Category Archives: Mobile Learning

Canvas Teacher app replaces SpeedGrader app

As part of their efforts to move away from SpeedGrader, Canvas has released a new app to replace the SpeedGrader app. According to Canvas, this will provide access to “grading submissions, communicating with students, and updating course content”.

To install the app, search for “Canvas Teacher” in the iTunes or Google Play store.

Canvas Teacher app install screen on Google Play

Canvas Teacher app install screen on Google Play.

After installing the app, search for “Macomb Community College” when prompted for your school’s name.

Search for school name in Canvas Teacher app

Search for school name in Canvas Teacher app.

Once you login using your Macomb credentials, you can begin using the app. Please keep in mind that this does not replace the app students use to access Canvas.

Other Canvas apps such as Canvas Parent and Canvas Polls

In addition to the Canvas Teacher app, there are other apps available to interact with Canvas for different audiences.

For more information on the app, please see the Canvas Teacher app release notes in the Canvas Community.

Click it -> Learn it -> Share it: Social Media’s Role in Education

Can YouTube video clips improve the lessons you teach? Will encouraging students to use Twitter reap academic benefits? Does blogging provide an effective means for instructors to connect with their class?

SocialClassroomIn short, yes, all of the above are possible.

Before continuing, let’s define “social media”, that often-used term. Whereas media refers to a means of communication (newspaper, television, or radio), social media takes those channels one step further, allowing people to interact with the presented content and with each other. The ability to have a two-way conversation is what sets it apart from traditional media.

Though the expression is beginning to feel stale, the opportunities social media provides for communication and learning are still fresh for educators across the globe. Continue reading

Sailing the Sea of Data: What is Learning Analytics?


Technology is supposed to aid instructors with their courses, but with the increasing amount of data generated by laptops, smartphones, tablets and Learning Management Systems, so much data can seem like a vast, confusing sea of information. How can we navigate past the rocks and shoals and steer ourselves into calmer waters where we can put the data to use? Continue reading

“Exercising” our Creative Technology Potential

Physical Education Professor Sheila Tansey likes a challenge, she also likes trying new things.  So when we heard about how Sheila has integrated the iPad, mobile apps AND video recording into her courses we knew it was too good NOT to share.  The problem was, how does one person video record, analyze, and share feedback to students in courses such as tennis, bowling and golf.  These courses require a huge amount of time and personal attention … so what’s a coach to do?

We’ll let Professor Tansey explain:

When the College was no longer able to come to my classes and record my students and hand them the VHS of their performance, I had to come up with a creative solution to make sure the students were not being short-changed. With the help of the CTL, I think I was able to do just that.

This generation of students is not camera-shy and more willing to publicly share and provide feedback. The trick was how to use this to my advantage and to facilitate the learning process. What I’ve found by using the tools below, is that I have been able to increase class participation, increase retention of information, and solved my problem of video recording with feedback. Along the way, I have been able to incorporate other tools into the teaching and learning process that have elevated the students’ ownership over their learning and has allowed me to coach them through this process. By taking ownership over their learning, students both work at a higher level and inject more creativity into their assignments.

Here are some of the tools I’ve begun using and how I’ve integrated them into the courses:

  • Use the Coach’s Eye app to record student performances and provide feedback. This allows me to share a video of individual student performances along with audio and screen annotations of my analysis.
  • Use the Swingbyte app to provide a graphical representation on the X,Y and Z axes of the student’s golf swing and ball flight. It tracks individual improvement and the data can be immediately be shared.
  • Self-Defense students were recorded, uploaded to YouTube and linked within the ANGEL course. Students review and practice using the videos before their skill assessments.
  • Pilates students wrote their own routine, recorded it, uploaded to YouTube and provided the link within ANGEL. Students can continue working out to their own routine after the class is over.
  • Use the Myfitnesspal app to record calorie intake when eating, calories burned through exercise, scans barcodes to get the nutrition information, and calculations to see the impact of their activities in health and wellness classes.

It is always quicker and less work to deliver course material in the same way as done in the past, especially if it has been successful. It does take time and effort for the initial learning and experimenting to find the solution that best fits the curricular outcomes. The CTL staff helped cut down time spent on the technical learning curve and help brainstorm implementing possible solutions. The payoffs have been well worth the investment.


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