Friday, June 21, 2013

FacProfDev Summer 2013 - Day 4

FacProfDev Summer 2013 - Day4

by Varun Khanna

Sakai. Spotify. QR Codes. Zamzar. Prezi. Google docs. Google Hangouts. Google this and Google that…

The list of technology and its applications is endless!

On day 4 of FacProfDev Summer 2013 workshop series, Pepperdine faculty found tremendous value in three things we would like to share with you.

What is an RSS feed?
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. An RSS feed automatically allows publishers to syndicate their content. So, how can an RSS feed be of value to the teacher and student?

Let us take a look at CNN's Technology RSS feed. 

CNN  > Tech > RSS

Log onto Pepperdine Courses, go to Edit Tools and add News to your left side bar menu. Once News appears in your left side bar menu, click on it and paste the link (this link is used as an example). 
Click on Update Options. Now every time your students log onto Courses they can click on one or multiple News links that will show the latest RSS feed on the news item of the teacher's choice. The following image is an example of what your RSS feed might look like within Courses.

What is a QR code?
A QR code is an abbreviation for Quick Response Code. It is a bar code that can be scanned with an iOS or Android app that can be downloaded to your smart phone for free.

How do I generate a QR code?
Some websites will allow you to generate a QR code for free. You enter a website url, or a link to your vCard contact or even a Google doc and the site will auto generate a QR code image. Save the image, copy and paste to your website, business card, or presentation. 

How can I use a QR code in class?
Students can scan a QR code directly from the projector screen using their smartphone or tablet device and in seconds launch a google doc and comfortably follow along taking notes directly into the google presentation. QR codes could especially be useful in large class sizes where not everybody has the best seat in the house. You can scan the QR code above and immediately connect to the Pepperdine Technology and Learning website. Try it now!

What are Google Forms? 
Once you have signed up at for your Pepperdine Google Apps account you now have free access to Google Drive, Google Apps, Google Docs, Google Forms and much more.

Google Forms allows Pepperdine students and faculty to quickly set up evaluations, surveys, student feedback, gather data and share it with your class, student groups or fellow faculty within minutes. 

Pepperdine Google Forms can be auto populated with students and faculty email addresses (as long as the users are signed up (for free) with Pepperdine Google Apps.

Simple text fields can be filled with question/s and you can also choose question type: multiple choice, short answer, long answer, scale, grid, date, as well as time. 

For more information on how to use Google Forms, you may contact Pepperdine's Tech and Learn department by sending an email to or fill out a short registration form request for free a one-on-one consultation.