Friday, December 16, 2011

Technology in Higher Education

The ProfHacker blog contains all things pertaining to technology and its effects on higher education. This blog is written by many authors and editors Monday-Friday. The website prides itself its dedication to pedagogy, productivity, technology and the intersection of all of these in higher education.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Sleepy Computer

What is the big difference between putting your computer in sleep, hibernate, and hybrid sleep? Sleep mode is power saving that allows a computer to restore full-power operations quickly. Sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power. Hibernating a computer saves its current state to the hard disk while the computer is shut down. Hibernation uses the LEAST amount of power in all of the power-saving states.  Reducing your energy bill could be as easy as switching your computer to hibernate mode while it is not in use. Hybrid Sleep is the last power-saving setting and it is primarily used for desktops. Hybrid Sleep combines sleep and hibernate by puts open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk then puts your computer into a low-power state. Hybrid Sleep is typically the default setting on most desktops.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Create Word Clouds for Your Classroom
Type in a block of words that describe your current lesson plan and this generator will create fun and unique blocks with the words you have posted. You can edit your word cloud to have different colors that match your presentation. The image that is created with your words can be used to create anything from t-shirts to brochures.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

No DVR? No Problem!

App Name: ABC Player and NBC
Did you miss your favorite show on ABC or NBC this week? Have no fear these two applications store your favorite shows for you to instantly replay over your wifi connection. Keep your students engaged while showing the latest clip from their current TV show that corresponds with your lesson!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Interactive Posters Engage Students in Learning
Interactive media posters can be used by your students to present concepts and ideas visually. The finished product can be presented on a projector or smartboard. The free version has many options for the students to express the ideas of project based learning. The full website might have content that is inappropriate for the classroom, so make sure you visit the .edu website!