“A Bite of Learning”

“A Bite of Learning” is a new series sponsored jointly by CIS and Honnold Library. It takes place every Tuesday at lunchtime in the Aviation Room in the Hoch Shanahan Dining Commons. Jezmynne Dene and I conceived the series as a way to share topics of interest with the Claremont community in an informal lunch setting. We’ll be inviting speakers from CIS and the Library to teach short topics, describe new technology or share a new project they’re working on. We’ll also be inviting speakers from outside the colleges on occasion. So far this semester we’ve had James Sadler from CIS describe recent testing of wireless video projector technology. Jezmynne has shared some of her favorite cool tools such as LibX, Flickr and Skitch. Jezmynne and I also did a well-attended session on our favorite tricks and tips in Sakai. On March 9th we had a special session with Adam Johnson from HMC Chemistry and Ethan Benatan from Reed College. The subject of their presentation was the successes and failures of various Web 2.0 tools they have used for VIPEr, an online community of inorganic chemists. Some of the tools discussed included Skype (just in time teaching, chatting, text), Central Desktop (versioning, polishing docs), Delicious (social bookmarking), Ning (virtual community, specialized), Google Docs (writing, creating, thinking) and crappygraphs.com (Caution: be prepared to lose an hour exploring this site!). Ethan joined us remotely using Elluminate, a web-based video conferencing tool.

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