SUNY CIT Abstracts

SUNY CIT 2010 Conference Presentations

Assistive Mobile Technology to Help Students Succeed

Fahs, Joe, SUNY Conference Instructional Technologies, Assistive Mobile Technology to Help Students Succeed, SUNY Plattsburgh, May 2010, Plattsburgh, NY.


Except for the lack of a built-in camera and cell phone capability, an iPod Touch connected to a Wi-Fi network and equipped with an optional microphone is closely functional to an iPhone โ€” without the monthly wireless costs. The "iTouch" is a multipurpose mobile device that provides easy access to text, images, media, and an enormous library of free and low-cost educational apps. The mobility and relative afforability of an iPod provides opportunities for students with assistive learning needs to succeed in the classroom using technology that was previously limited to a computer, was difficult to use, and expensive. The touch screen interface reduces the time to master essential tools that facilitate learning and engagement. With the right app (and microphone when needed) the iPod Touch can be transformed into a video player, audiobook player (with or without text), voice recorder for recording lectures, specialized e-text reader, text-to-speech converter, speech dictation device, sound amplifier, and online reader of reference materials.

During the poster session you will have the opportunity to observe practical demonstrations and participate. A handout summarizing iPod apps and add-ons such as microphones will be provided with links to related web sites.

Creating E-portfolios with Google Sites for Education

Fahs, Joe, SUNY Conference Instructional Technologies, Creating E-portfolios with Google Sites for Education, SUNY Plattsburgh, May 2010, Plattsburgh, NY.


It has been generally acknowledged that e-portfolios are primarily developed for ongoing learning, showcase, and assessment and that one e-portfolio system does not fit all purposes. If we are interested in the academic success and co-curricular accomplishments of our students through self-motivation, engagement, reflection, and ownership, then a learning portfolio nurtured over time has significant potential in being developed for life after graduation. There are many e-portfolio tools and systems available, none of which provides the perfect solution to all institutional assessment and student learning needs. Google Sites for Education has only recently been considered for portfolio development but offers promising solutions to effectively build learning and showcase portfolios including artifact storage, privacy control, collaboration, reflection, and ownership. Although orientation, training, and ongoing support is strongly recommended, Google Sites is easy-to-use and provides built-in tools to insert evidence of extended learning from sources such as social media sites. Join me as we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Google Sites as an e-portfolio solution for developing a professional self on the Web, including the review of selected portfolios.