Technology Day 2008

Thursday December 4th

Carnegie Hall Computer Labs  



Lab 200

Lab 211

Lab 111




Coffee - 2nd floor Carnegie Hall




Sharing & Enhancing Scholarship Online


S. Caliendo

Intro to PowerPoint 


S. Renk  

Campus Web 2.0 Technologies

K. Wilders



In Design

K. Mason

PowerPoint & Multimedia


T. Gill

Web Applications

S. Renk



Cloud Computing

J. Visick

Word 2007

K. Bonn

Advanced Blackboard


J. Brodhead




                                                          Lunch Break             





Smart Board

B. Clemente

Digital Photography

T. Gill

Advanced Excel


Richard Flint



Advanced GroupWise

A. Ardolino


J. Godo

Camtasia Tutorials

S. Renk


Spend the day learning something new!

Technology Day is dedicated to promoting the infusion of digital technologies on campus. Sessions will provide a hands-on introduction to technologies that can be used to enrich your work and personal lives. Each session will focus on a different technology. In most cases, no prior experience with the technology is assumed (see below for more details). Attend as many sessions as your time and interest allow.


Attendance is limited for each session due to the lab restrictions. Therefore, it is recommended that you reserve a place in the workshops that you wish to attend by calling Katie (X-5357). Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis.

(Staff must get permission from their supervisor to attend.)



·         9:30 – 10:00

o   Making It Matter: Sharing and Enhancing Scholarship Online – Stephen Caliendo
None of us wants to believe that our scholarship exists in a vacuum; we hope to make a difference.  While the peer-review process is designed to ensure the veracity of contributions to our discipline, it also renders much of our work invisible to the general public.  The Internet provides opportunities to blur the lines between scholarship and service to the community while facilitating networking amongst scholars.  Stephen Maynard Caliendo (political science) discusses the ways in which he has used electronic communication such as web logs ("blogs"), Facebook, Twitter and websites to connect with other scholars and to make his work accessible to a broader audience through those applications. Discussion will include both technical and conceptual elements of this practice.

o   Web 2.0 Technologies Available at NCC Now and Shaping our Technology Future – Kathy Wilders
By now we've all heard, read, or said enough about the rapid pace of technology.  Blogs, Wiki's,Second Life, Podcasts, Clickers, Twitter, Facebook, Cloud Computing, Flickr, video conferencing and Classroom Capture are some of the technologies being used on campus today.  Learn about these and where technology is heading.  Help determine where NCC will position itself technologically in the future.

o   Introduction to PowerPoint – Stephen Renk
Know you should learn to use PowerPoint but need a little help getting started? This short introduction to PowerPoint will show you that developing a presentation is as easy as using Word to write a paper and a lot more fun. Check your hesitation at the door and develop your first presentation, then move on to the 10:00 session.

·         10:00 – 11:00

o   Adding Multimedia to PowerPoint – Tom Gill
Are your PowerPoint presentations dull?  Are you flipping back and forth from your presentation to a video or audio CD? Why not spice them up by adding a little multimedia directly to the presentation.  Learn to add video clips, and audio to your PowerPoint slides, and have them play within a slide or across them all.  Some familiarity with PowerPoint expected.

o   Design & Layout with InDesign – Kelvin Mason
Gain insight into the workings of Adobe InDesign and get an introduction to digital page layout. Efficiently create designs for any document needing a bit more "spruce" than MS Word can give you. Find out how to better control typographic specifications, add color and graphics in ways you always wished, and be the first kid on your block to know what a clipping path is.

o   Web applications to Enhance Teaching – Stephen Renk
This session will overview several Web applications that can be used to improve your teaching and professional life. Some of the tools covered: Skype – video conferencing on the cheap. See and speak with colleagues, friends and family anywhere in the world for free. The uses are limitless: guest speakers, collaborate with classrooms in other countries or hold meetings without leaving your offices. YouTube – a repository of video resources. Free Audio Conferences. Dial an 800 number and everyone is connected to a free conference call. Sketchcast – audio pod-casting with a hook. And much more!

·         11:00 – 12:00

o   Using Blackboard – Judy Brodhead
Blackboard is a web-based course management system.  Learn how to create a grade books, post documents for students to read, set up a discussion board (as well as how to keep track of student responses), set up an external links page, and use the digital dropbox for submission of class assignments.  Basic familiarity with Blackboard assumed.

o   Cloud Computing – Jonathan Visick
"Cloud computing" simply means using internet-based software. Interactive "Web 2.0" applications like social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn), blogs and wikis (Wikipedia) launched this trend, but today we can even use a Web browser to access word processors and spreadsheets located on some distant computer. Some predict that we'll soon be doing all of our computer work "in the cloud"...but whether you believe that or not, there are "Web 2.0" applications available now which can make it easier to share information with students and colleagues.
This session will focus on Google Docs, a suite of free tools which includes an Excel-like spreadsheet, a PowerPoint-like presentation program and a word processor. We'll see how Google Docs could be used for activities such as collecting data as a class or group, distributing notes to students or collaborating with a colleague. We'll also see how to publish information for all to see or restrict access to specific collaborators.

o   Word 2007  – Kristina Bonn
Can't find a thing in Word 2007?  Join this session to get an overview of ribbons, the office button, the quick access toolbar, and common keyboard shortcuts.  There will also be some insight into creating mail merge documents for adventurous learners.

·         12:00 – 1:00 Lunch break

·         1:00 – 2:00

o   Using the Smartboard – Rebecca Clemente
It’s just there on the wall...and it’s more than a projection screen!  Want to use it as a chalkboard and save board notes to post on BlackBoard?  Want to turn your handwritten text into typed text?  Want to record your lectures and all that happens on the Smartboard and make this available to students?  Want to teach the writing process in Word (edit on Smartboard) or enter data into Excel?  Come and learn about some of the features of Smartboard and the location of resources to help you in your teaching. No previous Smartboard experience necessary.

o   Digital Photography – Tom Gill
Are your digital photos still stuck on your memory card?  Are they underexposed or blurry?  They shouldn't be!  In this hands-on session, we'll go over the basics of digital photography including composition, auto exposure and auto focus, plus help you get those photos off that memory card and onto your computer so they can be printed or used in presentations.  Bring your digital camera and USB cable to download your photos.

o   Advanced MS Excel 2007 – Richard Flint
Topics will include importing Excel objects into Word documents; the =VLOOKUP() function; the Data Analysis Toolpak add-in, particularly the Histogram option; Pivot Tables; and importing nonstandard characters.Familiarity with Excel basics will be helpful: creating, opening and saving workbooks; creating functions using cell-references; graphing; =IF() function.


·         2:00 – 3:00

o   Image Editing in Photoshop – Jim Godo

      Get the most out of your digital photos with one of today's most popular software programs-Adobe Photoshop! Learn to manipulate your digital images by resizing, cropping, touching-up, sharpening and color balancing. Once you're done working on your photos, save them on the Web so you can share them with friends and family or create posters, flyers, banners, invitations and more.

o   Camtasia – Stephen Renk
Tired of using class time to demonstration how to use an application, a website or anything that goes on in a computer? What about students that missed class? Now you can quickly and easily create short tutorial videos that will free you to use your time more effectively. Camtasia will help you create professional instructional videos for dissemination on a web page, in BlackBoard, in a PowerPoint or on a CD. You can even get famous by uploading them to YouTube.

o   Advanced GroupWise   Anthony Ardolino
This session will select from various GroupWise topics including: calendar use and synchronization, proxie accounts… (more info to follow)