CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY Article Highlights the Showcase

“A room in Grand Valley State University’s library gives students and faculty a chance to experiment with emerging technologies and evaluate their educational potential.”

Campus Technology recently featured the Atomic Object Technology Showcase in an article “Technology Showcase Explores ‘Serendipitous Learning Opportunities’

In the article, Erica Hamilton, professor in the College of Education was interviewed about her experiences with students visiting the showcase.

Read the article here!

Bring your Ideas to Life in the Atomic Object Technology Showcase with #3DPrinting

The Atomic Object Technology Showcase is…

A place to explore the latest in technology and bring your ideas to life!

Did You Know: Faculty, staff, and students at GVSU can now print 3D objects… for FREE!

Where: Room 012 atrium level at the Mary Idema Pew Library

When:

Monday,Wednesday from 10a-10p

Tuesday, Thursday from 10a-9p

Friday from 11a-5p

Why: The Atomic Object Technology Showcase exists to serve as a place to showcase new technologies and introduce the students and faculty of Grand Valley to emerging technologies. All of the technologies have an educational component to them, and could be used to help both student learning and professor teaching.

What: This is the fun part… all the technology! We have over 30 different advanced technologies, from Google Glass to 3D printing.

Here are some of our favorites:

The Oculus Rift, immerse yourself in a 360 degree, 3D world!

The Oculus Rift, immerse yourself in a 360 degree, 3D world!

The Double Robot, A telepresence machine that lets you be in two places at one!

The Double Robot, A telepresence machine that lets you be in two places at one!

Google Cardboard- Like the Oculus rift, but for a fraction of the cost!

Google Cardboard- Like the Oculus rift, but for a fraction of the cost!

Makerbot 3D printers!  3D print… For Free!!!

Makerbot 3D printers!
3D print… For Free!!!

What To Do Now: Come in anytime we’re open and see what we have to offer!

Interviews with Students:

Kelsey- “My favorite technology is the smell one”- by which she means our newest piece of technology, the OPhone! This gadget can recreate smells on the fly!

Brendan- “I heard about it through a friend that said to come check it out, and was surprised how cool it was.”

Aaron- “I am definitely going to have to check this room out more often!”

This post was written by Travis Brubaker, Emerging Technology Specialist and student assistant in the showcase.

Learn more about the Atomic Object Technology Showcase.

The Showcase is Becoming an #EdTech Showcase @GVSU

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In a short amount of time, the Technology Showcase, located in room 012 of the Atrium in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons has grown to become an exciting and compelling place for students and faculty to come together to share ideas and to have a dialogue around how educational technologies can advance teaching and learning at GVSU.

This mission of the showcase is:

To provide faculty, staff, and students with an immersive and engaging environment to:  interact, discover, learn, and share how innovative emerging technologies can enhance teaching and improve student learning at GVSU.

Most recently,  the showcase was featured in the Spring Issue of Grand Valley Magazine.  In addition, a GVSU YouTube channel video about the showcase was created to capture the vision of the showcase moving forward.

It’s exciting to work with faculty and students to help shape the future of education!

“The future of education will be shaped by our own creativity and imagination
as we look to leverage technology in teaching and learning…” – Eric Kunnen

3D Printing at GVSU

3D printing offers all sorts of potential and possibilities!  GVSU’s Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons has two 3D printers that are available to students and faculty.

Every Tuesday and Thursday the Technology Showcase (Room 012 Atrium Level) in the new library hosts a demonstration from noon to 1:00.  Have a question?  Want to see a 3D printer in action?  Stop by!

  • Modeling – Create 3D objects of virtual blueprints
  • Prototyping – Create prototypes for experimental objects
  • Visualizations – Complex abstract objects in 3D

Learn more about 3D printing at GVSU on the library Makerspace page.  The Makerspace is a lab for you to create, tinker, and explore.  There are two 3-D printers and specialized modeling software for use by current GVSU students, faculty, and staff.

Also, are you interested in making?  Do you tinker?  Would you like to create?  Check out the GR Makers space located in Grand Rapids.

Meet and Greet with YETi CGI

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On October 29, 2013, a “Meet and Greet” event was held for students, faculty, and staff interested in Gaming, Mobile App Development, or Programming.   Over 25 students, faculty, and staff participated.

Who is YETi CGI?

YETi CGI is a Grand Rapids game design and production studio who developed the “Library Quest” game at GVSU.  In short, the Library Quest game is a mobile app that provides “quests” for students to explore the new Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.  By completing quests, students are able to learn about the library resources, services, and spaces while earning points for prizes!

Leap Motion Controller @ GVSU

Leap Motion Controller

Leap Motion Controller

Imagine controller your computer without your mouse or keyboard?  GVSU has a Leap Motion Controller as part of the Technology Showcase, located on the Atrium level in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.  Stop by the Technology Showcase to check it out!

What is the Leap Motion Controller?

  • Gesture Computing – Provides computer control with natural movement
  • Touchless Control – Use fingers, hands, and gestures for interaction
  • Visualizations – Provides 3D space control for visualizations and experiences

What is the potential of this tool in education?