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Instructional Technology Newsletter / Cowley College
October 2010 Volume 1 Issue 4
Cowley Westside Center, 8821 W. 21st St., Wichita, KS, 67205 www.cowley.edu firstname.lastname@example.org 316.721.7103
Happy Fall Break, Arkalalah, & Halloween!
Ghoulie Rorabaugh – Director of Instructional Technology
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Happy Halloween! Report from C2C Fall Forum QR Codes? Mobile in the News TEC Classes Cool Tools!
Greetings Boos and Ghouls: This month, I’m going to drop some frightfully good instructional technology goodies into your Trick-or-Treat bags! But you’re going to have to work for them! Instead of our normal faculty honoree, we’re going to have a Scavenger Hunt – TechnoBabble style. Go ahead; read on…if you dare…Muwhahahahahahaha…Ghoulie
Report from C2C Fall Forum
On October 8th, 70+ “techie-demics” gathered at the Ottawa University facility in Overland Park, KS to learn about various aspects of mobile learning. “Mobile learning?” you say, “What is this, Julie? Something to do with learning in my car?” No…it’s only the NEXT BIG THING to be headed down the educational turnpike, and it’s coming to a mobile device near YOU, soon! eLearning is rapidly embracing mLearning! Ever increasing numbers of students are adopting sophisticated smartphones such as the iPhone, Android-based phones, or BlackBerrys. Enter any bookstore, and you’ll be bombarded by huge displays of eReaders, and in some cases, not too many actual books! (I’m talking to YOU, Borders!) And just in time for Christmas, several tablet PCs are readying for launch, with Apple broadening their sales of the sleek, much coveted iPad, by making them readily available at several retailers, including one that begins with a “W” and ends with a “t.” (No word on when Dillons/Krogers) will start carrying them.) All this rapidly developing technology is creatingsee educational page 3 an Fall Forum on Please environment where students have the capability to take their learning mobile and with them 24/7. The participants at the Fall Forum learned about this and more during the daylong session.
Who took my Brainz? Um…I mean iPad!
com/generator/ QR Code Scavenger Hunt! 1.http://qrcode.com/ Mobile-Barcodes . What does it say? 4. Common uses are to link a QR code image with email addresses or business card information. there’s probably an app for that. The benefit of QR codes is that they transport the viewer to specialized information on the mobile web in just milliseconds. You might have the capability to read QR codes right now. or SMS text messages. It’s very easy to create a QR code that can direct your students to further information or resources. and no matter what flavor of Smartphone you have. Check out: Kaywa . How you can submit your answers to win a FABULOUS prize! . etc.com/qr-codegenerator/ ZXing Project . Read this Haiku. or a Smartphone? Many newer mobile phones have reader applications preinstalled. without even knowing it! Do you have a mobile phone with a camera. which are a form of data matrix barcodes that can be read by specialized scanners. complement fieldwork and scavenger hunts with online information link a presentation slide to online information Free QR code generators abound on the web. But being able to read QR codes is just the first step. the artist. But these “specialized scanners” don’t necessarily mean special equipment. Educators around the world have recognized the potential to use this technology with their students. Where does this take you? 2.http://www. without the need to type in a complicated web address. phone numbers.appspot. including audio and videos connect students to polls and surveys link artwork at a museum to information about the artwork. They’re not quite ubiquitous (yet) but the artistic little squares are starting to pop up with more and more frequency.Page 2 Download an app For AndroidSearch Market for: Barcode Scanner or ScanLife For iPhone or iPodSearch App Store for: BeeTagg Reader Pro or NeoReader Tiger TechnoBabble QR Codes? You’ve probably seen them. URLs. Some Instructional Strategies for QR codes: link handouts and books to online resources. the historical period. They are QR (Quick Response) codes. What URL is this? 3. text.mobile-barcodes.kaywa.http://zxing.
and an exciting preview of Blackboard Mobile Learn (door prize sponsor). aka the Queen O’Kindle. The day began with the unveiling of more “gadgets” than you could shake a stick at! Attendees’ briefcases disgorged an alarming amount of iPhones. Android phones. Instant Messaging Loses Favor Wired Campus/The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle. It was confirmed that an ANGEL version of Blackboard Mobile Learn will be released before the end of the year.ecampusnews. If it was a new technology device. addresses the crowd at the Fall Forum! . I’ll keep you apprised of that developing situation! Tiffany Sowa. and of course.mobl21. an engaging “show and tell” on eReaders (featuring Tiffany Sowa and her stable of Kindles. The participants at the Fall Forum learned about this and more during the daylong session.Tiger TechnoBabble Page 3 Mobile in the News Are you intrigued with the possibilities that mobile devices present for education? Would you like to know more before you jump on the mobile bandwagon? Here are some recent articles that should give you some food for thought: Year of the smart phone on college campuses? eCampus News http://www. I attended a great presentation on Android (naturally!). Emantras (lunch sponsor) kicked things off with a presentation about their mobile learning application. iPads. Mobl21.com Participants were then able to choose from two concurrent sessions during subsequent periods. it was there! Part of the fun was seeing who had what.). http://www. laptop computers. just sign up for a free account at their website.com/blogs/wiredcampus/student-smartphone-usedoubles-instant-messaging-loses-favor/24876 Location-Based Apps Add Virtual Dimension to Campus Maps Wired Campus/The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/location-based-apps-addvirtual-dimension-to-campus-maps/27495 Fall Forum from page 1 I can get Wi-fi out here? S-Weeet! All this rapidly developing technology is creating an educational environment where students have the capability to take their learning mobile and with them 24/7.com/technologies/year-of-the-smart-phoneon-college-campuses/ Student Smartphone Use Doubles. If you’re interested in finding out more about it.
721. you can combine all of the above-mentioned formats into one SUPER presentation! Don’t have a microphone on your computer? No problem. but I also think that quite a few other instructors could work the YTTM website into their lesson plans! It’s still in the Alpha testing stages.edu or call 316. select a year.aspx That’s it for this issue! My office is about to be overrun by zombies so I’ve got to run.7103. but I really MEAN it this time!) Your free account will entitle you to add voice to PowerPoints. the initials of this intriguing site can be interpreted as YouTube Time Machine. and even produce a podcast! AND. And WOW. upload a video. Want to see current events for 1969? Turn on the Current Events filter and move the year slider to 1969. Want to see what commercials were popular? Just engage that filter and hit the Play Another button.Page 4 Tiger TechnoBabble TEC Classes Schedule Did you miss the TEC (Technology Enhanced Classroom) Poll Everywhere classes that were offered earlier in the month? Eleven of your peers didn’t.edu rorabaughj . any online presentations that you create can be embedded in ANGEL very easily. Prezi 11/5 11/17 11/22 Animoto 12/3 12/6 12/9 Noon-1PM Mulvane Noon-1PM Ark City/WB102 5:30-6:30PM Wichita WS Noon-1PM Mulvane 5:30-6:30PM Wichita WS Noon-1PM Ark City/WB102 Cool Tools! YTTM: Though “officially” it’s never referred to as connected to YouTube. and now they’ve got a new skill to share with their students in the classroom! You can still learn a handy new teaching technique as there are more classes on the schedule. is it a time machine! The basic premise is this: Select a genre. There are filters that you can easily apply that will narrow your selections. To sign up. and then view the videos from that year. Julie (aka Ghoulie) Julie Rorabaugh Director of Instructional Technology Cowley College 316.7103 rorabaughj@cowley. Cheers.tv/ mybrainshark: This is the ultimate show and tell tool! (Yes. so you might run into a few bugs. add your voice by phone.com/Home. YTTM could definitely be an incredible resource for history faculty and their students. So put on your wetsuit (and get out your shark repellent). email Julie Rorabaugh at rorabaughj@cowley. I know…I say that about EVERY new presentation site that I come across. The November issue of TTB will be packed full of low-calorie goodies to try to counteract the effects of a LONG Thanksgiving break. http://my. http://yttm.brainshark. add audio to your photo albums. narrate a document. and cruise on over.721. but it’s worth your time to check it out. Of course.
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