Here is a fun idea to consider in order to encourage your students to strive for the highest outcome. The idea is to effectively integrate “exceeds proficiency” into your Laulima rubrics without including extra credit points. Also learn about a modern twist to a traditional bulletin board by creating a simple Google Doc sticker board that will motivate students to strive for excellence.
Gmail now has a button in the toolbar to add an email message to Tasks. Not only will it add to your Tasks list (conveniently in the right side panel of your Gmail) but it automatically puts a link to your email message so you can pull it up quickly from Tasks instead of rummaging through your emails.
Once you have the item in your Tasks, you can edit its title and put a due date (which puts an entry in your Google Calendar, too). When you’ve completed the task, click the radio button next to it to cross it off your list! ✔️
Google Meet, a video conferencing platform, is now conveniently in your Gmail making it quick to create or join a Meet. [How-to use Google Meet in Gmail]
Create signatures for different situations or audiences such as: personal, professional, condensed, etc. The “Insert signatures” button is in the Gmail message window when you compose a new message, reply, or forward a message. [How-to create a Gmail signature]
Present high-quality video and audio
Google Meet is a video conferencing platform that many of us are using for remote meetings, office hours, and class sessions. Before you wouldn’t be able to share a streaming video in your session to your audience, but now you can! You can now share audio and video (with audio) by selecting the option to present an individual Chrome browser tab.
See up to 16 webcams in tiled view
Google Meet can now show up to 16 webcams on the screen in tiled view. By default, Meet automatically displays the most active content and participants. Usually if you have three or more participants with webcams in a session and are not presenting (i.e. screen sharing), you will have the tiled layout shown.
Photo credit: Google
The new Google Sites is here! Classic Google Sites will be phasing out in 2021 so if you have any Google Sites you want to continue using, convert them to the new Google Sites before next year. The new Google Sites is modern and simplified with an adaptive interface allowing you to easily create professional-looking websites without having to code. [How to use the new Google Sites]
For those of you who have been using Google Sites as weekly or topic modules for your courses to present content, but use Laulima for assignments, quizzes, forums, etc., you may want to consider using Laulima Lessons, a tool to create/present content modules. Not only is Lessons easy to use and allows you to present your content in an organized and visual way (like being able to embed content), but the advantage over Google Sites is that it can integrate items you have in other Laulima tools. This allows you to pull everything together in Lessons. You can link-in specific assignments from Laulima Assignments, specific discussion topics from Laulima Forums, and more. Contact the Educational Technology unit for assistance.
This is a special guest blog post by Eric Matsuoka, Professor CC of Math and Math Coordinator at Leeward CC.
The spring 2015 initiative involved allowing and encouraging students to submit their statistics term projects using Web 2.0 tools instead of traditional documents. The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy places creating at its top level. Web 2.0 tools facilitate both that highest Bloom’s level and also facilitates various forms of collaboration, which is strongly emphasized as a 21st Century skill.
Although some popular news reports suggest that today’s students are adept at creating artifacts using Web 2.0 tools, many students have not connected such experiences to their educational endeavors. While it was not practical to dedicate class time to demonstrating the use of multiple tools, half of one class session was led by Educational Technologist, Rachael Inake, who introduced students to creating a website using a Google Sites template developed by the Educational Media Center. Rachael also spent time creating a tutorial video for students who needed to review the directions given in the live presentation.
The intervention was an unqualified success. 16 out of 23 students submitting projects chose to use a Web 2.0 tool. One student created a video while 15 created Google Sites. The average project grade for those using Web 2.0 tools was 6 points (half of a letter grade) greater than those submitting traditional paper artifacts. The average grade for the spring 2015 Web 2.0 submissions were also 8 points greater than the average grade for fall 2014 projects submissions, which were limited to traditional documents. Student perceptions of the Web 2.0 option and project-based learning itself were unquestionably optimistic, as well:
|Response||Survey results (n = 23 in each case)|
|I liked having options for submitting my project||91.3%|
|Choosing my own topic probably motivated me to work harder on the project than I otherwise might have with an assigned topic.||65.2%|
|In working on the project, I could better see how topics covered in class are used in the statistical process.||73.9%|
|Having the option to make a video, web site, or some other format other than a paper got me to think more about what I was doing and how I would present it.||78.2%|
|The presentation and screencast tutorial by Rachael Inake led me to create, or at least consider creating, a web site for my project submission.||65.2%|
Unfortunately, offering the Web 2.0 option in the summer session was not successful. There were confounding factors that make it difficult to determine why students did not try the Web 2.0 option. One was undoubtedly the short duration of the summer session. Another is the lack of an in-person training session (although the spring semester video tutorial was made available). The intention is for the option to be available in the fall semester and, schedules allowing, to have another in-person class session with an Educational Technologist.
Anecdotal reactions from students were generally positive. The ordinarily-ubiquitous question of how long a report needed to be was virtually nonexistent in the spring. While students were only required to set their sites to be viewable by their instructor (me), several (links below) made their video and web sites publicly viewable, which is one of the first steps in virtual collaboration.
Have you ever come across a Google service and try to log into it with your Google@UH username only to be told that do not have access to tools like Google Maps, Analytics, Google +, Blogger, YouTube? Well wait no longer, Expand Your Googleverse! The university is now allowing you access to “Consumer Apps”. You simply have to be willing to accept Google’s General Terms of Service.
Once you have accepted Google’g general terms of service you will have access to many more Google tools. A good example of why you would want to do this would be to migrate your course presentation videos from your personal (Google.com) YouTube account into your Hawaii YouTube user account.
To learn more you may visit the University of Hawai’i’s Google@UH webpage (http://www.hawaii.edu/google/extra)
Attention creative types, do you need a spot on the web to upload interactive content? Video, web sites and documents have their own services mainly YouTube, Google Sites (or Weebly or Drupal), and Google Docs. But what about interactive multimedia content that publishes with its on supporting files and is meant to stand alone like this interactive campus map .
I would normally use Laulima Resources to host many of these projects but I recently came upon another option, Google Drive. I learned that with a little manipulation of the URL you can get Google Drive to host your online projects. I had not been using Google Drive because the html pages traditionally show up as html code documents and not as web content. Follow the instructions below to manipulate your URL which will in turn display the html pages as they are meant to be viewed.
1. Create a folder in your Google Drive.
2. Change sharing settings to make the folder public.
- Click Share
- Select Advanced Sharing
- Change from Private to Public on the Web
3. Upload files/ content to your folder (ex. index.html)
4. Next we are going to create the link to your file
- Right click on the file you uploaded (ex. index.html)
- Select Preview
- Navigate to the URL bar of your browser
- Use your cursor to highlight all the text from the very right end of the URL up to but not including the first “/”
- Copy this text
5. Open a new browser
- Navigate to the new browser’s URL bar, clear out any text that is there, and type the following: googledrive.com/host/
- Place your cursor just after the “/” in the URL bar. Paste the text you copied from the previous step.
- Press Enter
6. Copy this new URL and use this when sharing your content.
Make quizzing, reviewing concepts, or preparing for upcoming final exams fun with a team jeopardy game! Flippity.net was originally used to make flashcards, but now there’s a cool way to use Flippity with a Google Spreadsheet to create a Jeopardy-like quiz game.
Click here to see a demo. It even allows you to embed images and YouTube videos, like the example below. (Just follow the examples given in the template doc on how to embed images and videos.)
Ready to create your own? You’ll find the complete instructions and the template spreadsheet doc here.
Step 1: Make a copy of and modify the Google Spreadsheet template
Step 2: Publish your Google Spreadsheet
Step 3: Get your Flippity.net link
Step 4: Click your Flippity.net link to launch your game