Did you know…we have a website?

Yes, it’s true. CFCC has its own Instructional Technology website. This website provides faculty and staff with tons of resources for technology based-applications.

Including:

  • Workshop schedule (they are all free!)
  • Registration page for workshops
  • Do-It-Yourself Resources page that provides handouts, material, or tutorials for all Instructional Technology workshops offered here at CFCC.  If you can’t make a particular workshop and would love to learn more about it, this is the perfect place to go.
  • Web tools and applications for learning.  These tools range from online note-taking applications to creating accessible multimedia for your courses.
  • Equipment available for checkout to faculty and staff.

This is all for YOU! The Instructional Technology Unit was created to provide support and resources for the faculty/staff. We want to effectively and creatively use technology both in  instruction and the workplace at CFCC.

If you don’t know where or how to get started, have questions, need suggestions… please contact me! That is what I’m here for!

Bethanne Winzeler
phone extension: 7038
bwinzeler@cfcc.edu

Google Security & Privacy Concerns

In Fall 2011, CFCC acquired and implemented Google Apps for Education.  The primary  application utilized is the email accounts that serve as the school email for students.  However, all faculty, staff, and students not only have access to its email service but other Google Applications such as Google Docs (the productivity suite), Calendar, and Sites.

A reoccurring theme seems to pop up whenever discussions begin in regards to the benefits of storing files and information in the “cloud”.   Security and Privacy.  With some legitimate concern, Google has long been plagued with the Big Brother syndrome.  They are watching our every move and selling our information to advertisers.

This is not the case when we refer to Google Apps for Education.  Google’s Security Privacy Policy clearly states in reference to its users:

  • It’s your content, not ours. Your Apps content belongs to your school, or individual users at your school. Not Google.
  • We don’t look at your content. Google employees will only access content that you store on Apps when an administrator from your domain grants Google employees explicit permission to do so for troubleshooting.
  • We don’t share your content. Google does not share personal information with advertisers or other 3rd parties without your consent.
  • We sometimes scan content. And for very good reasons, like spam filtering, anti-virus protection, or malware detection. Our systems scan content to make Apps work better for users, enabling unique functionality like powerful search in Gmail and Google Docs. This is completely automated and involves no humans.

As far as security goes, Google goes to great lengths to protect our information.  Law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and other higher ed institutions use Google Apps to store their files and information.

Google Apps Security Whitepaper

Another thing to consider- to access your Google Apps associated with CFCC, you have to be logged into the MyCFCC portal. Think about it…

Still not convinced?  Take a virtual tour of one of Google’s Data Centers

Or, for the more “interactive” approach, visit the Story of Send where Google takes through the entire process of sending an email.

Give Google a chance, it might just change your life–for the better.

 

Ted-Ed

Many of us (educators) have turned to TedTalks to supplement our lessons with media rich content.  In case you’re new to Ted.com and their axiom “Ideas worth spreading”, TedTalks is a free online video collection of inspirational, informative, and sometimes comedic speeches from inspiring voices around the globe.

The next stop in the evolution of Ted.com has led us to Ted-Ed “Lessons Worth Sharing”. Building off the TedTalks premise, Ted-Ed pairs an educator with an animator and together they turn a TedTalk into an interactive and engaging lesson.  Once the lessons are developed and posted, anyone has the option to “flip” the lesson, that is, customize it to meet the needs of your learners.

A great example is How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries