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.

Tech Spotlight: Ben Johnston on Digital Humanities

February 21, 2012: Technology Spotlight – Ben Johnston on Digital Humanities

In this session on the digital humanities, Ben goes over the definition, examples, and best practices in digital humanities, or the digital study of the human condition. Highlights include an overview of the Whitman Archive, image collection analysis, and encoding of text and semantic metadata, such as the implementation of  Text Encoding Initiative, or TEI markup. Watch the video below to see the entire presentation.

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The Productive Scholar: Evernote for iOS Devices and Computers presented by Anne Langley

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Please note that video for this session is unavailable.

Ever realize you left your notes from an important meeting on your usb drive, but all you have with is your smart phone, and now you need some piece of information from that meeting right away? Evernote can solve that and many other mobile technology problems. If you live a mobile life and use technology even just a little bit, Evernote can act like a second brain, because it allows you to access your stuff just about anywhere from any device. This session will show you the efficient functionality of Evernote and highlight a few practical uses of the software.

Speaker bio:

Anne Langley is the Head Librarian, Science and Technology Libraries and Library Liaison to the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. She has authored three books on academic librarianship, and is an active library instructor. Prior to coming to Princeton, she was a Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Duke University, and lead singer of the band Fluff Chick in Chapel Hill, NC. Anne has tried her hand at a variety of professions, including deckhand on a shrimp boat, short-order cook, selling Marimekko fabric, poet and construction worker. She thinks it is important to make every day fun.

Lunch & Learn: Shana Weber on Sustainability at Princeton

Wednesday, October 19, 12:00 noon

***Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall***

Using Technology to Communicate Sustainability

Shana Weber

Shana will be talking about the sustainability effort at Princeton, and how technology plays a role in that effort.

About the speaker:

Shana Weber is the sustainability manager in the University’s facilities department.Weber served as a faculty member and as director for campus and community programs at Santa Clara University’s Environmental Studies Institute from 2002 to 2005. She has been co-producer and contributing science editor since 2005 for “EcoTalk,” a nationally syndicated interview format radio program dedicated to environmental sustainability.At Princeton, she is responsible for helping the University as a whole to improve its environmental performance and to facilitate its emergence as a leading example of sustainability among institutions of higher education. She works with students, faculty and staff to diminish the University’s ecological footprint by coordinating improvements in energy efficiency, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and waste, supporting local businesses, improving public awareness of University sustainability efforts, encouraging creative collaboration and dialogue, developing University-wide policies and engaging the University community in the national sustainability discussion.

The Productive Scholar: Lecture Capture on the Fly presented by Angel Brady

Thursday, October 6,
12:00 noon

***Oakes Lounge, Whig Hall***
Lecture Capture on the Fly:
Lecture Capture Apps

Angel Brady

Many great points and conversations come up during a lecture that faculty and students would like to revisit. You can easily record your lecture audio with a device such as the iPad using apps that are readily available for download with little equipment setup required . We will explore the different apps available for the iPad (and other mobile devices) and their features.
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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