Post Four

This week’s post is a little different.  It’s not as much interacting with the audience, but rather engaging the audience through giving them what they need to achieve meaningful learning.  My boyfriend is an Emory student, and he was telling me about an app that his class uses to update class information.  This useful app is called BlackBoard.

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Fortunately, I had the opportunity to explore the app and see what it’s all about.  It is extremely easy to navigate and classes are impeccably organized.  BlackBoard prides itself on, “giving everyone the power to engage everyone on their terms and devices.”  BlackBoard takes the University of Georgia’s eLC to another level.

I’d like to take a minute to highlight BlackBoard’s features.

Customization

Teachers and students can rename, hide, reorder, and color code courses.  How awesome is that.  It’s like a personal organizer for your schedule.  You can organize classes by each day of the week.

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Discussions

Discussion Board is a key tool for communication and collaboration.  This tools allows students to engage in sharing content.  Students can ask and answer questions with instructor supervision.  This could be a great tool for a flipped classroom session.

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Blogs

Students can read blogs and content posted by fellow students.  They can interact via posting comments and uploading supplemental attachments.  This is a great study tool to keep a thread of information going.

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Dropbox

You can link your Dropbox account to BlackBoard.  This helps students and instructors organize their materials in the same place.  It also provides another level of security, so you don’t lose your documents.

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