Tech Talk 9 – Video Note in D2L/Brightspace

Video note is now available for teachers and students.  It allows them to quickly create a video from their web camera.

Teachers can have quick daily updates in the news section to engage students.  They can also embed these into content section.  They can also use this as feedback in Dropbox.

Students can add video note to their dropbox assignments.

I still like to use SNAGIT to capture what is on my screen, but this is great to contain personal video.

Here is a brief walkthrough how to use this new tool:

Tech Talk 8 Google Forms to upload Proctored Exams

If you have proctored exams, it can be useful to have one easy way to upload and track exam submissions – rather than just emailing the teacher.

We have used Google Forms to create an easy way to upload and have a Google Spreadsheet then to access these exams for our teachers:

Note you can also share the Google Form directly with the teacher who can subscribe to alerts when new submissions come in.

Tech Talk 7 Google Doc Templates


In online courses, it is nice to have an assignment format that everyone can access.  Use Google Docs, we can create an assignment and anyone with a Google account will be able to open and edit right away.

By sharing and changing the share code slightly it forces students to make their own copy of the assignment rather than opening a view only copy and then requiring the student to make a copy: