EVENT: There’s An App For That: Productivity Apps to Keep You Organized
DATE: Friday, April 22nd ****CHANGED
PLACE: 133F Erickson Hall
TIME: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Chances are many of you have any one of the devices mentioned in the title of this blog post with you all the time, somewhere at home, or are considering purchasing one of them. Apple is dominant in that market, but phones built on the Android platform (and soon more tablets) are popping up in the hands of consumers. Productivity apps on both platforms make tasks like file sharing, group texting, to-do lists, document editing and collaboration, voice-to-text recording, and project management seamless and convenient. Many of the apps are linked to cloud based applications enabling users to access their folders, files, and to-do lists on their mobile device or any computer connected to the Internet. In this hour-long session, apps like Evernote, Dragon Dictation, DropBox, GroupMe, and Wunderlist will be demonstrated. In addition, I’ll touch on some PC/Mac applications that also help with productivity.
MSU Virtual University Design and Technology (VuDAT) invites you to attend the next session in our ongoing Breakfast Series: Conversations on Online Pedagogy and Best Practices
DATE: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
PLACE: MSU Main Library, North Conference Room, 4th floor, west wing
TIME: 8:45am – 10:00am (8:30am for refreshments)
TOPIC: Moodle 2.0 Preview
PRESENTER: Tory Sawyer and Ryan Yang
Join VuDAT in a limited preview of Moodle 2.0 and its features. Moodle is an open source course management system which is used to create learning communities or courseware. Moodle is being considered as an open-source alternative to ANGEL. The presentation will compare ANGEL and Moodle features and provide a brief overview of adding resources and activities to a Moodle course. A quick look at file management, the gradebook, quizzes and repositories will be included. Please join us if you are interested in exploring the possibility of Moodle.
Still to come for the Spring 2011 semester will be presentations on iPad and iPod Apps and on Moodle. Dates will be announced soon for April. As a follow-up to the previous post about the Google Apps, sessions were held just before and after the December holiday season to introduce Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Sites to a variety of people in the College of Education. Many people did not know about the collaborative functions of Google Docs and were surprised to learn about the multiple calendar and privacy functions of Google Calendar. A repeat of the same content will be held during Spring Break and during the week of March 21st to grab folks that could not make the sessions offered in December and early January. To sign up for the sessions, go to this Google Form to see dates and times.
I am always looking for new ideas for workshops and fall semester colloquium topics and presenters. Please take some time to make a suggestion or two using this quick survey. You’ll need to log in with your MSU Net ID to fill it out.
Lastly, I’ll be attending the 2011 MACUL Conference in a couple weeks and I’ll be sure to post about the great presenters and ideas that seem to always come out of the sessions and workshops. There are great things happening in the K-12 world with instructional technology, with some very creative and innovative teachers out there doing their best to integrate technology into their lesson plans to prepare the next generation of learners.