January Jamboree – 2011

January 1st, 2011 by Michael

Back by popular demand, Learning Technologies and Online Education’s January Jamboree is returning this January. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the Jamboree is a month filled with workshops, presentations, and discussions that focus on instructional technologies and their application within the classroom. Use the registration form below to sign up for your desired workshops. Also be sure to check back here for any updates to the program. Click here to revisit last year’s January Jamboree.

Workshop Descriptions:

3D web – Interested in seeing the future of education? Virtual worlds and augmented reality are quickly becoming popular topics in the world of academia. Register for this workshop and learn all about Second Life and other virtual worlds as well as uncovering the vast potential of augmented reality.

Classroom Technology Services (CTS) – Did you know that PSU has numerous video cameras and other equipment that can be loaned out to students, faculty, and staff? Join Todd Kent, Plymouth State’s Technology Coordinator for Classrooms and Events, as he discusses these available technologies here at Plymouth. Todd will also discuss the equipment reservation process as well as an overview of the computer cart available in most classrooms.

Collaborative learning – Have you ever been frustrated by sending files to others via email? By using collaborative products, such as wikis and Google Docs, information can be shared in easier to manage formats. This also makes group work easier and less confusing. Join us at this workshop as we discuss the benefits of using wikis and Google Docs in the classroom environment.

Converting a face-to-face class to an online format - Converting a face-to-face class into an online format is not a simple process. Since both environments are completely different, it requires a different approach to building a quality online course. Join us to learn more about common problems found in making such a conversion. Issues such as VPN requirements, Internet access, and general course design will all be addressed.

Mahara – You may have heard of electronic portfolios (e-Portfolios) as they are quickly becoming popular in academia as of late. Join us as we explore Mahara, Plymouth State’s new e-Portfolio system. Mahara will be your approach to digitizing your resume, sharing important artifacts with others, or even building your own website. There are countless uses for Mahara within your class, come join us as we discuss it’s advantages for you and your students.

Mahara Day - This day is dedicated to using Mahara, Plymouth State’s new e-Portfolio system. Learn how to set up and use templates, create blogs, organize student projects, and build your own professional portfolio. Also included will be demonstrations by PSU faculty and students on their own Mahara projects. * Refreshments will be served.

Mobile technology – The world is abuzz with mobile devices flooding the market. Items such as the iPad, iTouch, and various types of Smart Phones (phones with Internet access) are being used frequently by students. Join us as we discuss the pros (and cons) of using these mobile technologies in your classroom. There will also be a hands on portion of this workshop where you can explore some of these products on your own.

Moodle Day – Advanced – Looking for more advanced Moodle features? From student reporting to incorporating multimedia, Moodle can be used in numerous ways. Topics covered within this time period will include creating and managing your Gradebook, embedding and storing multimedia (audio, video, etc.), wikis, course blogs, and student tracking.

Moodle Day – Beginner – Looking to get started with using Moodle? Come to this workshop to learn about the Moodle basics. Topics covered within this time period will include a general overview of the Moodle environment, adding your syllabus, and creating assignments and forums.

Moodle Day – Intermediate – Interested in expanding your Moodle use? Come to this workshop to learn more about Moodle’s interactive activities. Topics covered within this time period will include quizzes, polls, groups, groupings, and the chat features.

Moodle Tips and Faculty Showcase – Over the past few semesters, we have seen numerous Moodle features that are well received by faculty and students alike. However, we’ve also seen some features that don’t work so well. Join us during this session as we point out some of the best Moodle tips that we’ve encountered so far. We will also spend some hands on time in the computer lab, exploring the best ways to design and organize your course. We’re also interested in showcasing a few faculty volunteers who are willing to share their Moodle experiences so far.

PowerPoint games – Looking for a new way to get your students active in the classroom? Why not try a PowerPoint game such as “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” or “Jeopardy”? Utilizing student response systems, or “clickers”, your students will have the opportunity to interact with your lecture. These clickers are handheld devices that allow a user to “ring in” an answer to a question posed via PowerPoint. Using a game format has proven to be quite effective for student learning as well as for the instructor. Join us as we discuss the steps in using PowerPoint games in your classroom.

Presentation software – Tired of using the same old PowerPoint presentation? Join us at this workshop as we explore several different PowerPoint alternatives. Web based products such as Prezi and SlideRocket will be covered. We will also cover some PowerPoint tricks for those who are interested in expanding their PowerPoint knowledge.

Screen capturing – Looking for a new way to deliver content to your students outside of class? The term “screen capture” refers to recording your computer screen as you deliver lectures, tutorials, or feedback to your students. The use of screen capturing, in pairing with a microphone, allows you to provide guidance to your students without meeting face to face. Join us as we demonstrate and explore the art of screen capturing.

SMART Boards – Commonly referred to as an “interactive whiteboard”, a SMART Board lets you use your finger as a mouse, allowing you to interact with the screen. Draw, write, and insert objects and text right on to the board. When you are done, save your work as a picture or PDF to be sent to the entire class. Join us as we discuss and explore the endless possibilities of a SMART Board.

Storing multimedia (audio, video, and images) – Looking for the best way to store multimedia for your students to access? Register for this workshop to explore Plymouth State’s new multimedia repository system. We will also discuss the many ways of utilizing multimedia into your course, whether it’s face to face, blended, or online. Note: if you have sample video files, bring them along on a USB key or on your laptop.

The Computer Ate My Homework – As we increasingly rely on technology for our online course work, we inherit many of technology’s mishaps. However, many of these situations can be avoided by learning some “tricks of the trade”. Did you know that Moodle has in depth tracking features, so you can tell if your students really submitted on time? Are you also familiar with saving a word document in generic formats (such as PDF or RTF), which will result in easier access? Come join us at this workshop as we discuss common excuses and mishaps when dealing with technology.

Virtual classrooms – Have you ever wanted to have a meeting with your students in a secure, online location? Our new virtual classroom system, known as Big Blue Button, allows you to meet virtually with your class in a private meeting room! Completely integrated with Moodle, Big Blue Button allows for live online lectures, screen sharing, webcam and microphone support, and more. Come join us at this workshop to learn how to use this exciting new tool and ideas to integrate it into your course.

Web 2.0 tools - We hear the term “Web 2.0″ quite often but what exactly does it mean? Web 2.0 represents the new “information era”, where information is available in interesting and interactive formats. Web 2.0 tools allows any user to create and share content, quickly and easily. Join us as we discuss some of the best Web 2.0 tools available online and how they can be used effectively in your course. Topics such as Twitter, VoiceThread, Delicious, and more will be covered.

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