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.