May 2013

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Open for Business

The DCS Help Desk is open and ready to assist with all your classroom technology needs for summer classes. We have staff available over the phone and on campus to help keep things running smoothly. While summer classes are in session, the Help Desk can be reached at (848)-445-3612, during the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:30am-10:00pm
  • Friday: 7:30am-6:30pm
  • Saturday: 8am-1:30pm


Summer Reading

Check out the DCS Classroom Technology Blog for new articles about some of the advantages of using Google Chrome, a review of our top mobile apps for instructors, ways to use YouTube in the classroom, and a cheat sheet of VGA adapters for Mac users. To stay on top of all the latest DCS articles, you can also subscribe to our RSS feed.


Upcoming Faculty Workshops

DCS is offering workshops on four topics this summer. For more information and to register, please visit the DCS Workshops page.

All About Apps: Our Top Picks - Friday, June 14 in Hill Center 009 at 1pm

This workshop will showcase some of the most exciting mobile apps available today. Our staff has waded through the multitude of available apps and hand-picked the very best that are geared towards teaching. We will highlight presentation apps that help turn your mobile device into a whiteboard, video apps that help you edit and incorporate video into presentations, and slide show apps that help you create and run lectures from your hand held. We will also introduce you to apps designed to make your life easier, including apps for taking notes, scanning documents, and organizing classroom materials. While this workshop will discuss apps available on a variety of phones and tablets, we will especially focus on the best free apps for iPads. You do not need to bring a mobile device to attend.

Giving Engaging Digital Presentations - Friday, June 28 in Hickman Hall 213 at 1pm

Do you feel that your slide presentation is going over the head of your students? Does your class spend more time copying down your slides than paying attention to you? In Giving Engaging Digital Presentations, we will discuss techniques for creating and giving engrossing digital presentations. We will spend time highlighting some simple tips that can make your presentation more clear and attention grabbing. We will also delve into graphic considerations for making stylish and clean-looking slides. The topics we cover will apply to all slide-based presentations, regardless of which application you prefer.

What are they Thinking?: Taking the Pulse of Your Classroom – Friday, July 26 in Scott Hall 206 at 1pm

In this showcase workshop, we will demonstrate ways that you can poll your students and receive instant feedback during class, including Poll Anywhere and Socrative. The applications we will discuss are web-based solutions for posing discussion topics, giving quizzes, and receiving questions in real time from your students through their phones, laptops, or tablets. We will focus on polling solutions that are quick, free, easy to use, and require no additional hardware aside from the mobile devices many faculty and students may already be using. Bring along your laptop, phone, or tablet and you can test out the polling applications during the workshop.

Emerging Technology Now

Monday, August 26 in Hickman Hall 115 at 1pm
Tuesday, August 27 in Hill Center 009 at 1pm
Wednesday, August 28 in Tillet Hall 125 at 10am
Wednesday, August 28 in Scott Hall 207 at 1pm

As you get your syllabus and materials together for your fall classes, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the technology you will be using during the semester. To best afford faculty the opportunity to learn about and test their classroom’s technology, DCS is holding four workshops during the week before fall classes begin. These workshops will be held in buildings that have rooms with each of the four main types of DCS technology you may find in your classroom: the Digital Classroom Podium, Crestron Touchscreen System, SP Push Button System, and Pixie Push Button System. If you are teaching in one of these rooms, you can attend any of the four workshops and have a chance to learn how to use our equipment. Simply come to the room posted above and DCS staff will bring you to a nearby room where we will familiarize you with the equipment you will be using during the semester. We also encourage faculty to bring any media – laptop, DVDs, documents – that you would like to test with the equipment.