Category Archives: Videos


The ShareStream Pick & Play tool puts loading video lectures right at your fingertips inside Blackboard. Want to load a video lecture or a film clip? You don’t have to go through us at eLi – you can do it yourself! Simply go to your course, open the Pick & Play and get started. ShareStream Media Manager helps faculty organize media content to facilitate easy access from any of your Blackboard courses. ShareStream will officially go live in the Fall.

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Want to see how it works? Click Here to visit the ShareStream page and check out the tutorials.

OSU’s DigitalFirst takes their name seriously…

Digital First – an initiative at Ohio State University – is trying some new, innovative projects to improve student performance using technology.  The mission of their Digital First initiative is that…

Ohio State University recognizes that we live in transformative times, and students, faculty and staff expect to learn and work with relevant tools. Digital First will redesign the campus experience at Ohio State by optimizing wireless and classroom technology, providing faculty the opportunity to offer engaging digital learning content to students, and by enhancing the student experience from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

Intrigued?  So was I.  I started following them on Twitter – @DigitalFirstOSU, and checked out their website.  My favorite quote from the below video was this from Dr. Tom Gregoire, the Dean of the College of Social Work:

As we thought of who to put the technology in front of, the directive was, if you’re not sure – do it!

The below video has some really interesting thoughts on their implementation of an iPad pilot.

Lady Gaga and Cognitive Learning Theory

So, as is typical of my generation, I was looking for videos to describe social learning, and came across this hysterical recap of cognitive learning theory presented by students in a class.  It’s also a brilliant example of how a student’s work product from today can become a learning resource to be used tomorrow.  That’s right, we love student-generated content ALMOST as much as we love OER:)

You’re welcome!  I knew that would make you laugh!  Sharing the good, the innovative, the randomly brilliant!

Mobile App Development Tools

smartphone with tri-c appsInterested in building your own app?  There are free mobile app development tools that are easy-to-use – called WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get.)  With simple visual interfaces, they allow non-programmers to build mobile apps easily.  If you’re considering building your own app, check these out:

MIT App Inventor

  • Android only
  • “Creating an App Inventor app begins in your browser, where you design how the app will look. Then, like fitting together puzzle pieces, you set your app’s behavior. All the while, through a live connection between your computer and your phone, your app appears on your phone.”
  • Success story:




  • App outputs for native iPhone and Adnroid, self-publishing, HTML5 cross-platform.
  • “We designed iBuildApp features so you could benefit from using easy-to-understand and convenient tools when building or updating your applications. Your application users will benefit from simplicity and quick load time.  Creating your own app with iBuildApp takes only a few minutes and absolutely FREE. Your followers will see your name and icon in the App Store, they can download your app on their mobile device, while backstage you have a powerful content management system to update the app “on the fly”, any time, as often as you would like.”

Interested in more general resources about mobile app development?  Check out these links:

Wikipedia entry:

W3C’s Info on The Web and Mobile Devices:

Presentation on Cross-Platform Mobile Development:


Want to augment your reality? A new app lets you see the world in a new way! (And create your own reality.)

In a way, we all create our reality.  Some are more fact-based than others, (I’m sure you know what I mean.)


Now, however, you can reveal a whole new world using your smartphone with a camera.

Aurasma is a radical new technology that allows you to reveal hidden messages, and create your own for others to reveal.

Click on the logo, or HERE, to check out their website for yourself.  This quote – from their “What is it” page – encapsulates the potential of the technology.

Using the smartphone’s camera, GPS, compass, accelerometer and internet connection, the technology combines image recognition and a conceptual understanding of the 3D world to recognize objects and images and seamlessly merge augmented reality actions into the scene. Without the need for barcodes or tags, the app is able to see its surrounding environment and make it fully interactive.

While the reviews seem to indicate that there’s still some work to be done to make it seamless, it is revolutionary.  Check out the demo:

Mind/Shift is reading my mind… Are they reading yours?

I was so excited to read Mind/Shift’s 12 Education Trends to Watch in 2012.  Particularly as I agreed with nearly all of them.  Some highlights from the article:

  1. Mobile learning (where have you heard about that before?)
  2. Gaming
  3. Open Educational Resources!!!!
  4. Bandwidth issues (verrrry interesting – read that part in particular)

It’s definitely worth the time to check out this article.

ALSO, in related news, consider watching this interesting commentary by Sir Ken Robinson (from TED x in London) about how technology is going to transform education.

Children and Technology

Here’s a great little video of young French students playing with older technologies, and trying to guess what they are. We had a good laugh over what these children thought of things like floppy disks and a GameBoy. It’s interesting how younger folks can take technology for granted because they’re just not aware of what came before it.

This video is Rated O, which means it may make some viewers feel older. Viewer discretion is advised!