Do your students say things like “I’m just not a math person” or “Writing just isn’t my thing”? Tune in to our free Growth Mindset livestream to find out how you can use LearnStorm’s six Growth Mindset Activities and lesson plans to turn fixed mindsets into growth mindsets this school year. The challenge starts on 9/12, so sign up today at http://www.learnstorm2017.org
Bringing experts from your field into your classroom is a tried and true method for giving students exposure to real-world scenarios. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to come and share their knowledge. Here is an example from the Business department at West LA College who brought in Dr. Sarita Jackson to talk about her recent visit to Cuba. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
Here’s a great example of making history come to life in your classroom. There are clubs and organizations out there that reenact everything from the Renaissance to the U.S. Civil War. Here is one such group, Legion VI Historical Foundation doing a presentation for Humaities 60, People and their World: Technology and the Humanities taught by Anne Winter, adjunct Humanities professor at West LA College.
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The West Student story archive preserves, recognizes, and honors the diversity of the West student experience. The project provides the opportunity for West students to record and share their stories. At the same time, it creates an archive for future generations.
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All students at the 9 colleges in the LACCD can now get the just released version of Office for Mac 2016!
This software is a big improvement over the previous Office for Mac.
In early July the software was released for Office 365 users, the standalone purchase option won’t be available till September, which means that all of our students can download and install it for free right now.
One thing to note, only Macs with the Yosemite operating system will be able to run this software.
Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. The how to video for students still applies although some of the screens look a little different.
NEW! ETUDES ENHANCED CERTIFICATION TRAINING FOR ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTORS!
Enhance your on-campus instruction using the College’s Learning Management System (LMS), Etudes. Participating in this one day instructional program will introduce you to Etude’s tools and features enabling you to develop your first web-enhanced class. Participants will work face-to-face with a certified Etudes trainer in an on-campus workshop.
ETUDES CERTIFICATION TRAINING FOR ONLINE AND HYBRID INSTRUCTORS!
Complete your Etudes Certification by participating in a three-week, hybrid instructional program which will introduce you to the Etudes online learning management system. In addition to learning about the tools and features in Etudes, you will also start to develop your first online or hybrid class. Participants will have an opportunity to work face-to-face with a certified Etudes trainer combined with the flexibility of working online in between class meetings.
The training consists of weekly on-campus sessions in addition to 5 – 7 hours of work online each week. This gives you a flexible schedule and the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an online student. Dates and contact info below.
Continue reading “Etudes Certification Training at West with Jim Marteney!”
eduCanon is an easy-to-use app that allows you to turn any YouTube video into an interactive quiz for your students. This summer is the perfect time to check it out.
If summer couldn’t get any better, you now have ALL eduCanon premium features free. We’ve extended to you all of our features until August 30.
I know during the school year you sometimes feel like this:
BUT NO MORE. Summer is here. Time to relax and recoup.
If summer couldn’t get any better, you now have ALL eduCanon premium features free. We’ve extended to you all of our features until August 30. That means you can download any lesson from our 150,000+ teacher-created lesson database or create a lesson from scratch with higher order question types. And of course, we’ll never limit access to the bulbs you download or create.
Hopefully now you feel a bit more like this:
Check out our latest video, All Things Global
Most teachers don’t know that iTunes U can provide web enhancement for their classes in an easy to use format. Add these new features and you too can unleash a new way to engage your students.
Discussions can be the heart of an online class. In some cases the message boards are the only place where students can freely communicate with each other on a number of focused topics created by you, the instructor.
In the best of worlds students are engaged in lively discussions, thinking critically as well as getting to know their classmates.
Discussions can also be a grading nightmare. Imagine having 8 topics and requiring 3 posts per topic. Times that number by 30 students. Then times that number by how many classes you’re teaching that semester. You’re talking thousands of posts!
If you read and evaluated each and every post you could easily get overwhelmed and wind up like that poor cat in the picture.
Here are my somewhat controversial grading tips to make life easier. If you have an opinion or another strategy that works for you, please share in the comments section.
*Note these instructions are to be used when grading by category, but they can be modified for grading by forum or topic.
Continue reading “Warning: Grading Discussions Is Bad For Your Health”