W2 Activity Two: What Are We Using?

Technology I am using in my work

As a communications professional, I am equipped personally with the following equipment and licensing for software:

  • 2 Digital Cameras
  • 1 Video Camera
  • Creative Suite editing software (Photoshop, Indesign etc)
  • Digital tools like Imovie, Iphone, Pixelator, Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi
  • PC Desktop
  • Macbook Air
  • Iphone

Personal technologies (students) are using to support their learning in the classroom.

As we are a community college, I see all the tools above used by various students but they are on their own to provide. The college will provide IMacs, video screens, green screens, cameras for filming that are required in the Digital Media & Technology program.

Why you/your students are using them, and if your efforts are impacting learning for both you and the students.

Best tools available for our budget(s) that help keep us current and competitive with the markets.

The one piece of technology that you currently do not have access to that you would dearly love to have...

A quick answer would be Ipads in the hands of all my staff or students I have to communicate with. This would move more of the teaching online and away from print ideally. Currently our students are caught 1/2 way in print and 1/2 online.

But honestly, I do not have an answer to this YET. I have been given fairly liberal access to technology in my roles but have found that the linch pin has often been the ability to support it.

W2 My Access to Technology

Working for a BC college, we have access to all forms of computers (ipads, laptops, desktops etc), as do our students.


The bandwith can be an issue in the interior of BC with shaw.ca in residential but at the college we never seem to have trouble streaming videos, or uploading with ftp etc. Students are another story though as they will often be using residential connections. We have trouble uploading large videos, presentations, and photo albums.

Technical Support

We we have an IT dept that helps out the faculty and students so that is very helpful. Unfortunately, they are bound by our server and network systems as they are currently formatted (e.g. Not a lot of room on shared drived for storage or access from each campus to the same shared drives etc).

Ongoing PD & Directives

As a college, our faculty have a PD allowance every year and are encouraged to use it. Our Teaching & Learning Institute (http://selkirk.ca/research/tli) often brings in different speakers to help educate staff. We recently hosted a vodcasting workshop (http://selkirk.ca/news/selkirk-college-embraces-vodcasting-technology-teaching)
that was well attended by staff.

Regulatory Environment

As far as regulations go, there are always the privacy issues on sharing of emails from students without direct permission. This has come into play with e-newsletters being hosted outside of our secure network. This is contrary to the BC laws. This limits us in using email systems like createsend.com for student e-newsletters etc.

We have various college policies such as http://policies.selkirk.ca/policy/7110/ around use of electronic equipment, http://policies.selkirk.ca/policy/9300/ for computer assistance, http://policies.selkirk.ca/policy/8630/ for student email usage that will have an impact as well.