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  • Richard E Lillie
    Google does it again -- Unveils "Google Instant"3
    blog entry posted September 10, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    Yesterday,  Google unveiled a new search tool called Google Instant, a tool that shows results as you type in your search term or query.  The search process is extremely fast, results are focused and include links to resources from both general search and Google Scholar.  In a word, Google's new innovation is super!

    Google Instant is set as the default when you perform a Google search.  Give Google Instant a try.  Tell us what you think of Google's latest search innovation.

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

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  • Richard E Lillie
    Learning Amongst the Riches: Students in the Cloud3
    blog entry posted September 1, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

    In an article in Campus Technology (September 1, 2010), Trent Batson (MIT) writes that students are moving away from their college or university, not physically, but in terms of their online “center.” More and more, they can engage independently in learning conversations using applications of their own choosing, and they can create their own digital identity that includes their learning spaces--all without using campus-based technology.

    Student working in the cloud

    Without specifically using the term, Batson refers to the challenge of meeting teaching-learning needs of Millennial students.  He considers this issue from four different perspectives.

    • Institutional cloud.
    • Academic side of the cloud.
    • Return to "The Learning Conversation."
    • Student ownership in the cloud.

    Of the four perspectives, the one I found most interesting is Batson's focus on "learning as a conversation."  He says that "conversation among people interested in inquiry in the same field of knowledge is the basis for the idea of the university."  He then considers how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the nature of the teaching-learning conversation.  He suggests that "the cloud" (Web 2.0 technologies) is where new learning conversations and related activities are happening for Millennial students.

    During 2010 CTLA in San Francisco, we talked about the impact of using Web 2.0 ("cloud") technologies to create and share course materials, and to create interactive teaching-learning experiences.  While we considered how we can use Web 2.0 technologies in the teaching-learning process, I am not sure that we viewed Web 2.0 technologies as being an enabler of a conversation.

    Batson concludes that while learning is becoming virtualized, the role of universities (and faculty) is essential as ever (i.e., to guide learners through the process of learning).  The objective remains the same.  How we get there is what is changing.

    Enjoy.

    Rick Lillie (CalState San Bernardino)

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  • Richard E Lillie
    9 Minute Video Presentation by David Gauntlett titled...
    blog entry posted July 27, 2010 by Richard E Lillie, tagged teaching, technology, technology tools in TwT public

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    This 9 minute presentation by David Gauntlett titled Making is Connecting is an excellent example of a slide presentation with supporting soundtrack.  Overall, the author:

    • used zoom-in/zoom-out to add motion or movement to the presentation which creates a movie-like feeling.
    • recorded a great soundtrack (i.e., excellent sound quality).
    • emphasized pictures and images supported by text rather than text (i.e., like most PowerPoint type presentations).
    • made pictures/images/text flow along smoothly with the voice narration.

    Gauntlett used several software tools to create the presentation file.  The slides could be created with (e.g., PowerPoint, Creately, Capture Wiz Pro, or SnagIt).  The soundtrack could be added with PowerPoint or an authoring tools like Camtasia.  He could also use an inexpensive but powerful tool like Replay Video Capture to capture the slides on a screen and add the soundtrack.  There are a lot of technology tools available to create this type of presentation.

    Gauntlett used YouTube to share the video presentation with viewers.  The YouTube video could be public or it could be made private but shareable by using YouTube's new unlisted sharing option.  YouTube's new unlisted sharing option provides a great way to create and share audio/video presentations in a teaching-learning experience.

    Gauntlett created a streaming video presentation that is a dynamic, enjoyable viewing experience.

    Rick Lillie (CalState, San Bernardino)

  • 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)