2013-01-18 Weekly IT Update

This Week:

Tech TA (Green Days) – Branden Van Derbur

Classified Trainings – What Do You Need?

JSTOR – 1,200 Journals Online (Limited)

EQuizShow – Quiz Your Students

5 Things to Know – Education Technology


Tech TA (Green Days) – In case you see him running around, Branden Van Derbur is the new Tech TA for the semester. He will be following us around on Green Days and you may see him doing some basic hardware work to help us maintain the PODS and other areas. So, don’t worry if he is working on computers, organizing systems or cables, or other, he is authorized to do so. We look forward to showing him some of the different aspects of how a helpdesk works!

Classified Trainings – Classified staff, is there a training you are interested in receiving? Any tools or applications that you’ve been dying to learn? Let me know what you’re interested in as I’ve been tasked to get some sessions going for you all. The most common request would be for different levels of Microsoft Office applications, but whatever you feel you need, just let me know!

JSTOR – For those that have ever had the benefit of using JSTOR, they are actually opening up 1,200 of their journals for limited online use. Limited basically means that they will allow up to 3 articles to be seen once every two weeks. While it doesn’t seem like much, if you are using the site for a project, it may be more than enough for your students. JSTOR served me quite well on my theses for UCCS and is a great resource to dig around in, especially for primary sources. Check out more about it at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/09/jstor-offer-limited-free-access-content-1200-journals

EQuizShow – Although the PowerPoint Jeopardy templates on the internet can be decent, a junior high school student actually created an online tool to allow you to create and store your game show quizzes online. There is even a gallery of pre-made questions and answers if you don’t have the time to make one yourself (granted, this database is rather small at the moment but is growing). Check it out at: http://equizshow.com/

5 Things To Know – As it was announced this week, Pine Creek (along with the other tech strand schools) will begin a 1:1 device rollout in the coming school year. To get an idea of some of the stuff that is going on ‘behind the scenes’ in regards to preparation, take a look at this blog about deploying educational technology. The link can be found here: http://edudemic.com/2013/01/5-things-to-know-before-deploying-education-technology/

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