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Tech Tuesdays: iPads and Mobile Devices In The Classroom


Love them or hate them, mobile devices are either being used overtly or surreptitiously in your classroom. Learn some strategies to actually put these devices to good use in the classroom.

This session will cover:

  • Brief overview of current mobile devices – what you and your students are likely to encounter over the next twelve months.
  • Five strategies for effective use of mobile devices in the classroom.
  • Five essential accessories for the Apple iPad.
  • Five essential applications for the Apple iPad (and a longer list of recommendations).

Date: Tuesday, 31st July
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: DPC 7406 (7th Floor of the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd.)

For more information and to RSVP please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.


Blogging For Faculty iBook

Blogging For Faculty

On the 26th June, 2012, I gave a one-hour session on "Blogging for Faculty" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. I turned this presentation into an Apple iBook, which you can download to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and read on the iBook App. The iBook contains both text and video. The video is not quite as good as it could be - I used a different microphone to make the recording, rather than my usual one. However, I think I get the message across.

From this point on, I will attempt to use iBooks for more of my handouts. The handouts will continue to be available as PDFs as well.

You can download the iBook from the Technology Tuesday page, or direct from here. You will need the iBooks App to view the file.


Driehaus Video Introductions

With the College of Commerce’s name change to the Driehaus College of Business, there is an opportunity to update many of the videos we use. Above, is an example of the video introductions we use (from Kelly Pope).

You can find these introductory videos on iTunes U, D2L and on some faculty webpages. Look out for more exciting videos later this year.

Archiving Videos From Ooyala

MPT has asked that older videos be archived from Ooyala if not in use. Here are the instructions they have provided for doing so:

In order to download your original files form Backlot, you will need to create a source MRSS feed. Source MRSS feeds will allow you to download or distribute the files that were originally uploaded into backlot. Please follow these steps to create a source MRSS feed:

1. Log into Backlot

2. Go to "Publish tab" and select "external publishing" (sub tab) 3. Locate the drop-down menu at your left and choose "Source MRSS", then click the "+new" button.

4. Fill in the required fields: Name, feed title etc.

5. Select a specific label (only videos in that label will be included in the feed), or select "all content".

6. Copy and paste your feed URL into your browser (We recommend to use firefox) 7. Click on the "source redirect" link to download your source file.

It is important to mention that the file will be downloaded without an extension. Therefore, you should rename the file and assign the appropriate extension before playing it.

You can paginate to access the rest of the source feeds. To "paginate" beyond the first 500 results, you may use the query string parameter "offset=xxx", which means you would need to append &offset=500 to get to the next 500 entries. For example, a Source MRSS feed would appear as


Blogging for Faculty - Useful Links

Denise Nitterhouse shared some great links with me after the “Blogging for FacultyTechnology Tuesday session. I thought I would recirculate them here:

Mark Sample, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, asks the question “Are you sick of reading your student's blogs?” to provoke a conversation on the best way of using blogs in the classroom.

He shares his experience of experimenting with structure, rhythms, and roles. Faculty considering blogging will find these approaches very helpful (along with the commentary at the end of the post)

On Inside Higher Ed, Lanny Arvan shares her experience of teaching with students blogs, and anxiety on how FERPA impacts the process. She, like I, suggests that students post anonymously (or at least consider their options carefully before creating a presence in the blogosphere). There are some great links to follow in the article.

Lastly, Bob Jensen at Trinity University has a series of links to explore.
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