29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology Conference #coetc12 – CFP is OPEN

The 29th Annual MSU College of Education Technology conference will be held on October 27th, 2012 on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University in Erickson Hall from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.  The theme of this year’s conference is open and networked education and it is quite fitting that through a 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. (Stay tuned for registration information!)

Work PhotoWe are also excited to announce that Dr. Alec Couros will be our keynote speaker for this year’s conference.  Alec is an Associate Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity. Find out more about Dr. Couros at http://educationaltechnology.ca/couros/ or by following him on twitter @courosa

 

The Call for Presentation & Workshop Proposals is NOW OPEN!

Proposals Due: August 15, 2012

Presentations will be 45 minutes long and workshops will be 1 1/2 hours long. All workshops must include hands-on instruction.

Click here for the submission form

Presenters will be informed of their acceptance by September 15th and will receive information about session times by October 1, 2012. Please pass this post along to anyone you know that might be interested in presenting and we look forward to seeing you on October 27th!

The hashtag for the conference is #coetc12

Thank you!
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

 

Class semester iPad loaner program

new iPads for program

The Center for Teaching and Technology will launch a new program during the 2012 – 2013 academic year providing faculty the opportunity to explore the use of iPads in the classroom with their students for an entire semester.  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.  Each borrower signs a loaner agreement to take responsibility for the device, in the event of loss or theft.  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 up to 2 months 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.

This first offering of the class semester iPad loaner program will be available for courses with a student enrollment of 30 students or less.  Initially, two courses will be chosen per semester for the 2012 – 2013 academic year.

Interested faculty members can fill out the online application for fall semester 2012 by the August 15, 2012 deadline.  For further questions about the program, contact Terri Gustafson.

Speed Dating with Instructional Technology – Session 3

Please come by the Center for Teaching and Technology for:

What: Speed Dating with Instructional Technology
When: Thursday, April 26th, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: 133 Erickson Hall

Event details: Spend 5-7 minutes at three different hands-on presentations learning about technology that can be used for teaching in the classroom, online or in blended learning contexts.  Pick a tool to learn about, gather around that presentation, see that demo for 5 – 7 minutes, and then go on to another hands-on presentation.  The featured technologies will be: Google Hangouts, ooVoo, and Camtasia Relay.  This is the final Speed Dating with Instructional Technology session for the 2012 spring semester.  The series will pick up again in the fall with more new technologies to explore in the face-to-face classroom or online classroom environment.

 

Speed Dating with Instructional Technology – Session Two

Please come by the Center for Teaching and Technology for:

What: Speed Dating with Instructional Technology
When: Wednesday, April 11th, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: 133 Erickson Hall

Event details: Spend 5-7 minutes at three different hands-on presentations learning about technology that can be used for teaching in the classroom, online or in blended learning contexts.  Pick a tool to learn about, gather around that presentation, see that demo for 5 – 7 minutes, and then go on to another hands-on presentation.  The featured technologies will be: Adobe Connect, Hootcourse, Etherpad.
Look for one more Speed Dating with Instructional Technology event the week of April 23rd with more featured technologies for on-campus or online summer courses, study abroad trips, or ideas to think about over the summer for planning fall courses.

Do you use use social media in the classroom?

The Center for Teaching and Technology is delighted to host Dr. Leigh Graves Wolf as she presents:

Weaving Social Media into the Online, Hybrid, or Face-to-Face Classroom

Dr. Wolf will share her experiences with using social media in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. She will discuss how she uses various tools (like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest, Instagram and ifttt) in her roles as Advisor, Instructor and Program Coordinator. In addition to an overview of the tools available, you are highly encouraged to BYOD (bring your own device) and come with questions and/or stories of your own experiences with social media.

Date: March 27th, 2012
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: 133F Erickson Hall

2011 Educational Technology Conference – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone that presented a concurrent session or workshop or that attended our annual educational technology conference this past weekend.  It was great to see so many old and new faces in attendance with such enthusiasm for technology.  Handouts from presenters will be posted to a Google document in the next week.  Also, if you have not filled out the conference survey, please take the time to do so online at: goo.gl/ALhGs.  We appreciate any and all feedback to help us make improvements from year-to-year.  A special thank you to the keynote speaker, Dr. Troy Hicks, for his presentation on teaching the iGeneration and why digital writing matters.  Please save the date for next year’s conference which will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

2011 Technology Conference Registartion – Open

Registration is now open for the 2011 MSU College of Education Technology Conference.  To find out more details, please visit the conference website and follow the links on that page to detailed descriptions of the keynote, concurrent sessions, and workshops.  A link to the registration form is also included on the site.  We are please to welcome MSU alumnus, Dr. Troy Hicks, as our keynote speaker at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the conference.  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.

Welcome Back – Fall Semester 2011

The start of fall semester 2011 is quickly approaching and myself and the Technical Interns at Center for Teaching & Technology are working hard to make sure all of the technology classrooms are in working order and all of our equipment is charged up.  Over the summer, work was done in rooms 128 and 130 Erickson Hall to improve the rooms.  128 Erickson Hall had minor changes completed including removing the out-of-date mini-dv decks on the computer tables and the unused shelving on the underside of the desks.  The room also had an instructor station installed with an Elmo document camera.  Finally, an HD Polycom video conferencing system was installed for distance learning opportunities.  Room 128 Erickson still has the same number of iMac workstations and movable tables for different classroom configurations.  In addition, it also has an Echo360 lecture capture (recording) system.  Please email Terri to schedule your course to be recorded or a one time event.

Room 130 Erickson Hall has been completely remodeled.  You can see the new look by looking at the photo slideshow below.  There are now 8 iMac stations around the rooms, the SMART Board has been moved to the back wall, an HD Polycom video conferencing system has been installed, as well as an Echo360 lecture capture system.  For those that were familiar with the large number of iMacs in the old configuration, we have added a MacBook Pro cart that can be checked out through the Technical Interns.  It has 10 MacBook Pros and 10 iPad2 tablets.  Lastly, the room will also be getting new whiteboards in early fall semester that will cover three walls and include moveable magnetic marker holders and magnets for pinning up documents, posters, or other student work.

 

Other notable changes in Erickson Hall include a new projector in room 113 (the old one stopped working over the summer), new videos posted by the Technical Interns about how to use the touchscreen interface in the technology classrooms, and software upgrades to Vidyo and Echo360.  The how-to video for the technology classrooms can be found on YouTube or can be watched on mobile phones by scanning the QR code with a barcode app on the touchscreen interface in the classrooms.  The technical interns also created how-to videos for SMART Boards and M-Audio Digital Audio recorders.

2011 Educational Technology Conference – Open for proposals

The Call for Presentation and Workshop Proposals is OPEN!

What: 28th Annual Educational Technology Conference
When: November 12, 2011 – 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Erickson Hall, Michigan State University
Proposals Due: September 9, 2011
Submit proposals here: http://goo.gl/vj6KJ

Presentations will be 50 minutes long and workshops will be 2 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, 2011.  Please contact Terri with any questions.

Summer projects & thinking ahead to Fall 2011

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.