This week I uploaded to youtube a screen captured video presentation I created; I’m currently not involved in teaching and working direct with students, my role is to develop instructional technology and multimedia projects to enhance the teacher and student classroom, as well as overall campus experience.
I thought I would share one of my current projects, developing a faculty-staff professorial development training lab. I used Camtasia Studio creating a presentation highlighting how I used Google SketchUp, a free 3D modeling software.
I used SketchUp to create a conceptual layout for the lab, showing it conceptually in provided space where lab would be placed. Google SketchUp is really a great 3D modeling tool that has many educational usages, if you ever wanted or thought about creating 3D images this app is a good place to start. I have used much more advance 3D modeling app that had a big learning curve, but SketchUp is really easy to learn powerful and free. Click to learn more about Google SketchUp.
Faculty-staff professorial development training lab concept: The provide space for lab is not very big so to maximize space usage custom furniture is being recommend.
- Lab will contain twelve desktop computers workstation.
- Three display Workstation for presenter, trainer or instructor.
- Three large format displays; 65in LCD Touch Display, Video Projector Display, Smart Touch Display (e-board)
- Each large format display will be synced to one of the three presenter workstation monitors; this will give the presenter more flexibility with covering and displaying material to class, so each display can be displaying different content at same time.
- Presenter workstation computer is connected to a room sound system and presenter has the option of wearing a microphone. Room is also video conferencing ready , has lecture content capturing capability, and iPad, laptop connectivity.
Ko & Rossen, Chapter 9: Creating Courseware and Using Web 2.0 Tools:
The open source tools that are available today via the internet for educational use are a game changer, the key is learning to take advantage of them, Pedagogy First! is that key.