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 Another excellent Tricks of the Trade Greatest Hits Day at Regent’s College….

Storing ideas / online scrapbooks (9.15-10.15) We had a few technical problems in the first session. Matthias did a really good overview of Onenote http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/ and how he uses it in his department, it seemed especially useful for keeping a record of his expences! Lorna didn’t get a chance to describe Evernote (because of technical problems)  but Mikko did get an opportunity to explain ‘The Brain’ site http://www.thebrain.com/ . This generated a useful discussion on its future and whether it or something similar could replace VLE’s in Colleges and Unis.

 In the second session (10.30 – 11.45) Lorna did overview of Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/home#!/home, RSS feeds, Instapaper http://www.instapaper.com/, iGoogle and various iphone/ipad apps. I hadn’t seen Instapaper before and in Lorna’s words, “Instapaper allows you to save interesting web pages for reading later on your computer, phone, ipad or kindle – documents are stored offline so you can read them even if you don’t have internet access (on the tube, for instance)”. The apps section was really useful and I think it would be repeating again at a later date 

In the third session Matthias did an excellent session Social media and communication (12 – 13.30), Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Matthias has done this session for TOTT before but he was really good at changing the content to meet the needs of the audience.

In the fourth session at was great to have two presentations side by side on Mendeley and Endnote. Andy Horton replaced Michael Logan from the library to do the overview of the college databases and Endnote which is the official college software and is better supported than Mendeley. Finally Jason showed how the college intranet could be used for editing and sharing documents.

In the final session on ‘Adding zing to lectures’ (15.30-16.30) Bryony gave a really good demo how the new media server would work and how easy it is to create videos in Camtasia. I also gave a brief demo of the TurningPoint voting deviceshttp://www.turningtechnologies.com/

Overall a successful day, over 25 members of staff attended, some who came for the first time. Big thanks to Lorna Walker for helping to organise the days activities.

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