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September 23, 2015
by Rachael Inake
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Students Bloom Using Web 2.0 Tools

This is a special guest blog post by Eric Matsuoka, Professor CC of Math and Math Coordinator at Leeward CC.

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Eric Matsuoka

The spring 2015 initiative involved allowing and encouraging students to submit their statistics term projects using Web 2.0 tools instead of traditional documents.  The Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy places creating at its top level.  Web 2.0 tools facilitate both that highest Bloom’s level and also facilitates various forms of collaboration, which is strongly emphasized as a 21st Century skill.

New Blooms Pyramid

New Blooms Pyramid” by Andrea Hernandez is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Although some popular news reports suggest that today’s students are adept at creating artifacts using Web 2.0 tools, many students have not connected such experiences to their educational endeavors.  While it was not practical to dedicate class time to demonstrating the use of multiple tools, half of one class session was led by Educational Technologist, Rachael Inake, who introduced students to creating a website using a Google Sites template developed by the Educational Media Center.  Rachael also spent time creating a tutorial video for students who needed to review the directions given in the live presentation.

The intervention was an unqualified success.  16 out of 23 students submitting projects chose to use a Web 2.0 tool.  One student created a video while 15 created Google Sites.  The average project grade for those using Web 2.0 tools was 6 points (half of a letter grade) greater than those submitting traditional paper artifacts.  The average grade for the spring 2015 Web 2.0 submissions were also 8 points greater than the average grade for fall 2014 projects submissions, which were limited to traditional documents.  Student perceptions of the Web 2.0 option and project-based learning itself were unquestionably optimistic, as well:

Response Survey results (n = 23 in each case)
I liked having options for submitting my project 91.3%
Choosing my own topic probably motivated me to work harder on the project than I otherwise might have with an assigned topic. 65.2%
In working on the project, I could better see how topics covered in class are used in the statistical process. 73.9%
Having the option to make a video, web site, or some other format other than a paper got me to think more about what I was doing and how I would present it. 78.2%
The presentation and screencast tutorial by Rachael Inake led me to create, or at least consider creating, a web site for my project submission. 65.2%

Unfortunately, offering the Web 2.0 option in the summer session was not successful.  There were confounding factors that make it difficult to determine why students did not try the Web 2.0 option.  One was undoubtedly the short duration of the summer session.  Another is the lack of an in-person training session (although the spring semester video tutorial was made available).  The intention is for the option to be available in the fall semester and, schedules allowing, to have another in-person class session with an Educational Technologist.

Anecdotal reactions from students were generally positive.  The ordinarily-ubiquitous question of how long a report needed to be was virtually nonexistent in the spring.  While students were only required to set their sites to be viewable by their instructor (me), several (links below) made their video and web sites publicly viewable, which is one of the first steps in virtual collaboration.

Student work:

September 2, 2015
by Brent Hirata
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Expand Your Googleverse

Tech It Out Day 2015 - Expand your Googleverse

Have you ever come across a Google service and try to log into it with your Google@UH username only to be told that do not have access to tools like Google Maps, Analytics, Google +, Blogger, YouTube?  Well wait no longer, Expand Your Googleverse!   The university is now allowing you access to “Consumer Apps”.  You simply have to be willing to accept Google’s General Terms of Service.

Tech It Out Day 2015 - Expand your Googleverse (2)

Once you have accepted Google’g general terms of service you will have access to many more Google tools.  A good example of why you would want to do this would be to migrate your course presentation videos from your personal (Google.com) YouTube account into your Hawaii YouTube user account.

To learn more you may visit the University of Hawai’i’s Google@UH webpage (http://www.hawaii.edu/google/extra)

August 26, 2015
by Brent Hirata
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How to Host Web Content on Google Drive

Attention creative types, do you need a spot on the web to upload interactive content?  Video, web sites and documents have their own services mainly YouTube, Google Sites (or Weebly or Drupal), and Google Docs.  But what about interactive multimedia content that publishes with its on supporting files and is meant to stand alone like this interactive campus map .  CampusMap

I would normally use Laulima Resources to host many of these projects but I recently came upon another option, Google Drive.  I learned that with a little manipulation of the URL you can get Google Drive to host your online projects.   I had not been using Google Drive because the html pages traditionally show up as html code documents and not as web content.  Follow the instructions below to manipulate your URL which will in turn display the html pages as they are meant to be viewed.

1.  Create a folder in your Google Drive.

2. Change sharing settings to make the folder public.

  • Click Share
  • Select Advanced Sharing
  • Change from Private to Public on the Web
  • Save

3.  Upload files/ content to your folder (ex.  index.html)

4. Next we are going to create the link to your file

  • Right click on the file you uploaded (ex. index.html)
  • Select Preview
  • Navigate to the URL bar of your browser
  • Use your cursor to highlight all the text from the very right end of the URL up to but not including the first “/”
  • Copy this text

5.  Open a new browser

  • Navigate to the new browser’s URL bar, clear out any text that is there, and type the following:  googledrive.com/host/
  • Place your cursor just after the “/” in the URL bar.  Paste the text you copied from the previous step.
  • Press Enter

6.  Copy this new URL and use this when sharing your content.

 

 

 

 

December 2, 2014
by Rachael Inake
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Easily Turn a Google Spreadsheet Into a Jeopardy Game

Make quizzing, reviewing concepts, or preparing for upcoming final exams fun with a team jeopardy game! Flippity.net was originally used to make flashcards, but now there’s a cool way to use Flippity with a Google Spreadsheet to create a Jeopardy-like quiz game.

Game interface from flippity.net

Click here to see a demo. It even allows you to embed images and YouTube videos, like the example below. (Just follow the examples given in the template doc on how to embed images and videos.)

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Ready to create your own? You’ll find the complete instructions and the template spreadsheet doc here.

Step 1: Make a copy of and modify the Google Spreadsheet template

Step 2: Publish your Google Spreadsheet

Step 3: Get your Flippity.net link

Step 4: Click your Flippity.net link to launch your game

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