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Canvas Tip: Attendance Tool

Did you know that Canvas has a built in “Roll Call Attendance” tool? With the Attendance tool, instructors can keep track of course attendance by taking roll electronically. Instructors can choose to view the tool in a list or grid format and can customize the placement of each student in the seating chart. To enable the Roll Call Attendance tool: Go to Course Settings > Navigation, and drag the Attendance menu item into the course navigation menu and click the Save button. Students will not see this item on the course menu. Note: The first time you take attendance, the […]

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What’s an RSS feed?

What’s an RSS feed? Ever notice a small icon in your address bar or on a web page that looks like radio waves, just like this one? The icon denotes something called “Really Simple Syndication”, better known as an “RSS feed”. The RSS feed is a way for websites to communicate articles of content through tools known as feed readers. These feed readers allow an individual to add an RSS feed for quick access to a website’s articles without having to visit a website itself. The best part? Most websites have RSS feeds, including this one! All you need to […]

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Canvas Tip: Publishing a Course

By default, all new Canvas courses are unpublished. While a course is unpublished, the assigned teacher can access and edit the course, but students cannot access or participate in the course. To publish a course for student access: Open your course and view the Course Home Page. In the Sidebar, click the Publish toggle. See the “How do I publish a course?” guide for more information. Note: Once you have published your course, students will have participation rights in a course during the official course start and end dates. Faculty members can view and override the course start and end […]

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Panopto at Moraine Valley

Panopto is Moraine Valley’s video distribution system. Videos created by any method (with a mobile device, video camera, webcam, Camtasia, etc.) can be added to this system for sharing with others. Features of Panopto include: Video playback on all devices Excellent reporting Customizable privacy settings Text-to-speech captioning Integrated quizzes (with reporting on quiz answers) Built-in video editor Canvas integration Multimedia Services provides information on the use of Panopto through the ITConnect Knowledge Base. For a quick start on using Panopto, view the Learn: Using Panopto document on ITConnect. Panopto also has an excellent support portal with articles on using its […]

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Video for Version 4 Podium!

A video for the version 4 podium is now available!  You can easily view this video through the Classroom Podiums page!  If you’d like, view it right here as part of this posting!  Just click the post title above!

Poll Daddy

Poll Daddy is a great way to create quick anonymous questions and surveys for your class. This tool allows for an individual to create a poll, survey, or quiz without purchasing any additional equipment aside from what they already may have access to use. The tool also allows for content to be rated by users to determine its efficacy. Essentials A recent computer – A computer purchased within the past 5 years should be suitable. A high speed Internet connection – This process will not work on dial-up Internet. Optional iPad iPhone Example How to do it Poll Daddy itself […]

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is a great way to create quick anonymous questions for your class using real-time data collection. This tool allows for an individual to create a poll without purchasing any additional equipment aside from what they already may have access to use. Essentials A recent computer – A computer purchased within the past 5 years should be suitable. A high speed Internet connection – This process will not work on dial-up Internet. Adobe Flash Player – If you do not have this installed, please download it at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.  Adobe Flash Player is available for all web browsers on Windows (XP, […]

Padlet

Padlet (formerly WallWisher) is a great way to communicate with your students in an online manner. Imagine taking a large sticky pad of paper and distributing pages of it to students.  Each student grabs a marker and writes on their sticky poster.  They then take their sticky poster and put it up on the classroom wall, along with everyone else’s sticky poster.  Ultimately the wall is covered in a mosaic of sticky posters, each with a student’s thoughts and comments surrounding a subject.  This is what Padlet does — just online instead. Essentials A recent computer – A computer purchased […]