This will be a brief presentation on how to use the Badges and Certificates in Awards with D2L/Brightspace. Set up badges to be awarded on achievement or other criteria and Certificates that can be printed as PDF – who doesn’t like certificates?
You can start with any award template, if you use Office 365, can start here: https://templates.office.com/en-ca I prefer not to use Microsoft Word, so will pick PPT for this example. You can use Microsoft Publisher. Can also use Google Template for Google Slides.
I have looked at Grammarly before – now if you go one step further after getting it from the Chrome Web Store and “sign up” with your Google account (still free) it moves into Beta mode and integrates beautifully with Google Docs!
I have looked at Google Read&Write with many classes in the past. I’m excited now there is a built-in Spelling/Grammar check. This is great as that was the biggest thing missing in Google Docs!
If you have Read&Write extension already installed, the “Checkit” feature should be there soon – this week I think. If you want it sooner, uninstall the extension and re-install it.
I have created a short(ish) video showing you how to use this and a quick refresher of other tools available. ALL Loyola staff and students may install this. You must be logged into Google Chrome with your loyolalearning.ca account to do this.
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:
Give more real-time support to students in online classes when they need you!
Zoom is a free video conferencing service that is much easier than Adobe Connect or Google Hangouts. Students don’t have to pre-install any software.
All you have to do is send out an invitation URL and anyone can join by clicking, prompting the launch of a web application.
In our online classes, we are using these zoom tutorials to build community and to support student learning by meeting in small groups or 1:1. It has also been a useful tool for staff meetings and professional learning at multiple school sites. Finally, it is helpful for tech troubleshooting.
As the host of a Zoom session, you can choose to share your screen, allowing anyone to annotate on top of documents you are both looking at. This supports effective collaboration and makes student thinking visible. The teacher or student can also request remote access to control mouse and keyboard to help with tech support.
For students who couldn’t attend the online tutorial in real-time, save and record your zoom session and publish to YouTube for asynchronous learning.
The free version of Zoom has been sufficient for my needs as an online teacher.