Thursday, December 18, 2014

10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Faster Work in Google Docs

10 essential keyboard shortcuts for making, editing, and working with Google Docs more quickly provided for you in both PC and Mac:
  1. Ctrl+Home: Get back to the top of your doc.
  2. Ctrl+B: Bold.
  3. Ctrl+E: Center alignment
  4. Ctrl+M: Insert comment.
  5. Ctrl+H: Replace.
  6. Ctrl+Z: Undo.
  7. Ctrl+Y: Redo.
  8. Ctrl+Shift+L: Bulleted list.
  9. Ctrl+K: Inset link.
  10. Ctrl+Shift+F: Full screen.
Pam's Extra Tip:
When pasting text into a Google Doc, use Shift+Ctrl+V to paste unformatted text.  This is helpful when copying from a spreadsheet or, for example, a table in a Word document.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Active Learning and the Flipped Instruction Model
Thursday, August 14, 2014      9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Learning Studio, HFA 45

Lunch (and beverages throughout the day) are included. 
Please email or call me ASAP if you are interested in attending.
Have you heard about the latest educational trend, “flipped instruction”? Have you ever wondered if flipping is 
for you? Maybe you are already flipping and didn’t even know it! The office of Instructional and Media 
Technologies, the Division of Education, and the Dean’s Office are sponsoring a workshop on active learning and 
flipped instruction: 

Who? Anyone who is curious about flipping! Pam Gades (IMT) and Michelle Page (Div Ed) are attending for 
sure :)

When? Thursday August 15, 9AM-3PM 

Where? The Learning Studio (Studio A, HFA 45) 

What? The morning features an overview of flipped instruction and the philosophy behind it, collaborative 
problem-solving and planning, and technology tools demos; the afternoon provides time for faculty to consult 
with workshop leaders and participants and to experiment with and gain hands-on experience with tech tools. 

Why? This is a good opportunity to learn and collaborate with colleagues! FREE LUNCH! 

Space is limited so please RSVP to Pam Gades (320-589-6376) by August 6

Participants will receive a full agenda and a couple of resources (not too time-intensive) to prepare for the 
workshop approximately one week prior. 

We hope to see you there!

Friday, May 30, 2014

It's Time for Education to Catch Up With Our Technologically enhanced Society

"Students deserve a relevant, modern, customized education that helps them acquire 21st century skills.  So does American society.

Our curriculum delivery mechanism has remained unchanged for generations. Teachers run classes as extended lectures and send students home to complete homework assignments, often alone and confused.  It's a practice that is particularly disadvantageous for students who lack a conducive home environment.

We need pioneering innovations to make their way into more of our courses, like the "flipped classroom" model.  In this model, educational material like lectures and other video is consumed by a student alone outside of the classroom, while "homework" and other practical learning-oriented exercises are done in the classroom, where students have access to resources and assistance.

Technology may be the silver bullet to enhance the material and the way we teach.  Our students already live in a a tech-saturated culture, so they will certainly welcome such change."

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring 2014 Tech Hangouts OnAir

Please plan to join us online for this Spring’s “Tech Hangouts OnAir”  In this 4-part series, the workshops will be held online with participants attending from their own desks.  Each session will be recorded to ensure that more people will be able to take advantage of these sessions.

We are looking for volunteers to “Hangout” live with the session presenters.  If you are willing to participate in this way, please contact Pam Gades and let her know.  As these sessions are also being recorded and will be available for anyone from UMM to view the recordings via YouTube, she will need your permission to share the recordings online after the session as well.

Searching the New Articles and Books Tab at Briggs Library
Wed. April 2 – 10am to 11am Presented by Briggs Library:  Kellie Meehlhause and Peter Bremer Briggs Library recently unveiled a new way to search for articles, books, and multimedia simultaneously. The new search feature includes many (but not all) Briggs Library databases as well as Pounce content. Learn easy search tips and discover who can benefit the most from this exciting new resource.
Watch Live on YouTube

What’s New in Moodle 2.6?
Thurs. April 3 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Pam Gades, Instructional & Media Technologies, and Chlene Anderson, Office of Online Learning
The current version of Moodle is 2.4.  A new version, Moodle 2.6, was soft-launched on March 1, 2014. (That means you may start requesting 2.6 course sites.) The full release is scheduled for April 27, 2014.  We’ll highlight the most obvious changes rolling out in the new version.
Watch Live on YouTube

Moodle Tips & Tools – Tools and Features You May Not Know About

Wed. April 9 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Pam Gades, Instructional & Media Technologies 
Moodle has evolved to include more and more features as the updates roll out, and you may not have discovered  them yet.  I’d like to demonstrate some of these lesser-known features and share some tips for using them in your courses.
Watch Live on YouTube

Google Drive Best Practices
Thurs. April 10 – 10am to 11am
Presented by Instructional & Media Technologies:  Ramsay Bohm and Pam Gades; Computing Services: Jim Hall
Google Drive has changed the way we work. It is a powerful collaboration tool. In this session, we’ll share some best practices in using Google Drive: uploading, converting, organizing, sharing, searching, and more.
Watch Live on YouTube

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Are you paying attention?


Time so often hastens by,
Time so often stops --

Still, it strains belief
How an instant can dilate,
Or long years be brief.

-- Richard Wilbur

"When we are at our best, we are paying attention." (Bill Hogue, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO at the University of South Carolina, EDUCAUSE Review, January/February 2014).

You know those days that seem to stretch on forever -- either out of boredom, when you are waiting for something, or when you are working on an intensive project for an entire day? Then also, those days that just seem to have flown by? What encounters with others have you had on those days? Did you listen well to them? Did you thank them? Was your mind with them in those moments?

When we are at our best, we are paying attention!