Author Archives: Joseph Antonioli

About Joseph Antonioli

Senior Curricular Innovation Specialist

iPad in Education

Please join us as we engage in a conversation and demonstration about the possibilities of iPad in Higher Education with Apple Systems Engineer, Lars Ljungholm on Monday, December 9th.

We are currently undergoing a shift in the education landscape. Students are now growing up in – and graduating into – a connected, information-rich world which presents both challenges and opportunities for educators. Faculty can use mobile learning tools to help personalize learning, engage and motivate students, and practice authentic assessment. At this session, we will be discussing and demonstrating the use of iPad and various apps that you can use to enhance your personal productivity and professional work both in and out of the classroom.

There will be a morning and an afternoon session in rm 105 in the Davis Family Library.

If you would like to attend please sign up for one of the sessions using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/middlebury.edu/forms/d/12vcWvum-OKFagVpiE4R-GzXFin5Im4SE2UsAHJQ2fkc/viewform

Friday Links, October 18, 2013

11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy – Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.

Who’s still not online, and why? The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports. As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

Moodle Maintenance on Friday, October 4th from 2am-6am

From our Moodle host:

Dear Valued Client,

In order to increase resilience and reliability of our cloud platform we will be migrating data within our server infrastructure. We will be performing maintenance during our October 4th maintenance window from 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., ET. During most of this period your site will be operational, cron will not be running; a brief loss of connectivity to the internet will occur at the end of the process.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sincerely,

Remote-Learner Technical Support

Friday Links – September 13

Elon Musk Unveils His Vision For ‘The Future of Design’ With Hand Manipulated Holographic TechnologyTesla CEO Elon Musk (who we could safely call a futurist at this, can’t we?) has more on his mind that just cars and 4,000 MPH Hyperloop transportation systems. He also tweeted his intention of developing a hand-manipulated hologram design engine and promised to post a video of designing a rocket part with only hand gestures and printing the part in titanium.

 

 

Looking for inspiration?  Voyager 1, launched in 1977, has crossed the heliopause and is still sending back data: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/voyager20130912.html#.UjNUKH_3Mg8

Friday Links – September 6, 2013

The history of favicon.ico.

Progressive enhancement is dead but also progressive enhancement is faster. PE, by the way, is the idea of ensuring that a web application is usable across a broad range of browser environments, most recently (and in the linked articles) in the case where JavaScript can’t be used.

Kids can’t use computers” and why we should be worried. “Tomorrow’s politicians, civil servants, police officers, teachers, journalists and CEOs are being created today. These people don’t know how to use computers, yet they are going to be creating laws regarding computers, enforcing laws regarding computers, educating the youth about computers, reporting in the media about computers and lobbying politicians about computers. Do you thinks this is an acceptable state of affairs?”

Australian and New Zealand virtual worlds scoping study: Final report available for download - In 2010-12, with colleagues from Charles Sturt University (CSU), the University of New England (UNE), and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), I worked on a project that involved conducting an Australia and New Zealand-wide scoping study on the use of virtual worlds for learning and teaching in higher education. The final report from the project is now available as an open-access publication.

MOOCs Meet the Zombie Apocolypse -

How do you get thousands of people excited about an online course in math, physics, and public health that will not earn them formal credit or any kind of certificate?

First, make it a MOOC.

Second, make the central text a popular TV show.

Third, add zombies.

Down the Road, But In the Works: 3-D Video Calls From Skype -

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.

The news was revealed by a senior executive in an exclusive interview with the BBC to mark Skype’s 10th anniversary.

Friday Links – August 30, 2013

Tools That College Students Wish Their Instructors Used Either More or Less, 2013 – Students favored using their laptops over their smartphones to assist in classroom learning. And nearly three quarters wished that their instructors would record lectures more often, so they could be watched later.

The Future of User Behavior: “We’re now increasingly seeing SERPs that are influenced by all kinds of contextual information — the implicit queries. Will Critchlow covers what exactly that means and how it might explain why we see ‘(not provided)’ in our analytics more often than we’d like.”

A Look at PHP’s Continuing Evolution: Larry Garfield, who wrote most of Drupal’s database API, goes over some of the features that have been added to PHP in recent versions to update the programming language.

Drupal considering moving git repositories to github: There are a lot of pros and cons to this, especially with github’s somewhat inconsistent ability to stay available during repeated DDoS attacks.

A Working Demo of the new Drupal Accessibility module: This is something we’ll likely add after the Drupal 7 upgrade. You can give feedback on the module here.

Atomic Web Design: “As the craft of Web design continues to evolve, we’re recognizing the need to develop thoughtful design systems, rather than creating simple collections of web pages.” And the Pattern Lab design tool to help with this.

The Ultimate Guide to CSS Support in HTML emails

Twitter changes the conversion view on its website and mobile app

Course Site Suggestions

The college is approaching the start of the undergraduate academic year, and faculty are thinking about course web sites. LIS has many ways to help faculty think about what is possible with technology in the classroom (if you don’t know where to start, try your liaison:http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons),  but we realize that there are faculty who simply want to jump in and start experimenting on their own.

Below are a some ideas for the do-it-yourselfers. This is not meant as a comprehensive list, just some suggestions to make things easier.

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Friday links – August 16, 2013

New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use: While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses, they aren’t the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn’t have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004.

10 ways tech support has changed since the 1980s: Over the past 30 years, IT has seen some monumental changes — and they’ve had a huge impact on the field of tech support. See if you remember the way it used to be.

Touch Laptop Forecasts: Only 10-15% of laptops sold this year will be touch-enabled. Sales of touch-enabled Dell and HP laptops are declining, but Lenovo’s touch laptops will be 50% of their sales in the next 2-3 years.

What to Expect in WordPress 3.7 and 3.8: The 3.7 update will come in October and feature better internationalization support while 3.8 is planned for the end of the year and will include an overhaul of the admin interface and a new Twenty Fourteen theme. If you have thoughts on improving the dashboard take their survey.

Web Development

The New IE11 Developer Tools: Microsoft has improved the script debugger, added a memory analysis tool, and cleaned up the display of inherited styles in the DOM explorer.

uCSS and CSS Dig: Two tools that can be used to crawl a website and produce reports to help us clean up unused and redundant CSS declarations. This might be helpful in organizing our own stylesheets.

Libraries & Librarians

NPR’s Bob Mondello gave a nostalgic, sometimes humorous view of libraries last week: Libraries’ Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

Have online journals evolved beyond their readers? “… science has become abstracted away from practitioners. It has disappeared from the tangible world as journals have disappeared from tables, desks, and waiting rooms. …”

Other

Google’s “Opt-out village” (from The Onion) –

Wiki Wars: The ten most controversial Wikipedia pages (from CNN)