Blackboard 9

A reminder! On December 26th and 27th, Blackboard will be upgraded from Service Pack 7 (SP7) to Service Pack 9 (SP9). During those two days there will be no access to Blackboard.  Other services will not be impacted during this upgrade. Be sure to look for upcoming training sessions on the new features of BB 9, if you have not already enrolled in one.

When preparing for your classes next semester, consider integrating Web 2.0 tools into the curriculum, where appropriate.  Watch this video, which demonstrates how to do this in the new upgraded Blackboard platform.

America’s Economy App

Take the pulse of the U.S. Economy straight from your phone. The America’s Economy app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators released from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Key economic measures on employment, manufacturing, international trade, retail sales, and residential construction and sales allow those who follow the U.S. economy to be the first to see whether the indicator has gone up or down since the previous report, and trends over time. Apps are free of charge. (Source: America’s Economy )

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.gov.census.mobile.phone.americaseconomy

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/americas-economy-for-iphone/id551790789?mt=8

The Flipped Classroom

There is a lot of buzz in educational trends about the concept of the “flipped classroom”. The Flipped Classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction to students through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to view the lecture material in advance , then ask questions and work through problems in class, with the guidance of their teachers and the support of their peers  – creating a collaborative learning environment.

The TED site offers flipped lessons to use/customize, as well as  a template for designing your own.  Each lesson contains a video, quick quiz, a ‘think’ section- requiring more in-depth thought, and a ‘dig deeper’ section – resources for discovering more about the topic.

Below is a sample of a Flipped lesson from the TED site on The Real Origin of the Franchise