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Blackboard 9 is Coming!

The university will begin upgrading to Blackboard 9 this summer.  It will be implemented in the classroom in Fall 2010. According to David Lees, Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Distributed Learning, the learning curve is similar to going from MS Office 2003 to 2007 – the functionality is the same; items are just in different places.

Differences Include:
Gradebook – in-cell editing allowed
Interface – Changes no longer made through control panel , “behind the blackboard”. Instead,changes are  made on the surface screen, using Edit mode button

David Lees and Al Labonis will present an overview of the new features in Blackboard 9 at the HSB Council meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2010.
ITDL will be offering workshops through Spring and Summer on all new features of BB 9.

Try This!

Looking for a way to add some energy to your presentations?  Consider Jing.

Jing is a screencasting tool developed by the TechSmith Corporation and is free to download and use. The software takes a picture or video of the user’s computer screen and uploads it to the Web, computer or clipboard. Jing images can be easily annotated or narrated.

Jing is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Users are required to sign up for an account before using the software.

Below is a an example of a screenshot using  Jing taken from the HSB facebook site.

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