App of the Week – Skitch

This week’s featured app, Skitch, is part of the Evernote family of apps. Skitch is an annotation application that allows you to markup picture, documents, maps, and other graphics with shapes, arrows, and sketches in order to share ideas. Skitch can be downloaded as a free app for mobile devices such as iPads, iPhones, and Android devices (click HERE for iPad download | click HERE for iPhone download | click HERE for android download). However, it can also be downloaded and used in your desktop computers (click HERE for mac download | click HERE for windows download). All files annotated with the Sketch app end up being saved in a […]

Copyright nd Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers – Infographic

The graphic below was created by Tech and Learning and shared by For more information you can go to Hall Davidson’s site. Click on the image to enlarge.

2013 Summer Book Club Schedule

We are excited to announce the 2013 Summer Book Club Schedule: Book Title Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology. The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America. Meeting Times Thursdays, from 12:15pm – 1:15pm (Bring your lunch – drinks will be provided) Location CETL Lab or via Google Hangout Requirements All participants will receive a copy of the book. Each week, the group will meet face-to-face or via Google Hangout to discuss assigned chapters. One participant will serve as a discussion leader by bringing discussion points/topics as well as supplemental materials such as links to videos, articles, or anything that is relevant to discussion (and that relates to the week’s […]

Purposeful Reading Assignment

Most of my teaching, one way or another, has involved philosophy.  Philosophy texts can be, well, difficult to read; it was always a challenge to get students to read them.  They’d take a crack at the texts, but often give up when the going got rough, to the point where they didn’t bother by the end of the semester.  For a long time I would get angry, chalking it up to lazy students.  But then, finally, I realized something.  Reading a difficult text is a skill, something acquired over time and (often) something that requires some coaching.  Coming through graduate school, I’d internalized the skill well enough that I’d forgotten it was […]

2013 Summer Institute Photo Gallery

The 2013 Summer Institute took place on May 15th, 2013 all day. Several faculty and staff participated in the professional development sessions and you can see some pictures taken during the Institute here.

2013 Summer Institute Recap

The 2013 Summer Institute was a great event. About twenty faculty and staff attended our day of professional development workshops and lectures as well as our The Technology Horizon Roundtable lunch and our Popcorn Debrief. If you were not able to attend our Summer Institute you can find some of the resources shared on the program below. If you have a account, please sign in and click on the hot spots for presentation file or takeaway handouts (you can also sign in with your existing Twitter or Facebook accounts). If you don’t have a, Twitter, nor a Facebook account and do not wish to create any of those […]

This Week at the CETL – 05.20.13

We’re enjoying a quiet week of planning here at the CETL after last week’s Summer Institute. Thanks to everyone who attended and presented! We’re putting the materials (handouts and the like) from the Summer Institute up on the blog, so check there if you missed something. There were lots of great presentations. We’ll be rolling out our summer schedule of workshops later this week, featuring Workshop Wednesdays! Many of you indicated Wednesdays were the best day to hold summer workshops, so we’ll be featuring two workshops every Wednesday in June and July. Workshops will be happening on other days as well, so don’t worry if Wednesdays aren’t the best for […]

Turnitin: Going Paperless

Personally, I’ve had success with having students ONLY submit their papers to Turnitin and not giving me physical copies.  I liked this approach because:  It saves students a few cents in printing costs and reduces paper consumption in general. I was able to give better feedback faster.  Using the Grademark sets, I was able to quickly drag and drop comments about mechanics.  More importantly, I was able to put plenty of detailed comments in the text, saving the ones that I used over and over again (“Is this your thesis?!” was a common one).  I found that typing comments led to better comments on my part, as opposed to writing things in […]

Turnitin: An Early Start

We left yesterday’s post with two maxims: Turnitin needs to be integrated into the course.  Students need to be aware of it, know how it works, and how you are using it.  Beyond that, I’d also add: Turnitin can be a powerful teaching tool. In order to better integrate Turnitin, begin thinking about it when you’re thinking about your syllabus for the next semester. Here are some guidelines (or at least things to think about) for next semester and Turnitin. Set up Turnitin before you class starts.  This is pretty easy (very easy if you’re using it in Blackboard).  If you’re really ambitious, you can put all your assignments in […]

Turnitin: Are we doing it wrong?

The final weeks of the semester saw a flurry of requests for Turnitin Accounts.  Most of those emails read something like “My students are about to turn in their final papers.  Can I get a Turnitin account?” or “My students have already turned in their final papers and I think they’ve plagiarized.  Can I get a Turnitin account to help me confirm that they are cheating?”  We helped them get set up with their accounts, but a thought occurred to me as these emails kept coming in: If you’re asking for a Turnitin account at the end of the semester, you’re doing something wrong. That statement sounds harsh, I know.  But I […]

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