Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cloud Based Collaboration Tool + Great Summer Online Classes from UW-Stout

In This Issue

Top 5 Cloud-based Collaboration Tools
Tech Tip: Quick Tips to Organize Dropbox for a Paperless Classroom
Featured Certificate Programs: Instructional Design and Reading
Popular Summer Online Courses
Editor: Karen Franker
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Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools

Compare the features of free cloud-based tools to facilitate learner collaboration or projects with your peers. Discover tips for successfully managing shared files in a paperless office or classroom.
OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box: Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?
Sarah Mitroff compares the strengths and weaknesses of four popular cloud storage services including file size restrictions and free storage limits.

Collaborating with Office 365: OneDrive
Pip Cleaves describes how to create, upload, sync and share Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents within OneDrive.

Using Evernote in the Classroom (Video 5:29 minutes)
Kyle Snowdon shares his strategies to foster learner collaboration with Evernote in the higher ed classroom.

Delivering Peer Feedback with Google Forms
Alice Keeler describes her system for using a rubric to simplify and manage peer-to-peer feedback in Google Forms.

8 Ed Tech Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Interactive Classroom Collaboration
Kelly Walsh describes eight free online tools for “on the fly” learner collaboration including: Padlet, Twiddla, and Socrative.

5 More Cool Tools to Take Collaboration to a New Level
Alan John describes creative and fun Web tools such as ThinkBinder, Flowboard, Podio, DebateGraph, Dweeber to facilitate online study groups and other collaborative work.

Featured Certificate Programs

Register soon to reserve a spot to begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 8 months. (8-week courses)

  • EDUC 765 May 4 - June 26, 2015

  • EDUC 766 June 29 - August 21, 2015
  • EDUC 767 August 24 - October 16, 2015
  • EDUC 768 October 19 - December 11, 2015
"I feel like a sweepstakes winner after completing this certificate. I received not only a promotion, a bump in pay, and I've been tasked to change our Computer Education group into an instructional design group that creates training sessions for staff, faculty and graduate learners. I would not have been able to achieve this without the four courses in this certificate program." ~ Keith Thompson, Taunton, MA

Reading Teacher Certification
http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/readingcert.cfm
Start in June and enroll in one course per term to complete the certification in six semesters (two years).
I know the rigor of the UW- Stout program was key to my success in being offered a reading specialist and literacy coaching position with the DeForest Area School District. The interview team was clearly impressed when I presented items from my eportfolio. I feel well prepared to take on this new and exciting challenge.” ~ Kathy Williams, DeForest, WI
USDLA Quality Standards Certification

Check out the Popular Summer Online Courses

Meet the instructors, view the descriptions and reserve your spot now!
Register today to reserve a spot. No payment is due now. Tuition for summer courses is due in mid-July.
Meet your professional development goals for continuing education, license renewal or advanced certification. Don’t delay!

Tech Tip:
Quick Tips to Organize Dropbox for a Paperless Classroom

Vicki Davis demonstrates some excellent quick tips to manage and share work in Dropbox. (Video 9:54 minutes)
ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT