Posts Tagged ‘hybrid’

I’ve officially moved my blog to http://professorjosh.com from my wordpress.com site. It will allow me to utilize a variety of new feature, host ads/sponsored post, and a little more freedom to customize in the future.

I’ve enjoyed my time on wordpress.com but it’s time to move to my own hosted wordpress.org site. I’ll be posting soon on the difference for those interested in blogging.

I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to move since I’ve had the domain and hosting for awhile now.

I’ll be redirecting this blog soon, since all the archives have been moved over successful. Make sure to subscribe to my new blog! http://professorjosh.com 

Don’t forget to keep following me on Facebook: http://facebook.com/professorjosh and Twitter: http://twitter.com/professorjosh

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How can you say no to “Free and Cheap Multimedia tools for Educators“? Check out the webinar I’ll be hosting with Blackboard on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. EST. This webinar will assist participates in identifying and incorporating multimedia and instructional tools to accommodate students’ diverse learning styles. The tools featured will be either free or cheap resources to easily incorporate multimedia into your face-to-face or online classroom. Many of the tools discuss have both a desktop and mobile based solution that are great to utilize for student created content too.

Register today for FREE: 

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Did you miss my webinar “Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content” by SoftChalk on June 5, 2013?

SoftChalk Webinar

To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.

You can watch the archive by visit http://softchalk.com/learn-more/webinars/innovators

Also get all the links and information by visit my SlideShare:

I’m hosting a webinar for SoftChalk‘s Innovators in Online Learning webinar series on Wednesday, June 5, 2012 at 2 PM EST.

SoftChalk Webinar

Engaging Diverse Learning Styles with Web and Mobile Multimedia Tools that Add Pizzazz to SoftChalk Content

To accommodate diverse learning styles as well as access to mobile content it has become increasingly important to use multimedia and instructional tools that enhance lessons. The tools featured in this webinar will be either free or cheap resources that easily incorporate a variety of multimedia into your SoftChalk content. Many of the tools have both desktop and mobile based solutions that are great to utilize with online and in class engagement. Plus many of these tools are great for student created content as well.

Register today! It’s getting packed!

Register Now

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/417020289

I decided instead of spending hour typing, posting, laying out a daily blog for all the information and experiences taken in during SXSWedu 2013 in Austin, TX, I would publish a series of video blogs. Did you miss them?

Click the photos or links below to watch my video blog recaps of each day at SXSWedu:

SXSWedu Day 1 Recap

Professor Josh at SXSWedu

Professor Josh at SXSWedu – Day 1 Recap

SXSWedu Day 2 Recap

Interviews in the Blogger Lounge by Compass Learning - Day 2

Interviews in the Blogger Lounge by Compass Learning – Day 2

SXSWedu Day 3 & 4 Recap

Interviews and Keynote with MOOCs leaders - Day 3

Interviews and Keynote with MOOCs leaders – Day 3

Hope you enjoy this new video blog format (vlogs) and check out my sketches on my other blog:

SXSWedu One Sketch at a Time

SXSWedu One Sketch at a Time

A few other recap blogs on SXSWedu:

The Weirdness of SXSWedu by Audrey Watters

SXSWEdu – the Future of Education and Technology by Brian Azzarello

SXSWedu Thoughts, Reflections, and Then Some by Laura Pasquini

At South by Southwest Education Event, Tensions Divide Entrepreneurs and Educators by Jeffery Young

AirPlay in the classroom from an iPad or iPhone is becoming a trend in both Higher Education and K12. More teachers and classrooms are getting mobile devices, either personal or through the insituation, to help enhance their teaching and provide educational content anywhere in the classroom.

Uses for AirPlay in the classroom:

  • Portable whiteboard using an app, such as Educreations
  • Mobile Document Camera (check out Belkin’s new tablet stage)
  • Group Presentations
  • Annotation of Student Work
  • Screencast of iPhone/iPad App for Instruction
  • Quick Slideshows to Summarize Work

AirPlay mirroring requires iPhone 4s or above , iPad 2 and above, or iPad Mini. I’ll use the reference iDevice to refer back to these devices throughout the blog. 

Apple TV:

Apply TV DSC_0561

Cost: $99.00 on Amazon 

Pros:

Apple TV AirPlaying

AirPlay is simple on the Apple TV, even a 5 year old can do it.

  • Doesn’t need a PC or Mac to AirPlay.
  • Small solution that can be easily attached to a TV or Projector with HMDI (or adapter will be necessary).
  • Easy to setup and utilize AirPlay.

Cons:

  • Relatively inexpensive but still need to buy the hardware, cables, and will Apple update this product soon.
  • Need to switch sources on the TV or Projector you are using during the presentation and have sound hooked up on multiple devices.
  • Only one device can AirPlay at a time.
  • No simple way of recording what is happening on the iDevice’s screen.

Reflector App (formally Reflection)

Reflector App Reflector App displaying Twitter App

Cost: $12.99 for one PC or Mac licence at http://www.reflectorapp.com/ Multiple licences available at reduced cost.

AirPlay using Reflector App as a portable doc cam.

AirPlay using Reflector App as a portable doc cam.

Pros:

  • Cheap software based solution.
  • Doesn’t require you switch from your computer input for video or sound on your projector or TV
  • Allows you to record the mirroring display within the software or using a screen recording software.
  • Software based, so updates are always a possibility with new features.
  • Can add framing to match the actually device being used. This feature is great for recording or making tutorials.
  • Allows multiple devices to be AirPlayed onto a single screen.

Cons:

  • Needs a laptop or desktop attached to a TV or Projector.
  • Needs to be installed for each PC or Mac using it. Might not be the best solution for a classroom where teachers or others bring outside laptops to be hooked up to the projector without having a dedicated device in the room.
  • Both PC/Mac needs to be on the same WiFi as the iDevice for AirPlay to work.

Want to see a few of my personal tutorial recorded using Reflector App? Visit my YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/theprofessorjosh

Final Thoughts on Comparing Apple TV and Reflector App

The cost is reduced significantly using the Reflector App ($12.99 vs $99.00) with lots of extra options, including recording AirPlay, multiple device support at one time, no switch video or sound, and various methods showing AirPlay. Reflector App would required a laptop or desktop to be used but most classrooms already have this available. Either way you need a WiFi network for the iDevices to connect via AirPlay.

WiFi Router Option:

TP Link Nano Router

The TP-LINK Nano Router was a great addition to my presenter bag of tricks.

Needing a easy way to create a wireless network, especially if your institutional WiFi doesn’t allow you to easy connect the two devices (Apple TV or PC/Mac with Reflector app) to your iDevices. I recently stumbled upon a cheap, small, portable router that can be great for the classroom, travel, or presentations.

The TP-LINK TL-WR702N  Wireless N150 Travel Router Nano (click to order one) is a fairly cheap option on Amazon. It’s currently $25 but I was able to snag it for $20 about a week ago. It’s has several different option to setup as a repeater, router, AP, client, and bridge. Powered by either USB or USB AC adapter. Sets up in minutes using the default SSID and Password or setup your own.

Social Networking for Job SearchI’m currently developing a new course at Valencia College called Social Networking for Job Search (CGS2650). It’s starting on February 28, 2013 but I still have lots to create for this online course to make this a very useful and exciting course for my students. This online one credit course will focus on various social media platforms that can help students become more connected and present themselves better for future employers. I wanted to blog about my experience in developing this course and teaching this course for the first time. Hopefully you will follow along my journey.

As an instructional designer, I’m always thinking of different way to engage students and present engaging content that will make an impact and be applicable to the real world. As I started to think of different way to engage and excite students, an idea popped into my head. Why don’t I conduct virtual interviews with various experts that have used social media to get hired, who are hiring or recruiting people with social media, or have some great advice for students. Typically, most faculty would be able to schedule guest speakers to join them into their classroom but I have a virtual classroom. I wanted to get the most out of these interviews, so I decided to record them in advance online. This will allow me to utilize them over and over for various classes without having to ask someone to always come back to talk to my students every semester or for multiple sections.

Now I had to figure out the best way to record them. I went with my gut and experience, that Google+ Hangouts would be one of the best tools for the virtual interviews. I would utilize Camtasia to record both the video and audio on the screen and make slight edits after the interview. I would be able to upload these easily to YouTube and have them saved as unlisted to share easily across platforms or learning management systems.

I used a tool called Doodle to help schedule various times that would work best for the various individuals. Doodle is a whole other blog posting but essentials it helps you find meeting times easily among a group of people.

Here is my first interview with Jeremy Hilton (@jeremyhilton ) from Side Door Social. Listen closely, you might get some great advice too!

I have 4 interviews already recorded and a number of others scheduled coming up. I can’t wait to hear what students think about them.

Have you used virtual guest speakers in your online course?

Next post I’ll focus on the various types of assignments in this course to engage, excite, and educate students.