The Public Domain ReviewArtificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming a fact of life and we interact with it on a daily basis, most of the time without even knowing it. So how can AI be leveraged to aid educators. This article surmises 10 areas in which AI can help.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:58

Tech Tools: Poll Everywhere

textbooksOver the past several years tools for creating quick, interactive polls have been gaining popularity amongst educators. These tools are great for helping to implement formative assessment in the classroom. Quick polling will create a clearer picture of what the students understand and can help the instructor adjust their lessons accordingly.

The Public Domain ReviewMichigan State University has recently been experimenting with telepresence robots with their online students. This has led to an integration of the online and face-to-face streams of the doctoral program in educational psychology and educational technology. This use of telepresence robots has been met positively by students and professors.

Monday, 09 November 2015 22:57

Tech Tools: Canva

textbooksCanva is a media design tool that aims to allow even those with little to no experience in graphic design to create rich visuals. Canva has thousands of premade layouts to start from and a seemingly endless bank of stock images that are easily dragged and dropped into your creation.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 20:25

Backchannels: An Introduction

a child working on a computerBefore the emergence of mobile devices and social media, student 'backchannel' communications were limited to whispering and passing notes. And, just like texting today - these in-class activities were viewed by faculty as detractors from learning and were curtailed as much as possible. But what if 'backchannel' communication could be used to enhance learning? This, say proponents, is the potential of a secondary "real-time conversation in parallel with the formal presentation" (7 Things).

Thursday, 17 September 2015 20:25

Tech Tools: Haiku Deck

textbooksHaiku Deck is an online presentation tool that helps create nice professional looking presentations. Creating a ‘deck’ is essentially creating a series of slides for a presentation. Haiku Deck is cloud based, not requiring a download, besides from downloading the finished product whether in PDF or PPTX (PowerPoint) file. There are three options for those wishing to sign up for Haiku Deck: Haiku Deck Public (Free), Haiku Deck Pro, and Haiku Deck Edu. Details about each plan are listed below.

Ted Talks

Author John Green (Paper Towns, Our Fault in the Stars) explores how maps shaped came to shape how we see our world, and how learning in the 21st century is more and more based in online learning communities.

The Public Domain ReviewThere are many aspects that can affect student retention. According to eCampus news, there are many related to teaching and learning. Using ePortfolios, online/blended strategies, video teleconferencing, and providing mobile access to class materials can all help curb drop out rates.

Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:25

Best Practices in Online Discussion Boards

Discussion board

Online discussion boards can be a useful platform in online and blended learning to encourage student participation, collaboration, and deeper learning.  When students use discussion boards to communicate their ideas they can create thoughtful and composed dialogue that unfolds over time into a deeper conversation.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Web Tools Infographic

working on computerThe following list is intended as a guide for users who may want to use some of the following online applications for their educational or professional work. Each of the web tools have links to their respective websites that have resources and tutorials on how to use them.

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