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.
Comment: I have not tried wikis in a classroom, but this would be a great tool for promoting constructivist pedagogy.
Tool: Jing – Screencast.com
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.
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/
My posts. Relevant to GEG 111 (Physical Geography) and GEG 151 (Geographic Inforamtion Systems)
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
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
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.
I currently use Blackboard Discussion Forums and email for Asynchronous
communication. Discussion forums are for substantive reflection on subject matter, guided by rubrics. Email is for announcements and one-on-one communication.
I would not use texting in my courses in the near future. Sufficient communication means currently exist: LMS, email, office (face-to-face), telephone, social media.
Polling could be used with a student response system (clickers). We have access to Turning Point clickers. I found this link to be worth investigating after this class http://www.turningtechnologies.com/polling-solutions/turningpoint.
I would not make this a required tool in the near future. The LMS provides sufficient ways to share information for now.
Link to tool: https://www.diigo.com/
https://twitter.com/GeoTeachHarper. Could be a useful tool for providing updates and disseminating important information.