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Welcome Back for Fall 2012!

Welcome back, everyone! As you have no doubt already noticed, this Fall 2012 brings a new website and lots of extra content for you! Feel free to take a look around and see what's new - this quick introduction to the website might give you some ideas!

Here are some of the highlights from our other updates for this semester:

One of the most important changes to note is that Blackboard has been upgraded. Don't worry; it's the same old Blackboard with a new look, quicker navigation, and more grading options. To learn more about some of the new features, please read our New in Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 8 page. If your students need help, feel free to refer them to our Student Information Guide.

Need help preparing your research posters? We've added a Research Posters page, which includes free poster templates, UK graphics and logos, preparation instructions, and local printing services.

We're constantly adding new videos to YouTube, so check out the UK TechClips channel to stay updated with the latest tutorials and event recordings. You can also find these videos at UKIT on iTunes U.

Finally, if you need account access, a secondary instructor added to a course, or a fresh development shell, we still offer a quick and easy self-service forms for requesting service for Adobe Connect, Blackboard, and TurningPoint ResponseWare!

Thanks for visiting! We want the new site to be as helpful and easy to navigate as possible, so let us know what you think! Give us your feedback by commenting below or by using our Feedback Form.

Video Services for Faculty and Students

The University of Kentucky offers multimedia services to both students and faculty that allow access to technology for recording and editing videos. Support staff is also available to walk you through the process or answer any questions. If you are interested in these services, check out the Media Depot for students and the Camtasia Studio for faculty.

TurningPoint or LectureTools?

Five Great Sites You've Never Heard Of

When you think of social media, what sites do you think of? Facebook and Twitter are the most common answers. But did you know that these are only the tip of the social media iceberg? In this blog post, you'll be introduced to five of our favorite up-and-coming social media sites you can use to enhance your classroom experience, to learn and share in community, and even to organize group projects from anywhere.

Tech Tips Week #8: Introduction to Evernote

This week’s tech tips video is over Evernote; a cloud storage-based notetaking and archival software and service combination. This program allows the user to compile data collections of text, images, voice memos, and more. Whether you're looking for something to help take notes specifically, or simply looking for a program that can compile more than a simple word-processor; Evernote is sure to be something you'll find helpful.

Tech Tips Week #7: Introduction to SlideRocket for Education

This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases an introduction to SlideRocket; a powerful presentation software that allows the user to animate and present slides unlike other popular software or services can. We cover the introduction, tips, and handy uses of the program, as well as information about how to obtain it.

Are the days of free-standing clickers numbered?

The Scholars received an interesting email yesterday from an instructor who asked:

"The days of free-standing clickers are numbered. Why buy extra hardware and software when most everyone already has what they need? (The makers of GPS receivers are learning the same lesson.) About a year ago I asked my students, Can you access the internet in this room right now? In a room of 40, all but 2 hands went up. Between smartphones, laptops, netbooks, tablets, and eReaders with web browsers, you're hard-pressed to find someone who can't access the internet if you provide them with wifi."

This is a very good question - why, indeed, would instructors ask their students to purchase a $32 response device instead of allowing them to purchase a $15 software license for their laptop or mobile device? (Prices reference MSRP for TurningPoint device and 1 yr license sold at UK.) On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense, but here are three common reasons why instructors do this.

Tech Tips Week #6: Introduction to Blogger for Education

This week’s Tech Tips video features Blogger, an online blogging tool available to all students and employees through their Google Education Apps account. We highlight potential uses for academic settings, and tips for how to successfully integrate Blogger into your class curriculum. This is a great tool to use in combination with traditional face-to-face classes, or online courses through Blackboard.

Top Ten Educational Apps for iOS Devices

During a recent UKIT Talks Tech event on Apple Tools for Education, Tim Matheny, Senior Systems Engineer at Apple, Inc., shared his list of Top Ten Apps for Education. These apps save time and provide great functionality when it comes to note taking, presentations, and studying. The best part is that most of these apps are free or little to no cost to the user. Check out the list below and leave us a comment if you have a favorite app we left out!

Tech Tips Week #5: Introduction to Cloud Storage

This week's Tech Tips video, brought to you by the ATG Scholars, showcases an introduction to cloud storage. Cloud storage allows users to store files and data in a virtual storage drive to allow access anywhere they may need it. This video shows off some of the programs and services available to use and the varying functions and collaborative options among them.

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