screenshot of iPhone on a Mac
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Record a Screencast of your iPad/iPhone from your Mac for Free!

This is for all my Mac users running Yosemite (OS 10.10).  Here’s a handy tip that you may not know that allows you to record what you are doing on your iPad or iPhone to a movie that you can share with your students or others.   In the past we’ve been able to do this by purchasing additional software such as AirServe or Reflector but these cost money (not a lot $14-$19) and they didn’t work on our CofC secured network.  Now if you are running the newest Mac OS 10.10 you can do this using only the USB cable you use to charge your phone and the built-in Quicktime Player.

Here’s a quick rundown:

1)  Connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer using the USB to lightning cable.

2)  On your computer launch QuickTime and select File > New Movie Recording from the menu bar.

3)  Choose your iPad or iPhone from the dropdown menu next to the record button.

4)  Press the record button to record.

5)  Press it again to stop recording.

6)  Choose File > Save to save the video recording.

Here’s a better way to understand what to do:

Now remember, this will only work with Macs running Yosemite and iOS devices that use the lightning connection. I hope this helps the Mac folks. For all you Windows users, if you have this need then contact your Instructional Technologist for assistance.

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Lunch n’ Learn with Michelle Futrell

Student Retention: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

If you were unable to join us for our first Lunch n’ Learn you can view a recording below. Michelle Futrell, Director of Undergraduate Student Services, talked about identifying at-risk students and who they are.  There was a lot of great conversation and ideas on how to keep our students.


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Preparing for the Unexpected

On Tuesday, the College of Charleston experienced a safety and communication crisis when a bomb threat was made.  Classes in six buildings were officially cancelled and many faculty, staff, and students were prohibited from accessing their offices, classrooms, and dorms until 5:00PM.  This unexpected disruption caused many professors to lose valuable class time.

As the daughter of a Boy Scout and a Girl Scout myself, I try to live by the mantra: be prepared.  As an instructional technologist, I’ve learned ways to use technology to “prepare for the worst” and want to share that knowledge so you will be ready for the next interruption, closure, or disaster.

1.  Think ahead.  Before the semester begins, decide how you will manage if classes are cancelled.  According to instructional technologist, Kaitlin Woodlief, “your best preparation is to learn the tools now before you’re put into a situation where you have to use them.”  This doesn’t mean you must become an expert on Adobe Captivate to make professional-quality video lectures.  Instead, familiarize yourself with one tool so you feel comfortable enough producing something simple that will transmit content.

VoiceThread iconGiven Tuesday’s events, I had to figure out a way to prevent my students from getting too far behind.  I uploaded the Powerpoint I intended to use in class into Voicethread and narrated my slides using already created lecture notes.  I didn’t need to create new content; I just had to put that content into a different format.  And because I had already familiarized myself with Voicethread, the process was simple.  There are numerous tools that will allow you to deliver content online in case of a College closure or class cancellation, including Kaltura, Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, EdPuzzle, and Google Drive.  Of course, TLT has you covered with workshops that focus on online content delivery!  Browse for those sessions.

2.  Include a syllabus policy.  As you prepare your classes, craft a policy that establishes expectations and procedures in case an emergency occurs.  For example, Penn State encourages faculty to include the following language in their syllabi:

In the event of a campus closure, course requirements, classes, deadlines and grading schemes are subject to changes that may include alternative delivery methods, alternative methods of interaction with the instructor, class materials, and/or classmates, a revised attendance policy, and a revised semester calendar and/or grading scheme. Information about course changes will be communicated through [e-mail, etc….]

3.  Determine communication protocols.  If an emergency closes the College or you have to cancel class at the last-minute, how will you communicate with your students?  There are numerous options, including email and posting a notification in the OAKS News tool.  This semester, I’m using both Twitter and Celly to communicate with students.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve found students don’t routinely read their emails, so I decided to meet them where they are and use text messaging and social media.

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 4.58.07 PMThe numerous ways I use Twitter in the classroom is a blog post for another day, but on Tuesday, I tweeted numerous times to inform students that the Cougar Alert was not a test, that they needed to pay attention to their email, and that class was cancelled.  I also used Celly to communicate the same information.  Celly provides a way to send SMS text messages without exchanging phone numbers (you can also use the mobile app or website if you don’t text).  I’ve found students to be much more responsive to these text messages than email.

For more serious emergencies, when campus is closed for a longer period of time, you may want to communicate with your students synchronously.  Skype and Google Hangouts provide simple and free options for hosting virtual, synchronous meetings.  The OAKS Discussion tool can also be used for conversation and collaboration.

As my colleague Chris Meshanko says, while we always hope for the best, we must plan for the worst.  Anticipating disruptions and making plans can prevent students and faculty from losing valuable contact hours.  Most importantly, let students know within the first two weeks of classes what your expectations are if classes are cancelled due to an emergency.  And as always, TLT can assist you in choosing the right tools for keeping your class on track.

Top Ten Tech Tools
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TLT’s Top Ten Tech Tools

In TLT, we are continually conducting research, starting trials, and experimenting with a variety of technology applications to find the best and most useful tools for our faculty. It makes sense that faculty and staff often ask me about apps and other tools I use in my courses, training sessions, and typical day-to-day activities. During iPad training, instructional technologists are nearly always asked some variation of “What’s the most popular app?” or “What’s your favorite app?” After technology sessions or presentations, I usually get questions from faculty expressing curiosity as to whether there are other faculty members using the tool or technology.

Through the new ranking feature in Poll Everywhere, your instructional technologists ranked nearly 30 of the most popular tools. I asked my colleagues to rank these technologies based on frequency of personal use and overall impression of the tool, while also considering the usefulness of the tool for faculty at College of Charleston. Listed below are the top 10 tools ranked by your instructional technologists in TLT. Please contact us with any questions.


  1. Google Drive: We use this for everything – meeting minutes, tutorials, brainstorming, group work, etc. It’s great for real-time collaboration.
  2. Poll Everywhere: This is one of the most popular tech tools on campus. We love it so much, it’s how we came up with this list.
  3. SMORE: You might be familiar with this tool if you have paid close attention to the flyers in our emails. We use it because it’s very easy to put together a great looking flyer in just a few minutes, and it tracks our views. Faculty could use it to brighten up weekly announcement emails or for introductions at the beginning of the semester.
  4. Screencasting: We use Screencast-o-matic to make quick how to videos rather than writing out tedious step-by-step instructions in emails. This program allows you to record your voice and your screen for up to 15 minutes with a free account. I use this technology frequently in my online courses.
  5. Skitch: All I have to say is Mac users, get this now! Take a screenshot, crop it, add arrows or text, and then drag the file into an email or presentation. The best part is that you can set it up to sync between all your devices.
  6. Kahoot!: We’re addicted. We love this fast and interactive quizzing game. I use it as an alternative to Jeopardy for in class review sessions.
  7. Canva: This is the best free graphics tool we have tested that offers professional-quality design options. It’s a lot of fun to experiment in Canva.
  8. EdPuzzle: Make an existing YouTube video more instructional or relevant to your class by adding in audio comments and quiz questions. You can track student views too.
  9. Haiku Deck: Make beautiful presentations in a jiffy on your iPad or computer. The image finder is fantastic and the formats are striking.
  10. Twitter: Stay up-to-date with news and interact with students and colleagues.
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Student Zombies No More: Faculty Showcase Recap

Your students will be zombies no more!
Your students will be zombies no more!

A “spooktacular” time was had by all at the TLT Faculty Showcase!  A hearty thank you to the faculty who shared their innovative teaching strategies:  Gustavo Urdaneta Velasquez, Mary Ann Hartshorn, Laura Penny, Sherry Wallace, and Lancie Affonso.  Not only did we learn how to more effectively engage our students and manage our classes, we also played Plinko and enjoyed trick-or-treating!




For those who couldn’t attend, the following applications were discussed:

Google Docs (Free; Web, iOS, Android) is a cloud-based word processor that allows users to create and share work from any device that connects to the Internet.  Users can work on the same document both synchronously and asynchronously, making it ideal for collaborative projects.  Mary Ann Hartshorn’s students use Google Docs to crowd-source references for research papers.  The students each contribute to the annotated bibliography then collectively edit the document for proper APA formatting.

To establish community and encourage communication, Mary Ann asks her students compose a “Where I’m From” poem at the beginning of the semester, which they share in the OAKS Discussion boards.  In addition, throughout the semester, students take turns as discussion leaders charged with facilitating the boards. Mary Ann has found this continuous interaction throughout the semester encourages students to complete the assigned readings, engage in peer teaching, and establish relationships with one another.

Using Google Docs and the OAKS Discussion tool
Using Google Docs and the OAKS Discussion tool

What student wouldn’t love to play games in class?  Kahoot (Free; Web) is a student response system founded on game-based digital pedagogy.  Gustavo Urdaneta Velasquez tests his students’ understanding of Spanish vocabulary and grammar by creating quizzes that incorporate text, images, and video.  Using any device with a Web browser, students play against each other hoping to top the leader board.  Gustavo is able to see how well his students understand course content and use the students’ answers to provide “just in time” feedback.

Lancie Affonso starts his “flipped” classes by checking his students’ pulse.  LinkedIn Pulse (Free; Web, iOS, Android) is an RSS aggregator that exposes students to industry-specific resources and professional networking.  Students get up-to-the-minute news from industry professionals, business publications, and news media, which inspire lively class discussions.

If you’ve ever wished you could scribble all over PDFs or Powerpoint slides while lecturing, Laura Penny has found the app for you.  Goodnotes ($5.99; iOS) is a note-taking, annotation, and digital whiteboard app.  Using the external display feature, Laura projects her iPad screen to the class and annotates while she lectures.  She can then export those annotated slides and share them with her students.

Socrative (Free; Web, iOS, Android) is a student response system that helps instructors assess student understanding through quizzes, polls, and games — no clickers or subscriptions required!  Sherry Wallace uses Socrative in her art history classes to evaluate students’ knowledge based on their exploration of websites such as the Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.  Socrative captures students’ responses in real-time, which encourages discussion and allows Sherry to clarify confusion.

Looking for a way to deliver content while encouraging discussion, especially in an online class?  Instructional Technologist, Chris Meshanko, shared the perfect tool to accomplish these goals — Voicethread (Free; Web, iOS, Android) is a cloud-based application that allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos.  Chris has devised twelve fantastic ways to integrate Voicethread into your classes including icebreaker introductions at the beginning of the semester, guest lectures, syllabus question & answer, peer evaluation, and a variety of formative assessments. Making Voicethread even better are the College’s site license and its integration with OAKS.

If any of these tools sound promising to you, contact your Instructional Technologist to learn more.

We hope you’ll join us for the November Faculty Showcase on 11/20/14 from 11:00-12:00 in Tate Center 202.

Your fun-loving Instructional Technologists: Mendi, Chris, and Kaitlin
Your fun-loving Instructional Technologists: Mendi, Chris, and Kaitlin
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Using Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

When I first began teaching, each class involved a major research paper that was due at the end of the semester.  Much to my chagrin, most students never picked up their graded papers, having already left for home and forgotten the assignment entirely.

About four years ago, I was cleaning out my office, and discovered an entire filing cabinet filled with abandoned graded papers.  Seeing this inspired me to alter my signature assignments.  I began reading about the “write to learn” movement, which emphasizes process over product.  I learned about scaffolding assignments, low-stakes writing, journaling, and free writing.  I then participated in a workshop in which I learned more about writing across the curriculum, including the value of student portfolios.  By the way, if this sounds interesting to you, I highly encourage signing up for the Writing Institute hosted by First Year Experience and English professors Chris Warnick and Amy Mecklenburg-Faenger (for College of Charleston faculty only).

Back to portfolios…

Student portfolios are collections of academic work and can be used for pedagogical, professional, or assessment purposes.  In my writing-intensive classes, I decided longitudinal portfolios would be the most meaningful.  This type of portfolio focuses on documenting the entire writing process, including notes, drafts, feedback, and revisions.

Next, I had to decide how students would curate their work. I could ask students to print hard copies of their papers and keep them in three-ring binders. But I have only so many filing cabinets in my office, and I had nightmares about being buried alive by stacks of papers. So I decided a digital option would be best.

There are a multitude of companies which provide e-portfolio services, but most of them require expensive subscriptions.  Thus, I decided to use an application that College of Charleston students, faculty, and staff have free access to: Google Drive.

Google Drive is part of the Google Apps for Education suite, providing cloud-based storage space.  Students can access their Drive from any device that connects to the Internet and files are automatically saved.  For more information about Google Apps for Education, visit the TLT tutorials blog.

At the beginning of the semester, I ask students to create a folder in their Drive specifically for their class portfolio.

Create New Folder












The students then share that folder with me by adding my email address.  Within their portfolio, they can create sub-folders for each writing assignment or each phase in the writing process.  I ask students to upload everything—every draft and peer review, and all the feedback I have offered.  For speeches (my class also includes a public speaking component), I require students to include their outlines, self-evaluations, and links to their videos (I upload videos of their speeches to Kaltura Media Space or an unlisted You Tube channel).

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At the end of the semester, students compose a letter, addressed to me, reflecting on their evolution as a writer and speaker.  I ask students to go through their portfolio and critically examine the strides they have made and the hurdles they still have to clear.  Because they have access to all their work, they can select examples that provide evidence to support their claims about strengths and weaknesses.

In order for this type of reflection to be truly effective, I have learned to build a culture of reflection in my classes.  Throughout the semester, students engage in peer editing, workshopping, and self-evaluation, giving them the practice necessary to successfully complete the final reflection letter.

Using Google Drive is a simple way for students to curate their academic work, share it with peers and faculty, and engage in critical reflection.  From the longitudinal portfolios created for my class, students could cull their best work and create a separate “showcase portfolio” that may be useful when interviewing for internships and jobs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Google Drive, TLT hosts training sessions throughout the year.  Check out the training schedule at


TLT Open House & Faculty Social follow up

Thanks to everyone who attended the TLT Open House & Faculty Social!

And a special thanks to Academic Affairs for providing food and beverages and to the following for donating prizes:

  • CofC Athletics
  • CofC Department of Theater and Dance
  • Greek Fall Festival
  • Vince Benigni, Professor of Communication
    and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Westbrook brewing company

The prize winners are:

Matt Nowlin=Laptop bag

Lee Linder= iPad & iPhone accessories

Kathleen Janech= 4 free admissions to the Greek Fall Festival

Deb McGee= 2014-15 Season Pass for 2  for CofC Dept. of Theatre & Dance productions

Lynn Cherry – Logitech Webcam

Doug Ferguson = TLT Umbrella

Nancy Mueller=2 tickets to a  CofC Men’s Basketball game

Jim Deavor= CofC Athletics swag

Vince Benigni=$20.00 Westbrook gift certificate

Robin Humphreys=Office Supplies

If you were unable to join us here is a list of what we featured.
To learn more about any of these, contact your Instructional Technologist.

Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy.

TLT Checkout equipment and Extended iPad checkout

3D Printer (scroll to the bottom of the page)

Faculty Technology Center (FTC) located on the third floor of the J.C. Long Building (9 Liberty St.) room 323, provides educational technology resources for faculty.  Users can access specialized computer equipment and software and obtain assistance from an Instructional Technologist.

Campus Software Licenses

LeapMotion With a wave of a hand, you’ll use your Mac or PC in a whole new way for games, design, and more.  Contact your instructional technologist for checkout.

Green Screen recording studio  TLT has purchased a green screen and lighting set to be used for photography and filming along with a device that turns your iPad into a teleprompter(scroll to the bottom of the page).

iPads apps:
Haiku Deck makes it a snap to create beautiful presentations that will wow your audience – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement

: Put the internet to work for you.  IFTTT lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement — if this then that.  Activate your Channels and create Recipes on IFTTT! Channels are services like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, as well as devices. Recipes are connections between your Channels that unlock entirely new ways for your services and devices to communicate with each other.

QR code Reader & Scanner: Use it to scan both QR codes & bar codes.

Sphere: Step into the future of photography. Record key moments – and immerse yourself in new ones – like never before. See Paris from a hot air balloon and hold onto your raft as you approach Hubbard Glacier. With Sphere, your device is a movable window you control.










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Come See What’s New at TLT!

On a college campus, each semester offers the opportunity to start fresh.  We meet new people, teach new classes, start new research projects, and discover new places that make Charleston such an amazing city.  At TLT, we’ve spent the summer crafting exciting trainings, events, and resources that we are eager to debut to our faculty!

Webinar Wednesdays
TLT is excited to announce a new opportunity for College of Charleston faculty: Webinar Wednesdays! We understand that you are very busy during the semester, and sometimes you simply cannot leave your office. Your crazy schedule makes it a challenge to attend events or trainings on campus. Webinar Wednesdays makes it possible to attend TLT training sessions from the convenience and comfort of your home or office. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a headset! If you do not have a headset, you may call a specific phone number to access the webinar.  All this information will be provided to you in advance.  During the webinar, an instructional technologist from TLT will lead you through a virtual training session – you will be able to hear us, see what we are doing on our computers, and ask questions.


Our upcoming sessions include iMovie on the iPad, OAKS Quizzes, Twitter, and Explain Everything (iPad app)! We will continue to offer innovative and useful sessions throughout the semester. And let us know if you have any requests for topics.

Be sure to register for a webinar at

Innovative Technology Trainings
Did you know that TLT offers numerous face-to-face small group trainings every day?  Not only do we cover OAKS tools and Google Apps for Education, we also lead sessions on a variety of iPad apps and Web 2.0 technologies.  Here are a few sessions that may pique your interest:

Augmented Reality in the Classroom:
This session explores two augmented reality applications for the iPad:  Aurasma and Layar. Augmented reality involves viewing a real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data.  Augmented reality can make static entities such as poster sessions or pictures more interactive.

Animate Your Presentations with PowToon:
three people talking about iPads and AirsketchPowToon is an online tool that allows you to create dynamic slideshows.  It allows users to make lectures and presentations more unique, fun, and engaging.  PowToon offers a simple dashboard with a vast number of options to customize and animate your slides.

Spice Up Your Lectures with Prezi:
Have you grown tired of the predictability of Power Point?  Looking for something more lively?  Prezi could be just what you’re looking for!  Prezi is the zooming presentation aid that allows for a dynamic and non-linear sequence of information.  Prezi not only can be used to revitalize your lectures but can also be used collaboratively, making it ideal for student projects.

For the Tech Masters:
TLT does not simply offer introductory sessions for those first learning about a tool.  We also offer more advanced sessions for those who already use an application and want to take their skills to the next level.  Look for advanced sessions on tools such as Google Docs, Twitter, iMovie, and Evernote.

This is just a sampling of our upcoming training sessions.  We add to the list often, so make checking a habit!  And if you don’t see a topic or tool you’re looking for, let us know!

Connect With Us Via Social Media
In addition to small group trainings, TLT provides faculty with a huge repository of resources through our blog and social networking sites.  Each week, we update our blog with new tutorials, which provide step-by-step instructions on how to use a variety of applications and tools.  These are fantastic resources whether you are learning a tool for the first time or need a refresher.  Check out our offerings at:


We also share resources via social media.  If you’re interested in staying abreast of our upcoming events and newest trainings, definitely follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  If you’d like to see videos, blog posts, and infographics from other innovative educators, check out our Pinterest page.  And if you want to watch tutorials, we have plenty on our YouTube channel.  Stay in the loop and follow us!


As much as we love sharing resources, we don’t want these social media sites to simply be a place for us to post and you to consume.  We’d love to interact with you!  If you’ve used a technology tool and want to share your experiences, consider posting to our Facebook wall.  If you come across a cool article or resource, send us a tweet or a pin.  Join us in making these sites collaborative virtual communities!

TLT’s New Toys!
Over the summer, your instructional technologists were busy playing with a few new toys, such as a MakerBot 3-D printer!  We’ve been designing and printing a variety of awesome objects including a miniature model of the Great Pyramid of Egypt, an ethanol molecule, and a Mammoth skeleton!

3d mastadon model

We also purchased a green screen and lighting set to be used for photography and filming.  If you’re interested in using our equipment, contact your instructional technologist.

Finally, we hung two 4K monitors on our wall to showcase upcoming events, trainings, and a slideshow from our most recent Faculty Technology Institute!

Please stop by TLT to check out what’s new!

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Polling and Poll Everywhere Faculty Roundtable Discussion Recap

At TLT’s latest Faculty Roundtable Discussion, held on Monday, February 24th, faculty discussed their use of polling, in particular Poll Everywhere, into their teaching to increase student engagement and assess understanding.   Poll Everywhere is an online polling and quizzing app that works like an audience response system (clicker) but using the student’s cell phones, computers, and mobile devices.  A university-wide license for Poll Everywhere is available to all CofC faculty, staff and students.  If you are interested in trying Poll Everywhere after watching the Roundtable recap contact your Instructional Technologist.  We’d like to thank Sarah LeBlanc (Communication), Ryan Milner (Communication), Cynthia Hall (Geology), and Brooke Van Horn (Chemistry) for giving their time and expertise to this conversation.


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