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Published September 3, 2019

Finding Free Stock Photos For Your Teaching Materials

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In today’s Instagram age, my students expect visually appealing learning materials. Whether I am designing a Powerpoint presentation, preparing an online quiz, adding content to a learning management system (LMS) such as Moodle or Omnivox, or creating an Open Educational Resource (OER), I find myself frequently looking for high-quality images to integrate in these materials. Free stock photo websites make finding such images a breeze, while also ensuring I respect copyright and usage rights.

Multidisciplinary

Digital Tools

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Published May 10, 2019

Wooclap: A Versatile Tool to Poll Students

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In the ever-growing landscape of so-called audience response systems – tools and platforms allowing you to efficiently poll students in a variety of situations – Wooclap stands out because of its versatility and the fact that it was designed specifically for higher education contexts. The free version can be used with groups of up to 30 students; additional access and features are available for a monthly fee.

Multidisciplinary

Digital Tools

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Published March 1, 2019

Flipgrid: A Video-Based Discussion Forum

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Flipgrid is a free Microsoft-owned platform that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. As on a regular electronic discussion forum, teachers can add questions or discussion prompts (called topics). Students can then post their video responses, which are organized in a tiled grid structure, and consult their peers’ responses. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses, giving teachers great flexibility on how to use the tool.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

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Published February 19, 2019

The Pomodoro Technique

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

When presenting my course during the first class of the semester, I used to tell my students I would rigorously respect the start and end times of our classes while scheduling breaks in a more flexible manner depending on that week’s content and activities. I’d never questioned this practice until I was stuck in a rather tedious meeting without knowing how long it would go on for. Time seemed to take on another dimension in the absence of precise markers. Realizing my students might feel the same way, I decided to look for a more effective method to organize and manage time in my classes. I found this in the Pomodoro technique.

Multidisciplinary

Digital Tools

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Published August 16, 2018

linkr: Student Interaction and Collaboration without Boundaries

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Active learning, distance learning, and personalized learning (whether or not integrated in a flipped or blended learning approach) are pedagogical methods that need little to no introduction. The opportunities and benefits they offer have been documented in many a Profweb article or real-life story over the yearslinkr, a teaching platform and global network of teachers and students, takes these concepts to the next level while making them easy for teachers to integrate into curricula. Cofounded by Humanities teacher Gabriel Flacks (Champlain College St-Lambert) and partners Gregory Mattei, Antoine Ricquebourg and Pierre-Olivier Bonin, linkr harnesses the power of technology to remove the physical boundaries between students and teachers around the world.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

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Published November 26, 2018

Grammar à la Carte — How a HyFlex Course Design Makes my Students’ Learning More Effective

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

After designing the course framework for a field-specific English as a second language course in Cégep Limoilou’s Video Game Design program in 2016, I wanted to streamline the learning experience for my students. To overcome the challenges inherent to a multi-level language course, I decided to implement the HyFlex (hybrid-flexible) approach for the course’s grammar component in the fall 2018 semester. This allowed the students to choose between attending an in-person grammar workshop or reviewing and practising at home. The impacts on learning, motivation and grades have been very positive across the board.

Languages and Literature

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