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Do you ever feel like the technology gets in the way of delivering the content of your course? 

Computer, Laptop, tablet and cellphone
Have you considered creating an online student orientation specifically for your course?  By creating an orientation that is explicit to your course, you can introduce the tools and structure your students need to be familiar with to succeed in your course.  Using this course orientation as the check-in process removes the burden of "teaching" the tech while you are teaching the content.  This website will provide you with example activities you can use in Blackboard*, along with help links and videos, to get your students past the learning curve of the course management system and focused on learning the curriculum content.