Thursday, May 20, 2010

Have You Registered for 2 Days of Free Workshops?

Even while you wind down this semester, plan to start the fall semester by registering for SIDLIT (more information at Register today for sessions on “Facing Reality: The Challenges of Using eTexbooks in Online Classes,: “Android Productivity Tips,” “Beyond Ning: Rolling Your Own Social Network,” “Education by MMO: The Evoke Game,” and sessions on Pecha Kucha, hybrid courses, ANGEL, Blackboard, Windows 7, Clickers, Gaming, Social Bookmaking in education and much more. Over 60 sessions scheduled and complimented by door prizes, free food and snacks!

If you are not a current C2C member becoming a member is as easy. Simply go to and click the Create New Account link in the bottom left corner. Once you’ve completed the member registration form, locate the SIDLIT SIGNUP link and click it.

Join Colleague to Colleague (C2C) and join us for a cost efficient (free) conference at Johnson County Community College on the first Thursday and Friday (5 & 6) in August 2010. And pass on this message to your colleagues so they can attend and learn at SIDLIT 2010.

“What Bugs You About Email?” Captured

Last week we held the last Technology Brown Bag of the school year at JCCC. THe session included a panel of JCCC staff (Marziah Karch, Keith Krieger, Michael Rea and Jonathan Bacon) who asked attendees, “What Bugs You about Email?” All of us use (and many abuse) email daily.

You might find it informative to view the discussion and hear some tips on how you can eliminate email frustration for yourself and your correspondents. The video archive of the session is available at

Video archive links for all of the Spring Semester JCCC Technology Brown Bag sessions are available at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AcademiX: Learning in an Open Access World

Apple Computer has announced AcademiX 2010, a free one-day conference on “Learning in an Open Access World.” More information is available at The conference can be attended as part of a simulcast in Lawrence, Kansas (and other sites nationwide) or from your desktop. When you register, you’ll be asked to indicate where and how you wish to attend. We’ll show portions of the webcast in the Ed Tech Center at JCCC.

Remember, you can also register online and watch from your home or office computer.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tip: Buying a Car with Data

In the market to buy a new car? It’s the one activity that can make strong men and women weak in the knees. Why? Because no one (in today’s economy) can afford to overpay and everyone feels at a disadvantage in a car show room. What should you pay for a new car? What’s the average sticker price? Is the negotiated amount or sticker price a great price, a good price and a rip-off?

What if one site existed that could help you calculate the “True Cost” (what a dealer paid for the car including discounts and holdbacks…an amount typically less than factory invoice) and the “True Average” (that is, the average cost of a car in your zip code, your region and the country as a whole)?

If such a site sounds helpful, check out, print the page, take it to the dealer and you’ve got your “buyer’s ammunition” in your hands.

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