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We asked attendees to tell us what they liked about the Tech Expo, here are some of the responses. For a recap of all the feedback, go to the full Tech Expo evaluation.

What did you enjoy most about the Emerging Tech Expo?


The fact that it was Libraries staff presenting to Libraries staff

Felt there was a great mixture of technologies we can implement now and technologies that we can think about and hopefully see in a few years.

Having the opportunity to learn more about things I had only heard about, in a totally non-threatening environment.  Nothing like a stupid question here!

The enthusiasm of both presenters and audience!

Sanctioned work time to investigate new technologies.

I liked the relaxed atmosphere...it allowed simultaneously for exploration of the technologies but also good opportunities for networking and meeting with colleagues

Enjoyed it all...fun to see some cutting edge stuff like the Augmented Reality and some practical stuff we can use today like Google Wave and UMconnect

The chance to get "hands on" with technologies I've been curious about, such as eBook readers.


That's NOT All, Folks

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SED and the IT Council plan to sponsor Emerging Tech Expos in the future. We will need to keep scanning what is out there and either useful or potentially useful to keep in mind for those future events.

Some ideas we've discussed in the planning group and that I've had myself include:
  • Google Wave
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Turning Point Instant Response Tech (Clickers) and the idea of using mobile phones to be the individual clicker
  • Password Management Applications
What are other technologies - hardware - software, etc. that we should consider for future Expos? I'll create a thread for this topic on our discussion board.
Presenter: Cody Hanson, Academic Programs/Coordinated Educational Services
Time: 12:45 pm-1:15 pm
Location: Andersen 120A
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UThink: Blogs in Action

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Presenter: Shane Nackerud, Information Technology - Digital Library Development Lab
Time: 12:15 pm-12:45 pm
Location: Andersen 120A
Description:  Although blogs are hardly an "emerging" technology, the UThink blog system has recently gone through an exciting upgrade that provides a lot of new functionality.  This presentation will focus on much of this new functionality including the different blog sites that can be created now (classic, community, and professional, hybrid news), pages vs. entries, U of M specific style templates, reusing templates across the system, and custom fields.  There will also be a short discussion on how the system is currently being used on campus, and hopefully time for questions.

Additional Resources:  There are a number of sites that will be highlighted throughout the presentation:

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/schwitz/healthnews/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/frans005/myblog/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/greenlibraries/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/extmedia/centennial/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/snackeru/myblog/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cedarumn/repository/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cedarumn/techblogs/
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/
http://www.webdepot.umn.edu/blog-templates.php

as well as:

http://www.barackobama.com/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
http://www.u2station.com/
Presenter: Susan McKinnell, University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology
Time: 11:45 am-12:15 pm
Location: Andersen 120A
Description: An informal presentation on the collaborative potential of Google Apps for the University of Minnesota with an  emphasis on sharing and editing in Google Docs.
Handouts: Quick Reference Guides for all the Google Apps for the University of Minnesota
Additional Resources:
Google Initiative - Updates on the Google for Education implementation at the University of Minnesota
Google Apps for the University of Minnesota - The main support site
OIT Google Training - Links to all the Google and Gmail training offerings provided by OIT, including hands-on classes, tutoring, and online offerings
Presenter: Denise Gamble, Staff Development & Education
Time: 11:15 am-11:45 am
Location: Andersen 120A
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