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Author: Ernie Perez

Faculty feedback needed on Cardwell 101, Bluemont 101 planned renovations

iTAC and the Division of Facilities are currently in the planning stage for room renovations and technology upgrades in the Bluemont 101 and Cardwell 101 lecture halls. These changes are scheduled (contingent upon funding) for summer 2012. We would like to take this opportunity to hear from faculty who are using or have used these rooms, and get input and feedback on what changes or improvements they would like to see.

We have put together an online survey for each room. These surveys are accessible from Thursday, Feb. 9, through Friday,  Feb. 17. Continue reading “Faculty feedback needed on Cardwell 101, Bluemont 101 planned renovations”

Faculty/staff: Try new-tech “ultra short throw” projector through Nov. 18

Closeup of ultra short throw projector for faculty/staff testing through Nov. 18, 2011The Information Technology Assistance Center has set up a Dell “ultra short throw” projector as a temporary demonstration model for faculty/staff to see the possibilities of this new technology. The Dell S500WI Interactive Ultra Short Throw Projector brings a new kind of interaction to the classroom.

  • Interactive projection on almost any surface
  • Off-surface interactivity from up to 29.5 feet away
  • A sharp, clear picture from the WXGA native resolution (1280 x 800) and 16:10 aspect ratio, which supports 720p HD resolution
  • Wireless functionality and many advanced features such as Multi-PC session, 4-to-1 split screen, USB plug-and-show, USB viewer, PtG converter, and audio projection

iTAC encourages faculty/staff to come by and give this projector a test drive.  The unit is available through Friday, Nov. 18, in the hallway next to the Media Development Center.  No reservations needed; just walk in and ask the iTAC receptionist in Hale 214 for the interactive pen that works with the unit.

Questions should be sent to Ernie Perez, ern@k-state.edu.

First look at the ultra short throw projector near the Media Development Center

First of 50 new basic technology classrooms

Information Technology Services, under the direction of Ken Stafford, CIO, provided funding for 50 new basic technology classrooms over the next two years. The first room, Willard 122, was completed by the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) in late May.

The install includes a projector, a simple control panel, switching equipment and sound amplification. The new system based on new digital standards allows for HDMI, VGA, Component and Composite inputs.

Willard 122 new technology classroom installed in May
Willard 122 new technology classroom installed in May

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Umberger tech classroom upgrade this summer

The Umberger 105 (Williams Auditorium) classroom is undergoing a major renovation. Periodic updates will be provided throughout the summer. An October move-in date is anticipated for the new space.

Last weekend the construction crew began demolition. The technology was pulled, and chairs are being removed (see photos below).

photo of chairs being removed from Umberger 105 classroom due to summer renovation

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Dell Product Roadmap open sessions Thursday, Dec. 16

Dell Product Roadmap presentations are scheduled 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in Room 207 of the K-State Student Union. Dell representatives will share exciting new opportunities, partnerships, and enhancements to Dell product and services that have been unveiled in the last few months.

These sessions are open to the K-State campus community. The agenda:

1- 2 p.m. Dell Client Product Roadmap — Aron Singletary, Dell client technologist

2-3 p.m. Dell Networking and Enterprise Data Management — Daryl Proctor, Dell enterprise technologist-networking

3-4 p.m. Dell Server and Storage Product Roadmap — Mike Groft, Dell senior systems consultant

Jeff Cannon, Dell account executive, will also be on hand to assist and answer questions.

EDUCAUSE 2010 resources now online

For all who missed the EDUCAUSE Online conference that was hosted at Kansas State University on Oct. 13-15:

You can now access some of the conference resources including PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, streamed sessions, and a social media summary.

The full collection of the online conference streamed sessions is available on the Private Session Recordings webpage. (Note it says “private sessions resources are available exclusively to registered participants for three months or until January 6, 2011.”)

Although not all sessions are available, it is hoped you will be able to benefit from this resource.

Applications open for iTAC computer information specialist

The Information Technology Assistance Center at Kansas State University is seeking the best individual to fill the position of Computer Information Specialist. The individual in this position will work with a team of full-time staff and students on technology classroom design, installation, maintenance, and repair during the evening hours of 1-10 p.m.

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Live EDUCAUSE sessions: Oct. 13-15 schedule

The online EDUCAUSE Conference is scheduled this Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15, and K-Staters are welcome to attend the live-streamed sessions (see below) as time allows. Length of sessions vary. About 20 seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it’s a good idea to arrive early. All sessions are in 202 Fairchild Hall on the K-State-Manhattan campus.

No registration is needed. Further information about each session and the presenter(s) is available in the conference program.

Live-streaming of the EDUCAUSE sessions is being sponsored by the Information Technology Assistance Center. Questions about the sessions should be sent to Ernie Perez, ern@k-state.edu.

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EDUCAUSE conference sessions to be live online Oct. 13-15

iTAC, the Information Technology Assistance Center, will be facilitating an instance of the online EDUCAUSE Conference scheduled Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 13-15. It is the next best thing to being there. Participants can choose to attend as many sessions as their schedule permits. Dates, times, and location for the conference viewing are:

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