Teachers Talking Technology

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Encrypting confidential files

As the college begins the laptop replacement cycle for faculty office machines, more faculty members will be traveling with their computer, using them in public spaces, and using them for personal files such as tax returns and medical records. Therefore, file security may be more of an issue than it was during the previous desktop […]

Moodle Analytics as Course Evaluation

What relationship exists between student activity on Moodle and final grades in a course? I downloaded all user activity for my Spring 2011 General Psychology course (68 students across 2 sections) and made a pivot table in Excel to summarize the activity by students and activity type. On average, each student viewed the course 114 […]

t3 Idea Exchange Summary

At the last Teachers Talking Technology session of the Spring 2011 semester, 21 faculty members gathered to generate topics for the t3 sessions during the upcoming academic year and a list of campus technology needs. Below are the points and issues that were raised. If you have additional ideas or would like to elaborate on […]

Come to our salon

The Classroom Salon is a new resource from Carnegie Mellon University that facilitates the online annotation and discussion of a shared text such as a peer’s writing, a speech transcript, or a scholarly article. (New approach to education uses social networking via Joe).  

Is anyone using Evernote?

I am seriously considering moving to this for organizing my notes, but I’d like to hear stories, good or bad, if anyone is using it for their professional life.

Cool Web Apps for Work

Mashable has a list of 5 Simple Web Apps For Saving Time At Work. The whole list is well worth looking at, but I thought I’d take a minute to go over the few that stood out as being the most useful. 1. Zamzar …for converting files from one format to another. You can convert […]

Screencasting and podcasting follow up

Last week, we had a great session on creating digital content for your classes. Martin Lang demonstrated the use of Snapz X Pro for creating software tutorials, and Karla Marz demonstrated how to use GarageBand to produce digital lectures.  If you would like try screencasting, Faculty Focus suggests some free software options. For podcasting, instructional services has pdf instructions […]

Changing Moodle themes

During our recent Moodle Users Group session, we discussed changing the appearance of Moodle from the default theme to one of Moodle’s other themes. Changing the theme will alter the color scheme and fonts. Compare the Gustavus default theme… …to the “formal white” theme. In addition, themes also affect the styling of the page, and […]

Tracking recommendation letters using Google Forms

I’ve used forms to conduct experiments in class, to collect information about my students, and to create surveys for campus committees, but it just dawned on me yesterday that I could use forms to help track recommendation letters for students. I set up a Google Form (Sean has a nice video tutorial if you have […]

Tag files on your desktop

I like to use a lot of images in my lectures.  Over the years, though, figuring out ways to label and organize them has been frustrating.  For the most part, I’ve saved images in the file folder of the course I’m teaching at the time.  So, in Greek History, I have folders of images of […]