Wish List

Camtasia Studio. http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

Comment: From the makers of Jing. I liked my experience with Jing and I would like to explore a tool with more capabilities.

Adobe Presenter: http://www.adobe.com/products/presenter.html

Comment: I liked the example produced in class. Many students are familiar with PDFs and the Adobe Reader, so working with this format should not be difficult.

Wikis: http://www.wikispaces.com/.

Comment:  I have not tried wikis in a classroom, but this would be a great tool for promoting constructivist pedagogy.

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Online Survey

Here is a link to my survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6P2MGJB.

I used Survey Monkey to create this survey. I have used the tool before, but this time I tried a new question type – ranking. In my case the tool was not difficult to learn. The templates made it relatively easy to build a survey which can be modified later. New users might spend some time figuring out how to share the survey and analyze the results.

I have used a paper version of this survey in my physical geography course to discover student expectations at the beginning of the semester. The online survey has a new question (the ranking one) and I will now use the survey in my online course for the first time. Analyzing results, especially multiple choice and ranking questions, is easier on Survey Monkey using the reporting that is available.

 

Self-Created Content

Tool: Jing – Screencast.com

URL: http://www.screencast.com/t/1N8otM0UwF

Target course: Physical Geography

Unit: Earth-Sun Relations/Standard Time

I had seen a demonstration of Jing a while ago, but this was my first time actually using the tool. The learning curve was not steep. The process involved: i) Downloading the software, ii) Watching the short video tutorial (essential in retrospect), iii) Trying out the creation of a sample video, and  iv) Creating and uploading my content.

I will use this tool to create short tutorials for solving geographic word problems in my Physical Geography courses. I could also use it to create short software tutorials for my GIS (Geographic Information Systems) courses. A follow up step would be to work with our access and disabilities office to create captions in order to conform with universal design.

Readings Archive

All the readings for this course.

Mod 1: Don’t bother fighting it

Mod 2: May the force be with you (social networking and organization)

Mod 3: Communicating any time

Mod 4: Communicating in real time

Mod 5: Finding ready-made content

Mod 6: Making your own content

Mod 7: New trends

Mod 8: What the future holds

23 things as explained here http://sjlibrary23.blogspot.com/

 

Finding Ready-Made Content

My posts. Relevant to GEG 111 (Physical Geography) and GEG 151 (Geographic Inforamtion Systems)

1. Video.

I would use the video “7 Billion” by National Geographic when introducing the concept of globalization and the impact of population growth (coupled with rising consumption and resource use) on the environment in Physical Geography course. This is an introductory course taken mostly by non-geoscience majors. Issues raised in the globalization unit are vividly illustrated in the video such as: i) the exponential increase in the worlds population from 1 billion in 1800 to 7 billion in 2012, ii) the rise of megacities, iii) inequality in basic services (and implication income), iv) the need for pervasive sustainability.

Video link: http://youtu.be/sc4HxPxNrZ0

2. Podcast.

I would use the podcast “Tracking Your Steps” in my Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) course. Specifically the podcast would be used in a classroom discussion after students learn about the uses and benefits of geospatial technologies (remote sensing, GIS, and GPS).

Having considered the benefits of these technologies (such as mapping applications on smartphones), students would be asked to consider and discuss issues that could arise from the use of these technologies: such as 3rd parties (hackers, businesses, government) having unauthorized access to usage information, who decides what is on the map and does it matter if the profit motives of mapping corporations or government interests are paramount in deciding which places we can access and how we access these places?

Tracking Your Steps – NPR

http://www.directionsmag.com/podcasts/tracking-your-steps-npr/355865

 

Communicating in Real-Time

Potential uses:

1. Virtual office hours. We used Moodle Chat, but I would use the analogous tool on Blackboard, which is the LMS of choice where I teach.

2. Guest Speakers. Skype would be a tool that can be used to bring a guest speaker into an online classroom.

3. Collaboration: I encourage the use Blackboard Collaborate for any synchronous group work.  The current downside is the need for the instructor reserve time due to limited licenses. Google Hangouts could be an alternative in this case.