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Best of Bb World - Calcasieu's Top 10

List of top 10 tools for Blackboard success:
#10 - Skype - using for virtual mtgs, ePals (cross schools, internationally), tech help
#9 - StudyMate
#8 - Bb Help for teachers - added as a tab in Bb - contains handouts
#7 - Podcast - student interviews, substitute lessons, differentiated instruction
#6 - Camtasia - using it for tutorials, demonstrations, student presentations. Provide teachers software when they attend the PD training.
#5 - Blog - most teachers are using the Blog over the discussion board in Bb, like the view. Teachers can export to show content to parents. Teachers can enroll in a two week course to learn about this tool.
#4 - Teams LX - Wiki's for projects, literature circles - like the tool because of the assessment portion (drill down to individual students - who did what, "playback" feature to see all changes and versions of the document)
#3 - Web sites using Bb community system - close to 2,000 teachers using it as a class Web site tool
#2 - Bb Mentor Project - in its second year. Chose 16 teachers based on amount of PD courses and how they were using Bb. Assigned 4 schools, provided a laptop, $600 stipend. Assist with troubleshooting, evaluate Web site for quality.
#1 - PD Plan. Bb courses from 100-300 level. Attribute their success with Blackboard to professional development training.

It was interesting to see this institution utilizing many of the tools that we were using. What I found most valuable was seeing how they rollout their PD. Their courses + mentoring project has proved to be successful for them. I liked that they offer short courses (2 weeks) on each tool (blog, wiki, etc.) and then allow teachers to use those tools. This provides a controlled environment for using Blackboard by providing guidelines and best practices.

Blackboard NG preview
Showcased lesson planning tool with standards alignment. All 50 state standards will be added to the system.
Showcased integrated Blog, Journal and Wiki tool.
Release 9.1 - coming in the next couple of months

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