Working from home? Some ways to communicate synchronously with students

Living near Seattle during COVID-19 has been… interesting. While as of this writing, my college is open for face-to-face courses, our college president wrote, in part, “In accordance with King County Department of Public Health  guidance, we encourage supervisors to… Read moreWorking from home? Some ways to communicate synchronously with students

Check these websites for your assignments and tests

Last week, after a student confessed to using a “study guide” site to complete one or more of her homework assignments, I did some Googling. While I think I found what she was using—the words and phrases were changed up—I… Read moreCheck these websites for your assignments and tests

Add term weeks to Google Calendar

My college is on quarters, so it’s time once again for me to reset the due dates on my courses in preparation for spring quarter. I organize my class schedule by weeks, so it’s helpful for me to know what… Read moreAdd term weeks to Google Calendar

Stay safe: USB condoms, VPNs, and travel routers

USB condoms Let’s start with USB condoms, because, frankly, that’s why you decided to read this post. It’s okay to be honest. We’re friends. The cable you use to charge your phone and your tablet serve as both a power… Read moreStay safe: USB condoms, VPNs, and travel routers

Count words in your web browser

Logs for Word Counter Plus and Word Count

For the discussions in my online courses, I have added an expected minimum word count to help students better gauge what is expected of them. Each initial post has three sections, and each has a different word count minimum. Same… Read moreCount words in your web browser

Group or pin your Chrome tabs

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For those of us who like to—or least tend to—have a lot of browser tabs open at once, Chrome’s new “tab groups” along with the previous ability to pin tabs can help bring order to the chaos. Below, you can… Read moreGroup or pin your Chrome tabs

Bulk delete/unpublish pages in Canvas

My college has been with the Canvas learning management system for a few years now. There are many things I like about it, but the cumbersome number of clicks it takes to delete a bunch of pages is not one… Read moreBulk delete/unpublish pages in Canvas

Slides for Students: A Book Review

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Several years ago, I moved away from using presentation slides in my courses. They just didn’t work with the interteaching model I had started using. Instead, I returned to where I started my career: writing on the board. My current… Read moreSlides for Students: A Book Review

Buzz in. Live!

Some instructors and students like to use a Jeopardy! format to review course content. I’ve learned that it’s not my thing, but I’m happy to support those of you who are into it. First, you need a Jeopardy! board. I… Read moreBuzz in. Live!

Choose your chart colors carefully

Each of us sees color differently. Download the free Color Blind Pal app to your phone or tablet. Open the app, tap “inspecting color” to change it to “filtering colors,” then tap the at the top of the screen. If… Read moreChoose your chart colors carefully