I have recently become enamored with
. There are dozens (if not hundreds) of photo-sharing websites out there, and I have previously used
to upload photos, e-mail them to friends, and have them printed at my local
. But I'm quickly becoming a Flickr nut.
I've known for a while about their
Creative Commons search
function, which has been wonderful (even for use in this blog). I have also often checked out Flickr's
page and, even though I wish they'd get rid
View the recording of the Tech Talk from July 21 & 23, 2009 on creating PowerPoint Presentations
We're two topics in to our Tech Talks and we've decided to archive these talks in our blog. Here, you can view a recording of the webcast as well as download and print the handout(s).
As we continue our Tech Talk series, you will be able to find all archived materials by simply selecting Tech Talks from the list of categories at right. You will then find them listed in reverse chronological order.
I recently discovered a great new resource: the
Teaching and Learning with Technology
(TLT) team at
. While their website and blogs are mostly aimed at Penn State-specific news and events, there are really great resources for people who are interested in education and educational technology.
I have added their
, which often gives me great links to their team's individual blog posts. It was from staff member
Elizabeth Pyatt's blog
that I learned that Google
Chronicle of Higher Education
has a story this week about JosÃ© A. Bowen, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts, who is encouraging people to "Teach Naked" or not use computers in the classroom in order to up the engagement of students.
Bowen is no luddite, rather, he suggests teachers should not use PowerPoint lectures in the classroom, lectures should be delivered online as podcasts that students watch prior to coming to class. Class time is then used for people to process the lecture,
Join us for the new Tech Talks for students, faculty, and staff hosted by Learning Design & Technology and the Library. These succinct, thirty-minute talks will touch briefly on some new, exciting, curious or interesting aspect of technology. A brief presentation on how to use the technology will be followed by a roundtable discussion to answer questions and generate ideas for using the technology.
Our topic this week is PowerPoint. Explore how you can get more out of your presentations and lectures. …
Most faculty and many students at Luther Seminary know the work of Dr. Stephen Brookfield, of the University of St. Thomas. For several years, Stephen has worked with pre-tenure teaching and learning groups at Luther, and in the last year, he and Mary Hess have co-edited
Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts
. What you may not know is that Stephen has provided
dozens of teaching and learning resources
on his website.
One of my favorite resources is Stephen's PowerPoint on Discussion
Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief of
interviewed on Fresh Air
and spoke about how digital publishing is allowing companies to give away large amounts of content and still be profitable. Anderson discusses how this model is very different from the type of free offerings that one might see in a store where you can get a bite sized morsel of cookie at the coffee shop for free but you have to pay for more. Rather, in this new model, companies making iPhone Apps to the Wall Street Journal
How much web surfing, Facebook updating, and email answering is going on during your class? Professors have found laptops and wireless access in the classroom to be a mixed blessing. Here are some tips for working with students who are working with laptops in your class.
Institute "Lids Down" Times
If you do not want students to work with laptops in class, ask them not to do so. Announce the rules in your syllabus. For instance, you might allow laptops in lecture sessions but not in precepts.