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Friday Links for November 7, 2014

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Ten Ideas To Move Classroom Technology Closer To Blended Learning – There has been a lot of discussion as to what blended learning really means. Most of us have come to realize that it probably involves the classroom and technology. In fact, the 1 to 1 programs across the nation emphasize the technology as an important component of classroom instruction. Yet, is emphasizing technology in the classroom really Blended Learning? The answer is… maybe! A closer look needs to be taken in order to see how the technology is being used.

Photos: The life of Alan Turing

Alan Turing statute at Bletchley Park in England

Alan Turing statute at Bletchley Park in England

Google has ‘outgrown’ its 14-year old mission statement, says Larry Page – Google’s chief executive says that the company “probably does need” a new statement about its corporate ambitions, but is in uncharted territory and ‘trying to figure it out’

Reminder: Key Survey Scheduled Downtime on Nov 22 for Upgrade to version 8.6

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KeySurvey LogoThe following information is important only for individuals having a Key Survey account used to create, distribute, and work with surveys and response data.

WorldAPP (our Key Survey host) is excited to announce that your Key Survey / Form.com account will be upgraded to the new software version 8.6. on  Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, between the hours of:

EST:   1 AM and 10 AM / GMT:    6 AM and 3 PM

Loaded with variety of new features, this latest software update introduces many of the advanced task management and workflow capabilities that you, our customers, have asked us for.

Please note that your account may be unavailable during the system upgrade. Your respondents attempting to access surveys, forms or reports will receive a friendly notification of the system maintenance in progress. Once the maintenance has been completed, the application and all survey/form/report links will be accessible.

To learn more about version 8.6 software release ahead of time, visit the Fall ’14 Release Promo page.

If you have any questions about this update please feel free to contact support@worldapp.com.

New Mac OS 10.10 (“Yosemite”) Released

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Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10.x), released on 16 October 2014 and is available as an upgrade for faculty and staff who are currently running Mavericks (10.9.x).  If your machine is running Mavericks (10.9.x) or Mountain Lion (10.8.x) the upgrade will appear automatically in Software Updates under the Apple Menu.  If your machine is running Snow Leopard (10.6.x) or Lion (10.7.x), you will need to contact the Technology HelpDesk to discuss upgrade options.

As with all operating system upgrades, there are potential issues of compatibility with applications and services and we are currently neither promoting nor discouraging the upgrade.  New computers provided for faculty and staff will continue to have 10.9.5 (Mavericks) installed for now; public labs are not scheduled to be updated to Yosemite at this time.  Knowing that there will be “early adopters” who opt to upgrade right away, we have created a site to share known issues and areas of concern.  Visit go/yosemite/ to view — or add to — this work-in-progress.

Yosemite has several improvements, including better support of multiple monitors, handoff capabilities between Yosemite and iOS8 devices, and enhanced iCloud Drive capabilities.  See Apple’s complete list of what’s new in Yosemite or take a personal tour using lynda.com’s new, hour-long course, Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.

Friday Links – October 17, 2014

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Time for a Thesis – From the Senior Admissions Fellows Blog, a self-reflective essay by a History major on the impact of our annual message to seniors about thesis carrel signup and research support. His conclusion is quite nice: “When I think ahead to the books and research, I am not so much nervous as I am excited,” he says.

Practicing Collaborative Digital Pedagogy to Foster Digital Literacies in Humanities Classrooms – This article presents two case studies of classes who employed different techniques to “foster digital literacies in humanities students using distinct approaches for each course.” My key takeaway hinged on one student’s observation: “Through creating an infographic in Easel.ly, I learned that it is very important to develop skills in being able to pick out important information from the vast amounts that you can easily find online.”

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning – A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In this article, we’ll take a look at the neural and hormonal responses that underpin a student’s stress response, and make a few suggestions for continuing to teach through the challenges it presents.

Upcoming Battery Will Charge Phones And Electric Cars in Minutes – It takes about an hour to fully charge a cell phone, and the battery lasts about two to three years over 500 charge cycles. However, a new design could reduce charge time to only a few minutes and the battery is expected to last for 10,000 charge cycles over a 20 year lifespan.

FireChat in Hong Kong: How an app tapped its way into the protests
(CNN) — The revolution will not be televised but it will be tweeted, instant messaged or, in the case of Hong Kong, broadcast on mesh networks like FireChat.

 

Friday links – October 3, 2014

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JSTOR Dailyan online journal offering “insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events, tapping into the rich scholarship on JSTOR … In addition to weekly feature articles, the magazine publishes daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and much more.”
Clever video, but I (AH) wonder how they’re able to trademark a “bookbook”

System and Network Maintenance this Sunday

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During our regular maintenance window this Sunday, Oct 5th between 6 and 10 am we have the following activities planned:

  • Middfiles will be offline for up to 2 hours within the 6-10 maintenance window while the storage arrays are moved from the Library data center to our new data center.

o   All files on Middfiles will be unavailable during this window, including home directories, Orgs, Classes, etc…

 

  • The SAN storage controllers will receive a small point release upgrade. No downtime is associated with this work.

 

  • We will move a pair of fiber channel switches form the Library data center to our new data center. Hosts served by these switches are dual connected and may see a brief (~5 seconds) unavailability.

 

  • The border firewalls will receive an upgrade. There are 4 brief Internet outages expected during the upgrade, each lasting up to 30 seconds.

o   All of Middlebury Internet access and the VPN to MIIS will be impacted.

 

  • One of our two Internet Service Providers will be performing a hardware change. This will result in one of our Internet circuits being down around 7am for up to 30 minutes. We have adequate Internet bandwidth on either single circuit to handle our needs during this time.

o   Point to point VPNs may see a brief drop while the path re-routes.

  • The Filemaker Pro database service will be interrupted for about 10 minutes between 8 and 9 am for application maintenance.

 

We appreciate your patience as we continuously strive to keep our systems functioning optimally.

 

 

William D Sneed

ITS – Central Systems & Network Services

Digital Media Bootcamp 2015

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In order to allow for flexibility in our hiring, we will be offering the Digital Media Tutor training during the month of January, and are opening up the sessions to all interested faculty, staff and students. This is the same training that we have been using for the Summer Digital Media Tutor program.

The following sessions will introduce the attendees to a wide variety of technologies and uses, including computing practices at Middlebury, concepts and software for developing media, and devices for creating and consuming media. Each session will run for 90 minutes and will take place in the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library.

You can also browse the series by category.

Current Sign-up Sheets

TITLE DATE
Safe Computing Practices at Middlebury @ 2:45pm January 5, 2015
Equipment Demo: Scanners, Plotters and more @ 2:45pm January 6, 2015
Media Collections @ 1pm January 6, 2015
Introduction to Information Literacy @ 1pm January 7, 2015
Mediawiki @ 3:30pm January 7, 2015
Equipment Demo: Cameras @ 1pm January 8, 2015
iMovie @ 2:45pm January 8, 2015
Quicktime, SnapZ Pro, MPEG Streamclip @ 1pm January 12, 2015
Intro to Visual Literacy @ 1pm January 13, 2015
Illustrator @ 2:45pm January 13, 2015
Copyright, IP and Creative Commons @ 1pm January 14, 2015
Photoshop @ 2:45pm January 15, 2015
InDesign @ 1pm January 15, 2015
Online Identity @ 1pm January 19, 2015
Portfolios Using WordPress @ 2:45pm January 19, 2015
Curricular Web @ 1pm January 20, 2015
Moodle and WordPress @ 2:45pm January 20, 2015
SecondLife @ 1pm January 21, 2015
Crafting Digital Narratives with Scalar @ 2:45pm January 21, 2015
Intro to Audio Literacy @ 1pm January 26, 2015
Audio Software @ 2:45pm January 26, 2015
Online Recording Lab: SANSSpace @ 1pm January 27, 2015
Building Digital Exhibits with Omeka @ 2:45pm January 27, 2015
Equipment Demo: Space and Place @ 1pm January 28, 2015