Live Blogging from CALI Conference – Day 2

Session 1 – IT & Faculty as Partners in Education – Basic Tools for Change – N. Carolina Central U School of Law

  • faculty are key part of testing technology to be used
  • SMART boards, screens to the right, mic for each 2 students in all rooms
  • student study rooms – vga adapters to  connect to lcd screens, SMARTsympodium
  • 90% of faculty use technology
  • 100% use TWEN
  • 75% use ppt
  • 15% use clickers
  • 85% use screen capture (video)
  • key to partnership – solution driven, minimize tech jargon, IT approachable
  • senior faculty partner
    • smart classroom – good for large classes, visual & audio enhancements – 2 large screens, prof wireless mic, student mics
    • goal is engagement – good prof doesn’t worry about competition from students on the web
    • use of techology should be seamless – students shouldn’t notice
    • solution to a malfunction should come after school – just revert to “old school”
    • the problem is with the faculty not IT
  • junior faculty partners
    • knowing how to sell it to faculty is important
    • uses clickers – keeps students engaged, assesses students, leads to discussion, enables participation in largr classes, surveyed students & they liked them
    • all classes are recorded (video capture) – encourages students to watch them for review & clarification
    • taught while at a conference – used logme in and skype
    • watched her class via webcam – they were doing a mock trial
    • why she was comfortable?
      • pedagogical goal – good for students
      • supportable & encouraging environment
      • students are customers, must serve the students
      • IT folks must approach the faculty, bring in people to show the faculty the effectiveness of the technology
      • use videoconferencing for interviews
      • use YouTube videos – such as stem cell
      • examsoft – loan laptop to students if they don’t have one
      • dragon naturally speaking – convert voice to text
    • use coursecasting for recording ALL classes – software driven – all content is wmv and you own it – subscription-based
    • located on the portal
    • 600 students
    • $300,000 for new tech to a room

Session 2 – Teaching with cloud & flash computing– WSU Law School library – PDF – http://w.cali.org/conference/sites/default/files/CALI2009.pdf

  • course in TWEN (national)
    • westlaw watch
    • westcite
    • 25 google tools
      • publish ppt in Google & then embed inTWEN
  • cloud computing – data & apps on the internet
  • why Google Saas? backup, stroage, convenient, easy, free, collaborate
  • why flash & portable apps?
    • give faculty a flashdrive with apps
      • open office suite
      • firefox
      • skype
      • toucan
      • chromium browser
      • eraser – data removal
      • vlc media player
      • sumatra pdf viewer
      • clamwin – anitvirus
  • law faculty portal – customized searches, orientation materials
  • westlaw watch modules, clips, ssm
  • homepage modules – html tab, cut & paste html from google docs (ppt), cut & paste html of anything from google
  • Westlaw watch – free for faculty – create up to 25 clips, modules, gives you rss, html, email – bEST TOOL for any topic
    • webpage directory
  • give rss feeds from twen class to students – they can use any reader
  • upload mp3 files to TWEN
  • lawschool exchange -for faculty – repository of files – eventually a place for multimedia files – up to 30 mbs now – can link to TWEN
  • customized Westlaw search page
  • worldcat
  • sage in firefox – send you rss update
  • google – add feeds of blogs  – videos of up to 100 mbs
  • rss feeds in TWEN – each document – modifypage – enable feed
  • create a flash tutorial – upload to Youtube – copy the code and paste into html box & now it is embedded in TWEN

Session 3 – Multimedia Tools for Law School – Rutgers School of Law

  • display images – beastr image rotator
  • create flash from pdf – flashpaper – pdfme
  • audio – 128 bit – cd quality
  • video – 640 x 480 resolution – youtube
  • flash – used the most – 99% can play – flash player is free
    • downloads – streaming – better for live content, progressive – works with firewall
    • need to convert to flv, embed code into webpage
    • twisted podcast – log in and flash player embedded
    • web-based converter for video
    • ffmeg – encoder, super
    • players for flash – adobe, jw flv, media player classic
    • server software to convert – ubuntu, red 5 – free
    • screencast – camtasia, captivate – $300
    • flash player 7 or above – for video
    • keep original recording

Session 4 –  Flash-based Skills Training Videos – Case Western Reserve Law School

  • faculty requirements – students cannot download, password-protect, easy to use, ability to comment, live password-protected remote view by faculty
  • not all the above got met ie commenting, live view
  • IT requirements – less time consuming than vhs, platform neutral
  • contenders
    • medianotes – free, timeconsuming, distributing file & comments, not web-based
    • communicoach – web-based, not free, not easy to use
    • windows media server – permissions management, compatibility
  • developed own flash site, intergrated with AD, disabled right click to download, easy to use, not time consuming, progresive download (cached locally)
    • lawvideo.case.edu
    • procedure – student records video, av drops file onto server, playlist is generated  by faculty, student/faculty watches video
    • faculty get a list of usernames for their section
    • camcorder –Sanyo vpc-cg9 – generates mp4, H.264,  supports progressive downloads – no conversion necessary, small file sizes – under $200, var-a2 & var-g8 accessories(bought from Japanese importer), sd card, tripod – no mic imput
    • website IIS 6.0, longtail’s JW flv player (with license to remove watermark), progressive download
    • another solution -use Adobe Connect to watch video live and comment, it is saved as flv

Session 5 – Building Open Source Library Web Apps – Yale, Loyola Law Schools

  • setting up your web server -windows, apache, mysql, php or perl or python
    • use virtualization if you don’t have a server – run a virtual computer environment on a pc
    • virtual box software – uses a lot of memory – creates a virtual machine on a pc
    • turnkey – install linux – can install wordpress appliance
    • acquia – install drupal modules
  • open source web apps
    • wordpress.org
      • wordpress multiuser – manage more than one blog
      •  download & install plug-ins
      • buddypress – social networking software connected to wordpress
      • scriblio – customized codes & scripts for a library
    • drupal
      • drupal.org – download all modules & themes
      • content management system
      • can do anything online with drupal
      • wyswyg editor –  fckeditor is one
      • document delivery – organized
      • groups
      • embedded media
    • DropBox – store & access files

Polishing you digital identity session – http://www.awesometoast.com/cali/

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