Google Apps are here!

It’s a Google world and I’m a Google girl.  Which is why I have been so excited to see that our latest changes to the CFCC information highway (MyCFCC portal) brought with it Google Apps.

The search engine giant has seemlessly woven its strategic influx of  new ‘apps’ into my life over the past few years.  So much that, sadly, I can  state with confirmation, “I do not know what I would do in a world without Google.”

Why I’m a fan (and you should be too)

  1. Google it- When I have a question, I Google it. Answered. 
  2. One size fits all- There’s an app for everyone. All lifestyles, all digital skill levels, all languages. 
  3. Doesn’t discriminate- Google Docs made word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software accessible.  For free.  Better yet you can convert your Google docs to other file formats, including Microsoft.  Better still, your google docs are stored in the almighty cloud.  Meaning; if there’s internet, there’s your docs.
  4. Gone Mobile- While I am still lagging in the world of mobile computing (ahem, texting only), Google has managed to surpass Apple and Nokia.  Leading in the word in smart phone sales.  Why?  Android and Google are working hard to get your heart’s desire into your phone.
  5.  iGoogle  (image above).  My daily operation headquarters.  From here live news and blog feeds, access to my bookmarks, documents, weather, email, calendar, EVERYTHING.  All conviently bundled into one spot.

Still not convinced?

Drop by one of my two sessions during In Service Training on August 11th.   We’ll play around with the new CFCC Apps (operated by Google). Before you know it you’ll be as Google dependent the rest of us. ;)

Update:  I failed to mention the soft release of Google + the new social media site (not open to the public until the end of the month).   You may start to hear buzzwords like ‘Hangout’ and ‘Circles’. Currently, the site is only open to 250,000 of the world’s elite geeks one of them being Facebook star and founder, Mark Zuckerberg (btw has the largest following in Google + ahead of Google founder, Larry Page) .

 It’s no secret that Google and Facebook sweat each other.  Facebook publicly released today its merger with Skype (both blocked at CFCC) which now enables you to video chat with your friends. The ante is up. It will be interesting to see who takes the pot. Does Google have what it takes to reign champion in social media? Or should they just stick with what they’re good at…organizing.

**With Facebook and Skype both filtered on our college campus, it makes me wonder if Google + might be the future for Sea Devils.

Arithme-technology

It’s no secret that the Math Department has got it goin’ on when it comes to technology infused instruction. But, since my arrival at CFCC last November, I’ve heard a name repeatedly dropped into the “techie” conversations.  It’s almost like a whisper…Clauuuuude Mooooooooooore.

Where to begin?

Dr. Claude Moore was paving the way for technology integration when I was still taking my dolls for a ride in the Radio Flyer.

Example #1 in the early 1980′s Claude had a student who was leaving for a few weeks one semester to go to NYC and study design.  Rather than having her withdraw or get grossly behind in class, Claude videotaped all of his lessons and mailed the videocassettes via FedEx to New York. Talk about innovation and dedication!

Example #2 while working at Danville Community College in Virginia, Claude was the first instructor to deliver class through satellite television.

Example #3 he started his own math webpage in 1997.  It’s still active!

Math Department and Moore…

The Math Department works hard to prepare students for the work force.  From screen captured lesson recordings using Camtasia to interactive web-based lessons created with Soft Chalk, the students are in abundance of resources to help them in their mathematical endeavors.  The Math Department has initiated Student Workshops and work together organizing the upcoming events using the collaborative tool, Google Docs.  Department Chair, Kenneth Hufham, definitely keeps ahead of the curve and just recently purchased web cams for every math instructor.

Claude Moore is spritely, full of energy, knowledge and ideas. After spending over 40 years in the field of education and teaching, this is a rare find. Claude began working at Cape Fear Community College in 2005.  He is the webmaster for the Math/PE Department and the Math Lab page.

It’s the students that count

When it comes down to it, Claude Moore is dedicated to his students and a master of his craft. Everything  (class notes, lectures, problem examples, etc) is posted online and available 24/7 for his students.

Moore is not a man who tests the water with his feet, he jumps in.  This semester, Claude started his own blog through CFCC Blogs called Having Fun…Learning Math and has even toyed around with online animation using (one of my personal favorites) Go! Animate.  Watch his 16 second “Who Am I?” animation here.

Still hungry for Moore?

All “Moore” puns aside, the faculty and students of Cape Fear Community College are lucky to have Dr. Claude Moore.