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Innovation

Sparklab


The SparkLabs, located in Germantown, Paul Peck Building (PK) 170 and Rockville, Macklin Tower (MT) 214 and Mannakee (MK) 318, are designed to spark collaboration and innovation. Our SparkLab is a place where you can gather to create, invent, share ideas, learn, inspire problem-solving, innovate and engage in serious play in support of student success, institutional success, and professional development. The following is a list of things you might do in the space: workshop, brainstorming session, team building, meeting, demo, plan a project or class, and record a video.

The One Button Studio, located in Rockville, Mannakee (MK) 330C, is a simplified video recording setup that you can use to create high-quality video projects without having any previous experience with computers, software, lights, or cameras. The One Button Studio is a unique and automated setup which provides you with a simple alternative for producing a portable high quality video recording very quickly and effortlessly.

To book the One Button Studio or one of the SparkLabs, please go to Forms.

ELITE offers Mobile Learning design online training and several mobile apps application trainings.

Mobile Apps Goals
  • Provide MC faculty with a centralized location for commonly used educational mobile apps
  • Encourage MC faculty to contribute more mobile apps to the site and post comments for the apps
  • Promote awareness of mobile learning design to MC faculty through information and best practices sharing in mobile learning activities in teaching.
Collegewide Apps

The following is a list of miscellaneous apps that you can use for different educational purposes.

  1. Blackboard Learn
  2. Blackboard Collaborate Mobile
  3. Microsoft Office 365
Multimedia Apps

The following is a list of apps that you can use to record and edit videos to create videos for class or presentation.

  1. TouchCast Studio
  2. YouTube
Online File Storage

The following is a list of file storage apps that you can use to store all your files. MC has a license with Microsoft and is now using OneDrive with 1TB storage space.

  1. Microsoft OneDrive
  2. Dropbox
  3. Google Drive

The Montgomery College Innovation Journal is a digital, multimedia journal dedicated to giving faculty, staff, administrators, and students an opportunity to share high-quality reflections on innovative practices they have implemented, experienced, or observed in higher education. Visit the Montgomery College Innovation Journalnew window for more information.

The League for Innovation in the Community College’s iStream is a web-based, multimedia portal where faculty, administrators and staff can access videos, articles, publications and learning programs. In addition, iStream provides access to League conference presentations, services, partnerships and collaborative communities. Follow these simple directions to create your account:

  1. Go to League's Innovation Streamnew window
  2. Click on “Create Your iStream Account”
  3. In the next window, select Montgomery College from the drop-down menu
  4. Enter your first and last name and college email address
  5. Click “Submit”.

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on logging in and creating your password. View the Explore iStream document (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.) for details about what you have access to through the iStream subscription.

Respondus

A Windows application that enhances the functionality and usability of Blackboard’s quiz, survey, and self-test tools. This software is available to faculty who have course sites on Montgomery College’s online learning Blackboard system. For more information, see the Respondus Installation Procedure website.

Impatica for PowerPoint

A software tool that allows Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to be played over the Internet or corporate intranets without plug-ins. More specifically, Impatica is a standalone program, which runs on Windows and on Mac. No special server side software is necessary. Download Impatica.

4 easy to use screen capturing tools that are free or low-cost and easy to use:

Grab Tool is a tool for Mac users. Included with the operating system. It takes pictures of all or part of your screen. Screenshots can be saved as pictures and shared with others. Free.

Snipping Toolnew window is a tool for Windows users. Included in with operating system. It takes pictures of all of part of your screen. Screenshots can be saved as pictures and shared with others. Free.

Screencast-o-maticnew window is an online capturing tool for Mac and Windows users. Capture screenshots and video recording. Offers the ability to save to the cloud, YouTube, or your computer. Free. Option to upgrade to include the video editor for $1.65/mo.

TechSmith SnagItnew window is a a downloadable computer application tool for Mac and Windows users. It is a screen recorder, webcam recorder and audio recorder. Video clips trimming capability. Offers the ability to save to the cloud, YouTube, or your computer. It comes with a library of image enhancing tools. Free trial for 15 days. $49.95 

 

Digital Presentations and Storytelling
Microsoft Sway

A presentation program and can be thought of as an alternative to PowerPoint. Sway is a cloud based app that offers a design free and free flowing storyline approach by using predetermined styles and a series of cards that are filled with headers and content. It offers different types of cards that can then be grouped together to create sections.

Adobe Spark

A web based and mobile design app used to create graphics, slideshows, videos, and webpages. As an educator you are entitled to a full version of the app by using your .edu email address. 

Book Creator

A tool used to easily design digital books using any of your digital devices. The app makes it so easy to add text, images, audio and video to your digital book pages making it ideal for making all kinds of digital books, including picture books, photo books, comic books, journals, textbooks and more.

Screencast-o-Matic

A web-based, screen capturing recording tool useful for creating video lectures, demonstrations, homework solutions, or video tutorials. Create meaningful lecture captures, flipped classroom learning materials and share with students easily in Blackboard by embedding videos directly on a page.

Microsoft Office 365
OneNote

A digital notebook capable of gathering text, drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries which can be shared with other OneNote users. Jot down ideas, keep track of classroom and meeting notes, paste clips from the web, make a to-do list, or draw and sketch.

OneDrive

A cloud web based file storage platform available through Office 365. It stores files on the cloud and syncs selected folders to your computer. Seamlessly share files and folders with colleagues or students and without file size limitations.

Communication and Texting
Remind

A a communication tool that allows teachers reach students via text messaging. The service provides a safe way for teachers to send important, time sensitive text messages or emails to their students when necessary. Texts are private one-way messages that don’t require ever having to share a phone number or receive a reply.

Social Media and Video Storage
YouTube

A video sharing website which allows you to upload and share your own created videos. Record instructional videos for your students to supplement your lesson plans and easily generate closed captions to make them ADA compliant.

Pinterest

A social media network used for creating and sharing virtual bulletin Pinboards. It is an innovative way to share ideas and collections of images, videos, articles, and websites with anyone. Collect resources to create Pinboards that can be kept privately or shared publicly.

Online Video Tutorials and Training
LinkedIn Learning

An online learning platform that offers a large video training library to help anyone learn new skills in business, software, or technology. Enhance your personal or professional goals by watching a specific skills video, taking an entire course, or following a pathway track.

Khan Academy

Aims to provide a “free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” It offers a collection of video tutorials in math, science, history, business, art history, and test preparation completely free.

Digital Note Taking and Annotation
Notability

A note-taking app for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac that allows you to easily draw, write, and annotate documents and photos. You can add audio and convert handwritten notes to text. It includes a variety of fonts, text point sizes, colors, and many formatting options to enhance your notes. Notes can then be shared, exported, and saved on the cloud. Have a meeting to go to? Leave the paper notepad behind and take digital notes using your iPen and iPad.

Classroom Engagaement Tools
FlashQuiz

An app similar to Quizlet used to create customized sets of flash cards loaded with images, sounds and drawings. Create a set for your students or have them create their own.

Duolingo

A free language-learning platform where students can learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, Ukrainian ,Esperanto, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Hebrew, Welsh or English. Offered free for beginners but also available as a paid subscription for advanced learners. 

Socrative

A smart student response app that imitates the functionality of clickers. It empowers instructors to engage students in discussion and collaboration through a series of educational exercises and games using their own mobile devices. Conduct polls and quizzes for informal evaluations or add excitement with a fun icebreaker activity with the Space Race Quiz feature.

Kahoot!

A game-based platform used to engage students in a fun way while administering quizzes, discussions or surveys. Students participate in real time answering multiple choice questions that are projected on the screen with the use of their smartphone, tablet or computer. Basic features for creating, playing and searching games are available at no cost.

Download the Instructional Usage of Mobile Technologies document (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader.-Link opens in new window.)   for full complete details.

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