Monday, April 18, 2011

Tip of the Week: Edistorm

Web 2.0 Tools Edistorm

When groups collaborate on projects, they sometimes use brainstorming to gather ideas. This can take place when everyone is in the same room, but that is not always possible. For collaborating with people in various locations, Edistorm allows multiple people to generate ideas, to group ideas, and to vote simultaneously.

Features of the basic (free) account:
• Participate in storms
• Create solo storms (private to the user)
• Create public storms (open to all Edistorm users)
• Unlimited invites to others for collaboration
• For the first 30 days, can create private storms (sessions offered by invite only)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Web 2.0 Tool of the Week: Second Life

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is used by universities, businesses and individuals from around the globe.

An Invitation to See Second Life in Action
On April 12-13, TWU will host the Annual Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium. TWU uses Second Life during the symposium to allow students to present a virtual poster from off campus. As in real-life, presenters attend one session of the symposium by logging into Second Life from a computer and having their avatar present during a session. Students present their research to a global audience in addition to the visitors on the TWU campus.
A real-life viewing of Second Life will be available in ACT 225 and is open to the public. Student research will be presented at the following times in world:

Tuesday, April 12
12:00-12:50 p.m.
6-7:20 p.m.

Wednesday April 13
9-10:20 a.m.
12:15-1:00 p.m.
6-7:20 p.m.

In addition to a guided tour in ACT 225, visitors are welcome to try Second Life hands on in ACT 603 or from the convenience of your home. We invite you to join us in this celebration of student research!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tip of the Week: Sharing Documents in SharePoint

Application: SharePoint
Documents can be shared through SharePoint so that multiple people can have access and share editing responsibilities. SharePoint also offers the option to keep track of versions so that changes can be tracked.

Using SharePoint check out/in for documents
• Only one person can edit a document at a time
• Useful for groups of people working on the same document
• When the document is checked out, others can open a read-only copy

Using SharePoint versioning for documents
• Tracks changes on documents
• Previous versions can be viewed or restored as a part of the current version
• Versions can be tracked with the name of each person that has checked out/in the document and comments about changes.