Tech Talk 2014 (Enriching Scholarship)

3D printing at the Dude on a Cube

This year I repeated many of the same workshops for Enriching Scholarship that I did last year, and the only new one I did was one for which no one showed up (but I still want to do it!). The one that really changed a lot was the Tech Talk, so I want to go over some of what made it so different this year.

A huge part of what made it different is the audience. Usually, this session has anywhere from 30-50 attendees, so they give me a big room. I always ask folk to bring their own ideas and suggestions, but it tends to be a bit on the quiet side, with some conversation but not a lot, and more questions than suggestions. This year it was scheduled late in the week and the big room had only six people in it. Oh. BUT those six people were very engaged, and the conversation and sharing was incredible! I promised to capture and share the links that came up in the conversation, but they are so good, I thought I’d make a blog post from it.

We started out with the Horizon Report.

Horizon Report 2014
Johnson, L., Adams Becker, S., Estrada, V., Freeman, A. (2014). NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. Report: PDF:

First we talked around the room — what ARE Flipped Classroom; Learning Analytics; 3D Printing; Games and Gamification; Quantified Self; and Virtual Assistants? Are they being used on campus? Who’s using them, and how? What are some ideas for other creative ways in which they might be used? We had folk in the audience from many places around campus (music, psychiatry, education, engineering, etc.) so much of the brainstorming was translating ideas from one domain or context into another.

We also touched a little bit on last year’s Tech Talk for context, since most of the folk hadn’t been to one of these before.

Tech Talk 2013:


This was where the conversation went ‘astray’ (in a most pleasant way) from what I had planned. People asked questions that led to other tools, links, or resources; other people suggested tools that were new to me as well as others; and we got very involved in reviewing best practices and examples of effective social media use around campus. We also brought up examples of tools relevant to other people’s research domains. Here are a few of them with brief notes.


Examples of using social media for the hard-core music geek.

Twitter Hashtags

DSOlive (with DSO Live Stream)
Live In HD



Crowdfunding for Musicians

6 Top Crowdfunding Sites for Artists and Bands

7 Best Crowdfunding Sites for Musicians

Live or Informal Online Performances


Google+ Hangouts Studio Mode Lets Musicians Stream Concerts With Pristine Sound Quality


Bandwidth Hangout on Air
Daria Musk
Musicians on G+
My Music Hangout
Song Show


Latin Jazz
Nonesuch Records (Streaming from Hangout Music Festival)


We shared exampled of favorite apps, especially customizable ones for special purposes, folk who are doing this and making a difference, places and ways to use it to improve personal health. We also talked about ways to make classes on math & science personally relevant and engaging by having students track data for issues that matter to them and collect their own data for analysis.

Track’n’Share Apps

Tech Savvy Fitness by MarqueA2

Pinterest: Wearable Tech

Society for Participatory Medicine

The SCiO molecular analyzer tells you how many calories are in any food


Examples of campus leaders who are doing this especially well.

Juan Cole
Informed Comment (blog)
Twitter: Juan Cole

Miles Kimball
Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal (blog)
Twitter: Miles Kimball

Andrew Maynard
2020 Science (blog)
Twitter: Andrew Maynard
Mind the Science Gap (innovative course for graduate students to teach best practices in science communication, public engagement, and blogging)

The conversation focused heavily around Andrew Maynard and his recent presentation on strategies for using Youtube to engage the public around science that shapes policy and funding decisions.

Andrew Maynard: Should Academics Get Down and Dirty with Youtube?
Risk Bites
Youtube: Risk Bites

Then we expanded briefly to more social media in science and other resources for social learning.

Nature: SPOT ON (Science)

Social Networking in Learning: Techniques and Tools:

Social Networking in Learning: Techniques & Tools

And we had to talk about our highly regarded campus resource for sharing open educational resources and content appropriate for open and social learning environments. After all, how can you engage in this space and activity without knowing about the sort of useful tips and content that they share?

Open Michigan


At long last, we got back to a bit of the work which I’d wanted to share in the beginning. We talked through the beginning of this info graphic, some of the sources used in generating it, and then everyone’s brain was tired.

Tracking the Trends: Emerging Technologies 2014 [NOTE: see this blogpost for more of the links shared during the sensing.]

Emerging Technology Trends 2014
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