Check out https://zoom.us
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.
Tech Talk 5: This tutorial focuses on how to use Google Extension Grammarly to check your spelling and grammar. You can get this from the Chrome Web Store looking for Grammarly. This integrates automatically when you are logged into Google Chrome. Grammarly doesn’t naturally work with Google Docs, but there is an easy workaround for this.
All students and staff with a loyolalearning.ca Google account automatically have Grammarly extension installed.
Tech Talk 4
This tutorial will focus on creating your own tutorials or summaries of concepts for students, that you can to embed in class websites or learning management systems. It is also a powerful tool to provide rich personalized feedback to students.
I’m very lucky and now have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4! I want to look at annotation and have used PDF Annotator in the past.
OneNote is already on my new machine and is quick and easy to annotate student work submitted from D2L. Check out walkthrough below on what this could look like in your online course.
Of course, I would also include a feedback video to a student using SNAGIT too.
I’m a bit embarrassed that I have not posted for so long. My next share is exciting that we have purchased 400 licences for Loyola students.
We can also use Read and Write to annotate pdf files – share file with student and let them voice-type, read back and highlight.
Here is my challenge – colleagues have asked for more technology PD. I am looking to provide workshops every 1-2 weeks together, but thought some regular 2-5 minute Tech Talk videos might spark interest and from feedback could guide where we go in our technology direction.
Here is my first one: It is on creating and sharing a Google Doc. This lets multiple users edit the same document in Real Time – people can comment or edit. No need to email documents, just share them! Everyone is always on the same most current version!