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  • Richard E Lillie
    The Future of Publishing - created by DK (UK)
    blog entry posted July 25, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology in TwT public

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    This is a very clever video that tells us more about how the Millennial generation views books, reading, media, and the future of publishing.  It is a very creative thought piece and provides an example of how technology can be used to convey information.  The presentation is appealing.  The message is dynamic.

    Enjoy!

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

  • Richard E Lillie
    Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013
    blog entry posted December 11, 2013 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology in TwT public

    For several years, Janet Heart (C4LPT) in the UK has compiled an annual listing of the Top 100 Tools for Learning recommended by instructors from around the world.  I've contributed to the list several times.  I'm always fascinated to see the kinds of tools and related innovations instructors use to create and share course materials.

    Click this link "100 Tools for Learning 2013" to access this year's listing.  You can click your way through a slideshare presentation.  Alternatively, you can scroll down the list of 100 tools.  Click a tool name to go to the tool information webpage.  A new feature of the information web page is the "Rankings" time line.  It shows how a tool's popularity has changed since Jane Heart began compiling the annual listing in 2007.

    Each technology tool has unique features.  When designing course materials, the "trick" is to select the tool or combination of tools that enables you to create the desired learning experience.

    If you would like to talk about a project you are creating, contact me by email at rlillie@csusb.edu.  Let's find a mutually agreeable time to connect.  I look forward to hearing from you.

    Best wishes,

    Rick Lillie, CSU San Bernardino

     

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Video Primers for e-Teaching & Learning -- 27 Video...12
    blog entry posted October 17, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Zoom.us -- An Amazing Cloud-based, Video-Conferencing...3
    blog entry posted September 1, 2012 by Richard E Lillie, tagged technology, technology tools in TwT public

    Recently, I read about Zoom.us a new free, cloud-based, video-conferencing service.  Yesterday, three of us used zoom.us to work on a research project.  We are located throughout the U.S.  We logged into the video conference call and worked for more than an hour.  The audio and video were crystal clear.  We shared desktops to work on documents together.  Wow!  The virtual work session was very productive and enjoyable.

    I use Skype to work with colleagues and to offer virtual office hours for my students.  Skype offers a free 1:1 video-conference call with desktop sharing.  To include more than two people in a Skype video call, you need to subscribe to Skype's premium service.  Skype's fee is very reasonable; however, it's difficult to beat "free."

    Both Zoom.us and Skype have features that meet specific needs.  Therefore, both services are valuable to the teaching-learning experience.  The quality of the zoom.us video-conference call was exceptional.  Zoom.us versus Skype is not an either/or situation.  Using one service or the other is a judgment call regarding features that best fit the need as hand.

    Getting started with zoom.us is quick and easy to do.  Their support page explanations are easy to follow.  The service works with Google and Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Windows and Mac.  When I set up zoom.us, I had to download a small file to my computer that includes the zoom.us interface.  The download was quick.  No problem.

    Below is a screenshot from the support page indicating key features of the zoom.us interface screen.  Individual members participating in a video call are shown at the top of the screen.  When a member speaks, the border of the member's screen turns "green."  The speaker's screen displays in the "big screen" section of the interface window.  This process works as the conversation switches among participants.  Wow!  This is amazing and allows each speaker to be the center of attention.

    Check out zoom.us.  I think you'll like this new video-conference service.

    Best wishes,

    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)

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    Screenshot of zoom.us video conference call

     

    UPDATED INFORMATION:  DOWNLOADING ZOOM.US TO YOUR DESKTOP -- IMPORTANT

    I talked with the developers of zoom.us this afternoon.  They explained the simple way to download the small zoom.us file to your computer's desktop.
    
    See the picture below.
    
    • Log into http://zoom.us/
    • Click the "Start Video Meeting" button.
    • Follow-up screen should start the download process. (Allow this to happen.)
    • zoom.us file should download and the "z icon" should display on your desktop.
    Unless you change the "settings" in zoom.us, you will need to double-click on the zoom.us icon on your desktop to start the program.  Once the icon displays at the bottom of your monitor screen, click the icon to open the zoom.us screen.  Click the Start Video Meeting button.  When the screen displays, click the Invite option.  Enter the email addresses for participants you wish to invite into the video conference call.  Send the email message.  Stay logged into zoom.us.  Watch participants join the video conference call.
    I think you will be amazed by the clarity and crispness of the audio and video call.
    Enjoy!
    Rick Lillie (CSU San Bernardino)
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