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Mini-Grant Awards 2011-2012

 

 

RF Response Card

RF Response Cards 
 

Gregg Stevens, Faculty Library, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase RF Response Cards, or “clickers”, to be used at the Ghazvini Library and Learning Commons. Gregg and other faculty librarians will use the clickers to engage students in the classroom.

The clickers can be utilized in areas ranging from "ice breaker" questions at the start of class to get the students interested, to various questioning throughout a lecture or presentation to keep students actively engaged in the learning process. Data collected from the clickers can be used to assess student learning, thus verifying that information literacy has improved.

 

 


 

 

Apple iPad 2 

 

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Apple iPad 2

Steve Abcarian, Technology and Professional Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Apple iPad 2. This semester Steve will begin to incorporate tablet technology into his classes in an effort to improve student engagement. Students will be able to watch projected demonstrations and various applications will be demonstrated in class such as remote file management, and video.

 
Students will also have the opportunity to join the iPad to networked devices such as servers and printers through secured remote services such as virtual private network (VPN) applications.The iPad will serve as an instructional aide and eBook reader will enable Steve to carry his texts electronically.
 
 
 
 

   

 

 

 

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Mobile Interactive Whiteboard with Workspace Software

Mobile Interactive Whiteboard with Workspace Software
 
Ross Brooks, Academic Support Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase a Mobile Interactive Whiteboard and Workspace Software to use in the classroom. The Mobile Interactive
Whiteboard and software will allow Ross the ability to explain mathematical concepts and work through example problems from anywhere in the classroom. Ross will be able to constantly circulate throughout the classroom to provide students with additional support and assure that students are staying on task and learning the material.
 
The Workspace Software will come with a virtual manipulative such as algebra tiles to aid in student understanding of various mathematic topics, and additional teaching tools of mathematics like digital graph paper, geometric drawing aids, and mathematical tables and charts. Additionally, its mobile design will create a more engaging and interactive classroom directly from the students chair.
 
 

 

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Audience Response System

Audience Response System

Sally Copps , Communications and Humanities, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Audience Response System. She will use clicker technology to increase student participation in the classroom. The anonymity will provide students with privacy and the confidence to answer questions increasing active and engaging learning. Sally also plans to share this technology with all of the foreign language instructors for use in their instruction.
 
 

 

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Educational DVDs

Educational DVDs
 

Michele Edwards, Health Care Professions, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase new DVDs with current techniques and concepts for the dental assisting and dental hygiene program.
DVDs include: 1. Dental Assisting: A Comprehensive Approach, 2. Effective Use of Four-Handed and Six-Handed Dentistry, 3. Diet Analysis, 4. Infection Control and Emergencies in the Dental Office, 5. Comprehensive Head and Neck Examination, 6. Introduction to Dental Assisting, and 7. Effective Provisional Restorations. This DVDs will be used to support instruction in the classroom.
 

 

 

 

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Logitech Webcam

Logitech Webcam
 

Gareth Euridge, Communications and Humanities, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase a Logitech 1080p Webcam Pro C910 with Skype HD. Last year in an effort to maintain engagement with students Gareth created and used “ask-the-prof” discussion boards, and online chat office hours.
 
In the spring semester Gareth will launch an online “video chat” office hour. Qualitative data will be collected, by way of survey that documents the extent to which students believe each method augments their engagement with both the instructor and the course.
 
 

 

 

 

 

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Salt Water Aquarium

Salt Water Aquarium
 
Bob Lutz, Science and Mathematics, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase a salt water aquarium, marine invertebrates, fish, and the necessary components to maintain healthy organisms. The aquarium will enable Oceanography and Earth Science Instructors to have direct access to marine organisms which will enhance their teaching.
 
Not only will the aquarium serve as a visual reference during instruction, but it will enable instructors to conduct hands‐on, inquiry based, lessons using marine organisms that will center on the already developed data rich, inquiry based lessons which involve the use of marine invertebrates. These engaging activities are designed to assist students in developing higher level learning skills (Blooms). It will also allow for the assessment of higher learning performance levels for the OCE 1001 and ESC 1000 Learning Outcomes.
 
 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Apple iPad 2 and Final Cut Pro X software

Apple iPad 2 and Final Cut Pro X Software
Carlos Miranda, Technology and Professional Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Apple iPad 2 and Final Cut Pro X software. In order to remain competitive as an instructor and second as an institution TCC can become an Apple Accredited Training Center (AATCE) Educational institution through obtaining a certification for Final Cut Pro X training.
 
One area TCC can offer wider range of training options for students is a certification on Final Cut Pro since the elimination of the AS degree on video production students have had only one course, RTV2214 video/audio editing, as an elective alternative to learning the basic knowledge for independent movie making.
 
The students enrolled on the above course would learn all the basic principles of pre, production and post-production including script writing, script breakdown, scheduling, directing, audio, lighting and editing movies yet they would gain no industry accepted certification. This certification will provide students with an additional tool on the software training we have lacked to offer for so long.
 

 

 

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Santiago Molina, Science and Mathematics, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Samsung Galaxy Tablet with an Android Operating System for use in the lab and classroom.
 
Santiago will use the tablet to increase his ability to reach individual students by having access to Anatomy & Physiology photos, figures, and videos that can be accessed at the touch of a screen. Its portability and robust applications will better assess student progress and enables communication with students via email, blackboard, and or software such as Mastering A&P.
 
The device will also be utilized to keep attendance records, and the operating system (Android OS) will be used to interface with the students cell phones in order to help set up polls, multiple choice in-class surveys, etc.
 
 

 

 

 

Audience Response System

 
Audience Response System

Santiago Molina and Bob Lutz both in the Science and Mathematics Division were each awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Audience Response System. The sets will be used in the classroom to engage students in the learning process, take attendance, assess students in a rapid fashion through quizzes and tests that tie in directly to Blackboard, and use Question Directed Instruction (QDI) methods with clickers to guide lessons throughout the semester.
 
Santiago and Bob will be presenting on both the assessments tied to Blackboard and QDI in their Second Year Faculty Presentation on September 6th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Workforce and Development building.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Construction Materials for Fitness Trail

Construction Materials for Fitness Trail

Luke Nicholson, Technology and Professional Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase construction materials. The materials will be used to design and build a fitness trail along the sidewalks adjacent to Pat Thomas Drive on the campus of Tallahassee Community College.
 
The design and construction experience will be shared between two classes. Students in EGS 1111, Engineering Graphics, will use drafting skills to go from concept sketches (developed by Professor) to working construction drawings. Students in BCN 2230, Construction Methods and Materials, will use the construction drawings to actually build and install the exercise stations. It is anticipated that both in-class and volunteer service learning time will be required to construct the stations.
 
Acknowledgement to Dr. Steve Panton, Professor, Physical Education and Recreation Department, Jennifer Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Health Education Department, and two current students, Haley Eastlund and Peter Lange for their continued support and assistance.
 

 

Audience Response System

Audience Response System

Brenda Reid, Communications and Humanities, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an Audience Response System (Clickers) from Turning Technology. Brenda will use the system in her English and reading courses to encourage active learning and to increase student engagement.
 
 
 

  

 

 

 

Apple iPad 2

Apple iPad 2

Melissa Soldani-Lemon, History and Social Sciences, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase an iPad2 to enhance both lecture and web classes. Social Media tools and programs such as Facetime, Skype, and Eclicker, will allow Melissa to more effectively connect with online students.
 
Additionally, the iPads mobility provides easy and immediate access to materials (Quizzr and eBooks) and content (App: Blackboard). The use of the Attendance, iPhoto, Whiteboard, and ShowMe apps are also tools that will be useful when taking attendance, projecting slideshows, and displaying images students can touch, see, hear, and manipulate easily in real time.
 

 

 

 

 

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Camcorder 

Camcorder
Virginia Wagner, Health Care Professions, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase a camcorder to record dental hygiene students during instrumentation on manikins. As part of the remediation plan students will be recorded as they are practicing, all recordings will be shared with the student and used for new faculty calibration as well.
 
The recording will allow students to critique their skills, and ask questions with instructor feedback. This will assist the student with self-assessment in preparation for the state clinical licensure exam.
 

 
Learning Module

Susanne Wood, Technology and Professional Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to create a learning module that illuminates all of TCC’s efforts to support sustainability on and off campus. The introduction will contain background information on what sustainability means to the earth, our community and campus. The module will give examples of ongoing and upcoming projects that students could become involved in. The TCC’s Volunteer Coordinator’s contact information will be provided. Instructors from across the curriculum will present this to their classes and encourage students to volunteer. This module will focus on the following Strategic Plan outcomes:
 
  1. Improves the quality of student learning through college-wide involvement.
  2. Supports a campus environment that encourages active learning.
  3. Strengthens the connections between the campus and the larger community.
  4. Prepares students for lifelong learning, responsible citizenship, and productive employment.

 


 

 

 

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Body Composition Analyzer 

Body Composition Analyzer


Jennifer Zimmerman, Technology and Professional Programs, was awarded mini-grant funds to purchase a body composition analyzer to be used in the Nutrition Science classes and the Introduction to Sports Nutrition classes. Body composition is a main topic covered in nutrition classes, but testing is expensive and impractical in the classroom setting.

Having this small device in the classroom will provide students with their own body composition analysis (e.g. percent body fat) and give them experience in conducting body composition testing.

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