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Organize Your Digital Self

Going “digital” can be a bit overwhelming.  How do you keep track of your links, files, blogs, email, and website materials?  How do you go about organizing and sifting through the vast array of resources on the Internet and turning them into an easy-to-use and coherent set of learning materials for the classroom or online environment?  People always tell me that they can’t believe I get so much done – it’s easy if you have the right tools!  I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I’ll tell you what seems to work for me (and what hasn’t). (click here for full description)

Web 2.0 for You

In the second generation of web resources, technology proliferation is increasing at an exponential rate… seriously, I’m a mathematician… I’ve seen the numbers.  It is becoming vitally important that we all teach our students so-called 21st century skills and begin to become “clickable” ourselves.  I have been reading blogs, websites, books, national reports, and surveys; watching YouTube, TeacherTube, and podcasts; using wikis, mindmaps, and virtual classrooms.  Let me show you some web resources and technology that can invigorate your professional development, spice up your teaching, and possibly even engage your students.  I’ve got resources for every discipline and I will focus on the free ones that you can immediately begin using.

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

We live in an age where students can expect to have 5 to 7 different careers over their working life and technology proliferates at a pace faster than anyone can keep up.  The most important skill we can teach our students is to learn how to learn. The ability to learn deeply, think creatively, and quickly retrieve past learning is going to make our students employable for a lifetime.  We have to teach our students how to harness the knowledge on the Internet and powerful technology tools to streamline and enhance the learning process. You can teach these skills by using some of these web tools in the courses you teach and hopefully you will find that they help you learn too.

Best of the Educational Technology Freebies

The economy is slumping and so is your department budget.  Luckily for you, lots of programs can be used for free!  Use the resources in this presentation to tackle the technology problems that haunt you – online office hours, course design, avatars, surveys, image-sharing, video-capture, mindmaps, website-building, and much more.

Synchronous Web Communication

There are several free programs (like WizIQ, Yugma, or VYEW) that you can use to communicate on the Internet that mimic the experience of standing and talking in front of a whiteboard. You could use these programs to hold virtual office hours, to tutor a student, to hold a virtual meeting, or to discuss a paper with a colleague. Another option is to hold office hours using an IM manager. Let’s investigate the options we have for communicating live on the Internet.

Capturing Your Lessons in a Digital Age

There are many different software packages available to help you record what you do “on screen.” Most of the features are available in all programs – we’ll go through the basics of recording a lesson on any computer and then some basic editing functionality you will want to go back and discover on your own. In addition to some high-powered video editing software (Camtasia Studio), I’ll show you a free program (Jing) that you or your students can use to record lessons, presentations, or questions.
Mindmaps for Teaching and Learning
Mindmaps are a great way to organize topics that you are teaching or research that you are working on. Students can also benefit by building their own mindmaps to organize the material they are learning.  Maps can be made individually or in groups, shared on the web, or only through a private email.  You might be surprised how easy it is to build a mindmap of concepts, notes, and links that lives on the Internet.