February 21, 2012: Technology Spotlight – Ben Johnston on Digital Humanities
In this session on the digital humanities, Ben goes over the definition, examples, and best practices in digital humanities, or the digital study of the human condition. Highlights include an overview of the Whitman Archive, image collection analysis, and encoding of text and semantic metadata, such as the implementation of Text Encoding Initiative, or TEI markup. Watch the video below to see the entire presentation.
Augmented Reality (AR) has been around for some time and also has been labeled as a “gimmicky” technology. With a couple of new applications using AR, it is now being revisited again in the educational world. What exactly is AR? According to Wikipedia Augmented Reality is “ a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” So AR is not VR (Virtual Reality) where everything you see and experience is not interacting in your own real environment and is computer generated. AR uses the real world around you and blends your perceptions of world with technology enhancements (be it 3D graphics or images or text) and overlays the technology on your real world environment. A good example of AR that many see is in sports. AR is used in football TV broadcasts. A yellow line is superimposed on the grass to show viewers where the first down marker is located. If you were a fan in the stands, you do not see the line since you are viewing the game in the real world and without a device that is projecting the AR object, the yellow line. AR helps us interact and digitally manipulate the real world around us. Continue reading →
Please note that video for this session is unavailable.
Ever realize you left your notes from an important meeting on your usb drive, but all you have with is your smart phone, and now you need some piece of information from that meeting right away? Evernote can solve that and many other mobile technology problems. If you live a mobile life and use technology even just a little bit, Evernote can act like a second brain, because it allows you to access your stuff just about anywhere from any device. This session will show you the efficient functionality of Evernote and highlight a few practical uses of the software.
Anne Langley is the Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries and Library Liaison to the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. She has authored three books on academic librarianship, and is an active library instructor. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was a Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Duke University, and lead singer of the band Fluff Chick in Chapel Hill, NC. Anne has tried her hand at a variety of professions, including deckhand on a shrimp boat, short-order cook, selling Marimekko fabric, poet and construction worker. She thinks it is important to make every day fun.
Shana will be talking about the sustainability effort at Princeton, and how technology plays a role in that effort.
About the speaker:
Shana Weber is the sustainability manager in the University’s facilities department.Weber served as a faculty member and as director for campus and community programs at Santa Clara University’s Environmental Studies Institute from 2002 to 2005. She has been co-producer and contributing science editor since 2005 for “EcoTalk,” a nationally syndicated interview format radio program dedicated to environmental sustainability.At Princeton, she is responsible for helping the University as a whole to improve its environmental performance and to facilitate its emergence as a leading example of sustainability among institutions of higher education. She works with students, faculty and staff to diminish the University’s ecological footprint by coordinating improvements in energy efficiency, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and waste, supporting local businesses, improving public awareness of University sustainability efforts, encouraging creative collaboration and dialogue, developing University-wide policies and engaging the University community in the national sustainability discussion.
Wednesday, September 21,
Frist Multipurpose Room B Blackboard 2011: New Features and Feature Enhancements
Users will be relieved to learn the Blackboard upgrade in June does not require relearning the interface, as it did in summer 2010. Instead, old features have been enhanced and new ones added. Among the changes:
New capabilities for bulk uploading, managing, and using content in a Course are available with the Course Files feature. Course Files can also be used for creating a shared dropbox, which has the advantages over the WebSpace Dropbox of 1) keeping everything right in the Blackboard course site, as opposed to sending users to another application; and 2) allowing users without Princeton IDs to participate.
New content types include Mashups, which allow you to pull data from YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, and Flickr photos, and Lesson Plans.
Paste From Word allows you to paste MS Word files into text boxes without losing formatting.
The Lesson Plan feature enables Instructors and Course designers to create a structured unit plan with distinct and customizable sections that provide a means of documenting information such as description, learning level, delivery instructions, and so on.
Now you can keep Priority Announcements at the top of the page by putting them above a repositionable bar.
Back to the future: Announcement e-mail notifications once again contain the text of the announcement and are sent to course staff, as well as to students.
Grade Center Improvements:
Smart Views : Grade Center Smart Views allow for more customization and types. Selecting a favorite view links to it directly from the Control Panel.
Needs Grading Page : For Courses with many enrolled Students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help determine which Assignments and Tests need grading first.
Color Coding : Grades can now be color-coded. Grading Color Codes apply background and text color to items in the Grade Center that meet specified criteria. Colors can be defined for items based on Grade status or based on the score.
Rubrics : Instructors can create a Rubric to provide guidelines for grading an Assignment, Blog, Wiki, Journal, or Discussion Board. Instructors can associate the Rubric to a grading column and view the Rubric while assigning a grade.
Anonymous Grading : Instructors can grade assignment and test attempts while information identifying the Student remains concealed.
About the speaker:
Dennis Hood is in his 11th year of managing Blackboard for Princeton. He also uses Blackboard in teaching his speech communications course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.