Using Java scripts to enhance your website or Blackboard
By Gary K. Probst
It is possible to make your website or announcements in
Blackboard more interesting by adding Java script. There are many website that
provide free scripts that can be copied and pasted into your program.
If you want the weather in your area displayed, go to the
following website. Here you will be given directions on how to add the weather
for your college into your website.
Here is an example:
Interesting calendars, mathematics formulas, calculators, days left until the
end of the semester, etc. can be found by cutting and pasting java scripts in
your browser. Do a web search using “java script” and you will find many
websites. The following website has hundreds of interesting free scripts. You
can add calendars, mathematics formulas, clocks, etc. to your website.
The following two websites have excellent daily motivational quotes. I started
using them this semester and the student send email messages saying they liked
them. I put these motivational quotes in the announcement section of Blackboard
so the students see them every time he or she enters the program.
1. Top Achievement
2. The Daily Motivator
Here is an example:
This website has an index of all of the Daily Motivator’s motivational messages.
For educational purpose you are free to use them. Make sure you read the
licensing agreement before using these messages. Some of these messages could be
posted in a learning center.
Ralph Marston has written excellent motivational messages that could be posted
in a learning center. An example is the message of Wednesday, November 20, 2002
titled Making Progress.
There is an enormous difference between going slow and stopping completely. Even
if you're making just a little bit of progress, that's far better than being at
a standstill or falling behind.
Even when you cannot do everything, you can still do something. When you cannot
move as fast as you would like, that's no reason to stop, no reason to give up.
Go ahead and continue moving at whatever pace you can. Making just a little
progress will, over time, put you much farther ahead than making no progress at
When you're faced with more than you can possibly do, feeling overwhelmed and
letting it grind you to a halt is not going to help. Pick one thing and start to
work on it, then the next, and little by little you'll be getting it all done.
Running swiftly is great when you can do it, yet even when you can't there's no
reason for despair. Because walking slowly will just as surely and steadily move
you forward, and will keep the positive momentum alive.
Chip away at the mountain, steadily and with determination. Not only will you
get through it, you'll end up stronger and wiser for the experience.
There are many websites that have animations that are free to use. Just enter
“animations” in your browser. An excellent source is the Animation Factory. They
permit you to use thousands free. For a small yearly fee you can have access to
over 150,000 animations. I have purchased a licensing agreement that permits me
to use over 150,000 animations freely in my syllabus and in Blackboard. Also,
this website has templates to use in PowerPoint presentations.
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