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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

eCampus News Digital Edition May 2012

eCampus News Digital
Vol. 5, No. 5
Technology News for Today’s Higher-Ed Leader
May 2012

Top News
Blackboard shakes up open source
Here's what the LMS giant's purchase of Moodlerooms means for colleges.

Best Practices
Bandwidth use a big concern
One in five colleges now restricts the number of devices students can have online.

Kids at Computer


FREE Webinar: Using Technology to Drive Innovation and Improve Student Learning

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In this dynamic webinar, you’ll gain TACTICAL insight into how your district and schools can use digital technology to deliver individualized learning and enhanced student achievement as Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, discusses the topic with Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning. Register now for this free live webinar.

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  • Superintendents and assistant superintendents
  • Curriculum and instruction leaders
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • CIOs/CTOs and instructional technology leaders
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  • ELA, STEM, Social Studies, World Languages and ELL leaders
  • Online and distance learning specialists
  • Principals and facility-based instructional leaders
  • Teachers
  • Researchers and graduate students

Webinar Date: Tuesday, May 8, 3 – 4 p.m. ET

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The Syllabus Enthusiast │Big News This Month: Partnership & New Feature

eNews from the Syllabus Geeks :: Issue 4

Syllabus Enthusiast

Forming Alliances in Higher Ed

Syllabus Geeks partner with mighty academic leader

Combine the experience and passion of established education leaders with the power and simplicity of the Syllabus Geeks and you've got yourself a league of campus crime fighters that are relentless in their pursuit to ensure your institution improves performance and assures academic excellence.

Intellidemia is proud to announce the first member of the Syllabus Geek Alliance, Jenzabar, Inc, a leading provider of software, services, and strategies for higher education.

With a reputation for being the "good guys" of education technology, Jenzabar brings end-to-end solutions that keep the entire campus community connected. Our partnership with Jenzabar represents a shared vision to develop new ways that streamline workflows for academic administrators and faculty, while improving student engagement.
The Syllabus Geeks are helping Jenzabar extend its academic portfolio as well as its learning management system, e-Racer, by providing clients with new tools that help simplify the syllabus management process and enhance collaboration with constituents.

Here's a shortcut to the full briefing.

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Syllabus of the Day

This month's course syllabus brings new meaning to teaching about the 'birds and the bees.'

Prof. Jerry Bromenshenk teaches an 
Apprentice Beekeeping course at UTM & is featured in this interesting article that proves a bee is better than a canary in a coal mine.

Have a syllabus worth sharing? Send us the link and we'll feature it.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College


Storm of Syllabus Geeks at RCCC

Many of you know what it's like trying to manage thousands of syllabi from semester to semester.

Collecting, reviewing, revising, approving, archiving, copying, posting,'s a tedious and time consuming, yet absolutely essential process.

At RCCC, this burden fell on the shoulders of mainly one individual in the Office of Academic Programs. That's when a band of syllabus pioneers concluded, "there has to be a better way." They were right!

More on RCCC.
Jenzabar JAM

Event News

Saddle up, we're headed to JAM 

Grab yer chaps and shine yer boots, 'cause the Geeks are headed to Dallas. Yee-haw.

Now that we've officially announced our partnership with Jenzabar, we're happy to be participating in our first ever JAM; the Jenzabar Annual Meeting.

Each year JAM brings the Jenzabar community together to share innovative ideas, participate in "how-to" sessions, and have fun with colleagues.

We would love to connect with any budding Syllabus Geeks at JAM. Here's how to find us.

Feature Facts

Ovation for Linked Templates 

The introduction of Linked Templates did not receive the ovation composer Giuseppe Verdi did after the 1887 premier of Othello, but it was exciting enough to bring a room full of administrators, ITs, and instructors upright with applauds. True story!

The development of our latest feature came at the request of schools tasked with managing several "tiers" of templates, from the institutional level all the way down to course sections.

The Syllabus Geeks are thrilled to announce our latest feature and we put together a short video walk through. Enjoy.
Syllabus Geek vs. arch nemeses Faculty Resistance and Budget Constrictor. The Epic Tour
The Syllabus Enthusiast, a monthly publication, is brought to you by Intellidemia, the Syllabus Geeks. | 518.444.2060 | @syllabusgeeks
Intellidemia, Inc.


TeachHUBHappenings may 2, 2012


May 2, 2012

The finalists for the Teacher Talent Contest have been posted and the voting is on!!! 
Check out the finalists and vote for your favorite talent video!
You can also win a prize TODAY with the Instant Winner Wednesdays Game.
 K-12 Featured News

More K-12 News

 Ed News Around the Web

  Video Writing Prompts

6-8: Impact of 9/11
How have the 9/11 attacks impacted the way you see the world? What does it mean to you that Osama bin Laden has been killed?

9-12: Results of bin Laden's death
How do you think the death of Osama bin Laden has affected United States citizens? Consider how this has affected public safety, the war in Afghanistan or the economy. How does it personally make you feel to see the world celebrating a man's death?

3-5: Royal Introductions
Imagine that you have just become a prince or princess of your class. Your first duty is to introduce yourself to the school as the new classroom prince/princess. Write one paragraph introducing yourself and explaining why you will be a great representative for your classroom.

6-8: Royal Rules
Being a royal is a big responsibility. You are constantly in the public eye, expected to represent your country. Write 5 rules you think you would have to follow if you were in the royal family.

Find more K-12 prompts on the Video Writing Prompts page 
 Giveaways & Contests

Announcing the Talent Video Finalists - Vote Now!

The finalists for the Teacher Talent Contest have been posted!

Now, your voting will decide the winner. The top winners will receive $1,000 (1st place), $500 (2nd place) or $100 (3rd - 5th place)!! The top 3 winners will also be featured on TeachHUB.

Voting Deadline: Monday, May 14 at 12 p.m CST.

In the latest TeachHUB giveaway, it is SUPER simple to play AND win.

On Wednesdays, you can visit Simply login/sign up for free and scratch off the big star on the page with your TeachHUB coin to see if you've won.

One lucky scratch-off player will win a $500 donation to his/her school!

You'll get one chance per week between 12am - 11:59pm CST on Wednesdays while the prizes last. There is a range of fun giveaways with new prizes every week. 

Play the Instant Winner Wednesdays Scratch Game

 Teacher Spotlight

Windham Primary School
Windham, Maine

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
Ballroom dancer.

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
Honestly, I fell into it and it was the best fall of my life.

Read more about Matthew & other spotlight teachers

 Teacher Quote of the Day

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…it has no survival value; rather is one of those things that gives value to survival.   ~ CS Lewis

 Teacher Blog Roundup

Incorporating Fine Motor Activities into Daily Instruction
by Caitlin Orsborne, Special Education Resource Room Blog
When working in special education, we often have students who need to work on their fine motor skills. These skills are important for our students as they will need to use their fine motor skills in daily activities such as tying their shoes, zipping up a jacket, making a meal, etc.

Check out these strategies, apps and tools for teaching fine motor skills.
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by Steven Anderson, Web20Classroom Blog

Today, let's look at all my tips, tricks and resources for getting more out of Twitter without it taking over your life. I get asked all the time one of three questions:

1) Where do you find all those links you post?
2) How do you make sure you don't miss everything without staying on Twitter 24/7?
3) How do you organize everything you find from Twitter?
read more

Read more of the latest Real Teacher Blogs

Annie Condron
FREE Pop Culture
Lesson Pl
Students learn about the LA Clippers' lucky charm for the playoffs and use Blake Griffin's real life stats to connect with word problems.

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