March 2017 OET Newsletter
We invite students, faculty, and staff to join Dr. Monica Burns for two free educational technology professional development sessions on Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center. If you are looking to integrate technology or expand on your technology use in your classroom, Dr. Burns will inspire you with tips and project ideas. Dr. Burns, a UD elementary teacher education (ETE) alumna, is a curriculum and educational technology consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and founder of ClassTechTips.com. She will present the following sessions:
1-2-3 Easy Drag & Drop Website Creator for Teachers and Students
Want to create a class website but not sure where to start? Learn how to design a website with the totally free Adobe Spark tools for iPads and Chromebooks. No experience in HTML or coding is necessary, just bring a device to this session and you will leave with your own class website and ideas for student projects.
Making a movie just got easier! Learn how to use the free, BYOD-friendly Spark Video to make movies. Students can use this tool on iPads, Chromebooks, or any web-browser. Dr. Monica Burns will share easy steps for setting up K-12 students with success as they record their voice, add images and video clips, text and icons to their creation.
To register, visit https://www.oet.udel.edu/register. Refreshments will be provided.
SMART Notebook License Renewals
If you would like to purchase SMART Notebook licenses for your staff or students, contact OET. We are investigating the renewal of licenses for several units in our College who purchased licenses three years ago.
Online NVivo Training Offered
Faculty and staff who currently use NVivo, qualitative data analysis software, are invited to attend an interactive webinar on Wednesday, April 12, at 11:00 a.m. Hosted by QSR International, developer of NVivo, the training will provide an introduction to the software and will allow attendees to ask specific questions. The webinar also will be archived for later viewing. To register for the interactive training, contact OET.
As reported in last month’s newsletter, OET is conducting our biannual scans on our servers for personally identifiable information or PII. These scans are almost complete and we will send the results soon to department heads. Another step that you can take to look for PII is to run Identity Finder on your machines. We install Identity Finder as a default application on UD-owned Windows and Macintosh computers.
It is especially important to look for PII on your computers to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access. If you determine that you have files with PII on your computer, you should securely delete the PII. If you must keep the PII, you must encrypt the data. In addition, please contact OET to review alternative methods and processes to store the data.
Depending on the amount of data on your hard drive, Identity Finder may take one hour or more than a day to complete its scan. Once completed, it will generate a file for you to review the results. If you have questions about how to interpret the results, contact OET. Directions on how to run Identity Finder and interpret the results also are available online for Windows and Macintosh computers. Identity Finder is available from UDeploy for faculty, staff, and University-owned computers.