

Download it now

Skitch is available to install on a Windows PC or for a Mac, iPad or iPhone at https://evernote.com/skitch/

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Digitally capturing lecture or conference notes and diagrams and annotating them.
  • Leaving feedback on students work.
  • Capturing interesting sights on field trips and annotating key points.

More ideas can be found in this useful guide from Fractus Learning: Making Classroom Annotation Easy with Skitch

Short task: 

  • Download Skitch for Mac, iPad, iPhone.
  • Take a photo of the view from your window.
  • Annotate the photo to mark key features.
  • Share the photo with a colleague or friend.
  • You could ask them to respond and update the annotations or give feedback.

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Skitch within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

Appy Monday – PicCollage

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What is PicCollage?

Pic Collage is a free photo editor and free-form collage maker app that’s available from iTunes, Google Play, and the Microsoft windows store. It’s such fun to play with and it makes great collages.

What can it do?

  • Import photos from your device, Facebook or Instagram.
  • Resize, rotate, create cutouts, add borders or special effects.
  • Combine with other images, gifs and YouTube videos.
  • Select different backgrounds or add text using different fonts and colour.
  • Share your creation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, or via email, or download it as an image.

Download it now

You can access it on the web or via the mobile app on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire or any Windows device.
Download it from: http://pic-collage.com/

How could it be used for learning, teaching and assessment?

  • Create an infographic about a given topic – add text headings or draw and write on the photos to explain connections.
  • Create a collage of photos taken on a field trip and use the text and drawing options to mark points of importance.
  • Illustrate design concepts.
  • Create really interesting conference/seminar posters.

Short task:

  • Create an account for PicCollage or use your Facebook account to login.
  • Tap to create a collage.
  • Add pictures from your device and from the web.
  • Choose a frame for the pictures.
  • Add some text.
  • Change the background.
  • Save your collage and share it via e-mail (or any other way of your choice).

Important note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use PiCollage within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

Useful resources

PicCollage blog
PicCollage FAQs