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Weekend Reading: Winter Doldrums Edition

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TGIF ProfHackers!

This week saw the revisiting of an old favorite (at least for some of us), The Dead Poet’s Society. In the Atlantic, Kevin J. H. Dettmar argues that “Dead Poets’ Society is a Terrible Defense for the Humanities.” Film critic and Kelli Marshall disagrees, at least in part, in her “Defense of Dead Poets Society.” Flavorwire also takes up the cause arguing “Dead Poets’ Society Doesn’t Owe Academia Anything.”

The New Media Consortium recently released its annual report, which “aim…

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My Tech Stack for Public Talks

A young boy giving a public talk at a microphoneWhether you like it or not, public speaking is a big part of what we do in academe. There is of course the teaching that makes up a large part of many of our jobs. But then there are the more formal speaking requirements of the job: conference presentations, job talks, and — hopefully — invited keynotes. Whether you’re an introvert or not — and Bill Pannapacker is correct that academia is a place that perversely attracts and then screens out the introverts — you inevitably want to do your best. …

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Weekend Reading: Happy (Belated) Birthday, Nelson Mandela Edition

2733207555_c2940b480b_mThis weekend’s reading is a smorgasbord of subjects that touch upon many of the things that did (and didn’t) happen this week as well as a few of their intersections with technology.

  • First of all, ProfHacker would like to wish a belated happy birthday to Nelson Mandela, who celebrated his 95th birthday yesterday. The United Nations celebrated the former South African President’s birthday as well, declaring July 18 “Nelson Mandela Day.” Mandela remains hospitalized due to a recurring lung infec…

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Basic Technology Advice for Students

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve covered many aspects of guiding students in their use of information and communication technologies for their courses.

For example, Ethan discussed electronic communications policies. Amy wrote about encouraging students’ problem-solving skills. Ryan covered digital etiquette in class. Jason offered 5 tips for dealing with gadgets in the classroom. And Billie provided advice regarding technology policies on course syllabi.

This semester, I’ve begun maintaining a list of…

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Are You Missing Out?

elephantsPaul Miller, a senior editor at online magazine The Verge, wrote an interesting column last week about “missing out,” a feeling that has, according to some researchers, become something to fear among users of social media.

It’s got its own acronym: FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and has been discussed in the The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, and network news outlets, usually with quotations from sociologist Sherry Turkle’s 2011 book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technolo…

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Assessing Technology in the Classroom?

One of the core principles at ProfHacker is that experimentation is good. Trying new things, within reason, often leads to discoveries that we otherwise might not have made.

And if something doesn’t work, well, that’s a useful lesson, too.

Much of what we write about here involves teaching and learning with digital technologies of information and communication. But what is needed is a process–whether formal or informal–for assessing outcomes. Doing so is useful not only for your own purposes, bu…

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When Is Old School the ‘Best School’?

Here at ProfHacker, we strive to introduce you to the newest technologies and tools that can streamline your workflow, making your work life and even your home life a little easier, a little smoother, a little more manageable.  I don’t know about you (and I’m looking over my shoulder to make sure other ProfHackers aren’t reading this), sometimes those new fangled gadgets get in the way of my productivity.  (There I said it.)  Learning curves can be steep.  The tools can be expensive. …

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THATCamp Games: Applications Now Open

Old School AtariThere are a number of great THATCamps planned for the coming school year, including a few themed THATCamps such as the upcoming THATCamp Pedagogy and THATCamp Publishing. Themed THATCamps are a great opportunity for focused conversations that are still unconferences: free events with spontaneous collaboration and conversation instead of reading papers. In this spirit, along with Amanda Visconti, I’m co-organizing THATCamp Games in January. Registration opens today. If you find games in the class…

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Technology and Your Institution’s Mission

Liberal Arts DoorThis summer I’ve been thinking a great deal about how technology intersects with my particular campus: a small, residential, liberal arts college. We’re an interesting case. In order to serve our students, we must integrate new technology into our research and our classes. This won’t surprise you coming from a ProfHacker writer, but I believe that technology opens up the classroom in ways that benefit both students and professors, and is ignored at the expense of both groups. But there are techn…

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How to Buy and Sell Secondhand Tech (and Why You Might Want To): Part 3

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Previously, we’ve covered why you would want to buy and sell secondhand tech and how to sell. This week, we focus on how to buy. In this case, I’ll use some specific examples from my recent purchase of a used first generation iPad.

  • Notice who around you who uses devices in which you are interested. Last fall during new faculty orientation at my college, I noticed that one of our librarians was using an iPad. We struck up a conversation about our mutual interest in the device and have continued…