Category Archives: Tech Spotlights

McGraw MATLAB, R Statistical Computing & LaTeX Workshops!

Are you an undergraduate student? Need help with MATLAB? Scratching your head over plotting in R? Lost in the syntax of LaTeX? Check out the McGraw Center series workshops at the New Media Center, Writing Center, and Rocky/Mathey starting Monday, February 16! Click the titles for information and registration!

MATLAB-Perplexed-EmailMATLAB-Reacquainted-EmailMATLAB for the Perplexed
Monday, February 16
7pm – 9pm, NMC
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Getting Reacquainted with MATLAB
Weds, February 18
7pm – 9pm, NMC
Click title for description & registration.


Making MATLAB Work for You
Weds, February 25
7pm – 9pm, NMC
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Statistical Programming with R

Series 1:
Part 1: Introduction
Tuesday, February 17
Part 2: Intermediate
Tuesday, February 24

Series 2:
Part 1: Introduction

Monday, February 23
Part 2: Intermediate
Monday, March 2

All sessions 7pm – 9pm 
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Introduction to LaTeX

Thursday, February 26, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
The Writing Center, Whitman College
Co-sponsored by the Princeton Writing Program and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

LaTeX for Beginners and Non-beginners
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00pm – 8:00pmRocky Classroom, Rockefeller College
Co-sponsored by Rockefeller and Mathey Colleges, Princeton Writing Program, and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Useful Tools for Your LaTeX Document
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Writing Program and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.

Want to check out workshop descriptions and registration links from one location? Check out the PURC (Princeton Undergraduate Research Calendar)!

R programming language: course available 24-7 online!

RData-segment_2bData Analysis and Visualization Using R: an introductory R programming course available online 24-7 through Princeton Coursera to current Princeton University community members around the globe.

Sometimes you need an R programming lesson on a Tuesday at 12:00am, or 1:00pm on a Sunday. What to do? Princeton Quantitative and Computational Biology graduate students David Robinson and Neo Christopher Chung, in association with Princeton Online/Princeton University Coursera, have created a multi-lesson searchable course based on the successful introductory R programming workshops taught by both Robinson and Chung over the past two years for the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the J Street Library and Media Center.

The course is currently only available to current Princeton University members with a NetID, and does not appear on the Princeton University Coursera webpage.  Check out the course using the Princeton link, and login using your NetID and password.

Teaching with Technology Innovators Series: As Easy As ABC: Digital Humanities in the Classroom

Topic: As Easy as ABC: Digital Humanities in the Classroom
Speakers: Bill (William) Gleason (Professor & Chair, Department of English), Andrea Immel (Curator, Costsen Children’s Library), Ben Johnston (Manager, Humanities Resource Center, OIT), Clifford Wulfman (Coordinator, Library Digital Initiatives)

Time: Tuesday, April 29, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: 330 Frist Campus Center, McGraw Center Conference Room

Refreshments will be provided! To register for this session:
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

The collaborators behind the new Interactive Digital Archive of Rare ABC Books, featuring selections from the Cotsen Children’s Library, will discuss the vision, planning, and work of the project, which was supported with a course development grant from the Digital Humanities Initiative and has been integrated into ENG 385: Children’s Literature. They will also describe a special course component in which students receive training in the methods and materials of the digital humanities, including text encoding.

Bill Gleason is Professor and Chair of the Department of English. A specialist in American literature and culture, his research and teaching interests range from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the late 19th/early 20th century, and include popular culture, material culture, environmental studies, and the history of the book.

Andrea Immel, Curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library since 1995, organizes international conferences, gallery and virtual exhibitions, and acquires materials for the collection.  She contributed chapters to volumes 5 and 6 of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, and co-edited Childhood and Children’s Books in Early Modern Europe, and the Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature.

Ben Johnston is manager of OIT’s Humanities Resource Center in East Pyne.  Since 2005, Ben has worked with Princeton educators, students, and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research. Ben is also an active member of Princeton Digital Humanities Initiative.

Clifford Wulfman is coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives and Director of the Blue Mountain Project. In addition to many years’ experience with text encoding, Cliff has published numerous articles on topics in the digital humanities and is co-author, with Robert Scholes, of Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction.


Tech Spotlight: MR Daniel on Digital Audio Production in the NMC

About the videos below

In an ETC Spotlight, MR Daniel gave an overview of the basics of audio recording and equipment setup, with a focus on podcasting and field interviews. MR covered the introductory basics of digital audio recording in five parts: (1) Sound + Sampling Rates, (2) NMC Audio Booth + Audio Software, (3) Microphone Selection, (4) the Zoom H4N (portable recorders), (5) Interview and Recording Prep.

About the presenter

MR Daniel is a doctoral candidate in the music composition program at Princeton, and a student consultant at the New Media Center. She was previously Carnegie Mellon Visiting Professor in African American and Film Studies at Emory University.

ETC offerings for the week of March 26th, 2012: Seminars and tech spotlight

This week we had three interesting events offered by the Educational Technologies Center.

First, in an ETC spotlight on Tuesday, John LeMasney gave an overview of Picasa, Google’s image and video cataloging tool. In the session, John showed users how to metatag, geotag, caption, and enhance media items. He went over Picasa’s face recognition, moviemaking, publishing, and album making features. Finally, he demonstrated Picasa’s key functionality: searching for items in large media catalogs using filters, keywords, and flags. Here’s the entire session for your review.

On Wednesday, during the Lunch & Learn session, Yannis Kevrekidis, Garnet K.-L. Chan, Curt Hillegas spoke on Princeton University’s most recent research computing activities. From the abstract: “Computational modeling and analysis continues to grow as the third paradigm of research alongside experiment and theory. Princeton University’s research computing activity has grown to keep pace with and provide leadership for this international trend including faculty across many disciplines and departments. We will highlight two professors’ work – Professor Garnet Chan from Chemistry and Professor Yannis Kevrekidis from Chemical and Biological Engineering – to show how computational science and engineering is enabling and accelerating scientific discovery. Curt Hillegas, director of research computing, will also talk about the central HPC resources that are available to the University community and how to access them.” Here is the session for your review.

On Thursday, during the Productive Scholar session, Shaun Holland and Sean Piotrowski talked about using gaming to engage students in the classroom. They presented the idea that games and services like Foursquare, Minecraft, and Portal provide good examples of collaborative engagement that can be applied to the classroom because these games appeal to an average student’s sense of achievement, competition, and challenge. This presentation demonstrated some popular forms of gamification in higher education and real world examples to apply to one’s teaching. Here’s the entire session for your review.

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