On November 15 Dwight Hughes, James Wilkins, Kathy Chatfield and myself had opportunity to attend one of the T4 (Teachers Talking Technology Tools) Workshops sponsored by the Centers of Excellence for Careers in Education . I am pleased to see opportunities of this sort continued to be offered throughout the state. In the past I have found workshops where our peers share tools and technolgies to be informative resources.
The format for this one held at Lower Columbia College featured two sessions. The first was by Sue Frantz, a psychology instructor from Green River Community College. Sue’s session Tools For Teaching, consisted of discussion and overview of a wide collection of online tools and resources for tasks scheduling, website sharing, email management, feedback and more. Fortunately, she maintains a very active blog, Technology for Educators that is filled with tutorial-like entries with step-by-step entries which demonstrate and evaluate many of the tools she introduced during her session. It is well worth checking out and setting on your RSS feed.
Some of the tools presented such as Dropbox, Prezi, and Illumuinate are familiar to Clark folks because they have been presented at the library’s 30 Clicks series or at Focus on Learning. Yet Sue brought lots of other promising resources to the session that I look forward to exploring further such as zamzar.com that will allow one to convert files such as online videos to portable files. Another resource I have checked out is nudgemail.com which will send you reminder emails at any scheduled interval you wish. I also am excited with the potential of markup.io which allows one to easily annotate a capture of a website and post it.
Fortunately, the T4 session format is set up with a follow up session scheduled two months later where attendees can return to return with their experiences and insights on tools and resources that caught their interest.
The second session was a presentation on screen capture by Shiloh Windsor, an English instructor at Gray’s Harbor Community College. It was the first time that I had opportunity to see Tegrity lecture recording demonstrated. If you want to see Shiloh’s lecture presentation it is available at along with some links to other screen capture tools such as Jing and Camtasia.