Lunch & Learn: Dennis Hood – Groups in Blackboard

Wednesday, April 25, 12:00 noon Frist Multipurpose Room B

Get Your Group On

Dennis Hood

Making the Most of Blackboard’s Capabilities for Teaching and Managing Sections

This presentation explores the various ways groups in Blackboard sites can be created and populated, the communication and teaching tools available to groups, and features available to aid in grading.  We looked at the sectioning tool, group creation through SCORE, and building groups individually and in sets.  Manipulating, viewing and printing group membership lists and photos was covered. For teaching and communication, in addition to the commonly used group email and discussion boards, we covered group blogs, journals, tasks, file exchange, and real-time collaboration tools. We saw how lab instructors, preceptors, etc., can make readings and instructional materials available exclusively to their groups in the course content areas. Finally, we talked about how to easily access your groups in the grade center through Smart Views and Favorites, and how to make grading fairer and easier through anonymous grading and use of the new interactive grading rubric.

Dennis makes his outline available to you in this Word document: 20120425_hood

About the speaker:

Dennis Hood is in his 12th year of managing Blackboard for Princeton. He is also using Blackboard in teaching his speech communications course at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.


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Tech Spotlight: MR Daniel on Digital Audio Production in the NMC

About the videos below

In an ETC Spotlight, MR Daniel gave an overview of the basics of audio recording and equipment setup, with a focus on podcasting and field interviews. MR covered the introductory basics of digital audio recording in five parts: (1) Sound + Sampling Rates, (2) NMC Audio Booth + Audio Software, (3) Microphone Selection, (4) the Zoom H4N (portable recorders), (5) Interview and Recording Prep.

About the presenter

MR Daniel is a doctoral candidate in the music composition program at Princeton, and a student consultant at the New Media Center. She was previously Carnegie Mellon Visiting Professor in African American and Film Studies at Emory University.

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 (

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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ETC offerings for the week of March 26th, 2012: Seminars and tech spotlight

This week we had three interesting events offered by the Educational Technologies Center.

First, in an ETC spotlight on Tuesday, John LeMasney gave an overview of Picasa, Google’s image and video cataloging tool. In the session, John showed users how to metatag, geotag, caption, and enhance media items. He went over Picasa’s face recognition, moviemaking, publishing, and album making features. Finally, he demonstrated Picasa’s key functionality: searching for items in large media catalogs using filters, keywords, and flags. Here’s the entire session for your review.

On Wednesday, during the Lunch & Learn session, Yannis Kevrekidis, Garnet K.-L. Chan, Curt Hillegas spoke on Princeton University’s most recent research computing activities. From the abstract: “Computational modeling and analysis continues to grow as the third paradigm of research alongside experiment and theory. Princeton University’s research computing activity has grown to keep pace with and provide leadership for this international trend including faculty across many disciplines and departments. We will highlight two professors’ work – Professor Garnet Chan from Chemistry and Professor Yannis Kevrekidis from Chemical and Biological Engineering – to show how computational science and engineering is enabling and accelerating scientific discovery. Curt Hillegas, director of research computing, will also talk about the central HPC resources that are available to the University community and how to access them.” Here is the session for your review.

On Thursday, during the Productive Scholar session, Shaun Holland and Sean Piotrowski talked about using gaming to engage students in the classroom. They presented the idea that games and services like Foursquare, Minecraft, and Portal provide good examples of collaborative engagement that can be applied to the classroom because these games appeal to an average student’s sense of achievement, competition, and challenge. This presentation demonstrated some popular forms of gamification in higher education and real world examples to apply to one’s teaching. Here’s the entire session for your review.

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