Taste of Technology Symposium 2012

Daemen College
Academic Computing Service's

June 13, 2012
9:00 a.m - 3:15 p.m.
Business Building

 The Taste of Technology Symposium will feature a series of technology workshops and demonstrations for Faculty, Administrators and Staff. Breakfast and lunch will be provided!



Breakfast, Registration & Welcome: 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Session I: 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.




Blackboard 9.1.8 is here. Please join us for an overview of this new, streamlined content management system. Updated tools for your course will be covered in this workshop hosted by Mike Berta, Daemen’s Experimental Classroom Director and Cheryl Littlejohn, Online Learning Systems Coordinator.




Google Forms is one part of Google Docs/Drive.  Forms is actually an extension of a Google spreadsheet.  We will go through the process of creating and editing a form and its connected spreadsheet.  Then we will give examples of what it could be used for and where it would be appropriate.




Just because you can doesn’t mean you should! The educational fair use guidelines apply to material used in educational institutions and for educational purposes. The finer points of what is NOT considered fair use are where we make mistakes. This presentation will help to provide the basic questions to ask yourself before assuming you have the right.




Session II: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




Learn how Adobe Connect can help you host classes and meetings in an online environment. No matter where your audience is physically located, they can join in your Adobe Connect meeting room as long as they have a computer and an Internet connection. See how Adobe Connect will allow you to share many different types of files such as PowerPoint or Video files. Watch the value of using webcams to broadcast your live presentations.  Learn how to record your Adobe Connect meeting, so it can be watched again later.




Google revolutionized the search engine and now they have done it again with their free cloud based communication services! Offering a variety of interfaces and solutions, Google provides everything you need to stay in touch and stay organized in your business life as well as personal. 




The Apple iPad is a tool capable of many academically related tasks.  Reading books on an iPad can be easy, convenient, and powerful. We will look at Apple’s iBooks app with its ability to purchase, import, organize, and view all sorts of electronic books and documents.  Then we will look at other reading apps such as Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, YouVersion’s Bible and others.  Finally we will look at creating a simple text book.




LUNCH: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.




Session III: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.




Google Docs has been renamed Google Drive. What is GoogleDrive?   It is the expanded version of Google Docs but taking advantage of the cloud much like Dropbox. Google Drive uses folders to organize files based on type, separating documents, images, text files, spreadsheets, and presentations in addition to Google Doc’s document-collaboration capabilities.


THE INTERNET IS OUT TO GET YOU! : Safe Computing Practices


Safe Computing Practices will cover ways you can protect yourself and your computer from malicious content such as viruses, spam, and phishing.  During this workshop we will touch on Anti-Virus, Web Browsing, Email, and their pitfalls in hopes of expanding your knowledge and enhancing your computing experience.




Making your course content available and accessible to all student is important to you and your classes. Technology can add engagement and excitement to any course but it can also limit how your students access the learning. Join Mike Berta, Director of the Experimental Classroom, and Jen Runco, Coordinator of Disability Services for an interactive workshop on ADA and Technology. 




Session IV: 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

*There will be snacks provided in each classroom during Session IV*


Learn what you can use to best protect yourself online, back up your computer for disaster recovery, edit pictures, video chat and other apps that can enhance your productivity! Academic Computing has compiled a DVD of some of the best freely available software used today and will provide explanations of when and why each software package is used.


Distance Learning instructor and web based educator Errol Sull will answer your questions on getting the most out of your online course. Come join the discussion on ways to discourage cheating, suggestions on how big is too big for your online course, and multimedia tools to help keep your students engaged in learning.


What is cloud computing? Why do I want to use it? Am I using it already? Cloud computing is the next stage in the Internet's evolution, providing the means through which everything from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need. With the enhanced accessibility and speeds of broadband internet for consumers and businesses the cloud has been a growing trend in the technology arena. 




If you would like to attend this symposium, register at


*You will be able to register for specific workshops closer to the date of the symposium


Please email any questions to Lori Budniewski at lbudniew@daemen.edu










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