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Create Gamified Interactive Reviews with Wordwall

Published September 9, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Interactive quiz platforms like Kahoot and Wooclap are popular tools to liven up review sessions. They bring a game-like element to any review lesson, which motivates students and fosters retention. However, the novelty effect of such audience response systems tends to wear off rapidly. Wordwall represents a worthwhile complementary offering, as the platform contains a wide selection of mini-games that can be used to review theory, concepts and vocabulary items.

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Managing Smartphone Distraction with Apps

Published September 5, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. While the debate rages on about the place of these devices in classrooms, those teachers that want to help students to self-regulate their cell phone usage can tell them about a couple of apps designed to limit distraction.

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A Multidisciplinary Course to Initiate Students to the Scientific Approach in Natural Sciences

Published September 3, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Caroline Dupont Teacher, Cégep de Sainte-Foy

How to prepare Natural Sciences students to the complexity of the problems that they will have to solve throughout their lives, both as scientists and as citizens? In an obligatory multidisciplinary course for the student of the Environment, Life and Society profile, my colleagues and I bet on problem-based learning. We use current environmental issues to offer students authentic and contextualized learning situations.

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Finding Free Stock Photos For Your Teaching Materials

Published September 3, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

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.

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A Star-Studded Program of Keynote Speakers at SALTISE Conference in June 2019

Published August 23, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

From learning analytics and virtual reality to artificial intelligence, this year’s SALTISE conference definitely explored new frontiers of learning. The conference was held at Dawson College on June 3 & 4, 2019 on the theme of Promoting Deeper Learning: From Analytics to New Strategies.

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H5P: A Tool for Gamifying Learning

Published August 16, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Catherine Rhéaume Editor, Profweb

In April of 2019, the VTÉ (Vitrine technologie-éducation) organized a laboratory entitled Innovative Pedagogy: Play, Gamification and Serious Games in Service of Seriously Motivating Lessons! (La pédagogie innovante: le jeu, la ludification et les jeux sérieux au service d’apprentissages sérieusement motivants!) During the laboratory, all kinds of ways to gamify learning were discussed, including the use of a web-based tool named H5P that integrates well with Moodle. H5P allows you to create a remarkable variety of attractive and fun interactive exercises. This on-line tool has proven its worth, notably amongst the “francization” teachers at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne.

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From the French Side of Profweb: A Summary of Some of the Articles Published in French during the Winter Session of 2019

Published June 10, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Susan MacNeil Editor, Profweb

Yes! It’s that time of year again, and the editors at Profweb would like to give you some highlights from posts published in French that have not been translated and published in the English edition. Two popular topics: fabrication laboratories and student interaction in online courses were the objects of several posts.

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Immersive Digital ‘Pre-labs’ with Panoramic 360 Degree Pedagogical Videos

Published June 5, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Ryan W. Moon Editor, Profweb

The digital frontier affords many opportunities for approaching educational and institutional constraints with creative solutions. Roger Maclean at John Abbott College has started to address certain organizational challenges to teaching by using panoramic 360 degree videos to allow students to immerse themselves in a virtual environment for learning. I recently sat down with Roger, who assures me that the barriers to entry have never been fewer than now for teachers to try out 360 degree immersive video technology.

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Why and how to integrate a digital fabrication laboratory in a college?

Published May 30, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Jean-Pierre Dufresne Educational Advisor

Are you thinking of implanting a digital fabrication laboratory (fab lab) in your college? This article is for you! In January-February 2019, the Vitrine technologie-éducation presented the laboratory: The Digital Fabrication Laboratories [in French]. This laboratory in 3 steps allowed us to explore 3 aspects of the exploitation of fab labs.

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Harnessing the Power of IA to Help Students Become Better Readers with Quillionz

Published May 23, 2019  |  Multidisciplinary

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

Effective and critical reading is a key skill in any field. Even if you do not explicitly teach reading strategies and skills, chances are your students have to engage with written content in a multitude of ways (course notes, mandatory readings, research, etc.). In order to get the most out of the documents they are asked to read, students often need guidance to identify important information and to understand why it is useful. In an educational context where time is often a luxury for students and teachers alike, Quillionz, a platform using the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to generate comprehension questions from a text, can efficiently help you provide such guidance.

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Real Life Stories

Published August 24, 2014

Meeting Students Where They’re At!

Becki George Teacher, Northland College
Kelly La Venture Teacher, Bemidji State University

Kelly La Venture and Becki George of Northland College Wisconsin presented a workshop on hybrid instruction at the recent Canadian International Conference on Education (CICE) at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia from June 16-19, 2014. After their workshop, in conversation with Profweb’s Norm Spatz, they elaborated on their motivation for creating and teaching hybrid classes. Kelly’s and Becki’s remarks are testimonials that providing flexible learning approaches builds contentment among students – helping Quebec college students master ICT profile skills.

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Published January 18, 2018

3 Platforms to Create Video-Based Tasks that Actively Engage Students

Andy Van Drom Editor, Profweb

In 2018, cell phones, tablets and computers combined with free applications or software give us the ability to create high quality video and broadcast it within moments. The internet gives us access to vast free video resources. Yet in spite of these technological innovations, students still consume digital media mostly passively in classroom settings. Three free online platforms allow you to create different types of video-based tasks that engage your students more actively.

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Featured Reports

Published September 3, 2018

Active Learning

Jean Desjardins Learning Technology Advisor, Collège Sainte-Anne
Isabelle Senécal Director of Teaching, of Pedagogical Innovation and of International Development, Collège Sainte-Anne

The active learning methods have in common of placing the students in the middle of the learning process. Their teachers can then also think about giving them a role in the planning of the evaluation. Active learning is inspired by real-life contexts that are meaningful for the students, which can increase their level of motivation for the tasks that are suggested to them. It encourages durable learnings rather than using only their short-term memory.

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