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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: http://bit.ly/TT-ABC
(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.


The Productive Scholar: Harnessing the Power of PowerPoint: Creating Effective Presentations for Students, Professionals, and the General Public

Topic: Harnessing the Power of PowerPoint: Creating Effective Presentations for Students, Professionals, and the General Public
Speaker: Robbie Davis-Floyd, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin

Time: Thursday, November 12, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
Location: 330 Frist, McGraw Center Classroom, Third Floor Frist Campus Center


There is a certain art to creating an effective PowerPoint presentation, whether it is for students, professionals, or the general public. Too many bells and whistles can be distracting, too few can make the talk boring. How much information should you put on a given slide? How can you keep your audience engaged even through the necessary technicalities? Should you just read your slides, or use them as mnemonics to jog your memory? Over the past twenty years, Dr. Robbie Davis-Floyd has given hundreds of talks around the world and has plenty of tricks to share on the judicious and artful use of PowerPoint, and on the art of public speaking in general!

Speaker bio:
From Robbie Davis Floyd‘s website: “As a cultural anthropologist, I have spent over 20 years researching issues in the anthropology of reproduction, focusing most closely on childbirth, obstetrics, and midwifery, which I continue to study and write about. I have also found opportunities to branch out into other areas that fascinate me: ritual and gender studies, corporate futures planning, biomedicine, integrative medicine, science and technology studies. This for me is part of the magic of anthropology: it gives you a set of tools for studying any arena of life that captures your interest.”

The Productive Scholar RECAP: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?

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Topic: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?Clickers-ppt-front-Temos
Speakers: Janet Temos and Jesse Saunders

Time: Thursday, November 7, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

“Clickers” are the common nickname for “Student Response System.” If you’d like to review the powerpoint file from this presentation scroll to the bottom of this entry.

These systems allow for:

• Real –time classroom assessments and polling
• Automated grading of quizzes
• Avenue for a classroom ‘back-channel’ to assess comprehension and engagement
• A way to break up lecture and re-animate focus (helps with dense lectures)
• A quick way to gain consensus

Often best when there is a discussion following a Clicker segment. The iClicker system was adopted nine years ago by Princeton University. It was designed by two physicist at University of Illinois (Timothey Stelzer, Mats Selen *89: iClicker inventors) as a simple, consistently operational student response system. Each Clicker has an assigned broadcast signal and each unit can then be assigned to individual students for used in a course. Clickers haven’t fully caught on yet at Princeton, but are in wide use primarily in STEM courses.

The iClicker system software can be a powerful tool, but isn’t overpowering to your CPU. Clickers-Instructor-TemosIt’s design is notable for its minimal installation requirements; just a few minutes and it works identically on a PC or a Mac. A small icon will appear alongside whatever presentation or word processing software you’re using (Keynote, Powerpoint, Microsoft Word), and that allows you to control the system. Continue reading

The Productive Scholar: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?

Topic: Clickers: What are they, how can I use them?
Speakers: Janet Temos and Jesse Saunders

Time: Thursday, November 7, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

Large class? Never know precisely how well your students understand what you’ve just explained? Need to break the ice and liven things up a bit? Want to conduct a quick review of points already covered so you can move on to new topics?

Why not try clickers?

Clickers are the common name for student response systems,. They collect anonymous (or assessed) feedback from students in real time. Results can be displayed as polling occurs, or hidden for later auto-grading.

The i>clicker systems are available to faculty for loan, or purchase. New building blocks make integration with Blackboard easy. Learn how to use clickers, and where you can borrow them in this session.

Speaker Bios:
Jessie Saunders is Technical Support Specialist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning at Princeton. A member of Princeton’s undergraduate class of 1982, she received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archeology at Princeton in 2001. Janet has been working in the field of Educational Technology for the past 20 years. She has been the proud owner of various personal computers for nearly 30 continuous years, and loves word processing and image editing software. She is a longtime PC native, but is also fluent in Mac.

The ETC provides instruction and training in all aspects of educational technologies for the campus community. We provide talks and training on demand, and each staff member holds regular office hours for consultations.

Lunch and Learn: New Changes

We’re making some exciting changes to ETC programing this year. The Productive Scholar series is now our single public series of educational technology workshops that highlight the tools and methods that enable scholars to work more effectively in the the classroom and in their research analysis and organization. We will no longer offer Lunch & Learn as a separate series. Now as part of the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, we are planning to introduce a broad program of traveling technology and pedagogy workshops that will bring our events to scholars where they live. We will offer a menu of topical workshops available by request, which we will bring to individual academic departments with the aim of providing more sessions tailored to the academic interests of specific disciplines and areas of study.