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Summer Opportunities

In news on June 22, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Two professional development / training opportunities are coming up this summer:

Online Learning Today… and Tomorrow

  • a free eight-week course from the University of Illinois at Springfield, beginning Monday, June 27, 2011
  • the discussions will continue in their Google Group and on Twitter with the hashtag #edumooc


Next Generation Summer Learning Series

  • free weekly webcasts mostly on Tuesdays, featuring different guest speakers
  • see the schedule on their website





Mobile Computing in Education

In news on April 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Two fantastic free online conferences this week. Add these to your calendar for some enlightening perspectives on technology in the classroom:

1. Educause’s Mobile Computing 5-Day Spring

Monday to Friday, April 25th to 29th, online

Different speakers everyday – the recorded archive will be available each afternoon around 3pm.

Follow the ongoing conversation on Twitter at

2. Apple’s Academix 2011

Friday, April 29th from 10am to 3pm; stop and go in Heelan 143 to see the presentations streaming live

Featuring 8 different speakers from different universities, presenting their findings in using iPads and other technologies in the classroom.

Merry Spring, everyone!

Get the Most Out of Outlook

In notes on February 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

On February 8th we had an excellent whirlwind look at getting organized in Outlook. Everyone who came had great questions and helpful tips for the rest of the group.

The library just added the book Take back your life: using Microsoft Outlook to get organized and stay organized.  This book was written with examples from Outlook 2007, but almost all of the recommendations apply just as well to Outlook 2010.  Many of the methods described are inspired by David Allen’s classic book Getting things done: the art of stress-free productivity.

This is oversimplifying, but the basic recommendation for handing your inbox is this…

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Household Gadgets

In notes on January 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Let’s Talk reconvened for the Winter Term on Tuesday, January 25th in Heelan 143.  We tried a later time this term — 3:30 to 4:30 and it worked out great!  There was a wonderful turn-out and fantastic discussions.

Some of the gadgets that made appearances included cell phones, iPod Touches, cameras, and iPads.

The conversation went all over the place, which is exactly what Let’s Talk was designed for.  Here are some of the tips and resources mentioned this week: Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping up with RSS

In notes on October 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm

On October 26th Let’s Talk had tea in the Library’s Newspaper Corner and chatted about staying up-to-date with news, articles, and topics of interest.

The four main tools we looked at were:

  • iGoogle (mainly just boxes of headlines on a Google page)
  • Google Reader (much more control over your feeds and articles; allows you to share articles)
  • Feedly (using Google Reader settings, turns your feeds into a beautiful magazine-like experience)
  • Reeder (app on the iPod / iPad, using Google Reader information)

To begin:  what is RSS? … Read the rest of this entry »

Online Collaboration Tools

In notes on October 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Let’s Talk met on October 12th for a discussion over online collaboration tools.  Much of the discussion centered on file sharing and communicating.  What do we mean by collaboration tools?  Here are a few scenarios:

Faculty at the Chroncile’s Prof Hacker blog gave several examples of how they’re using online tools in the classroom.

Archaeologists at Pompeii are using mobile apps on their iPads to take field notes and share information across the dig.

Uses on campus … Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Let’s Talk

In notes on September 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

The first Let’s Talk discussion was September 14th, 2010.  The topic was iPads, and the library brought over the iPads that would soon be available for check-out.

Sara has been bookmarking examples of iPads in education here:

The apps available on the library iPads can be seen in a PDF hand-out here: