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Tech Mentors Program

This page has information and resources from our newly established Tech Mentors Program. These sessions are hands-on opportunities for faculty to receive more advanced training on tech tools presented during the upcoming Student Success Committee workshops. 

To see the list of Student Success Committee workshops, click here.

To meet with a Tech Mentor, contact them directly (information below).

 

Meet the Tech Mentors

 

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Jamie Cavanaugh, Design Technology Department

WordPress
 
1. How do you use the technology? 
I have been using WordPress in my design practice and in the classroom for over 8 years. 
 
2. How can you assist faculty with this technology? 
I can assist faculty in integrating WordPress into their classroom. WordPress can be used to create instructor/course websites, student blogs/websites for a class, or project blogs/websites. Creating class materials online fosters more interaction. WordPress can help students visualize and support their thoughts with other media.
 
3. How can I contact you?
 
 

 

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Janet Harclerode, ESL Department

Google Docs/Google Presentations
 
1. How do you use the technology? 
I have used Google Docs for the past 5 years to share materials with colleagues and students, to develop support pages and post them to the web, and more recently to collect assignments from students to eliminate paper and allow for greater collaboration outside the classroom. 
 
2. How can you assist faculty with this technology? 
I am happy to show colleagues how to share materials, how to post materials on the web, and how to encourage collaboration among students (e.g., peer editing) using Google docs. 
 
3. How can I contact you?
harclerode_janet@smc.edu
 
 
 
 
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Julia Lange, Media Studies Department
 
Prezi
 
1. How do you use the technology? 
I have been using Prezi in my Media Studies courses and at professional conferences for the past 4 years. 
 
2. How can you assist faculty with this technology? 
I can assist faculty with integrating Prezi into their classes.  Prezi can be used during lectures, student presentations, and as homework assignments.  The "canvas" layout of Prezi is an exciting way to engage students beyond the traditional slides of PowerPoint.
 
3. How can I contact you?
 
 
 
 
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Odemaris Valdivia, CSIS/ Business Department
OneDrive
 
1. How do you use the technology? 
I have been using OneDrive (previous named SkyDrive) since 2008. Since this tool is free and comes with great apps, I have been teaching my students how to use it in the classroom for the past five years. 
 
2. How can you assist faculty with this technology? 
I can help faculty showing them how OneDrive can be applied on group projects since it has a collaboration feature. OneDrive also allows students to integrating PowerPoint, Excel and Word to their group or individual projects all through the cloud system.
 
3. How can I contact you?
valdivia_odemaris@smc.edu