Teachers Talking Technology

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Creative Commons

These days what we can and can’t do (legally speaking) is a huge mess. Laws change, lawsuits abound and we as educators are left scratching our heads. While luckily we have a bit more leeway in education than the general public, it’s a beautiful and terrifying gray area we are trying to navigate through. Understanding […]

Meet Jeremy Robinson

Hello all! My name is Jeremy Robinson and was invited a couple of months ago to start contributing to the Teachers Talking Technology blog, and so this is me accepting. 🙂 I wanted to quickly introduce myself to all of those who might not know me, or who might not know my background. I was […]

Assignment step calculator

Do your students have a research paper that is due during the upcoming months? The Assignment Calculator can help them stay on track as they research and write an assignment. Just enter the start date and due date, and the Assignment Calculator will suggest tips and deadlines for completing the steps of the research and […]

New Changes in Dropbox

What’s new in Dropbox, everybody’s favorite online backup, syncing, and sharing service?  Probably many of you have already discovered the life-changing impact of Dropbox for syncing files across various computers, saving your documents safely in the cloud as well as on your computer, and sharing documents with colleagues and students.  But what you probably don’t […]

Using Powerpoint for drills

I like to start classes with a quick drill to help student switch gears and review material.  I’m teaching Greek this semester, and visual aids like flashcards or worksheets are really important because so many Greek forms and words can only be differentiated visually.  It can get cumbersome, though, to keep writing or printing “flashcards” […]

Using spotlight comments for class files

There are many posts describing how you can use spotlight comments (or tags in Windows) to organize your files, but I wanted to highlight a few examples of why using comments/tags would be useful to faculty members–tracking course materials that are used in multiple courses and establishing a portfolio of student work. Tracking course materials Often you […]

Class rosters three ways

As you prepare for Fall classes, you may want to gather student information to help create your course gradebook.  You can do this on the first day of class using a Google Form, but here are three different ways of getting some data during the summer. First, you can use your Moodle course page.  After […]

Google Calendar CSV import

Earlier this week, George Williams demonstrated how to move your assignments and due dates from your syllabus to Google Calendar using the CSV import feature.  This import feature could also be used at the beginning of the semester to collect schedules from research assistants and independent study students.  By default, Gustavus publishes each student’s class […]

Google introduces CloudCourse

Google announced its foray into the learning management system arena. CloudCourse is fully integrated with Google Calendar and can be further customized for your organization with the following service provider interfaces (replaceable components): Sync service – to sync CloudCourse data with your internal systems Room info service – to schedule classes in your locations User […]

Office Add-in for Moodle

Microsoft Education Labs has released a Moodle add-in. The Office Add-in for Moodle (OAM) is an add-in for Microsoft Office (versions 2003 and 2007) that allows teachers to open and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to a Moodle website. Future versions will also allow students to save directly to Moodle from Microsoft Office products, […]