Thursday, October 2, 2014


I recently had the opportunity to facilitate a session for the Teaching Excellence Program (TEP) in which two fantastic Leeward Community College faculty members and past participants of TEP returned to shared their use of Nearpod a web based interactive presentation tool. Nearpod allows the instructor and students to participate through a mobile device (tablet, laptop, smartphone) so projection equipment and screen are not needed. That frees up the projection screen to be used for other things for example to show a film.
MeredithEnglish instructor Meredith Lee uses Nearpod to supplement a film as it is shown in her class. She walked us through her process of asking comprehension questions using Nearpod during the film to make sure students were following along. Meredith also showed the aggregated student assessment data that is generated from the questions. The data is automatically graphed and organized. It was a clear example of how quickly and easily the assessment data can be collected and shared.

Kazuko_NakamitsuAs a Japanese instructor, Kazuko Nakamitsu uses Nearpod to inform students on Japanese character writing. She shared an interactive example which could assess the proper steps in Japanese character writing. The example showed a brief video illustrating the proper stroke and stroke order, followed by an interactive draw slide which allowed the students to use their finger to write the character on their iPad and submit it. Those in attendance enjoyed participating in her presentation and got a kick out of seeing each other’s finished characters.

Nearpod is an exciting way to engage your students in learning. Additional assessment types include: Open ended, Poll, Quiz, and Draw. Nearpod works on computers and mobile devices (iOS and Android), with the later requiring the installation of the Nearpod App. Nearpod is free with additional features available for a fee.

Friday, August 1, 2014

ScreenR for Screen Recording


ScreenR for Screen Recording

In this world of distance learning and telecommuting it is sometimes not possible to meet someone face to face to view something on their computer screen. Printing pages of manuals and handouts that often just collect dust and use resources is inefficient. Capturing video and audio of a users screen and sharing the video online solves this problem.

Capturing content directly from a screen provides a professional looking result and can be accomplished with screen capture software.  Enter ScreenR, a web based free screen capture program. Screenr is web based application,  no software application to install on your computer. In addition ScreenR makes it a breeze to share your recording with your peers. It allows for up to a maximum of five minutes of recording, which works out because recordings longer than five minutes tend to lose the attention of an audience.

Name:  ScreenR


  • Free
  • Web based
  • Established company
  • Easy screen capture with audio
  • Easy publish for sharing


  • Limited to 5 minute recordings
  • Requires Twitter account to publish
  • Can not edit recordings

Overall:  Recommended

Log In (Leeward CC/ Univ. Hawaii students):

Be sure to click on the Google icon.  Then log in with your full University of Hawaii email address and password.  ScreenR will then send you to the secure UH Login page.  I recommend you use your UH Username for your ScreenR name.


Overall I would recommend ScreenR. I will be asking students to use ScreenR to capture and explain online projects this semester that I would not otherwise be able to see and evaluate.

Examples of uses in education: Capture student presentations. Ex. showing their Diigo or Feedly collections while verbally explaining what they've learned about each tool.

Informative Resources:

Here are some additional resources on ScreenR.
Troubleshooting ScreenR for PC
Troubleshooting ScreenR for Macintosh
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Save Time and Stress Importing Your Laulima Online Courses

Developing an online course can take hundreds of hours.  Accidentally erasing an online course can take a few minutes.    The purpose of this post is emphasize and demonstrate the current process for successfully importing content into Laulima courses.   The process isn't complicated, but it is easy to get mixed up resulting in a catastrophic loss of online course tool data (if not the entire online course).

 There is no process in place to track how frequently it occurs, but I can tell you that it does happen.  The sad part of it is that it usually happens toward the end of the semester when it hurts the most.  As instructors receive their new course shells for the upcoming semester and begin copying their current courses over to build their new course for the upcoming semester.  Therefore it is important that instructors understand the import process so as not to overwrite a semesters worth of effort.

 A simple way to import (copy) a developed course into a new course looks something like this.

1. Log into Laulima and navigate to your developed course (your old course).
2. Note down which tools you are using that you would like to copy over.
3. Access your new course.
4. In your new course go to:
  • Site Info.  > Edit Tools.   Enable the tools in your new course to mirror the tools that you are using in your old course.
  • Site Info. > Import from Site
  • Choose to "replace data" (will overwrite course content in your new course)  or choose to "merge my data" (will add old course content your existing new course content)
  • View your list of old courses to import from.  Select the course you would like to import from.
  • Select the tools (that the courses have in common) which you would like import.
  • Wait a few minutes and refresh you browser or log out and log in again.