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Technology Innovation Workshops 2014

Thursday December 4th, 2014

Time Lab 111 Lab 211 Lab 210  
Coffee & Conversation



Cardinal Research & Scholarship Connection
N. Peterson
Protecting your PC from Hackers
K. Collins

B. Sheridan

Linked-In: Liability or Asset
J. Denard




Air Server: streaming an iPad to the overhead
E. Cramer, G. Morley, C. Sutton

Featured Research Tools from Oesterle Library
F. Elizabeth Nicholson and Aimee Walker

Advanced Excel: Pivot Tables
P. Barger

Follow me Favorites
A. Lewandowski
Using Technology for Student Assessment
M. Gill
12:00 Summer Blended & Distance Learning Experience
Room: Smith Hall
D. Gray, N. Peterson, P. Brandt, J. Bjorklund, N. Keiser, J. Sun, K. Heller, M. Pons,
S. Renk, & R. Clemente
  Lab 211 Lab 111 Lab 210  




  Basic design w/Photoshop
H. Ekinci

Podcasts, Soundtracks and Audio Techniques Using Audacity
J. Kirk

Filr/: DropBox Alternative
D. McCallough
2:00 Simple Data Visualization
K. O'Donnell
SmartBoard Basics
R. Clemente
Photography Techniques, Camera Tethering, and Time Lapse
T. Gill


Creating video tutorials with Camtasia
S. Renk

Class Readiness Assessment
T. Wynard
Editing the College's Web with Drupal
T. Koch

Spend the day learning something new!

The technology innovation workshops are dedicated to promoting the infusion of digital technologies on campus. Sessions will provide a participant involved 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 sign-up on line at (registration now open). If you have problems registering call Katie (X-5357). Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis. (Staff must get permission from their supervisor to attend.)


Session Information

Rebecca Clemente: SmartBoard Basics

Explore how to use the Smart Board to capture lecture notes, notes on Microsoft Office applications using ink aware, and design a Smart Board Notebook.  No previous experience with Smart Board is needed...just your interest in expanding on the possibilities.


Emily Cramer, Greg Morley, Chad. Sutton: Air Server: Streaming an iPad to the overhead
Many of our classrooms and labs are now equipped with Air Servers (that funny little box on the ceiling) which will allow you to stream content from an apple device to the overhead projector. This session will demonstrated the capability, and two faculty will talk about how they use it in their classes. At the end of the session there will be time for Q&A. Technical questions will be answered by Chad.

S. Renk, R. Clemente, P. Brandt, J. Bjorklund, D. Gray, K. Heller, N. Keiser, N. Peterson, M. Pons, J. Sun: Summer Blended & Distance Learning Experience

Join colleagues at lunch and hear your colleagues talk about their experiences creating instructional media this summer followed by an open discussion of using online instruction at the undergraduate level.


Data on future students & digital equipment

Margaret Gill:
Using Technology for Student Assessment

This session will discuss the implementation of ipad/iphone apps in the classroom for student assessment.  The main focus of this session will be on the use of zipgrade, an application that can quickly and easily grade multiple choice, true/false, and matching exams or quizzes, and provide valuable data for you and your students through item analysis.  As time permits, a second app, will be discussed, and how this app can be used in the classroom for student quizzes and activities.







F. Elizabeth Nicholson and Aimee Walker: Featured Research Tools from Oesterle Library

This session highlights CardinalSearch and the library’s ever growing collection of ebooks. We will focus on using the library’s newest search platform, CardinalSearch, as a gateway to interdisciplinary research. We will also explore multiple ebook platforms (EBSCOHost, SpringerLink, and EBL) and the options for using ebooks from the library collection with your classes.

Karen Collins: Securing your computer/ Classroom projection from your tablet

Learn how to better protect your computer from malware and other malicious activities. Find out how to better identify SPAM messages, recognize the symptoms of a malware infection and perform preventative measures to keep your data safe.

Peter Barger: Advanced Excel: Pivot Tables

Practice, Practice, Practice:  For large data sets with lots of columns (fields) and lots of rows that need to be analyzed and summarized, a pivot table provides a powerful tool to cut through the complexity quickly.  Advance from analyzing columns separately to analyzing multiple columns simultaneously.  We will start with one data set as an example and practice various combinations of setting up a pivot table.  Topics covered:  How to define a data set.  How to filter the field before building the pivot table.  How to build a pivot table from scratch: How to add a field to a pivot table. How to choose or order Report Filters, Column Labels, and Row Labels.  How to calculate various values within a pivot table.  Bring one of your own data sets to continue practicing.  Although basic knowledge of spreadsheets is assumed, one of the great features of pivot tables is you don't need to know how to write formulas to build a pivot table.  It is all process.

Tom Gill: Photography Techniques, Camera Tethering, and Time Lapse

Put your camera to work for you - even when you're not around to take the photo!  Tethering a camera allows you to control a camera with a computer, and view the images on screen as they're taken. Images are not only saved to the camera, but can be saved on the computer (or even a network drive) at the same time. Perfect for groups needing to process and post images quickly or remotely.  Interval timer options will also be explored for digital SLRs and webcams. Learn how to capture images for experiments or studies over an extended period of time - automatically, even when you're not there.  Great for science experiments, social studies, and artistic ventures. Other techniques such as 360 panoramics, and rotations will be introduced, along with tips for capturing better photos.



Dave McCallough: Filr DropBox Alternative

Who needs dropbox? Not North Central College employees. Filr is dropbox synchronized with your NCC network drives. Filr provides access to NCC network drives (F, N and W) from mobile devices (iOS and Android). You can also utilize a windows or mac client to synchronize network drives to your computer. If you prefer a web interface, Filr has a website you can utilize to gain access to your files.


Jeff Denard: Linked-in: Liability or Asset: Why everybody is talking about linked-in?

Participate in a discussion and presentation on why this social media tool has become so popular.  Learn what others (current students, college graduates and professionals at all levels) are doing to better market themselves on this site, and what you  might want to consider in terms of enhancing your own profile. We'll review the key components of the Linkedin Profile and steps that can be taken, if you choose to have one, to improve yours.

Tammy Wynard: Class Readiness Assessment: Motivating Students to Come Prepared by Flipping the Lesson Expectations

Participants in this session will begin by discussing frustrations and successes of education and non-education students completing required reading or other preparation work prior to class meetings. Then, the introduction and creation process of the Class Readiness Assessment (CRA) technique will be shared, explaining how a two week intensive exploration of existing teaching techniques for pre-classroom reading expectations resulted in this strategy. The CRA was created to motivate students to take ownership over the class content and discussion purpose. Session participants will then break up into small groups to review sample CRA prompts and student's answers. Tammy will then describe how the students’ answers collected online prior to the class meeting are used as an avenue of flipping the classroom and obtaining richer discussions that challenge perspectives young adults have on school, public, and global health issues. To complete the session, participants as whole will brainstorm pros/cons of this technique as well as the applicability to their own courses. Presentation materials, sample prompts and assessment criteria will be shared.


Learning Objective 1:

describe at least three different student pre-class preparation techniques that are used in higher education teaching.


Learning Objective 2:

identify two components of a flipped classroom.


Learning Objective 3:

compare the effectiveness of one currently used pre-class preparation strategy for college students to the Class Readiness Assessment strategy introduced in the session.



Kay O'Donnell: Simple Data Visualization

Do you have students who struggle to "see" data? Would you like to increase your students' interest and, yes, even excitement when it comes to the power of numbers? This session will explore three open-source social media tools (dipity, tableau public and many eyes) that bring numbers to life in visual ways that engage and reveal. Better still, they are all intuitive and easy to use -- all you need is data.

Data visualization slides

Youtube video

Brandon Sheridan: Blackboard

Do you use Blackboard to help manage your classroom? If not, then this may be a great place to get started, as we will cover some of the basic functions, including posting materials and managing the Grade Center. If you already use Blackboard, then perhaps you would like a refresher on some of the its basic features, or maybe you want information on more "advanced" topics. Topics may include, but are not limited to: posting assignments, communicating with students, recording and calculating grades, grading assignments, timed quizzes, etc. Bring questions!


Nancy Peterson: Cardinal Research & Scholarship Connection

Participants in this session will learn to use the new research database that will serve to 1) connect interested undergraduates with research opportunities on campus and 2) help the institution keep track of and tout our engaged faculty and students.  This will be important as we seek to increase outside funding of our research endeavors because many agencies want to know how many students are involved already and in what fields.  We hope to have all undergraduate research recorded on this site:  Honors thesis projects, Summer Research & Scholarship projects, Richter Grants, Independent scholarship & research projects, etc.

Please bring a project that you would like to put up on the site--name of project, description of project, students who have worked on the project, a picture would be great as well!



Alana Lewandowski: Follow me Favorites

Do you ever feel like you have too many bookmarks and can never find what you are looking for? Or you wish you could use the bookmarks you have home from a computer on campus? In this session, we will cover tips for organizing, managing, and exporting your personal bookmarks from Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox. We will also explore different uses for Pinterest as a bookmark manager at home and on the go.



Tyler Koch: Editing the College's Web with Drupal

Are your department or student group’s web pages looking a little sad and dated, full of information that use to be true? This hands-on session will walk you through how to edit your pages using North Central College’s Drupal content management system. Learn how to upload documents, insert pictures, create tables, and manage basic web content. We will have access to a training copy of the NCC site so you can play with possibilities. Come ready for a fun and interactive learning experience. Bring some pictures to try out.

Jon Kirk:Podcasts, Soundtracks and Audio Techniques using Audacity

Audacity is a free and open source audio editing program for both Windows and Mac. This workshop will serve as an overview of its capabilities and pedagogical uses. Topics include creating podcasts or audio tutorials related to course content, editing audio samples, recording lectures, generating waveforms, aiding language learning, converting file formats and low-level spectral analysis of audio signals. No experience with audio software necessary.




Stephen Renk: Creating Camtasia Video Tutorials

What if everything displayed on your computer screen was automatically captured as a video?
That would be great.

What if you could record voice-over narration on top of the video capture to create awesome tutorials.
That would fantastic.

What if you had a built-in editor to: trim, highlight, add quizzes, zoom in on an area, add another sound track, ... .
That would be empowering.

What if it was all in a single easy to use application?
That would be Camtasia!