Tool Samples & Resources

Published April 22, 2019

The following are a collection of tools I have used in classroom. Included are a walkthrough for lecture capture using the FREE CamStudio and Windows Movie Maker tools. Tips noted for YouTube embedding and sharing. Open Data Analytics Project descriptions are also available on my blog.

Downloads: Integrating Technology in the Classroom and Lecture Recording Tips. Sample Kahoot!: Exam prep, Post-exam.

Spring Reading Stack

Published March 15, 2019

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Self-Tracking by Neff and Nafus

Published March 27, 2017

“This book examines how people record, analyze, and reflect on this data, looking at the tools they use and the communities they become part of.

Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus describe what happens when people turn their everyday experience — in particular, health and wellness-related experience – into data.”

Irresistible by Adam Alter

Published March 18, 2017

Reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter.

A look at “how we can harness addictive products for the good—to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play […]”

Curiosity: Of Whales and Juicy Fruit

Published February 4, 2017

Mostly we look for things we have at least a vague idea about. Our search engines and histories lock us into filter bubbles and we see things that we expect to find or we are expected to look for.

If you want to go to places you’ve never even heard of, grab Curiosity to give you diverse topics each day. 

Keeping Track of A Million Things

Published January 25, 2017

Are you suffering from information overload? Are you taking multiple courses, all with super important resources vital for that particular course only? Do you have to remember a million little things? Can you?

My tips to help you stay afloat: save your bookmarks, use a calendar, and adapt to new(ish) things.

Note-Taking in the Digital Age

Published August 27, 2016

Note-taking is an essential part of class attendance and participation that helps you extend the life span of your learning.

Below are a few tools that allow you to manage hand-written notes on your devices or in the cloud. Designed for iOs, Android, Windows. Pick features and pricing that work best for you.

Surface: a Mac User’s Experience

Published August 26, 2016

Guest post by Michael Hoag summing up his perspective as a Mac user on his recent adoption of a Surface Pro 4 tablet.

Apple and Android users alike will find plenty of interest among Michael’s thoughts on the device, the pen, the cover, the warranty, and even the Surface’s comparative “sex appeal”…

More Than Just Shiny Objects

Published April 17, 2016

The 2nd annual UH System Innovative Teaching and Learning Symposium took place at the UH Main Campus, Friday April 15, 2016.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Derek Bruff highlighted a variety of tools to impact student learning and engagement, incl. Poll Everywhere, Twitter, Prezi, formative, and Tiki-Toki.

Printing Museum Tour

Published August 12, 2015

Language, writing, printing, computers – four major revolutions of information systems that reshaped civilizations.

To extend classroom instruction students visit The Museum of Printing History of Houston for a guided tour to get acquainted with and manipulate devices that have been used for printing for centuries.

Upgrading To Windows 10

Published August 2, 2015

Windows 10 is finally here and Microsoft promises it will surpass all its previous iterations.

Here are a few tips and useful links for those looking to upgrade and customize Windows 10, including a quick look at settings, live tiles, and links to detailed reviews of the OS and native applications.

eReaders In The Phablet Age

Published June 30, 2015

Roughly a decade and a half after the first backlit touchscreen ereaders from Nuvomedia and RCA, Amazon finally got things right with the Kindle Voyage.

The combination of a reserved aesthetic, an improved display and haptics allow for an unprecedented focus on reading so that the technology can finally be secondary to the words.

Iron Man + Office 365

Published May 22, 2015

The #CollectiveProject recently worked with Robert Downey Jr. to raise awareness about the incredible work Alberto Manero does for Limbitless’ and #BionicKids.

Check out how Alberto and fellow #CollectiveProject visionary Neha Gupta use Office 365 to empower those in need on their tumblr page.

Martians + Computers

Published May 17, 2015

Ferni and Asimov recounted a myth among scientists that Martians have already settled on Earth, they just called themselves Hungarians. These Martians possessed tremendous brain power and spoke an impossible language.

They gave us digital computers, holography, microprocessors, BASIC and Excel among many other inventions.

Inventors & Pioneers

Published May 16, 2015

A selection of interviews, lectures, keynotes, and documentaries in appreciation of key figures in/for the digital age from Gottfried Leibniz to Tim Berners-Lee.

The list herein is by no means comprehensive and offers a subjective selection. Feel free to share featurettes of links to your idols.