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Kelly Falcone

Professor & Professional Development Coordinator

Category: Educational Technology

How to build a Weebly site… Just follow these pictures










These pictures were made completely using an iPad, LOVE IT!!! Just take screenshots by holding down the home button and sleep/wake button simultaneously. I then used Jot, a free program from the AppStore, which allows you to import photos and then draw or write on them. Super easy!

If you have other tips for setting up websites/blogs, or have any questions please feel free to comment!

@ScrivenerApp, how I love thee! My dissertation savior!

I just recently found out about Scrivener.  I am not a writer and was not searching for software to write a book, rather I am a doctoral student with mounds of research articles and was in need of a way to organize my research, my thoughts, and my writing for my dissertation proposal. Prior to Scrivener I would say I had a pretty good organization system, but it is nothing compared to how organized I feel now with Scrivener!  I had folders in Dropbox containing the pertinent research articles, but I still had to open each folder, find the article, then open an excel sheet which had a quick summary of each article, then return back to MS Word and figure out where I had left off writing.

Here is a look at my computer screen before Scrivener, with multiple windows open:


Here is a look at my computer screen after scrivener.  All of my writing, notes, outline, as well as, my research and annotated bibliography all on one screen:

my computer screen after scrivener

Try it!  It costs about $40, but it is the best $40 I’ve spent lately!

oh… I almost forgot… AND you can back it up to Dropbox and use it on multiple computers!!

Embedding google forms into Blackboard: Great idea for student bios!

I believe it is very important to create a class community in online courses.  One strategy I use is to collect students’ bios using a Google form embedded into my Blackboard course. Here are the steps:

Step 1:  Go to Google Drive click on “create” then “form”

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Step 2:  Choose a theme for your form, or you can keep it as a simple text form.  I like to have fun with them and use a creative theme.

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Step 3:  You can now add all the survey questions you would like to.  You can use short answer or multiple-choice.  In my online course I like to use the following questions: name, bio/interests, technology skill level, number of online courses taken, and what topics they are most excited to learn about in the course.

Step 4: Now that you have completed the form you are ready to embed it.  Go to “file” then “embed”.   Then copy the html embed code.

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Step 5: Now go to Blackboard and choose “build content”  Click on add “item”.

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Step 6:  In the textbox editor click on the html button and then paste in the html embed code.

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Step 7: You now have your form embedded in Blackboard!  Here is an example:

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Step 8:  Now you need to provide a link to the results page.  Go to build content and then “web link”.  I like to set it to open in Blackboard.

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If you have any questions or want to share other ways of using Google forms please comment below!

On Course Workshop 2013: On Course in Online classes

Session 6H: Best Practices in Applying Active Learning to Online Teaching (RF, AE, TD)

Presenters: Al Trujillo, Faculty, Earth Sciences; Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kiniseology, Palomar College, CA

Summary: You’ve employed active learning in your face-to-face classes, but what about using those same techniques online? What active learning techniques translate well to online instruction? What online tools facilitate active learning? In this session, we’ll explore some of the best practices in applying active learning techniques to online teaching. In addition, we’ll explore how to incorporate the eight On Course principles—which have been shown to enhance student retention and success—into online instruction.

Here is some information from the workshop:

Photos from the workshop:

If you have questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, or just want to say hello please comment to this post!!!



On Course Workshop 2013: syllabus station-to-station

Session 5I: A Learner-Centered Class from Day 1: Syllabus Station-to-Station (RM, AE, AL)

Presenters: Kelly Falcone, Faculty, Kinesiology; Al Trujillo, Faculty, Oceanography, Palomar College, CA

Summary: Do you dread the stares of your students on the first day of class, when you go over the syllabus with them in painstaking detail, and they just sit there, looking at you expectantly (and perhaps trying to do some sneaky texting under their desks)? The first day of class sets the tone for the semester, and in this session you’ll experience a fun, active, On Course learning activity called station-to-station, which is a strategy that you can use not only to cover your syllabus, but also a wide variety of other course materials. Learn how to set the right tone for your class, starting on day one!

Here are some documents from the workshop:

On Course workshop stations-to-stations: Example of stations

On Course Workshop stations-to-stations:  workshop handout

Health syllabus

Please comment to this post if you have any suggestions, comments, or ideas!

What really motivates us? Are you motivated by money or more by intrinsic motivators?

It is very interesting to think about what really motivates people. Is it as simple as, if you do this task or solve this problem I will pay you lots of money? or is there more to Motivation like wanting to learn things and feeling purposeful?
The book Drive by Daniel Pink is a fantastic view into the underlying causes of motivation.  I encourage you to watch this video and read the book!


Here is a short Prezi presentation about Motivation and Drive (note you may need to use Chrome browser to view this Prezi):

Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo

Read Write Web article: Top 5 Videos Showing How Marissa Mayer’s Vision Will Shape Yahoo.

All of the videos in this article are awesome. As Google has shown, it is so important for people to work together to increase productivity, motivation and the generation of “GOOD IDEA’S”!

Marissa Mayer is very well spoken and a great role-model, not just for women, but for seeing what it takes to be successful.

Illinois Institute of Technology Commencement Speech: