This video is part of the Top Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching course found on itslearning Circles, our community of practice. In this video you will learn the ins and outs of creating interactive polls for your courses or dashboards in the itslearning platform.# vimeo.com/63825762 Uploaded
There are several ways you can put videos into your itslearning course.
You could record it with the built-in video recording tools.
You could link to it if it already exists on a website
You could record it yourself using video tool and upload it as a file.
You can embed it into a note, assignment, survey, test or other course element.
In THIS video, however, we are going to focus on how to EMBED a video!
There are SEVERAL advantages of embedding a video in your course over linking to it, or uploading the file. Here are some advantages.
First of all you don’t have to deal with downloading it from some place or uploading the file into itslearning. Video files can be huge. The embedded file remains where it was posted (like youtube, Vimeo, Schooltube, or elsewhere).
Secondly. We’re not lawyers, but in general if there is an embed code available for that video, it’s there for a reason. They want to enable you to embed it! But check with your media specialist of you have any concerns about that.
It works. As long that that video service is not blocked by your organization’s firewall, the video will NORMALLY play on any device or browser. You don’t have to worry about file type. They should even work on smart phones which is great if you have a bring your own device policy!
And lastly, don’t let the word EMBED or CODE scare you. Embedding a video into your itslearning course material is a breeze.
I’ll show you how.# vimeo.com/70201176 Uploaded
It is sometimes a challenge for teachers to create content that can be accessed by students using various devices. In this short video, we will explore how to use the new audio player in itslearning to easily embed audio in just about any course element.
Audio can be important component to your course.
Audio is obviously important for learning a foreign language but it also can be great for giving directions to non-readers or those with limited reading skills.
Finally audio is can be a way for students to improve their own listening skills.
You may want to give audio directions in addition to written directions for students who might respond better to verbal directions.
Be aware that you can still use the rich text editor to record your own sounds but at this moment that recording is played as flash which is not helpful if students have devices that don’t support flash or need their flash player updated.
You MIGHT think you would choose Add File or Link to upload a sound file. But then the students may either have to download it to hear it or have to use a special player once again.
And you don’t want that. You want it to be EASY for the students, right?
It has long been possible to embed VIDEOS and other multimedia in course content in itslearning.
Now we’re happy to introduce a feature that allows the embedding of AUDIO files you’ve put into your MY FILES space into your itslearning site.
Watch this video to learn more!# vimeo.com/70368669 Uploaded
A survey in itslearning is basically a questionnaire. Question types: You can have yes/no, open answer, multiple choice, or matrix questions. Options: A survey can be anonymous and even open externally so anyone can respond even outside of the class. Results: The survey results can be viewed manually, or exported to other formats such as Excel and SPSS. itslearning automatically creates statistics on the survey results, which makes interpretation of the results easy. Surveys can be used both in courses and in communities. It is also possible to make the survey available to external respondents (that is, respondents without an itslearning account).
We going to quickly go through the top 10 ways teachers have shared that they use the built-in survey tool in itslearning.
1. Use the survey tool as a getting to know you survey at the beginning of the school year.
2. At end end of the term or course, give out a survey to find out what worked or didn’t work in your class!
3. Use the survey tool for a pre-reading opinionnaire to generate interest or to help students reflect on key ideas prior to reading a novel.
4. Use the survey tool to help students reflect on how well they worked together as a group and what they could work on the next time. (Be aware that you can even allow students to CREATE their own surveys using element permissions! )
5. Many teachers report that they use a simple survey as an exit slip or a ticket out the door to gauge student understanding and determine direction for the next lesson.
6. If you use Communities, you might want to use the survey to allow students to nominate others or themselves for office. You can even use it to have students VOTE for the officers as well!
7. Create an external survey and send to parents. Here is an example of one about parents who may want to volunteer to help out in the class.
8. Embed a video into a survey and let students watch and reflect on what they learned, or to make a hypothesis. Remember the responses will be collated and statistics generated automatically!
9. How about an external survey for the judges to use for a science fair? Easy collating of responses!
10. And our last tip! Use a survey as a way for students to record their findings in a science lab. Here is one that helps student record how many drops of water they can put on a penny!# vimeo.com/71848710 Uploaded
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