Google Sites for Educators – Recorded Webinar

Google Sites is basic website creation app that you and your students have available to you through MATC’s Google Apps for Education. Google Sites is designed for anyone who wants to create their own website or collaborative wiki, quickly and easily. No prior knowledge of HTML coding is required. Watch the embedded webinar recording to learn more about using this great tool. Additional information and tutorials are available at the Google Apps Learning Center.

CmapTools: A Free Concept Mapping Teaching Tool

CmapTools: Integrating, Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation in Online Courses

Teaching, learning, and evaluation in online courses offer unique and exciting challenges for instructors. Not only is it necessary to find new teaching strategies but it’s essential that instructors find new ways to facilitate student learning. Concept maps (Novak, 1998) are one strategy that can promote teaching, learning, and evaluation in online environments.

Concept Maps are pictures or graphical representations that learners draw to depict their understanding of the meaning of a set of concepts. They use the maps to link new learning to what they already know. One of the ways adults learn is in analyzing their own experiences and linking them to the new information they are learning. In this way, the maps offer learners and instructors an opportunity to share, discuss, and revise their understanding of concepts, propositions, and the relationships between new and existing knowledge. One way to use concept maps to promote learning is to have students construct concept maps of the course readings [throughout the course]. Students pick a reading that piques their interest in a particular topic and maps out the reading as a way to understand it. Other ways students can use concept maps to show relationships between two or more readings or two or more authors. When students create concept maps, instructors get a glimpse into how their mind is working and how they are constructing knowledge. So not only are the maps a teaching and learning strategy, but can be used to give feedback and assess learning.

CmapTools can be incorporated into any course taught online for adult learners. It is a relatively easy program for students to install and learn

Novak, J. Learning, Creating and Using Knowledge: Concept Maps as Facilitative Tools in Schools and Corporations. Mahwah, N.J.: Erlbaum, 1998.

Concept Map using CmapTools

YouTube Video on How to use the CmapTools Software to create a concept map.

31 Ways to Use Google+ in Education

Google’s social media service Google+ is a robust tool that can be used by faculty, staff, administrators, and students to enhance communication and collaboration. To learn more about Google+’s potential, please review this embedded slide-show provided by Google Apps for Education below or click here to open in new window.

Where Can I Learn More?

A series of Google Apps for Education training opportunities has been scheduled to help you prepare for the transition to Gmail, Google Calendar, and the basics of using Google Apps.  To sign up for a training session, please download and complete the  Google Apps Training Schedule 020813, then email the completed form to Vicky Hennegan.

Remember – MATC’s transition to Google Apps happens Friday, March 1.

In addition to these training opportunities, other resources have been identified for you:

If you have a question, please send an email to

Best Learning Tools of 2012

Last month, Edudemic released the results of their annual “best learning tools” survey. Over 500 professionals in teaching and learning contributed their opinions on their favorite tools and resources. To see the top 100 learning tools, take a look at the embedded slide-show below. For those of you who know about the workshops we offer in the Faculty Innovation Center throughout each semester, several of the tools on their list will look very familiar.  What tools do you use or would like to know more about? Let us know in the comments!