Virtual Reality and Black Flies – The Week in Review

Virtual Reality and Black Flies – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we have entered everyone's least favorite season, Black Fly Season. The sequence of rainy days followed by warm sunshine is the perfect recipe to bring out swarms of blood-sucking insects. But those moments when the bugs aren't swarming are soooo nice after a long winter so we'll be trying to…
Blackboard Trend Report: 5/18/2018

Blackboard Trend Report: 5/18/2018

Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education? Here’s a recap of some of this week’s top education news. Let us know what you think about this week’s news in the comments below. Don’t know the graduate next to you? You’re not alone. One-third of students take at least one class online. Washington Post Once…
The Stillmotion Method for Storytelling

The Stillmotion Method for Storytelling

Stillmotion is an award-winning video production company. According to their website they focus on telling stories to which people have an emotional response. How they do that is revealed in a five part series that they published on Vimeo. The series takes you through the planning, shooting, and editing of a video. Storytelling the Stillmotion…
Continuing our commitment to accessibility: Introducing Blackboard Ally for Websites

Continuing our commitment to accessibility: Introducing Blackboard Ally for Websites

Creating accessible content is a challenge that many educators, institutions and organizations around the world face daily. Over the course of the last year, you probably have heard us talk a lot about the challenges of course content accessibility and how our solution, Blackboard Ally, focuses on making digital course content more accessible by integrating…
Three Ways to Use Video in End-of-Year Review Activities

Three Ways to Use Video in End-of-Year Review Activities

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching. If you're a high school teacher you probably planning for final exams and final exam review session. You might have in-classroom review sessions planned. But you probably have some students asking for review activities that can be done outside of classroom hours. That's when video is…
Analytics is not a Rotisserie Oven

Analytics is not a Rotisserie Oven

You can’t just set it and forget it. Analytics are simply a tool. As a tool, they are only as effective as the institutions that wield them. But effectiveness hinges on experience. How can an institution with little or no experience with learning analytics accelerate its adoption and make an immediate impact? It’s a chicken…
Map-based Stories from National Geographic

Map-based Stories from National Geographic

GeoStories are short, map-based stories featured on National Geographic Education. The stories combine text, maps, and pictures to tell a story as a series of slides connected to placemarks on maps. National Geographic Education currently offers twenty-three GeoStories. The current GeoStories cover subjects in the areas of politics, ecology, music, and exploration. Applications for Education Even…
How to Export, Save, and Re-purpose Your Edublogs Posts

How to Export, Save, and Re-purpose Your Edublogs Posts

As the end of the school year approaches you might find yourself wondering what to do with all of the blogs posts your students wrote during the year. If you used Edublogs for your classroom blog, there is an easy way to export and save a copy of all of those posts. Follow these steps…
Entrepreneur and Education Advocate Sheila Johnson to Deliver BbWorld 2018 Keynote

Entrepreneur and Education Advocate Sheila Johnson to Deliver BbWorld 2018 Keynote

I’m honored to have entrepreneur, philanthropist and education advocate Sheila C. Johnson deliver a keynote at BbWorld 2018, taking place July 17-19 in Orlando, Florida. Ms. Johnson’s accomplishments span business, arts and education, women’s empowerment and community development. Named by Forbes in 2017 as one of the “Top 50 most successful self-made women,” Ms. Johnson…
How to Install and Manage Chrome Extensions

How to Install and Manage Chrome Extensions

From time-to-time the icons in my Chrome browser prompt questions from viewers of my YouTube videos. Usually, the questions are about which extensions I'm using. Today, I was sent this question: Do you ever worry that by having so many extensions installed you have more risk for security breaches? My answer was that I do…

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