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BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and the Classroom

A new technology trend has been making the rounds in education. The technology trend is called BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. In higher education, this idea is not really that new. It has become second nature for a student to bring a laptop and their mobile device to a class. But with the increase access to more mobile devices (such as tablets, smartphones, eReaders, and laptops), an instructor might wonder, how can I engage my student in class while their use their own devices (or should I)?

Some see the BYOD trend as a negative trend. Having devices floating around during a lecture may cause a student not to focus on the content of the lecture. Others have taken that point of view and flipped it, and asked, how can I get the student to become engaged with my content by using their own device? We have blogged about using software to set up polling questions and that students can answer using their laptops and mobile devices. That is one way BYOD could work in the classroom. Continue reading

The Productive Scholar: Teaching with WordPress with Timothy Recuber

Thursday, May 3, 12:00 noon
Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall
Teaching with WordPress
Timothy Recuber
Timothy Recuber, of the Writing Center, talks about his recent experience teaching with WordPress, a popular content-management and blogging platform hosted at Princeton. He describes the challenges of balancing the open-ended, creative nature of the medium with the need for scholarly rigor and pedagogical utility.
About the speaker:
Timothy Recuber is a sociologist who focuses on mass media and consumer culture. He has written about the deployment of therapeutic discourse in online archives devoted to disasters and their victims, about the ways in which popular culture has helped inspire fears of terrorism, and about the impact of “immersive” projection technology and theater architecture on contemporary cinema spectatorship. His other scholarly interests include urban studies, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of emotion.
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The Productive Scholar: Ben Johnston on using maps in teaching.

Thursday, Thursday, April 19, 12:00 noon, Frist Multipurpose Room A

Using Maps in Teaching with Ben Johnston

In this session we will investigate the use of Google Maps and Google Earth as a teaching  tool. Google Maps have become so common on the Internet partly because they are so easy to create. It is just as easy to plot your own locations on these maps and store information about those locations. Google Maps can be used as a way to organize location-related research notes or as a research archive on which an entire class can collaborate and compile, mapping out for example all references to locations in a novel or mapping the locations of historical sites. The WordPress plugin, WPGeo will also be presented in this session.  The WPGeo plugin, available to all blogs on the campus WordPress platform, allows one to associate locations with blog posts and create cumulative maps displaying all the locations described by posts. In this way, a map can easily be used as a navigational element for the blog.

About the speaker:

Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist at OIT’s Educational Technologies Center and manager of the Humanities Resource Center in East Pyne.  Ben has been involved with educational technology for over twelve years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators 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.

The Productive Scholar: Angel Brady on the Chrome Browser and Chromebook


Thursday, April 5, 2012
12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room A
The Chrome Browser and Chromebook
Angel Brady

Angel’s presentation slide deck is available here.

A laptop that only takes seconds to boot up and runs one application, a browser, which in turn offers applications on the web. A laptop that has no ability to save files locally or even download software, because it’s all done in the cloud. A browser that uses apps that allow you to interact with different types of media, including rotating 3D models, without having to install plug-ins. A browser that has language translation built into it. We just described Google’s Chromebook and Chrome Browser.

In this Productive Scholar, the Chromebook and the Chrome browser will be discussed in terms of their roles in education and the Chromebook will be demonstrated. Come see what is so revolutionary about the way the Chromebook operates differently from other laptops, and find out why Google’s Chrome browser became the world’s most popular web browser, if only for a day (http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/21/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-thanks-bric/).

About the speaker:

Angel Brady is an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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The Productive Scholar: Angel Brady on Augmented Reality in Education

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Thursday, February 23, 12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room A
Augmented Reality (AR) in Education
Angel Brady
Click on the following link to view the presentation slides, with links. https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=djrsswm_18zmhtgh48

Angel also added “I found this link on how to export objects out of Second Life and edit them in a 3D modeling program: http://exporttoworld.plugimi.com/index.php?/how-to-export/

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.” Imagine a mobile app that displays real time digital meta data over real world physical objects and is viewed through the camera on your mobile device. That is a form of AR.
How is AR being used in education? How do you get started with using AR in your courses? What mobile applications and computer programs are available that use this technology? All if these questions will be discussed during this session.
About the speaker:
Angel Brady is an Educational Technologist at the Humanities Resource Center at Princeton University. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was an Instructional Technologist and Training Specialist at Rider University. She earned her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.