Teachers today face a new reality with their personal approach to instructing, among the decorated clad walls of a classic classroom.

Technology.

Although this debate has been watercooler fodder for quite some time, the future of this rivalry, still remains in question.

The fact is: Right before our eyes, books have been replaced by tablets, the chalkboard became a screen, and homework no longer adorns hand-written smiley faces and stickers — Rather, an uploaded electronic ‘document’ floating thru cyberspace.

What does this reality say about the position teachers hold in the classroom?

  • Will teachers be replaced?
  • Will robots instruct lectures?
  • Just how paranoid should teachers be about the power of technology?

Since the beginning of recorded time, teachers have been regarded as intelligent and persuasive leaders in the social context. Confucius (561 B.C.) became the first private teacher in history, persuading royal or noble government officials and the elite with intelligence.

Through Medieval Times, Pilgrims, early settlers and Latin grammar schools, the “Teacher” has long garnered their position as an influencer. As concepts formulated into systems, our association of the education ‘establishment’ has literally shaped our thinking in every known facet of existence.

The written word; Heiroglyphs, scripture, books and lectures have been the teacher’s vehicle to share knowledge.  And now, it’s something much less tangible. Something electronic. It’s a machine. It’s a computer, tablet, program and download. Touching and turning the pages of past is an art fading away. Gazing into a screen is commonplace. 

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As we wrangle with ourselves to make sense of a world dominated by Emojis, text sentences chopped into shorthand acronyms, and a language forced into 144 characters or less…

...We’re literally spinning towards the ‘cause’ of how technology danced into the modern classroom, one click and swipe at a time.

Such a wild ride begs for one to focus on the positive. Technology adds another dimension to education, allowing teachers to up their game as facilitators, tech providing more information for their students, encouraging students and teachers alike to strive.

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Regardless, the debate still stands. Dramatic increase of online courses proves tech’s popularity. That said, we understand when the calculator was born, it did not replace written math.

By this rationale, history has proven technology typically finds its place. When television came about, the populous felt radio would die. However, it indeed found itself thriving in the dash of an even newer invention – the automobile.

PBS took a deeper look into how Online Education has grown and changed over the years, impacting student enrollment and availability.

Stay tuned for next weeks blog where you will learn how we connect the dots on this definitive rivalry — Teachers vs. Technology — further discovering the journey technology has taken over time, powerfully placing itself in established institutions.

Written by Chelsie Foster

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It’s one of the worst storms in U.S. history – Hurricane Harvey. As the world watches Houston tread water in efforts to achieve dry land, the city itself is struggling to function.

Deemed the 500-year flood, Harvey’s destruction is reaping giant waves of circumstance, specifically in schools – Houston the nation’s fourth most-populous city.

Opening bells did not ring this week for Houston’s public school system boasting over 100 districts, leaving this major entity facing massive and immediate change, with flood ramifications upon students and families compounding an already drastic situation. Education leaders recognize academic fallout breaching financial and sociological consequence. (The Atlantic) 

Monday was slated to be the first day of school, which serves about 215,000 students – 76 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged. U.S. News reports “at least nine other school districts in proximity to Houston also have canceled classes until next week, including the Alvin, Channelview, Cypress-Fairbanks, Humble, Klein, Pearland, Spring, Stafford and Waller school districts.”

Adding insult to injury, school facilities in and around Houston are operating as shelters.

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Libraries are also being used as makeshift shelters, and the school district’s bus fleet is facilitated by emergency response officials to transport people to main shelter sites. All factors directly affecting the welfare of the Texas school system at large, with the storm moving towards Louisiana.

Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, Richard Carranza, says his district, “The largest in Texas and the seventh-largest in the U.S. – is working hard in conjunction with city and county officials in response to Harvey, which hit the Texas coast last week as a Category 4 hurricane and is now a tropical storm.” He estimates 35 of city school buildings – more than 10 percent of the total – had power failures or are flooded under water. The New York Times reports discouraging detail of how vast this crisis is for schools.

The White House states over 100,000 homes have been affected, with many factors leading up to Houston’s current position, pressing down hard on housing, families, and in countless ways… Schools.

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Hopeful students plan to begin school this coming week – but with no end in sight, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expects the storm to drive 30,000 people into shelters, with rain expected to continue falling through Thursday and Friday. Disaster leaders like the American Red Cross and surveying education influencers are additionally concerned with children who rely on daily school meals.

The Washington Post also reports how Harvey is affecting HigherEd, deeply impacting enrollment of local Colleges.  The College Board called off plans to offer the SAT test at 138 testing centers in the state of Texas. 

Houston needs school supplies, and alternative ways to educate during this troubled time.

Teachers have been delegated a private disaster relief fund for fellow impacted educators, where they can apply aid to help cover home damage, ruined cars, care for injuries and lost school materials. Maps leading to clean water and other valuable resources also supported.

Online education is expected to help teachers and students alike, streamline lost time in the wake of this critical disaster of the masses. Education leaders are already spawning opportunity and solution for Houston’s broken school system, with top shelf alternatives for the coming school year. HigherEd education, technology, flipped and blended school rooms and more, will indefinitely make their mark in Houston’s education rebuild. 

For a review of ways to help offer relief for all affected by Hurricane Harvey, US News offered an excellent review including ways to donate, donation sites, food banks, animal relief, blood and tissue centers, clothing and supplies – and much more. As always, be sure to verify credentials of those accepting money. RELIEF EFFORTS

Written by Chelsie Foster

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The old adage of “Less is More” couldn’t be more true for this day and age with so much information bombarding us daily. 

Five years ago, a couple of life long friends from India, found themselves residing at prestigious universities in the U.S. where they learned their trade. Years went by before they rekindled their passion for technology, deciding it was time to co-create a new way of communicating.

Collaaj was born in the U.S. in 2012. One of the co-founders circled back to India where he presently manages a team of talented developers and engineers in a growing country, which is being called “the next billion,” who want video.

With the passion and success of both our founders, they saw a common thread starting to boil over with time being the enemy and information being king. They set out on a mission to create a tool that would allow users to Type Less and Show More.

Eating our own dog food = time and money saved

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“We wanted to make video creation as easy as document creation. Salespeople are so much more effective if they create a quick demo/tutorial or presentation walkthrough as opposed to writing a document or scheduling a meeting to explain oneself live. As we found out with our own support personnel, eating our own dog food pays off! We found that existing video creation tools required a lot of training, is not that simple to use and usually costly. We wanted to make this process super simple so anyone not so tech savvy could still easily create a video without needing a Phd. We were thrilled to see the education market adopt our technology, an area we were not originally targeting.” said Aditya Kadambi, co-founder/CTO of Collaaj.

The enterprise market was the initial target and is continuing to grow, but we quickly found the educational institutions received massive value in what the Collaaj technology was able to deliver to the classroom… and beyond. Check out last weeks blog about online tools on the rise for education. 

“The Next Billion” want video and voice

This month, headlines like this by the Wall Street Journal state the hard work is paying off. We agree with confidence. 

“The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice”

“The way the journey seems to start today is with social messaging, YouTube and entertainment apps,” not email or social media, said Sandeep Kataria, chief commercial officer at Vodafone India. “Five years ago it was the other way around.”

“In the year through June, use of YouTube in India has more than doubled, while Gmail use fell 15%, according to App Annie. In the U.S., YouTube growth was 48% over the same period, while Gmail use was up 13%.”

Future Proofing the Video Trend

During this Summer break while students, teachers and business colleagues were on vacation… Collaaj has been brewing up a new look and feel while working on some exciting new features to hit the 2017-2018 school year with a skip in our step and an expansion to our simple yet powerful Video Capture tool.

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Quickly Develop Flipped Learning Videos on the Fly

Collaaj is a multi-stream video capture and mirroring tool that is simple to use, featuring a powerful end viewer experience that offers an interactive video player anyone can learn from. Teachers, students and business colleagues can produce their own learning journey, enabled by the ability to record screen or powerpoint and up to three camera inputs along with the ability to mirror a device into one single video. 

Highlight lectures, training, courses, tutorials, lessons, presentations, demos, FAQ, articles, Vlogs and so much more.

Although our technology has been around for five years and used by millions around the world, we are just starting to climb the mountain as we switch back through the changing market. We have some exciting advancements on the horizon we can’t wait to share with the current billion users out there, along with “the next billion” users looking for video as their first option.

Create your first video with our FREE 30 day trial.

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Technology in the classroom has been trending upwards for a decade, forecasting a strong forward momentum mounting with no end in sight.

Echoing our recent three part blogs on “How to Survive the Education Budget Cut” with Part 2 and Part 3 featuring creative funding options in the marketplace which is shaping the way future generations will learn. We wanted to continue peeling open other creative ventures not traditionally considered. That said, innovators and influencers in the education space all agree, the conversation of Technology in the Classroom is paramount. Here’s what’s trending:

We first want to highlight an important and long term value of establishing a Digital Video Strategy which focuses on literally “doing more with less,” so your school can outperform and outlive any budget crisis.

Obvious trends are expanding with Online Learning championing the budget battle

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According to a Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies conducted by the United States Department of Education, “Students in online conditions performed modestly better, on average, than those learning the same material through traditional face-to-face instruction.”

Amy Sears says, “There are criticisms associated with online learning models and how they are changing student-instructor interactions, but it is undeniable that we are on the cusp of a dramatic change to the education model. With everything else going digital, it’s just a matter of time until the web-based education technology model replaces the traditional classroom.”

Online education offers more flexibility than a traditional education model in terms of when, where, what and how much one wants to learn. Since learners are in control, online courses allow for a whole new level of freedom.”

“In fact, research shows that 70% of students want their universities to update their digital options, with 44% of the same group saying they’d be happier with their university experience if they could engage with more digital resources. With an obvious demand from students for better digital solutions, organizations that don’t engage with the latest in technology may struggle to engage with new students and grow.”

Since education relies on students to fuel the system, the demand for a digital presence is a no brainer. (Forgive the pun!) Using digital resources which assist the students learning journey is no longer a luxury, but a must have tool to remain relevant in the sphere of learning

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Cross Pollinating Technology for a Smarter Strategy

Tools like Collaaj are great for offering a full suite of digital video support that allows your school or organization an opportunity to save money and time so you can cultivate a powerful video culture.

With our Lecture Capture and Personal Capture tools, teachers can produce courses and tutorials while students can capture their opinions on a topic while recording their own understanding of a subject. Or simply use our tool to train your staff and students on how to use other digital tools like LMS platforms such as Canvas or Blackboard.

We celebrate the 2017-2018 new school year by taking notice of the obvious stronghold technology has on the education space. If you’re sitting in the front row of the virtual classroom excited about these changes, or in the back passing notes, avoiding change, you’re in for a shift either way! 

Here at Collaaj we take note of the big changes before us – stay tuned for even bigger growth and change within Collaaj and our incredible product coming soon.

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Written by Kati Mac & Chelsie Foster

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Last week we exposed the proverbial educational “worm in the apple” in Part 1 of our blog and started to dissect creative ways schools can close the gap.  In Part 2 on how to survive the big budget cuts, we uncovered more. 

In today’s final Blog, Part 3 : We continue to promote innovative ways of how influencers are seeking new funds, while remaining pro-active and establishing collaborative ways to endure the inevitable forecast of the coming years. 

Tech and Corporate Funding

For a totally unexpected and interesting turn in the tech, school and digital forum, we’re seeing major tech giants entering a space of crossover into education, paired with funding.

Mindcraft’s throwing a Block Party and you’re invited!

The city’s mayor and superintendent announced plans Thursday to bring 2,000 children together this September for the “largest kid-safe Minecraft gaming event in the world,” with the aim of raising $50,000 for new technology for the city’s schools.”

“The “Block By Block Party” is being organized by Public Citizens for Children and Youth, a regional advocacy organization. The plan is to ask teachers and principals to submit applications for grants of up to $5,000 apiece for classroom technology and projects, said Donna Cooper, the group’s executive director.”

“The new campaign is expected to be funded in part by corporate donations; Wells Fargo bank and the Goldenburg Group, a nonprofit consultancy, have already signed on.”

Additionally, a clever and creative business called, Education Funding Partners (EFP) “Founded in 2010, was created to be the only nation-wide social enterprise for U.S. public school districts. Our product, EFP adNet, is a digital advertising network that provides a streamlined customer experience for districts and scalable for advertising sponsors, providing a real and sustainable solution to the public education funding crisis.”

Check out this link that shows Companies That Care About Kids and how they are getting involved to close the budget gap.

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Foundations Funding Education

It is no surprise to find foundations as a leading champion for the educational budget, facing disparity. These foundational leaders offer a with a reference list linking to more foundations who are making a difference in kids lives, simply by closing the budget gap.

The National Science Foundation is providing the scholarships to help students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The scholarships are targeted at helping underrepresented of disadvantaged students who are the first from their family to attend college.”

While in Mansfield, Ohio, “The Richland County Foundation has awarded $59,671 in Teacher Assistance Program grants for the upcoming school year to 55 local teachers for their creative and innovative supplemental programs not covered by school funding.”

Here is a link showcasing several foundations who support STEM grants such as Kresge Foundation’s which supports innovative digital learning projects such as online teaching and learning.

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Is crowdfunding the answer?

“91% of teachers purchase school supplies for their students. Unfortunately, this has become the norm.with 60% of all classroom supplies being purchased by teachers out of their own pockets.” AdoptAClassroom.org

Here is another great resource Crowd Crux put together for a list of educational crowdfunding options.
Due to our changing political agenda and unforeseen economy, the schools that rise above the unknown terrain and work towards creative solutions will have a higher chance of stability and success.

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 Written by: Kati Mac & Chelsie Foster

 

As we pointed out in last weeks Part OneHow to Survive a $9.2 Billion Cut to the Education Department’s Budget.”

It’s no secret that Education itself, is undergoing the largest lesson, EVER!

The sketchy road ahead for Local and State education budgets are at tipping point. The importance of the private community to extend and diversify their financial support is required in order to see stability and success for all learners to receive quality education.

State Funding

Look for State Measures that advance funding for digital initiative, or why not gather a passionate group that pushes for a measure that advocates grant money for your digital strategy.

“Spring Hill School District’s makerspace evolved out of a coding initiative that started in February 2015 when Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson — buoyed by his granddaughter’s knowledge of computer coding — passed into law a measure requiring every public high school in the state to offer computer science classes.”

“The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $446,299 in grants to four projects in West Virginia, the independent federal agency announced Wednesday.”

In Texas they are looking at creative solutions to accessing the $10 Billion rainy day funds to help fill the educational budget gap. “…Texas House members are weighing several bills that would use the fund to fill gaping holes in the state’s budget.”

I had rather invest in our teachers, invest in our classrooms and invest in our kids as opposed to leaving it in our mattress,” Darby said. “Let’s put our mattress money where our mouths are.”

Back east in New York, Gov. Cuomo said  “It has never been more evident that a college education is an important stepping stone to success and by partnering with District Attorney Vance, that success will reach those who never thought they could achieve it.”

New York will spend $7.3 million from bank settlements to expand college education programs in prisons, with Cornell University’s existing program set to grow.”

“Cuomo first proposed spending public dollars to provide prisoners a free college education in 2014, pointing to studies that show lower recidivism rates among inmates who receive an education.”

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Private Funding

There are several private funding options that are out there such as last week’s grant dinner.

Over at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual grants dinner, $2.8 million was granted that evening. “…more than a dozen film and TV stars helped the group behind the Golden Globe Awards share proceeds from the show with some 55 film schools and arts organizations.”

On the other side of the coin, private citizens are stepping up and adding value to our country’s education and health concern.

“The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, which provides graduate education for people in the nursing field, has assisted 1,000 “Jonas scholars” and now operates in all 50 states.”

“It will be a major factor in healthcare. Many more people are aging, many more people need care, and everything (the field) is kind of shrinking in terms of funding,” said Barbara Jonas, a former psychiatric social worker. “To have well-trained, well-paid nurses who know what they’re doing will benefit all of us.”

“The Jonas Family Fund was created with proceeds from the family’s auction of 15 abstract expressionist artworks in their private collection, which generated $44 million. The collection contained works by Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.”

School Supply Drives are Accelerating Across the Country

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There are tons of private drives taking place around the country to help fund students with school supplies such as the Stuff the Bus drive run through United Way.

Other states are running their own programs. “The statewide school supply drive was needed in response to the budget, Cooper said. He noted that lawmakers rejected his proposal to use about $13 million of the state’s funds to give public school teachers an annual $150 stipend for school supplies.

“This (drive) is being done because it’s a necessity,” Cooper said during a news conference at Pearsontown Elementary School. “They didn’t include this $150 in the budget. They haven’t been providing enough resources for our schools. Teachers should not have to dig into their own pockets to pay for paper and pencils and pens and tissues for their classrooms.”

“The Durham-based Crayons2Calculators offers local teachers a chance to “shop” at a warehouse of donated supplies. Schools also sometimes receive individual donations.”

See how the Kids In Need Foundation is making a difference.

A critical demand has found its way to our schools, equally pushing schools to locate funds outside of their normal allocated education budget. The private sector is proving to boost education and give it a chance to have a winning edge for all learners.

Join us for Part 3 on how to survive the education budget cut and other creative solutions on how to manage the evolving changes happening in the education sphere.

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Written by Chelsie Foster and Kati Mac

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A whirlwind of change is affecting the foundation of our educational department. This fracture to the system has created budget cuts and fallouts, yet extremely transparent and expanding as the fight to establish fair learning in the future continues.

Blaring headlines like these indicate the obvious… in coming years, education is looking bleak. Staying innovative while maintaining stamina is the challenge. Once missed grant opportunities equal happenstance cross functional solutions and unforeseen issues hoping to alleviate the hard cuts to the education department budgets.

“Virginia is $660 million short on higher education funding, SCHEV says.”

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia issued a report to state lawmakers Wednesday that calls for a fresh look at new ways of funding public institutions of higher learning in the face of state spending cuts in eight of the past 10 years.”

“If the next 10 years are similar to the last 10 years for Virginia public higher education, our system is indeed in peril and all options to improve its future should be considered,” SCHEV said in its annual report on tuition and fees.

The U.S. Department of Education directly states; Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. The structure of education finance in America directly reflects this predominant State and local role. Of an estimated $1.15 trillion being spent nationwide on education at all levels for school year 2012-2013, a substantial majority will come from State, local, and private sources. This is especially true at the elementary and secondary level, where about 92 percent of the funds will come from non-Federal sources.

This is causing a compelling landscape to the future of Education Funding especially at the State and local level, as well as a distinct keyhole view into the growing pains we see today and how they relate to opportunity.

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a news release: “It is well past time for Gov. Rauner to stop playing politics with our children’s futures, start demonstrating leadership, and ensure a child’s education isn’t determined by their ZIP Code or his political whims.”

“Some Minnesota National Guard members will lose access to higher education benefits after a recent policy change. “I wouldn’t have been able to make it as a student [without GI money,]” said Mike Purtell, a specialist in the National Guard and a University of Minnesota-Duluth teaching social studies senior.”

Is education hurting our country?

“The idea that more education has somehow hurt America is a concept born out of a “lack of information,” Ohio State University president Michael Drake told the Dayton Daily News. Drake said he would like to “spend some time with those 58 percent of people” to get to the root of their grievances.

Every person in the U.S. has benefited in some way by advancements in technology that colleges and universities helped shape, Drake said.

We are not the country that we are without higher education,” Drake said. “The idea that it’s had a bad effect, that its not positive for the country…That’s not compatible with reality.”

How to balance the long term cost of budget cuts and culture views

The future of education is at the forefront of some massive changes and will lead the way on how we learn in the future, across the board, and across the country. Online Learning trends are capitalizing upon these obviously vulnerable spaces in the education world. That said, the budget battle and negative viewpoint of ‘Higher Education’ in whole, finds itself in the running, ultimately receiving more attention due to its popular demand.

Altogether, from Kindergarten to Masters Degree and beyond, we can literally ‘follow the money’ to decipher where the greatest changes will be in coming years. 

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It’s no secret that Education itself, is undergoing the largest lesson, EVER!

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we explore the creative options on how to survive the Big Budget Cut of Educational America!

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Written by: Chelsie Foster and Kati Mac

This is an official “Call to Action” for all Agents of InstCon0017 and all Canvas Informants.

30 Day Mission – Integrate Collaaj Video Capture with Canvas

Only Top Secret Agents qualify to receive the enclosed Active Measures and detail!

Those institutions that do not yet have a comprehensive video strategy in place for the new academic year risk being left behind.” (EdTech article)

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You have 30 days to integrate Collaaj with Canvas in order to complete your Top Secret Mission.

The following documents are part of a Classified Operation on how to succeed with your Collaaj integration.

As our Official Asset: Your assignment requires five completed tasks in order for you to achieve ultimate spycraft inception. Integration is your task reward.

Task 1: Sign up for a FREE 30 day trial at collaaj.com

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Task 2: Install Collaaj Application with Canvas

Step 1: All informants will need to log into their Canvas account to get started.

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Step 2: Once the agent is logged into Canvas they will need to first select a course, in order to download the application. (“Integrate Collaaj with Canvas” was chosen for this example.)

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Step 3: After you select the course, scroll down to settings at the bottom of the page, choose Apps on the tab at the top and start to type in Collaaj in the search button. From here you will see the Collaaj App appear.  

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Step 4: After you select Collaaj the following page will appear. You will want to click on the blue Add App.

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Step 5: The Add App pop up below will appear asking you for some secret information.

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Step 6: Watch this classified video on how to obtain your secret information: cropped-cropped-mac_256x256.pngAfter the integration has been completed, the following page will appear.

(Please note, you will NOT see any videos the first time you install the Collaaj Application, unless you installed the application through Collaaj and created videos prior to the integration with Canvas.)

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Task 3: Install the Collaaj Application.

Collaaj requires you to download the software one time.

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Once this process is complete, the following application will load. Now you can record your first assignment.

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Task 4: START RECORDING

Choose from our list of capturing tools to cover your stealthy operational needs.

Use our Presentation & Lecture Capture gadget to recorded up to three simultaneous cameras while indexing Powerpoint intel. Check out a past mission on Video Culture 101 that details our gadgets.  

Task 5: Share Your Video

Share your videos directly to your Canvas Course or simply email your video to a select individual for private viewing, or why not make your message public and tweet your video.

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* Want to upload a Collaaj video to your discussions, assignments or Quizzes in Canvas, we’ve got you covered. Simple use our “Launch Collaaj from Editor” to add your video.

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Collaaj also allows Canvas Admins to control all video related media for each of their course within the Canvas Platform, including uploads from other sources. Move videos from one semester to the next with ease.

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Mission Complete! You have earned the Integration Badge from Collaaj.

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Learn why millions of Agents are crafting their course, lecture or training with our simple to use capturing gadget that crafts a powerful end viewer experience.

Bottom-line, we’re easy to use and the gizmo of choice.

Quickly produce a personalized learning journey on the fly through your LMS platform or get setup with our Classroom Capture integration with Lecture Capture… The ultimate Informant tool.

You can create multi-screen captures, enabling PPT or screen, to be recorded with up to three simultaneous cams. Our live-encoding technology works in the background to literally collage your message. Built in features are trimming, clipping, adding titles and credits. No post-processing, or waiting. Just one MP4 file ready to share with your classroom or team – Immediately. Collaborative learning at its best!

“The ability to capture lectures as video for student access is a key success factor in increased retention and graduation.” Wainhouse Research

What are you waiting for? Get started today!

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LMS. The Learning Management System. This popular collaborative platform is the talk of the virtual campus when it comes to an educational forum.

That said, LMS is recently experiencing a great deal of educational pillow-talk, per se, as well as boasting a compelling, digitally based reputation. Experienced by teachers to corporate staff, this all-league player proves to do more than steal a collegiate kiss under the bleachers at the game of technology. With cheerleaders swaying their pompoms at the sidelines, LMS is earning its letterman jacket with flair.

For instance, this month leads the way for LMS events. Blackboard is hosting their annual event Bbworld the same week Canvas is hosting their infamous InstructureCon where attendees will be put on a mission with this year’s theme called INSTCON0017. They will meet face to face to battle for the trophy of market share starting July 25, 2017. 

So what’s the next Big Shift for LMS?

Words from Phil Hill a leader in the LMS market, Partner at Mindwires Consulting spoke to Bryan Alexander who hosts a free weekly live Future Trends Forum on the state of educational technology and its future.

“Not everything should be about the LMS per-say, and that actually is one of the major trends. A lot of this is, how do you use third party tools or other tools beyond the big LMS. So, they might be the institutional platform of choice, but at the same time we are getting a lot of movement toward using external apps in addition.”

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What does this say about the position LMS has on this area of expertise? A lot.

In a world shaped by efficiency, digital technology leads the edge of such simplifications.  We’re seeing third party applications and services compounding the globe, influencing how the market is shaped. The higher education bubble is bursting with opportunity worldwide.

This is where LMS enters the room, and the conversation. Literally and figuratively, LMS is standing in the front of the classroom and education space, commanding attention. Whereas it may not be the class clown, it’s getting the most whispers in the hallway, and everyone is paying attention.

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We’ve moved past disruption, folks. LMS is a destination.

Gimme an L-M-S! yes, Yes, YES!!

A quote from a strong voice in our culture: LMS is one of the most impactful types of business tool and is revolutionizing the way people learn as an employee or as a student. With its availability on the cloud, the products and solutions are now cost effective and relevant to wider sections of society, institutions, and organizations. Modern cloud-based LMS are rich in functionalities and have relatively better integration capabilities. At present, with the availability of new vendors and better capabilities, the enterprises and institutions are reviewing their traditional LMS and are likely to switch to the cloud-based LMS. researchandmarkets.com

The tipping point is resting heavily on the LMS, pivoting itself through education onto a quest of countless new markets with global influences, including the military, corporate and more.

Meet the cool kid in school – Collaaj Integrates seamlessly with your LMS platform. 

Think of Collaaj as the kid who talks less and shows more. Like the Homecoming Queen who fell in love with the Smart Geek at the end of the year.

Collaaj is a Video Capturing tool that allows faculty and students to create on the fly videos or try out our Classroom Capture aka Lecture Capture tool. Available in most LMS platforms that are LTI compatible.

Allow Collaaj to show you a new way to collaborate with your LMS platform. Get to know us. We’d love to take you on a date, but happy just showing you the way we integrate. Sound fun? We thought so.

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Try a FREE 30 day trial by signing up at Collaaj.com

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Written by: Chelsie Foster

 

 

We’re highlighting the importance of creating a Video Culture that sets the tone for your company, campus or college. Boost your peer instruction to new heights!

How is your campus humanizing students while accommodating the growing demand for technology like video capturing for learning?

The video capture space is literally booming with change, from format to opportunity, lingo to buzz words, this launch is exponential. Quotes and articles from our peers illustrate just how exciting this frontier is.

A recent study from Wainhouse Research revealed the ability to capture lectures as video for student access is a key success factor in increased retention and graduation.” 

Having a simple yet powerful tool which will record your course, capture your lecture or train your staff is foundational to the future success of your Video Culture.

Is your campus or company looking for this kind of success?

Let’s keep it simple.

Collaaj is a multi-stream video capture tool that is simple to use, featuring a powerful end viewer experience. Quickly produce a personalized learning journey on the fly through your LMS platform or get setup with our Classroom Capture integration with Lecture Capture… The ultimate education tool.

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LMS + Collaaj

Collaaj provides presentation, screen and video capture, as well as video streaming capabilities to Canvas, Blackboard, and other platform users via an LTI module.

What does this mean?

You can create multi-screen captures, enabling PPTs or screen, to be recorded with up to three simultaneous cams.

Yes, Three!

Unique features simplify notes, indexes, video search and seek, instantaneous captures and immediate processing for easy learning. PC and Mac friendly. Built-in editing features enable trimming, clipping and adding titles and credits. Indeed, you can produce your own creation, becoming your own educational star!

Creative vs. Traditional? We provide both.

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With Collaaj, highlight lectures, tutorials, lessons, presentations, trainings, FAQ, articles, Vlogs and so much more, creating a new, exciting journey, making collaboration fun!

 Lecture + Capture is an essential part of the school system.

According to “The State of Video in Education,”  86% of educators use video in their classrooms.

“Remarkably, millennials make up 92% of the digital video viewing audience. Abstract topics that once seemed difficult to teach and learn are now more accessible and understandable thanks to the availability of educational videos.” 

Bottom-line, we’re easy to use. Our live-encoding technology works in the background to literally collage your message. Built in features are trimming, clipping, adding titles and credits. No post-processing, or waiting. Just one MP4 file ready to share with your classroom – Immediately. Collaborative learning at its best!

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Those institutions that do not yet have a comprehensive video strategy in place for the new academic year risk being left behind.” (EdTech article)

How to quickly create a Video Culture for an impactful learning journey.

  1. Sign up at collaaj.com 
for a 30-day FREE trial.
  2. Create a course or integrate with your LMS platform.
  3. START RECORDING!

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And from the words of your peers, checkout interesting quotes from respondents from the Kaltura Report. Read on for more quotes that hit home. 

“Video will become an integral part of every course whether they be face-to-face or online.” 

“It’s harder to answer [what educational video will look like in 10 years], because there are many different uses of video. It’s like saying ‘what is the role and impact of paper in education.’ It will become commonplace.” 

“Video is a game changer for many different disciplines, both from a teacher perspective as well as a learner one.” 

Jennie Magiera an ISTE Keynote speaker said last month at the conference to EdSurge – an interesting twist on buzzwords and trends in the blended learning space. 

Blended learning. I feel like everyone talks about blended learning, and no one really knows what it means. I’ve seen the phrase “blended learning” really used for, in my opinion, evil—which is essentially teacher-proofing the classroom. Like, we’re going to create this system where kids are going to sit in their little silos and go through their little teacher playlist and never see another human being all day. They come and look at their arrivals board of “What do I do next?” But, schools should really be teaching kids to be better human beings and to do that they need to interact with their role models, their teachers. I think technology should be humanizing our kids, not dehumanizing them.”

“I think that sometimes blended learning is used in a really beautiful way… but the phrase has become so muddied that I’d love to just get rid of it, really get rid of that pedagogy and really work towards pedagogies that celebrate teachers, celebrate human interaction and use technology as a vehicle—not a human robot replacement, Skynet type of thing.”

Here at collaaj.com we  totally agree with the importance of celebrating human interaction and using technology as a vehicle to capture those moments. 

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By: Chelsie Foster

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