4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series 2013-2014

Hello 2014!

The EDUC 190 (Computers in Education) classes of the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Education will be holding the 4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series this 2nd semester 2013-2014! The webinars (or online seminars) are FREE and these will run from March 9 to March 22, 2014. The webinars will be organized by undergraduates mostly composed of education students. This online event is FREE for everyone but slots are limited and there are no reservations due to the limitation of the webinar platform.

4th EDUC 190 International Webinar Series

The topics range from the following: Technology Integration in Different Fields, Desktop and Mobile Apps for Education, or simply, topics in the realm of Educational Technology.

Presenters will be coming primarily from the classes along with possible guest speakers from different local and international academic institutions. The schedule of the webinars will be provided through a publicly viewable Google Spreadsheet. The webinar details (e.g. presenters’ names, webinar links) are posted on the spreadsheets.

The organizers will mostly be using the Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!). If you plan to join and participate in the event, kindly check if your computer meets the following recommended Elluminate Live! System Requirements. It is recommended that you click the webinar link 15-30 minutes before the specific webinar so that you will have time to troubleshoot if ever you get to encounter technical problems. When you click a webinar link, a small Java file (JNLP) download will be sent to your computer. Just accept it, open it using your Java Runtime Environment and then a new window will appear for the presentation room. It is also recommended that you are using a stable Internet connection that does not make use of filters and proxy servers. You can also test your computer setup using the Support Page for Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live!).

Check out this link for the Webinar Schedule:

http://bit.ly/educ190webinars1314b

And here are the links of the EDUC190 class blogs:

http://educ190wf1314b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF)
http://educ190wf11314b.wordpress.com (EDUC190 WF1)

So join us in our 4th EDUC190 Free International Webinar Series this week! These live webinars are 100% online and you are invited to join for FREE! The webinars shall use the hashtags #edPH and #EDUC190 so remember to tweet using these to participate in the Twitter backchannel.

See you there! 🙂

6 Reasons to Use, or Not to Use the Reflection App

The new semester has already started and that means starting a new set of configuration of online classroom management systems as well as equipment. What I usually bring in class is my iPad that functions as a backup presentation tool because my area has a MacBook for faculty use. Of course, using the latter is better because it offers more accessibility rather than the tablet especially if there are hands-on sessions. However, what if you can merge the iPad and the MacBook?

Last semester, I came across Reflection, an app that lets you AirPlay mirror your iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or the new iPad to any Mac or PC, wirelessly. It was only this time that I got the chance to test its limited time trial version for just 10 minutes.

Reflection app

So what is the Reflection app like? Here’s my list of reasons why you should (or should not) buy the app:

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VirtualBox – Open Source Virtualization Software

Are you tired of setting up another machine/s just to show the features of another operating system? Or do you find it hassle to (re)boot your computer and wait for minutes just to load another OS? There’s a simple solution for these – VirtualBox!

Quoting directly from its website:

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Try it, it’s free and open source! It simply works (more than 90% of the time). I’ve been using this virtualization software since I was an undergraduate student in developing and testing different applications for different platforms. Now, I’m using it to teach my students the features of operating systems especially Linux OS’s. Although it is compatible with any operating system, VirtualBox is hosted on my Mac, the best of both worlds. 🙂

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APA Citations made easy via EasyBib

Logo of EasyBib appAs I was browsing over the past articles I had collected from producing a review of related literature for an EDFD course, I realized that it would be better if there’s an app that can generate APA citations on the fly. I tried searching the iTunes App Store and I found EasyBib! It is free so straightaway I downloaded it on my iPad to try and test it with some queries on books.

The EasyBib app lets you search for a book and it can return citations in APA and MLA formats. I was able to try searching for a book and it did returned a list of citations! The app can also scan for a book’s barcode (ISBN) but I still have yet to test it because I’m having problems with the lighting at this time of the night.

Regardless, it’s still an app worth getting. Try it out and see for yourself! You can also check the free automatic bibliography and citation maker on EasyBib.com. 🙂

By nightfox Posted in Apps