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The Bat Cave welcomes you

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by Austin Stair Calhoun, E+DS Team Lead

It's official; Cooke 204 has transformed itself into The Bat Cave.

The Bat Cave takes its name from the eponymous Batman cartoon; the underground lair where all the innovative and world-saving equipment is stored. While we may not be saving the world in Cooke 204, we are hoping to be your innovation and inspiration hub—a place for eLearning, research, development, consultation, creation, and YOU.

Following our September 12th Open House, we were delighted with the expressed interest in our new tools. With this interest in mind, we would now like to welcome you to join us in the Bat Cave at either the iMac or the Mac Mini. You can always stop into Cooke 204 for a quick consultation or use KINTRIBUTE to schedule a longer help session.

More about the Macs

  • We are using Google appointment slots to reserve a time at these computers.

  • Because of the amount of equipment in Cooke 204, we are limiting these appointment offerings to weekday business hours (after hours needs should be requested via KINTRIBUTE).

  • You are also going to need to request (via a onetime coconut task) a login to each computer you want to use.

  • Our iMacs are equipped with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign) and both our iMacs and our MacMini HAVE iMovie installed.

  • Our MacMini workstation is also connected to an AppleTV, making it the perfect place to test using an iPad to present or engage students in the classroom.

We will be rolling out more technology and tools as semester progresses. Stay tuned!

The Great Dropbox Space Race

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newsplash2.jpgThere are countless ways to back-up your data these days, and many cloud-computing tools to use to access that data on your mobile device, your tablet, or your desktop computer. Dropbox is hoping that its newest campaign, the Great Dropbox Space Race, will encourage you to utilize their services—and to have a little fun while you're at it! The gist of the Space Race is that you earn points AND memory for you and the U of MN by signing up and sharing the information with your peers and students. Here is a selection of the specifics, by way of the Dropbox blog:

You must register for Space Race with an eligible school email address (if you have an existing Dropbox account you can still join)! If you've signed up for Dropbox with a non-school email, no problem! You can verify your school account on the Space Race page.
Your school gets 1 point for each person who registers for Space Race and installs Dropbox on their computer (if they haven't already). Your school gets 2 more points for each person that goes through the Get Started guide (including you!)
Just by signing up, you get 3 GB for two years.
You'll have 8 weeks to get as many people as you can from your school signed up for Space Race!
If free space doesn't light the fire in you to considering signing up for the race or Dropbox, perhaps appealing to your competitive spirit will. There is a leader board. This is a game and currently, the U of MN is 37th. Big 10 foes Northwestern, Michigan, Penn State, and Purdue are all ahead of us. If we aren't going to win on Saturdays, we might as will win in Space!spacerace.png

It seems everyone has Olympic fever right now. With four connections to the Summer Games in London, the School of Kinesiology is no exception. To help quench your thirst for Olympic updates while on the job, on the road, or at the beach, here are a few apps that are podium-worthy:

ss2.jpg1. NBC Olympics (GOLD): It should be no surprise that NBC's basic app is a favorite. With a streamlined design, the app provides everything from news and scores to photos and tv schedules.

2. London 2012 Results (GOLD): The official app of the London Organizing Committee is just that—official. Easy interface? Check. Schedules and scores? Check. Military time? Check. What more do you need?

3. TEAM USA (SILVER): For fans of Team USA, this app is a must. It combines all the voyeuristic qualities of Facebook and Twitter into a Flipboard-style interface. The TEAM USA app also gets points for containing content related to the Olympics and the Paraolympics.

4. Reuters Olympics London 2012 (SILVER): Despite being focused on delivering the iconic moments of the Games via photography, this app also provides scores and schedules. The images are why you should download the app, but the extras might make you actually use it.

5. NBC Olympics Live Extra (BRONZE): This app had a lot of potential -- and then it false-started in the finals of the 400-meter medley relay. This app promises to deliver live event coverage (YAY!), but only if you login with your cable provider (BOO!).

All of these apps are not only free, but the majority of them are available on multiple platforms.

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