Summer at the Center for Teaching and Technology doesn’t mean that things slow down in 133 Erickson Hall. We are supporting summer courses taking place in the Erickson Hall technology classrooms and several summer camps and programs that take place through early August. Events include the Chinese Language & Culture camps taught by the MSU Confucius Institute, Grandparents University, the EPET summer cohorts, and the Summer High School Scholars Program. In addition, rooms 128 and 130 Erickson Hall are getting updates to room equipment in the month of August. The Technical Interns that are here during the summer have also been busy creating instructional videos about popular equipment like Smart Boards, digital audio recorders, and handheld (Flip video & other Flip-like) cameras. They are also creating short how-to videos for the touchscreens, document cameras & other media devices in the technology classrooms on the first floor of Erickson Hall. QR codes will be posted by all work stations in the rooms that will link to videos via smart phone apps that read QR codes and bar codes. The videos will also be linked from this web page and distributed from our social media outlets like Twitter (@Centr4TeachTech) and Facebook.
Fall semester 2011 will once again bring the annual educational technology conference that is co-sponsored by the College of Education Alumni Association and MACUL (Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning). The single-day conference will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2011. There will be some small changes to the format of the conference, but for the most part the schedule will remain the same, beginning with the featured presenter to start the day at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Troy Hicks, an alumnus of Michigan State University and the College of Education will be the featured presenter this fall. Dr. Hicks is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. In his research, he collaborates with K–12 teachers and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks is director of CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Also, Hicks is author of the The Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2009) and a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010). In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU’s Provost’s Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity. Most importantly, he is the father of six digital natives and is always learning something new about technology from them.
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.
In December 2010, the Center for Teaching and Technology will begin hosting short brown bag sessions to introduce faculty and staff to several different technologies that can be used for everyday productivity, teaching, communication, and instructional design. A notice will go out with a sign up form to attend these sessions. Google Apps for Education will be broken down into Google Docs, Google Calendar, and iGoogle individual sessions. The other topics, Vidyo, iPod/iPad & Android apps, and Moodle will be single sessions. All sessions will be repeated in January and February of 2011.
To learn more about Google Apps for Education ahead of time, please refer to these resources provided by Michigan State University: http://techbase.msu.edu/article.asp?id=13275&service= . In addition, Google offers help for Google docs at: http://docs.google.com/support/?hl=en . iGoogle allows users to create a personal homepage that can include RSS feeds, news, photos, weather, calendars, and other items all in one web page using Google gadgets.
Vidyo is a new service acquired by the College of Education for telepresence conferencing for PCs, Macs, and HD video conferencing systems. This new technology enables multiple platforms to connect for video conferencing, reducing the need for each participant to travel to a dedicated Polycom (or other video conferencing system) location. Vidyo features multiple user screen sharing with HD quality video over converged IP networks.
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Google Apps at MSU Home Page
On November 19, 2009, Michigan State University launched Google Apps for Education Edition which includes Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites. Gmail will not be supported through the MSU Education agreement with Google. Google Docs includes: Documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Forms.
Google Apps will be available to students, faculty, and staff at MSU by way of logging in with their MSU Net ID and password authentication. There are two guidelines posted at http://lct.msu.edu to help clarify appropriate usage for Google Apps and other cloud computing resources:
Appropriate Use of the Michigan State University Google Apps Education Edition Services
Cloud Computing? Services: Appropriate use of online software tools such as Google Apps, Gmail, and Microsoft Office Live
Support for Google Apps for Education at MSU can be found online at the ATS Help Desk Tech Base article website and by calling the Help Desk at (517) 432-6200.
The date for the 26th Annual Technology Conference will be Saturday, November 14th, 2009. The call for presentation and workshop proposals will go out after July 1st. As usual, the conference will be focused on K-12 technology in the classroom and in online environments. A new format for the conference will be announced with the launch of the new web site in July.
From the Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Campus pages:
“About 30 students at Duke University spent a recent weekend watching YouTube clips and Twittering about them.
Negar Mottahedeh, an assistant professor of literature at Duke who teaches the introductory film class, assigned the film festival as a final group project. It complemented other social-media elements in her course, including asking students to post weekly papers on blogs for comment from classmates; assembling Wikis of movie-term definitions; and allowing students to use Twitter during lectures to discuss the material.”
How do you feel about he use of social media in the classroom? Does it have a place in Teacher Education? In the K-12 classroom? Earlier this semester, the Center helped set up a private, password protected UStream.tv Channel for a doctoral student in CEP940 that could not travel because of a significant leg injury. For 4 weeks, a camera and laptop were used to feed the video and audio of the class via UStream to the student in Holland, Michigan. The student participated in the discussion via the built in chat feature of Ustream and using Today’s Meet, which is a single event Twitter-like micro-blogging tool. Could tools like this be used for regular distance education participation? In years past, this kind of participation would have only been available through videoconferencing at a remote site that the student would have to travel to and at a significant cost. Now with high speed Internet available in many areas, there is the possibility that UStream.tv, Skype and back channel tools like Today’s Meet can be used to expand the reach of distance education programs.