‘Integrating New Technologies’ Conference Notes

About the Conference

The College of Lake County hosted a conference, “Integrating New Technologies in the Classroom: A Conference for Faculty.” Dr. Rich Haney, Vice President Educational Affairs, introduced the keynote speaker as an “awesome guy.” Sure enough, he was awesome. Why was he awesome?

1) He incorporated clips from “The Office” and “The Hangover”
2) His pacing was excellent.. He used an iPad as a timer, went off every 15 minutes
3) He kept it casual, open discussions and Q&A throughout the presentation
4) He shared actual examples of how educators integrate technologies in their classroom…

Affinity spaces: Where informal learning takes place

Jeff Kissinger, Chief Learning Solutions Architect
“In the age of beta: change is the constant.”

Here is how educators use…


  • Share interesting articles
  • Post questions of the day
  • Communicate with current and prospective students
  • Set up the feed to update Blackboard (for class discussion)…
  • …And to update the blog (for future students).

Second Life

A 3D virtual world for socializing, connecting and creating

  • Practice Foreign Languages
    Have conversations with students from other countries.
  • Go Beyond the Book
    Read the book, write the paper… build the environment.
  • Teach Social Skills
    Create a place for people with autism to practice social skills.
  • Get Involved
    Attend virtual conferences and book discussions.


  • Create a private group to communicate with a class and provide resources
  • Create a fan page to promote a program and spark ideas
  • Understand the privacy policy

Tools for Faculty

  • Create Courses Collaboratively
    SIRIUS: A consortium of colleges and universities who develop highly creative, interactive, low-cost courses and instructional materials delivered in all modes (classroom, hybrid and online).
  • Electronic Textbooks
    Go paperless, mobile, affordable and eco-friendly.
    MyScribe: Digital Textbook Solutions
    E-Book Readers: Sony, Kindle, iPad
  • Open Source Course Management System
    Moodle: A free web application that educators can use to create online or hybrid courses.
    Mobile Moodle: Mobile learning scenarios with Moodle as a backend.

Technology Trends in Higher Education

Suzanne Kissel, SunGard Consultant

Video: “A Vision of Students Today
This video was created by Dr. Michael Wesch and 200 KSU students.

Interesting stats:

  • 18% of my teachers know my name.
  • I will read 8 books this year.. 2300 web pages.. and 1281 facebook profiles.
  • I will write 42 pages for class this semester.. And over 500 pages of email.

iTunes U and Mobile Learning for Higher Ed

Jason Beckham, Apple in Education

Interesting Stats

How many college students use a smartphone?

  • 2007 – 12.1%
  • 2009 – 51.2%

If the college had a mobile site or app, what would they want to do with it?

  • Email (63%)
  • Grades/Registration (47%)
  • Courses/Learning Management (46%)

Colleges Going Mobile

MIT's Mobile App: Find people, places, events, course news, shuttle schedules and more. Anytime. Anywhere.

Apps for Mobile Learning

Netter's Anatomy Flash Cards

iTunes U: An Innovative Way to
Distribute Educational Content

iTunes U includes everything from lectures to language lessons, films to labs, audiobooks to tours. Over 600 universities have iTunes U sites. Here are a couple examples:

iTunes U: Top Ten
1. Intensive English
2. The art of asking the right question, not the science of giving the right answer
3. Intro to Mac OS X, Cocoa Touch, Objective-C and Tools
View all ten

What am I Missing?

I was able to attend THREE presentations. There were SIX MORE!

Presentations I missed:

  • Effective Practices for Hybrid/Blended Courses,
    Ms Deepa Godambe, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Harper College
  • Using Communities to Enhance Instruction,
    Jeff Varblow, CLC Accounting Instructor
  • Delicious Research: Social Bookmarking and how it can Work for You,
    Jim LeFager, CLC Faculty Librarian
  • Creating Course Content with Jing,
    Scott Rial, Director/Active Learning Technologies
  • Lecture Capture: Taking Classroom Lectures Anywhere,
    Russ Pearson, Coordinator of Course Management Systems and Training
  • The Power of YouTube,
    Ken Kikuchi, Psychology Instructor
    Page Wolf, Coordinator of Faculty Development

Did you go to to the conference? If so, what gold nuggets did I miss? Please share…

  1. Looks like you’ve been busy! 🙂

    • Page Wolf
    • April 19th, 2010

    Here’s what we covered in the Power of You Tube:
    An excerpt from Digital Ethnography of YouTube (this by the same professor at Kansas State whose class you saw during the lunch presentation. If you ever have a chance to watch the whole presentation to the Library of Congress, it’s EXCELLENT!)

    An introduction to some ways YouTube can be educational (see YouTubeEdu (http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400_ and TeacherTube (http://www.teachertube.com)

    An easy way to “save” YouTube videos and integrate them into PowerPoint so that you don’t have to rely on Internet connectivity (or worry about videos disappearing). See http://download.cnet.com/YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-10647340.html?tag=mncol


    • Jim LeFager
    • April 19th, 2010

    Here is what we covered in the Delicious Research session.


    Maintain resources and bookmarks in one place and bring them in Blackboard, Wikis, and anywhere else you would use by using delicious. Your bookmarks become accessible from anywhere, including mobile technologies. You only need to update your resources in one place.

    This includes articles, websites, or any other content that might use a url. Instead of adding links using blackboard, you can use the embed code from delicious and display an entire list of resource by tag. Students or other users can subscribe to your bookmarks using RSS

    Also useful for organizing resources and links across a department by using the networking option within Delicious.

    CLC Library on Delicious

    • Jeff Varblow
    • May 13th, 2010

    In “Using Communities to Enhance Instruction”, we shared how course management systems often fall short in allowing faculty to share ideas and information among many course sections or from one semester to another. Communities on the CLC portal offer a way for students to connect with each other (similar to Facebook) and receive and share ideas outside of section boundaries. Also, communities can be used by student groups or career programs to connect individuals who are not regularly on CLC’s Grayslake campus (including online tutoring, calendars, announcements, etc.).

    Finally, the community is more secure that Facebook, as only CLC students, staff and faculty are enrolled. This helps students bifurcate their personal and education/professional relationships.

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