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Spotlight: Poll Everywhere: Using various mobile devices for live classroom interactions

College students today attend their classes with a variety of web-enabled mobile devices –laptops, smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), iPads, and others. A clever new technology, Poll Everywhere uses those devices to enable faculty to interact with their students in a live way and to post their responses on-screen in real-time.

Poll Everywhere Homepage

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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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TechBytes Oct. 14: Screen Capture Tools

Marty Courtois and Fred Darkow will present “Screen Capture Tools” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in 401B Hale Library. Learn how to create your own video tutorials using Jing and Camtasia.

Jing is a free tool that allows you to easily take a picture or create a video that can then be e-mailed, uploaded to the Web, and even posted to Twitter or a blog. Jing is limited to 5-minute video lengths and has no editing capabilities. Camtasia is a more robust tool that allows you to create and edit your video as well as add callouts.

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Free IT security training at K-State-Salina Oct. 21

If you are based on the K-State Salina campus and you weren’t able to attend the IT Security training provided in Manhattan, now’s your chance!

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and, as part of the celebration, K-State’s IT security team is hosting a series of events that will help the users at K-State become more secure. One of those events is the Free Cybersecurity Training Event 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the K-State Salina Technology Center.

The event will consist of a welcome and introductory remarks from K-State’s new Chief Information Officer, Ken Stafford, followed by two groups of breakout sessions. The afternoon will wrap up with a Security Round-Robin, which will be your chance to ask the security experts the questions you have about IT security at K-State.

Register for the free security training Oct. 21

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TechBytes Oct. 7: Apple iPad

Dennis Devenney will present “Apple iPad” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in 401B Hale Library. Join us for an overview of the Apple iPad including topics such as:

  • iPad – Generation 1
  • iPad the technology – the future
  • What you get with one – the accessories
  • Setting it up – syncing with your computer, iTunes, purchasing apps, etc.
  • Setting up services – wireless, e-mail, calendar, etc.
  • Security
  • Applications
  • Tips and tricks

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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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Q/A: Axio Learning Conference Sept. 29-30

Are you planning to attend the annual Axio Learning Conference, which is Sept. 29-30 at the K-State Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kan?

We caught up with Shalin Hai-Jew, instructional designer at K-State, to ask her a few questions in anticipation of the event next week and find out what sessions she’s “deeply curious” about. Continue reading “Q/A: Axio Learning Conference Sept. 29-30”

IDT Roundtable fall 2010: Free tools, Prezi, dramatized videos

The Instructional Design and Technology Roundtable series starts off with Free Tools That Rule, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the K-State Student Union, Room 212. This is a joint session that kicks off K-State’s IDT Roundtable and TechBytes series for fall semester. Join us to learn about many of the free tools available on the Web.

The session will feature tools that can be used for collaboration, research, screen recording (video), screen capturing (screenshots), and more. Bring your favorite tools to share during the session. Presented by Artur Gregorian, Ben Ward, Cathy Rodriguez, Eric Dover, Jason Coleman, Marty Courtois, and Rebecca Gould.

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K-State technology seminars cover tools, tips, and resources

“Free Tools That Rule” is a joint session that kicks off K-State’s IDT Roundtable and TechBytes series this semester. Join us 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Union 212 to learn about many of the free tools available on the Web. The session will feature tools that can be used for:

  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Screen recording (video) and screen capturing (screenshots)
  • and more

Bring your favorite tools to share during the session.

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Spotlight: Mindset List about incoming college freshmen (class of 2014)

Most new college students this fall were born in 1992, and they are “a post-email generation for whom the digital world is routine and technology is just too slow,” according to an Aug. 17 news release with Beloit College’s (Wis.) Mindset List for the Class of 2014. These students “will now be awash with a computerized technology that will not distinguish information and knowledge. So it will be up to their professors to help them. A generation accustomed to instant access will need to acquire the patience of scholarship…”

The mindset list, published annually since 1998, aims to “identify the worldview” of 18-year-olds arriving at colleges across the country. Technology observations for this year’s class include: