Let’s set the stage:
You are in your Blackboard grade center in your course.
There are plenty of columns, in fact you are pretty sure there are more than you can see at the moment. But … there is the vertical scroll bar… and there, I’m pretty sure, is where the horizontal scroll bar should be, but it is not.
Did I mention that you are on a Mac? (I am too, no shame there.)
OK – this is a system setting on your Mac. Go to the Apple menu.
Select “System Preferences…”
Now select General.
and finally, make sure “Show scroll bars:” is set to Always.
OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is when a program looks at the image with text, recognises those shapes as in fact being text, and then leaves you with a document that is editable as text. (or at least matches this text up against the orginal file making it keyword searchable.)
It used to be that if you needed to do this you needed to have an expensive specialized program. These days, you can do this with your google drive and google docs.
here is a picture of a page in an old dictionary. You may have taken this picture with your phone.
The first thing we want to do is convert it to a pdf. You can do this in a number of ways, but I do it by choosing to print the file, not to paper, but to a pdf. This looks like this on a Mac (see thet pdf pulldown in the lower left?)
Now I have a pdf.
Note that this page does not have columns. This freebie method doesn’t handle columns well. You could still do it, but you would want to slice the image up so that in each picture was just one column, and then put them back together in the final document.
Next you take your pdf, and load it to your google drive:
Select File upload.
browse to your file and select it.
When it is done uploading, select “recent” so the new files are at the top and easy to find.
Now right click the pdf and choose Open with -> Google Docs.
When you open an image based pdf in google docs, it will automatically runs OCR, giving you a file that look like this:
and now you have an editable document.
Lecture Recordings in lecture halls with echo360:
If you are teaching in a classroom that has SB Capture (Echo) installed, and you would like your course recorded, make sure you submit a request as soon as possible. (You will need to log into your Stony Brook Google Account to access the form). Other classrooms are equipped with echo360 recording devices in them, please contact us to confirm if your classroom has echo360 installed! If you choose to publish recordings to Blackboard, you will need to add your recordings to your course. The option of live streaming to your enrolled students is also available for these facilities. For more information, visit: https://it.stonybrook.edu/services/echo360-lecture-capture
Personal Capture is available if you are not teaching in a room that has Echo installed or you would prefer to record lectures from your personal computer, please know that you can install personal capture and request that recordings are published in Blackboard. For more information , visit: http://it.stonybrook.edu/help/kb/using-personal-capture
Student Engagement enhances the utility of echo360 captures in the cloud platform. Students can engage with content, peers and instructors using echo360’s ability to take notes, ask questions and place study or confusion markers as they watch the videos.
Every user has their own Library in echo360, where they can upload video and powerpoint content to the cloud to be shared to individual students, small groups, other instructors or their entire class. Login https://echo360.org/ to get started.
CELT is currently running a winter session pilot with zoom for web conferencing. If you are an instructor teaching this winter, you should have already received two emails. One inviting you to use your Zoom account, and one that includes a form asking you some questions about your previous experience with either Adobe Connect or Zoom in an educational setting.
Participating in the pilot does not mean you can’t use Adobe Connect.
zoom web sessions can be recorded and have robust analytics. We received 200 host accounts to use until the 30th of January. This may lead to another pilot in the spring if it goes well.
Take advantage of our free webinars!
Most instructors use TurningPoint as a quick and simple way to connect with students and support active learning. However, there is much more to TurningPoint, and you could be missing out.
Join us for a free webinar! Our experts will walk you through TurningPoint’s more advanced features so that you can be sure you are getting the most out of our software.
WEBINAR: LEARN ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN TURNINGPOINT
This webinar is perfect for individuals who are using basic multiple-choice questions and want to expand their use of the software. Learn such things as incorporating competitions, demographics, pre/post assessment and much more!
Thursday, December 7th at 2:00 PM EST
WEBINAR: DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF TURNINGPOINT
Are you interested in learning how TurningPoint can increase engagement and retention? Do you want to turn your current PowerPoints into interactive presentations? Join us for a 60-minute session that will teach you the basics of the software and how to quickly get up and running.
Wednesday, December 13th at 3:00 PM EST
WEBINAR: EFFECTIVE QUESTION WRITING
Find out how to create TurningPoint questions that motivate and stimulate new learning, appropriately measure learning objectives, reinforce fundamental knowledge, sharpen reasoning skills and enhance quality control.
Thursday, December 14th at 2:00 PM EST
We are excited to announce that our support, documentation, and training resource site is now live with a single unified experience in our new Echo360 Resource Center!
The Resource Center was built with our institutions and our users in mind – whether you are an instructor, student or administrator, we’ve got a new and improved experience for you.
- Improved Portal Login for Administrators
- Easier-to-Find Content
- Critical System Status
Check out this quick demo that showcases the exciting highlights.
What this means for you?
We are going to keep the legacy site (help.echo360.org) and the Resource Center running in parallel until the end of January. Many of our partner institutions have linked content from help.echo360.org to internal help desk or vendor support sites within their institution. Those links will need to be updated and relinked to the Resource Center.
We look forward to delivering you and your Echo360 user community a better experience.
Echo360 Academic Partnerships Team
I wasn’t approved to attend, but this is generally a great event.