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- The Blackboard Feature of the
"Blackboard 9 and the Dropbox Dilemma"
- Teaching with Technology:
"Box Score: Podcast 1, Lecture 0"
Tech Talk Topic:
"Using Jing to Paste Images Into
- For more, see
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Technology News Briefs
SP2 for Office
2007 will be released April 28.
Service Pack 2:
- adds the ability to open, edit and save
documents in version 1.1 of the OpenDocument Format
for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
- supports uninstall of client updates;
- save as PDF is now built-in to the Office
products (no extra downloadable add-in requried);
- graphics rendering has been improved;
- charting has been improved in Excel;
- SharePoint synchronization with OneNote has been
- Outlook is more reliable;
- File saves in PowerPoint has been improved;
- Word/PDF fidelity has been heightened;
- integration with various web browsers has been
At the same time, Microsoft has announced that
the next version of Office (Office 14, due out in
2010) will be released in 32 and 64-bit versions.
Expect browser-based versions of Excel, Word,
PowerPoint and OneNote to be included in the
- Academic Technology Workshops
- We have completed the Academic Technology
training schedule for spring 2009, but are always
available for TBA training, TBA departmental
training, and also have online, self-paced training
courses in Blackboard and other training materials
at our web site.
- We have developed some anytime sets of
screen videos (screencasts) that teach how to use the features of
the various technology tools available to faculty
members through Blackboard:
Feature of the Week - David Gray
Blackboard 9 and the Drop Box Dilemma
Blackboard 9 is coming, and when it arrives there
is one notable tool change that certain faculty need
to be aware of: There is no Digital Drop Box.
Of course, even on our current Bb8 system, the
functionality that, once upon a time, required the
Digital Drop Box, has been replaced by more mature
and controllable tools such as the Assignment
Manager. Of all the faculty I have persuaded to try
out the Assignment Manager in favor of the old
Digital Drop Box, all have preferred the new tool;
of course some have not been persuaded to try the
Assignment Manager yet… This would be a good time to
For any faculty interested in finding out how to
use the Assignment Manager, we do have an online
demonstration video available
Now, if you’re also looking for something that
will run plagiarism detection on the student’s
works, you may be interested in using a
SafeAssignment, as explained in online videos
Either way, I strongly suggest that faculty who
are currently using the Digital Drop Box to start
looking at alternate tools for students to submit
their files to you; the clock is ticking, and the
Drop Box will soon be no more.
Teaching with Technology -
Dr. Haydn Davis
The Box Score: Podcast 1, Lecture 0
A headline in a technology newsletter caught my
eye recently: “Online Learning Set To Soar.”
According to Harvard Business School’s Clayton
Christensen, in less than 10 years more than 50% of
higher education classes will be presented online.
That headline reminded me of an article published
in eSchool News that compared learning online
compared with learning in a traditional on-campus
classroom. The study, conducted at the State
University of New York Fredonia, compared test
scores from students who watched a lecture podcast
(actually a vodcast) compared with students who
attended the same 30-minute classroom lecture. Test
results revealed the following:
- Podcast students scored an average of 71% on
the test, and
- Classroom lecture students scored an average
of 62% on the same test.
Even more interesting was the finding that
students who watched the video podcast and took
notes scored an average of 15 points higher than
their lecture classroom peers who also presumably
were taking notes.
What accounted for this significant difference?
It seemed like the main explanation was that the
students who scored highest were the ones who paused
the podcast, rewound it when necessary, and took
notes throughout – all behaviors that can’t be
replicated in the classroom.
Maybe the best lesson for anyone who uses
Blackboard is to combine classroom lectures with
podcasts, the proverbial best of both worlds.
Tech-Talk-Topic - Terry
Using Jing to Paste Images Into Blackboard
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