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Frequently Asked Questions in Professor Stein's Blackboard Courses.

This page is under construction. Questions and Answers are being added as they are asked in BBDB FAQ.
 

Questions about:  Blackboard     -    Video and Teachertube   -   E-portfolio   -

Help Videos
how to add a picture

how to duplicate a page

How to make a link bar

 

Do I need Microsoft Word or can I use MS Works?

I prefer MS Word 2003 which is the standard in the industry. My files which I ask you to download and complete come with graphics, a header and links. These may not appear properly or at all if they are in RTF. 
I am not even sure if after you save my file you will be able to open it (and see it completely). 
Please use MS WORD
Available at ALL public Libraries and ALL public School Libraries 
As an aside you will also be using MS Excel which is part of the Microsoft Office Suite 2003 
Copies of MS Office are available FREE for use at home if you are a NYC Teacher. Ask your school tech.

 

Blackboard and Professor Stein's Course

What is the difference between Blackboard Discussion Board and Blackboard Assignments/HW and why are there 2 places?
Why is there an extra website touroweb.webhop.org? Do I have to check 2 places?
Why do I need to do the IAUP assignment?
What if I am a week late? Will my grade be diminished?
I feel so stressed? I am confused. What can I do?
Can I resubmit an assignment if the grade is low or not perfect?
How often does the professor respond?
How long does an assignment have to be?
Knightcite doesn't have an option to create an electronic cilatation. What can I do?
How can I take a picture of my screen? I may want to include pictures of my e-portfolio in my printed portfolio.
How do I add a page to my e-portfolio? Is there a best method?
I submitted the wrong assignment to BBHW/Assignments and I cannot change it? What can I do?

Video and Teachertube

Where can I see a good video produced by a student of Professor Stein?
When I try to upload my video it stalls (times out). What do I do?
Can I work with  a friend to do a video?
 

Where can I see a good video produced by a student of Professor Stein?
Student videos are self published to Teachertube.com and can be viewed and rated worldwide.
To see great videos produced by my students go to Teachertube.com and search  "Professor Stein".
Now look for videos rated with 4-5 apples...
Note that some have been viewed over 10,000 times.

When I try to upload my video it stalls (times out). What do I do?
I am not sure why this happens, but it does. Teachertube like MPEG4 video format. Consider the following.
Download and install a FREE converter and convert the file to MPEG4. Now upload that file.
Here is a link to WM Converter 2.
An alternate method (if you cannot download the program (i.e. at school) is to use ZamZar.com which does the file type conversion online.
Share your experience on BBDB FAQ and gain extra class participation points

Can I work with  a friend to do a video?
Yes. This is encouraged!


What is the difference between Blackboard Discussion Board and Blackboard Assignments/HW and why are there 2 places?
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BB Discussion Board
  • When you upload a document here all in the class can see it. This is good for example for an introduction. Now all can see who is in the class and can make relationships.
  
BB Assignments/HW
  • When you upload here only the student and I the professor can view the document and communicate. I can also give a grade. Sometimes I give a weird grade, .99 for example. This is to signify an issue that I need to speak with you about and NOT a final grade. DO NOT be frightened!
  • Also BBHW allows just ONE upload. If there is an error in your upload  (for example you sent the wrong document, there is an immediate option. Send the correct document to BBDB Homework Resubmission.

Why is there an extra website touroweb.webhop.org? Do I have to check 2 places? (top)
Touroweb.webhop.org is available without logging in to Blackboard. This is especially helpful for students that cannot initially log in through blackboard due to password problems. Note that if you are in BB and click a link it will take to to touroweb.webhop.org while you are in BB. There should be now problem

Also during the course you will be directed to information that you may wish to access when you have graduated. Links for example are now available to you years later.

My site is a place to access information. BB allows you to access information but is used here also for you to send files, conduct discussions in a secure environment.

Why do I need to do the IAUP assignment? (top)
When making and e-portfolio, you will be creating a publicly viewed document on the web. It is important to know both the legalities, safety procedures and etiquette. A great document is the NYC DOE Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

What if I am a week late? Will my grade be diminished? (top)
Consider that some students are admitted several weeks into the semester. Consider that technology doesn't always work ( computer crashes, Internet interruptions, etc.). Consider the fact that there are social and personal commitments (you and family members can become ill) and you have time lag. Without assigning blame, things happen! With that in mind I give students the benefit of the doubt! I do NOT deduct points for being a week late. I can see who is abusing the system as all assignment submissions are date stamped. In my estimation it is better to have a relaxed atmosphere for learning than stringent time requirements.

I feel so stressed! What do I do?  (top)
Relax!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you get it Great! If you do not there are options. Read this page, ask questions and ask for help on BBFAQ (all Q and A responders get class participation credit). Watch my tutorials on this page. Request a video conference with Prof. Stein ( this is actually amazing), by emailing him with the subject line **z Lname, Fname request video conference.
ALL STUDENT STRESS IS SELF IMPOSED! Again- Relax!

Can I resubmit an assignment if the grade is low or not perfect? (top)
Your assignments may be graded in BBHW/Assignments. In BBHW you can ONLY upload once. You can resubmit an assignment if you choose to BBDB Homework Resubmission. Please remember that all assignments will be submitted in a printed portfolio near term's close.

How often does the professor respond? (top)
With 25 students in a class it is difficult sometimes to respond quickly to BB postings. That is why I provide a BBDB FAQ Forum where students can help each other. And yes it is monitored by me.

How long does an assignment have to be? (top)
As a guide written assignments typically should be 1 1/2 - 2 pages  in length. However assignments that will be posted for viewing on your e-portfolio should be shorter perhaps with bulleted points. Reading on the Internet is difficult for most. Pease keep in mind who the viewer is. Your introduction for your e-portfolio may be viewed by prospective employers colleagues and students.

Knightcite doesn't have an option to create an electronic citation. What can I do?  (top)
First know that you deserve credit for asking the question. This shows you are on top of things and want to do it correctly!
Try citationmachine.net ( a little more complex with many options).

How can I take a picture of my screen? I may want to include pictures of my e-portfolio in my printed portfolio. (top)
Meet Nincka a QCC tudent who created a "How To" on print screen, on her e-portfolio.

How do I add a page to my e-portfolio? Is there a best method?
Yes there is a best method. All pages should have contact information and let visitors know where they are. This is according to the IAUP.
Yes you can create a new page but it will be blank!
Try This!!
Open your home page add all your information (email, web site address, name, etc.)
Hit Publish
Go back to site manager
Check the box next to your home page ( in Grid View - top right)
Select "More Options" ( bottom left
Click "Duplicate"
The title of the new page will start "Copy Of"
This new page has all your information
Now- Open the new page
Delete "Copy of "and write the title of the page (Philosophy, Links, etc.)
Highlight your title and make it extremely small.
Hit Publish. You now have a new page with all your information and in site manager you can see the title of your page.
Now go to your new page and add appropriate content.
LASTLY-
From your home page  look at your link bar ( horizontal listing of pages under your heading,
Select the text  for new page you created and the link this text (hit the link icon top left) to your new page
AWARDS for the most creative and professional teaching site at terms end....

I submitted the wrong assignment to BBHW/Assignments and I cannot change it? What can I do?  (top)
No Problem.... In each BB course there is a BBDB Homework Resubmission Discussion Board Forum where you can upload corrected assignments.
Please amake the subjec tline read **z Lname, Fname Filename of the assignment.

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Google Site Help

Overview of Google Sites

Remember, no personal information.  Children do not have access to editing blogs or wikis.

How do I change the background of my Google Site?

On the upper right hand corner of your user page, click site settings and choose appearance on the next page.  A series of backgrounds will be available.

E-portfolio

What should go on my E-Portfolio website and how should it be organized?

What should go on my E-Portfolio website and how should it be organized?

For content, you can put all your assignments on an assignment page, but from there it is open to your interpretation.  See the e-portfolio as a tool to use in the classroom, viewable by students, parents and administration.  With what you have learned, demonstrate that you are a fantastic and knowledgeable classroom teacher, versed in technology, and can capture the interest and imagination of your students.

Hopefully, you can include things such as links to educational websites that will interest the students, SUMMIT Math, and anything else you choose.  Also, include your videos on the first page.  This proves you are outstanding and technology savvy.  Make me proud.

You may wish to see sample E-portfolios.  These e-portfolios were made using a different free google program, which is no longer available.

Though the program is different, see which of the sites on the page below you feel are the easiest to navigate, and which catches your interest.  Which of these people would you hire, if you were a principal or superintendant?

What other items can I place on my Google site?
How can I embed items on my page. Remember NO Youtube.com videos as they are uncensored.  Try embedding Teachertube videos, Google Maps , Spreadsheets and more.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2006/03/google-embed.html
 
Also Embed Content - See how.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHACOdtMfbI
 

Edit page:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFyQo7LHnKA&NR=1

http://touroportfolios.googlepages.com/home32

 

 

Download Youtube Videos

It's easy to download a video from youtube.com. Just copy and paste the youtube url to the search bar below and add the extension .flv when you save the file.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 


 


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