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Technology Institute – Showcase and Project Work Day
June 8, 2007, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Work Activities


Day 4.  It’s a wrap! Well we have reached the end… but in some respects the beginning! 🙂  From here on out, faculty begin to take what they learned througout the week and determine how best to integrate technology into their teaching.  The Learning Academy will be there for additional support, encouragement, and sharing along the way.

What a great week of inspiring faculty, combined with technology, and intermixed with best practices in teaching and learning!

Today is when faculty can work on a project or continue learning something new that they learned earlier in the week.  There was a mix of work going on today, with some faculty working on creating PDFs, scanning documents, creating web pages, downloading iTunes, and building Blackboard assessments!

And last, but certainly not least!  Congratulations to Robert Van Eyck on winning on the iPod Nano door prize!

Here is to a wonderful and relaxing summer!  Great job faculty, it was an enjoyable and incredible experience!

Technology Institute – Technology in the Classroom
June 6, 2007, 5:25 pm
Filed under: Work Activities

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Day 3.  Today the focus is on using technology in the classroom.  GRCC has several multimedia classrooms with technology that enables faculty to bring in unique capabilities in their teaching.  During the introductions, there were many great examples of faculty using technology in their teaching.  From Library resources, to occupational therapy devices, to CAD drawing demos, to overhead projector and writing DVDs, to student usage of multimedia for marking presentations that include Youtube clips, to displaying training videos for manufactoring, to using Powerpoints and Blackboard and computer lab usage, to using Blackboard Pronto instant messaging for student communication, and finally leveraging publisher and online resources.

We also talked about the Seven Principles of Good Unergraduate Education.

1. encourages contact between students and faculty,
2. develops reciprocity and cooperation among students,
3. encourages active learning,
4. gives prompt feedback,
5. emphasizes time on task,
6. communicates high expectations, and
7. respects diverse talents and ways of learning.

We also took a “field trip” to a model classroom.  This classroom has a projector, dvd/vcr player, and wireless internet access.  Also, the room has multiple whiteboards and furniture that can be moved around and reconfigured.  Some great conversation occurred around what makes a good lecture, how to use Powerpoint effectively, and also an example of using “clickers” or student response systems to build interactivity into Powerpoint.

For another “field trip” we went into 316 Main and 310 Main to investigate resources available for audio/video/scanning/etc. in the Mini-Studio and Faculty Work Area.

Technology Institute – Blackboard Bootcamp
June 5, 2007, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Work Activities

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Today was the 2nd day of the Summer Technology Institute for Faculty.  It was Blackboard Bootcamp day, where we spent an 4 hours going over the basics of Blackboard. 

There were several good discussions around how others are using Bb in their teaching, some prize giveaways 🙂 , and some discussions of advanced topics such as Blackboard Scholar.

Today’s agenda included:

1. General Overview and Capabilities of Blackboard

• How tos and tip sheets:

2. Using the Control Panel

3. Creating an Announcement

• Subject and Message (hold shift to single space)
4. Populating Content Areas

• Creating Items
• Creating and Organizing Folders
• Uploading Content

5. Managing Course Menu and Course Design

6. Gradebook

• Adding an Item
• Managing Items
• Exporting Gradebook to Excel

7. Discussion Board

• Creating a Forum
• Creating a Thread
• Replying to Posts

8. Exporting, Importing, and Course Copy

9. Supporting Blackboard

• Learning Academy (x3848)
• Helpdesk (x3688)

10. Advanced Questions/Topics

• Pronto
• Groups
• Assignments
• Safe Assignments
• Tests/Surveys
• Scholar
• Wimba
• Blogs
• Wikis
• Adaptive Release
• Marked Review
• Tracking and Performance Dashboard

Technology Institute – Laptop Day
June 4, 2007, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Work Activities

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The Summer Technology Institute for Faculty started today.  Today the focus is on laptops.  The website for the institute is here.

The agenda for today is:

  • Operating Laptop (
    1. Overview
    2. Docking
    3. Wireless Basics
    4. Email Basics
    5. Files
    6. Tablet Capabilities
  • Use in Classroom
    1. Redefining Expectations
    2. Presenting with a Projector
    3. Converting Content
    4. Notation
    5. Teaching Examples