EduTech Fall 2018

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Alamo Colleges District full and part-time faculty are invited to participate in EduTech, a free district-wide technology conference set for Friday, November 9, 2018 from 8:30am - 3:30pm at the Tri-Point Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Building upon the resounding success of the premier EduTech conference last spring, the Fall 2018 conference will provide a forum for participants to exchange ideas, learn new technology, build successful partnerships and determine the future direction of teaching with technology.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Robbie K. Melton, former Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents, as well as presentations and interactive breakout sessions on topics such as:

  • Gamification
  • Virtual/Augmented Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence Tools
  • Mobile Learning
  • Open Education Resources
  • Animation/3D Systems
  • eLearning Quality/Standards
  • Online Assessment
  • Educational Software
  • Active Learning with Technology Tools
  • Innovative Course Design, and more!

To attend this free conference, which includes lunch as well the opportunity to win door prizes, register by Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Click here for information on how to register.

Conference Program:

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8:30 AM - 9:00 AM  |  Breakfast 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Sessions (5 options)

Web Tools for the Classroom
Christopher Davis, SPC
Room 1

Learn about free web technology tools such as Educreations, EDPuzzle, and Socrative that you can use to increase student engagement. These tools allow instructors to create and deliver content to students as well as assess their mastery of it.

Using Kahoot as a Learning Tool
Denetria Brooks-James, DSW, SAC
Room 2*

Learn how to incorporate the online game Kahoot into your classroom to provide a novel way of introducing new material, or simply as a way of reviewing information to evaluate the level of your students learning. 

Linking to the Library: Gale Databases and Canvas Course Integration
Laurie Lopez Coleman, SAC
Room 2*

Come learn about how you can use Canvas Gale LTIs to link content from your campus library databases directly into your course. Make your Canvas course pages more interactive and give students direct access to articles, videos and images in several library database collections. Highlighted databases: LitFinder, Literature Resource Center, Biography in Context and U.S. History in Context.

Apple iOS 12: More Power to You
Dreux St. Marie, Apple Systems Engineer
Room 3

Apple will highlight many of the latest features delivered in iOS 12 for iPhone and iPad. Presenters will also discuss Apple Watch and features engineered to help you stay more active, healthy, and connected. In addition, presenters will highlight some powerful educational apps including Augmented Reality apps.

Evolving Our Teaching Tactics: Gaming in the Biology Classroom
David Hale and Andrew Todd, SAC

This session will explore the ongoing collaborative effort to create high-quality educational games for use in college courses by members of the English and Biology departments at San Antonio College. Topics discussed will include: Implementation of gaming into course materials, challenges of building an educational game, narrative design for educational gaming, and student response to games.

* 30 minute session

10:05 AM - 11:05 AM Sessions (8 options)

Show Off: eLumen Portfolio Assessments
Jolinda Ramsey and Julie Razuri, SAC
Room 1

Come learn how to use the eLumen portfolio as an assessment in your course. From generating the assessment idea to setting up the template in the system, you will be able to develop your own for use in the Spring semester!

Low Cost Alternatives to OER
Jordan Mendez, W.W. Norton, Inc.
Room 2*

Are you risking your student's success? Free doesn't necessarily mean effective. There are ways to support your student learning objectives and outcomes by using low cost alternative formats, online assessment tools, and other resources for your learning management system. Come learn about 40 products under $40 that can enhance your classroom and support your students.

Interactive Gaming for the Language Classroom
Spencer Galvan, SPC
Room 2*

The focus of this session will be the practical application of interactive gaming technology to encourage participation and increase student motivation in the language learning classroom. This technology can be applied in both face-to-face and online environments.

Design Tips to Meet QM Standards
Usha Venkat and Lisa Ratliff-Villarreal, SAC
Room 3

Overwhelmed with Quality Matters Standards? Decided to use Quality Matters Standards but do not know where to start? Interested in boosting learner engagement in your online course? Then this session for you! Design Tips and Practical Resources will get you off to a right start. The workshop is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators.

VR: Bringing Chemistry to Life
Alberto Vasquez, SPC

This session will introduce the learner to virtual and augmented reality used in the chemistry classroom. An interdisciplinary team of chemist and engineer will demonstrate the use of a VR System with currently available apps to enhance fundamental chemistry concepts. From the engineering perspective, the audience will view the creation of a simple 3D object and view their creation in a virtual environment using the graphical user interface programming environment of Unity Software.

Transitioning to OER in the Composition Classroom
Laurie Lopez Coleman, SAC

Have you been hearing the acronym OER and wondering what it is? Are you aware that most content in publisher-provided composition textbooks are available for free online? Come learn about what one English instructor is doing to not only save her students money on unnecessary textbooks but also take advantage of high quality, engaging and free resources to support student learning.

Teaching with the LightBoard
Sean Ryan, SAC

Engage students with stunning neon dry-erase on glass, unobstructed and captured for real-time or on-demand presentations on the LightBoard! Compatible with Canvas.

Welcome to the Sixth Edition! Quality Matters Changed the Rubric
Bobbie Myatt, NLC

The results are in and the feedback from the Quality Matters Higher Education Community received from a survey launch from March of 2017 has been allowed for a revision to the fifth edition. This sixth edition is more intuitive in the formal course review process and has added in more clarity for instructors and reviewers that are aligned with some key issues that 21st century educators face. This will be an information session and a call to action for all that hold a QM credential to certify in the new edition before December 31st deadline. We will go over the changes to the rubric and discuss the impact it will have on the independent colleges of the District.


* 30 minute session

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM Sessions (5 options)

Educational Technology and Student Success
Reese Hearn and Jerryl Lowe, SPC
Room 1

This session will focus on digital tools used in creating interactive activities for immediate student feedback and providing students with supplemental learning opportunities. Applications viewed and discussed are: Adobe Spark, Screencast-o-Matic, Studymate, and Canvas LMS.

Prevent Cheating in Canvas with Respondus
Arie Sowers
Room 2*

Instructors at Alamo Colleges, along with over 1,500 institutions, rely on LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor to prevent cheating during online exams. In this session, you’ll see a demonstration of (super awesome, just-released) features that take automated exam proctoring to a new level. You’ll also hear about other online testing best practices and see how to leverage Alamo’s license of StudyMate Campus, the smarter way to create and share flashcards and learning activities.

Canvas Mobile: Taking Learning Everywhere
Kenneth Rogers, District
Room 2*

No experience required. Change may be needed. Passion for students assumed. Canvas Mobile for Students and Teachers takes online learning and facilitation off of the computer and into your pocket. Join me as we talk about designing courses for mobile engagement, reaching students in the app, and making a mobile instructor's life easier.

Quality Standards with Instructional Design Services and Canvas Layouts
Rudy Lopez, District
Room 3

With the online student experience and  faculty support needs in mind, a team of instructional designers and multimedia specialists developed three (3) customizable course layouts (8-week, 14-week, and 16-week) for each of the Colleges. Use of these layouts will support faculty in: 1) aligning their courses to the Quality Matters course design standards with ease; 2) creating a visual experience from course-to-course and College-to-College; and 3) organizing their courses to support the growing number of mobile learners.

Enhance Your Class with Office 365
Hermelinda Lopez and Yvonne Galindo, SAC

Become acquainted with this all-inclusive cloud based suite. Learn how to access Outlook, Word, and Excel alongside newer features like Sway, Yammer, Delve and OneDrive. Harness the power of cloud to collaborate with your students!

*30 minute session

Dr. Robbie K. Melton

12:20 PM - 1:20 PM
Lunch & Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robbie K. Melton

The Emergence of The Internet of Everything (IoE) Smart Connected Devices and EduGadgets for Real-Time On-Demand Transformation of Education

In this high-energy session, Dr. Melton will share educational possibilities and challenges of the IoT Smart Technologies (EduGadgets) as data-driven tools for academic and social performance. As the former Associate Vice Chancellor of Emerging Technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents, she oversaw mobilization strategies and initiatives for the sixth largest statewide system of public higher education in the country.

1:25 PM - 2:25 PM Sessions (5 options)

Utilizing Social Media in Freshman Composition
Geneveva M. Cruz and Carmen Y. Torres, PAC
Room 1

In a generation which is highly dependent on technological advances, it is become vital that instructors utilize social media to their advantage. This is becoming highly important in the composition courses as writing skills are not often seen as crucial skills to have.

Turning Towards Student Success
Stephen Sheely, Turning Technologies
Room 2*

TurningPoint interactive technology provides educators with ways to assess learning and engage students both inside and outside the classroom. Collect responses with mobile devices or clickers, and choose from a desktop or web solution. Instructors can poll in PowerPoint or on-the-fly, deliver self-paced assessments and schedule surveys and homework.

Students as Content Creators
Dr. Denise Barkis Richter, PAC
Room 2*

Dr. Richter, a journalism/mass communication professor at Palo Alto College, will explain how you can turn your students' work into shareable content via WordPress, a free, easy-to-use blogging platform. Students will begin to see themselves as writers and content creators who have news and information to share with the world. This technique be used in face-to-face, online and hybrid classes.

3D Technologies and Supplemental Educational Resources
Aaron Ellis, SAC
Room 3

This short presentation will demonstrate how modern 3D technologies can be used to enhance instruction in a wide variety of disciplines. These innovative tools need not be confined to use only in Engineering, gaming or STEM academic programs. Learn how you can use 3D in almost any class.

Mixed Reality
Dr. Robbie K. Melton, Keynote Speaker and creator of, an encyclopedia of educational mobile apps, smart tools & gadgets.

This session will explore the rapidly evolving field of virtual, augmented and mixed realities within the context of online, blended and digital learning. Designed to further your knowledge and provide you an understanding of emerging best practices.

* 30 minute session

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sessions (9 options)

The Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) with Online Technology
Andrew Hill and Migdalia Garcia, SPC and NVC
Room 1

How can we better use online technology to enhance the international character of our classes? The Education Partnership for Internationalizing Curriculum (EPIC) is a competitive program that brings together a cohort of ten community college faculty and academic staff from various disciplines (humanities, social sciences, mathematics, hard sciences, international programs, etc.) to work collaboratively with Stanford University faculty and staff for one academic year (August 2018 – May 2019) on self-designed projects aimed at developing global competencies and awareness among community college students. This year, Andrew Hill and Irene Young of St. Philip’s College, are participating in the program, and are designing various methods of integrating online technology to enhance the goals of the partnership across the Alamo Colleges. Join Andrew Hill (SPC) and Migdalia Garcia (NVC) for a presentation about the program, and a discussion about the role of online technology in internationalizing your college’s curriculum.

How to Create Interactive, Responsive, Accessible Online Lessons
David Evans, SoftChalk LLC
Room 2*

Why create a course that is ‘meh’ when it is so easy to create a course that is definitely “NOT MEH”! See how easy it is to create engaging, interactive, professional-looking, online lessons that meet accessibility requirements, using SoftChalk. 

Using ZipGrades in the Classroom
Josh Alquiza, NVC
Room 2*

This session includes a highly-interactive, hands-on use of the ZipGrade app where participants will learn how to use the app to create answers keys and grade a short quiz in small groups of 2 or 3 people. At least one person per group has to download the free ZipGrade app available in iOS and Android.

Zoom: Teach, Engage, Transform
Katrieva Jones Munroe & Tracey DeLillo, District
Room 3

Zoom has arrived at the Alamo Colleges District! In this session, we’ll explain how Zoom’s ease of use and flexible features make it the best web conferencing solution for the diverse needs of our faculty, students and staff. We’ll demonstrate ways to create interactive online/hybrid classrooms using Zoom, how it can help you better connect with colleagues, and a little how-to for the newbie user.

Snappy Q&A’s: Utilizing Snapchat to Facilitate Classroom Discussions
Natalie Andreas, PAC

Snapchat is the social media platform most regularly used by college students today. Many professors outlaw mobile phones and their respective applications during class, in an attempt to facilitate a more focused learning experience. But what if we flipped the script to encourage engaged learning opportunities? This roundtable discussion will offer tangible advice, including group exercises, designed to encourage the use of Snapchat in classroom activities. Specifically, the "Snapchat Q&A" will be showcased. Bring your mobile phone and creativity!

Christopher Haugen, SAC

In the long tradition of murdering the English language through neology (or expanding it depending on how you think about it), I thus decree 'Vidagogy' as the practice of education through video instruction. While it is perfectly within the Instructor's judgment to mimic classroom or lecture in a video for class discussion, I suggest there are further, more fun, and more creative ways to instruct without lecturing to the camera. I will provide my own examples ranging from walking in parks to attempting to emulate documentaries; moreover, I intend to elicit ideas from the audience. I will further point to free resources for creative presentation including music, photography, video location, and online examples and instruction in amateur videography (a little goes a long way).

Who Cares About Day 1 One Access
Phillip Anaya, District

A real world look at day one access at Alamo Colleges and the available options faculty have regarding instructional materials.

Open Source Software as OER: R in the Elementary Statistics Classroom
Will Watkin, NVC
Ballroom *

For more than a decade R has been used in research and by data-driven companies. What is R? From the R Project page: “R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.” It can be downloaded for free but is also readily available through online compilers which require no installation. This presentation shows how R enhances the elementary statistics course: (1) Integrating R into an Elementary Statistics course improves student learning; (2) R opens avenues for students to access and analyze the plethora of data readily available in the information age; (3) There is added value in giving students experience with tools used by professionals. In this session, we will explore the benefits of R in elementary statistics. In particular: how to utilize it in the classroom to enhance student learning, and how to equip students for its use in data analysis.

Financial Literacy as an eLearning Standard
Sandra Gonzalez-Lamb & Enida Rehome, SPC and Rita Arrieta Abbenante, EduMoney Co-Founder
Ballroom *

Financial Literacy is now a Texas Education Agency TEKS standard. How do we continue the momentum in college via a dual language vehicle (English & Spanish) so that we create social mobility through managing money and creating wealth?

* 30 minute session





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