What are some of your favorite integrations/LTI. Please share, screen shots would be amazing!
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I am replying to this in the hopes of resurrecting the conversation! As far as what we use in LEISD, I have added Quizlet, Newsela, VoiceThread, Youtube, and Google Apps at the account level. I have recommended that teachers add Flipgrid and content specific (Wiris Math, Wiris Chemistry) at the course level.
Quizlet is super easy to add and use, my biggest tip is that if teachers want to create their own quiz sets, they give them a unique name. Otherwise you may find yourself searching through many examples of the topic.
I can always come back and add pics if you want more info on any of these! I would love to hear what others are using as well, including those items like EdPuzzle that don't have a true integration (yet)!
We are a higher education institutions, but here are a few of my favorite integrations, when they are used to engage students in deeper learning.
1- TurnItIn- Most everyone knows of TurnItIn, but I encourage all faculty to use TII not only check for plagiarism, but also teach students about plagiarism. In a class, most faculty will have students complete drafts of papers. I suggest a "draft" assignment be created where students can submit their paper to TII and be able to see their similarity report. This can lead to a great learning moment if the program flags portions of their writing, and gives them a chance to make necessary changes before submitting a final assignment.
2- TurningPoint- We have TuriningPoint for classroom polling and assessment. Those who use this technology have been happy with the Canvas integration. We work with faculty to use this for interactive activities, facilitating discussions and deeper-level thinking, etc. rather than taking attendance or simple quizzing.
3- Tegrity- Our institution has Tegrity for lecture capture. Not everyone uses lecture capture, but a number of our undergraduate faculty, and those teaching in our medical/optometry schools do and have expressed they appreciate this can be accessed through Canvas.
4- SmartEvals- This is for a primarily administrative function, collecting course evaluations, but it very useful to have access to these directly in Canvas and be able to get data in a way that helps us more easily assess student input on classes.
These are just a few of tools we use. Those above or similar programs have been common in higher ed environments where I have worked but less frequently available in the K12 schools with which I have collaborated.
I enjoy reading what others have found useful and checking them out as well!
I'm not a big LTI user (most of the benefit of those integrations comes from grading and/or displaying protected content inside Canvas, but I don't grade, and I teach open classes) ... so my contribution to this discussion will be this detailed and very informative article from Michael Feldstein published yesterday at eLiterate: very much worth reading re: the technology behind the LTI movement. :-)
How and Why the IMS Failed with LTI 2.0
This was an interesting article Laura. Thanks for posting! I didn't know a lot of this information. I guess rather than the way an integration occurs what I have been focusing more on is whether the tools are easily accessible through Canvas, to minimize how much students need to do outside of the LMS itself. If possible, I try to minimize how many different locations students need to go to in order to access course material. The use of the Redirect tool (Redirect Tool (External App/LTI) and iFrames (iFrames are your iFriend) have given me a lot of flexibility to create engaging content. I enjoyed learning a bit more about the purpose of various LTI versions!
As the world's biggest fan of LINKINESS, I don't worry about sending students to other sites; in fact, I consider it a huge part of my job to introduce them to the Internet that I know and love. But I really do understand the imperative need for security and privacy when it comes to grading and protected data, so I am glad for the efforts that so many different sites are making to provide that type of protected integration for anything graded.
I see the value of students exploring the internet, particularly when it comes to learning how to use the web for academic work or things they will do on the job at some point. Digital literacy is a huge topic! I do get concerned that students may get lost in courses with a lot of links, but this probably depends more on how the instructor facilitates the class than anything else. My particular fondness for the integrations with Canvas comes in minimizing the various locations students may need to log in to otherwise.
Thank you for sharing this article. I'm always interested in the why behind the technology and this made for a great read.
Thanks, Kimberly Withroder! That eLiterate blog is one of the best out there; Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill cover the whole world of LMS (software, companies, culture) along with lots of other ed tech stuff. I am a long-time fan.
Here is a search of their blog for articles about Instructure, for example:
Very informative! :-)
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