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128 and 130 Erickson Hall to improve the rooms. 128 Erickson Hall had minor changes completed including removing the out-of-date mini-dv decks on the computer tables and the unused shelving on the underside of the desks.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.
“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.
The Horizon Report, published by The New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, is an annual report summarizing key technologies to watch, trends in instructional technology, critical challenges and examples of leading pioneers in the adoption of new technologies. Each report covers three time-to-adoption time frames that highlight two technologies to emerge during that period. The report then provides an overview of each technology, an explanation of the relevance for teaching, learning, research, or creative expression, examples of use and links to further reading.
Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
The Personal Web
Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Collective intelligence in regards to ambiguity and imprecision
Games as learning tools
Mobile phone innovation
Formal instruction in new skills, including information literacy, visual literacy, and technological literacy
New learning models to adapt to different learning styles
Significant shifts in scholarship and research methods
Data collection and mining of student information systems for formal assessment stretching resources
Growing expectation of higher education to deliver services, content and media to mobile devices.
On Friday, February 20th, the 2nd Annual Faculty Technology Showcase was held in 133 Erickson Hall. The event brought together faculty from all over MSU to showcase their use of audio, video and multimedia in their teaching. Punya Mishra, CEPSE faculty, started off the event with a humorous, but thought provoking, keynote on technology pedagogy and knowledge (TPACK) and what technology really means to teaching and learning (and vice versa). Following Punya’s keynote, the open format of poster sessions began with the guest faculty showcasing their work and answering questions from attendees. Poster sessions included fireside “chats” in an online course, Karaoke Theater mediated teaching strategies, online portfolio systems, a Neuropathology Navigator, and the Wonder Wall of the 4-H Children’s Garden.
This event was sponsored by The College of Education, The College of Engineering and The Office of Libraries, Computing and Technology. A wiki has been set up by the College of Education that includes a brief description of each presentation, a link to Punya Mishra’s keynote, and links to further information about some of the teaching technologies. You can find the wiki at: http://tech-showcase.wiki.educ.msu.edu
MSU Libraries, Computing, and Technology and the MSU College of Natural Science sponsor the “Explorations in Instructional Technology” series in fall and spring semesters. All sessions meet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 105 Natural Science Building. For more information contact Byron Brown. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Upcoming events in February include Jennifer Kaplan, MSU Department of Statistics, presenting “Clickers: Not Just for Assessment Anymore.” on February 6th. Also, on February 20th, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, and the Office of Libraries, Computing, and Technology present “A Mini-Conference on Using Media in Instruction.” This event, which will include lunch, will take place on the first floor of Erickson Hall. The last presentation for the month on February 27th will feature Aaron Brackoniecki, MSU Department of Mathematics with his topic, “Online Learning Tools for a History of Mathematics Course.”
Welcome to the new web site for the Center for Teaching and Technology at the College of Education at MSU. We still have some pages to add and some thing to tweak, but this is a much needed upgrade that I am happy is finally up for the world to see. We hope this will be your go-to site for all things tech related and if something is not here, tell us!
Additions to the site yet to come include a page for Assisstive Technology resources, a podcast page and subscription portal and a page to get to know the Technical Interns in Education (TIES) that are the first face you see when you walk into 133 Erickson Hall.
As announced by Dean Carole Ames at the fall faculty meeting, there is a new technology resource list available for faculty that includes resources within the college and at the university level. This list is available both on the Internet and in PDF format.