So much comes across our desks but take time and review –
Ensuring the security of your Internet sessions and sensitive information
Posted 10-17-2014 http://www.ecu.edu/cs-itcs/allnotices.cfm
Please use the following directions to disable SSL on your Windows computers that are not installed by ITCS. This is the only way toensure the security of your encrypted Internet sessions and the sensitive information they contain.
The SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption protocol has been used for many years to establish secure connections between computers (e.g., for credit card transactions on the Internet). However, the SSL protocol no longer provides adequate protection for encrypted Internet sessions.
On the ECU campus, ITCS will disable SSL in Microsoft Internet Explorer on university-owned faculty and staff Windows computers connecting to the campus data network. However, ITCS cannot fix this condition in other browsers installed on university computers or on any browser on your home computer.
As the Educational Technologist for the College of Allied Health I am all about promoting technology but a recent article from Campus Technology caught me eye and perhaps yours.
“Research: The Proof is In! Multi-Tasking in Class Reduces Test Scores
Contrary to what students might like to think, when they multi-task in class on non-academic activities, their test scores go down. And that’s true for even the smartest students. Those are the initial results of a $439,000 study by a Michigan State University research project that was reported on in the September 2014 issue of Computers & Education.”
I still advocate for technology in the classroom BUT why not enrich the learning experience by providing lecture recordings for review and/or preview to course content?
You may have noticed different backgrounds (themes) for the past few weeks. Wordpress gives you the ability to choose different styles for presenting your information. You can have static pages which do not let commenting by others. Or you can have a mixture of the two as I have done this week with the sliding images theme.
You could have put students in groups and let each student manage a page depending on topics or studies. Lots of uses for this software. Check out the training schedule if you would like to learn more.
I know sometimes my job does require that I do something “cool” and this week it was attending a webinar on “Cool Tools” so I figured for the next few blogs I would share a few that were highlighted!
Clickers are always a fun way to engage students but if you forgot to pick them up from my office here is a way to still have that same experience. Socrative is “smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops and tablets!”
Contact OET to explore!
SLIDESHARK! Per their website “SlideShark is the leading app for viewing and sharing PowerPoint® content on the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. With SlideShark, mobile users can easily view and present PowerPoint slides the way they were meant to be seen—with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.”
By using the broadcast feature to the computer in the classroom you can control your presentation via your IPad – see your slide notes, timers, animation counter and next/previous slides. Go to the app store to download and stop by me office for a demo!
Kudos to Christine Lysaght from PT for bringing this neat feature to my attention!
Android users I have not found a similar app, any suggestions?
And also at your students’ fingertips. Centra now known as SabaMeeting has recently completed an upgrade which allows you to use the desktop interface with all the new features that were added to the browser interface last summer!
You will need to install a small SabaMeeting program on your computer the first time that you join an event; however, as long as you have permission to install programs on your computer, this installation should be fairly straightforward. This will avoid the Java issue which occurred when using the browser interface.
Your students are also able to create SabaMeeting events themselves this year, so be sure to remind them to take advantage of this opportunity to virtually collaborate with others on group assignments.
Contact OET for a demo session and more information!