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Want more out of YouTube?

Want more out of YouTube?

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Ever wanted to start a YouTube video at a later spot?  The folks at Google have continued to add features to YouTube over the last 11 years to help organize, manage, and utilize over 800 million hours of video.  Right click on a video at the point you want the video to start and select the “copy video URL at current time” option from the menu. The URL will be copied to your clipboard.  In addition, you can choose to copy the embed code or make the video loop. Starting a video at a chosen point allows you to target learning for your students; or to shorten the most boring video in the world (below).  Want to try it?  Start the video below and right click to see the options.

Quizlet: Gamify Your Canvas Course

Quizlet: Gamify Your Canvas Course


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Adding a Quizlet to a Canvas allows students to study with digital flashcards or play games to memorize terms.  Embedding a Quizlet into Canvas is as easy as adding the app in Canvas (settings>apps>scroll to Quizlet and click to add the app).  Once added, you will find the icon everywhere you find the rich content editor in Canvas.  Click on the icon, search for a topic, then embed the deck (see below).  If you want to embed a Quizlet you create, a free account must be setup at quizlet.com.  Click the card below to see the answer or change the study mode to something fun like “Space Race”.

One Intention

One Intention

The number one

The loudest voice we hear is our own.  The conversation with self is the longest running conversation in our lives. Unabated, and often filled with self-doubt, insecurity, and wondering what others think, our discourse continues.  “I’m not good at technology”, “I wish I could teach like…”, or “I should be doing this or that” can be the stories we tell again and again as we judge ourselves and our teaching. These stories may be fiction, but we come to accept them as “who we are for all time” and operate as though it is truth.

How do we silence the noise and develop self-compassion and focus?

Start by identifying one intention.

For the semester to come, identify one intention and stay committed to it.  It might be to become better at engaging with students, adopting new technology, or collaborating with colleagues in other departments.  Allow one intention to break through all the scattered thoughts that distract and derail.  Allow this one intention to inform everything you do until it becomes embedded as a deliberate part of your teaching.

Nothing but Love,

IRC

You Can Now Track Changes in a Google Doc using “Suggested Edits”

You Can Now Track Changes in a Google Doc using “Suggested Edits”

logo_docs_64pxOne major feature that has distinguished Microsoft Word from Google Docs was the ability to track changes as a document is edited.  The “track changes” feature in Word grants editor status by allowing another user to make edit suggestions in the body of a document without actually changing the underlying document.  The suggested edits become integrated into the document once approved by the document author.  Instructors have traditionally used the track changes feature to make edit suggestions while grading student assignments.

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