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Now at SJC…NBC Learn


NBC Learn has landed at San Jacinto College. NBC Learn / Higher Ed is a collection of primary source videos, newsreels, documents, and images that can be used for research, projects, and in classroom and online teaching. The College has initially licensed the product for three years. For an overview of the product, view the video Brian Williams on NBC Learn.

For training on how to access NBC Learn and integrate it as tool within Blackboard, contact your campus Instructional Designer.

2013 NMC Horizon Report Released

Each year the New Media Consortium (NMC) publishes the Horizon Report to share research on “the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and creative inquiry” in higher education. On February 4, the NMC realeased the 2013 Horizon Report. This is the tenth edition of the research project. Topics discussed in this year’s report include:

  • Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
  • Tablet Computing
  • Games and Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • 3D Printing
  • Wearable Technology

If you would like to learn more about the integration of these technologies by other colleges and universities you can download and read the full report at http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed .

Forget USB 3.0, Give Me Thunderbolt!

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you soon will. Originally announced by Intel as Light Peak, it was re-packaged, adding DisplayPort connectivity before being officially released and given the new name. It’s already integrated into Apple’s new MacBook Pros and Intel’s Thunderbolt is about to make a serious run to become the new standard for file transfers, streaming, and connecting hardware to your computer. It’s also guaranteed to cut down the size of that mess of cables hanging off your desk. Okay, enough with the hype and onto the specs:

  • Speed – Thunderbolt transfers at a constant rate of 10 gigabits per second. This is up to 20x the speed of USB 2.0 and 12x as quick as Firewire 800.
  • Dual-protocol – This basically means that multiple types of device connections can be plugged into it directly, without the use of adapters.  PCI Express and DisplayPort connections can be used over a single Thunderbolt port, as well as Apple’s MiniDisplay port. With the use of adapters, you’ll be able to connect an abundance of different connections such as USB, Firewire, DVI, HDMI, and VGA.
  • Industry Standard – Several companies have already begun to show some serious interest in the new technology. Some of which already developing products that will support it, such as Western Digital, LaCie, Avid, and Blackmagic. Can you imagine how fast you can back up files and important data, with a Thunderbolt-compatible hard drive? Intel also has high hopes for their new standard becoming a huge hit in the audiovisual production industry.

Keep your eyes peeled because it will be available for your computer before you know it. The price tag may be a little hefty, but the benefit of transferring gigs of data in mere seconds more than outweighs that.

If you’re interested in learning more about thunderbolt, here are a few links:

Thunderbolt Technology (Intel)

What is Thunderbolt? (Gizmodo)

Thunderbolt: A Closer Look (Engadget)