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As our world becomes more wired, crowd sourcing and individual contributions begin to add to the collective community resources, and the software and hardware increase in power and presence. Increasingly, the tools we can use are freely available for download or use online. In this engaging hands-on workshop, we'll examine just a few of the most useful, clever, cool, and basic thing you ought to know about when using computers in education. From basic keyboard shortcuts, to useful little utilities, to jaw dropping resources, we'll run the gamut. You may have seen some of these, and you may not want others, but we guarantee you'll take away something of use.


Participants will start with some basics - keyboard shortcuts and file management tips that only take a second to master, but are useful forever. Sure you know how to copy and paste, but how do you view your files, or rename everything at once, or duplicate with a drag? Then we move on to using a browser. 

Tools to be discussed

  • Open Office
  • Google Docs
  • Google Apps
  • Google forms
  • Flickr
  • Wikipedia + Wikimedia resources
  • skype
  • GIMP
  • Audacity
  • Windows Movie Maker
  • My DropBox
  • Prezi
  • CoMapping (or Cayra or
  • wordle
  • flickr -ransomizer, color associator, 
  • jingdi
  • elluminate vrooms
  • irfanview

Who should attend?

  • Faculty (full and part-time) at 2 and 4-year, public and private institutions
  • Anyone interested in learning useful tools, resources and tricks for using computers in education

Who is the speaker?

D.I. von Briesen has been teaching for over 15 years, and teaching technology for over 10. He specializes in evangelizing technology in education, with a focus on distance education, virtual worlds, and open platforms. He holds a faculty position with Central Piedmont Community College in the Information Technology Division with related roles in the Center for Sustainability - and is the creator of the EcoBox - a self-contained, off-the-grid living workshop and environmental lab made out of a shipping container. He owns and maintains 33 domains, and numerous related websites. D.I. lives in Charlotte with his wife of 19 years and their five children.