Teachers Talking Technology

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Schedule advising appointments online

To schedule advising appointments last smester, I put a sheet of paper on my door with 15 minute time slots and emailed students asking them to come by and sign up for a time slot.  Simple enough…but there was one problem.  I kept forgetting to look at the signup sheet and add the taken times […]

Using Google Moderator at Gustavus

Google Moderator allows an audience to “decide which questions, suggestions or ideas interest them most”.  Visitors to the site submit a question (or suggestion or idea) and identify which questions they like from other contributors.  The list of questions can then be sorted by the popularity of the question.  Recently, I’ve been thinking about how […]

On margins, fonts, and paper usage

As I was carrying the 80 page faculty meeting packet from my post office box back to my office, I started to think again about paper usage on campus.  Last semester, Chloe Radcliffe pointed out that reducing default margin sizes from 1.25 inches to 0.5 inches reduces paper usage by 25%, and I see that […]

Discovering mailing list members

I just figured out yesterday that you can use the Gribly to discover who receives emails for some email aliases.  For example, previously I had wondered what members of the Gustavus community receive emails that I send to the alias for the Academic Operations Committee.  If you use that email alias as your search term, […]

Transferring old Moodle courses

As the Spring semester approaches, I have been transferring some of my Moodle course materials from previous semesters into the courses that I will be teaching this semester.  This is pretty easy to do, but I always forget to make sure the format of my current course matches the format of my old course before […]

Podcasts on teaching and learning

The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching has podcasts available, covering topics such as, the use of Google Earth for projects, journal clubs, podcasting in the classroom, and time management  (via Teaching Commons).

Resources and inspiration

As you prepare for your Spring courses, if you ask yourself, “I wonder if there is a web application that can do X,” then be sure to check out this list of education-related resources. Also, if you need some inspiration, take a break and view some of these lectures. Update: Shortly after publishing this post, […]

Predictions for 2010

As 2010 begins, those interested in instruction and technology have been making their predictions for what the year may bring.  They are not always in agreement. Google Wave is already set to become a very popular tool this year. Wave languishes in techie backwaters.

Steps toward a paperless classroom

Gustavus student, Chloe Radcliffe, has posted a video for her civic engagement project that asks students and faculty to work together to find ways to reduce a student’s printing load. In the video, she demonstrates steps that faculty can take to encourage a paperless classroom, including accepting electronic assignments on Moodle and making comments directly […]

Share folders in google docs

Collaboration just got a little easier with Google Docs for the Gustavus domain.  Previously, if you were doing committee work and wanted to share documents with colleagues, you had to upload the file and invite them to share that particular document or spreadsheet.  Now you can share a folder with colleagues and the files within […]