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Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lives in Winston-Salem, NC
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+Fidelity Investments' target market: people who do not use computers or 9 inch envelopes.
A man writes a letter to Mr. Danoff of Fidelity Investments on a typewriter explaining that he and his wife invested in a mutual fund to help pay for their son's college education. Along with the letter, he attaches a picture of their young child so Mr. Danoff can get a sense that there are real people who trust his company with their money. After the letter reaches the Fidelity Investments office, it is taped onto the window next to many other l...
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New (to me) use case for video conferencing!

With several students traveling home early for Thanksgiving, I offered them the opportunity to join class by WebEx. It worked very nicely, and they appreciated being able to go home and not miss class.

For those wanting to try it WebEx, having good audio is the secret sauce. My Thinkpad Yoga microphone is optimized for someone sitting right in front of it, canceling "noise" from others nearby. In the classroom or seminar environment, that is the last thing you want. I used the Logitech Conference Cam BCC950 for video and audio, and the remote students could hear me clearly from half way across the room. The speaker is loud enough for all in the room to hear the remote students.
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Just used Plickers for the first time in my class yesterday for my ConcepTests. This is a workable -- and free -- alternative to clicker response systems. Advantage over index cards: 1) students cannot tell what other students are answering, 2) your smartphone app logs all answers by name, question, date, and time.

Lessons learned: 1) students need to keep their fingers away from the graphic, 2) I do not need to get close to the cards to read them. Staying farther away is quicker.

Thanks to +Ching-Wan Yip for alerting me to Plickers.
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Does anyone know if you can share plickers questions with a coworker? I am a teacher and I'd like to share the questions I've created with my teammates.

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See what a little backspin can do.
Drop a basketball from a height, you've got a few flights of stairs to descend to retrieve it and you might even owe an apology to an angry passer-by. But if you give it enough height and add a dash of backspin, you can watch it say GOODBYE, FRIEND as it curves a great distance away from its intended flight path. This is the Magnus effect, where the descending, spinning basketball drags air around it, forming areas of lower pressure and high pres...
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Make sure you are tracking all your web pages with this handy online tool. It crawls your site and provides a complete report on pages missing your tracking code.
Don't wait until report time to find mistakes. Check your entire site for Google Analytics code, for free.
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My time in Information Systems educated me on how much we depend on dedicated staff turning out in emergencies to keep our students safe, fed, and connected. They put their own lives on hold for the good of those we serve. Thank you all!
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No surprise here, but faculty need help in identifying and creating resources for flipping upper level classes. No need for every teacher to create his/her own lectures! Sharing good in-class exercises can make a big difference.
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Thanks to +Tyler Pruitt for tipping me off to Google Flights. Easiest way to search for flights, by far.  When you find the flight you want, you click through to the airline site to book.
Choose your flight from a simple list of results, explore destinations on a map, and find travel dates with the lowest fare with Flight Search.
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A blast from the past!

The Amiga was years ahead of its time. Full-fledged 16/32-bit multitasking OS, GUI, native four voice stereo sound, native speech synthesis, powerful graphics processor, and much more, at a time that IBM and compatibles were running an 8/16-bit DOS and Macs had no multitasking, no graphics processor, black and white screens, and primitive sound. And it was cheaper than either!

I loved my Amiga!

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/14/amiga-controls-school-district-hvac/?ncid=rss_truncated
Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is usin
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Sounds like a winner here. You may have saved mega bucks for some happy folks. 
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This is an recording of a webinar I led in 2011. I found Google's post of the webinar was missing the slides, so I grabbed the audio and added in the slides. The audio is of poor quality, but it may be of some use to schools and organizations moving to Google.
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I love finding free cloud-based conversion tools.

I just used this to convert some of my old flash video lectures to mp4's.
Convert video files between all video formats. We can convert 3g2, 3gp, 4xm, amv, asf, asx, avi, avs, cavs, dirac, dpg, dv, fli, flv, gif, gvi, iff, m4v, mj2, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, nsv, ogg, ogm, rm, RoQ, rpl, swf, vob, wmv, doc, docx, rtf, odt, ott, bib, pdb, psw, latex, sdw, stw, sxw, txt, vor, csv, dbf, dif, ods, pts, pxl, sdc, slk, stc, sxc, vor, xls, xlsx, xlt, ppt, pptx, odp, pdf files into avi, flv, mp4, mpg, swf, wmv, ogg, dv, mov, 3gp, mjp...
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Director of Academic and Instructional Technology, Professor of Physics
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  • Wake Forest University
    1979 - present
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Washington, DC - Chapel Hill, NC - Wadesboro, NC - Mt. Croghan, SC
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Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems/Chief Information Officer
Professor of Physics
Wake Forest University
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Ph.D. Physics, 1971 - 1977
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.S. with Honors in Physics, 1967 - 1971
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George Eric Matthews, Jr.
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Great value in a spotless clean hotel. It is not fancy, but it has everything you want in perfect working order and spotlessly clean. In-room refrigerator, all-digital cable, fast free wifi, large HDTV. When I say not fancy, do not take that to mean that anything is worn or in need of refurbishment. Everything is in great condition, it is just not decorated by chain designers who are skilled at giving a facade of elegance at the lowest possible price. Think freshly painted cinderblock, not cheap drywall that passes sound from room to room. Great attention to every detail. The hot breakfast was delicious.The hotel was very quiet. This was the best night's sleep I have had on this long road trip. It is run by a couple that are obviously driven to provide a great customer experience. I suspect they do all or almost all the work themselves. When we checked in late in the evening, the proprietor emphasized calling him at any hour of the night about anything that did not meet our expectations. I could tell he meant every word. He and his wife are very friendly and hospitable. And we saved $100 compared to our first choice! We will stay here whenever we are next in the area.
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