November 2012

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.