Using Stock Photos

Using Stock Photos


Our favorite stock photo resources that are free and available for student use are:

Unsplash –10 free high-resolution photos posted every 10 days, Creative Commons license (Kaity’s favorite source)

MorgueFile– Over 350000 high-quality, high resolution photos. Free for commercial use. No attribution required (Lauren’s favorite source)

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Beach Waves by Michael Durana, via Unsplash (CC License)
Ocean by NASA, via Unsplash (CC License Type).
Ocean by NASA, via Unsplash (CC License)

Pixabay – Large library of stock photos and vectors, creative commons license.

Magdeleine – Hand-picked stock photos, searchable by license type, creative commons or attribution.

StockSnap.io – Free, wide selection, under the creative commons license.

Map by Andras Barta, via Pixabay (CC0 License).
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Computer & Coffee by Lia Leslie, via Morgue File (CC0 License).

Kaboompics – Free photos for personal and commercial use.

New Old Stock – Free vintage photos, varied and interesting, no copyright restrictions.

DesignersPics – Great styles of photos for blog posts. Creative commons license.

 

Abbey Street Corner, Hibernian Bank Shelled, 1916, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free)
Abbey Street Corner, Hibernian Bank Shelled, 1916, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free)
Crewmen of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham Take Vietnamese Refugees Aboard a Small Craft, 1975, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free).
Crewmen of the Amphibious Cargo Ship USS Durham Take Vietnamese Refugees Aboard a Small Craft, 1975, via New Old Stock (Copyright Free).

MMT – Blog-format free stock image site by Jeffrey Betts. Creative commons license.

The Pattern Library – Great resource for cool patterns.

SplitShire – Free photos by a photographer/web designer. Creative commons license, accepts donations.

Fruit by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT (CC0 License)
Fruit by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT (CC0 License)
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City Life by Jeffrey Betts, via MMT (CC0 License)

Resource

Fox, Dana. “30 Free Stock Photo Resources For Your Blog Posts.” I Can Build a Blog. Web.
Faculty Training Institute Reflection

Faculty Training Institute Reflection

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“There’s an App for that,” Apple’s 2009 trademark slogan, was once a shining promise for the many digital resources at our fingertips. Now, the phrase sends a chill down the spine of many faculty; yes, there is a digital resource for that- actually there are many resources for that, on top of the apps and websites for that other thing you were interested in, and don’t forget about those digital resources that those amazing professors are having incredible success with. Unlimited options can mean unlimited complications and questions for faculty as they seek to incorporate more technology into their classrooms’ daily use.

Educational technologists feel the pressure of not only using digital resources but sharing them successfully with faculty. We strive to stay current, focus on best practices, and find the best resources that enhance teaching and student learning. Those tasks can become daunting as we explore how to best deliver that information to faculty. How can we share and explore best practices in educational technology to the people who need it most, but whose time is already so tasked?

We recently had the privilege of attending Lewis and Clark’s Faculty Technology Institute and were inspired by how they reached and supported faculty through a week-long training event. The conference offered varied trainings at a variety of skill levels, and focused both on the theories of using technology in education as well as what actually using it looks like. It was a wonderful blend of best practice theory, exploring, and learning and gave their faculty a sense of commonality in the issues and successes that can be had when using educational technology. The following is a list of my favorite resources shared, all of which would provide faculty with tremendous opportunities to engage students using technology in a way that fits their teaching practice, not vice versa:

  • Nearpod: create interactive lessons where your content is displayed on students’ screens.
  • Zaption: add questions and short answers to fair use videos for students to interact with
  • Tellagami: students create animated presentations to share their voice in a unique way.
  • Lynda.com Basic in Data Visualization: Technology Services is pleased to offer two kiosks dedicated to Lynda.com online training access. Our kiosks are setup with our subscriptions to give you full access to their videos and training materials on a variety of technology, creative, and business skills. These kiosks are located in the Tech Center in Collins Memorial Library.”
  • Peardeck: Create interactive presentations using Google slides.
  • Quizlet: Make studying simple by requiring students to create varied quizzes for others to study from (recommended for language courses).

The following is a great example of an institution who has used technology to connect globally and place students at the center of learning.

Educational technology conferences take the fear and uncertainty out of using digital tools and resources and add excitement to our teaching practice. Inspired by their institute and the requests for professional development at University of Puget Sound, we are currently working on our own faculty technology institute that would offer faculty an opportunity to explore using technology in their teaching practice. Our goal is not to create a syllabus drenched with digital tools, but to seriously look out ways technology can enhance student learning in ways that fit with teaching style and goal outcomes. What opportunities lie in our syllabi for a digital resource to enhance a project or clarify student understanding? How can we better organize our content, say on Moodle, to create a clear and concise digital learning environment? What struggles and successes are other faculty having?

We are so excited about offering our own training and are guiding our plans based on faculty feedback and researched best practices. Please look out for news regarding quarterly trainings and our first faculty training institute  2017!

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Feedback Studio, the New Turnitin

Feedback Studio, the New Turnitin

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Turnitin is offering some additional features and functionality in its latest release: Feedback Studio! Turnitin is a perennial favorite among faculty as it combines key assessment features into one easy-to-use tool. Feedback Studio combines all of your favorite assessment features, like plagiarism detection and peer review, but includes added features that allow faculty to provide dynamic and specific feedback. Best of all, the interface is easy to use!

As Feedback Studio reminds us that, “feedback only matters if your students engage with it.” This is especially evident with their emphasis and easy access to creating voice and text comments. Among Edtech’s favorite features are the “Quickmark” comments that allow faculty to provide detailed feedback from a set of custom or pre-written comments, which can be saved for future use. We also love the easy to use PeerMark feature. PeerMark allows students to edit one another’s papers, discuss, and reflect while collecting student feedback anonymously.

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Interested in trying it? Faculty can access a Feedback Studio demo to try out the new features. Feedback Studio will be enabled at University of Puget Sound in January 2017, and can be accessed both at Turnitin.com and as a Moodle integration. Interested in using it in your classroom? Contact your Educational Technologist for more information about how Feedback Studio could work in your teaching practice.

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Technology Services Welcomes New Educational Technologist

Technology Services Welcomes New Educational Technologist

Kaity 2016We are so excited to to welcome Kaity Fain as our new Educational Technologist for the Humanities.

Kaity graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Secondary Education and has taught English Language Arts, History, and Technology to K-12 students. Kaity is currently in Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Digital Education Leadership program where she gets to explore and build on her love of all things educational technology.  She has plenty of new and fresh ideas to bring to our team.

Born and raised in Arizona, Kaity has steadily worked her way up the West Coast to settle in Tacoma, her favorite place to date. Kaity loves playing board games, building furniture, and hiking with her dog.

 

Turnitin Service Announcement for December 21st!

Turnitin Service Announcement for December 21st!

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Turnitin, a plugin service in Moodle and available separately, online through turnitin.com, may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, December 21st, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Thank you so much for your patience and support

Moodle will still be available along with all of its other features during this time.

How I chose my iPad case…

How I chose my iPad case…

I took choosing an iPad case very seriously.  As with most purchases (and especially those that involve a technology component), I assessed my needs.  I knew I needed good functionality, flexibility and protection.  I read reviews and commentary, but nothing really resonated with me.  Most cases were too bulky, too flashy or inadequate.

First and foremost, I knew I wanted a green case, and not just any green… a spring green case.  This narrowed my choices instantaneously.

Second, I knew I wanted something versatile.  One that would give me several orientation options for horizontal and vertical interaction with the tablet

Third, I wanted a spot for my stylus to attach neatly.

I wound up selecting rooCASE’s Dual Axis Leather Folio Case and I did have to wait an additional couple of weeks for the newly released green model to be ready to ship (as Elle Woods would say, it’s my signature color–so it was worth it).

The one thing missing was a keyboard.  I’ve found that when taking the iPad to conferences, I would prefer to have a wireless keyboard to type on the screen, especially in cases where there are Google Docs to work on or emails to write–even Tweeting at conferences would be easier with a keyboard.

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Turnitin Service Announcement for November 2nd!

Turnitin Service Announcement for November 2nd!

DSCN9475Dear Turnitin Users:

Turnitin, a plugin service in Moodle and available separately, online through turnitin.com, may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, November 2, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Thank you so much for your patience and support

Moodle will still be available along with all of its other features during this time.

SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT TURNITIN MOODLE USE:  A recent bug was discovered with our current Turnitin plugin within Moodle.  This has caused submitted papers with a 0% originality report result to show as ‘pending’ in the Turnitin Inbox.  We will be implementing a fix for this in the early morning of November 1st, 2013–prior to the beginning of the work day.

Busy, busy bees!

Busy, busy bees!

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The EdTech hive is currently buzzing at a very high frequency due to the start of term!

Please be patient as we are eagerly helping our many customers as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

We hope everyone had a fantastic summer and we look forward to working with all of you over the course of the 2013/2014 school year!

If you need assistance with digital pedagogy or other technology-related course support, please email edtech@pugetsound.edu in advance with your requests.

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Updated your SPSS prior to summer?

Updated your SPSS prior to summer?

Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 9.04.40 AMIf your desktop copy of SPSS no longer works, chances are you haven’t upgraded to the latest version on campus.  We are currently supporting SPSS version 21.

An email was sent out via facultycoms on April 18th, 2013, informing users that an upgrade would be occurring over the summer and that it was necessary to contact the Service Desk to schedule a software update.  This impacts previous versions of SPSS and will prevent them from operating.

Please contact the Service Desk at servicedesk@pugetsound.edu or call extension 8585 to request your upgrade.  If you had not scheduled this appointment prior to now, please be patient as this is a very busy time.  In your request, please include whether you are using a Mac or PC, laptop or desktop.

If you are needing instant access to SPSS and cannot wait for a software upgrade, you can use SPSS 21 via our virtual desktop installation on vDesk.

NOTE:  Due to licensing agreements, this upgrade is only for faculty.  We are only able to install local copies of SPSS on faculty university machines (not personal computers).

Have you read about EdTech lately?

Have you read about EdTech lately?

Welcome back!

The latest edition of the New Faculty/Staff brochure is out!  This is a great overview of some of the wonderful resources Technology Services provides both inside and outside of the classroom.

Learn about the various ways we can support your teaching and learning in the coming year!  Contact your Educational Technologist if you have questions about digital pedagogy, digital literacy/competencies or come visit us for help tailoring your digital projects and ideas to meet your teaching goals and objectives!

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