What I learned from #CALICon15

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I haven’t attended a CALI conference since Milwaukee in 2011 so I was excited to be able to attend.

There are a lot new things out there in the technology world and in law schools.

Below is just a random list:

  • Macs are everywhere.  Every presentation that I attended was done with a Mac.  Things have changed.
  • Connecting your laptop wirelessly to a HDMI projector is not expensive..you just need Apple TV for $69 and PC air parrot for $6
  • This is a cool video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_LLj4_3ZRA (Watch it!)
  • Panopto is used by many schools for lecture capture, annotation, live streaming and much more.  It now connects directly to a TWEN course site.
  • Spiceworks is a free helpdesk ticketing system
  • Oyez offers 7000 hours of supreme court audio clips (all sessions since 1955) with transcripts – Slides
  • 5 cool FREE tools to turn legal education into legal educa-FUN (Try them!)
    1. Kahoot – create multiple choice quizzes (questions & answers on the screen)
    1. Class Responder – create multiple choice quizzes (more elementary look)
    1. Zaption – create multiple choice or open-ended questions, add pop up questions to a video
    1. EDPuzzle – video enhancement tool, add voice over or replace original speaker
    1. Socrative – create multiple choice quizzes
  • Box – unlimited storage solution for students and/or faculty (SSO capability)
  • Plickers – free clickers- use app and laminated cards (for classes of 63 or less)
  • First Hybrid JD program (half online, half on campus) William Mitchell Law School in MN successfully completed one full semester
  • ABA Tech Show – good resource for freebies
  • Legal Practice Tech Course at UNC Law – syllabus
  • Clio –  cloud-based law practice management software
  • Google Scholar and the new research paradigm (handout)
  • Standard 314  – Formative assessment – use technology
  • Poll Everywhere – survey tool via smartphone or browser – free on polls for 40 students or less (integrates into powerpoint)
  • BigBlueButton–  open source version of Adobe Connect
  • VidyoWay – free video-conferencing

I loved the conference and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the trials and tribulations of technology in law school with others who share the same interests.

Next year, the CALI conference will be back on the east coast at Georgia State Law. I hope to attend again.


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