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December 21, 2007
Merry Christmas all! See you in January 2008!

December 21, 2007
'Coursecasting' now a higher-education staple
Universities increasingly are turning lectures into podcasts -- from, by Laura Devaney, Associate Editor
Delivering lectures via podcasts no longer is the province only of those universities on the cutting edge of technology: Through the use of software and programs that make it easy to produce and distribute podcasts, colleges and universities increasingly are making course lectures available for downloading online.

Most of today's college students are "digital natives" who have been surrounded by technology nearly their entire lives, and they expect their college or university to create a collaborative experience that integrates familiar technologies such as podcasting and on-demand video into their learning environment, supporters of the phenomenon explain. Their beliefs are supported by data: Three of four young adults download and view internet videos daily, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, while Burst Media reports that college students spend more time online than they do using any other form of media, including TV and radio. Rest of article here.

December 21, 2007
Open source apps for Windows

December 21, 2007 -- A multimedia-based Christian-oriented site similar.

December 21, 2007
Try using StumbleUpon to discover sites -- within your area of interest -- that you might never have discovered otherwise
StumbleUpon is a web browser plugin that allows its users to discover and rate webpages, photos, videos, and news articles. These webpages are typically presented when the user -- known within the community as a Stumbler -- clicks the "Stumble!" button on the browser's toolbar. StumbleUpon chooses which new webpage to display based on the user's ratings of previous pages, ratings by his/her friends, and by the ratings of users with similar interests. i.e. it is a recommendation system which uses peer and social networking principles. There is also one-click blogging built in as well. Users can rate, or choose not to rate, any webpage with a thumbs up or thumbs down, and clicking the Stumble button resembles "channel-surfing" the web. Toolbar versions exist for Firefox, Mozilla Application Suite and Internet Explorer, but also works with some independent Mozilla-based browsers.

December 20, 2007
Internet TV: 2007 Year in Review

December 20, 2007
More teens are creating and sharing material on the Internet -- from Pew/Internet
WASHINGTON -- Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004. Fueled by new technologies, websites, and social network domains such as Facebook and MySpace, large numbers of teens share and create materials online... Article here.

December 20, 2007
At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star -- from the New York Times, by Sara Rimer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace. Article here.

December 19, 2007
NH162 Project: Installation of the PolyVision Equipment
Here are some pictures of what things looked like in the mid-morning hours of 12/19/07, when Custer was installing the new PolyVision equipment in NH162:

Installation of the PolyVision equipment on 12/19/07

The Teaching & Learning Team's Mission Statement.

December 19, 2007
Are Immersive Worlds the Future of Education or a Distraction?
Some critics have complained that promoting video games in schools and colleges dumbs down education. Academics from colleges around the world gathered this month at Harvard to discuss a multimillion-dollar project to build virtual-reality software exclusively for education, to promote serious gaming in classrooms. Check out an article from The Chronicle (free link).

December 19, 2007
Upcoming conferences

2008 NMC Summer Conference
June 11 - 14 at Princeton University

The Sixth Annual EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference March 17–19, 2008, Chicago.

December 18, 2007
Just in time for Christmas -- an awesome phone call
My dad forwarded me an email about a remarkable phone call from a 12-yr old boy to Houston radio station KSBJ FM 89.3. Check it out.

December 18, 2007
For you shoppers out there - consider using Summize to:

  • find reviews and blogs on millions of products
  • discover what people really like
  • explore the related products, blogs, videos, and music they also like

December 18, 2007
Podcasts from a New Media Consortium Event
A number of the keynote and special sessions at the 2007 NMC Regional Conference were captured in audio and are available on the NMC web site's podcast collection. For your listening convenience, all of the audio segments from this conference are available here in a single player.

December 17, 2007
Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft -- from the New York Times, by Steve Lohr and Miguel Helft
"The growing confrontation between Google and Microsoft promises to be an epic business battle. It is likely to shape the prosperity and progress of both companies, and also inform how consumers and corporations work, shop, communicate and go about their digital lives. Google sees all of this happening on remote servers in faraway data centers, accessible over the Web by an array of wired and wireless devices — a setup known as cloud computing. Microsoft sees a Web future as well, but one whose center of gravity remains firmly tethered to its desktop PC software. Therein lies the conflict." Article here.

December 17, 2007
Items from Educause 2007

  • Using Video Streaming and Podcasting to Design Rich-Media Online Courses
    The session abstract:
    This session will cover lessons learned and best practices for creating highly interactive, student-centered, rich-media online courses with customizable and mobile learning using Mediasite video streaming and video and audio podcasting. It will include a tour of a course Web site, 10 principles for good practice for innovative online education, and a course design toolkit.
  • Learning 2.0
    The session abstract:
    As online tools become more ubiquitous inside and outside the classroom, and the growth of distance learning continues, education researchers have begun to focus on how best to harness new technologies. Advocates for the classical lecture experience still exist, of course, but the general trend has been toward incorporating various technologies into the classroom, from course management software to digital photography. One approach, called “blended learning,” mixes traditional “face to face” techniques with cutting-edge developments in theory and technology."

December 14, 2007
Audio Interview: How the Internet Is Changing Education -- from the Chronicle of Higher Education, by Jeffrey R. Young
John Seely Brown was a computer enthusiast since before most people knew what personal computers were. HIs work as former director of the Xerox Corporation’s famed Palo Alto Research Center landed him in the computer Industry Hall of Fame. I sat down with Mr. Brown at a recent event celebrating the history of NSFNet, a precursor of today’s Internet, and recorded this podcast interview, in which he talks about how computer networks — and now Web 2.0 — are radically changing education. Article/interview here.

December 14, 2007
ProfCast Lecture Capture Software Adds Logging to Podcast Manager -- from, by Dave Nagel
ProfCast has released a new version of its eponymous software designed for capturing and distributing classroom lectures as enhanced podcasts. ProfCast 2.2.0pb4, a public beta of the presentation capture software, includes fixes and enhancements to previous 2.2 releases and is available now for Mac OS X. Article here.

December 11, 2007
Go to if you want to have a designer at your fingertips!
Here's one design that was generated, randomly, for Daniel S. Christian:

Sample image from

or another for The Digital Studio...

Another design...

December 10, 2007
7 Things You Should Know About Skype -- from Educause
Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) application that lets users make free phone calls between Skype-equipped computers and inexpensive calls between Skype computers and landline or cell phones. Skype functions on a P2P model rather than as a centralized application, and it offers features such as voicemail, call forwarding, conference calling, and video chat. In most circumstances, Skype provides access to voice and video communication for a fraction of what other options cost. It allows more frequent contact between colleagues, collaborators, and friends and permits connections with those not likely to be in touch through conventional phone systems. PDF file here.

December 10, 2007
EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2008
Empowering Community Through Technology

December 10, 2007
Snapshot: Firefox, IE Vie for Popularity Among College Students -- from
"To better understand the views, attitudes, and usage of various technologies and brands among college students, Eduventures conducted research of 18- to 24-year-old students enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university via a Web survey." Article here.

Preferred browsers among college students.

December 6, 2007
Everyone’s Googling the iPhone -- from, by Yi-Wyn Yen
The iPhone was the most searched for word on Google.A year ago the masses had never heard of the iPhone (APPL). This year, it was the most searched word on Google.

The iPhone ranked tops in both the U.S. and globally among the 10 most searched terms. “It became increasingly popular throughout the year, starting with the announcement in January and continuing on with the release in June,” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s (GOOG) VP of Search Product and User Experience during a press conference Tuesday.

Related item:
The power of Steve Jobs -- Fortune's David Kirkpatrick talks about what makes Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, the most powerful person in business.

December 5, 2007
Online training opportunities from Adobe
Adobe offers various seminars and training sessions via online methods. Check out their future offerings.

December 4, 2007
The future of CSS: An interview with Eric Meyer -- from Adobe's December edition of their Edge Newsletter
Quotes that stood out for me from this article:

  • He mentions a wise method of implementing CSS
    Even if some browsers implement a feature but others don't, we've learned the principles of progressive enhancement: use advanced features in ways that improve the experience for users of supporting browsers but avoid breaking the experience in "downlevel" browsers. A good example of that is using generated content to insert URLs into printed web pages. (See CSS Design: Going to Print on A List Apart for details.) I think there will be more CSS hackery just because people seem to have a good time finding hacks. It's kind of like a puzzle game.
  • Re: a new extension for Dreamweaver called Eric Meyer's CSS Sculptor
    I'd like to think it enables more rapid CSS-based layout development. I know it's one of the few interface-driven products I'd consider using myself, which is a pretty high compliment given that I'm an old-school hand-coder. (You'll have that in a 14-year veteran of the field.) But I think what is really important about Sculptor is the way it exposes nearly all the CSS properties one can use in a compact interface; and that it shows the document tree, with the application of CSS to it, in a relatively intuitive way. Those two things allow designers to better internalize how CSS applies to the document, and what can be applied. They make Sculptor a learning tool in addition to a development tool, and that makes me happy.
  • Re: CSS Resources
    One of the best CSS resources I know is the css-discuss wiki, located at It's the distillation of more than five years of wisdom and experience from the css-discuss mailing list. There are pages covering the pros and cons of various CSS techniques, basic information on obscure parts of CSS, tons of links to other resources, and more. It's literally my first stop when I need to look up something about CSS. Some other worthy stops are, the various materials at the House of Style, and Russ Weakley's compact tutorials. For decoding convoluted selectors, I recommend the SelectORacle. And of course there's the all-seeing eye of Google.

December 4, 2007
2007 U.S. Electronic Learning Market Tops $13 Billion -- from, by David Nagel
In the United States, the demand for self-paced electronic learning products will hit $13.6 billion by the end of 2007 and will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.01 percent over the next five years. This according to a new forecast from Ambient Insight detailed in report released this week entitled, "The U.S. Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2007-2012 Forecast and Analysis."

According to the report, which revises a previous forecast from Ambient Insight, the preK-12 and higher education segments are among the top four fueling growth through 2012. PreK-12 ties for the top spot with non-profits/associations, both of which are expected to grow at a CAGR of about 41 percent through 2012. The higher education segment comes in behind the healthcare industry in the No. 4 slot at a five-year CAGR of about 23 percent. Article here.

December 3, 2007
The iPod lecture circuit -- article from the Los Angeles Times (intro below from Apple)
“Retirees in Long Beach and Weaverville, Calif., halibut fishermen in Alaska, data entry clerks in London, casting agents in New York -- all separated from the classroom by age, distance or circumstance -- are learning from some of the world’s top scholars,” Michelle Quinn (Los Angeles Times) tells her readers. They’re learning by downloading podcasts from iTune U, where “28 colleges and universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Yale, now post select courses without charge at iTunes."

From DSC: You talk about influence...technologies like iTunes U can deliver it -- worldwide.




November 2007

November 30, 2007
Girls and technology
If you want to encourage a young little lady to go into technology, check this video out from

Aint Gonna Hold Us Back D-I-G-I-T-A-L - K-5 WINNER!

November 30, 2007
Biology Teacher Engages Students with Classroom Capture, Multimedia -- from
"Can a high school biology teacher record his lectures, post them online, and get thousands of hits to his site in a year?"

"Apparently so, if Okemos High School's Kelly Carrier is an example. The Michigan public school science teacher uses TechSmith's Camtasia Studio to capture portions of his biology and physical science classes, then posts them online so that students can review them later. At five sections a day, with 30 students per section, he teaches 150 students a day--and then reaches them again and again via the online content, if the Web numbers are any indication." Article here.

Learn how to learn will be one of the most important assets any worker can have.

From Tony Karrer's recent presentation at a conference focused on corporate learning trends and innovations. Learn how to learn will be one of the most important assets any worker can have.

November 29, 2007

Example of the new language that's forming - i.e. multimedia-based -- from

Example of the new language that's forming...

November 29, 2007
Corporate e-learning trends -- what our graduates will step into

November 28,. 2007
This Christmas, why not give a gift that will positively change lives?
The Christian Classics Ethereal Library sells multiple CD's and products aimed at helping people along their faith journeys. One such product, the CCEL Commentaries CD, offers numerous commentaries all in one product. It helps people deepen their understanding of the Bible. Consider giving this CD to some folks you know for Christmas -- their lives may never be the same again.

Books Contained on the CCEL Commentaries CD
Bible translations: NRSV, KJV
Barnes, Albert
Notes on the New Testament (unabridged, 11 vols.)
Berkhof, Louis
Introduction to the New Testament
Bullinger, E.W.
Commentary on Revelation
Calvin, John
Commentaries (unabridged, 45 vols.)
Chadwick, G.A.
Gospel of St. Mark
Henry, Matthew
Commentary on the Whole Bible (unabridged, 6 vols.)
Johnson, B.W.
The New Testament Commentary Vol. III: John
The People's New Testament
Leupold, H.C.
Exposition of Genesis
Lightfoot, John
From the Talmud and Hebraica
McGarvey, J.W.
The Four-Fold Gospel
A Commentary on Acts of Apostles
Moffat, James
The General Epistles: James, Peter, and Judas
Nave, Orville J.
Nave's Topical Bible
Newell, William R.
Romans Verse-by-Verse
Ramsay, W.M.
The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia

November 28, 2007
WiFi Bolsters Alabama District's 1:1 Tablet PC Program -- from, by David Kopf
Auburn City Schools in Alabama has found that a "no strings attached" approach to classroom networking has let new approaches to instruction take flight.

The district--which includes one kindergarten school, five elementary schools, one middle school, one junior high, and one high school--has deployed a WiFi network to more than 1,000 tablet PC-equipped students and teachers at its junior high and high schools as part of a 21st Century Learning Initiative.

That initiative aims to deliver instruction via a one to one computing environment, increase student achievement, and ensure equitable learning through technology. Rest of article here.

November 28, 2007
Bloomsburg U Tailors Online Learning to the Deaf -- from, by Linda L Briggs
"We're making it possible for deaf and hard of hearing people to have equal access to information via the Internet." That's according to Samuel Slike, an instructor and curriculum coordinator of the Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program at Pennsylvania's Bloomsburg University.

Last semester, Bloomsburg began using Wimba's Live Classroom, a Web-based learning tool, to offer deaf and hard of hearing students an online course that includes a sign-language interpreter and closed-caption text to accompany the standard slide presentation and instructor's voice. Rest of article here.

November 27, 2007
The OpenCast Community - an open source item concerning podcasting on various campuses
Officials at the University of California at Berkeley are leading a cooperative effort to develop free, open-source software to make it easier for professors around the world to podcast their lectures. The effort has been titled the OpenCast Community.

What is the OpenCast Community?
A community centered around open, scalable, and sustainable podcast/webcast solutions and best practices for higher education.

What is the OpenCast System?
UC Berkeley is developing a podcast capture, post-processing, and distribution system that will integrate current technological advancements such as Apple's Podcast Producer with existing academic community source frameworks such as Sakai. UC Berkeley will deploy Phase I of OpenCast in Fall 2008.

("For colleges that don't want to wait for the OpenCast software to be built, several companies— including Echo360, Sonic Foundry, and Tegrity— already sell products with similar features.")

November 27, 2007
Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning - the good and bad of online learning at this point in time

November 26, 2007
IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
These days, you're likely to hear the term ITIL bandied about in many IT circles--yet a lot of IT managers don't know what ITIL really is. Project management expert Tom Mochal has created a list of key facts to help you get up to speed on ITIL concepts.

November 21, 2007
Project targets new teachers' tech use
National study to examine best ways to prepare new teachers to use technology -- from
Indiana University’s School of Education is embarking on a $3.1 million study of how current and emerging technologies are being used most effectively in classrooms—and how best to prepare new teachers to use these tools. Article here. ("The project will produce an overall assessment of technology’s use in the classroom by April 2009.")

November 21, 2007
Oh clickers... how I love thee--let me count the ways -- from Calvin's IT Connection

November 21, 2007
New e-book devices

November 19,. 2007
Interesting items from's blog November 15th posting

We were wrong
How long until we hear educators, instead of music industry representatives, saying this:

We used to fool ourselves…We used to think our content was perfect just exactly as it was. We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding. And of course we were wrong.

More movement towards customized publishing...while reducing the costs of textbooks
From DSC:
More and more, publishers are selling directly to students, bypassing the traditional bookstores and lowering the costs by 50%+ (especially for ebooks). Also, large higher education providers have been working with various publishers for the past several years in order to offer customized materials. This article relates to those trends and includes this opening sentence:

"On Wednesday, the Arizona community college announced a partnership with Pearson Custom Publishing to allow Rio Salado professors to piece together single individualized textbooks from multiple sources."

November 19, 2007
What kids learn in virtual worlds -- from CNET by Stefanie Olsen

November 15, 2007
Wading Into Web 2.0 -- a report entitled, "Sharing, Privacy, and Trust in our Networked World" -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education as well as the ACRL
"Over at ACRLog, Steven Bell flags "Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World (11MB file)," a new report released by the OCLC Online Computer Library Center. The report -- drawn from surveys of American librarians and library patrons in six nations -- should provide plenty of grist for librarians as they debate how their institutions should make use of Web 2.0 tools and other new social media. 'Becoming engaged in the social Web is not about learning new services or mastering new technologies,' according to the center. Instead, the group argues, modern libraries should be 'dismantling the curre nt structures and inviting users in to create their content and establish new rules.' That's heady stuff, and it's unlikely that too many libraries will embrace radical change, Mr. Bell writes. But the report makes another point that should strike a chord: Libraries' forays into Web 2.0 are only as useful as the number of patrons who use them. The center polled more than 500 college students about their social-networking habits, and the results prove that, for campus librarians, not all Web 2.0 platforms are created equal."

"About 84 percent of the students said they used YouTube, and (a surprisingly low) 56 percent reported using social networks like MySpace and Facebook, but just 10 percent said they had visited Flickr, the popular photo-sharing site. For college librarians wondering where to start with Web 2.0, statistics like those should be quite handy." --Brock Read

Report summary:
The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

  • The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web
  • How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues
  • Opinions on privacy online
  • Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of library directors from the U.S. The research provides insights into the values and social-networking habits of library users.

Report includes this graphic:

Internet users for several nations.


November 14, 2007
Color scheme generator:
See mono, contrast, triad, pastels, and more.

Color scheme generator at

November 13, 2007
Music College's Conducting Class Goes High Tech -- from, by David Kopf
"Varnished wood. Rosin and bow strings. Well cared for reeds. These are the images that spring to mind when one thinks of classical music--a realm seemingly rooted in tradition and antiquity--but that's not the case at the Berklee College of Music." Article here.

November 13, 2007
Brandeis IBS Gets Serious About Games -- from Campus
"IBM is working with Brandeis International Business School (IBS) to test 'serious games,' video games designed to help students build combined business and IT skills often required in today's work environments. The video and computer games are gaining traction in the enterprise and educational arenas as a means to teach new skills to a generation of young adults raised on video games." Read More

November 13, 2007
[Your College Here] Wants to Be Your 'Friend' -- from
Though this article was from September, I put it up here because it provided a quote with some nice links to the more popular social networking sites:

They wanted to get closer to their current and prospective students, so they decided to do it by congregating where the kids actually congregate— online on social networks such as MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, and LinkedIn.

The creative side of computing...

November 12, 2007
From Educause 2007 -- Hot Topics Discussion: New & Emerging Technology
How do you keep informed and new and emerging technologies?

  1. A futures council: a cross-organizational group that scouts for new technologies and passes recommendations on to an applications group
  2. MIT publication Technology Review.
  3. NMC/ELI Horizons Report.
  4. Mining help desk reports: what kinds of functionality are users asking for? [needs assessment as a complement to technology horizon scanning]
  5. Hang out in the Computer Science commons
  6. Network with folks in industry; they move faster that we do in higher education
  7. Watch the kids
  8. Listserv now technologies
  9. Blog: read/write web
  10. Blog: libraryman
  11. Blog: quizmodo
  12. Blog: engaget
  13.  Slashdot
  14. Blog: David Pogue
  15. Blog: Universal Desktop
  16. Blog: Techcrunch
  17. Blog: cnet crave
  18. Blog: elearnspace
  19. Blog: mashie? Maskie?
  20. Blog twitter
  21. Information from abroad; international students, faculty
  22. Yahoo pipes — filtering RSS feeds
  23. Social presence tools—e.g., jaiku
  24. Google
  25. Techwatch
  26. Browse help wanted advertisements
  28. Burton, Gartner
  29. Educause Center for Applied Research
  30. Educause Learning Initiative " 7 things you should know about"

A new language is based upon multimedia.

November 12, 2007
The model for success at the UC Conservatory of Music -- from Apple
"At the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music, 'electronic media' majors use MacBook Pro computers and the iLife suite of digital authoring tools to hone the skills they need for careers in audio and video production, radio, broadcast journalism, and new media. 'The MacBook Pro allows us to leverage the iLife software suite,' explains Assistant Professor Richard Cawood. 'This gives students an entire tapestry of tools for video, audio, web, and photographic work.'”

November 12, 2007
Writing with Video at the University of Illinois -- from Apple
"They had a lot to say, but some students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had a hard time expressing themselves in traditional writing courses. That changed when Maria Lovett, an instructor and filmmaker, introduced Writing with Video. The innovative course mashes writing with filmmaking, transforming students into 'visual anthropologists' who use Pages and iMovie to 'build a visual vocabulary and create links between written and visual language.'”

November 9, 2007
Digitized texts -- study by Ebrary
"Faculty members overwhelmingly prefer using online material to printed material, according to the results of a survey released this week by Ebrary, a company that provides electronic content and technology to libraries, publishers, and other businesses." Quote from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Note from DSC: Granted the Ebrary organization probably has its own bias; but still, the survey captures some more of the changing times/trends and the move towards more digital methods of communications.

November 7, 2007
Maximizing the Impact: The pivotal role of technology in a 21st century education system -- Proficiency in 21st Century Skills

Framework for 21st Century Learning

November 7, 2007
21st Century Learning: 'We're Not Even Close' -- from The Journal, by Dave Nagel
"Without incorporating technology into every aspect of its activities, no organization can expect to achieve results in this increasingly digital world. Yet education is dead last in technology use compared with all major industrial sectors, and that has to change in order for schools to meet the challenges of 21st century learning--this according to a paper released Monday by the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at the SETDA Leadership Summit and Education Forum in Washington, DC." Article here.

November 7, 2007
Mobile Educational Gaming To Triple by 2012 -- from, by David Nagel
"The market for mobile educational gaming will more than triple by 2012, according to a new forecast released late last week by research firm Ambient Insight. Demand for mobile educational gaming will expand at a compound annual growth rate of 26.5 percent over the next five years, with annual revenues expected to hit $185 million by 2012, up from the current $57 million."

November 1, 2007
Teaching Development Seminar: "Questioning Minds in the Making: Teaching Critical Thinking"
November 7, 2007 | 3:30-4:45 | Meeter Center Lecture Hall
In its June 2007 report to the provost, the Critical Thinking Task Force made several recommendations about how the college could better teach critical thinking. Also in June, a workshop of 22 faculty members representing 19 departments discussed the report and ways to apply it across the curriculum. In this panel discussion, members of the task force will present the major findings of the report and the workshop.

Read about the task force's report, and view several other resources on Critical Thinking.

November 1, 2007
Getting Started with Videogame Development -- from The Journal, by Richard E. Ferdig and Jeff Boyer
"In the first segment in this series, we covered the pedagogy behind student videogame development. We addressed how learning as doing, collaborative & peer learning, tutoring, ownership, and publication are critical components to game development. We also addressed benefits of videogame making, including content area knowledge acquisition, students as producers of information, and the potential of game-making for encouraging STEM-related careers for women and minorities..." Article here

November 1, 2007
Apple Online Seminars
Seminars are available for the following topics:
Audio | Design, Print & Graphic Design | Digital Media | Music | Photography | Sci/Tech | Servers/Networks | Small Business | Support -- at



October 2007

October 30, 2007
The Tricks and Treats of ARTstor
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
12:30 -- 1:20, HL 305

No need to be afraid of integrating images into your course -- either in the classroom or for outside assignments. ARTstor (, one of the Hekman Library's latest electronic resources, provides access to approximately 400,00 images from across history: paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, architectural photographs, decorative arts, design, archaeological and anthropological objects. This lunch session led by Kathy De Mey (Library) and Craig Hanson (Art History) will introduce the strengths of ARTstor's digital collections and provide guidance for how professors across the College might use them. Bring your own sandwich, but drinks, etc., and dessert will be provided.

October 31, 2007
Tips for Using Chat as an Instructional Tool -- from, by Ruth Reynard
"Chat software (text or media-based) provides an excellent tool in supporting academic dialog (exchange), critical thinking, and knowledge building. The immediacy of the technology provides students with a direct connection with the instructor as well as other students. While chat software is usually used for 'chatting,' and, therefore, it has a relaxed and colloquial protocol, with a little thought and planning, it can also be used well to support instruction." Article here.

October 31, 2007
Apple launches iPhone Dev Center -- from The
"Apple has created a new suite of development resources tailored specifically for the iPhone. Dubbed the "iPhone Dev Center," the service provides a range of resources, including guidelines for optimizing Web apps for the iPhone, sample code, video tutorials, and other reference material...." Article here.

October 30, 2007
Resources for training on Dreamweaver

  • The Teaching & Learning Group is providing a Basic Dreamweaver Class on Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-11:00 in HL 122. Those interested in attending should register at: (seating is limited)
  • Online-based training is also available via:
  • Dreamweaver also offers an extensive online help system within the application

October 30, 2007
Adobe To Release Flex Builder 2 Free for Education Users -- from, by David Nagel
"Adobe last week announced its intention to release Flex Builder 2 free for students and faculty at education institutions. Flex Builder, which retails for $499, is an integrated development environment for the Flex framework, which powers cross-platform rich Internet applications on the Web." Article here.

October 26, 2007
Students Enhance Courses Digitally
-- from The Chronicle of Higher Education Why should professors do all the work of course design? At Connecticut College, they put the power in the hands of students. At Educause 2007, the education-technology conference, Chris Penniman, the college's director of instructional technology, reported what happened when students in some courses were turned loose with iPods and digital cameras.

October 26, 2007
Blackboard's K-20 Initiative
Two days ago, Blackboard announced a K-through-20 initiative. "The company plans to spend $1-million dollars to connect local school districts to college campuses. The general idea is to use Blackboard software as a bridge, letting high-school students participate at some level in college courses, and probably have their performance assessed. Crossing the bridge in the other direction, colleges can provide instructional resources for local schools, going all the way down to the kindergarten level." (Quote from

From DSC:
Again, this only lends support to what I've been saying: students will be using technology more and more during their K-12 years. Those same students will come into their higher ed years EXPECTING to be using these same (or better) technologies. If Blackoard continues its adoption path, our students will expect that their profs will be using Blackboard -- i.e. posting syllabi, assignments, metrics; using Wimba Voice Tools; using Blackboard's Content System; using Discussion Boards and Assignment Features, etc.

October 26, 2007
A National Dialogue: The Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education -- includes a link to the Spellings Report and this page that mentions:

"There is an urgent need for change in America's higher education system," said Secretary Spellings. "We know higher education is the key to our children's future and the American dream yet it is becoming more unaffordable and less attainable. While our universities are known as the best in the world, 90-percent of the fastest-growing jobs require post-secondary education and only one-third of Americans have a degree," said Secretary Spellings. "Over the years, we've invested tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money and just hoped for the best—we deserve better. To remain competitive in the 21st Century global economy, we must act now and continue the national dialogue and work together to find the right solutions."

"Too many of our colleges and universities have not embraced opportunities to be entrepreneurial, from testing new methods of teaching and content delivery to meeting the increased demand for lifelong learning. For their part, state and federal policymakers have also failed to make supporting innovation a priority."

"We recommend that America’s colleges and universities embrace a culture of continuous innovation and quality improvement. We urge these institutions to develop new pedagogies, curricula and technologies to improve learning, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics. At the same time, we recommend the development of a national strategy for lifelong learning designed to keep our citizen sand our nation at the forefront of the knowledge revolution."

October 26, 2007
Pressure Builds on Wealthy Colleges to Spend More of Their Assets -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Goldie Blumenstyk

October 26, 2007
Microsoft and Facebook Come to Terms -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Goldie Blumenstyk
"Microsoft’s long-rumored investment in Facebook has finally come to pass, but the software company will end up with a smaller stake in the social network than some observers had predicted." Article here.

October 25, 2007
Wimba Voice 5.2 Expands Audio Collaboration Capabilities
Education technology developer Wimba has released Wimba Voice 5.2 (formerly named Voice Tools), an update to the company's audio module for its Collaboration Suite, which also includes Wimba Classroom, Wimba Create, and Wimba Pronto. The new version expands the tool's functionality and end-user features and enhances some existing features.

These are great tools to integrate audio/voice/music into your classroom on KnightVision (Blackboard) - as Wimba Voice Tools add voice and audio capabilities for online courses, including import and export of MP3 and WAV audio, and can be used for podcasting applications. Voice messages can be embedded in course pages and in threaded discussions, as well as live group discussions.

Wimba's Voice Tools would be perfect for languages here at Calvin -- especially the Voice Boards (like Discussion Boards, but using audio/voice).

October 24, 2007
Multimedia Services: Strategic Assets for Institutional Success -- from Educause, by Chris D. Ferguson (Pacific Lutheran University)
This research bulletin surveys the chief components of contemporary multimedia services in colleges and universities and describes some emerging practices for deploying and sustaining them in an increasingly digital and user-centered world. It includes a review of recent experiences in three smaller and two larger institutions. As audio, video, and instructional technologies converge, and as faculty and student expectations for these resources escalate, multimedia services are emerging as the next major arena in which technology and other campus leaders will find their way to standard practices that leverage these strategic assets for institutional success.

October 24, 2007
Tech Therapy -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Tech Therapy is a show about the headaches, hang-ups, and hassles of higher education and technology. Even if you don't work in or manage an IT department -- even if you hate technology -- you should listen to the show. Scott, a Chronicle reporter, and Warren, a technology consultant, discuss broad trends and best practices in higher-education management."

October 24, 2007
Drexel Puts Course Capture To Work on Desktops -- from , my Linda L. Briggs
"Audio and even video capture of lectures is becoming more common on college campuses, which post the material to their Web sites so that students can revisit a lecture after the fact. But Drexel University in Philadelphia, long known as a technology powerhouse, is using the university's academic capture product in another way. There, instructors are far more likely to produce recordings from their desktops, including individual commentaries to a student from a professor. Staff members also are using rich media recording software, a product from TechSmith called Camtasia Studio, in new ways, such as creating online training videos for new hires." Rest of article here, which includes the following quote:

"Students today are not satisfied with going to class and hearing it once, and that's it," Biros says. "They demand re-read and re-use and re-listen to whenever they would like. That's how they work with other resources on the Internet, and that's what they're demanding from professors."

Note on above article:
Calvin College focuses on a similar product, called Adobe Captivate. Captivate and Camtasia Studio, though slightly different in some ways, allow you to easily make a "desktop video recording" of what's happening on your PC.

October 23, 2007
Snapshot: Student Technology Spending -- from

Student spending on technology - per year

"Despite the growing purchasing power of college students, recent survey results released by education consultancy Eduventures reveal that more than half (52 percent) of the students surveyed spend less than $250 of their own money on technology or electronic purchases each year." Article here.

October 23, 2007
Analysis: 5 Factors Driving Change in IT -- from
Five factors will change the way that IT organizations operate, according to Gartner Inc. The points of change cited by the research firm include Web 2.0-style applications, software as a service (SaaS), global-class computing, the "consumerization" of IT and open source software." Article here.

October 22, 2007
'Smart mob' tech spurs student activism
School leaders have a new tech phenomenon to contend with -- from, by Nora Carr, APR
"Many of the tens of thousands of college and university student activists that swarmed Jena, La., on Sept. 20 to protest the town's racial inequality were mobilized through information and communication technologies, representing what's known as a "smart mob." The phenomenon, which many believe symbolizes the democratization of the media, is being more widely used in schools across the country, by school leaders and students alike." Article here.

October 19, 2007
iTunes U Welcomes Off-Campus Content -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education

iTunes U continues to grow and expand.

"On its iTunes U portal, Apple’s digital-music store has already built up an impressive empire of recorded college lectures and events, all available for downloading. Now iTunes U is casting its gaze outside the ivory tower."

"The portal has unveiled a new section, “Beyond Campus,” which collects educational material from museums, radio stations, and other public institutions. iTunes users can still watch lectures from Berkeley and guest speeches from Duke, but they can now also view live music performances from the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Sound Live series and take video walkthroughs of Richard Serra’s sculptures the Museum of Modern Art." Article here.

October 18, 2007
Microsoft Launches Communications Suite -- from, by Keith Ward
"At a live event in San Francisco, Microsoft Tuesday announced the launch of its 'Unified Communications' suite of products, which aims to blur the distinction between electronic and voice communications and provide a seamless experience that relegates traditional telephone use to the dark ages." Article here.

October 18, 2007
The NMC Symposium on the Evolution of Communication -- from the NMC
"The Symposium on the Evolution of Communication (December 4-5) will explore the premise that technology has not only mediated communication in countless ways, but that the very ways we communicate—and even the ways we talk and think about communication—are changing as a result."

"Part of this premise is backward looking, in the sense that if we set literature and the creative side of communication aside for a moment, the formal communication strategies we have been taught in schools were often focused on how to convey lots of ideas or information (at relatively infrequent intervals) and generally in the form of written papers, books, or compilations."  Further details here.

October 17, 2007
Look over the shoulder of an expert -- via desktop video recordings from
Atomic Learning Lesson Accelerators offer some desktop video recordings (with accompanying audio) that may be helpful to you. In this week's tutorial learn how easy it is to format the fill of a graphic object in Excel.

October 17, 2007
New Apple OS set for Oct. 26 release -- from
Apple has confirmed that the next version of its Mac OS X operating system, "Leopard," will hit stores on Friday, October 26, at 6 p.m., CNET reports. The company has stated that Leopard, which was delayed this spring owing to the high-profile iPhone, includes more than 300 new features in comparison to its predecessor, Tiger. Among these are an improved "dock" interface for easy access to applications, more robust parental controls, an automatic backup service called Time Machine, and a redesigned Finder interface..." Article here.

October 17, 2007
USC Hops on YouTube -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education
"How long will it be before every American research university has its own YouTube channel? The video-sharing site certainly seems to be attracting a lot of attention from academe, and for good reason." Article here.

October 16, 2007
eLearning Authoring Tips -- how multimedia can help students learn/comprehend the material better

Our learning is primarily shaped by two memory components.

Get eLearning authoring tips in a paper developed by Ruth Clark, author of "e-Learning and the Science of Instruction" and "Efficiency in Learning."

October 16, 2007
Libraries in the digital age - an audio-based interview from The Chronicle of Higher Education
Hear an interview with Jessamyn C. West, of, on what libraries and librarians are doing right and what they are doing wrong as they adapt to a digital age.

October 15, 2007
Pedometer Challenge participants (and those who just like to walk!):
Have you ever used mapping web sites to plan your vacation route or get directions to a local store? Now you can do the same for your walking workout. Check out these two web sites:

You can use the street maps to plan and create a walking route in your neighborhood, in the neighborhoods around Calvin or anywhere you like. You can determine how long your favorite walking route is. One site even helps you calculate the approximate number of calories burned based on your weight and the distance of your walking route. These are great tools to help provide you with variety in your walking routes which in turn will help you stay motivated and active.

October 15, 2007
Voters urge teaching of 21st-century skills -- from eSchool News, by Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor,
Poll suggests 'back-to-basics' approach to education is not enough for nation's citizens

Results of a new poll commissioned by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills shows the vast majority of U.S. voters believe students are ill-equipped to compete in the global learning environment, and that schools must incorporate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication and self-direction, and computer and technology skills into the curriculum. But the upcoming presidential election, researchers say, presents a perfect opportunity to charter a new path to success for America's students. Article here.

"Eighty-eight percent of voters say they believe schools can, and should, incorporate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, communication and self-direction, and computer and technology skills into the curriculum."

"Although voters believe their schools are doing a good job of teaching computer literacy and technology skills, 80 percent say students need to learn different things than what they learned 20 years ago, such as focusing more on collaboration, communication, and cultural knowledge."

October 15, 2007
Social Networking, the Third Place, and the Evolution of Communication
The New Media Consortium is pleased to announce the release of a new white paper, Social Networking, the “Third Place,” and the Evolution of Communication, that discusses the premise that technology not only mediates interactions, but is actually changing the nature of communication itself. This premise is the theme of the upcoming Online Conference on the Evolution of Communication, to be held December 4-5, 2007.

The Online Conference on the Evolution of Communication will be held December 4-5, 2007 at the NMC Conference Center in Second Life.  Historically, the platform used to support the NMC’s online conferences has changed as new technologies became available. This most recent change of venue is based upon the success of the August 2007 seminar, Symposium on Creativity, which was the first event of its kind to be conducted entirely in Second Life.

October 12, 2007
Trends reshaping our world -- thanks to Nancy Zylstra for forwarding this link
See a fascinating presentation of a number of trends that are reshaping our world:

October 11, 2007
Some training resources re: products from Apple

October 11, 2007
Web 2.0 Tops 'Emerging Cyber Threats' -- from Campus
"The ever-nebulous 'Web 2.0' is emerging as one of the five top security risks to watch for both consumers and the enterprise--this according to the inaugural edition of the 'GTISC Emerging Cyber Threats Report for 2008' out of Georgia Tech's Information Security Center. The report, released at the GTISC Security Summit on Emerging Cyber Security Threats and Countermeasures, identifies the key data security threats that are likely to expand and evolve in the coming year." Read More

October 10, 2007
A Faster, Stronger Internet -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Dan Carnevale

Internet2 -- delivering up to 100GB per second

Internet2 announced the completion of its new high-speed network infrastructure today at its annual fall meeting. The nationwide network is built on an optical infrastructure that has a capacity of 100 gigabits per second on a scaleable platform that provides users with additional bandwidth on demand. What it means: Members of the Internet2 organization will be able to share large amounts of data about science research, telemedicine, and performing arts, among other subjects, even faster than on its old high-speed network, called Abilene.

The Internet2 consortium comprises colleges, businesses, and other organizations that share the network for research and other purposes. Rick Summerhill, chief technology officer, said in a written statement that the new network will help make high-speed Web capabilities more ubiquitous: “Just like you switch on a light or turn on a water tap, we envision a future where researchers, scientists, faculty, artists, etc. will be able to ‘turn on’ a high capacity network connection when and where they need it.”

October 10, 2007
Ask the Techies Internet TV show (VODcast) -- from D.Lee Beard, Computer Learning Lab Manager/Computer Skills Instructor, Ohio University
Ohio University's "Ask the Techies" is a how-to technology Internet TV show that focuses on computers and the software that runs on them. It's now in its 3rd season. In particular, you might find it of interest that they just put out an iMovie '06 Part I video (Part II comes out next week). The iMovie '06 2-part video totals approximately 1 hour, so it's a great training resource for when you want your students to do some video editing, but don't have time to provide them with the necessary training yourself. Your students get video on demand that they can watch/listen to freely as well as at their own convenience and at their own pace.

Subscribe to and receive new episodes automatically as they become available via iTunes. Upcoming episode topics include audio editing, video editing on Linux, low vision tips and resources for Mac and Windows, running Parallels, LCD vs. Plasma screens, dealing with NTSC and PAL video formats, Final Cut Pro for the iMovie user, and more.

October 10, 2007
Apple's Learning Interchange for Higher Ed

"Connect and collaborate with colleagues on best practices, exemplary teaching practices, and the ways you are transforming teaching, learning, and research on your campus. Consider adding a comment to an existing exhibit, adding a message in the conversations area, or submitting an exhibit on an innovative program or project on your campus."

October 10, 2007
Purdue-led network awarded $18.25 million NSF grant

"Purdue University's Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) has received a five-year, $18.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative with expanded capabilities and services for computer simulations."

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology has a mission to connect theory, experiment, and computation in a way that makes a difference to the future of nanotechnology. While addressing challenges in nanotechnology NCN researchers produce new algorithms, approaches, and software tools with capabilities not yet available commercially. As part of the NSF's infrastructure for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the NCN engages the community through workshops and seminars and novel educational resources.

NCN operates a free Internet portal called nanoHUB that provides tools for simulations, research, and teaching for K-12 and graduate/undergraduate instructors. NCN reported that over the last year, some 5,700 users have run more than 220,000 simulations using the tools available on the site.

October 9, 2007
'Fair use' confusion threatens media literacy
Report says many teachers, schools define 'fair use' of digital materials too narrowly -- from, by Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor

"In an age when digital images and recordings to supplement and enhance education are abounding, unnecessary restrictions and a lack of understanding about copyright law are comprising the goal of using such technology in the classroom, says a new report. After interviewing educators, educational media producers and media-literacy organizations, the report's researchers conclude that educators have no shared understanding of what constitutes fair-use practices, and that teachers face conflicting information about their rights, and their students' rights, to use copyrighted works." Article here.

Related items/links:

October 9, 2007
Tipping the "Internet Scale"
"Google and IBM announced that they will expand a college program that teaches students how to write computer code for the Internet age. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the curriculum helps students learn to program computers to harness thousands of distributed machines to handle massive amounts of data in what's called "Internet scale" programming. The computer-science program, which the companies started at the University of Washington, will be expanded to include Carnegie-Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. In addition to expanding the program, Google and IBM have dedicated a data center of several hundred computers for the universities to use." --Dan Carnevale

October 8, 2007
The Social and Political Views Of American Professors -- by Neil Gross, Harvard University and Solon Simmons, George Mason University
"Conservatives are a small minority within the American professorate, according to a major study whose results were released on Saturday. The study -- which is arguably the best-designed survey of American faculty beliefs since the early 1970s -- found that only 9.2 percent of college instructors are conservatives, and that only 20.4 percent voted for George W. Bush in 2004." (Quote from The Chronicle of Higher Education)

October 5, 2007
Educators in Second Life -- from the New Media Consortium and Alan Levine, Vice President, NMC Community and CTO
Each spring the New Media Consortium (NMC) conducts a topical survey to individuals in their membership and/or extended communities. In May of this year the NMC issued a survey intended to highlight the activities, demographics, and interests of educators active in Second Life.

The NMC is making all of the results available as a summary document of all 42 questions and an Appendix with the listings of responses to the open ended questions (some questions had more than 170 individual responses).

Note: Personally, I am not sold on Second Life yet...however, many think that the Internet will be largely composed of 3D spaces in the future. So I watch this area w/ interest and anticipate someone else in the future (like Google, or a Google-like company, or perhaps even an open source organization, or a combination of organizations like the above) will be instrumental in bringing this about. I doubt it will be Second Life.

October 4, 2007
7th Annual Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference
The 7th Annual Lilly Teaching and Learning Conference in Traverse City, Michigan is now underway (Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7, 2007) at the Park Place Hotel in beautiful downtown Traverse City. More information here... or the program here.

October 4, 2007
Blackboard, Wimba Partner for K-12 Collaboration Tools -- from The Journal | Smart Classroom
"CMS/LMS developer Blackboard has teamed up with Wimba, a provider of collaboration tools for electronic learning, to bring the Wimba Collaboration Suite Express to K-12 schools and districts using the Blackboard Learning System. The collaboration tools will be delivered to current and new Backboard Learning System (including Basic Edition) clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico...." Article here.

October 3, 2007
NBC News offers teachers access to video archives online -- from
"This fall, teachers will have free online access to a video vault featuring more than 60 years of historic news and information, thanks to a partnership between NBC News and HotChalk, an online learning management system for K-12 education. To provide primary-source multimedia content that far exceeds what is available in traditional textbooks, NBC News has made available more than 5,000 video resources that can be used to supplement instruction in a wide range of courses." Article here and related site --

October 3, 2007
The Edge Newsletter
Adobe publishes several newsletters, one of which is called the Edge. "Published every eight weeks, the Edge is a free publication that contains original content geared towards informing, enlightening, and inspiring web designers and developers." Articles and topics for the September/October issue include:

  • Led by Seattle Flex User Group Manager Ali Daniali, developers join forces to build an open-source virtual food drive application for a hunger relief agency in Washington state.
  • Announcing the winners of the Adobe ® AIR™ Derby
  • Building a visual performance app with Adobe AIR, Flex™, and Flash®
    by Michael Creighton
  • The edge of Flash
  • Adobe® Media Player: A new way to deliver high-quality content
  • Part II: How to use Spry widgets in Dreamweaver® CS3
  • My summer road trip on the AIR Bus
  • Exploring Flash® Player support for HD video and audio

Or browse the Edge Archives. To ensure you experience the Edge as intended, it's recommended that you download and install the latest version of Flash Player.

October 1, 2007
Blackboard's social bookmarking service, Scholar, enables global information sharing across academia -- from
Users can connect and share resources across institutions and regions
LONDON - Blackboard Inc., a leading provider of enterprise software for the education industry, today announced that faculty and students at academic institutions spanning more than 20 countries are connecting and sharing resources through Scholar, Blackboard's social bookmarking service. Customized for education, Scholar is fully integrated into the Blackboard Learning System. It provides a targeted, innovative way for users to store online bookmarks, as well as share resources and expertise with peers and colleagues across institutions located around the world." Article here.

October 1, 2007
Fighting Phishing With Fun -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Brock Read

Carnegie Mellon University is fast becoming the national leader in a very specific video-gaming niche: the computer-security instructional genre. Early this year the university released a game that asked children to serve as “cyber cadets” protecting the Web. Now the institution has followed that title up with a game that helps teach Web users to sniff out “phishing” scams.

Anti-Phishing Phil is pretty simple, but it’s cute and addictive: Players maneuver a little fish through an ocean setting, eating worms that name banks’ real Web addresses and rejecting worms that recite false URL’s. The game is actually a bit tougher than one might think, and Carnegie Mellon researchers say there’s evidence that Anti-Phishing Phil works better than bland anti-phishing tutorials.



September 2007

September 28, 2007
Upcoming Teaching & Learning-Related Items

Teaching Confrontationally: Overturning Everything They Know?"
October 3, 2007 | 3:30-4:45 | Meeter Center Lecture Hall
In this session, colleagues who teach controversial subjects will discuss how they confront first-year students with uncomfortable ideas. Do they pound with an iron fist? Or do they wear a velvet glove? And what do they say when the student responds, "That's not what I learned before"? Further information on this and other upcoming Teaching Development events.

Teaching & Learning Fall OWL LunchByte Series
Curious to know the difference between a wiki, blog, discussion board and podcast? Interested in using the KnightVision gradebook as a way to provide immediate feedback for your students? Want to know what the big deal is with the "clickers"? Trying to find ways to organize all your files so you can easily access or share them? Looking for multiple ways to communicate to your students so you are reaching everybody?

Join the CIT Teaching & Learning team at one or all of the following OWL LunchBytes this fall:

  • October 3 - To Wiki or not to wiki? What about a blog or podcast?
  • November 1 - KnightVision: Conquering the "grade" frontier
  • November 8 - Point and click: A overview of the "Clickers"
  • November 14 - Files here, files there, files, files everywhere: Learning the KV Content System
  • December 6 - KnightVision: How to avoid "I couldn't find the assignment" and other common excuses

All LunchBytes are in the Alumni Board Room from 12:10 - 12:50 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch with them, and the first ten people to register for each LunchByte will receive a Lunch Ticket for the Staff Dining Room. Register for T&L OWL LunchBytes or workshops.

September 27, 2007
Adobe Launches Digital School Collection -- from The Journal, by Dave Nagel
Adobe has launched a brand new version of its Digital School Collection, incorporating two new digital media tools released Sept. 24: Premiere Elements 4 and Photoshop Elements 6, along with Acrobat 8 Professional and Contribute CS3. Article here or go to Adobe Education here.

September 26, 2007
Web offerings spread in 'battle for desktop'
Huge gains seen for ‘software as a service,' mainly for businesses--but transition to internet-based products might sway educators, too

-- from, by Robert L. Jacobson, Senior Editor
A move away from desktop applications toward greater use of internet-based software is spreading rapidly among businesses, but the trend has not caught on among educational institutions--yet.

"If any doubt still lingers that popular computing is experiencing yet another fundamental realignment, the skepticism is likely to be erased by the latest salvos in the "battle for the desktop." In fairly rapid succession, high-profile companies such as Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo have been rolling out products for personal and business computing that aggressively seek to take greater advantage of the internet to transform how applications are delivered.

The products vary, from online word processors and communication packages to database management, document sharing, and other forms of over-the-web collaboration. But a common goal is to get a leg up on competitors by offering impressive electronic capabilities in the form of web-based software and services, rather than through individual applications like those that most users have long been accustomed to purchasing, installing, and running from the desktop.

While the new focus on internet applications has already has made great inroads in the business world, so far it has received much less attention in education. If history is any guide, however, where businesses go, schools often follow--at least for the potential financial benefits." Rest of article here.

September 26, 2007
Many Public Colleges Have Raised Tuition Despite Big Increases in State Support -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Lauren Smith
Public colleges often blame their tuition increases on state lawmakers who, the colleges say, have not given them enough extra money to keep up with rising costs. But this year, many states' public colleges received sizable infusions of public money and then raised tuition significantly anyway.

In nearly half of the states, both appropriations for higher education and public-college tuitions rose by 5 percent or more, substantially faster than inflation. In Colorado, for example, tuition jumped by 14.6 percent at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus and by 7.7 percent at the university's Colorado Springs campus, even though state lawmakers increased spending on higher education by 8.4 percent. In Nevada, public universities increased their tuition by 10.9 percent, despite having received a 6.4-percent increase in public support for the 2007-8 fiscal year.

Editorial note: Not a new question at all, but how long can this continue? Who be able to afford education in the future? What happens if the divide between the "haves" and "have nots" continues to grow? What can we do here at Calvin in this area in the long run?

September 26, 2007
ACU Researchers Explore iPhone in Higher Education - from
Abilene Christian University in Texas is launching a research project this fall to explore the potential uses of Apple's iPhone mobile device in higher education. The pilot study will involve faculty and educational technology developers to research "innovative applications for smart phones and media players in deepening learning in the 21st century." Read More

September 26, 2007
2007 Adobe Design Achievement Award winner
The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement that reflects the powerful convergence of technology and creative arts. Winners represent work by some of the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.

September 20, 2007
Teaching & Learning Workshop:
"How are my colleagues using KnightVision?"

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2007 @ 3:30 p.m.
Where: Meeter Center Lecture Hall
Description: KnightVision has been around long enough for many of us to tell the tales of both success and defeat. This workshop will focus on best practice and lessons learned.

September 20, 2007
Novell To Launch Team Collaboration for Open Workgroup Suite -- from
"Novell next month will begin shipping two new workspace and collaboration tools for its Open Workgroup Suite: Novell Teaming and Novell Teaming + Conferencing. The tools are designed to boost team productivity and streamline processes involved in creating, managing, and sharing information." Read the article.

September 19, 2007
Virtualization homes in on desktops -- from
When Parallels Desktop was released in June 2006, it opened the door for hundreds of thousands of Apple users to run Windows at the same time as they ran the Mac operating system.

"Virtualization means that people don't have to switch entirely to a different operating system. If people find even one Linux application that they really want to run, desktop virtualization can make that feasible. Rudolph said virtualization also enables people to try out things that they might otherwise be afraid to try. An early beta version of a program or some other questionable application can be installed in its own virtual machine. If it works, great. If not, just delete the virtual machine. 'It's the ultimate pen with eraser,' he said." Article here.

September 19, 2007
Online-learning patent dispute heats up -- from
Despite recent developments in the case, Blackboard's suit of rival Desire2Learn is likely to drag on quite a while, experts say
"The patent dispute heats up between enterprise software makers Blackboard Inc. and Desire2Learn Inc. over patent rights that Blackboard was granted in January 2006 for its course-management software and other eLearning products." Article here.

September 19, 2007
Innovations in Learning Conference
For the last 15 years, Brandon Hall Research has been showcasing the best in learning content, technologies, and services. To help learning professionals make sense of the fast-changing world of learning technology, we’re proud to be hosting the 'Innovations in Learning Conference' September 24-26, 2007 in Santa Clara, California." Details here.

September 17, 2007
Upcoming conference -- hosted by the Kuyers Institute
On October 11-13 the Kuyers Institute will be hosting a conference on the topic Reimagining Educational Excellence. This conference will explore how the call of Micah 6:8, "to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God," can reframe the visions of educational excellence that we pursue. What do teaching and learning practices informed by this call look like? How can the pursuit of justice, mercy, virtue, and faith inspire, inform, or challenge efforts at pedagogical excellence?

A full schedule of presentations, including abstracts, can be found at: Registration is currently open; if you are local and would like information about single day registration, please contact The two evening plenary addresses may be attended by non-registrants for a walk-up fee of $5. Full conference information is available at

September 17, 2007
Low-cost school computing set to take off -- from, by Robert L. Jacobson
Macedonia, in deal with NComputing, to provide devices for all of its students
"California-based NComputing announces it will provide multi-user virtual desktop software and inexpensive computer terminals to 400,000 students in the Republic of Macedonia by the end of 2008. The move, the company says, is a step towards its goal to see every person and organization that wants 1-to-1 access to a PC be able to afford it." Article here.

September 17, 2007
Going mobile.
Sling Media has an interesting perspective/slogan for its Slingbox family of products:

The future will be televised (and portable).

Calvin students put an "Amen!" to at least a part of this equation this fall -- the part about the portability -- as the move to going mobile is clearly and already evident this fall. Many students are connecting to resources wirelessly and electronically. (The same thing is happening at other schools.) With what is happening with the iPhone, how will this trend towards portability and presenting multimedia-based items impact our classrooms? Stay tuned...

September 13, 2007
The ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2007
-- addresses incoming freshmen's expectations, views of -- and use of -- various technologies
Abstract: "This 2007 ECAR research study is a longitudinal extension of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 ECAR studies of students and information technology. The study, which reports noticeable changes from previous years, is based on quantitative data from a spring 2007 survey and interviews with 27,846 freshman, senior, and community college students at 103 higher education institutions. It focuses on what kinds of information technologies these students use, own, and experience; their technology behaviors, preferences, and skills; how IT impacts their experiences in their courses; and their perceptions of the role of IT in the academic experience."

The above study includes many valuable items! Here's just one example:

September 13, 2007
Report: Schools aren't preparing kids for college
Better alignment is needed between high school and college standards, panelists say
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
"The Alliance for Excellent Education convened a panel yesterday to discuss a new issue brief highlighting the disconnect that exists between the way high school teachers prepare their students for the future and how students actually achieve success. An emphasis on college readiness, panelists said, is needed to inform, assess, and improve high school teaching for the 21st-century." Article here.

September 13, 2007
School Web Lockers -- note the technology usage in the lower grade levels...
"The School Web Lockers product was started as a collaboration between a local high school and Networld Solutions. The vision was to provide an easy-to-use, cross-platform method to:

  • share files between teachers and students
  • share files between student interest groups
  • access homework files from various locations.

School Web Lockers has grown into a full suite of education productivity applications for the use of students, teachers and staff. The endeavor is aimed at providing secure, easy to administer, software that districts can implement with confidence." Details here.

September 12, 2007
Colleges find new revenue source online
College athletic departments are using the web to bring in more revenue. "College athletic departments are discovering the click of a mouse can sound just as sweet as the ring of a cash register: Across the country, colleges and universities are transforming their web sites into one-stop, multimedia channels with hopes of generating up to $1 million a year. Enhanced use of the web also could enable colleges to better target their customers and raise even more money..." Full Story

September 12, 2007
Lehigh University Debuts Open Virtual Classroom -- from
"Lehigh University has added a virtual class to its curriculum this fall called Bioscience in the 21st century. The multidisciplinary class is designed to allow anyone interested to watch lectures and study course material or PowerPoint presentations posted on the university's website for free. Lectures are also available from iTunes U, according to Lehigh University." Read More

September 12, 2007
Culture Clash in Office 2.0 -- from, by Susan Kuchinskas
"The so-called Web 2.0 apps -- blogs, wikis, photo-sharing, collaboration, community and other kinds of content generation-- still struggle to penetrate the business community. While it's still tough to get people to change the way they work, there's a culture clash brewing." Article here.

September 12, 2007
Drexel Hosts 'PodCamp Philly' on New Media Apps -- from
"Drexel University hosted a conference last week on new media applications, a 'PodCamp' to 'promote the use of new media to television, newspapers, radio, businesses, educators, and individuals.' The conference was free to podcasters and listeners, bloggers and readers, and anyone interested in new media." Read More

September 11, 2007
UC Irvine Grant Contest Seeks New Digital Media Tools -- from
"The University of California Humanities Research Institute is leading a $2 million grant competition to foster new digital media tools, UPI reported. The project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, has the broader aim of finding out how technology is changing the way young people learn, play, and socialize in civic life." Article here.

Contest seeks new digital media tools

September 10, 2007
Can you hear the clickin' coming from the Prelude classes?
This fall, 1400 students purchased "clickers" and are using them in their Prelude classes here at Calvin. These "clickers", from a company called eInstruction, are officially known as a part of the Classroom Performance System (CPS) and use both hardware and software to provide an engaging learning experience. With this technology, you can do many things. For now, we are focusing on offering interactive quizzes -- the scores of which can be uploaded directly to courses in KnightVision (Blackboard).

September 6, 2007
Recent news from Apple

  • Now available: iTunes 7.4
    iTunes 7.4 includes a larger viewing area for movies and TV. In fact, video now fills the entire iTunes window, offering you a richer, seamless playback experience that looks better than ever. You can also now rate entire albums in addition to individual songs.
  • 8GB iPhone now priced at $399
    To make iPhone affordable for more customers, Apple lowered the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to just $399. Apple also announced that it is on track to sell its one-millionth iPhone before the end of September.
  • Apple unveils iPod touch
    The new iPod touch features built-in Wi-Fi networking and a new multi-touch user interface that makes it easy to find your music, video, and other digital content and enjoy it on a widescreen display. The multi-touch interface uses new software to present an easy-to-use user interface for Safari, Apple’s YouTube application, and the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store—all of which come with iPod touch. At 8mm thin, the iPod touch has up to 22 hours of audio playback and up to five hours of video playback. Available later this month, iPod touch comes in 8GB and 16GB models for $299 and $399, respectively.
  • A new iPod nano
    The new iPod nano offers video playback, an enhanced user interface featuring Cover Flow, and a new design. Featuring a larger two-inch display with 204 pixels per inch, the new iPod nano lets you watch your favorite movies, TV shows, and music videos in the same resolution available on the current video iPod. Encased in a new all-metal design, the iPod nano iPod nano comes in 4GB and 8GB models, selling for $149 and $199, respectively.
  • 240 Songs. Remixed colors.
    Featuring 1GB of storage, iPod shuffle lets you wear up to 240 songs on your sleeve. Or belt. Or lapel.
  • The new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store
    Now you can enter the new iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store; wirelessly browse, search, preview, purchase, and download songs or albums to your iPhone or iPod touch; then immediately listen to your new music after it downloads. Once you get back to your Mac or PC, iTunes automatically recognizes the new music and syncs it with your existing library. iTunes will even complete the download of any partially downloaded songs or albums.
  • Create your own custom ringtones in iTunes
    Using the new built-in ringtone maker in iTunes, you’ll soon be able to create custom ringtones by selecting a segment, up to 30-seconds long, from any of the more than one million participating songs. After creating your new ringtone, and setting custom fade-in and fade-out points, you can easily sync it to iPhone.
  • Apple and Starbucks will let you wirelessly find and buy music
    You can soon take a seat in a participating location and—using an iPod touch, iPhone, or Mac or PC running iTunes—wirelessly browse, search for, preview, purchase, and download music from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks. No connection fee or login required—your computer, iPod touch or iPhone will automatically recognize the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store as soon as you enter a participating location. The new “Now Playing” service will even display the name of the song currently playing at the Starbucks you’re in. The iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store at Starbucks makes its debut at 600 Starbucks-operated locations in New York and Seattle on October 2.
  • New iPod classic puts up to 40,000 songs in your pocket
    Providing 80GB or 160GB of storage, the new iPod classic lets you carry up to 40,000 songs or 200 hours of video. The new iPod classic delivers an enhanced user interface, featuring Cover Flow, and a new, thinner and all-metal enclosure. The iPod classic costs $249 and $349 for the 80GB and 160GB models, respectively.

September 5, 2007
Teaching with Technology: Facilitating the Process (Part 2) -- from, by Ric Keaster, Leroy Metze, and Angela Hillegas
The means to bring about change
Colleges and universities across the nation have realized that technology is an absolute when considering how courses on their campuses will be delivered--either face to face sessions, through distance learning sessions, or in mixed formats..." Article here.

September 4, 2007
First day of fall session! Welcome students!

September 4, 2007
Video streaming technologies -- from IUPUI School of Informatics
"This Web site houses two studies on video streaming technologies—"Searching for an Ideal On-demand Video Streaming Technology" and "Searching for an Ideal Live Video Streaming Technology." The purposes of the studies are to provide in an objective way the information that is not available in the market for decision-making in adopting a streaming technology and to democratize the uses of such technologies."



August 2007

August 31, 2007
State-run virtual schools gather steam -- from eSchool News Online
"Don't look now, but online learning--though still in its infancy--is well on its way to becoming a major part of state-sponsored education across the country. That's the impression left by a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), whose member states have long been in the forefront of developing government initiatives in virtual schooling. The 112-page report, which is..." | Full Story

NACOL's president and CEO, Susan Patrick, says it's only a matter of time--and not much time, at that--before virtually all American students are participating in online offerings "as a normal part of their curriculum."

DevLearn 2007 - Nov 5-9 in San Jose, CA

August 31, 2007
DevLearn 2007 Conference: The Dawn of a New Age of Learning...
This is a great conference. Check it out if you can. Topics involve:

  • Instructional Design Strategies
  • E-Learning Management Strategies
  • Immersive Learning Simulations
  • Mobile Learning
  • Synchronous e-Learning
  • Assessment, Testing, Evaluation
  • E-Learning Authoring and Development
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Project Management
  • Web 2.0 Technologies for Learning
  • Media Integration in Learning

August 30, 2007
One More Year, and 'The Technology is [Still] the Easy Part! - from, by Terry Calhoun
"One of the more challenging parts of working within a higher education institution, especially (but not only) in the information technology arena, is coping with what the students 'bring with them' to campus. For the last decade, what the students have brought with them that has most required the attention of the IT staff are their personal technology tools and their expectations about the IT functionality they'll have while on campus." Article here.

August 29, 2007
A Campus Technology Webinar:

Wikis & Emerging Web 2.0 E-Learning Communities

Sept. 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. PDT

Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis and online communities are redefining education and providing campuses with tools that enable true collaboration and create new standards for learning and instruction.

Join us September 6th when social networking expert Howard Rheingold and Boston College's Jerry Kane share strategies for using wikis and other Web 2.0 technologies to stimulate discussion, capture and share knowledge, and better support students and improve their academic performance. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Campus Technology's Matt Villano and sponsored by Socialtext, you will learn from your peers in education how to:

  • Create virtual online communities as an extension of the classroom
  • Generate rich, interactive and up-to-date course curriculum
  • Reduce email traffic, while better capturing and sharing knowledge
  • Provide flexible, collaboration tools for student, faculty and staff

August 29, 2007
Articles from
The following articles might be of interest to you:

Teaching with Technology: Facilitating the Process - from by Ric Keaster, Leory Metze, and Angela Hillegas
Part 1: Strategies for adopting instructional technology

"The presence of technology in the nation's schools is an expectation mentioned in policy statements from local school boards to such influential national initiatives as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The NCLB legislation emphasizes the importance of incorporating technology in all areas of P-12 education; it is not a matter of "if" P-12 schools teach the nation's students to use technology but "when," and the time is sooner than later. Likewise, instructors in colleges of education cannot teach prospective teachers to use technology unless the faculty, themselves, use technology in the college of education classrooms as a part of their instruction. There is something about "modeling" that goes a long way in education, regardless of the level of education under consideration...." Article here.

AVerMedia Kicks Off Video Contest
"AVerMedia Technologies, a provider of multimedia and presentation tools, is launching a new contest for students, instructors, and administrators, calling on them to produce videos describing compelling classroom experiences made possible through the use of document cameras. The contest, dubbed the AVerVision Video Contest, is open to all North American K-12 schools, colleges, and universities...." Article here.

Anystream Nabs Lectopia, Launches Lecture Capture Division
"Anystream this week acquired lecture capture technology provider Lectopia and added it to its higher education division, Apreso. The two units will be combined to form a new entity called Echo360, which will focus on lecture capture and dissemination." Read More

August 28, 2007
2007 Fall Conference for Calvin College Faculty & Staff
"All faculty, staff, emeriti, and retired employees are invited to attend this conference, which provides an ideal opportunity to welcome new-comers to the community and to begin the year together in worship." More information here and the schedule is here.

August 24, 2007
Colleges testing Google apps -- from
"Google Inc.'s announcement last week that it had signed up another five U.S. universities to use its free Google Apps hosted software sounds like good news for software-as-a-service fans..." Article here.

August 24, 2007
Spread of online language raises concerns -- from
"For years, heavy users of Internet games and chat groups have conversed in their own written language, often indecipherable to outsiders. Now, some of those online words are gaining currency in popular culture..." Article here.

August 24, 2007
University Publishing in a Digital Age -- from Ithaka

"Scholars have a vast range of opportunities to distribute their work, from setting up web pages or blogs, to posting articles to working paper websites or institutional repositories, to including them in peer-reviewed journals or books. In American colleges and universities, access to the internet and World Wide Web is ubiquitous; consequently nearly all intellectual effort results in some form of 'publishing'. Yet universities do not treat this function as an important, mission-centric endeavor. The result has been a scholarly publishing industry that many in the university community find to be increasingly out of step with the important values of the academy.

This paper argues that a renewed commitment to publishing in its broadest sense can enable universities to more fully realize the potential global impact of their academic programs, enhance the reputations of their institutions, maintain a strong voice in determining what constitutes important scholarship, and in some cases reduce costs."

A link to the paper -- along with other relevant resources -- can be found at:

Note from DSC: I'm not sure I agree with everything here, but I think it brings up a relevant, interesting worthy of review.

August 23, 2007
A New Competitor to Second Life -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Kaneva, a new virtual world, is piquing the interest of educators. Its developers appear to be promoting the 3D world as a hipper version of Second Life, a cross between Facebook and a virtual world for young adults who want to keep up with friends and swap photos. Nick Wilson, editor of the blog Metaversed, gives Kaneva a glowing review."

August 22, 2007
Proceedings from Campus Technology's 2007 conference

August 22, 2007
The Promise and Challenges of Integrating Interactive Technologies into University Pedagogy -- from, by Randy Jackson, University of Washington, Seattle. Excerpted from the Campus Technology 2007 conference proceedings for the session, "Realizing Your Smart Classroom Dream"

"At the University of Washington (UW), Seattle one of the key factors driving AV purchases these days is the quest to create added value in our existing learning environments. In the past this simply meant installing data projectors, Ethernet, and AV control systems. It was largely a capital projects effort with little or no thought being put into the precise pedagogical demands that we were meeting by doing so. This was something that almost everyone wanted regardless of their personal approach to instruction and we happily met that demand. Life was easy.

Now that many of our rooms have reached a certain standard of computer-based multimedia display sophistication we are turning to pedagogical-based analyses of the roles technology plays in our classrooms...."

Article here -- and full text of Randy Jackson's session proceeding here -- both of which include this point that Randy makes:

"Many theories of learning suggest that instruction will be most effective when it leverages both active and interactive learning experiences. That is, learners must respond in some way to the learning material they encounter." 

August 22, 2007
How Dartmouth Produces Video Podcasts -- from, by Dian Schaffhauser
"With an $8,000 investment, Dartmouth's Department of Physics and Astronomy has set up the capability to provide video podcasts for courses that enable students to watch lectures they may have missed or that warrant review. Now, said Lab Manager John Largent, the New Hampshire school is exploring how it can make lecture capture available campus-wide." Article here.

August 21, 2007
Big 10 Universities: What are they doing for developing digital instructional media? -- from citesedtech at U of Illinois
"Big Ten universities have a 'media center' for assisting faculty with developing digital instructional media. These are often walk-in centers where one-on-one assistance is provided for free. Several universities have classrooms dedicated for technology training."

Indiana University University of Iowa
University of Michigan Michigan State University
University of Minnesota
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Penn State University
Purdue University University of Wisconsin
University of Illinois  

August 20, 2007
Corporate self-interest rules Wikipedia edits -- from
"Since the news first broke last week about WikiScanner, an online tool that allows users to trace Wikipedia edits to specific organizations, internet users have spotted plenty of interesting changes to Wikipedia by people at nonprofit groups and government entities such as the Central Intelligence Agency, reports the New York Times. And many of the most obviously self-interested edits have come from corporate computer networks ..." Then links to article below:

Hafner, Katie. "Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits." The New York Times. 19 Aug. 2007.

August 17, 2007
Teaching & Learning with Technology
In this particular posting on a blog by Jim Vanides, of Hewlett-Packard, Jim includes these 3 important points:

  • Information is not Knowledge; distributing information is not teaching
  • Educational Technology is NOT just a tool – we need a new analogy
  • We need a framework for discussing what “transformation” looks like

August 16, 2007
Apple's iPhone: Will it affect teaching & learning?
"Apple's iPhone made quite a splash when it debuted earlier this summer--and educators, too, are intrigued by the device. As new applications emerge that can run on the iPhone, some of which specifically target education, schools are considering whether the iPhone can be an effective classroom tool." Article here -- from, by Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News

August 16, 2007
Minds in the Making e-collection
The Summer 2007 edition of the Minds in the Making e-collection is now available. This edition includes articles and presentations on Harry Potter, church and state, galaxy clusters, summer gardening, and more.

August 16, 2007
Blackboard Debuts Anti-Plagiarism Technology for LMS -- from
"Blackboard this week debuted a new tool called SafeAssign, which is designed to eliminate plagiarism in student assignments. The service detects plagiarized works in student papers and delivers reports on such incidents through the Blackboard Learning System." Article here.

August 15, 2007
A Vision for K-20 Education

  • A Vision for K-20 Education
    Which includes this excerpt describing the widely utilized 21st century tools for teaching and learning, including:
    • Educational content delivered more flexibly, through multiple formats, media and platforms
    • Interactive, adaptive, multimedia courseware and simulations
    • Data management and analysis systems for the educator and administrator
    • Adaptive and diagnostic computer-based assessment tools
    • Security tools to protect student privacy and safety
    • High-speed broadband access to enable collaborative and distance learning, video-based communication and other multimedia-rich interactions
  • The vision of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is that technology:
    • Allows us to teach and learn in ways that were not possible before
    • Enables us to be more efficient in teaching and learning
    • Is essential for lifelong learning
  • SIIA's Vision K-20 also calls for a coalition of stakeholders, including educators, business executives, policymakers, and academic leaders to recognize the necessity of an instructional and institutional framework that embraces technology and e-learning.

August 15, 2007
96 percent of teens use social-networking tools
Survey reveals schools have a huge opportunity to harness technology for instruction

-- From eSchool News staff and wire service reports advertisement
"Ninety-six percent of U.S. students ages 9 to 17 who have internet access use social-networking technology to connect with their peers, and one of their most common topics of discussion is education, according to a new survey. Yet most schools have stringent rules against nearly all forms of online social networking during the school day. In light of the survey's findings, school leaders should consider reexamining their policies and explore ways they could use social networking for educational purposes, its authors say." Article here.

Related item:

  • CREATING & CONNECTING//Research and Guidelines on Online Social -- and Educational -- Networking (NASB) Here's a graphic from this report:

Percentage of online tweens and teens who say they do these activities at least weekly

August 15, 2007
'Cool' interactive community for kids, their parents, and teachers -- from
"Innovation Generation program inspires kids to explore the world of innovation and technology, creating next generation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians." Article here.

DSC: This posting -- and the above posting -- are yet 2 more examples of how the youth of today -- with all that they are learning/using/doing -- will be here on Calvin's doorsteps tomorrow. Questions are:

  • Are we ready for them?
  • If not, what do we need to do in order to be prepared for them?

August 14, 2007
University of Delaware Responds to Classroom Clickers -- from, by Linda L Briggs

"Have you ever found yourself standing in front of your class in the middle of a lecture and wondering what in the world is going on in the minds of your students?" --Douglas Duncan, University of Colorado, from the book, Clickers in the Classroom

"Any instructor who has had the experience Duncan describes can appreciate the idea of using clickers, or personal response devices, to gauge student participation and understanding. At the University of Delaware, with nearly 20,000 students, clickers are not only engaging students during class, they're starting to be used for homework assignments and as campus-wide polling devices." Article here.

August 14, 2007
Harvard Net Admin: Don't Do Banking From Starbucks -- from, by Paul McCloskey
"The head of Harvard University's network operations told state legislators last week that electronic eavesdroppers currently have the upper hand in the battle to secure wireless Internet networks, the Associated Press reported." Article here.

August 14, 2007
College Tech- BusinessWeek tests student gadgets -- from
"We're not talking about technology schools but about the technology that students bring to school. We put video cameras and laptops to the test, checking out items that range in price from as little as $100 to more than $2,000. One camera even lets you record underwater." Article/video here.

August 14, 2007
Fogeys Flock to Facebook -- from
"Professionals pushing 40 and older are joining the college crowd on the social hub. Can CEO Zuckerberg's team give them reason to stick around?" Article here.

August 14, 2007
Just Ahead: The Web As A Virtual World -- from
"Imagine being able to have a digital replica of yourself stroll from one site to another." Article here.

August 13, 2007
Living in a Widgetized World -- from
"With widgets, any page on the Web can be your point of sale. Marketers met at a conference to figure out how to spread them far and wide." Article here.

DSC: We will be keeping an eye on widgets and how they might be advantageous to Calvin.

August 13, 2007
Lugging The Right Laptop -- from
"You're about to pack Junior off to college, but he'll need more than a pad and clean socks. Here's what to look for in a laptop." Article here.

August 13, 2007
Educating Students About ID Theft -- from
"Packing a kid off to college this fall? Send along some advice about fending off fraud on campus." Article here.

August 9, 2007
The Information Age is definitely upon us (for better or worse)
As I was reflecting upon the first article/link below, I realized anew that the Information Age is definitely upon us:

So people are more informed than ever before -- again, for better or worse.

August 9. 2007
Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) issues new guidance on 21st-century skills -- from eSchool News, by Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor
Revised framework outlines a new vision for education in today's schools; focusing on updated skills and school support, P21 offers educators a roadmap to reaching 21st-century goals. The article includes the following quote:

"These skills distinguish 'those students who can thrive in the complex life and work environments of the 21st century,' and they focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, as well as mastery of information, media, and technology skills--all of which are 'essential for preparing students for the future,' according to Charles Fadel, a P21 board member and global education leader for Cisco Systems Inc.

Fadel added: "We live and work in a technology- and media-driven environment, marked by access to an abundance of information, rapid changes in technology tools, and the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, today's students must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical-thinking skills related to information, media, and technology."

August 8, 2007
Net generation comes of age -- from CNET News
Here's an interesting quote from this article/interview:

  • What defines the All Technology generation, according to you?
    Rosen: "This is a generation of kids, teens and young adults who have been raised from the very beginning immersed in technology. Most of them know no other world, no world that doesn't include the Internet. They are defined by their reliance on technology, their use of technology, and particularly their propensity for multitasking technologically; they are also defined by the fact that they use a variety of media to communicate with the world, with their friends and even in the business world. Those kinds of communication technologies are different than the ones that previous generations are used to.

    They don't use technology, it simply is. It's the main focus of their life. See, that's the difference. A baby boomer and even a Gen X would say, "Well, I use the Internet" or "I use my cell phone a lot" or "I text message" and so on. Gen X learned how to use technology, whereas the Net Gen kids were raised steeped in technology and they don't use it, it just simply is."

August 8, 2007
Top 100 tools for learning -- according to one poll from the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

August 7, 2007
Will new NCLB reflect 21st-century skills?
House education committee chairman hopes so, as he outlines his vision for renewing the nation's education law -- from eSchoolNews Online
"Schools must no longer prepare our students to be autonomous problem solvers. The workplace they enter tomorrow will increasingly require them to work in teams, collaborating across companies, communities, and continents. These skills cannot be developed solely by simple multiple-choice exams." Article here.

Related article:

  • Maine joins 21st-Century Skills Effort
    "High school graduates need a global awareness; work skills that include team-building, creativity, and innovation; critical thinking and problem-solving, self-motivation, and self-direction skills; information, communications, and technology literacy; as well as high levels of literacy and numeracy. If we think we can let some of our students graduate with less than that and still succeed, then we are fooling ourselves"

August 7, 2007
Comparison of 7 anti-plagiarism tools -- from Educause

August 7, 2007
A (Free) New Way to Mix PowerPoint and Audio - from The Chronicle of Higher Education
"PowerPoint has an audio function that lets you add narration to your lecture slides, but a number of people find it difficult to use. And what if you want more than your own voice, but music or sound clips of other people?" Article here.

August 7, 2007
Google Offers Researchers a 'Drink from the Fire Hose' - from
"Google Inc. announced it would make two new services available to the higher education research community--access to Web search and machine translations--as part of a new University Research Programs effort. The search firm made the announcement at its higher ed Faculty Summit held July 26 to 27 in Mountain View, CA..." Read More

The world continues to move towards an online, networked, anytime, anywhere, global, lifelong learning environment. How will this affect Calvin College over the next 10-15 years?

August 2, 2007
October conference co-hosted by the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching & Learning:

Reimagining Educational Excellence
October 11-13, 2007
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
hosted and sponsored by
Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning

This conference will explore how the call of Micah 6:8, to "seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God", can reframe the visions of educational excellence that we pursue. What do teaching and learning practices informed by this call look like? How can the pursuit of justice, mercy, virtue, and faith inspire, inform, or challenge efforts at pedagogical excellence?

August 1, 2007
Public wants more tech in classrooms -- from eSchool News Online
"Americans recognize the importance of technology in reforming the nation's schools and making them relevant for the 21st century, a new survey suggests--but they disagree on how schools should impart key 21st-century skills to their students." Article here.

August 1, 2007
Talking Back to Teacher - from The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Josh Fischman
Interactive slides, digital notes, and student blogs about study tips help revitalize the classroom lecture. Article here or more printable version here.

August 1, 2007
e-Learning Market to hit $56B by 2010 -- from
"With an already strong foothold in the enterprise sector, e-learning is advancing in K-12 and higher education teaching environments, according to San Jose, CA-based market researchers Global Industry Analysts, which project the global e-learning market to surpass $52.6 billion by 2010...." Read more.

From DSC: How will this continuing trend affect the expectations of our entering freshman?

August 1, 2007
Online U Research: Popularity of Online Universities Rising -- from
"Half of a group of prospective college students who said they would be interested in taking an online course in the next 12 months also said they would like to enroll in a completely online degree program, according to a recent survey conducted by the American InterContinental University Online." Read more.



July 2007

July 31, 2007
University of Chicago adds PowerPoint to their application - from

July 30, 2007
Quick Tips for Mac Users

Click here for Quick Tips for Users

July 30, 2007
Tech Therapy Podcast -- from the Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education has a new audio feature, Tech Therapy, with Warren Arbogast, a technology consultant who works with colleges.

July 30, 2007
The Classroom, Remixed -- from Brock Read at The Wired Campus/The Chronicle of Higher Education

The best-known “mashups” are astute combinations of artistic product — vocals from a hip-hop album laid over Beatles tracks, for example, or a Sergio Leone film set to a new score. But as Brian Lamb points out in Educause Review, the world of mashups now incorporates not just art, but also online applications and other forms of digital media.

Mr. Lamb, the manager of emerging technology and digital content at the University of British Columbia, makes a strong case that professors ought to take mashups seriously.

What are mashups? How can they be used effectively in higher education teaching & learning? See: Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix

July 25, 2007
Adobe Captivate 3.0 due in August
Adobe will begin shipping an update to their electronic learning software, Captivate, in August. It will be for PCs running Windows. The new version 3.0 is supposed to add enhanced recording capabilities and integration with Microsoft PowerPoint. Captivate 3 is often used to create training-related items, simulations, and interactive assessments.

July 25, 2007
Ball State Rolls Out HD in Digital Media Project - from
Interesting quote from this article:

"Production Manager Alan Gordon and Ball State's University Teleplex team are working to digitize all campus video, including instructional footage and campus television broadcasts previously stored on tapes. The digitized video content is being archived and will be viewable in streaming format on the university's library Web server later this year."

July 24, 2007
This person is the next Michelangelo as far as I can tell -- she's 12 years old and amazingly gifted!

July 24, 2007
Duke U. Says iPhones Are Innocent -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reports of iPhones’ network-wrecking capabilities have been greatly exaggerated, or so it would seem. Last week Duke University accused the stylish cellphones of periodically knocking out many of its wireless routers for brief stretches of time, but now campus officials have exonerated the devices. As it turns out, Duke’s router problems were caused by an unspecified “particular set of conditions” intrinsic to the university’s large wireless network, said Tracy Futhey, Duke’s vice president for information technology, in a written statement.

No other institutions have reported any iPhone-related network issues, so it looks like the devices are no threat to college networks after all. —Brock Read

July 23, 2007
All you need to know about copyright issues in podcasting -- from Karine Joly and the HigherEdBlogCon
See this page and also this page.

  1. "Copyright laws protect creative expression (visual arts, music, poetry, fiction but not ideas, concepts or recipes) against certain uses by third party without permission.
  2. There are several cases where you don’t need permission from the owner of the copyright:
    • public domain work - that would be any work created before 1923
    • US government work
    • fair use - basically, when you just quote small parts of the work with proper attribution
  3. When it comes to podcasting music for intros or outros, it’s always smart to use podsafe tracks available on different websites referenced in Vogele’s presentation powerpoint or works with licenses allowing such uses (Creative Commons). If you don’t, you have to get a proper license.

Again, I strongly recommend you to take the time to watch at least the first part of this screencast if your institution offers podcasting. Copyright has always been a sticky issue on the Web, and knowledge is power."

July 20, 2007
Authentic Learning for the 21st Century: An Overview -- by Marilyn M. Lombardi from Duke University
"Learning-by-doing is generally considered the most effective way to learn. The Internet and a variety of emerging communication, visualization, and simulation technologies now make it possible to offer students authentic learning experiences ranging from experimentation to real-world problem solving. This white paper explores what constitutes authentic learning, how technology supports it, what makes it effective, and why it is important."

July 20, 2007
The Open Library Makes Its Online Debut - from The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Imagine a library that collected all the world’s information about all the world’s books and made it available for everyone to view and update,” write members of the Internet Archive’s Open Content Alliance. “We’re building that library.” Article here.

Related article/quote from Ben Vershbow of if:book:
A little while back I was musing on the possibility of a People's Card Catalog, a public access clearinghouse of information on all the world's books to rival Google's gated preserve. Well thanks to the Internet Archive and its offshoot the Open Content Alliance, it looks like we might now have it—or at least the initial building blocks. On Monday they launched a demo version of the Open Library, a grand project that aims to build a universally accessible and publicly editable directory of all books: one wiki page per book, integrating publisher and library catalogs, metadata, reader reviews, links to retailers and relevant Web content, and a menu of editions in multiple formats, both digital and print.

July 19, 2007
A President’s Perspective on EDUCAUSE’s “Grand Challenges" - by Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

"This past year, EDUCAUSE President Brian Hawkins identified three "grand challenges" facing higher education: access, affordability, and accountability. I'd like to share my perspective, as a university president, on two of these challenges, as well as a third: assessment. I'd also like to suggest how technology can help to address these grand challenges." Article here.

"Ultimately, IT should help to solve problems or create new opportunities. The 'grand challenges' of higher education need IT—never more so than today."

July 19, 2007
Duke U. Says iPhones Are Messing Up Its Wireless Network - from The Chronicle of Higher Education
(Though I'm a huge fan of Apple and of everything they are doing, it's also important to spread the objective news like this concerning a new technology or piece of software or hardware. Apple, Cisco, and others will get over this hurdle and this piece of convergence will surely change several landscapes.)

July 18, 2007
iPod Course Design -- from Campus Technology - by Judith V. Boettcher
"You can almost hear the sigh of relief today, as more and more students review course requirements and see that they will be learning, creating, and presenting with their iPods, as well as reading text and listening to course content with them. The Apple iPod and its related set of technologies are bringing a freshness, spontaneity, and engagement to learning experiences that we haven't seen in a while; possibly, ever. Why are these small devices having such an impact?..." Read Complete Article

July 18, 2007
10 annoying Word features (and how to turn them off) - from
"One of the most common complaints about Microsoft Word is its insistence on taking control of the wheel. Many users get completely blindsided by some of Word's automatic changes. If you've gotten more than your share of support calls from users trying to wrestle Word into submission, this list will help you quickly cut Word down to size." Article here.

July 18, 2007
The Future of the Internet, Courtesy of iTunes - by Brock Read, The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Ramesh Johari, an assistant professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University, is shooting up the iTunes U charts with a set of free lectures that attempt to chart the Internet’s economic and infrastructural future. The first installment in the “Future of the Internet” lecture series, taken from a continuing-education course Mr. Johari is now teaching, starts with what the professor calls a “ridiculous question:” What is the Internet? But Mr. Johari quickly moves on to rockier terrain: Subsequent lectures tackle the economics of the Internet, network neutrality, and “TCP, IP, and the Alphabet Soup.” The lectures aim to offer “a nontechnical introduction to the architecture of the Internet,” according to iTunes, so they’re not alienating to tech newcomers. The recordings are audio-only, but slides that accompany the talks are also available through the online store (iTunes users can click here to check out the lectures).

July 16, 2007
The introduction of Apple's iPhone seems to be going very well

One-in-three Americans want iPhone
Apple's iPhone could become one of the most successful product launches yet -- from MacWorld

“Apple’s iPhone could emerge as the most successful product introduction of the 21st century, new research suggests.” Conducted by Lightspeed Research, “the research findings are staggering,” reports Jonny Evans (Macworld). “Nearly 90 percent” of the respondents had heard about iPhone, and 32% of those who didn’t already own one intend to purchase one. In a separate survey, Lightspeed Research also learned that “nearly half of those who would like to own an iPhone stated that the benefits of having music, movie, internet and wireless all in one was the top reason." Article here.

Note/prediction: There will be a flood of innovation surrounding the iPhone and what it brings to the table. Just as whole new product lines arose to support/enhance the iPod, there will be new apps and services to take advantage of the iPhone. Some of these innovations will fit into our higher education arena. We'll be on the lookout for them.

July 13, 2007
"Engaging Digital Learners -- An eLearning pro’s eight rules and two insights to get and keep your students interested"
Ellen Wagner, Sr. Director of Worldwide eLearning solutions at Adobe Systems, offers these tips to engage your digital learners:

10 Rule: Capture their attention.
9 Rule: Convince them to care.
8 Rule: Motivate them to change.
7 Rule: Give them choices.
6 Rule: Connect them with community.
5 Rule: Induce them to participate.
4 Rule: Enable opportunities to contribute.
3 Rule: Make learning an experience to remember.
2 Insight: Consider that maybe it’s not about putting the learner at the center.
1 Insight: Always remember, learning is personal.

For further details on these items, check out her article on

July 12, 2007
Learning With Sound - From The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Students from a sociology course at the State University of New York College at Potsdam took a road trip early this year in the spirit of Jack Kerouac. They brought along digital audio recorders, which they used to capture their observations along the way and the thoughts of strangers they interviewed. That’s just one example of the inspiring student projects that can be done using audio, according to Shea Shackelford, an independent radio producer based in Washington who works with professors to incorporate audio in their courses. Mr. Shackelford talks about the Kerouac project and his beliefs that technology can spark more student involvement in this week’s Chronicle podcast."

July 12, 2007
Kaplan Selling SAT Prep on iTunes -- from The Journal
"Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan (New York), has put three interactive SAT prep programs on Apple's iTunes service. Using fifth-generation iPods, students can download the programs for $4.99 to practice for college entrance exams."

July 12, 2007
Educational Games - articles from The Journal's Smart Classroom e-Newsletter

Video Game Tournament Tests Middle Schoolers' Math Skills
"Pac Man's okay, but can he solve for 'x?' Riverwatch Middle School (Suwanee, GA) eighth grader John Pickering won the June 26 National Multiplayer Educational Game Tournament, the first competition of its kind, which was held at the 2007 National Educational Computer Conference in Atlanta. The inaugural tournament used three-dimensional video games to test the algebra skills of middle schoolers from across the country...."

"Students navigate a series of missions while learning concepts such as prime numbers and graphing linear equations." Read more

Tabula Launches Multiplayer Algebra Video Game
"A new educational video game has been launched by Tabula Digita, an education software company, designed with multiplayer capabilities allowing students to compete, individually or in groups, with other students outside the classroom...." Read more

July 11, 2007
Building the 21st Century Campus
Last spring, Blackboard surveyed and interviewed 50 higher education leaders (a combination of chancellors, presidents, vice presidents, provosts and CIOs) in the U.S. and Canada, hoping to learn about their greatest challenges—the ones that kept them up at night. Bb also asked them about their dreams for higher education. The following white paper summarizes those conversations:

Building the 21st Century Campus
A Leadership Survey on the Challenges Facing North American Higher Education

I'll grant you that this white paper is from Bb -- a pro-technology company with an agenda. However, they state some truths that must be reckoned with.

Here are some excerpts that speaks to the shift in higher education thinking:

A successful 21st century university is a student-centered institution, unconstrained by time and place, that operates simultaneously, in a local and global context, constantly measuring and communicating its progress, and continually renewing its commitment to students, community, and the economic competitiveness of the country.
  • Institutional Flexibility:
    Higher education is less fixed in time, place, and offerings than it was in the past, and it is more opportunistic, positive about measurement and confident. While this is laudable, it is also necessary for surviving in a world with less funding and more demands.
    • What’s Changed:
      An institution is no longer simply a set of buildings, a rigid organizational hierarchy and physical property. Institutions can be thought of as less tangible now but more focused on creating value for communities, engaging students and building intellectual property.
  • Student Mobility:
    The era of students attending one institution, being loyal to the brand and learning through a single set of offerings is over. Students surf life and options in the real world just as they do virtually. (DSC: This speaks to the rise of consortiums of colleges & universities and to the eventual reality that students will piecemeal their degree from the best faculty members in the world.)
    • What’s Changed:
      Students vote with their minds, fingers and feet. They move around, assemble their own education solutions, follow their own leads or consult with peers, and rarely complain to authorities. Harnessing this, not ignoring it or missing the point, is critical.
  • Pervasive Technology:
    Technology is not optional at any level. It is here to stay and will grow and become more diverse as students continue to create their own communication, interaction and transaction modes. Faculty, staff and administration need to meet students where they are. New faculty have to come into the institution ready to engage as students do, and current faculty might need incentives to conform.
    • What’s Changed:
      Students have been relying on a variety of personal technologies, and campuses are always catching up. Administrations need to make it clear to faculty and staff that communicating, interacting with, and providing services to students are cultural variables critical to faculty success.
  • Return on Investment:
    The institution as a cost center will give way to the institution as an investment and ROI center. Institutions often look at the costs of technologies, reorganizations and planning, as opposed to perceiving such expenditures as investments whose returns (or losses) can be charted.
    • What’s Changed:
      Business models and business planning are becoming staples of campus redesign. By looking at investment strategies, return and loss can be monitored and used to guide later improvement, instead of simply appointing committees and hoping for the best.

July 10, 2007
Blackboard Takes on Plagiarism
-- from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Blackboard Inc. has announced the release of a new plagiarism-detection service that will come free with its software license. Professors can use it to automatically compare students' papers with millions of articles in a database that will be updated weekly. Unlike other plagiarism-detection services, such as Turnitin, Blackboard is avoiding controversy by not automatically uploading students' term papers to the database as they are checked. Students must first give their permission for their work to be copied into the database. The Blackboard service, called SafeAssign, was unveiled at the company's users conference Tuesday in Boston. --Dan Carnevale

July 10, 2007
According to one author, podcasting has no 'inherent' pedagogic value -- from
"A bevy of recent studies on students' experience listening to recorded lectures via podcasts confirms what many lecturers already know: that the pedagogical value of podcasts depends almost entirely on student motivation and the learning "context" of the application...."

"As with any educational technology, whether and how podcasting impacts the quality of the learning experience and/or educational outcomes depends largely upon how the technology is put to use," Deal wrote.

So, does podcasting enhance education? "The answer to that question depends entirely on the educational context, including goals and appropriate learning activities, and on how the tool is implemented," said Deal.

"Podcasting does not contain any inherent value. It is only valuable
inasmuch as it helps the instructor and students reach their educational goals, by facilitating thoughtful, engaging learning activities that are designed to work in support of those goals." Read More

Also see Teaching with Technology White Paper: Podcasting.

July 9, 2007
iPhone Reviews & Comments – July 2007 -- from Apple’s Hot News section of their website
Though these comments regarding the iPhone (which was recently launched on 6/29/07), are from Apple, try doing a search on Google for reviews on the iPhone and you will find that this new multi-purpose tool is a hit! This tool represents the convergence that continues in our world today: telecommunications, entertainment, computing, networking, and education. Look for new applications and mind-blowing doors to open as a result of this new device and the innovation it represents.

July 5, 2007
When Learning Goes Mobile -- from the Chronicle of Higher Education -- by Josh Fischman

"Mobile devices -- PDA's, laptops, cellphones -- are an ever-growing presence in higher education. The latest issue of The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning devotes its pages to a complete discussion of what works, what doesn't, and why. PDA's, one paper notes, have proven difficult to use. Short battery life and small screens make it hard for students to take electronic notes. Cellphones get fewer complaints, though they would seem subject to the same problems. But researchers suggest that students are more likely to own cellphones, unlike PDA's loaned out for a class, and are likely to be more comfortable using the phones.

Another paper, taking off on cellphone popularity, looks at the utility of instant text messaging for learning. Though standard text messages are limited to about 160 characters, researchers tested a prototype system that allowed 4000-character messages. That proved much more amenable to educational settings."

July 5, 2007
A Greenspan for Gamers -- from The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The multiplayer science-fiction game EVE Online has hired a Ph.D. economist to act as “a sort of Alan Greenspan for the virtual world,” according to a posting by the economist on the blog of the company that owns the game." Article here.

July 5, 2007
JP Morgan, Syracuse Partner on Financial IT Curriculum -- from -- by Paul McCloskey

"Investment banking firm JP Morgan Chase announced a $30 million partnership with Syracuse University designed to supply the bank with graduates trained in financial and information technology. In return, the school will receive funding for a new technology center on campus as well as help creating a curriculum focused on financial and information technology. The school's Center for Science and Technology will be the home of the partnership until the center is built, according a report by Syracuse News 10 Now Time-Warner Cable." Article here.

July 5, 2007
Interactive Version of 'Holt Biology' Unveiled -- from -- by David Kopf

"Secondary education publisher Holt Rinehart and Winston (Atlanta, GA) has unveiled its Interactive Online Edition of Holt Biology, which includes various interactive features such as downloadable English and Spanish audio readings for replay on portable audio players, such as iPods."

"Based on the 2006 textbook from authors Rob DeSalle, Ph.D., curator of the American Museum of Natural History, and Mike Heithaus, Ph.D., host of the National Geographic Channel's "Everyday Explorer" and "Crittercam," the online version also substitutes the print volume's magazine-style design and visuals with dynamic online visuals. For instance, animated tutorials demonstrate biology concepts such as diffusion and osmosis." Article here.



June 2007

June 28, 2007
Mapping Out the Future of Campus Maps - from by Terry Calhoun
"A recent question posed to the college and university webmasters list, UWEBD, asked the list subscribers to share their latest expertise and stories about the production and publication of campus maps. Not surprisingly, the ensuing discussion was enlightening. I'll share some of it here...." Read Complete Article

June 28, 2007
Higher schoolers are already using Blackboard --will they have expectations to use it when they get here to Calvin?

50 Schools and Districts Chalk Up CMS to Blackboard --from "T.H.E. SmartClassroom"
At the 2007 NECC show happening this week in Atlanta, education technology developer Blackboard announced that more than 50 K-12 schools and districts have recently signed up to use or upgrade the company's course management system (CMS).... Read more

June 28, 2007
Second Life: Do You Need One? -- from The Journal -- by Patricia Deubel, Ph.D.
"Second Life appears to be the biggest online community to hit the Internet in recent times. It's a 3D digital world, imagined, created, and owned by its residents, which number more than 7 million from more than 100 countries at the time of this writing. It's not a site that most K-12 educators would consider using, as Second Life requires residents in its main grid to be at least 18. A number of businesses, universities, libraries, museums, and a few educational organizations that cater to K-12 have joined Second Life, and at least one middle school, Suffern Middle School (NY). As a newbie, I wondered what the excitement is all about and decided to explore. What I found was that reading about Second Life and actually experiencing it are a world apart...." Read Complete Article

June 27, 2007
Collaborate! -- by Matt Villano --
Here are excerpts from an article on the use of collaboration tools within the higher ed space. What caught my eye was the use of Horizon Wimba's VoiceTools and the the Blackboard Learning System to help students develop their foreign language skills:

"From the privacy of their own dorm rooms, students simply log in to the school's Blackboard interface, then access Wimba Voice Tools to download sample pronunciations, record themselves repeating the pronunciations, and then upload their work to the virtual classroom, for teachers to evaluate. All the students need is a microphone (they can either purchase one themselves, or rely on the equipment in the school's computer lab). Article here.

What also caught my eye from the article was this quote:

Most colleges and universities have embraced collaboration tools to recreate the classroom environment between students and teachers online. Yet, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, technologists recently deployed a new collaboration tool to help each other as they develop new programs and products for the College of Arts and Sciences.

The software they use is Central Desktop, offered by the vendor of the same name. According to Dale Pike, associate dean for instructional and information technologies, IT workers use the tool much like they would a wiki--it's a place where they can share knowledge, answer questions, and exchange documents pertinent to particular projects in the works.

June 27, 2007
Web Searching not there yet according to some
From this article entitled, "Librarians Find a Place in a 'Web 2.0' World", the idea is put forth that searching via the web using Google has its definite shortcomings.

June 25, 2007
Purdue students gain virtual meeting rooms this fall
"When students return to the West Lafayette campus, they will each have a virtual meeting room for study and collaboration with other students and their instructors. The meeting room is part of Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional, a Web conferencing software that requires Adobe Flash Player to run. Students need a valid career account login and password to access their meeting rooms." Article here.

June 22, 2007
Tagging - one of those "Web 2.0" things :)
Do you ever hear the term "Web 2.0" and wonder what in the world other people mean by that? Well, many people do as the term "Web 2.0" is many things to many people, but below is an example of what most people would include within the Web 2.0 set of technologies --> tagging

June 22, 2007
Tips for you Mac users -- my thanks go out to Travis LaFleur, Multimedia Specialist here at Calvin College for this information

*** Expose and active screen corners
- Use F9, F10, and F11 to get a bird's eye view of your open windows or your desktop
- Open System Preferences > Dashboard and Expose to set active screen corners or mouse/keyboard shortcuts for Expose and Dashboard

*** Print as PDF
- Select the Print command from any application and then click PDF > Save as PDF

*** Zoom
- Hold down ctrl and use your mouse to scroll up to zoom in from any application
- Just scroll down to zoom back out
- Can be configured in System Preferences > Keyboard and Mouse > Mouse

*** Recent Items
- View a handy list of recently launched applications, opened documents, or servers
- Click the Apple logo in the upper-left of your screen and hover over "Recent Items"

*** Force Quit
- If an application isn't responding, select the Apple logo and click Force Quit
- Select the troublesome program and click Force Quit

*** Slideshow on the fly
- Select a group of images in the Finder
- Right-click (or ctrl+click) and select Slideshow

*** Online resources / software mentioned
- Pro Tips from Apple:
- Gmail Notifier:

June 22, 2007
What is Second Life?
Here are a couple links that describe what Second Life is:

Here is a link that describes how Second Life could be used in higher education -- NOTE: I am not advocating the use of Second Life -- at least not yet. I very much have a wait-and-see attitude on it.

June 22, 2007
File extensions
Do you need to find out which application created a file? Would you like to know what file extension a particular application works with or creates? Then these links might be beneficial to you:

June 21, 2007
Learning to Love the Document Camera- by Susan Brooks-Young in T.H.E. Journal
Classroom clickers and iPods get most of the news-media attention, but document cameras could be the next tech tools to become classroom must-haves, writes Susan Brooks-Young in T.H.E. Journal.

June 21, 2007
Multimedia: powerful.

Have you experienced the communication powers inherent in multimedia-based applications? If not, you will.

June 21, 2007
What's being presented these days at a distance learning administration conference?
Here's what being presented at next week's DLA 2007 Conference.

June 21, 2007
The iPod in Education
Here is a white paper from Apple entitled, "The iPod in Education: The Potential for Teaching & Learning.

June 18, 2007
Changes within the world of campus libraries
Webcast held on June 14, 2007: "Libraries, Coffee & Surfing"

The library’s longstanding function as the academic center of a campus has shifted. Many libraries have added digital media centers, and social and group workspaces in their portfolios of services. Librarians now define the library as an encompassing, multi-functional facility and virtual space centered on learning, the discovery of information, and collaboration. Coffee stands, cafés, and other social spaces demonstrate this shift towards accommodating the requirements of library patrons. This R2N program explores the library’s changing and often challenging roles—including benefits to its users, possibilities for its future, and threats to the library that we know today.

June 18, 2007
Interesting site/Web 2.0 approach for sharing presentations
Presenters from the NMC 2007 Conference are being encouraged to do a new thing:

  • Upload Powerpoint presentations to slideshare -- -- and tag them "nmc2007". This is an example of a Web 2.0 type of approach.
  • What is SlideShare?
    "SlideShare is a cool place to host and share presentations. Upload all your slide decks, and find / download interesting presentations."
  • For example, below is one of the slides from Cynthia Colongne's presentation:

Example slide from a presentation by Cynthia Colongne re: Second Life.
Example slide from a presentation by Cynthia Colongne re: Second Life.

June 15, 2007
Presentations from the NMC 2007 Conference
Below are the links to the available presentations from the NMC 2007 Conference.

 Keynote Presentations
 Opening Plenary Session- Fantasy Regnant
Edward Castronova, Indiana University, Bloomington
  Thursday Noon Time Keynote - Motion Design and Process
Scott Pagaon, Motion Designer & VJ
Session Presentations
  An Open Source Language Pronunciation Tool for European and Asian Languages
Joel Chauvin, University of British Columbia
  Blikis Across the Borders
Polly Hoover, Wright College
  Can You Hear Me Now? Pilot Study of Classroom Recording Technologies
Elizabeth Scheyder, University of Pennsylvania
  Changing the Culture of Therapy in Speech-Pathology and Audiology Through Digital Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds
Mace Mentch, Case Western Reserve University
  Chromostereoscopy for Use in Visualization
Jared Bendis, Case Western Reserve University
  Customization, Personalization and Randomization:
Making Learning Objects Mean Something
Britt Carr, Miami University
  Designing Serious Games for Education
Brian Winn, Michigan State University
  Digital Asset Management: Beyond the Repository
Louis King, University of Michigan
  The Epsilen Project:
A New Conceptual Model and Software Framework for Next Generation of Learners and Professionals
Ali Jafari, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Darrell Bailey, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Jeremy Reed. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Herminia Wei-Hsin Din, University of Alaska Anchorage
  Exploratory Historical Timeline
Julie A. Wuebker, Franklin University
  Immersive Project Management Through Game Implementation
Ursula Wolz, College of New Jersey
  Intergenerational Digital Storytelling as Process and Product
William Shewbridge, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  Modding the Matrix: Combining Virtual and Physical Worlds for Learning
Gerri Sinclair, Centre for Digital Media
  Pocket Virtual Worlds: Remembering the Alamo
Jared Bendis, Case Western Reserve University
  Museum, University, Community: A Collaborative Project for Change
Liv Gjestvang, Ohio State University
  Seeing Sideways: The New Media Eye
Beth Lykins, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
  Selling Through Storytelling: New Media Promotion or Propoganda
Phylis Johnson, Southern Illinois University University
PowerPoint Presentation [1.8 Mb PPT]
Paper [44k DOC]
  Serious Games that Educate the Populace
Brian Winn, Michigan State University
  Student Video Projects: Supporting the Beginning, the Middle, and the End
Susan Simon, Dartmouth College
  Things You Can Do With a 15-Foot Diameter Panodome (Including Set One Up in 30 Minutes)
Jon Schull, Rochester Institute of Technology
  Uncanny Valley
Robert Green, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
  Understanding Video Game Techniques Using 2D
Durwin Talon, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
  Using VRML and Flash to Teach Three Dimensional Coordinate Space
Elizabeth Pyatt, Pennsylvania State University
  Visualizing the Virus: HIV Medical Education in East Africa
Atif Zafar, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis
  You Don't Know Meningitis: Injecting Interactivity Into Health Education
Jolene Kernick, Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis

June 14, 2007
Some recent news from Apple

June 12, 2007
A "new language" continues to emerge
Though this is an older white paper from Adobe (it was actually written by Macromedia staff actually in 2005), it contains some very relevant ideas, including these two:

"The leaders that gathered in San Jose recognized that something unusual was taking place — a new language, rich in ways that extend traditional forms of communication with visual imagery and sound, was being born. A province once only occupied by artists and filmmakers was now populated by an entire generation of digital natives — and this phenomenon was emerging in amazingly similar ways in countries across the globe."

"21st century literacy is the set of abilities and skills where aural, visual and digital literacy overlap. These include the ability to understand the power of images and sounds, to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute them pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms."

While sitting in on last week's Apple's session called Design Remixed (at the NMC 2007 Conference), the above points were brought home once again when the speaker mentioned that the role of the designer continues to expand. In other words, the designer's language is changing and the skillsets needed are changing -- they continue to expand; and communication channels now include print, the web, DVDs, video, TV, and mobile devices.

June 12, 2007
Interesting articles from

  • Big Ten Partners with Google on Library Scanning Project
    Google Inc. announced a deal last week to digitize portions of the libraries of 12 major universities--nearly 10 million books and periodicals--as part of its book scanning project....Article here.
  • Internet2, Student Media Group, Produce Digital Film Fest
    Internet2, the higher education research consortium, is working with a student-managed television network to produce a film festival that will showcase films solely on the Internet....Article here.

June 11, 2007
Great links for training on Adobe's products -- my thanks to Travis LaFleur for this information

June 11, 2007
Summary of NMC 2007 Conference
Here is my summary of the NMC 2007 Conference, along with some thoughts I had while I was in Indianapolis last week.

June 11, 2007
Items on Podcasting

  • Podcasting: Where's the Learning? -- especially see the Resources for that article.
  • The Education Podcast Network :
    The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together into one place, the wide range of podcast programming that may be helpful to teachers looking for content to teach with and about, and to explore issues of teaching and learning in the 21st century.

June 11, 2007
4 Adobe Products to consider for e-Learning…

  • Captivate:
    Captures your computer screen walk-through, allows you to narrate the tour, allow the user to simulate a walk-through, and allows you to add quizzes/testing at the end. Output to Flash. No need to learn Flash to use this product. Windows Only at this point. SCORM and AIMM compliant for export to learning management systems.
  • Presenter:
    PowerPoint plug-in. Allows you to embellish PPTs with audio, video, and even drop in Captivate files, plus add quizzes/testing at the end. Outputs to Flash. No need to learn Flash. Windows Only at this point. SCORM and AIMM compliant for export to learning management systems.
  • Premiere Elements 3.0:
    Video editor that can export to MPEG, Quicktime, Windows Media, Flash. Also writes to DVD or PodCast. Windows Only.
  • Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional:
    Live meeting and/or distance learning product. All Flash based. Nothing required on the other end to join a meeting or take required, recorded curriculum other than the Flash player.

June 5-9, 2007
New Media Consortium (NMC) Conference

I will be at the NMC 2007 Conference in Indianapolis, IN this week. I will be posting a summary of what I learned on this site upon my return.

June 4, 2007
Free codecs to help you play almost any kind of digital video file format -- my thanks to Ben Nanninga for this information
The following link will take you to a screen whereby you can download the "K-Lite Codec Pack 3.10 FULL" set of codecs (the word codec stands for compressor/decompressor and is used in digital audio and video circles). This set of codecs will allow you to play back most of the video file formats in use today:

June 1, 2007
Let's Think Big!
Potential ideas for various groups here at Calvin College

Here are some interesting items to review:

What is the Lord doing with the Internet?

Here are some potential ideas and visions
that would positively affect Calvin College, our students
and our world.
Should we pursue any of these ideas?

NOTE: The items discussed therein may or may not involve CIT's Teaching & Learning Group, but are meant to offer potentially useful ideas throughout the college. Some of these ideas are not feasible without additional resources (be that funding or personnel).



May 2007

May 31, 2007
Yet more examples of the convergence of telecommunications, entertainment, computing, education, and more

  • YouTube Coming to Apple TV -- from Apple
    "YouTube, the Internet’s most popular source for originally created content, becomes available on Apple TV next month, Apple announced today. Beginning in mid-June, Apple TV customers will be able to wirelessly stream videos directly from YouTube to their widescreen TVs. 'This is the first time users can easily browse, find and watch YouTube videos right from their living room couch, and it’s really, really fun,' said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO."
  • Surfing TV on the Internet: Video-search company Blinkx is offering a new, easy tool for finding full-length TV shows online. From MIT Technology Review.
  • AudioDizer
    "AudioDizer, an MIT-student-founded company, employs cutting-edge text-to-speech (T2S) technology to increase the amount of content available for mobile devices. While T2S technology has been around for years, AudioDizer brings the podcast experience to the next level by using multiple voices, different accents, and music to enhance the listening experience."

May 31, 2007
iTunes U updates

  • Apple rolls out iTunes U -- from Campus -- by David Nagel
    "Apple has launched a new iTunes feature called iTunes U, a new department in the iTunes Store that provides free education resources from American colleges and universities. The idea is to share resources from these campuses, such as lectures and research, free of charge." Article here
  • "Education evolves" -- from Apple's Website
    "iTunes U has arrived, giving higher education institutions an ingenious way to get audio and video content out to their students. Presentations, performances, lectures, demonstrations, debates, tours, archival footage — school is about to become even more inspiring. Designed to be completely intuitive, iTunes U is based on the iTunes Store, where millions of people already get their music, movies, and TV shows. Now there’s an area of the iTunes Store devoted entirely to education, where it’s easy to search thousands of audio and video files from schools across the country. Colleges and universities build their own iTunes U sites. Faculty post content they create for their classes. Students download what they need, and go.
    Learning isn’t just for the classroom anymore. It’s for anytime and anyplace you’ve got a Mac, a PC, or an iPod."

    Go directly to iTunes U in the iTunes Store (this link requires that you have iTunes software loaded on your system).

May 31, 2007
U of Tennessee MBAs See the Light with Data Visualization Software - from Campus -- by Linda L Briggs
"Students in Professor Mary Holcomb's MBA courses at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are spending less time figuring out how to manipulate data and more time learning how to make good decisions from that data.

Holcomb, who teaches a course on supply chain management to MBAs in their final semester at the university, has begun using a data visualization tool from Tableau Software that has dramatically changed how much time students spend trying to pry meaningful patterns from the massive practice database Holcomb uses to teach data analytics." Article here.

May 30, 2007
Google Universal and Its New Navigation -- from Information Today -- by Greg R. Notess
"At Google’s Searchology event on May 16, 2007, Google announced several major changes at the search engine, all of which have now begun to appear in Google results. The introduction of universal search, a new universal navigation bar, contextual navigation links, more related search suggestions, experimental search, and cross-language searching may not jump out to the casual searcher. Yet the aggregate effect of these changes is one of the more substantial rewrites that Google has done." Article here.

May 30, 2007
The following items are some interesting examples of multimedia:

  • Inside Cancer
    Multimedia tool from Dolan DNA Learning Center and Cold Spring Harbor helps students understand the biology of cancer. Site visitors learn the fundamental concepts of cancer genetics through 3-D Flash animations, video interviews with experts, narrated slides, and more. Built with Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, and Photoshop. (Aug 2006)
  • Monfort College of Business Virtual Tour - especially the "Experience a Class" section
    Get to know Monfort College of Business from the comfort of your dorm room. Created by a student for students, this virtual tour incorporates video, audio, and graphics so visitors can experience a class, stay up to date on campus news, explore Kepner Hall, and more. Built with ColdFusion, Dreamweaver, Fireworks 8, Flash 8, Flash Media Server, Flash Remoting, and Flex. (Nov 2006)
  • Technology Keeps Classes Open for Hong Kong Schools
    The outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong has forced the closure of all learning institutions. Teachers and school administrators needed a quick and easy alternative to classroom learning that would keep students up to date in a safe environment.
May 29, 2007
Hybrid Learning: Maximizing Student Engagement - from -- by Ruth Reynard
"I became involved with hybrid teaching simply as a common-sense approach to the challenge of transitioning traditional faculty from classroom to online learning environments while I was director of a center for instructional technology at a university in the South. The challenge that faced me was working with faculty who were almost completely resistant to the idea of distance learning via the Internet, believing it to be a diminished learning experience. Many faculty also demonstrated a fear of technology in general and saw it as potentially time-consuming and overwhelming...."
Read Complete Article

May 29, 2007
Web-based Survey Tools

  • "We are looking for a reasonably priced, easy to use, web-based survey creation and deployment tool. We would also consider a mature open-source solution. Please respond with any suggestions."


  • I am currently using QuestionPro. Easy to use, excellent data analysis functions, competitive pricing options, and advanced survey tools.
  • At Education Technology Services at PSU, we looked at a number of survey tools when we were searching for an internal tool, and Prezza's Ultimate Survey (now known as Checkbox) was the only tool that met most of our requirements. It is easy to learn and allows us to create, manage, and implement/deliver surveys of all sizes and levels of complexity.

    Note: KnightVision/Blackboard has internal survey tools built into it - if you want to use them for your classes, for example.

May 22, 2007
Apple's iPhone
PC World says iPhone is #1 most anticipated product of the year
"Reality Distortion Field aside, the iPhone is the real deal. While the lockout of third-party apps is disappointing, the preproduction version of Apple's uberdevice had the best mobile browser we've ever seen, an incredibly slick touch-screen interface, and some innovative and useful e-mail, voice, and text messaging features."

May 21, 2007
Blogs, wikis, podcasts - some distinctions and some pedagogical questions
This document
, from Peter Campbell (a Lead Instructional Designer at Montclair State University), captures his viewpoints on the distinctions between blogs, wikis, and podcast, discussion boards -- then raises some interesting questions re: the use of each.

May 21, 2007
Telling Stories with Sound -- from
"Not long ago, a journalist’s toolkit consisted of a notebook, a pen, and a camera. But thanks to the growth of rich media in online news sources, journalists can now complement the words and images in their articles. “Telling Stories with Sound,” the first in a series of such articles, explores the growing role audio plays in journalism, helping writers craft richer and more dynamic stories for their readers—and listeners."

May 18, 2007
Hybrid Learning: Challenges for Teachers - from The Journal
This interesting article contained the following quotes:

...many educational institutions (schools, colleges, and universities) are moving toward hybrid programming and hybrid course delivery intentionally to provide more flexibility for on ground students and to increase the overall marketability of programs of study to potential students. My sense is, however, the main benefit to hybrid from a teaching and learning viewpoint is that it provides an opportunity for the learning process to become much more engaging for students, and for students to drive the learning process more directly.

It is also an effective way to increase students' learning autonomy (Reynard, presentation at Middle Tennessee instructional technology conference, 2006). In other words, with the integration of the Internet both to deliver and to mediate the learning process in combination with face to face contact with other students and with the instructor, hybrid provides a meaningful opportunity to bring together the best of both worlds, so to speak. Rest of article here.

May 17, 2007
Campus Technology 2007: Roadmap to IT Leadership
The Campus Technology 2007 Conference takes place from July 30 - August 2 in Washington, DC. Eight wokshops are being offered as well:

May 17, 2007
Internet Filter Reviews 2007 -- keeping your kids safe on the Wild, Wild West they call the Internet

May 16, 2007
Resident E-Learning: Podcasting Makes the Rounds at USC Medical School - from

May 16, 2007
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices. Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes:

  • What it is
  • How it works
  • Where it is going
  • Why it matters to teaching and learning

Use ELI's 7 Things You Should Know About... briefs to:

  • Enhance faculty development activities
  • Open a dialogue with senior administrators about emerging technologies and their implications for your institution
  • Stay up-to-date on emerging technologies

7 Things You Should Know About...pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts. Any time you need to explain a new learning technology or practice quickly and clearly, look for a 7 Things You Should Know About... brief from ELI.

May 16, 2007
An Evaluation of Class Lecture Webcasting
This case study was published on October 24, 2005 by Tomoko Traphagan, PhD, from the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment at The University of Texas at Austin. The case study/pilot focused on certain large enrollment courses at UT and it indicated that the ability for students to review lectures was a positive experience for both students and faculty. (Note: Though slightly older information now, it does give some insights from their experience with webcasting.)

May 14, 2007
The Machine is Us/ing Us -- thanks to Dawn Bush, CIT, for this link
The Machine is Us/ing Us is a wonderful multimedia-based presentation from Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University regarding what's been happening and what is happening with the Web. Web 2.0 concepts are revealed in engaging ways.

May 14, 2007
Peachpit Press -- good resource for learning more about multimedia
Peachpit Press offers many books addressing the creative computing industries such as digital audio, video, graphics, gaming, web design, and more. Here are some chapters and articles they offer.

May 11, 2007
Top 10 most useful sites for 2007 -- an opinion only
One of the interested sites mentioned there is Stumbleupon -- which appears to be the collective recommendations of thousands of hours of searching by web users who share certain interests. Top 10:

May 11, 2007
Among Nonprofits, Christian Groups Lead Site Traffic

May 11, 2007
Divvio Inc.-- new startup with extremely interesting possibilities for moving multimedia forward (from chief transformation officer at AT&T)
Divvio, Inc. will turn on a service that automatically finds audio, video, and, eventually, text, on your favorite subjects. Then it weaves these clips together to create personalized multimedia channels that are updated each time you sign on. A channel on the New York Yankees might start with spring training highlights, followed by videotaped interviews and blog postings. "We're going to give you the best of the Web, but only what's relevant to you," says the Iranian-born Eslambolchi, 49". Rest of article here...

May 10, 2007
Educause' 2007 Current Issues Survey Report
"Funding IT reemerges as the top challenge, Security and Identity/Access management split as separate issues, Course/Learning Management Systems move into the top 10." Survey here.

May 10, 2007
Wimba Releases Live Classroom 5.0 - from
To Reduce Feelings of Isolation, Newest Virtual Classroom Boasts Multi-Way and Follow-the-Speaker Video, Phone Conferencing, Breakout Rooms, and Emoticons
"Wimba, the education technology company that helps people teach people, announced today the immediate availability of Live Classroom version 5.0. This upgraded version of Wimba’s virtual classroom creates a better learning experience through collaboration by drawing students and teachers closer together by reducing the isolation that is often felt by online learners and educators. Live Classroom 5.0— which most notably features multi-way and follow-the-speaker video, robust phone conferencing, enhanced breakout rooms, and emoticons—helps bridge the divide between human interaction and technology to ensure that people, not computers, teach people." Article here.

May 9, 2007
Penn State Flunks Napster, Signs Video-Minded Ruckus- from
Penn State announced it would not renew its contract with the Napster music service and instead would offer students access to Ruckus, a multimedia service it said offered students greater media flexibility. Under the new contract, Ruckus will provide students downloadable access to 2.75 million songs, full-length feature films, short-form video, sports clips, and music videos, as well as access to a social network site focused on the network. Article here.

May 7, 2007
Pew Internet Study: A Typology of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Users
This summary/report of the April 2006 survey contains the following quote:

"This report represents the Pew Internet Project’s first comprehensive look at people’s evolving relationships to cyberspace at a time when accessing online content no longer necessarily means walking over to a weighty beige box and taking a seat. Lighter laptop computers and high-speed networks (wireless and otherwise) give people the opportunity to get digital content on the go and do new things with computing – such as making a phone call. More versatile “smart devices” make emailing, phone calling, and downloading digital content possible with a very portable device. Pictures – photographs and videos – can be created and shared almost instantly, and Web cameras can put people in touch face-to-face over distance in real-time using broadband connections."

May 4, 2007
Economics of conversion -- speaks to providing video, audio, data over wireless networks
This is a white paper from Aruba Networks, a wireless networking vendor, regarding the cost savings of using wireless -- I include it because it speaks to delivering multimedia, the mobile user, to the iPhone and to cost savings.

...the newly introduced Apple iPhone that are designed from the core to integrate or converge voice, video and internet (data) services on a single platform.

May 4, 2007
Presentation on Tegrity Campus
Tegrity Campus is a product that's used to capture lectures and make them available via different means. Here's a PDF with the slides in case you'd rather thumb through those instead of listening to the captured presentation from 4/26/07. Topics include:

  • 3R’s: Relevance, Retention, and Recruiting
  • Technology in the Classroom: Engaging the 21st Century Student
  • Case Study: University of New Haven

May 3, 2007
Do you want to give Apple some feedback or an idea?
Here's one I submitted to them at

Calvin is increasingly using e-instructions "clickers" to obtain instant feedback from students in the live, face-to-face classroom setting. I was wondering if Apple's new iPhone will have the ability to substitute as a "clicker"...? Or perhaps another vendor out there will use the iPhone to allow students to press:

  • 1 for yes
  • 2 for no
  • 1 for always
  • 2 for sometimes
  • 3 for never

May 3, 2007
Information Literacy items from

  • Grammar of the Internet
    Resources, lessons and ideas. Teach your students how to validate Web site information by using the following resource and lesson ideas. Click on each title below for more information.
  • Building Learning Communities 2007
    Join Alan November at BLC 07 July 16-20 in Boston, MA. Learn more about critical thinking and web literacy in workshops with other top-named professionals, such as Joyce Valenza, Sara Kajder and Will Richardson.

May 3, 2007
Full Sail Dishes Out Macs to Creative Students - from
"Creative arts college Full Sail Real World Education in Orlando, FL will be handing out Apple MacBook Pro systems to students across six disciplines. The notebooks will be pre-loaded with Apple's pro-level creative software, including the Final Cut Studio and Logic Pro." Article here.

May 1, 2007
Apple Seminars Online
Online Seminars are available for the following topics:
Accounting | Audio | Design, Print & Graphic Design | Development Tools | Digital Media | Music | Photography | Sci/Tech | Servers/Networks | Small Business | Support

  • Most online seminars require fast (i.e. DSL, cable, T1) Internet access and QuickTime 7 to view any video presentations.
  • You will need to quickly create an account if you don't already have one.
  • To find out more about these and other Apple events, please visit:


April 2007

April 27, 2007
Opinion from Repeat After Me: When It Happens on Our Campus, We Will Be Ready!
"One of the consequences of modern communications technology is that we know of so many more bad things that happen. We know about them when we previously would not; we know about them sooner; and we know about them in more detail than ever before. As the world "shrinks" and the population grows, more and more bad things happen too...." Article here.

April 26, 2007
Apple Earnings Soar 88% On Mac, iPod Sales

April 26, 2007
Upcoming conferences

April 25, 2007
Highlights from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)
From April 14-19, the National Association of Broadcasters hosted their 3rd largest show ever. Here are some highlights from that show.

April 25, 2007
News from Apple from the NAB 2007 show - from
"On the opening day of NAB (the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters), Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the industry’s leading video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors. Final Cut Studio 2 includes Final Cut Pro 6, Motion 3, Soundtrack Pro 2, Compressor 3, and DVD Studio Pro 4.2. Final Cut Studio 2 also introduces Color, a professional color grading and finishing application for ensuring consistent color and creating signature looks. Apple also introduced Final Cut Server, a powerful new server application that works seamlessly with Final Cut Studio 2 to provide media asset management and workflow automation for post production and broadcast professionals. See more NAB coverage including photos and videos."

April 24, 2007
Blackboard Honors University Customers for Innovations - from
"Blackboard Inc. last week held its annual conference for users of its electronic commerce platform, the Blackboard Commerce Suite. During the program, two of its academic customers were recognized with Greenhouse 'exemplary service' awards: Duke University and the University of Alabama." Article here.

April 19, 2007
Security concerns in higher education
Security concerns in higher ed continue to be important issues for campus IT departments throughout the country. The following articles are just a couple examples of this:

"Once More unto the Breach" -- from
The announcement earlier this month of a potential data security breach at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) may have come as a shock to the 46,000 individuals who received notification that their personal information might have been compromised. But for industry observers, this latest revelation was just another in a long string of security incidents impacting institutions of higher learning. Article here.

"Learning the Lessons and Moving Ahead" -- from
Security expert Rodney Petersen is focused on higher education’s struggle with security breaches. He begins this article saying,
"Despite intensive security measures, institutions are still suffering breaches—sometimes quite painful and costly ones."

The article also includes this quote:
"But tremendous challenges lie ahead, including the fact that attacks are getting increasingly more sophisticated and more severe, and have moved from just being attempts to gain access to systems, to now directly targeting data or personal information."

April 19, 2007
Using an iPod for tours
World-renowned institutions are using the iPod as personal tour guides...perhaps we can make some video-based and/or audio-based podcasts for prospective and/or new students at Calvin...? Details on what other institutions are doing here.

More details on podcasting listed here.

April 18, 2007
Virtual Reality Items
Here are some recent articles and items relating to virtual reality/virtual worlds:

April 18, 2007
Text messaging -- in emergencies and in calmer times

April 17, 2007
New Mac Pro Workstations
Apple recently introduced a Mac Pro Workstation that has up to 8 (64 bit) processors in it. This high end system provides enormous processing power and incredible expansion capabilities. These new systems will save you a great deal of time if you are consistently editing video or working with high end graphics applications like Photoshop, Maya, Motion, Aperture, etc.

April 11, 2007
Copyright law
Who out there has some good information on copyright law and intellectual property? Here are 3 excellent resources: