Screencast: Finding and using images with non-restrictive licensing.

This screencast will show you how to find free images on the web that are okay to use under Creative Commons licensing. We’ll explore what Creative Commons (CC) is, what each CC license means, how the image can be used and how it differs from traditional copyright. We’ll also demonstrate how to search for Creative Commons licensed work on Flickr and contrast that with finding public images on morgueFile (and how the morgueFile license works) as well as how to download images from Flickr and morgueFile.

Lunch and Learn: Meghan Krupka on 3D laser scanning
In today’s Lunch & Learn, Meghan Krupka demonstrated the use of a 3d laser scanner and related software she has used in her research. She uses the scanner to capture a three dimensional surface, which she then does software based experiments on, such as testing the structural density of an object without having to actually affect the object. Watch the video to see this amazing demonstration.
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room B
The Role of 3D Laser Scanning in the Physical Structural Form-Finding Process
Meghan Krupka
In architecture and structural engineering, physical or experimental form finding is often used in preliminary design stages to determine approximate final geometries for structures such as membranes, thin shells, grid shells, and cable nets. These experiments are carried out using small-scale models. Notable twentieth century architects and engineers Frei Otto, Antonio Gaudí, and Heinz Isler all pioneered extensive methods of physical form finding by using soap film surfaces, hanging chain models, and inverted plaster models. Now, with the use of 3D laser scanners, the geometry from these models can be captured and input into structural analysis programs in order to assess the structure’s mechanical behavior under design loads. This presentation describes how the 3-D scanner was used to capture forms generated from a new physical form finding technique that applies heat to membrane-spline models constructed from shrink film and stiff tape, as well as how this data was then used for structural analysis.
About the speaker:
Meghan Krupka is a second year Master’s student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department studying structural engineering. She is working with her advisor, Professor Sigrid Adriaenssens, on the development of an algorithm for modeling torsion forces in the computational form finding process Dynamic Relaxation and the development of the aforementioned physical form finding technique. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an undergraduate and is originally from Medfield, MA
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Lunch and Learn: Lynette Young on Women of Google Plus

Lynette is founder and curator of Women of Google+. Women of Google+ has quickly evolved into a destination to learn, share and explore what it takes to thrive on social networking platforms both personally and professionally. Lynette is also an organizer for PodCamp Philly & PodCamp LA, Podcast Pavilion, and Social Media Club Princeton NJ.

Speaker bio:
Lynette Young has been working with enterprise-level technology since 1989, but in the past 14 years she has been concentrating on emerging and social technologies. Her company, Purple Stripe Productions, focuses on using technology to help tell brand stories online and enrich the businesses of others. Lynette brings not only precision and detail to her clients, but a wildly creative flair and love of all things pixel.  A pioneer in the social media arena, Lynette has been blogging since 1997, podcasting since 2004, and working professionally in social media technologies and social technologies since 2006.

Productive Scholar: John LeMasney on Using Inkscape

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Thursday, September 22,
12:00 noon

Frist Multipurpose Room A
Using Inkscape
John LeMasney
Inkscape is an open source drawing application used generally as a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Visual learners benefit greatly from the presence of illustrations of concepts, and Inkscape allows you to quickly move an idea from verbal to visual. Come learn how to get and use this powerful vector based application that runs on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and other operating systems.
About the speaker:

John LeMasney has been the Manager of Technology Training and Instructional Technology at Rider University for 12 years. He is also a local technology and design consultant dedicated to sharing the rewards of using open source software. He received his MA in Organizational Leadership from Rider University in 2009.

Lunch & Learn: Dennis Hood on Blackboard 9.1

Image representing Blackboard as depicted in C...Wednesday, September 21,
12:00 noon
Frist Multipurpose Room B
Blackboard 2011: New Features and Feature Enhancements
Dennis Hood

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.