Google In America’s K-12 Classrooms: Our Future College Students

This fascinating article from The New York Times, “How Google Took Over the Classroom,” details the growing use of Google Apps in American classrooms.

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In addition to providing the story of how and why Google did this, and to explaining possible issues with privacy and data collection, the article gives us an important look at the students who will one day be our college students.

They are–many of them–growing up with education on a completely different model than even the youngest of us experienced in our K-12 classrooms.

What does that mean they will expect in satisfying learning experiences?  What level of technology?  Of engagement?  Of self-direction?  What role do they see teachers fulfilling?

The more we can know about these young people and how they understand teaching and learning, the better prepared we will be to meet them and help them succeed.

Using Moodle? Embrace the Moodle Mobile App!

If you use Moodle 3.2 or later for your Learning Management System, you’ll be pleased to know that integration with the Moodle Mobile app for smartphones and tablets works wonderfully!

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In a recent survey at Hope College, reliable mobile access to Moodle stood out as one of the most requested features from students (after grades in the gradebook).

So if you use Moodle, take some time to get to know the mobile app–and let your students know it exists as well!!

When you sign in to the mobile app, you’ll be asked to input the URL of your course.  At my institution, we can visit the Moodle site on the browser on your phone/tablet, pick the term we want, and then copy/paste the resulting URL from your browser to the Moodle Mobile app settings.

If you can’t figure this step out, ask your local administrator!  Then you should be good to go!

Small Colleges Lead the Way at the Leading Edge

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In this blog post at Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim proposes that small colleges and universities contribute as much to innovation as bigger schools.

And those who are leaders in technology can help that happen.

The three specific ways identified by Kim in which smaller schools can lead are:

  1. focus of attention and investment
  2. differentiation through careful choices, and
  3. a culture that is integrated.

Ready to find out more about how you and your school can dive in to innovation.  Read more at the link above!

Welcome to the academic year!





Moodle Basics 08: A Filter to Make Your Life EASIER

Here is a short focused video tutorial on Hope College’s new Moodle installation for Fall of 2017.

It focuses on something called “The Activity Autolinking Filter.”  It makes linking between elements of your Moodle course so easy.  Internal links make the Moodle experience much cleaner for your students.

I hope you find it useful!

Moodle Basics 05: Thoughts about the Announcement Forum

Here is a short focused video tutorial on Hope College’s new Moodle installation for Fall of 2017.

It focuses on the plusses and concerns I have about the default announcements forum and offers an alternative idea for communicating with students.

I hope you find it useful!