Technology Day 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Carnegie Hall Computer Labs



Actual rooms may change based on enrollment.  Signs will be posted in Carnegie


Lab 200

Lab 211

Lab 111


Coffee – 2nd floor Carnegie Hall



Sharing & Enhancing Scholarship Online

S. Caliendo

Group Wise Calendaring

G. Koehler




K. Mason

Blended Learning

C. St. Clair and R. Blomeyer

Advanced Access

R. Flint



Cloud computing

J. Visick

Power Point & Multimedia

T. Gill




Light refreshments available – 2nd floor Carnegie Hall



Smart Board

R. Clemente

Library Research

Librarians from Oesterle




New media in the classroom: Incorporating blogs, wikis, & social networking sites

S. Macek

Advanced Blackboard

J. Brodhead



Spend the day learning something new!

Technology Day is dedicated to promoting the infusion of digital technologies on campus.  Sessions will provide a hands-on introduction to technologies that can be used to enrich your work and personal lives.  Each session will focus on a different technology.  In most cases, no prior experience with the technology is assumed (see below for more details).  Attend as many sessions as your time and interest allow.


Attendance is limited for each session due to the lab restrictions.  Therefore, it is recommended that you reserve a place in the workshops that you wish to attend by calling Katie (X-5357).  Walk-ins will be accommodated on a space available basis.  (Staff must obtain permission from their supervisor to attend.)




·         9:30-10:00

·          Making it Matter:  Sharing and Enhancing Scholarship Online – Stephen Caliendo

None of us wants to believe that our scholarship exists in a vacuum; we hope to make a difference. While the peer-review process is designed to ensure the veracity of contributions to our discipline, it also renders much of our work invisible to the general public. The Internet provides opportunities to blur the lines between scholarship and service to the community while facilitating networking amongst scholars. Stephen Maynard Caliendo (political science) discusses the ways in which he has used electronic communication such as web logs ("blogs"), Facebook, Twitter and websites to connect with other scholars and to make his work accessible to a broader audience through those applications. Discussion will include both technical and conceptual elements of this practice.

Group Wise Calendaring -
Gail Koehler

Publishing a Calendar - Groupwise 8 allows you to coordinate schedules outside of the college by publishing your personal calendar to the internet.



·         10:00 -11:00

·          Basic Animation for the Web using Adobe Flash - Kelvin Mason

A quick overview of the general capabilities of Adobe Flash with an introduction to its drawing tools, animation concepts, and web publishing capabilities to help in effectively communicating time-based concepts or processes. Create engaging web-based teaching aids, marketing materials that pack some punch, or simple and entertaining interactive toys. This robust interactive animation software has been the industry standard since its inception and continues to be the dominant application for browser-based 2-D animation. Gain insight into its structure and function with this basic introductory session.


·          Blended Learning – Caroline St. Clair and Robert Blomeyer

Online programs are becoming increasingly popular.  Many area schools are expanding their curriculums by offering courses and full programs in an online format.  Is it possible for North Central College to offer online learning opportunities for students and still stay on mission? 

      This session will explore blended courses. Blended courses use elements of online learning within a more traditional style course.  We will look at a number of approaches used in blended courses that can enhance learning for our students and provide an attractive alternative to strictly traditional classrooms.


·          Relational Databases Using MS Access 2007- Richard Flint
Access is the Microsoft Office application that creates relational databases.  If you need to store and update large amounts of data, create reports based on your data sets or search your data for specific entries like names, salaries or grade point averages, this workshop will increase your productivity. 
      Starting with a review of basic database principles such as table creation, variable types and properties, we will discuss table relationships, queries, forms, reports. 
      This workshop is suitable for novices, casual users and intermediate-level users who wish to deepen their knowledge of Access.  If you register for this workshop, please email me for a copy of the sample database I will create for our session (subject line: Access Tech Day 2009).

·         11:00 -12:00

·          Cloud Computing - Jonathan Visick

"When your files are “in the cloud,” you and other can access them from anywhere using Web 2.0 tolls.  Why? 

§  Have students collaborate on a document or presentation

§  Share data (grades, schedule, research) with a colleague

§  Collect data from or distribute data to a class

§  Take a conference presentation on the road with no CD or laptop

§  Create it at work, access it at home…or even on vacation

§  Make a sing-up sheet available to students wherever they are

§  Quick and easy Web publishing

This session will focus on Google Docs, a suite of cloud computing applications, with a brief discussion of Google Calendar and Dropbox


·          Adding Multimedia to PowerPoint - Tom Gill

Are your PowerPoint presentations dull?  Are you flipping back and forth from your presentation to a video or audio CD?  Why not spice them up by adding a little multimedia directly to the presentation. Learn to add audio, video clips, and even YouTube videos to your PowerPoint slides, and have them play within a slide or across them all. Some familiarity with PowerPoint expected.


·         12:00 -1:00 Open


·         1:00 - 2:00

·          Using the Smartboard - Rebecca Clemente

It's just there on the wall and it's more than a projection screen! Want to use it as a chalkboard and save board notes to post on BlackBoard? Want to turn your handwritten text into typed text? Want to record your lectures and all that happens on the Smartboard and make this available to students? Want to teach the writing process in Word (edit on Smartboard) or enter data into Excel? Come and learn about some of the features of Smart board and the location of resources to help you in your teaching. No previous Smartboard experience necessary. (Smartboard: resources, basics manual)


·          Library Research – Librarians from Oesterle

Join the librarians for a session on using Oesterle Library's many online databases to support your scholarly, work, and/or personal research needs. In addition to a general overview of some of our most popular databases, we will try to tailor our session to the specific interests of those in attendance.


·         2:00-3:00

o   New media in the classroom: Incorporating blogs, wikis, social networking sites – Steve Macek (Information to follow)


o   Using Blackboard - Judy Brodhead

Blackboard is a web-based course management system. Learn how to create a grade books, post documents for students to read, set up a discussion board (as well as how to keep track of student responses), set up an external links page, and use the digital dropbox for submission of class assignments. Basic familiarity with Blackboard assumed.