“Clickers” allow students to respond to questions during class using a wireless, handheld device. Instructors can then immediately view and display the results, often in the form of a poll. The Chronicle interviewed Derek Bruff, an assistant director at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, who just published Teaching With Classroom Response Systems (Jossey-Bass, 2009) after interviewing 50 instructors who use clickers. Some strategies work, he says, while others do not.
I recently informed everyone about the initiative to incorporate Gmail into the new UMMail infrastructure. I wanted to inform everyone that due to overwhelming interest, OIT has decided to speed up the process on incorporating the full Google Apps Suite. Read more about this below and look for these apps to be incorporated to a greater degree in my communication with everyone!
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has begun work on plans to integrate Google applications for use at the University.
Since it was first announced, the UMMail/Google Mail project has generated a great deal of interest across the University, and the project team has received many questions and comments since we began our planning process and began informing people about plans for using GMail at the U.
Because of the interest the project has generated, the Google Initiative will include the entire suite of collaboration tools included with Google Apps, as well as GMail. A University Google account, in addition to e-mail, will offer access to the University Google Apps suite, and will provide users the opportunity to share documents with others in the University Google space.
In order to keep the University community better informed, we have created the Google Initiative project Web site to serve as a convenient central source for information and updates on the project. The site includes a FAQ page where we can address the questions and issue that you present to us. It is our intention to provide regular and timely updates to this site and address your questions so that they can reach as broad an audience as possible.
The project team will take some time to take a closer look at how Google Apps suite can best serve the mission and goals of the University. We appreciate your patience while we gather additional information and assess the impact of this broader scope on our time lines and implementation plans.
We invite you to send your suggestions, questions, and concerns to email@example.com.
A note about Google Email Accounts for UMN students and Faculty
I'm Dan Wagner, an OIT-OIA manager acting as project manager for the UMMail (Google Mail) initiative. Information about the project has already been distributed through a variety of means, and naturally this has generated interest and questions. As general questions come in, I'll attempt to answer them through emails like this, distributed to a wide audience. (Since I'll be sending these out to a number of different lists, please forgive any multiple postings you may receive. If a personal reply is needed, I'll respond to you individually.) Information will also appear in the U of M Brief, the OIT Tech Brief, and Anne Duin’s weekly OIT newsletter on a regular basis. We are also working on setting up a website as a source for information and progress updates. If you have any questions or comments about UMMail please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org list. Thanks for your interest and input.
What is UMMail?
UMMail is the University title for email hosted by Google. Users of UMMail will be included in our umn.edu domain
Who will be using UMMail?
We are planning to allow new students to choose UMMail as an option beginning this fall. The long-term goal is to have all students using UMMail, so at some point all incoming students will be required to use UMMail as their official University email account.. A number of roll out ptions are being considered at this time for expanding the use and availability of UMMail beyond this fall’s opt-in period.
Will Students be able to use other Google Apps?
No, not at this point. Only the email app will be enabled for students. Access to the other Google Apps for students will be considered in a later phase.
What about faculty and staff?
UMMail will be offered to faculty and staff at a later date, and their access will include the other Google Apps besides email. A time line for general availability of UMMail for faculty and staff has not yet been determined.
By Doug Gale
Last month a hacker gained access to Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, email@example.com. (Earlier Palin had refused to release the e-mail under a public records request.) Initial reports credited the attack to an anti-Scientology group, but, as the story evolved, that was debunked, and things now point to an individual acting alone. A detailed description of the complex claims and counter-claims can be found in Michelle Malkin's blog.
The FBI and Secret Service were quick to take action, seeking copies of the documents from the Associated Press (which refused) rather than Googling for the multiple sites that had them online. (I downloaded my copies from Wikileaks.) A Federal grand jury has indicted a Tennessee student for "intentionally accessing without authorization" Governor Palin's e-mail account.
The person claiming to be the hacker didn't use sophisticated techniques; he just made use of the password reset feature. Something any regular e-mail user could do. He claims he went to Palin's account, said that he had forgotten the password, and invoked the password reset feature. The only information he needed was her birthdate, zip code, and answer to the security question, where she met her spouse--which she had answered in front of several million people at the Republican convention.
That's how easy it was. No rocket science here. I remember being asked in the 1980s, when e-mail was just becoming widespread, "How do you know someone else isn't reading my mail." My answer was, "You don't." My advice then was simple: "Don't put anything in e-mail that you wouldn't want to be made public." Read the rest of the story
A few people inquired about using iphones and laptops with the clicker student response system. I just came across this news today that it's closer than we thought and coming from AT&T...soon I hope, stay tuned!
Students Can Respond With...
* Apple® iPhone™
* BlackBerry® smartphones
* Windows Mobile® devices
* Laptops or Desktops
* And More...