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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TCU eLearning: New from Google

New post on TCU eLearning

New from Google

Two Google-related news items:
1. A review of the Google Docs research tool. Basically, this is a quick way to run a search on terms within your Google Docs. Results display in a sidebar adjacent to your original text. You then have the option to preview a selected website, create a hyperlink in your document, or add the related citation to your document. As the review notes, "research" and "web search" aren't necessarily the same thing (nor do they guarantee the same quality of results). Likewise, the embedded citations provided by the research tool are not in one of the standard scholarly formats. However, the ability to quickly verify quotes, facts, or other pieces of data all without leaving the original document does seem very convenient.
2. Using a Google search to identify images. You can use Google Image search not only to find images, but also to help you find more information about images. What happens if you find an image online, but fail to note the source? Or, with further research, you realize that you need more information about said image or need to find the original source? Google lets you enter a web address, drag and drop the image, or upload it. Search results are then returned alongside your original image, letting you find the right site to clear up any image attribution issues.
Happy searching!
kate marshall | June 12, 2012 at 11:17 am | Tags: google, images, learning, research, technology, writing | Categories: regular | URL:


Clickers Conference 2012

Dear Cynthia,
i>clicker, Loyola University-Chicago and the Ball State University Office of Educational Excellence are proud to announce the agenda for Clickers 2012. Conference presentations focus on technological innovations and their impact on teaching and learning. You can view the Clickers 2012 agenda by clicking the link below:

Clickers 2012 is intended for higher education professors, instructors, and administrators who are tasked with facing today's educational challenges and leading efforts to increase student success. With sessions, panels, and keynotes led by some of North America's most visionary thought leaders, Clickers 2012 is sure to offer thought provoking discussions on the potential impact of educational technologies and solutions.
The conference will be held at the Hotel Allegro in Chicago on October 25-26. Register Today!
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Dillard University’s Department of Humanities Launches Theatre/Art Summer Enrichment Camp

Dillard University’s Department of Humanities Launches 

Theatre/Art Summer Enrichment Camp
Five-Week Camp to Run From July 9 to Aug. 10 for Just $10 per Day

(New Orleans) The Dillard University Department of Humanities will host its first Theatre/Art Summer Enrichment Camp for students ages 5 to 13 from July 9 to Aug. 10. The program will focus on theater, art and music and run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with options for after-camp care.

The program aims to assist parents during the period of summer when many camps have ended and they find themselves at an impasse – trying to find somewhere safe, affordable, enriching and easily accessible to place their children until school begins.

Campers will act, paint, write, draw, sing and play musical instruments. They will go swimming, attend dance classes, and take arts-related field trips. Other activities will include movie screenings and talkbacks in which children and counselors discuss the films. The camp will culminate with an event on its final day that will enable students to display their art, musicianship and acting abilities to their friends and families.

The five-week camp costs $250 per child (or just $10 per day), with $25 discounts for siblings. After-camp care is available for an additional cost.

Interested parents (and volunteers and donors) are encouraged to contact Zena Ezeb in the Department of Humanities at (504) 816-4450 or (504) 816-4689 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to learn more or to enroll their children. Voice messages will be returned promptly.


Dillard to Take Part in Nationally Staged Reading of James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” on June 18

Dillard to Take Part in Nationally Staged Reading of
James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” on June 18

(New Orleans) Dillard University will host a reading of “The Amen Corner,” a 1954 play by author and activist James Baldwin, on Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. in the Georges Auditorium. The reading is part of the second annual “One Voice, One Play, One Day” project, in which one significant work of black theater is read on the same day, at approximately the same time, in theaters across the country.

“One Voice, One Play, One Day” is an initiative of Project 1 Voice, a national performing arts organization dedicated to the preservation of black theater. Project 1 Voice will present the reading at Dillard University in conjunction with the American Theatre Project of New Orleans.

“The Amen Corner” tells the story of a family in Harlem in the mid-20th century trying to navigate its faith, relationships and careers amidst a backdrop of poverty and racism. The New Orleans reading will star Sherri Marina, formerchair of Dillard University’s theater department, and Nicoye Banks (“Law & Order,” “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day”), as well as members of the Chakula Cha Jua Theater Company and the Anthony Bean Community Theater, which recently produced “The Amen Corner.” Ed Bishop, artistic director for the American Theater Project of New Orleans, will direct.

In 2011, the inaugural “One Voice, One Play, One Day” presentation featured readings of Alice Childress’s “Trouble In Mind” in 18 theaters across the U.S.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. To learn more, visit or, or contact Ed Bishop (504) 957-9283.


Dillard University Pre-Freshman Engineering Summer 2012 Program White Coat Ceremony June 19th

Save The Date

June 19, 2012


Pre-Freshman Engineering Summer Program

5:30 p.m.

Stern Hall, Room 112

Thanks to British Petroleum for financial support


EduDemic June 19, 2012


Posted: 18 Jun 2012 06:56 PM PDT
microsoft-surface-heroEarlier this evening, Microsoft unveiled it's future. Quite simply, the tech giant is pinning it's hopes, dreams, and revenue to the tablet-friendly Windows 8 as well as a new brand of tablet. We've seen Windows 8 and it looks like an easy-to-use, fluid, and streamlined approach to operating systems. It's about time.

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 05:15 PM PDT
june-thumbUtopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y...or is that not the case?

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 11:49 AM PDT
textbookThe results are in. And they're depressing. The current state of math textbooks is downright terrifying but somehow not surprising. That's according to a new report by ClassroomWindow.

Posted: 18 Jun 2012 09:30 AM PDT
diceGamification is the application of game mechanics to a non-game entities--learning systems for example. It is also extremely flexible, able to fit the needs to a variety of environments. But this can also make it confusing to implement. Here's how one teacher did it.


Innovative Educators Conference: Blended Learning: Effective Instruction and Engagement July 30-August 2, 2012 Atlanta, GA

July 30 - August 1, 2012 :: Atlanta, GA

Sharpen your instructional – and instructional design – skills
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In light of the increased demand for high-quality blended courses and programs, instructional designers and course developers are facing new design challenges. To ensure effective course development and engagement for a variety of learners, course developers must effectively use the online and physical classroom environments, establishing measurable learning outcomes and the means for achieving them.
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The conference is structured to balance information sharing, targeted learning activities, group work, and collaboration with colleagues. Through the use of case studies and collaborative work, you will be able to directly apply the knowledge that you have gained during the conference while receiving guidance from the instructors.
For maximum benefit, consider attending the optional pre-conference workshop, Cloud-Based, Mobile, and Classroom Technology for Learning and Engagement. Find out more about the workshop and agenda here.

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