Teaching with Technology

On using webtools, applications, and digital devices

Giving feedback in the Gradebook

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Dear Dr. Tech-Know: When my students look at their graded assignment in the gradebook I wanted them to see a file which includes my comments, Read More…

Need to take full-screen screenshots? Free browser plugin!

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Have you ever been frustrated with needing to do a screenshot of a Web page, but your computer’s on-board screenshot utility can only select the Read More…

Create a banner image for your course module

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This video demonstration shows how to combine several images into a single JPEG image in Photoshop. Intermediate skills recommended.

Video tools? Here’s the ultimate index…

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The ultimate index of video tools, compiled by Robin Good

Combine PDF files, reduce file size – all online!

Wow! Remember back in the 21st century you had to combine PDFs by using a small application that probably cost you $60, which you used Read More…

Rich Media for Engaged Learning

One of the first things you will notice as you transition from teaching F2F to teaching online is how different the communication environment can be.  Read More…

Best practices for using videos in online instruction

There is a wide variety of subject matter and use cases for video in online instruction. How can you present a video in your course Read More…

How do I make images smaller in Moodle?

Dr Tek Know

There are 2 things to consider about images: the display size and the actual size. Both are important to consider when adding images to your Read More…

Sites for Free Images

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Our faculty members have been asking for some free images  to use in their Moodle courses.  Here are several sites which have free photos and Read More…

Copyright-Free Images

Dr Tek Know

Dear Dr. Tech-Know:  I want to add images to my Moodle course, but I am nervous about copyright issues.  How can I be sure that Read More…

Closed Captioning for Video Needed

Dr Tek Know

Dear Dr. Tech-Know:  One of my students has told me she needs closed captioning on the videos I have included in my online class.  What Read More…

Simulations in the Classroom and Online

The emphasis at Granite State College on active and student-centered learning lends itself naturally to the use of simulations. Learning simulations provide safe practice environments Read More…

Email Notification of Forum Posts

Dr Tek Know

Dear Dr. Tech-Know: I am using a General Discussions and Questions forum in my course so that any student can ask a question and anyone Read More…

Changing the maximum file size for assignment submissions

Dr Tek Know

As they submit assignments, my students may be uploading some large files in Moodle. How can I be sure that they will not get a Read More…

Using Twitter in your course to apply knowledge to current issues

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Twitter – the (in)famous microblogging platform – has gotten a bad rap as being a dumping ground for tweeting about what they ate for lunch, Read More…

Camtasia ~ screen recording and video capture tool

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Camtasia is an easy to use screen recording tool that helps with creating high-quality and professional looking videos.  You can easily share your videos from Read More…

Teaching Misinformation: Keep a professional distance

From Gallup’s extensive data base emerges a number of interesting trends and themes, some of them contradict common assumptions and “conventional wisdom” held by many Read More…

MOOCs: Think Again

By now you have likely heard about MOOCs in the news.  They are Massive Open Online Courses and if you’re not quite sure what this Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Liz Gauffreau, M.A.

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Liz Gauffreau is a full time lecturer and the Director of Individualized Learning at Granite State College. In addition to being a full-time faculty member Read More…

Going beyond the basics

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Our faculty at Granite State College are doing some amazing things with instructional technology! In this section, we showcase innovative collaborations between our faculty and Read More…

Your first steps in teaching with technology

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Digital technologies are not a panacea in themselves; like all tools, they have strengths and weaknesses of their own in the learning process. Knowing these Read More…

How technology helps learning

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Today, digital technologies have extended instructional strategies in ways we could not have imagined not long ago. Digital technologies offer increased support for students with Read More…

Teaching with Technology

Teaching with technology is more than just using digital gear or webtools in instruction. It is a commitment to viewing the learning environment as a Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Mary Beth McNicholas, M.B.A., P.M.P., C.S.M.

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Mary Beth McNicholas teaches in the Project Management graduate program at Granite State College.  She has been on the faculty almost since the inception of Read More…

Screencasting with Jing

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Capture an image off of your computer screen to use instantly and share. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all Read More…

Meet the Staff: Donna Bordeleau

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Donna Bordeleau is an Information Technologist II at GSC.  She has 15 years of IT Help Desk experience, 3 years in corporate and 12 years Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Nicola M. Imbracsio, Ph.D.

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Nicola Imbracsio graduated in 2010 with a PhD in early modern English literature from UNH. Before completing her PhD, she worked professionally in Boston theatre Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Sarah Mason Eck, Ph.D.

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Dr. Eck earned her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 2009, where she studied breast cancer at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC. Sarah and Read More…

Meet the Staff: Linda Kenney, MS, MA

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Linda Kenney is an instructional designer at Granite State College.  She holds an M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Albany, an M.A. in Linguistics from Read More…

Using Jing videos in Moodle

Dr Tek Know

Dear Dr. Tech-Know: When I make my Jing videos, I upload my SWF files into my course. But when I display it in my course, Read More…

Immersive Education Summit 2012

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Immersive Education Summit on the campus of Boston College, in Newton, MA. I admit to being Read More…

Google: tutorials on better search techniques for students

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Google has published a set of content to help students of all levels of proficiency improve their search techniques.  Announcing: Google Search Education There are Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Paula Lombardi, M.Ed.

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Paula Lombardi has worked for the School of Education at Granite State College for several years, most recently teaching General Special Education courses online. In Read More…

GSC Educational Technology Mission

The GSC Ed Tech Department provides leadership in evaluating, implementing and promoting effective and innovative educational technologies and methodologies that support excellence in teaching and Read More…

FERPA and Privacy

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Instructors are beginning to require the use of non-Moodle blogs and wikis in their classes. They are also asking their students to post their own Read More…

Free photographs, images, and screen capture tools

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Freebies ~ FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Picassa, Flickr, Google Images, Jing and Screenr

Meet the Staff: Steve Covello, MS

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Contrary to the implications of his official title, Rich Media Specialist, Steve Covello’s responsibilities are diverse.

Faculty Spotlight: Gail Poitrast, M.Ed.

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Gail Poitrast has been an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College for the past 10 years and presently serves as Mathematics Education Resource Faculty Read More…

Encouraging a Culture of Academic Honesty

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I have received many notes and calls from faculty this term similar to the following: “I have been having this ongoing issue with my students Read More…

Faculty Spotlight: Karin Allard, MS

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Karin Allard has been teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College for 13 years. She works as a guidance counselor at the Read More…

Open Educational Resources by Kevin Scully

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The options for obtaining textbooks have exploded. The landscape is being changed by students and faculty seeking ways not to break the bank on textbook Read More…

Copyright – some interactive sites

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I have been using an interactive site from Baruch College to determine whether content may be legally used on a website or in online course. Read More…

What is a text editor? Why use one?

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How many times have you heard “Don’t use MS Word! Use a text editor!” and then thought, “I thought MS Word was a text editor?” Read More…

Reduce the size of your PowerPoint presentation file

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Since we distribute our PPT slideshows through Moodle, we should try to keep its filesize to a minimum. This reduces both upload and download time Read More…

Free video creation and hosting tools

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Video creation tools ~ Windows Movie Maker, Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, VLC Player, RealPlayer, Animoto, Vimeo, TeacherTube and YouTube

Meet the Staff: Elizabeth Dalton, M.Ed

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Elizabeth holds a M.Ed in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University and is currently working to complete a Ph.D in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) Read More…

Typing International Accent Marks and Diacritics

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Don’t you wish there was a reference site someplace that collected ALL of the special character keystrokes for ALL your web-based and MS Word needs, Read More…

What is embed code and how do I use it?

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You may have heard the term “embed code” bandied about when people refer to publishing video into a course module or a blog post. Well, Read More…

ScheduleOnce: easy way to schedule meetings with students

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Is wrangling a time to chat or meet with a student fraught with a lot of annoying back-and-forth emails and messages? Wish there was simpler Read More…

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images

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“You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth Read More…