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Tech It Out Day 2021

Thank you to those who joined us at Tech It Out Day 2021!  The website has been updated with session recordings and presenter resources. We hope you enjoyed “kicking the tires” on the latest and greatest educational technology. It’s always a pleasure to connect with colleagues who are driving innovative teaching!Tech It Out Day.

Tech Classroom + Hybrid Kit

Document camera and open bookGraphics Tablet HDMI Capture Card Zoom CameraWireless Microphone

For a number of years Leeward CC has maintained a type of technology classroom known as Smart Classrooms.  Leeward Smart Classrooms are classrooms that have been enhanced with college supported teaching technologies such as an internet connected computer (Macintosh with the option to load virtual Windows operating system), computer projector with screen, amplified speakers and a laser pointer. The college has begun phasing out Smart Classrooms and shifting to Tech Classrooms which are built upon a sustainable infrastructure.

Tech Classrooms include a college supported, internet connected computer (Macintosh with the option to load virtual Windows operating system), a laser video projector with screen, amplified speakers and a laser pointer. What you may not see on the surface is the behind the scenes infrastructure (cabling, software and controllers) that enable future replacement and upgrades to indivudual components over a longer period of time.

Speaking of time, as you are probably aware at this moment much of our college courses are being delivered online.  In planning for a future in which we will return to mix of online and in-person we may also experience growth in the hybrid delivery modality.  In support of hybrid delivery the college has assembled “Hybrid Kits” and integrated them into the Tech classrooms.  A Tech Classroom + Hybrid Kit is comprise of the Tech Classroom technologies with the addition of document camera, HDMI (input) capture card, a second web camera, a graphics tablet and a wireles lanyard microphone.

Learn more about thes Hybrid Kit technologies and how they can integrated into your hybrid teaching below.

Document Camera

Looking for a way to capture an object or a simple demonstration to share online through Zoom or through a classroom projector in a socially distanced classroom, consider using the Elmo document camera.  Document camera devices are a part of the Hybrid Kit installed in Tech Classrooms, in addition a limited amount that are available for loan through EMC AV Services.

Document cameras:

    • Are flexible, high resolution, easy to use.
    • Can be used with Zoom online conferencing.
    • Can zoom in and to show small details of three dimensional objects.
    • Have a high quality camera for capturing printed text.
    • Capture handwriting and diagrams written on paper (analogous to using an overhead).

(Full video 50 min.)

HDMI (input) Caption Card

Expand your presentation possiblities, incorporate video from auxiliary devices. Share content from a connected external video source through your Zoom session. The Hybrid Kit includes an HDMI (input) capture card that will allow you to accomplish this. In addition to this a limited number of capture cards available for loan through EMC AV Services.

Possible devices:

  • DVD or Blu-ray player
  • Camera
  • Document camera
  • Microscope
  • Laptop, Chromebook

(Full video 6 min.)

Second Camera

Step away from the lectern computer and be seen! Learn about our latest addition to the Hybrid Tech Classrooms, a tripod mounted camera and microphone. Great for capturing wide shots (with audio) of your in-room audience or of yourself teaching with Zoom. In addtion to this a limited number of field kits with these Zoom video recorders are available as well as a few auto tracking OBSbot web cameras, available for loan through EMC AV Services.

Tripod mounted camera:

  • Can be used with Zoom for online conferencing.
  • Can be re-positioned to capture different perspectives.
  • Has a built in microphone.
  • Can be used for making recordings.

(Full video 5 min.)

Graphics Tablet

Hybrid Tech Classrooms are now equipped with a Wacom One graphics tablet. Experience writing, drawing diagrams or annotating on the Zoom whiteboard using a tablet and stylus (Tablet is approximately 6″ x 3.7″, not wireless). In addition to this a limited number of larger wireless graphics tablets available for loan through EMC AV Services.

(Full video 6 min.)

Wireless Microphone

Clear and intelligible audio is very important to remote audiences.  The Hybrid Kit includes a wireless lanyard microphone to support your movement throughout the classroom.

(Full video 2 min.)


Document Camera (Full video 50 min.)

(00:10) What can a document camera do? (02:00) How can I get access to an Elmo? (04:45) Modeling use of document camera supporting a learning activity. (09:22) Modeling Zoom Annotation. (08:30) Modeling Wacom tablet. (12:10) Alternatively consider writing or diagraming on plain white paper (13:29) Setting up Elmo camera (19:00) Audience engagement/ parts identification activity (22:40) Operating Panel (Buttons) (26:51) Audience engagement/ button identification (29:00) Connecting Ports (33:59) Supporting software (Zoom, Camera app) (38:00) Software for recording a stand alone video. (40:00) Q&A: capture and save a still image. (45:00) Q&A: on length of equipment loan. (47:22) Q&A: additional use of Wacom graphics tablet.

HDMI (input) Capture Card (Full video 6 min.)

Secondary Video Camera (Full video 5 min.)

Graphics Tablet (Full video 6 min.)

Wireless Microphone (Full video 2 min.)

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The Ins and Outs with Laulima Forums, Rubrics, and Gradebook Integration

One reason you may have for using the new Gradebook tool in Laulima is its ability to pair with the new Rubrics tool. (Note: Laulima Rubrics can only be paired with the new Gradebook tool and not the Gradebook Classic tool.) Furthermore, the Rubrics tool integrates with other tools such as Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, and Forums, allowing you to provide transparency and feedback to students about how they are graded.

However, we would like to share about an issue regarding using a rubric (Laulima Rubrics) associated with a forum topic (Laulima Forums) and the Gradebook tool. When you are grading via Forums using an associated rubric, the graded rubric criterion (i.e. individual score for each criterion) and criterion comments (i.e. individual comments for each criterion) you may input do not transfer to the Gradebook (although the overall grade and general comments do). Thus, students are unable to see how they are graded for each criterion and any criterion comments you make using the rubric.

Graded rubric criterion and criterion comments

We have come up with a suggestion to circumvent this issue until the developers can provide a permanent solution. The purpose behind this suggestion is to still provide students with a visible rubric using the Rubrics tool when accessing the forum activity in the Forums tool.

First, add the Forums and Gradebook tools if you don’t already have them added to your Laulima course site. Importantly, hide the Rubrics tool from student’s view under Site Info > Tool Order. (We discovered a bug that sometimes allows students have the ability to edit unlocked rubrics.)

Second, associate the rubric in both the Forums and Gradebook tools.

  1. Create the rubric in the Rubrics tool.
  2. Add a new gradebook item in the Gradebook tool and associate it to the rubric. (See screenshot below, left.)
  3. Associate the forum activity in the Forums tool to the Gradebook item in the forum topic settings. This will then allow you to associate it to the rubric. (See screenshot below, right.)

Edit Gradebook item to associate rubric. Edit topic settings of Forum to associate to Gradebook item and rubric.

Third, when you grade the forum activity using the rubric, grade via the rubric you associated with the Gradebook tool and not the Forums tool if you are providing a score for each criterion and/or criterion comments. (Remember, grading using the rubric via the Forums tool will not transfer the graded rubric criterion and criterion comments you make to the Gradebook tool. Only the total score and general comments transfer.)

Unfortunately, grading forum posts via the Gradebook tool may create a disconnected experience for you as the instructor, so we recommend opening two windows when grading – one for Forums and the other for Gradebook. This way you can read the students’ posts via Forums in one window as you grade and provide comments in the associated rubric via the Gradebook in the second window.

Note: UH ITS has been made aware of this issue so it may get fixed in the near future.


View Laulima New Gradebook Laulima New Gradebook: Transparency, Consistency, Efficiency session recording.


New Tech + Workshops (Spring 2021)

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We’ve got new technology equipment for use and checkout, and workshops to support your use of technology in the classroom, hybrid, and online! We hope to see you soon!

  • Accessibility Starter Series
    • Captioning Your Online Videos with YouTube on Feb. 19 at 2:30-3:30pm
    • Making Your Online Documents Accessible on Feb. 26 at 1:00-2:30pm
    • Making Your Laulima Content Accessible on Mar. 12 at 1:00-2:00pm
  • Tool You Can Use Series (feat. Smart (Hybrid) Classroom Technologies)
    • Tool You Can Use: Document Camera (ELMO) on Feb. 12 at 9:00-10:00am
    • Tool You Can Use: Video Recorder on Apr. 16 at 9:00-10:00am
    • Tool You Can Use: Elgato Video Capture Card on Apr. 23 at 9:00-10:00am
    • Tool You Can Use: Wacom Graphics Tablet on Apr. 30 at 9:00-10:00am
  • New Laulima Assessment Tools: Rubrics and Gradebook
    • Laulima Rubrics: Transparency, Consistency, Efficiency on Mar. 2 at 2:00-3:30pm
    • Laulima Gradebook: Transparency, Consistency, Efficiency on Mar. 9 at 2:00-3:30pm
  • From Classic to Fantastic: The New Google Sites Workshop on Mar. 23 at 1:00-2:30pm
  • Video Recorder Field Kit Workshop on Apr. 9 at 10:00-11:00am

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Supporting Your Online Teaching with Padlet

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Have you heard of or been using Padlet in your online course?  Padlet is a flexible, visual bulletin board service that can be easily shared or embedded into your online course.  If you are not familiar with Padlet please take a moment to view this spring 2020 Tech Fun Friday presentation on Padlet to promote active learning (DE Guidelines 5.6) presented by the DE Committee and Donna Matsumoto.  The presentation has a table of contents so you can jump around based on your interest.

Typically instructors use free service or seek out division funds for a paid plan, for this calendar year 2021 Leeward CC has a subscription to an Institutional Backpack paid version of Padlet.  This will allow instructors an option go beyond the limit of 3 active Padlet boards as well as grow beyond the  10 MB memory limit to 250 MB. Another difference is that on the Leeward service students do not have accounts so their posts will show as anonymous, if a name is helpful, they could type their names into their posts.

Leeward CC instructors can request an account on our Padlet Institutional Backpack.

November’s Latest Round-Up

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In this newsletter, we’ll provide you a round-up of what’s new, what’s going away, and professional development opportunities.

  • UH Zoom Cloud Recording
  • Live Captioning and Transcription in UH Zoom
  • How to Upload and Share Recorded Videos
  • Technology Field Kits
  • Google Meet
  • Google Sites
  • Credly Digital Badging
  • EMC Workshop Recordings
  • EMC Upcoming Workshops (via Zoom)

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Tech It Out Day 2020 Highlights

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Mahalo to everyone who helped to make this year’s Tech It Out Day a success in this new format, too, synchronously online! It was so good to see everyone’s smiling faces and connect with you even at a distance. Tech It Out Day is always a fun way to kick off the new semester!

We had over 50 participants this year join us via Zoom and eight sessions of cool tools to support teaching and learning, and promoting interaction and engagement.

  1. iSee – How to Setup Your iOS Device as an Extra Camera in Zoom
  2. 5 Finishing Touches for Laulima Lessons to Enhance the Course Experience
  3. Create Interactive Tutorials with Iorad
  4. Interactive Online Learning Activities with H5P
  5. Screencasting with Loom
  6. Communicate with Impact: Create Engaging Animated Videos with Adobe Spark
  7. Using the New Google Sites
  8. Jammin’ with Jamboard

Mahalo also to our faculty who presented and shared their mana’o with us this year: Anika Gearheart, Junie Hayashi, Kelly Kennedy, Michael Cawdery, and Erin Thompson.

Participants Said…

“All of the sessions were incredibly helpful for my new online classes! I particularly liked Iorad to help “technology challenged” students access all of the tools in the course.”

“I will be using Loom to record my course and syllabus intro and hope to use it for more difficult assignments. Love Jamboard and will use it in my synchronous meetings with students.”

“I’m excited to use H5P in my Laulima Lessons.”

“Tech-it-out days are always engaging and useful to hear about new technologies and platforms. Great job on the first Zoom version of the workshops! It was well organized and easy to follow!”


Did you miss Tech It Out Day or want to re-visit a session? You can access the session info, presenter info, resources, and recordings on our website. Also, don’t forget to request your Participant Badge and claim it by the end of this month if you haven’t already done so.

See you at next year’s Tech It Out Day! You might even have something awesome to share as a presenter!

Looking for More?


By popular demand, we’ll be doing a full workshop on Loom, a free video screencasting tool. So many uses for teaching, learning, or work tasks, for screencasting how-to video tutorials, video presentations, mini lecture presentations, video feedback on students’ work, and more! Save the date: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 1:00-2:30pm. Watch for email from the Educational Media Center to register and for more workshops coming this semester.


CanDO bannerOur CanDO PD (Classroom and Distance Online Professional Development) series is starting next week! Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to help you examine your course and explore approaches for online delivery. These will also help you in meeting the Baseline Recommended Actions for Distance-Delivered Instruction and even some of the Distance Education Guidelines. There are five, two-week online “mini courses” to choose from or sign up for all five!

  • Teaching Approaches (8/31 – 9/11)
  • Learning Outcomes (9/21 – 10/2)
  • Assessment (10/12 – 10/23)
  • Laulima Lessons (11/2 – 11/13)
  • Communicating (11/23 – 12/4)

Register today!

EMC Ed Tech Unit Supporting Instructors Through CanDO PD

The Educational Technology unit within the EMC has had a busy spring and summer, tasked with professional development for educational technology during the rapid switch of most instruction to remote learning in Spring 2020. Then immediately transitioning to rapidly developing and delivering a 12-week series of two-week professional development courses in a series called, CanDO PD (Classroom and Distance Online Professional Development), to assist instructors in preparing their courses for a flexible Fall 2020 course delivery.

A total of 90 faculty members participated (three from other CC’s) with a total of 265 registrations for CanDO courses/modules: Teaching Approaches 1 (repeated), Learning Outcomes, Assessments, Laulima Lessons, and Communicating. When surveyed, 100% (67) of the faculty agreed or strongly agreed that the resources provided were useful and that their experience in the module was excellent or good.

A participant responded, “I have enjoyed every module as it is useful and exactly the training I needed to prepare for online learning in a clear, concise, simple manner. The tasks are manageable and attainable – giving me a great feel for what it is like for the students as they go through this process (similar to the newness of this online experience for myself).”

If you haven’t had the chance to participate in the CanDO PD series, you’ll have another chance this semester, Fall 2020. Register today! See below for more information on each of the five two-week courses of the series. You can register for one, two, or all five!

What’s Trending? Hybrid Classes

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Have you started down the path toward teaching a hybrid class? Which hybrid modality is your reality? Leeward CC recognizes two categories for hybrid design, pure Hybrid and Split Hybrid. Details on each modality can be found on the Leeward Course Modalities page. When planning for hybrid synchronous or asynchronous you can leverage best practices for online teaching and best practices for in person facilitation. This post focuses on the challenges related to Split Hybrid Synchronous situations that involve live classroom instruction with simultaneous online instruction. The following articles from Beth McMurtrie of The Chronicle of Higher Education “Your Questions around Hybrid Teaching Answered”, Part 1 and Part 2 serve as a starting place for a few common questions and answers that arise. The reality of a Split Hybrid Synchronous course is that a portion of your class arrives in person to your classroom (socially distanced) and ready to learn, while the rest of your class simultaneously logs into your virtual classroom to join in the learning experience remotely. 

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Perhaps a good analogy is with someone spinning two basketballs, one on their left hand and one on their right. Keeping both balls spinning is vital, if one ball slows it will wobble and eventually fall. But how do you keep both balls spinning when both hands are busy and you don’t have assistance from the Harlem Globetrotters? Facilitating a great learning experience in class while simultaneously maintaining an equally engaging online experience takes practice, practice, practice (and planning).

Here are some things to consider for our Leeward CC classrooms:
Laulima: Invest time into building your Laulima site to support your teaching. In fact experts in this type of teaching (HyFlex design) go so far as to recommend having a comprehensive online course site as the spine of your course. This investment benefits both in class and online learners. Both groups benefit from having copies of resources available online, a single location for turning in assignments and grading etc.
Device: Strongly consider asking students that if they have a laptop it would be helpful to bring it to all in person meetings. If they don’t have a laptop chances are they have a smartphone or tablet (According to Educause data, the vast majority of students own mobile phones.) If they don’t have either inform them to plan ahead in order to borrow one from the Leeward CC Library (open Monday to Friday 8:00AM – 4:00PM during Fall semester) .
Wireless: Inform students that our campus has wireless coverage in most classrooms and many outdoor seating areas. The campus wireless network is identified as LEE and student may sign into it with their UH Username and Password. Students are highly encouraged to register their devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets) in order to access the LEE wireless network. Registered student devices will not be repeated asked to sign in to the LEE network each time. This will ensure internet connectivity while they are in your classroom. This is also something they can do from home prior to coming to campus. Support is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week through UH ITS Help Desk.
Zoom: Consider using Zoom as your a communication tool to bridge your in-person and online learners. Take some time to familiarize yourself with what works and what doesn’t. In the Split Hybrid Synchronous format you may lean heavily on this tool, practice with it so that it doesn’t become a distraction or stall your teaching rhythm.
Participation and Engagement: Consider how tools like Google Docs can promote collaboration, and participation. Also tools for live polling like Poll Everywhere can give you a feel for where you learners are at in the learning process and be great discussion starters.

With a little planning, preparation and practice you will be well on your way to engage both in person and online learners.