Welcome to the new ETC blog! Most of the writing and all of the keywording (is that a word?) are mine. The photography is Lorene Lavora’s. But this latest incarnation of this blog owes its look and feel and remarkable functionality to Michael Muzzie, Senior Web Developer in OIT’s Academic Services. It is our collective hope that members of the University community will like what they see here and then contact Michael to start their own blogs!
For more than 15 years, Princeton University has sponsored a series of technology seminars. Part of the outreach efforts of its IT department, these Lunch ‘n Learn seminars invite customer friendly speakers with varied affiliations to explore a wide array of cutting edge technology topics. During the past five years, Lorene Lavora and I sought to transform the existing series into fully integrated outreach, with these blog posts, very high quality podcasts, RSS feeds, and through Facebook, all in all a demonstration of how a small outreach office with sophisticated collaboration tools can leverage its resources.
“Smartphones are the new platform, and apps are the core,” says Douglas Dixon, an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. “In just a year and a half, the Apple App Store for iPhone users has surpassed 140,000 applications, and users have downloaded more than 3 billion apps. — Not bad for a new market that was created only a year and a half earlier.”
At the February 24 Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, Dixon explored the range of apps being developed for these new platforms. Beyond rude sound effects and popping bubbles, developers are leveraging both the intelligence of handsets and the power of back-end cloud computing to provide new kinds of timely
Purdue University is exploring a home grown program called Hotseat that integrates Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging (via a mobile device) so students can "back channel" during a class.
Back channeling has become popular recently at conferences and presentations. People use an application like Twitter to ask a question during class, and the teacher (or a speaker at a conference) can address that question during the time of the presentation. With Hotseat, students can propose questions and others can vote on the question to be addressed during the class. Regardless of the application, I think back channeling is a great way to use social media to engage your students and get instant feedback. To learn more about the program, view the video below: