Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Forum Posters and Presentations - Google Earth and Tablet PCs

Last night we had another successful and fun Teaching with Technology Forum. Because this is a blog mostly related to geospatial technologies with a smattering of tablet PC references, I’ll report the posters and presentations that are those topics covered in this blog. The full list of presenters and titles are at the bottom.

The keynote address was given by Professor David Jemiolo (above) and was titled “The Dog the Didn’t Bark: Google Earth in Forensics.” Dave talked about his use of Google Earth in a forensics class and how he has the students take a Sherlock Holmes story and investigate where things might have occurs (murder, burial, and so on) based on a description in the text and place names. He also showed some of the nice images from his poster last year on taking the squash team to Barbados over spring break but how he took the student athletes to Barbados virtually prior to the trip using Google Earth.

Alan Marco of the Economics department

David Bradley of the Physics and Astronomy department

There were two tablet PC posters (above). Professors Alan Marco (Economics) and David Bradley (Physics) are using tablets in their teaching. Both are using them in lectures and for professional presentations and both came to using tablets without any influence from me. As one can imagine, I’m happy to see more and more professors taking to using tablets, especially when I don’t have to beat the drum.

And finally, Professor My Lien Nguyen (above) of Environmental Studies, Biology, and Anthropology gave a poster on her class called Ethnic Markets Research. Her students have each chosen an ethnic market in Poughkeepsie. They take a GPS receiver and get a waypoint for the market. They interview the market owner and they collect (buy) vegetables, fruits and spices from the markets. Before going out, they mapped the ethnic census data using ArcGIS then imported these maps into Google Earth. Logging each specimen, they use Flickr, Google Earth and BPwiki. I shared My Lien’s Flickr instructions previously. It was a great example of a Web 2.0 project that has meaning and relevance for the students and for the community. One of the goals for this project/class is to give back to the community a way to identify the various ethnic food sources in Poughkeepsie by using Wikipedia.

Here are all the posters:

Alan Marco, "A Tablet PC for Teaching in the Classroom

My Lien Nguyen, "Documenting Ethnic Markets in Poughkeepsie using Google
Earth, GPS mapping, and wiki-technology"

Sarita Gregory and David Esteban, "Use of Wikis to Encourage Collaboration
and Discussion"

Peter McCulloch, "Interactivity in Performance"

Jodi Schwarz and Marc Smith, "Bioinformatics: ACTG meets 01"

Meg Ronsheim and Keri VanCamp, "Environmental Studies/Vassar Farm Kiosk

Denise Walen, "My Second Life in Art: Virtual Theater and Performance"

Kathy Kurosman and Barbara Durniak, "Video Tutorials to Illustrate Library

David Bradley, "A Holistic Approach to Teaching with Technology"

Nick DeLeeuw, "Incorporating Student Blogging into Coursework"

Noelle Giuffrida, "Building Luna Insight Collections for Teaching Chinese
Visual Culture"

Jill Schneiderman, "Curating Video Clips for Classroom Instruction"

David Birn, "Sound Design for the Theatre"

Geoff Jehle, "Moodle: Open-Source Software for Collaborative Learning"

1 comment:

Baynard said...


How'd you do your lab schedule in meeting maker?

I might like to do something like that with the Cloisters.