Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "Online Training"

Category "Resources"

Category "Students"

September 1, 2005

MERLOT

MERLOT stands for Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. MERLOT describes itself as "a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. Links to online learning materials are collected here along with annotations such as peer reviews and assignments."

This is an incredible online resource!

Posted by chri1010 at 2:55 PM | Faculty/Staff | Online Training | Resources | Students

Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "MnSCU"

Category "Online Training"

Category "Resources"

ITeach

ITeach is MnSCU's online professional development center for faculty. This site has links to articles, conference opportunities, funding opportunities, as well as a library of resources for teaching.

In addition, ITeach also offers online tutorials that cover a range of instructional topics, some of which are related to information and technology literacy.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:49 PM | Faculty/Staff | MnSCU | Online Training | Resources

Category "Resources"

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

U of M Microsoft Software License Program for Students

The University of Minnesota recently entered into an agreement with Microsoft to offer discounted software to students. Students can buy Microsoft Windows and Office Professional for less than $6 each!

Additionally, other software programs such as Visio and FrontPage are available at deep discounts.

These offers are only available to students.

Ordering information can be found at University Computer Services' homepage.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:25 AM | Resources | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Resources"

Category "Standards"

Category "Technology Literacy"

August 26, 2005

Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy

The International Technology Education Association (ITEA) has produced a series of standards for technological literacy in the K-12 context. The standards were developed as a result of interviews with educators and experts in a wide range of fields (including education, technology, mathematics, and science). ITEA developed standards for K-12 content, administrators, professional development, and student assessment.

In addition to the standards, ITEA offers a number of other useful bits of information, including a definition of technological literacy, characteristics of a technologically-literate citizen, and a rationale for technological literacy.

The executive summary of this report can be downloaded here.

A copy of the content standards can be downloaded here.

Posted by chri1010 at 12:59 PM | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy

Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "MnSCU"

Category "Online Training"

Category "Resources"

August 12, 2005

Certificate in Educational Technology Integration

On MnSCU's Center for Teaching and Learning website, they offer a link to a certificate program in Educational Technology Integration through Penn State. According to their website, the program

can provide you with instructional technology techniques to apply directly in your learning environment. This 15-credit certificate program is designed for: teachers trainers technology coordinators instructional designers media-support personnel

This program is offered entirely online, yet is considered equivalent to a certificate earned in residence at Penn State.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:39 PM | Faculty/Staff | MnSCU | Online Training | Resources

Category "Resources"

August 4, 2005

National Academy of Engineering Resources

The National Academy of Engineering has an ongoing project to compile a list of online resources related to technology literacy. These resources include curriculum support, teacher education, extracurricular opportunities, and research and general interest.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:25 AM | Resources

Category "Faculty/Staff"

Category "Resources"

Category "Students"

Category "University of Minnesota"

July 5, 2005

Innovation Researchers on Campus

Innovation Researchers on Campus, iROC, is a new club whose mission is to "join together to promote new ideas and change in the area of technology on campus." For more information, or to join, visit their website.

Two interesting things about iROC is that they plan to have regular meetings to demonstrate/showcase new technologies and they also have an iFellows program that will give support to early adopters to come up with innovative uses for various technologies.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Faculty/Staff | Resources | Students | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 29, 2005

Tech Talk

Tech Talk is a 30 minute television program hosted by Susan McKinnell. Produced by the University of Minnesota, the show airs Sundays at 9:00 pm on Twin Cities Public Television channel 17.

Tech Talk is designed to introduce viewers to a wide range of technologies and technology issues. Program topics covered have included using a digital camera, computer viruses, identity theft, etc. A complete listing of the program schedule can be found here.

Previous episodes are available, both as streaming video and as transcripts. Tech Talk also has a lengthy glossary of tech terms. An additional Tech Talk resource is that readers/viewers can submit questions, and the answers are then posted on the Tech Talk site. A complete listing of questions thus far is available here.

Posted by chri1010 at 2:58 PM | Information Literacy | Resources | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries

An important technology initiative at the University of Minnesota is UThink, the blog portal for all students, faculty, and staff at the university. Developed by Shane Nackerud, UThink currently boasts 1383 blogs! UThink has 2382 blog authors, which include 180 Faculty and/or P/A; 146 staff, 406 undergraduates, and 382 graduate students. Get up-to-the-minute blog stats here.

Blogs at the University of Minnesota are used in a number of ways: classroom blogs, research (both individual and team), and personal narratives, among other uses. For updates on blogs at the University of Minnesota, please see UThink's homepage.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:28 AM | Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 24, 2005

Undergraduate Virtual Library

In an effort to help undergraduates better manage information, the University of Minnesota Libraries have developed the Undergraduate Virtual Library, currently in beta. This task-based library interface offers a Search function that searches across multiple library databases, much like a Google search. Other features of note include the full-text finder, which locates a full-text journal article with citation information; the assignment calculator; and the research quickstart, which helps locate appropriate databases for a wide range of content areas.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:59 AM | Information Literacy | Resources | University of Minnesota

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Pew report on the Internet and American Life

This report on internet usage by US Americans suggests that while, "for the most part, the online world mirrors the offline world (p. 58), the internet has also created a space for people to do things previously unimagined: sharing information via blogs; music sharing; rating people, services and products (p. 58). In addition to documenting current usage levels, the Pew report also considers the future, with implications for technology and information literacy:

"In the future, wireless connectivity will increase through laptops, cell phones, and personal digital devices such as Palm Pilots and Blackberries. Phones themselves will increasingly become powerful computing and gaming devices. More things will become connected to the itnernet, from cars to home appliances to jewelry. And more meaning will be extracted from the information online as search engines get better and as connections between related bits of data grow" (p. 69).

The full report from Pew is available as a PDF here.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:23 AM | Information Literacy | Resources | Technology Literacy

Category "Competencies"

Category "Resources"

Category "Standards"

Category "Technology Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

School Technology Leadership Initiative

The School Technology Leadership Initiative is true to its name--this program is designed to build technology leadership capacity for educational professionals, both K-12 and in higher education.

Co-directed by Dr. Scott McLeod and Dr. Joan Hughes, the STLI offers a certificate program based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

STLI also supports a blog that serves as a technology resource for K-12 educators. The blog is an excellent source of current technology issues of relevance to the K-12 setting, although much of this information is applicable to other educational contexts.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:37 AM | Competencies | Resources | Standards | Technology Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Assessment"

Category "Information Literacy"

Category "Resources"

June 15, 2005

ETS's Information and Communications Technology Test

Educational Testing Services has been developing an Information and Communications Technology Literacy Assessment, or the ICT Literacy Assessment.

An interesting feature of the assessment is that it uses school and workplace scenarios as the context for assessments. Students are given a scenario in which they must create a graph for a presentation, for example. In another case, students must conduct a boolean search, and the assessment judges the student based on their use of search terms, as well as their ability to respond to the computer's suggestions on how to improve the search.

More information on the assessment too, including an interactive demo, can be found on the ETS website.

In addition, National Public Radio recently did a short feature on the ICT assessment. That story can be downloaded here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:18 AM | Assessment | Information Literacy | Resources