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2010 Teaching with Technology Institute

Teaching in the Cloud

Thursday, June 3, 2010
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Altgeld Hall 100


Teaching with Technology Institute 2010

Cloud computing is a general term for delivering hosted services over the Internet. In education, these services can include blogs, YouTube videos, still-image slide shows, and a range of other applications such as Google forms, calendars and surveys. Many of these services are free which makes them ideal resources for use in the classroom. These new technologies make interactive collaboration possible through the Internet between students in the same class, in different classes and around the world. The range of dynamic classroom interactions is virtually limitless through the services provided in cloud computing.

This year’s institute will also include a technology showcase that will feature such new technologies as a Tablet PC, Kindle, iPad, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, Flip cameras, clickers and a netbook. During the break between the two sessions in the morning and afternoon, institute participants will have an opportunity to explore the various features these tools offer as well discuss how these innovative technologies are currently being used in the classroom.

In this institute, participants will get a hands-on introduction to a variety of emerging collaborative technologies that are hosted in the cloud. All faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are welcome to attend the institute. No prior experience with these technologies is necessary, and participants can select particular sessions to attend. Advanced registration is required and seating is limited. The tentative schedule for the institute is as follows:


8:00 am - 8:30 am: Check-in

8:30 am - 10:00 am: Collaborating in the Cloud (Google Wave)
One of the primary benefits of working in the cloud is the ability to collaborate with others. Multiple users can have access to the same materials and communicate virtually while they work. In this session, we will explore Google Wave, a new collaborative tool for communication and writing. Participants will have the opportunity to experience Wave for themselves. We will use Wave to capture concepts and promote discussion throughout the rest of the day.

10:00 am - 10:30 am: Technology Showcase

10:30 am - 12:00 pm: Creating Tutorials in the Cloud (Screencast-o-Matic, ScreenToaster, Screenr)
This session will focus on the creation of tutorials by using web-based screencasting tools. Screencasting is a digital recording of a computer screen’s sequence of actions. With an accompanying voice narration or background audio, screencasts can be ideal for developing on-screen tutorials and distributed for easy viewing in an online setting. Additionally, screencasts can be designed to engage learners, and enhance collaboration through a well-conceived sequence of planned activities and assignments. Creating screencasts from the cloud eliminates the need to install specialized software, while enhancing distribution of newly created tutorials. In this session, participants will be exposed to a number of helpful and freely available online tools as well as explore potential educational applications for creating tutorials in the cloud.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Writing in the Cloud (wikis, blogs)
This session will focus on the use of online tools that support a collaborative writing process. Tools like blogs and wikis allow multiple authors to collaborate on a single web-based document, without transferring files back and forth. Blogs are often viewed as online journals to which others can respond that are as simple to use as e-mail, yet they can serve many other academic purposes. Wikis are Web pages that can be viewed and modified by anyone with a Web browser and Internet access. Described as a composition system, a discussion medium, and a repository, wikis support asynchronous communication and group collaboration online. The inherent simplicity of both blogs and wikis makes them ideal technologies for online collaborative writing. In this session, participants will work with both blogs and wikis and explore potential educational applications for writing in the cloud.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Technology Showcase

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Presenting in the Cloud (Prezi, SlideShare)
Along with a number of other Web 2.0 technologies, presentation tools have also undergone significant transformation and focus now on a model that emphasizes the collaborative nature of the web. Users are no longer limited to sequential no-feedback slide shows. New tools, such as Prezi and Slideshare allow users to create content on the web, enable online archiving and commenting. Prezi uses a canvas that allows presenting information in a nonlinear fashion, thus, providing for more interactivity between the audience and the presentation content. This hands-on session will explore the new features of the Prezi and Slideshare presentation tools and focus on discussing the educational benefits and challenges of both tools.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: May 21, 2010. The workshop is open to NIU faculty, staff and graduate teaching assistants. Advanced registration is required. Register online by completing the form below. Include your name, title, department, phone, email, special accommodations needed, and the session(s) you plan to attend (as indicated in the registration form below). After submitting the registration form, if you do not receive a response within 2 working days, please contact the Center at

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 07/10/2014