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‘Get Connected’ technology fair features new equipment

by Melissa Lacas
Public Relations
Upgraded computer classrooms, digital video cameras, electronic books and portable projectors will be just a few of MUSC’s newest technologies featured at the MUSC Library Technology Fair.
The fair will be held 1 – 3 p.m. April 24 on the fourth floor of the Colbert Education Center/Library to help MUSC students, faculty and staff “get connected” by showcasing new technologies that can be used for teaching, learning and personal use.
“The Tech Fair is a great opportunity for students and faculty to learn about new technologies in a relaxed, unrushed atmosphere,” said Nancy McKeehan, assistant director of libraries for systems. “We’ll be showcasing some of the most popular new gadgets: flip video cameras, Kindle e-book readers, even a pocket-size projector for your laptop. All of these will be available for loan from the library after the fair.”
The fair and technology are supported by the Express Technology Library Improvement Award, also known as The Digital e @MUSC Library, a National Library of Medicine grant funded project. This grant provides MUSC’s library with electronic services and items, recently including three Amazon Kindle 2 e-readers, which digitally display curriculum-related textbooks and reference books. Two Canon PowerShot 10-mega-pixel cameras, two Flip Video Ultra Camcorders and one 3M MPro110 portable projector also will be available to the MUSC community starting April 24.
Meanwhile, the MUSC library’s computer classrooms have been updated with sound systems. Portable microphones and in-ceiling speakers make classroom sessions easier to hear and give instructors the freedom to move around the room. The instructor’s computer in each classroom is equipped with a Sympodium Interactive Pen Display, which allows instructors to annotate the computer screen by circling a particular term or highlighting part of an equation. These capabilities will be demonstrated at the fair.
Experts also will be on hand to answer questions about Tegrity, Adobe Connect and Moodle, a course management system that could replace WebCT. Social networking resources including wikis and Facebook also will be shared.

Editor's note: This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Friday, April 17, 2009

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