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Introduction to Collaboratory Technology: C101

C101 - The Collaboratory

DePaul’s new
Collaboratory (C101 on the Concourse level of the DePaul Center) is shared space where DePaul faculty can creatively collaborate - on research, teaching, course design, and more. In this exciting Technology Tuesday session we will focus on ways on which the Collaboratory can be leveraged by faculty, which particular focus on the technology in C101 supports collaboration.

Inside the Collaboratory

To get to C101, take the escalators or stairs down from the ground floor of the DePaul Center (1 East Jackson Blvd.). The Collaboratory is the room directly at the bottom of the escalators.

Outside the Collaboratory

For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the
Technology Tuesdays Page

  • Date: Tuesday, January 12th
  • Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: C101 on the Concourse level of the DePaul Center (1 East Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604)

Collaboratory


A dedicated space from the Academic Affairs on the Loop campus for collaborative activities. Part of this space will be reserved for recipients of internal grants, while the remainder of the space will be designed as a collaborative space available to all faculty members.

Innovation Through Collaboration


At the request of Faculty Council in the Spring 2014, Academic Affairs launched the Innovation through Collaboration Initiative to accelerate and enhance the current culture of innovative and collaborative research and instruction, to foster synergies and develop working relationships across departments, disciplines, and colleges, and to build and strengthen collaborations with industry and community partners.
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Skype In The Classroom

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I receive the occasional question about how best to use Skype in the classroom to bring in guest speakers. My recommendation at the moment is to use the Portable Apps version of Skype on a USB drive, along with a USB webcam. Each classroom PC has two spare USB ports to use

Here is what I would suggest:

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Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology

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Mike Miller shared this article with me (Online Ed Skepticism and Self-Sufficiency: Survey of Faculty Views on Technology). Plenty of interesting reading….
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Upcoming Technology Updates and Offerings

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Information Services recently shared information on upcoming technology updates and offerings. I think this is worth repeating here:

Information Services is pleased to remind you that when you come back on campus for the fall quarter, our labs and classrooms will be upgraded with Office 2013 and the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite. Macintosh computers in the classroom and lab environments will remain with Office 2011 for Mac, but will receive the same Adobe Creative Cloud software upgrades as the Windows computers.



The Office 2013 suite will include the 2013 editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Visio, Project, and Publisher. This upgrade will bring some new features in Office 2013 which you can read about here http://go.depaul.edu/office2013.



The Adobe Creative Cloud upgrade will bring us the latest edition of popular Adobe software titles. Some of the included titles are: Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Audition, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign and Lightroom. This upgrade brings continued enhancements to this collection of graphic design, video editing, web design and photography tools. For more information regarding the Adobe applications, please visit http://tv.adobe.com.



We have also updated courseware offerings in the labs and classrooms. To find out which software versions will be available in the labs and classrooms, please visit http://software.depaul.edu.



Additionally, Information Services is pleased to announce that Lynda Campus is now available for all DePaul faculty, staff and students. Lynda Campus provides unlimited access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, social media, web design, animation, photography, audio and video production, project management, and a wide range of other topics are covered. With Lynda campus, you can watch full courses or small segments of courses at your own pace. For more information about Lynda Campus please visit http://software.depaul.edu/training.



If you have any questions, need help, or would like additional information on these upgrades, please feel free to contact softwarerequest@depaul.edu.

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Tech Tuesday: MakerBot and 3D Printing

On July 29th (originally scheduled for the 29th April), we have a very exciting Tech Tuesday focused on 3D Printing, with a live demonstration:

MakerBot 3d printer


3D Printing is the process of creating a solid object from a digital model. With the right equipment and designs, you can print virtually anything. The technology has been around since the 1980s, but in recent years the price of a 3D printer has dropped dramatically. Consumer units can be purchased for as little as $3,000. These printers are affordable, personal fabrication tools, compact enough to sit on any desktop, and can allow anyone at any skill level to become producers, inventors and artists.

3D printers, in an academic setting, could allow students to participate in project-based learning that is experiential in nature with real-world applications. 3D printing engages students in the world around them, kindles a curiosity about how machines work, how objects fit together, and how the designers, architects, and inventors who build the products, spaces and technology in their lives have found solutions to a variety of design problems.

Mike Pritchard, Enterprise Account Executive at MakerBot, will demonstrate 3D printing, how Innovation Centers are transforming education, how 3D printing turbocharges rapid prototyping, and answer your questions.


MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 producing 3D printers. They have distributed about 45, 000 3D printers worldwide.

To register, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

The session will take place in DPC 5800 (Executive Boardroom) on July 29, 2014 from 10-11AM.

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TLT: Teaching, Learning, and Technology

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Earlier today I received an email asking about TLT (Teaching, Learning, and Technology - one of the university committees I participate in). In a typically lazy move I Googled for a page on the Web that I could share. Unfortunately the top result was one of my earlier blog posts about TLT (with out-of-date information).

So, to help fix things, here is updated (2014) information on TLT:

To provide a forum for faculty, academic support staff, and Academic Affairs/Information Services representatives to evaluate the current functioning of course based and research technologies as well as to recommend the adoption and funding of new or expanded technology solutions in direct support of the academic enterprise and Vision twenty18.



  • All such proposed technology policies and procedures affecting faculty and directly impacting the academic enterprise are sent by the committee to faculty council for review and approval. All other university-wide technology policies and procedure proposals are submitted by IS to the university’s policy and procedures approval process.
  • Specific recommendations for prioritization of teaching-and-learning-related technology projects are made by the committee and sent to IS/Academic Affairs or other appropriate units.
  • Specific recommendations for project funding are forwarded by the committee to Academic Affairs, IS, or other appropriate funding authorities.
  • The committee shall be informed of policy and procedures, project prioritization, and funding decisions.

Co-Chairs

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Technology Tuesdays: 3D Printing

We have a very exciting Tech Tuesday scheduled for the 29th April, 2014. The session will focus on 3D Printing, with a live demonstration:

MakerBot 3d printer



3D Printing is the process of creating a solid object from a digital model. With the right equipment and designs, you can print virtually anything. The technology has been around since the 1980s, but in recent years the price of a 3D printer has dropped dramatically. Consumer units can be purchased for as little as $3,000.  These printers are affordable, personal fabrication tools, compact enough to sit on any desktop, and can allow anyone at any skill level to become producers, inventors and artists.


3D printers, in an academic setting, could allow students to participate in project-based learning that is experiential in nature with real-world applications. 3D printing engages students in the world around them, kindles a curiosity about how machines work, how objects fit together, and how the designers, architects, and inventors who build the products, spaces and technology in their lives have found solutions to a variety of design problems.


Mike Pritchard, Enterprise Account Executive at MakerBot, will demonstrate 3D printing, how Innovation Centers are transforming education, how 3D printing turbocharges rapid prototyping, and answer your questions.


MakerBot Industries is a Brooklyn, New York-based company founded in January 2009 producing 3D printers. They have distributed about 45, 000 3D printers worldwide.


3D Printing in the news:




To register, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.

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Educational Uses of Microsoft Windows Surface Pro



On the 23rd July, 2013, I gave a one-hour session on "Educational Uses of Microsoft Windows Surface Pro" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays.

I have posted the accompanying video and resources here.

The Surface Pro is, as Microsoft describes it, a "laptop in tablet form." This combination of tablet (pen and touchscreen) and laptop functionality lends itself to pedagogical use. The Surface Pro can be the ideal teaching tool for some faculty.
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Web>clickers and i>clickers

Just wanted to share this, as the a request for Web>clickers is starting to bubble up. The university has equipped the majority of classrooms with i>clicker base stations, which work with traditional i>clickers. Some students are starting to consider using Web>clickers, which allow voting with a smartphones or laptop instead of a physical i>clicker. Properly configured, the Web>clickers can work with the physical i>clickers in the same classroom.

The Web>clickers have specific requirements, and for these reasons are currently not supported:

  • WiFi is required, and this is not as reliable as using the physical i>clicker
  • Base stations must be configured appropriately

One reason to configure a classroom to work with both Web>clickers and i>clickers would be support students with disabilities, but at the moment the university is not supporting Web>clickers.
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Seeds for Innovation

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A short piece I wrote last year (in which I talk about three technology tools) was featured on “Seeds for Innovation” - you can find it here. I mention Maemo and MeeGo in the article, which are no longer fully-supported operating systems (and the same could be argued for WebOS) which demonstrates how quickly some things can change….

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Teaching With Technology

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Faculty Focus recently shared a free set of articles on Teaching With Technology, written by John Orlando, PhD. The articles are short and helpful - I think the advice may be of help to faculty and staff at DePaul. You can download a copy by following this link.

The articles within the document are:

  • Using VoiceThread to Build Student Engagement
  • Wikipedia in the Classroom: Tips for Effective Use
  • Blogging to Improve Student Learning: Tips and Tools for Getting Started
  • Prezi: A Better Way of Doing Presentations
  • Why You Should be Using Social Bookmarking Tools
  • Unleashing Innovation: The Structured Network Approach
  • Save Time and Teach Better with Screencasting
  • Integrating Social Media into Online Education
  • Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged
  • Lecture Capture: A New Way to Think about Hybrid Courses
  • Personal Learning Environments Help Students Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning
  • Effective Uses of Video in the Classroom

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Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching



On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.
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Reminder: iPad2 Tech Tuesday Session

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This is a quick reminder that the upcoming “Learning with iPad” presentation by Apple, Inc. will take place on October 6th from 10-11 a.m. in room DPC 8010 (somewhat confusingly on a Thursday, rather than a Tuesday)

See how the iPad is making learning more engaging and accessible than ever. Please join us for ‘Learning with the iPad’, a session to discuss Apple's mobile strategy with the iPad and how it is beginning to change education. With numerous education applications, as well as strategies for textbooks, research and integration, the iPad is becoming a tremendous tool for 21st Century Learning.

Agenda:

  • • Update on educational apps available for the iPad
    • Overview of the iBook app and store, ePub and other Textbook / eBook readers
    • Video Mirroring with the iPad2.
    • Paperless workflows for Education
    • Device management and deployment best practices


    For more information, and to RSVP, please visit the Technology Tuesday page.
  • Date: Thursday October 6, 2011
  • Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Location: DPC 8010 (8th floor of the DePaul Center, 1 East Jackson Blvd.)

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DePaul TLT Social Bookmarks

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Massimo Di Pierro, who co-chairs TLT (DePaul’s Teaching, Learning and Technology committee) along with Bob McCormick, has started using a social bookmarking system (diigo) to store links relevant to TLT. Massimo’s public repository can be found here:

http://www.diigo.com/user/mdipierro/tlt

TLT’s charge is:

To provide a forum for faculty, academic support staff, and Academic Affairs/Information Services representatives to evaluate the current functioning of course based and research technologies as well as to recommend the adoption and funding of new or expanded technology solutions in direct support of the academic enterprise and Vision twenty12.

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Timeslicing in the Classroom

Beth Rubin of SNL shared a great piece on Timeslicing in the Classroom from the Tomorrow’s Professor Mailing List that lists various ways that students use current technology in the classroom. The essay is reprinted here and it well worth a read. Some faculty may find some of the technology uses a little scary….
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Spy Watch

Below is a YouTube video that describes the basic functionality of a spy watch that covertly records video and takes still photographs. This is one of the gadgets that I will be demonstrating at this month’s Technology Tuesdays.

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Tech Tuesdays: How Students Cheat with Technology

Tech Tuesday

The next Technology Tuesdays session will take place on the 30th August from 10-11 a.m. in DPC 7406 (seventh floor of the DePaul Center)

Technology can be a boon to educators, extending the reach and productivity of effective professors. However, there are various technological solutions that can be abused by students to cheat on assignments and high-stakes testing. In this engaging and hands-on session you will be introduced to some of the gadgets, websites and software that can be used by the less-than-ethical students. Methods that professors can use to protect the integrity of their teaching will be presented.

Some of the examples presented include:

  • “Spy” pens and wristwatches with hidden cameras and microphones
  • Software and website that creates corrupt Office documents
  • Sites where students pay others to write papers
  • How Desire2Learn can highlight examples of plagiarism.
  • How online exams can be secured

For more information, and to RSVP please visit this page.

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Models for Selecting and Using Technology

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Beth Rubin shared an interesting blog with me this morning - Tony Bates is exploring “models for selecting and using technology” in education on his blog. Two posts have been written already, with a proposed schedule as follows:

  1. The challenge
  2. A (very) short history of educational technology and what it tells us
  3. Defining the characteristics of educational technologies
  4. Media and technology
  5. The affordances of different technologies and media
  6. Does educational theory help in choosing/using technology?
  7. What other factors should we consider? (This post will probably be expanded into separate posts on accessibility, students, costs, and organizational issues).
  8. Developing frameworks for selecting and using educational technologies
  9. What have we learned?

This look like the beginning of both a great conversation and a great series on educational technology.

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Teacher Tricks

Teacher Tricks

Jan Costenbader of FITS shared a great resource with me - Teacher Tricks.

Teacher Tricks is the website of James May. He teaches at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. The site provides some useful tricks and strategies that teachers can employ.

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Enriching Learning Environments With Technology

Elgin Community College is holding an event (Enriching Learning Environments With Technology) that is worth attending on Friday 4th March,

Featured speakers/presentations include:

David Sam, President of Elgin Community College

Panel Discussion: Social Networking
  • Jeff Newell, Illinois Community College Board
    • Connie James-Jenkin, ECC Librarian
    • Stacey Shah, ECC Librarian

Eeinie Meenie Minie Mo: In Which Direction Shall I Go? Choosing the Right Technology Tools for You
  • Kevin Johnson, University of IL-Champaign

Integrating Technology into Lesson Planning
  • Edith Monroy – Oakton College, DesPlaines

Engage Students in Screencasting with Jing
  • Kathryn G. Shafer – Ball State Univ, Indiana

For Instant Support, Just Add Librarians
  • Connie James-Jenkin & Stacey Shah, ECC, Elgin

Creating Content for the Mobile Student
  • Dan Kernler, ECC, Elgin

Best Practices to Support Student Success in Online Learning
Jason Rhode, Northern Illinois University

More information (and registration) can be found here.
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