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.
The Media Development Center has recently added an oversize scanner to the lab. The copy stand mount can accommodate artwork measuring up to 36 inches by 48 inches. Larger works measuring up to 5 feet by 7 feet can be mounted to the wall and digitized.
Last week there were more than 200 views of the Dropbox article in IT News, and five or more separate questions to the editors about suggesting Dropbox. While there are many free tools for storing and sharing of information, we chose to share information about Dropbox because of its ease of use and the ability to share files and information with individuals beyond K-State.
We also amended last week’s article to include the statement, “Internal, confidential, and proprietary data should not be shared with third-party services”.
K-Staters may have noticed some funny-looking images of black-pixeled boxes popping up around campus lately, notably in Hale Library. So, what are they used for and what can you do with them?
These are “QR codes” or Quick Response codes (also known as QR barcodes). This technology allows the public to access information fast through graphical links.
QR code readers
To access the information behind a QR code, you first need to download a free QR reader to your smartphone and then scan/capture (take a picture of) a QR code. (Some smartphones may come with a QR reader already installed.) Here are a few that seem to work well:
For the iPhone, RedLaser is a free, general purpose barcode reader app.
For Android smartphones, Barcode Scanner is a free app that has received positive feedback.
What it is: Software that provides virtual “paper notes” on your desktop
What it does: “…yellow rectangular windows onto which you can put some text notes. Once created, they will stay on screen until you take them away. Just like a real sticky piece of paper.” (developer’s description from the Stickies homepage)
Need a quick tech tip at your next department meeting? Request a session with technology staff from the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC). They can give a 15- to 30-minute presentation on topics such as:
More than 200 faculty/staff have registered to attend the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase10 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 1) in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.
Walk-ins are allowed, so faculty who only have an hour can still drop by to learn about IT tools and resources their colleagues are using. The first 200 faculty/staff to enter the ballroom will win a Varney’s gift card.