Back-to-School Technology Workshops on August 5, 7, and 9!

back-to-school-workshop-logoEducational Technology (EdTech) will be hosting a series of back-to-school technology workshops on August 5, 7, and 9. These workshops will be held in Centennial Hall Room 105, starting at 9 a.m. (see detailed schedule below).

Topics will include Blackboard, Google Apps for Education, Clickers/TurningPoint, Tegrity, and more… To accommodate the schedules of busy instructors, EdTech will present a series of 50-minute sessions to introduce the technology.

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THE WORKSHOPS! Simply choose a time/date/topic that interests you from the list below and show up!

NOTE: Because multiple workshop topics will be taking place at the same time in the same room, it will not be possible to record the event.

Here’s how each workshop will operate:

  1. Interested attendees attend a workshop of their choosing at their convenience.
  2. The room will be divided into several “pods”, where each pod will cover one of the subtopics listed below.

EXAMPLE: An instructor interested in learning about Blackboard Assessments can attend the workshop on Monday, August 5 at 9 a.m. and visit the Assessments pod. If he or she wants to find out more about Grade Center, he or she can stick around at 10 a.m. on August 5 and move to the Grade Center pod or choose a different Blackboard workshop later in the week. EdTech will have workers on hand to guide attendees to the pod covering the technology in which they are most interested.

The schedule of the workshops is detailed below:

Monday, August 5, 9 a.m. Blackboard 1
Monday, August 5, 10 a.m. Blackboard 1
Monday, August 5, 1 p.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Monday, August 5, 2 p.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Wednesday, August 7, 9 a.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Wednesday, August 7, 10 a.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Wednesday, August 7, 1 p.m. Blackboard 1
Wednesday, August 7, 2 p.m. Blackboard 1
Friday, August 9, 9 a.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Friday, August 9, 10 a.m. “Other” Technologies 2
Friday, August 9, 1 p.m. Google Apps for Education 3
Friday, August 9, 2 p.m. Google Apps for Education 3



  1. Blackboard subtopics will include: Orientation, Organization, Assessments, Grade Center, Tools, and other Content Options.
  2. “Other” Technologies subtopics includes: Adobe Connect, Tegrity, Clickers/TurningPoint, Kaltura, and basic classroom technology.
  3. Google Apps for Education subtopics includes: Sites, Drive, Plus / Hangouts, Groups, and Voice

NOTE: These workshops are intended to provide a general overview of the technology supported by EdTech. Further assistance can be obtained by scheduling a one-on-one consultation with EdTech support staff or by attending an EdTech U event later in the semester. EdTech U is offered on Thursdays, from Noon – 2 p.m. in Interdisciplinary Engineering Room 105.

If you are having a technology issue, you can also contact the IT Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at

EdTech U Open for Business on Thursday, September 13, in IDE Room 105!

Educational Technology (EdTech) is offering a new service called “EdTech U”. This is an opportunity for instructors to gain some hands-on assistance with any educational technology supported by EdTech.

Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays (excepting holidays), starting on September 13

Location: 105 Interdisciplinary Engineering Building (computer lab)

Have you ever wanted to learn:

  • more about SMART Podiums and Boards in classrooms?
  • how to capture a live class lecture?
  • new ways of using clickers?
  • which tools are available in Blackboard and how to use them effectively?
  • how to make a video or screencast?

Do you always forget:

  • how to upload content in a Blackboard course?
  • how to submit your grades?
  • how to copy items from one Blackboard course to another?
  • how to quickly check to see if student clickers are working?

Come find the answers to these questions and much, much more! Stay for 15 minutes, or stay for an hour!

If you plan on coming to EdTech U, please bring some specific task you hope to accomplish. When you are done, you will take away a completed task (or we will at least have you well on your way to completing it!).

We will answer one question or a hundred questions! Come learn something new!

For more information, or if you have any questions you want to ask before attending EdTech U, contact Educational Technology at

Upgrades to Classroom Technology for Fall Semester 2012

Educational Technology has performed the following technology upgrades to classrooms and computer learning centers (CLCs) for Fall Semester 2012:

  • All CLCs now have Windows 7 installed.
  • All instructor stations in both classrooms and CLCs now have Skype installed.
  • All CLC machines now have the following upgrade software installed:
    • AutoCAD 2012
    • Maple 16
    • MathType 6.8
    • Matlab 2012a
  • The following CLCs now have upgraded computers installed:
    • Campus Support Facility 114
    • Centennial Hall 105
    • Emerson Electric Hall 106
    • Emerson Electric Hall 107
    • Engineering Management 222
    • Engineering Management 235

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the changes in technology, please contact the Help Desk at 573-341-HELP or online at

Classroom Projector “BLACK SCREEN” Behavior Change

Between now and the start of the Summer Semester 2012 (Monday, June 4, 2012), Educational Technology will be changing the behavior of the BLACK SCREEN button on all AMX control panels in classrooms.

This behavioral change will cause projectors to automatically shut down if a projector is in the “Black Screen” state for more than 30 minutes.

Pressing BLACK SCREEN a second time–or pressing any other button on the control panel (PC / LAPTOP / DOC CAM / etc.)–will wake up the projector again. Each time BLACK SCREEN is pressed to show a blank screen (i.e. every other time it is pressed), the 30-minute timer will be restarted.

A postcard explaining the behavioral change will be available in every classroom that has been changed.

EdTech routinely finds projectors that have been left on in the “Black Screen” state. Although the projector appears to be “off”, the bulb is still on and is being used by the projector, even in a lower-powered state. Both bulb and projector (fans in particular) suffer from excessive wear and tear by being in the “Black Screen” mode for extended periods of time.

Here is how much EdTech and the University must spend on each projector and bulb (approximately):

Projector $1500
Bulb $400
Other $Power to run projector (varies)

Here are some other interesting facts about projectors:

  • The typical lifespan of a projector is between 2-4 years (about the same as a computer).
  • The typical bulb life is around 2500 “high” hours, where “high” refers to hours where the bulb is fully on projecting a non-black image.
  • When a projector is on BLACK SCREEN, it is consuming “low hours”, which do not count towards the “high hours”.
  • The replacement warning for a projector only shows when a projector has consumed most of its expected 2500 “high” hours.
    • Even when a projector is in “low” (BLACK SCREEN) state, it is consuming 97% of the energy required to run the projector in the “high” state! In other words, when a projector is in the “low” state, it is only 3% more energy efficient than a projector in the fully brightened state.
  • Projectors that spend a lot of time in the “low” state will eventually become much dimmer than projectors that spend a lot of time in the “high” state. This is because of the much higher wear-and-tear on the projector and bulb.
    • This is especially noticeable in rooms with multiple projectors. In many cases, one projector may display a very bright image–indicating a relatively new, fresh bulb–and the other projector(s) may display a very dim image–indicating a bulb at the end of its lifecycle.

It is in the best interests of the University, IT, and Educational Technology to conserve energy and bulb life where it can be saved. Every projector bulb that EdTech can save means more resources be devoted to obtaining and deploying other technology, such as document cameras and SMART podiums.