November 2013

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Important Information for Mac Users

Mavericks icons on a laptop screenMac users who have upgraded to Mavericks (OS X 10.9) will notice some significant changes to the way they project. While many of these features give users more flexibility in choosing what and how they project, there are now a few more steps involved in displaying an image in the correct size and resolution. To help smooth this transition, we have posted an article summarizing the changes and what you need to know to project in your classroom. Take a look at the Mavericks article in our Classroom Technology Blog.


Instructors Wanted for Faculty Forum

We are on the look out for instructors who use DCS equipment in new, novel ways. At our Spring faculty forum, we are inviting instructors to join us for lunch and learn about the ways some of their colleagues use technology to enhance the student experience. Whether you poll your class, utilize social media, or have a unique way of presenting - we would love for you to join us. If you are interested in presenting or would like to nominate a colleague, contact us. And if you are interested in attending in the spring, stay tuned for more information as our forum approaches.


DCS Offering iClicker Base Stations

iClicker Base StationWe are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot program to install iClicker bases in Digital Classroom Podiums for the Spring semester. iClickers are a popular method of polling students in class. Typically, students are required to purchase or rent iClicker remotes. The instructor then receives a base station from iClicker which they bring to class and connect to their laptop. For the Spring 2014 semester, DCS is offering to remove this last step for instructors teaching in rooms with a Digital Classroom Podium. DCS will obtain a base station, install it in the podium, and connect it to the podium's Mac computer. Instructors can then simply bring their remote and iClicker software to class on a thumb drive, rather than carrying around a base station and a laptop. For more information and to request a base for the spring, please read our Spotlight article.


New on the Web

Catch up on the latest in instructional technology at dcs.rutgers.edu. We have new blog posts about teaching and learning using Lynda as well as presentation tips for instructors. Teaching in a Crestron Touchscreen classroom? Check out our new videos about how to use the system.


The Results are In

DCP Survey GraphicWe asked instructors using the Digital Classroom Podium to tell us about their experience and the results are in. Check out our Spotlight article to see some of the results as well as changes we are planning on making to the podium based on faculty feedback. If you use a Digital Classroom Podium and would like to offer input for the design of future podiums, contact us. We are eager to make faculty a part of the process.


Upcoming Events

ScarletApps for Education Faculty-Staff Presentation - November 22 at 10am

The Office of Information Technology hosts a presentation on the use of ScarletApps in Hall B of the Livingston Student Center. ScarletApps is the Rutgers implementation of GoogleApps for Education. This session highlights how to schedule meetings with shared calendars and how to hold meetings remotely using Google Hangouts. Video conferencing is available on the Camden and Newark campuses. Learn more and register at the event page.

We have a few DCS workshops remaining in our Fall Series, as well three January workshops to help instructors prepare for the spring semester. Workshops are held on Fridays in our brand new Training Center located in Tillett Hall - Room 118 on Livingston Campus. Workshops are open to all members of the Rutgers community. For more information and to register, please visit the DCS Workshops page.

All About Apps: Our Top Picks – November 22 at 10am

The first in our series on teaching apps, this workshop will showcase some of the most exciting mobile apps available today. Our staff has waded through the multitude of 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 white board, video apps that help you edit and incorporate videos 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 focus especially on the best free apps for iPads. You do not need to bring a mobile device to attend. To sign up, visit our registration page.

Giving Engaging Digital Presentations – December 6 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 your preferred program. To sign up, visit our registration page.

Emerging Technology Now – January 17 at 10am & 1pm

As you get your syllabus and materials together for your upcoming 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 will hold two workshops before spring classes begin. These workshops will cover 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 the Emerging Technology Now workshop and have a chance to learn how to use our equipment. Simply come to the the DCS Training Center and our staff will bring you to a classroom 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. To sign up, visit our registration page.

Intro to Macs – January 24 at 1pm

This workshop is tailored towards instructors using the Digital Classroom Podium and anyone who would like to learn the basics of using a Mac. While you can learn the ins and outs of using the podium at our Emerging Technology Now workshops, in Intro to Macs we will focus on what you need to know to use the podium's Mac computer. We will introduce you to the basics of Mac's operating system, including the dock, desktop, and finder. We will also discuss how to use popular applications that you may have used in Windows but not on Macs, such as Word, PowerPoint, and web browsers. Finally, we will show you different ways you can access your presentation material via a USB drive or over the web. We will provide you with a Mac laptop so that you can follow along and try out your new skills. To sign up, visit our registration page.