Digital Recording Tools ~ Modern and Classical Languages

The Modern and Classical Languages department has various ways of assessment using different forms of technology.  The Language Specialist project developed by Professor Ewald requires students to interview a project partner who did not speak English before 18 years of age.   This exercise provides an opportunity to apply linguistic concepts and terms obtained from their course to analyze a specific language, and compare it with English. “The goal is to become more knowledgeable of a language system that is presently unfamiliar to the student.” (Ewald)  After the first interview the student writes a short report of the interview primarily on language-related issues. Throughout the course they have ongoing conversations and interviews with their project partner about his/her experiences learning English, and about various characteristics of this person’s own native language.” (Ewald)

Hand held recorders are an excellent tool for interviews because they give students the ability to review an interview multiple times, while compiling data for a report.  Recorders permit freedom from taking notes, so students can observe facial expressions, hand gestures and other visual elements within conversation.  As stated in the syllabus for the “Language Specialist Project” conducted and developed by Professor Jen Ewald “Do not write a “transcript” of this interview; rather, report on it and analyze it, incorporating examples of what your informant said to illustrate your analysis.”  (Ewald)

In the article “Digital Audio Recording and its Applications within the Foreign Language Classroom” Schwenkler writes:

If students have access to mini-disk recorders or stand-alone laptop computers with microphone hook-ups, they can interview their classmates or community members.  Students can record native speakers’ voices, to use in focusing on   their own pronunciation and how it can improve.  Students can interview native speakers about their opinions, experiences, or for information about their home countries.  This information can then be presented in a multimedia PowerPoint or Photo story presentation with visual images, maps and graphs to accompany the audio files. This is taking digital audio recording to another level in extending the interactive, communicative web and bringing more people into the learning community.  Students practice speaking with native speakers and interviewing others, key interpersonal skills in the target language. (Schwenkler, 2008)

Two other forms of digital recording applications utilized within MCL are Garage Band and Audacity.  At the beginning of the semester language professors give students a “Baseline Oral Evaluation” to assess their competency from the beginning of the semester until the end.  Students are presented with questions from either a PowerPoint or orally by their professors, students must respond by creating an audio recording for assessment. Students create audio clips using the applications Audacity or Garage band while wearing a headphone/microphone set.

As Schwenkler states:

Digital audio recording is a useful tool in foreign language classrooms where a primary goal is for students to practice speaking the target language, hear how they sound, and improve their speaking proficiency.  By recording themselves speaking with the software, students’ original language production is recorded, and students have the opportunity to go back and hear their selves speaking. Now students are able to reflect on their accent, grammar, fluency, intonation, etc. This tool can serve a variety of purposes, including self-assessment, group work, dialogues, links to culture, and teacher assessment.  (Schwenkler, 2008)

The Modern and Classical Languages department is developing their 21st Century skills by integrating various forms of technology into their classrooms.  These audio recording applications add a stronger component for assessment and review, both on the teacher and students side.  The MCL population also utilizes recording exercises through various online “Language Labs” even when technology glitches have created challenges.  Embracing the learning curve, MCL faculty has resolved to teach students in a 21st century fashion by creating a more engaging atmosphere, and thereby meeting students’ needs.

Works Cited

Ewald, D. (n.d.). Language Specialist Project Syllabus. PA.

Schwenkler, C. (2008, October 19). Digital Audio Recording and its Applications within the Foreign Language Classroom. Retrieved October 24, 2012, from Connexions: http://cnx.org/content/m18046/latest/

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb9.1 Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
*Thursday Dec. 13, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)
*Tuesday Dec. 18, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (Online)

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Thursday, Dec. 6, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Dec. 5,  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
*Wednesday, Dec. 19, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (Online)

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
*Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Online)

To register for these workshops:

  • Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf ).
  • Click on the “School Services” tab.
  • In the “Employee Training” section, locate the “ATDL Workshops” heading.
  • Click on the plus sign next toBlackboardto view the available workshops.
  • Click “Register”

Bridging the Digital Divide — by Joanne Piombino

“Social Networking Sites (SNSs) such as Facebook are one of the latest examples of communication technologies that have been widely-adopted by students and, consequently, have the potential to become a valuable resource to support educational communications and collaborations with faculty.” (Roblyer, 2010)  Dr. Elaine Shenk noticed a reoccurring theme each semester when reviewing students’ feedback within her course evaluation forms. The majority of students were not fond of the discussion board section within their courses.  One of the major complaints students had was that they disliked having to navigate to the discussion board each day, to see if someone replied to their post. “Digital Natives are used to receiving information really fast. They function best when networked. They thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards.” (Prensky, 2001) Communicating on Facebook eliminates this complaint because students receive notification of edits within their Facebook news feed, and within their email accounts.

Facebook Screenshot

The other major grievance students had was that the discussion board tool was boring.  Some students mentioned that they would rather lose points for an incomplete assignment, than use that tool.  Since Facebook is a tool students are already engaged in socially, I suggested tapping into that interest for schoolwork.  Because most students check their Facebook accounts multiple times a day, they will be informed of class activity within their news feed, eliminating the grievance of logging into Blackboard for updates.  “Today’s teachers have to learn to communicate in the language and style of their students. This doesn’t mean changing the meaning of what is important, or of good thinking skills. But it does mean going faster, less step-by step, more in parallel, with more random access, among other things.” (Prensky, 2001)

Facebook offers an engaging online alternative for classroom discussions facilitated by the instructor.  It also offers another form of assessment, demonstrating student comprehension of the language through monitoring their conversations. Dr. Shenk’s Facebook page “Composicion en espanol” permits an avenue for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the Spanish language in a less formal atmosphere, and it stimulates creativity due to the capability of sharing movies, photos, links etc… all within an environment students are proficiently comfortable with!

Please click on the image below, and become inspired:

Thumbnail image for Teaching In The 21st Century (Mathipedia 2010)

Teaching In The 21st Century (Mathipedia 2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Mathipedia. (2010). ASB Unplugged Conference in Mumbai, India . Retrieved October 23, 2012, from You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTIBDR4Dn2g&feature=related

Prensky, M. (2001, October). Digital Natives Digital Immigrants. On The Horizon, 1-6.

Roblyer, R. D. (2010). Findings on Facebook in Higher Education: A Comparison of College Faculty and Student Uses and Perceptions of Social Networking Sites. Internet and Higher Education, 134-40.

Bb Workshops for November 2012

Five new Bb Workshops have been scheduled for November 2012.

To register for these workshops:

  1. Log into MySJU (https://my.sju.edu/cp/home/loginf )
  2. Click on the School Services Tab
  3. In the “Employee Training” area locate “ATDL Workshops”
  4. Click on the plus sign ( + ) next to “Blackboard” to view the available workshops
  5. Click “Register”

New Features in Blackboard (Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9)
This Spring we will be upgrading Bb to Service Pack 9. In this workshop you will learn about all of the new features in Bb 9.1 Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM    New Features in Bb Service Pack 9
Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   New Features in Bb Service Pack 9

Creating Rich Media for Online Use
This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM   Creating Rich Media
Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1:00 PM – 2:30   Creating Rich Media
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   Creating Rich Media

Quality Matters (QM) On-line Courses
Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses. The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom. In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 15, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Monday, Nov. 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)
Thursday, Nov. 29, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Quality Matters (Qm)

Blackboard Collaborate
This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM   Bb Collaborate
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Bb Collaborate

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center
The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Grade Center
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM   Grade Center

How to Zip and Unzip Files on the Mac Platform (Part 2)

This post is Part 2 of “How to Zip and Unzip Files.” To view Part 1 click here.

Q. What is a Zip file and why should I use it?

A. Zip is a common file format used for data compression and archiving files. The Zip format was first implemented way back in 1989 and in later years adopted by both Microsoft and Apple for incorporation into their operating systems.

In the early days of the internet, file transfer speeds and storage capacity were only a fraction of our current capabilities. Zipping Word or Excel files could reduce their size by up to 80% and the benefits were obvious. Even today, compressing files helps to dramatically speed transfers and reduce storage demands as well as ensure that files attached to an email message can still be opened successfully at their destination.

Benefits of zipping files:

  1. Collect a number of files into a single, easily managed archive file.
  2. Reduce the size of a file or group of files.
  3. Ensure the integrity of the files attached to an email message.

 

Q. My Apple computer does not have WinZip. How do I open a “zipped” file?

A. Zip compression is now a built-in feature of the Mac operating system, so the WinZip application is not required to zip or unzip.

To open or unzip a zip archive in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7):

  1. Double-click the zip archive file.
  2. The unzipped file or folder will be placed at the same folder level as the zipped file.

Screenshot of how to open a zip archive on Mac OS X.

 

To zip a file or folder of files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) and Lion (10.7):

  1. Right-click a file or folder of files.
  2. Select “Compress” from the pop-up menu.
  3. The result is a new Zip archive file with the same name as the original file or folder, but with the “.zip” file extension appended to the name.

Screenshot of how to create a new zip archive on Mac OS X.

How to Zip and Unzip on Your Windows 7 Computer (Part 1)

Q. My new SJU computer has the Windows 7 operating system and does not have WinZip. How do I open a “zipped” file?

A. Zip compression is now a built-in feature of the Windows 7 operating system, so the WinZip application is no longer required to zip or unzip.

To open or unzip a zip archive in Windows 7:

  1. Right-click the zip archive file.
  2. Select “Extract All…” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Specify the name and location of the folder for the extracted files.
  4. Click the “Extract” button or press the “Enter” key.
  5. If the “Show extracted files when complete” box is checked, as in the screenshot below, a new folder window will be opened to display the unzipped files.

Screenshot of extracting files from a zip archive in Windows 7

 

To zip a file or folder of files Windows 7:

  1. Right-click a file or folder of files.
  2. Select “Send to” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Then select “Compressed (zipped) folder” from the additional pop-up menu.
  4. The result is a new Zip archive file with the same name as the original file or folder, but with the “.zip” file extension appended to the name.

Screenshot of creating a new zip archive in Windows 7.

 

In Part 2 we’ll review the steps to zip and unzip on the Mac platform and talk a bit more about what exactly a “zipped” file is and its importance in computing more efficiently.

Blackboard Workshops Offered by Al Labonis of ATDL

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Basic” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Thursday Sep 6, 2:30-4:00 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 17, 8:00-9:30 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Thursday Sep 27, 9:30-11:00 Bb Basics Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.

You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.

You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday Sep 4, 3:30-5:00 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 12, 9:00-10:30 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Thursday Sep 27, 11:30-1:00 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

· Have a general knowledge of how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.

· Have a working knowledge of how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 10, 1:30-3:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 17, 1:30-3:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 26, 3:30-5:00 Bb Wimba Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Creating Rich Media for Online Use

This workshop will provide an overview of various tools useful in the creation of audio and video elements for use in your Blackboard courses. Topics will include web-based creation tools, desktop applications, and mobile applications, along with best practices and recommended equipment for various types of media creation.

The Bb9.1 “Creating Rich Media” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 17, 10:00-11:30 Creating Rich Media Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Tuesday Sep 25, 11:30-1:00 Creating Rich Media Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics

The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 26, 11:00-12:30 Bb Rubric Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.

There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.

We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Monday Sep 10, 10:00-11:30 Bb Assessments Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Monday Sep 13, 9:00-10:30 Bb Assessments Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.

The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.

Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 5, 9:00-10:30 Grade Center Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Tuesday Sep 11, 1:00-2:30 Grade Center Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course.

SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.

The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Safe Assign” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Wednesday Sep 12, 11:00-12:30 Bb SafeAssign Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Quality Matters (QM) On-line courses

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized program that promotes the use of research-based best practices in the design and development of online courses.

The Quality Matters Rubric, based on scholarly research, is a must-have for any online course developer’s toolbox. The QM rubric focuses on 8 key components of online course development, and includes 41 specific guidelines to achieve maximum effectiveness in your online classroom.

In this workshop, you will learn how incorporating the QM Rubric into your online course development can enhance your students’ learning outcomes and increase the overall effectiveness of your course.

The Bb9.1 “Quality Matters (QM)” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Thursday Sep 13, 11:00-12:30 Quality Matters (QM) Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Blackboard Collaborate

This workshop will demonstrate how Blackboard Collaborate can be used to create an engaging learning experience in both the online and traditional classroom. Attendees will learn how to initiate a Collaborate session, use the audio and visual conferencing tool, experiment with the interactive whiteboard, share a desktop, and more!

The Bb9.1 “Bb Collaborate” workshop will be repeated on the following dates

Please email labonis@sju.edu to register for the workshop.

Tuesday Sep 11, 11:00-12:30 Bb Collaborate Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Sep 26, 2:00-3:30 Bb Collaborate Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Communicating with Students

This workshop will focus on how to communicate with students using various Blackboard features, including Announcements and Private Message.

You will also learn the appropriate application for these features, as well as some strategies to consider.

Thursday Sep 27, 2:00-3:30 Bb Communicating with Students Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

Wednesday Oct 3, 11:00-12:30 Bb Communicating with Students Library Learning Commons (Second Floor)

The College of Arts & Sciences Welcomes Its New Faculty

First Name Last Name Department
Amber Abbas History
Susie Andrews Theology & Religious Studies
Elizabeth Becker Psychology
Carolyn Berenato Special Education
Christopher Close History
Laura Crispin Economics
Yu Gu Physics
Virginia Hoffman Philosophy
Aisha Lockridge English
Tim Lockridge Communication Studies
Stacy Olitsky Teacher Education
Jury Smith Art
Ilene Warner-Maron Health Services
Vanessa Wills Philosophy
Dominique Ruggieri Health Services
Will Place Educational Leadership

New technology based science instructional laboratory in Connelly 130

By: Dr. Brian Forster

Bio Pac
In August 2012, Connelly 130 was redesigned and deployed as a science laboratory. Students working in this lab will have access to the same technology found in the other Connelly Hall science instructional laboratories. The software program that will be utilized extensively in Connelly 130 this year will be the Bio-Pac (Figs. A & B). Although I have previously mentioned Bio-Pacs, I wish to take this time and describe them in more detail and show how these devices help students in learning about how the human body functions (physiology).

Observations are a key feature to the nature of science. What we observe allows us as scientists to ask and answer questions. The invention of microscopes allowed scientists to open the door to the world of cells and microorganisms. Studying the physiology of an organism, most notably humans, can be difficult since we cannot easily visualize all the events occurring inside the body. The actions of the human body produce electricity. Different activities produce unique electrical signals. Bio-Pac uses special electrodes that can be connected to the body to detect these signals. These signals are transferred from the electrodes to a MP3X acquisition unit (Fig. A). The MP3X processes these signals and carries that information to the Bio-Pac Student Lab software that is installed on the computers in the Connelly Hall science instructional laboratories. According to the manufacturer, it takes 1/1000 of a second for a signal to be received and displayed on the computer (Bio-Pac Student Lab manual). The Bio-Pac software allows the student to not just visualize the signals, but allows the student to analyze the data and make specific measurements.

The electrical activity that the Bio-Pac system measures allows our students to visualize skeletal muscle activity (electromyography), brain activity (electroencephalography), heart activity (electrocardiography) (Fig. B) and eye activity (electroculogram). Other aspects of human physiology the Bio-Pac system can measure include blood pressure, respiration and the human body’s response to relaxing and stressful conditions. Given the proper electrodes, numerous aspects of human physiology can be explored. There is even a prepared lab on using the Bio-Pac as a polygraph machine! Students can see firsthand what happens physiologically when someone tells their professor that the dog ate the assignment! Currently, the biology lab courses that use Bio-Pacs include Bio 165 (Exploring the Living World), Bio 201 (Bio III: Organismic Biology), Bio 260/261 (Anatomy and Physiology) and Bio 417 (Systemic Physiology).

Since several of our students are pre-health students, they also gain practice in using more common equipment to look at human physiology. Stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure cuffs) are provided for students to measure heart rate and blood pressure, respectively without the aid of the computer. The students are then provided the opportunity to compare their own measurements to the measurements calculated by Bio-Pac.

To learn more about the Connelly Hall science instructional laboratories and their technology, please contact Dr. Brian Forster (bforster@sju.edu).

iPad and iPhone Tips — Part 2

Welcome to another installment in our series of iPad and iPhone Tips. Previously we discussed rearranging your Home screen and tricks for text entry. Then we prompted you to view Apple’s iPad and iPhone User Guides at their website. By now we hope you’ve enjoyed reading those manuals cover to cover!

In the event that you haven’t gotten to those manuals quite yet, here are some more tips and tricks you may not have known about!

The Side Switch — Lock Your Screen Orientation or Mute Your Soundipadsideswitch

Q. What is that little sliding button above the volume controls on the right side of the iPad?

A. The Side Switch can either lock screen rotation at the present orientation or mute the iPad speaker.

  1. Visit Settings/ General/ “Use Side Switch to:” to specify which behavior you prefer.

iPhone owners have their own similar switch on the left side — the Ring/Silent switch — that will silence incoming call and alert sounds while still allowing sound from clock alarms, music and most games. This setting is perfect for using your iPhone as a travel alarm clock!

Multitasking Bar — Your Recently Used Apps!

Q. What is the Multitasking Bar?ipadhomebutton

A. The Multitasking Bar appears in place of your Dock and shows your most recently used apps.

  1. Double-tap the Home button to display your multitasking bar, which shows your most recently used apps.
  2. Tap an app here to open it or flick to see more of your recently used apps.
  3. To remove an app from your multitasking bar, touch and hold the app icon until it begins to jiggle, then tap the red and white “delete” symbol.
  4. Tap the Home button to display your normal Dock.

For More Information…

Visit Apple’s website for complete support and reference information, including links to PDF versions of all iPhone and iPad user guides:

Apple iPhone Support – Get Started http://www.apple.com/support/iphone/getstarted/

Apple iPhone Manuals http://support.apple.com/manuals/iphone/

Apple iPad Support – Get Started http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/getstarted/

Apple iPad Manuals http://support.apple.com/manuals/ipad/