Academic Technology Lunch and Learn Archives

Fall 08

Public and Collaborative Writing

Tuesday, September 23rd from 11:30-12:20 and again from 12:30-1:20,

Bosler 214

Several of the new web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, Google docs, and Google sites, have become popular on campus as a means for writing and publishing online. Their flexibility, ease of use, and tools for collaboration have made them popular for distributing multimedia to students as well as providing students tools to work together on projects or writing assignments.  We'll look at several examples of each and discuss when they may be preferable to other platforms for writing and multimedia presentation such as Word and the Blackboard discussion board.

PowerPoint and other Presentation Tools

Wednesday, October 15th from 11:30-12:20 and again from 12:30-1:20,

Bosler 214

More and more students expect a PowerPoint slide show -- and print-outs -- to accompany any in-class presentation.  On the other hand, faculty often have mixed feelings about the tool the Edward Tufte claims "makes you stupid."  In this talk, we will discuss some simple but effective approaches to using PowerPoint as a tool to generate discussion, keep students engaged in class, and helping those with more visual learning styles.   We will also look at some alternatives to PowerPoint.

Google Earth

Tuesday, November 4th from 11:30-12:20 and again from 12:30-1:20,

Bosler 214


Download the example Google Earth file with examples and links

Google Earth allows users to embed and display information on top of a representation of the world created via satellite photos.  We'll go over basic navigation as well as Google sponsored layers, including historical maps and government data bundled with the latest release of Google Earth.  Finally, we'll demonstrate how you can enter your own text and images, then attach them to a location.


Wednesday December 3rd from 11:30-12:20 and again from 12:30-1:20,

Bosler 214

GIS (Geographic Information System) is a way of capturing, analyzing, and displaying data in a spatial manner.  While Google Earth may be able to perform some of these functions, SIRSI, the GIS software supported on campus, allows for the entry and analysis of much larger and sophisticated data sets.  Several faculty in geology and environmental studies are already using this software for their classes or research.  Our new GIS specialist, James Ciarrocca, will show how faculty from departments across the curriculum can use GIS to display information spatially in a manner that is accessible for everyone.


Spring 08

PodClass: Podcasting @ Dickinson

Brenda Landis (Multimedia Programmer, ATS)
David Richeson (Professor, Mathematics)

Monday, February 11th 12:00-1:30pm, Bosler 214

During this session we will discuss what podcasting is, how it is being used at Dickinson and other schools and how to start your own podcast. Professor David Richeson will discuss his
experience having his students create podcasts in his “Great Theorems & Ideas in Math” class.

Additional Examples we will be discussing:

Unsung Leaders
Latin Poetry
Quantum Connections
Untold Stories of Health and Illness
Chemistry Podcast (with slides)
Theatre Podcast

Games & Simulations in Education

Todd Bryant (Language Technology Specialist, ATS)

Wednesday, March 5th 12:00-1:30pm, Bosler 214

We will briefly discuss why games are being discussed as both a medium and tool
in education. Afterwards, we will look at some games that have been successfully integrated
into courses at Dickinson and elsewhere.

Google Earth: A Working Session

Ryan Burke (Web Developer, ATS)

View the notes and examples from this session

This session will give an overview of Google Earth and show a few examples of how it is being used in education. It will also provide hands on training that will focus on creating a tour with photos and other media and how to share your finished product.

Digital Scholarship
How to Connect Teaching & Research with Digital Content

Rafael Alvarado

Wednesday, April 23rd 12:00-1:30pm, Bosler 214

Using examples of from art history, literature and other disciplines, this presentation describes how to bring research into the classroom by means of digitized primary and secondary sources. A model is proposed for bridging the gap between traditional scholarship, with its emphasis on mastery of domain knowledge, and new media, with its implications for changing modes
representing and communicating knowledge.


Spring 2009

Introduction to Podcasting : Workshop

Thursday Feb 12th 3PM

Bosler Microroom (020)

Are you ready to create your own podcast?  We will walk you through all of the steps needed and by the end of the session, voila!  You have a podcast to post.  Bring something to read for the podcast…even if it is just the morning paper.  Feel free to get creative and write something original.  Podcasts are made for every topic imaginable.

GIS Creating Simple Maps : Workshop

Wednesday Feb 18th 1:30PM

Info Commons Classroom (Library)

In this introductory GIS workshop, we will explore using GIS software from ESRI to build a simple map.  We will start with a predefined lesson and data set.  Tasks will include layering the data onto a base map, classifying and symbolizing the information, adding a title and legend, and saving the finished map in a format suitable for publication.

Applications for Collaborative Classrooms : Presentation

Wednesday Feb 25th 2:30PM

Bosler 314

Ed Webb will demonstrate the use of wikis, blogs, chat rooms, and other Web 2.0 utilities to help foster a collaborative environment for his students during and after class.  These tools allow students to engage in written discussion, publish projects, share resources, and present multimedia in an intuitive and transparent process.  We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these tools as well as how they can be best introduced and implemented in different types of courses.

Video Creation – from iMovie to YouTube : Workshop

Thursday March 19th 1:30PM

Bosler Microom (020)

From camera to YouTube,  learn how to use iMovie to make a short video and publish to YouTube. 
Will be learning how to:

  • Pull video from a camcorder
  • Edit it in iMovie
  • Publish to YouTube
  • As well as other tips and tricks

Digital Storytelling : Presentation

Friday March 27th 3PM

Bosler 214

Digital Storytelling is the modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling. Digital stories derive their power by weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights.  We will discuss the difference between a digital story and a documentary and how both are created on campus.  Susan Rose, director of Community Studies will discuss her experience creating stories like these with her students from the past Mosaic programs.

Advanced Google Earth : Workshop

Wednesday April 1st 3PM

Info Commons Classroom (Library)

Google Earth allows users to embed and display information on top of a representation of the world created via satellite photos.  We'll go over how to use the Google Earth tools to add your own data, save and share that data with others.

GIS : Working with Census Data : Workshop

Wednesday April 8th 3PM

Info Commons Classroom (Library)

Census data collected by the U.S. government offers academic researchers and social scientists a wealth of information for analyzing the complex and changing demographics of American communities.  In this workshop we will explore some simple ways in which GIS technology can be used to assemble, analyze, and map census data.

Beyond Blackboard: Moodle Pilot : Presentation

Tuesday April 21st 2:30PM

Bosler 214

In the years since Dickinson first deployed Blackboard, a lot has changed.  The web, once the province of personal home pages and corporate brochureware, has become a full blown software development and information sharing environment in which new tools and services that directly compete with learning management systems like Blackboard are born every day.  A number of these--from blogs like WordPress to wikis like Google Sites--offer compelling alternatives to the closed, proprietary model of the learning management system.  In this talk, we will review this new landscape and compare it with the old, discussing the pros and cons of each in the context of real examples.