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Title: Hot Topics in Technology

Hot Topics in Technology
  • for
  • Dummies
  • Presented by
  • Michael George Dixon, Jr.
  • Elaina Biffle
  • Jes Berndt
  • Brad Dupay
  • Grand Valley
  • State University

A Reference for Student Affairs
Topics at a Glance
  • Blogs
  • Institutional Spam
  • Social Networks
  • Instant Communication
  • Podcasting

  • Sunday, February 18, 2007
  • Why is this topic important?
  • According to a 2004 study, 51.5 of blogs were
    created by people aged 13-19 39.6 were created
    by those age 20-29
  • In another 2004 study, 62 of adult Americans had
    no idea what a blog was
  • Remarks made by Senator Trent Lott in reference
    to Strom Thurmond in 2002 set off a frenzy of
    responses via political blogs, eventually helping
    to contribute to Lotts resignation. This event
    displayed the power and influence that blogs
    could have as a method of disseminating news and
  • As of 2005, it was reported that 25 of internet
    users were blog readers
  • It is expected that in 2007 the number of people
    who maintain a personal website will reach 100

Posted by Brad at 344 PM 9 Comments
  • Sunday, February 18, 2007
  • Describe the topic
  • A blog is a user-generated website where entries
    are made in journal style and displayed in a
    reverse chronological order
  • Blogs may contain text entries, pictures, links
    to other websites, or multimedia content such as
    music and movies
  • The term blog is a shortened version of the word
    weblog, and is now used as both a noun to
    describe a personal webpage, as well as the act
    of maintaining and updating it (blogging)
  • The word blog was officially added to Websters
    dictionary in 1999
  • Blogging began to gain popularity in 1999 with
    the creation of hosting sites such as Blogger,
    LiveJounral, and Xanga

Posted by Brad at 351 PM 5 Comments
  • Sunday, February 18, 2007
  • Outline the benefits of the campus embracing this
  • Blogs can replace confusing and unorganized
    e-mail lists and other discussion forums with a
    more streamlined form of online campus community
  • Blogs offer faculty an opportunity to publish in
    a quicker and more dynamic format to be shared
    among their colleagues around the world
  • Instructors can use blogs to deliver content to
    students and use them as a way to encourage
    discussion of course materials
  • University presidents who maintain blogs become
    more available and accessible to student concerns

Posted by Brad at 355 PM 8 Comments
  • Sunday, February 18, 2007
  • Discuss the problems/issues surrounding this
  • Students and faculty have used blogs as a
    grassroots effort to anonymously criticize,
    attack, and even remove presidents and other
    administrators (case in point Gallaudet
  • Students and tenure-track professors have been
    denied jobs and other positions based on content
    contained on their personal blogs
  • Professors and other scholars who use blogs as a
    form of publication are criticized by their peers
    for blogs lack of review and credibility

Posted by Brad at 357 PM 14 Comments
Institutional Spam
  • Why this is topic important?
  • Spam (unsolicited bulk messages)
  • Currently, institutions of higher education may
    not have institutional spam policies

Institutional Spam
  • Describe the topic
  • Institutional spam exists when a university uses
    mass e-mail capabilities to convey a message to
    anyone who has an university sponsored e-mail

Institutional Spam
  • Outline benefits of campus embracing this topic
  • Students would be more likely to utilize
    university e-mail if they know their mailbox wont
    be full of spam
  • If students receive a large amount of
    institutional spam, they may be less likely to
    read mail when something important needs their
  • Limiting incoming spam limits the possibility of
    viruses, spyware, and other threats to the campus
  • Proper utilization of institutional e-mail lists
    can help keep students better informed and
    connected to campus.

Institutional Spam
  • Discuss the problems/issues surrounding this
  • Many institutions/organizations have a difficult
    time defining exactly what constitutes spam
  • There would need to be a balance between the
    need for campus network security and the need for
    access to information.
  • The process of deciding which parties have access
    to the e-mail list may be political and/or

  • Online communities like Facebook and MySpace
    have grown increasingly popular in recent years.
    It is unusual to meet a college student who does
    not have an account on at least one of these
    sites (if not both).
  • These online communities provide opportunities
    for positive interaction but have also created a
    number of specific issues not previously
    addressed in higher education.
  • Colleges and universities across the country
    are developing ways to address the use of these
    online services at their campuses.

  • There are a number of online communities
    available to internet users, but the two most
    popular sites at Facebook and MySpace. Lets take
    a look at each of these sites individually.
  • Description of Facebook
  • Facebook is a social networking site developed by
    former university students. Membership was
    originally limited to individuals with a campus
    e-mail address but was recently extended to high
    school students as well.
  • Users create a unique profile based on website
    prompts, including contact information, class
    schedules, and personal interests like favorite
    songs and books.
  • While users may opt out from any of the
    identifying information, many students choose to
    post specifics about personal address and phone
    numbers, as well post pictures of family and
  • Facebook profiles can be viewed by people in the
    network, which is determined by the users
    institution or geographical area.
  • Users can choose to limit the visibility of their
    profile to confirmed friends.
  • Facebook also provides an option to create and
    join groups, many of which have controversial
  • Examples Got Some Captain In You? (Alcohol)
  • Im a Conference Whore (Student Involvement)

  • Description of MySpace
  • MySpace is similar to Facebook because users
    create a profile and can network with others as
  • MySpace is open to any internet user with an
    e-mail address and does not separate users into
    groups by institution or geographical area.
  • This site has the added component of a blog, or
    journal option. Some users write journal entries,
    post poetry, or other forms of expression.

  • What happens outside the classroom also affects
    what happens in the classroom. Our relationships
    with students do not exist in a vacuum.
  • More and more students use these services we
    can relate to them if we are familiar with
    current trends
  • We will be better equipped to handle related
    problems appropriately.

  • Privacy and Personal Information
  • Students may believe they are completely safe,
    but the personal information posted may make
    internet stalking more plausible or intrusive.
  • University officials may receive information
    about hate speech or harassment online, which can
    be difficult to address.
  • Employers and educators are increasingly aware of
    these programs and may use them in hiring
  • Judicial Concerns
  • Some users post incriminating information, like
    photos of underage drinking. Institutions must
    decide how to address these behaviors, believing
    that there are not consequences.
  • The institution would be best served by
    developing a policy that outlines plans to
    address online behavior.
  • Student conduct codes may require revision to
    reflect behaviors that happen in cyberspace.
  • Educational Concerns
  • Students spend increasing amounts of time on
    Facebook, MySpace, and other sites, which may
    potentially limit academic commitment.

Texting (Text Messaging)
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  • Texting has been very popular w/ younger kids
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  • I use 2 call people

Blackberry and other PDAs(Personal Data
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I also carry the capability of accessing e-mail
without synchronizing to a computer
We use a QWERTY-style keyboard to input messages
faster than a regular cell phone would.
Sample Conversation in America Onlines Instant
Messenger (AIM)
Defaultuser did u know dat AIM started in
1997? FirsIimer no I didnt no dat this is cool
2 use Defaultuser it can really distract from
work I have 2 turn it off
Defaultuser did u know dat AIM started in
1997? FirsIimer no I didnt no dat this is cool
2 use Defaultuser it can really distract from
work I have 2 turn it off
How Electronic Mail (e-mail) has revolutionized
the way we communicate
First you had to compose the letter
then you had to walk it to the mailbox

then you had to wait a couple of days for the
letter to arrive and then the response
lt 5 seconds
Importance of Topic
  • This topic is important because young people are
    choosing more and more to use this type of
    technology as a default means of communication. 
    Individuals are opting to have a cellular
    telephone as their own means of communication by
    phone than the standard landline telephone
    ). In this article, they highlight that their
    survey results might be bias and could be missing
    out on young people, people renting and single
    (not married) individuals. 
  • Other anecdotal evidence are stories of roommates
    sitting in the room together, refusing to talk
    about their problems with words verbally.  They
    could be sitting side-by-side in a room, venting
    their frustrations using AIM.  Stories like this
    are reiterating a phenomenon happening in U.S.
    American society which is indicating that young
    people are having a harder type communicating
    verbally and are using non-confrontational ways
    to handle their problems. 

Why should we talk about it?
  • Issues of cheating in class are a topic of
    conversation when individuals can use instant
    messaging capabilities (texting) to relay
    answers back and forth real time.  Students could
    also text others not in the class but who have
    access to answers, thus receiving unauthorized
    aid on exams. 
  • Communication has changed over the last
    10years.  Individuals are choosing to use
    non-confrontation means (texting, instant
    message, e-mail) to communicate concerns, issues
    and problems instead of using more interpersonal
    methods such as conversation.

Podcasting Why did we chose this topic? ?
Millennial students are accustomed to instant
access when it comes to technology. ? A large
number of students already own iPods, and for
those who dont, its a relatively inexpensive
cost for the university. ? Universities should
always look to advance learning by embracing
technology. ? Podcasting benefits more than just
students. University personnel and faculty can
utilize podcasting for continual study and
professional development.
Podcasting Describe what podcasting is ?
Podcasting, in its basic form, is creating audio
files (most commonly in MP3 format) and making
them available online in a way that allows users
to automatically download the files for listening
at their convenience ? Podcasting allows anyone
with a microphone and an Internet connection to
create audio files that others can download
automatically to their iPods or similar
digital-audio players. ? Listeners can download
the files one at a time, or they can subscribe to
a podcast and have a series of recordings
transferred to their players whenever they hook
the devices up to their computers. ? Podcasts
allow students to go over passages and/or
lectures while, for example, working out at the
gym or jogging to lunch.
  • Podcasting
  • Benefits of campus embracing this topic
  • Makes the technology ideal for students who
    fall behind in class or
  • those for whom English is a second language.
  • If lectures are available as podcasts, students
    can re-listen to troublesome passages, and it's
    easy for them to slow things down.
  • It gives students without backgrounds in
    certain topics a chance to catch up with more
    experienced peers (because of the instant access
    to review)
  • Students can listen to podcasts before class,
    this way, class experience would be less about
    lecture, and more intellectual discussion
  • Gives students who may miss a class an
    opportunity to review exactly what they missed,
    or if a student needs to review material, it
    would be readily available.

  • Podcasting
  • Benefits of campus embracing this topic
  • Students may not want to sit at a computer and
    listen to course recordings
  • Podcasting takes no extra work on behalf of
    professors. All they have to do is wear a small
    microphone to record the podcast.
  • Technology companies are already beginning to
    provide podcasts to students from select
  • Its cheap. Podcasting requires no more
    hardware or software than a typical computer user
  • Universities could contract with scholars or
    specialized personnel to provide a number of
    podcasts on a particular issue. Questions could
    be submitted in advance by university personnel,
    and then after a particular podcast, clarifying
    questions or responses could be submitted for a
  • Alternatively, university personnel could be
    part of the podcast sessions. The big advantage
    to universities is that the staff dont have to
    be tied to a meeting or in-service workshop. They
    can listen to the podcasts when they are ready at
    their leisure.

  • Podcasting
  • Problems/issues surrounding this topic
  • May lead to empty classrooms or serve as a
    crutch for late-sleeping students, and some worry
    about podcasting's intellectual property
  • Technology, computers, and the Internet seem to
    have become a ubiquitous component of life in the
    United States, yet there still exists a digital
    divide among the haves and the have nots.
    High speed Internet connections, computers, MP3
    players, microphones, etc. do cost money which
    may prevent the economically disadvantaged from
    benefiting from this promising emerging
  • No research/studies have been done on the
    effectiveness of using podcasts for scholarly

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