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Curriculog Course Mod & Review

Need some help with Curriculog? Here is a tutorial that may just save you some time and frustation. This series of videos and instructions will guide you through the process of modifying an existing course using Curriculog. If you are on a curriculum review committee, there is a video that walks you through the set-up to make your job of curricular review easier.

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Remote Teaching ≠ Online Learning

Education got a taste of what Educational Technologists have been doing for decades over the past year. It was and is a culture shock not only to us as educators but to our students. The students that we strive to teach and see succeed every day. That's who we have to be thinking of as some of us who liked the taste of remote teaching want to take it further to online teaching and learning.

Remote learning is like a hamburger - it can feed you and you will survive but it is not the healthiest choice. You eat it on the go when you need a quick fix to your hunger.

Online teaching and learning is a fine dining experience. It's costly and takes time to earn the money to experience it. Once you earn it, you take your time and enjoy the experience.

Our students deserve the fine dining experience. Invest the time to learn how to teach online because it truely is a teaching and learning experience.

Here are a few resources:

Open for Everyone: Integrating Universal Design for Learning in Open Education Practice

The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

CRAP - The Wonderful World of Page Design

College students' experience of emergency remote teaching due to COVID-19

ISTE Standards

CETL is offering many courses to help you in your journey. Be sure to visit their Quality Assurance in Hybrid and Online courses.


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Everything in one place is Wakelet's moto. You can save, organize and share content from across the web. It's free to use. It's available for web or mobile devices.

Wakelet allows you to post: Articles, Videos, Blogs, Tweets, and Songs. You can also organize and curate them, share them, and invite others to contribute.

Give Wakelet a try

Nearpod adds interaction to lessons

Looking for student interaction during a lecture? Nearpod does the job and records all of the responses. Best of all you can also integrate it into Canvas and other LMSs. There are free and paid subscriptions.

Here is the Teacher Resources page. You'll can attend live webinars or view instructional videos.

Here's a short video that sums it up:

Setting up a Zoom waiting room

Waiting rooms are a great way to monitor who is allowed into your Zoom sessions. Did you know that you could send a message to the people in your Zoom waiting room? Well, you can! You have the option to:

  • admit people one at a time 
  • admit them all at once
  • send a message to people in the waiting room
  • send people in your Zoom room to the waiting room

Below is a link that covers 3 waiting room topics.

Setting up your waiting room

Some ideas for waiting room

  • Office hours – by having a waiting room it allows you to have private conversations with your student without having another student enter the room without permission. It’s a way of virtually ‘closing’ your office door.
  • Controls who enters your classroom – you can allow students into your course one at a time or all at once. Make sure that you check the list before allowing all at once to make sure they are all in your class.
  • Customized waiting room messages can let your class know what they need to bring to this session.
  • Customized waiting room messages can let students know that if they are waiting during office hours it’s because you are currently with another student.

Setting up a Zoom virtual background

Sometimes you need to have your camera on while on Zoom but you don't feel comfortable with the view that is behind you. Zoom has the answer to that using a virtual background. You can use a still photo or a video to be shown behind you instead of the actual background. You don't even need a green screen!

Follows these steps on the Zoom help pages to set up your Virtual Background.

Setting up a Flipgrid Integration in Canvas

With Canvas if you use an external tool you need to set up the tool every semester. This connects your Canvas class to tool and sets up a grid just for this class.

  1. From the Home Page click on Settings
  2. Apps
  3. Click on the Flipgrid icon
    Title: External apps - Description: External apps offered in Canvas
  4. Click on +Add App
    Title: Add app - Description: Click on the add app button
  5. Next we will configure the app – connect your Canvas class to the correct Flipgrid grid. Make sure to use a name that will be unique to your class – Flipgrid_Course_Term.
    Title: App configuration - Description: Customize the name. It makes it really easy to make sure you have the right integration. You get the consumer key and shared key from the Flipgrid website.
  6. Sign up or login to Flipgrid. You can find it at Flipgrid.
    Title: Flipgrid sign in - Description: Login or sign up for an account here.
  7. Once you’ve logged in click on your profile pic and name. Choose Integrations
    Title: User profile - Description: Click the integrations button from the use profile
  8. You’ll see all of the grids you’ve created previously, and it gives you the option to create a new grid/integration. I don’t use the same grid for more than one semester. For me it keeps the grids more organized.
    Title: Flipgrid and Canvas - Description: List of Canvas integrations
  9. Name your grid
    Title: Create a Canvas integration - Description: I name each grid by course, section and semester but it's up to you what you name them.
  10. Click the copy button for the Consumer key and paste it in Canvas (See step 8). Do the same for the Shared key. Title: Integration keys - Description: This shows the grid, consumer key and shared key.
    Title: Add app - Description: After all the information is added click the Add App button.
  11. You’ll now see Flipgrid in your Installed apps tab.
    Title: External app - Description: Your Flipgrid should now show in the external apps installed listed.
  12. Make sure to Click on Course Details and scroll all the way down to the bottom and click on the Update Course Details.


Add Flipgrid to an Assignment

  1. When you set up your assignment under the Submission Type click the down arrow and choose External Tool. Title: External tool - Description: For submission type click the down arrow and choose external tool.
  2. Type in Flipgrid and click Find or just click on Find
    Title: Find Submission type - Description: Type in flipgrid and click Find
  3. Scroll down until you find your Flipgrid click it and choose Select.
    Title: External tools list - Description: Scroll down until you find Flipgrid and click Select.
  4. Finish the rest of your assignment setting and click on the Save. You’re almost finished. Now you just have to finish setting up the Flipgrid end of it. After you click save you will see that it’s connected to your assignment but the topic isn’t set up. Click on the Pencil to edit your grid.
    Title: Assignment picture - Description: Click on the pencil to edit your assignment.
  5. Now you can edit your Flipgrid assignment. The title I leave because it’s the same title as the assignment. The Prompt I always change. Generally I copy the instructions for the assignment and paste it here. Then just change any or all of the other options and at the end click Update Topic.
  6. Here is a link to the Flipgrid Help center to get you started or give you more ideas: Help Center.



Google Jamboard

Do you need a collaborative white board? Jamboard may be the answer you're looking for.

Here's a tutorial on how to get started:

Here's another tutorial that is an update on the first one:

Here's the link to Google Jamboard


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