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Projecting the iPad Air in CTE

 The iPad Air (discussed in my previous blog) is a versatile device looking for opportunities to be used. The larger screen size of the iPad Air increases the variety of uses beyond those of the iPhone. However, as you move from one-to-one presentations to small groups, the iPad Air screen becomes too small. The obvious next step is an LCD projector. The problem with LCD projectors is that they may not be entirely flexible.

March 2014

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University of Idaho

The month of March has been full of final lab preparations for our grand opening on April 4. As part of preparations, we have had the chance to invite in a number of student groups representing both K-12 and college ages to try out the equipment and test the space. Dr. Brant Miller and Dr. Aleksandra Hollingshead, both faculty members in Curriculum and Instruction, have held their normally scheduled classes in the new space, and other groups that have come into the lab have include homeschool and youth groups. In these test sessions, students have been amazed at the technology available and the possibilities they can afford for education. Some of the technologies that students have been most excited about have included wearable technologies (e.g., Google Glass), interactive displays, and mobile technologies (e.g., tablets, pocket cameras).

Throughout this testing phase, we've been bug testing and fine-tuning the lab to be as functional and streamlined as possible, and we have made some major adjustments during the process (including improving wireless connectivity and ethernet capabilities in the classroom). Through this process, our technology provider Compview and University of Idaho Information Technology and Facilities Services have provided excellent support and helped us to get the lab to a state where we are excited to finally go online! Our grand opening on April 4th will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with a number of dignitaries and an open house for all interested parties from 12pm to 4pm.

Chromebook Station: Technology in the Hands of Every Student

As a curriculum and technology specialist, the most frequent question I am asked, “How do I get technology in the hands of my students?”  My vision to get more technology in the hands of students is a station of stu

Windows Live Movie Maker Tutorials

University of Idaho
Windows Live Movie Maker is Windows free movie editing software for Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Below you will find step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos for how to start a new movie, add videos and photos, add music, add text, and save as a movie file. jQuery UI Tabs - Default functionality

February 2014

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University of Idaho

February at the Doceo Center was packed with finishing up construction on our lab, sponsoring a conference, publishing book chapters, presenting at multiple conferences, beginning a new Faculty Fellows program, and exploring new tools.

Though it has been long in coming, our advanced technologies learning lab is now almost completely operational and ready for bug-testing and workshops in the month of March, and we are planning to hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in early April.  The purpose of the lab is to provide students, faculty, and K-12 teachers with a space for learning and exploring new technologies in a collaborative, flexible, and innovative manner.  The lab is equipped with six interactive displays, five collaboration stations, an AMX switching system, and a variety of devices including tablets, wearable technologies, and laptops.  With these technology resources, instructors will have full control over the display of information resources in the lab from a remote iPad app that will allow them to easily move around the lab and facilitate learning while still maintaining a level of control suitable for their learning activities.  When it is complete, the Doceo Center lab will be available to faculty for classroom use and workshops starting this semester, and through this lab, we will provide ongoing access to emergent technologies, research their effectiveness and educational uses, and demonstrate best practices for technology integration for the state.

Online Publishing Tools

University of Idaho

 

Research has shown that when students write for a tangible audience, their motivation and performance improve. This, in addition to many other reasons, such as engagement with material outside of the class and added communication between teachers and students, shows the value in having students make writing public, which they can do through the use of online publishing tools. Listed below are different types of online publishing tools including those for presentations, writing, and eBooks. 

Tools for Bookmarking and Organizing Research

University of Idaho

One of the fundamental skills students learn throughout their schooling is the ability to utilize the internet to research. Many times, however, keeping track of the results can be unwieldy and it becomes a challenge to sift through saved results. The following six tools, all offering different features, are tools that can make researching and organizing that research a bit easier. 

iPad Air in Career and Technical Education

Point 1: The Cost.

Unboxing an Apple product is a joy. This $500 iPad Air was no exception. The box was stout and even feels good in the hand. Open the box and the iPad Air is on top in a clear plastic wrapping. The iPad Air is amazingly thin and light compared to the earlier iPad versions.

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2014 Idaho Google Apps Festival (North) Report

The University of Idaho Doceo Center sponsored the first ever Idaho Google Apps for Education Festival in Post Falls on February 15, 2014 (organized by Level 33 Consulting). This festival brought together K12 classroom teachers, administrators, and technology staff to explore the educational application and management of Google Apps for Education in school settings. Skilled presenters from California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington led sixteen sessions on topics including: Google Earth, Information Literacy, Accessibility, Scripting, and Google Hardware. In total, seventy-two (72) educators from Bonner’s Ferry to Blackfoot participated in the day-long conference, and through its grant provided by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, the Doceo Center was able to offer registration scholarships to most participants.

During the festival’s closing keynote, festival participants were asked to reflect on their experiences and to share feedback in an open online forum. Responses were overwhelmingly positive and highlighted the overall value of the experience for participants.

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