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Vyew

Vyew.com is one of the sites mentioned during a faculty training workshop.  The faculty member chose Vyew because it seemed to match what his activities during an online session the best. He shared his experience with the faculty body. Students could see and hear him as well as view the PowerPoint slides.  They responded to his questions using the text chat function.

I am going to use Vyew for my online book club discussions for the library and online course discussion for the business technologies department. Vyew is free for up to ten participants. It does not require a software download, nor do participants even need to register.  

http://vyew.com/room#/75495907/Getting_Started_Tutorial

http://youtu.be/GGXDG8q51vI  – Vyew Intro Video on YouTube.com

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Teaching Tools

 

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SharePoint

What is a SharePoint site?

A SharePoint site is a Web site that provides a central storage and collaboration space for documents, information, and ideas. A SharePoint site is a tool for collaboration, just like a telephone is a tool for communication, or a meeting is a tool for decision making. A SharePoint site helps groups of people (whether work teams or social groups) share information and work together. For example, a SharePoint site can help you:

* Coordinate projects, calendars, and schedules.
* Discuss ideas and review documents or proposals.
* Share information and keep in touch with other people.

SharePoint sites are dynamic and interactive — members of the site can contribute their own ideas and content as well as comment on or contribute to other people’s.

 
I was introduced to the SharePoint site during the Fall 2011 semester.
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in Teaching Tools

 

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My Checklist

“Your ASAP List”
http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/instant_mentor/weir28

Rob Weir suggests steps for the new instructor to take now to avoid chaos later in the classroom.

“How to Create Presentations that Don’t Suck”

http://lifehacker.com/5810271/how-to-create-presentations-that-dont-suck

Melanie Pinola provides tips for creating a presentation. My favorite tip deals with reducing the information on your PowerPont slide (Problem 1: Too Many Ideas on One Slide).

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Checklist, Uncategorized

 

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The Quote for the Whole Semester

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. And…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

I start each new semester with this quote.  I believe that a college student should be able to follow their heart and intuition. I followed my heart and now I am a librarian teaching college students how to use Microsoft Office products.  I was able to combine my two passions (Library and Information Science). My passions have made a career for me during a hard economic season.

The views expressed in this posting belongs to N. Leverne McBeth and does not reflect the view of my employer.

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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First Day of Classes for Fall (Full) Term

My first class was a full term online course (CPT 179). The semester schedule was August 17 – November 30, 2011. I was right out of library school (University of South Carolina – www.libsci.sc.edu) and ready to rule the world of library and information instruction (Class of May 2011). When I was in library school, I take a couple of computer/information courses (J707, J706, J740, to name a few courses). I was also on the Computer Applications Advisory Committee at the community college because I give computer support to students in the library.

 

I created video lectures using Panopto Lecture Capture (www.panopto.com). I also created weekly PowerPoint lectures.  Students submitted their projects in SAM 2010 (a training tool for Microsoft Office 2010). Students also submitted a weekly discussion post in Blackboard (www.blackboard.com). I was trained in Panopto, SAM, and Blackboard prior to accepting a teaching position. I am very comfortable with the tools.

Discussion Points:

My favorite SAM Project was _______________________________

My favorite discussion topic was ____________________________

My favorite chapter was ___________________________________

The views expressed in this posting belongs to N. Leverne McBeth and does not reflect the view of my employer.

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Teaching Tools

 

Hello world!

Welcome to Librarian in the Classroom. My name is N. Leverne McBeth and I am a librarian who teaches business technology at a community college. This blog is a resource for computer and business technology instructors. I will share my experience from the classroom and also share library resources that will enhance the classroom experience.

You can follow me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/mcbethl

Courses Taught:

CPT 174 (Microcomputer Spreadsheets) – This course introduces the use of spreadsheet software on the microcomputer. Topic include creating, editing, use formulas, using fuctions, and producing graphs.
Spring 2012

CPT 179 (Microcomputer Word Processing) –
This course introduces microcomputer word processing and desktop publishing. Topics include creating, editing, formatting, and printing documents and publications.
Fall 2011

CPT 178 (Software Applications) – Using electronic spreadsheet and relational data base management software programs, this course focuses on complex microcomputer applications.
Fall 2011, Spring 2012

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Welcome

 

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