Summer 2014 – Updates to site resources

Another academic year has come to an end and we are busy at the Center with equipment inventory, classroom cleaning, finding homes for items not claimed from our lost and found, and preparing for summer projects. One of the main projects for the Technical Interns this summer will be to update the content on this site, including photos, how-to videos, help guides, and resources. In addition, they have been tasked with designing their ideal model classroom. So I’ve asked the three Technical Interns working this summer to research and use their own on-the-job experience here in the College of Education to visualize their own idealized future classroom. I believe it is important that as future educators they have a vision of what technology they’d like to use in their own classrooms and how they’d like to use it with their students.

My goal this summer is to research how our current spaces are being utilized, learn how other institutions are using their active learning spaces, and create new space for multidisciplinary creative teaching and learning. In addition, I’ll be working on new partnerships in the college for learning portfolios and maker spaces.

2013 Technology Conference – Registration is OPEN

The 30th Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference will be held on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in Erickson Hall from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. The theme of this year’s conference is online and mobile education. Through a continued collaboration between the College of Education, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program, this year’s conference will be FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees. Light breakfast items will be available before the keynote.  For information about the morning concurrent sessions and afternoon workshops, visit the conference website.

Featured Presenter

shelly gray sweatherThe featured presentation at 9 a.m. will be given by Shelly Sanchez Terrell.  Shelly is an education thought-provoker, teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, the ELTON nominated ELTChat,The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York TimesMicrosoft’s Heroes for Education, and The Bammy Awards. She has also traveled to over 15 countries worldwide to train teachers and consult with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and the British Council in South East Asia. Visit her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, to find free resources about the effective integration of technology with learners. Keep an eye out for her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education. Participate with nearly 10000 other educators worldwide in the online completion of these goals. Find her on Twitter@ShellTerrell.

Registration is now open! For more information about conference sessions, visit the conference webpage: http://goo.gl/ztnOew

Follow this link to get started with registration.

The hashtag for the conference is #coetc13

Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference – #coetc13 – Call for Proposals is OPEN!

The Call for Presentation and Workshop Proposals is OPEN!
What: 30th Annual Educational Technology Conference, November 16, 2013
Where: Erickson Hall, Michigan State University
Proposals Due: September 1, 2013
Submit proposals here: http://goo.gl/M64pe

This year’s conference continues the collaboration between the College of Education, the MSU College of Education Alumni Association and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program, and similar last year, the conference will be FREE OF CHARGE to all attendees. (Stay tuned for registration information!)

Shelly Sanchez Terrell

The featured presentation at 9 a.m. will be given by Shelly Sanchez Terrell.  Shelly is an education thought-provoker, teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat,the ELTON nominated ELTChat,The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, Microsoft’s Heroes for Education, and The Bammy Awards.She has also traveled to over 15 countries worldwide to train teachers and consult with organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and the British Council in South East Asia. Visit her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, to find free resources about the effective integration of technology with learners. Keep an eye out for her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education. Participate with nearly 10000 other educators worldwide in the online completion of these goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell.

Presentations will be 45 minutes long and workshops will be 1 ½ hours long.  All workshops will be hands-on instruction.  Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by September 15th and will receive information about session times by October 1, 2013.  Thank you!

Terri Gustafson & Leigh Graves Wolf, Ph.D.
Center for Teaching & Technology/Master of Arts in Educational Technology
College of Education – Michigan State University
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane, Room 133
East Lansing, MI 48824
E: terrigus@msu.edu – P: 517-432-4329
Twitter: @tgustafson
Twitter: @gravesle @maet

 

Apple iPad vs Microsoft Surface: A Comparison

The Technical Interns did a comparison review of the iPad and the Surface tablet by Microsoft.  Here is what they found:

After playing around with both the iPad and the Surface, I have notice some key similarities. First off, both of these devices require an external adaptor in order to connect to a projector. Also both devices have roughly the same battery life and background display resolution. There are also some important key differences; I feel that the Surface is more similar to a computer than a tablet. When you first open the surface, you will notice that PowerPoint, Word Excel, and Windows 8 have already been installed. The Surface provides you with the option to leave the Windows 8 App Screen, and select the generic Windows PC Desktop. This change allows for PC users to feel comfortable using the devices as both a computer and tablet. The Surface will also allow its users to connect a USB device directly into the tablet for easy file storage.

On the other hand, the iPad feels less like a computer and more like a tablet. The iPad comes with FaceTime, iMessage installed when the device is delivered. These two applications allow for easy communication between fellow Apple products, without many problems similarly experienced by Skype. Not only does the iPad have a sleeker looking design, but its camera clarity is far superior to that of the surface. The application market for the iPad is also much larger than that of the Surface, which allows for a greater gaming and tablet experience.  All in all, both devices are great and it comes down to how you wish to use your tablet. If you prefer to use it as a second computer, than I would suggest purchasing the Microsoft Surface. If you are looking for something to take quick notes on and use for presentations, I would suggest the Apple iPad.

Spring 2013 Update

A little more than a month into the 2013 spring  semester, the Center is busy as ever supporting several programs and courses.  The second semester of the iPad semester loan program is underway, with three courses participating, each from different disciplinary areas.  I am looking forward to receiving faculty and student feedback on the value of using an iPad as part of their coursework and in some cases, in their school-based placements and clinical settings.  Last semester, the feedback from the undergraduate students was, for the most part, positive and many found the iPad to be an important tool to complete their course work.  Results of the end of the semester feedback survey showed that 70% of students agreed or strongly agreed that using an iPad in university-based coursework made the class sessions more interesting and 65% agreed or strongly agreed that the iPad was beneficial to their teaching and learning experience.  What about the other 30 – 35% that did not respond favorably?  The majority were neutral in their response and those that disagreed about the usefulness of the iPad represented under 10% of the responses to the survey.  Classes participating in the loaner program this semester will also complete an end of semester survey and a complete report will be created from the results of all surveys.  The report will also include some insight into using the Apple Volume Purchase Program to buy bulk apps, management of the apps and iPads using Apple’s Configurator, and some thoughts about Airwatch, the MDM (Mobile Device Management) that the Center is using to establish course profiles, enforce security measures on the iPads, and track iPad usage.

In addition to the iPad program, the Center will once again be host to the 5th Annual Faculty Technology Showcase on Friday, February 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in rooms 133D and 133E Erickson Hall.  The event showcases instructional technology innovations and applications by faculty from across the MSU campus and brings together representatives from IT Services to address a specific hot topic in the MSU technology landscape.  This year, the topic will be the shift from ANGEL to Desire2Learn and representatives from IT Services will be present to answer faculty questions about making the transition from one to the other and about additional features that will be added to Desire2Learn later this year.  All presentations are set up as digital poster sessions so attendees can wander around at their leisure to speak to presenters about their topic. There is no need to pre-register for the event and lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees.

Lastly, mini-workshops for CEP416 students will take place during the two weeks after spring break, covering the topics of SMART Boards, Jing, Weebly, Mobile Video, and Google Apps.  Registration for the 30-minute workshops will be opened up to the college at large and a link to the sign up form will be posted after February 28h.

 

 

Spring 2013 iPad Program

Applications are now being accepted for the spring semester 2013 iPad semester loan program.  The application form will remain open until December 21st.  Those that are chosen to participate in the program will be notified late in the day on the 21st or on December 26th.  Faculty and instructors that would like to participate should apply at using the application form at this site.

The course loaner program provide faculty and each student in their class with the new iPad.  The iPads can be delivered with no pre-loaded apps or with apps designated by the faculty member. CTT staff will work with the faculty member to identify apps that fit the pedagogical goals of the course and get the apps pre-loaded before delivery of the iPads takes place.   CTT staff are available to provide an iPad tutorial for the students and faculty at the time of delivery of the iPads during the first 1 – 2 weeks of the semester.  CTT staff will return to the class to pick up the iPads at the end of the semester.

To participate in the program, faculty are asked to apply for the iPads via an online form before the semester begins, including specific explanations of their intended use of the devices to support teaching and learning in their course, and their plans to assess the impact of the devices in their class.  After the semester is done, students and faculty will be asked to fill out a short online survey to provide feedback on their experiences, and faculty will be asked to participate in a roundtable discussion with the College of Education community to discuss their experience with the iPad as a course tool.

Those with questions should send an email to: terrigus@msu.edu

 

29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference – Registration is open!

Registration for the 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference, to be held on Saturday, October 27th in Erickson Hall on the Michigan State University campus is now open.  As mentioned in previous announcements, this year the conference is FREE OF CHARGE for all attendees, while still offering a great keynote address from Alex Couros from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, morning sessions, and hands-on afternoon workshops.  Space is limited for workshops, so register early to reserve your spot.

On the day of conference, doors open at 8:15 a.m. and light refreshments will be served in the lobby of Erickson Hall.  The keynote address will begin at 9:00 am in the Erickson Hall Kiva.  Morning sessions follow the keynote and are scheduled from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 11:15 am to 12:00 p.m.  Those that sign up for an afternoon workshop are provided with an hour and fifteen minutes to grab lunch at the International Center or at several great restaurants on Grand River Avenue, which is a short 10 minute walk from Erickson Hall.  A map to lunch options will be provided.  Hands-on workshops begin at 1:15 p.m. and conclude by 3:00 pm.  More details about the conference agenda can be found on the official conference web page.

To register for the conference, please visit the event website, where you’ll find a link to the registration form.  If you need a Certificate of Attendance for professional development records, there is an option on the registration form.  To find out more about the morning sessions or afternoon workshops, links to full session descriptions can be found below.

Morning sessions

Afternoon workshops

Thank you for your interest in the 2012 MSU College of Education Technology Conference.  We hope to see you in October!

Register here

Terri Gustafson & Leigh Graves Wolf, PhD (2012 conference co-coordinators)
Center for Teaching & Technology / Master of Arts in Educational Technology
College of Education – Michigan State University
E: terrigus@msu.edu – P: 517-432-4329
Terri on Twitter: @tgustafson; @Centr4TeachTech
Leigh on Twitter: @gravesle @maet