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.


Open Data Project Presentation

Published April 14, 2019

My recent paper co-authored with Robert McCarn regarding open data analytics classroom projects is now internationally distributed via LearnTechLib–The Learning and Technology Library, a non-profit serving the Learning professionals community.

Presented at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference on March 18, 2019.


MSO Trainings for Spring Break

Published March 8, 2018

Looking for ways to strengthen your portfolio? Invest time in developing your skills through official Microsoft or online courses from renowned content providers and universities.

Keep track of what you do for your resume. You can use a simple Google Drive Sheet so as not to forget things.


Quick Tips for Incoming Students

Published May 21, 2017

Below are a few quick tips for incoming students from your friendly neighborhood faculty member and a few past MIS 3300 students.

Review the key points regarding the syllabus, attendance, gadget use, note-taking, PCs, and more to help you make the most of your classes.


What’s Your Favorite Excel Function?

Published April 9, 2017

Quite a few students with recent interview experiences have told of a recurring question: “What is your favorite Excel function?”

Spend a few minutes to reflect upon this, be ready to discuss a function or feature with examples. Where did you use it? What data did you process? Why is it useful?


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”…


TurningPoint Cloud PowerPoint Polling

Published May 19, 2016

The popular response system is moving to the cloud. While the application’s features remain mostly unchanged, the move is promoted as offering greater security.

Blackboard integration remains a plus, however, students will need to purchase an annual license fee past the first year of use.


The Benefits of Parallels for Mac

Published January 18, 2016

Former MIS 3300 student and Mac user Ricardo Garza shares his experiences of installing Parallels for Mac to run Windows and Office 2013.

The quick tips below include links to campus resources with pricing and installation options for Cougarbyte and Access UH for Parallels, Windows OS and MS Office.


Custom PowerPoint Templates

Published August 20, 2015

You can quickly and effectively amend your PowerPoint presentations by creating clean and visually attractive slides.

Below is a walkthrough for customizing an existing PowerPoint template with your own colors and graphics to match your organization’s standards without distracting from the content.


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.


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.