Fall 2008 Series

Oct. 30 - Michael Wesch: A Portal to New Media Literacy; Engaging new technologies to engage students (Details Below)

Click Here to Download a Printable Flyer for the Fall '08 Series.

September 11: Freeware

This session wil highlight the CatPack and KSRE Toolkit. These two software packs are freely-licensed collections of everything from EMail clients to Anit-virus utilities to sound editors.

September 18: Mac Stuff

All things Mac; learn general tips, explore iLife (iPhoto, iTunes, iMovie, etc) and more.


October 2: zCubes; Transforming the Net: Omni-Functional Web-Platforms

Web 2.0 has been changing 'Browsers' into application interfaces. However, the evolution into "web"-tops still carries the classic problems of segmented functionality that are retained from the "desk"-top world. This presentation will discuss the transition of apps from being app-centric, function-centric or data-centric to a user-centric paradigm.

October 9: Zimbra overview

Come join us to learn about K-State's new e-mail and calendar service, the Zimbra Collaboration Suite, which will be implemented in phases beginning in January 2009. This session will give an overview of many of the features available with Zimbra.

October 16: iPod Touch and iPhone

Come and see how the iPod Touch and iPhone are changing the way we look at mobile devices in terms of learning, collaboration, etc.

October 23: K-State Webzine; KS Food Journal web-based magazine

Jane P. Marchall started the webzine, Kansas Food Journal, a place for students to share their work. Come join her to find what it's all about.

Michael Wesch October 30: Michael Wesch: A Portal to New Media Literacy; Engaging new technologies to engage students

It took tens of thousands of years for writing to emerge after humans spoke their first words. It took thousands more before the printing press and a few hundred again before the telegraph. Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. A Flickr here, a Twitter there, and a new way of relating to others emerges. New types of conversation, argumentation, and collaboration are realized. What does this mean for building learning environments that can foster the kinds of communication and community we hope to create in higher education? In this presentation, Wesch will showcase and discuss his own attempts to create the portal of the future, integrating Facebook, Netvibes, Diigo, Google Apps, Jott, Twitter, 2D barcodes, and other emerging technologies to create a rich learning environment.

Michael's Handout: Download (pdf), sites refered to in his presentation...

Netvibes: http://netvibes.com
Wetpaint: http://wetpaint.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com
Diigo: http://diigo.com
Kaltura: http://kaltura.com

November 6: Twitter and Web2.0; Twitter? What's that?

In the current and ever evolving technological environment, we are presented with an increasing number of mediums through which we can communicate in our school, work, and personal lives. To compound this issue, we are also at a generational nexus point in which a new generation of young adults is graduating and entering work environments having grown up and gone through college versed in many of the new emergent mediums. This presentation will address some of the new forms of communication, expectations the new generation has for its work and school environment, and how we might more effectively and appropriately communicate.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com
Kevin's Presentation: http://kevin.champion.googlepages.com/twitter

November 13: Google Docs

Join Eric to discover how Google Docs can be used as a collaboration tool for personal and professional projects. Will cover the basics of Docs, Sheets, Presentations and Google Talk.