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Technology at tutorials


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OU Staff Development event at Mid Kent College 16/06/12

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Technology at tutorials

  1. 1. Technology at tutorialsA look at the practical and possible in terms of usingtechnology at tutorial venues. Some hints and tips to lift theveil on the mysterious world of PCs and projectors and theInternet in study centres the length and breadth of R13Nigel Gibson – 16/06/12
  2. 2. What I’m going to cover• Some thoughts on using technology in tutorials• Some ideas on how to make sure that you are prepared Technology at tutorials 2
  3. 3. What I’m not going to cover• How to make a perfect omelette (but I can offer some tips)• How to get new/different technologies available in venues• How to turn on the projector in room NT06 at Canterbury Christ Church University Technology at tutorials 3
  4. 4. • So who are you? What are you here for? Technology at tutorials 4
  5. 5. Process (in R13)• Book your kit well in advance (as early as possible!)• Any passwords will be in the room allocation email• If you have any problems with the kit at the venue let Trudi Turner (AL Services) know and she will feed it back Technology at tutorials 5
  6. 6. What you might get• The shiniest bit of brand-spanking new IT equipment ever seen• A tatty old hand-cranked steam-driven PC last used for plotting the line of Hadrian’s Wall Technology at tutorials 6
  7. 7. What you won’t get• An overhead projector• On-site technical support Technology at tutorials 7
  8. 8. Smartboards• There are a few sites which have them• There is a wide range of kit• In some sites there are instructions – but not all Technology at tutorials 8
  9. 9. What you can’t rely on• Anything!• Don’t assume that there will be an optical drive• Always assume that any wireless connection will fail Technology at tutorials 9
  10. 10. Let there be…..• Generally there will be instructions• Often they will be incomprehensible• There will usually be a panel with buttons• They might be labelled Technology at tutorials 10
  11. 11. In the absence of instructions• Be patient• The easiest option is usually the right one• Turn on the PC first• Let that warm up before attempting the projector• Give the kit time to wake up• Don’t plug in the USB before turning on the PC Technology at tutorials 11
  12. 12. CD Floppy disk Memory stickTechnology at tutorials 12
  13. 13. Be careful….. Technology at tutorials 13
  14. 14. Seriously.....• Check what is on your memory stick – including folder names• Images of family? Your home? Technology at tutorials 14
  15. 15. File types• Don’t assume that the PC will have the latest version of PowerPoint so save as a PPT• Then save as PPS Technology at tutorials 15
  16. 16. If you use a Mac• Check the file formats• Check them again Technology at tutorials 16
  17. 17. If you are taking your own PC...• Make sure that it has a “VGA out” socket• And that you know how to change the screen resolution and enable the second monitor Technology at tutorials 17
  18. 18. The Internet • Eeeek! • This presentation is available on the Internet • I also have it stored in Dropbox (in the Cloud) • I am showing you the version on a memory stick Technology at tutorials 18
  19. 19. Wherever possible• Have back-up screenshots of web sites• Download videos so that you have a local copy• Don’t rely on the web connection Technology at tutorials 19
  20. 20. Be defensive• Belt & braces• Have a back-up plan• Question what value is added by the technology Technology at tutorials 20
  21. 21. Any questions? Technology at tutorials 21