July 14, 2010

How to get to your CEHD files from home.doc

January 8, 2009

September 24, 2008

Social Networking Sites Research at the U

I just read an article in Minnesota, the U Alumni Magazine, profiling research on Social Networking Sites such as My Space and Facebook. It's really interesting, you can read about it here: Educational benefits of social networking sites. What hooked my interest in the article was reading that the study found "that low-income students are just as technologically proficient as their counterparts, contrary to previous research has suggested." Check it out!

Interactive Online Presentations for Student Response Clickers

If you're really eager to get started with using Student Response Clickers in your classroom (and I know there are a few of you out there - so you've told me!) Turning Point has a number of online tutorials you can peruse.

Remember: I'll be giving an FSoS Brown Bag talk Oct 29 on these systems AND the University Technology Training Center has various workshops for you - just see my previous post for details.

September 17, 2008

Article about alternatives to WebVista (aka Blackboard)

Just thought I'd share this article I came across today in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the competition among the available course management systems. Many of our faculty/staff use WebVista (aka WebCT, aka Blackboard - it's all the same thing, which is a confusing point for many people) and I know that a few use or consider Moodle.

You can read it here: Blackboard Customers Consider Alternatives.

Happy reading!

September 3, 2008

Turning Point Training through UTTC - October 8

Through the departmental technology needs survey I administered this summer, several of you expressed interest in learning about clicker technology to be used in your classroom. While I will be holding a brown bag seminar for our department on this topic late in October, some other opportunities are available to you.

Register now for upcoming training on Turning Point (clicker technology) through the University Technology Training Center (UTTC)! Space will fill up quick so get your spot now!

Turning Point 2008 Basics
Date: Wed, October 8th
Time: 9am-10am or 1-2pm
Location: Blegen 90
**Click here to register for one of these Turning Point Basic sessions through UTTC

This 1-hour course covers the basics skills needed to setup and use TurningPoint 2008.
Topics Include:
* choosing hardware and software settings
* creating basics presentations
* inserting objects
* tracking participants
* running presentations
* generating basic reports
* best practices

Turning Point 2008 Advanced (Basic required first)
Date: Wed, October 8th
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: Blegen 90
**Click here to register for this Turning Point Advanced session through UTTC

This 1-hour course covers how to enhance your presentation and take advantage of the advanced features of TurningPoint 2008.
Topics Include:
* using pictures instead of textual answers
* creating and running competitions
* using a demographic slide to show how specific groups respond
* using priority ranking to allow weighted responses to a question
* comparing the responses of several slides
* using the parser to create presentations
* managing sessions
* generating advanced reports

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge equivalent to: TurningPoint 2008: Basics

Turning Point Anywhere 2008: Basics
Date: Wed, October 8th
Time: 2:30-3:30am
Location: Blegen 90
**Click here to register for this Turning Point Anywhere Course through UTTC

This 1-hour course covers the basics skills needed to setup and use TurningPoint Anywhere 2008. TurningPoint Anywhere allows users to poll from content in any PC application including web browsers, PDFs, Word documents, and more.
Topics Include:
* choosing software settings
* running and managing a polling session
* tracking participants

how to reach me during the Fall 2008 semester

Hello everyone!
The Fall 2008 semester has officially begun and I want to let you know how to reach me for all your teaching technology needs.

Office hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 9-4
Office location: 299J McNeal
Phone number: 612-625-1471 (please leave a voice mail)
: fsositf@umn.edu

Rest assured that I check email daily even when I'm not in the office and will usually be able to respond to your questions and requests even when I am away.

When possible, please try to request help as soon as possible to avoid any last-minute crunches or crises!

I'm enjoying the chance to work with several of you currently and look forward to future interactions with those I don't yet know.