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College of Education Podcast Incentive Program
As Dean Kennedy mentioned at the fall faculty meeting, the College of Education has been selected as a pilot program for the implementation of USF’s iTunes University. Through USF iTunes U, our students will be able to download podcasts to their Macs or PCs. They will then be able to listen to and view the contents of these podcasts on their Mac or PC or transfer them to an iPod or other MP3 player. The concept of iTunes university has been piloted successfully at Stanford, Berkeley and other universities.
Along with the iTunes U and USF partnership , Dean Kennedy announced the COEDU Podcast Incentive Program. Approximately $10,000 is available to fund COEDU faculty proposals related to USF’s iTunes U. The funds will be used to purchase iPod bundles, each consisting of a video iPod, accessories, and software needed to produce, access, and deliver educational podcasts. We encourage all Laptop Initiative faculty to take advantage of these grants. The Laptop Initiative is already working with several faculty members who are producing excellent podcasts, and we will be happy to provide any technical assistance you need to make your Podcast Incentive project a success. For more information about the Podcast Incentive Program, visit this website.
No Strings Attached: Wireless Laptops in Education
The Florida Center for Instructional Technology's No Strings Attached website has recently greatly expanded the number of technology-infused lesson plans available. Each lesson plan is correlated to Sunshine State Standards and national technology standards, and includes a video of the teacher presenting the lesson and reflecting on the lesson. This is a great place to find lesson ideas that incorporate iBooks.
Free Powerpoint and Keynote Templates
FCIT has recently published a website with more than 20,000 presentation backgrounds free for download. There are versions formatted for both Powerpoint and Keynote and the site is aimed specifically at teachers and students. This site also has links to other online resources, including free photo, video, and music sites.
Tech-Ease for Mac
FCIT recently published Tech-Ease for Mac, a website where teachers can find quick answers to real classroom technology questions. Tech-Ease for Mac answers common questions from teachers about hardware, email, chat, images, file management, and the Internet. Tech-Ease for Mac also has a section covering classroom management issues related to the use of computers in the classroom.
Laptop Lounge Hosts GIS Workshop
On Tuesday, March 7th, the Laptop Lounge hosted a workshop on the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in education. The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Shannon White, who was visiting from North Carolina State University. Dr. White presented some ideas for the use of GIS in different subject areas, from social studies to language arts. The workshop also had a hands-on component where participants learned to use ESRI's ArcView software.
Laptop Lounge Participates in CoEdu Children's Festival
The Laptop Lounge took part in the College of Education's Children's Festival held on Saturday, March 4th. The children who visited the Lounge were able to participate in a number of technology centers. In one center, the children took pictures of themselves using an iSight camera, then used this website to create an inspirational poster they could get emailed home. In another center, they were able to use TuxPaint, an open source drawing program intended for children. Visitors to the Lounge were also able to record their own songs using Garageband and a USB keyboard.
James Welsh Featured in Orlando Sentinel
Recently, the Laptop Lounge's James Welsh was quoted in an article about technology integration in area schools. The article in the Orlando Sentinel features Edgewater High School in Orlando. Principal Rob Anderson has started offering morning announcements as podcasts Edgewater students can download to their iPods, and more than a dozen teachers at Edgewater plan to start podcasting their lectures. The article also mentions other examples of technology integration using Palm handheld organizers. While James mentions several advantages to the use of technology in the classroom, he cautions that teachers should not use technology for technology's sake. "If they are just clicking, you are not teaching," James is quoted as saying. You can read the full article on this website.
Laptop Lounge Models
The Laptop Lounge has been hosting workshops
demonstrating technology integration in the classroom. In one
recent workshop, students from a USF education course were
split into small groups and asked to produce a 30-60 second
video on topics ranging from promotion of the College of Education
to a commercial for a Key West diving company. Each student
within a group was assigned a particular feature of iMovie,
which they learned during brief workshops facilitated by Laptop
Lounge staff. Following the workshops, the students went back
to their groups and worked on the video for approximately one
hour. Each student contributed their skill in the feature they
had just learned in the workshops. The videos had to incorporate
video clips, still photos, a music soundtrack or narration,
titles, and at least one transition or effect. At the end of
the session, the students shared their projects with the rest
of the class. Even in the short time given to them, the students
were able to produce some attractive, engaging videos. Pictures
from the workshop are available here.
and Scientists Unite!
We have microscopes and science probes that plug
into your computer to record real time science data. We also
have MIDI keyboards that allow you to create completely original
music in GarageBand. We have friendly Lounge staffers Luis
and Jason to show you how to use all of the above. As with
our other equipment, our probes, microscopes, and keyboards
are all available for checkout to use with your class. Please
stop by and play.
If you have been to a recent workshop at the
Laptop Lounge (EDU 252), you've noticed that we've been incorporating
our Smartboard interactive white board into all of our training
sessions. This Smartboard is available for you to check out
to use for classes here in the college. Stop by the Lounge
and we can help you download and install the software to run
it from your laptop.
Our second SmartBoard is making trips to our
internship schools and our interns are using it with their
students! There is more information about SmartBoards in our FAQ section.
Free MS Office Training at Apple
Every Wednesday in October at 12 PM, the Apple Store at International
Plaza will host a free interactive workshop on mastering Microsoft Office.
For more information, visit their
iLecture: Article in USF Oracle Discusses Podcasting of Lectures
This article from USF's Oracle looks at how one professor in Texas is using podcasts to deliver his lectures to his students. University of Texas professor William Carner records his lectures using an iPod, then posts them online so that his students can download them and listen to them on their computers or MP3 players. The article even mentions a website, Pickaprof.com, where professors can post their lectures as podcasts. While Carner is a strong supporter of this new delivery method for lectures, other professors have reservations. Shawn Bingham, a USF sociology professor, says access to podcasts may encourage students to skip classes. The article can be read online by visiting the Oracle website.
District in Texas Using Ipods in the Classroom
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district
in Texas is using iPods as part of a pilot program to bridge
the gap between home and school. Carrollton-Farmers Branch
is one of a handful of districts across the country
finding ways to use iPods in schools.
The idea came from Duke University,
which gives iPods to all incoming
The district bought 100 full-size iPods in
August as part of a $31,000 pilot
program involving two middle schools
and two high schools. A private
foundation bought 16 smaller iPod
Shuffles for three kindergarten classes. The kindergartners are using the iPod
Shuffles to learn vocabulary, while the bigger iPods are being
used in all grades with English language learners. These students
learn new English words using sing-along songs with
familiar tunes but altered lyrics, such as "Hippo Hop," which
is sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle." For more
information, please see this article
in the Dallas Morning News (PDF).
Duke Conference on Podcasting
Duke University’s Information Science + Information
Studies (ISIS) program recently held what organizers believe to be
the first-ever academic podcasting symposium. The symposium brought together
scholars, journalists and podcasting practitioners to discuss how this
new technology is shaping -- and being shaped by -- business, law, journalism
and Internet culture. An audio
report of the symposium is available.
Elementary School Podcast Featured in the New
The "Room 208" Podcast, produced by third and
fourth grade students from Maine, was featured in an
the New York Times (free registration required). This is
one of the education podcasts mentioned in our GarageBand
For more information, you can also visit the "Room 208
For faculty members who have been working on
podcasting: there is a freeware application called Fugu (which
can be downloaded from our support
page) that can be installed
on your Mac to allow easy drag-and-drop access to store files
at USF. Please
feel free to drop by the Laptop Lounge (EDU 252) for help
getting started. or visit our FAQ
In education, podcasts are being used in several ways.
A 3/4 elementary class in Maine has a weekly show
called "Room 208 Podcast". It's an entirely
kid-produced news magazine show. The kids write scripts
for their own segments about whatever interests them.
A recent show included segments about sports, animals,
books, and an original reader's theater audio play.
That same group of students has also used the podcast
to air their literature circle discussions.
The teacher of that class has his own podcast, Bit
by Bit, where he reflects on the use of technology
in his classroom. He reports that his students' writing
has improved dramatically since they started doing
the podcast. They are writing for a genuine audience
on topics about which they care.
USF College of Ed professors are using a podcast
format to have students record and publish their belief
statements about their profession.
Another USF College of Ed professor is having her
student interns record brief reflective conversations
Podcasts are being used to communicate discussion
groups and presentations from professional conferences
to a much broader audience outside of a conference
setting. You can hear excellent examples of this on
the NECC ADE 2005
Students at Penn State and other colleges are using
podcasts to record reflections on their student teaching
Podcasts can be used to create
audio tours of communities or museums and to record
and share oral histories.
Podcasts can also be used to make an
entire series of lectures available online so that
class time can be spent
in other ways.
There are many more applications for the technology and more
are being invented every day.