Tech Tea Teaches New Technologies

Dan Schnaidt, academic computing manager for the arts and humanities, teaches Wesleyan employees about iGoogle, a personal, customizable web gadget, during Information Technology Service's Tech Tea program March 26 in Woodhead Lounge. Tech Teas are held three times a semester to teach the Wesleyan community about new technologies. This session focused on Google applications.

Dan Schnaidt, academic computing manager for the arts and humanities, teaches Wesleyan employees about iGoogle, a personal, customizable web gadget, during Information Technology Service's Tech Tea program March 26 in Woodhead Lounge. Tech Tea demonstrations are held three times a semester to teach the Wesleyan community about new technologies. This session focused on Google applications.

Seated at right, Kevin Wiliarty, academic computing manager for the social sciences, explains Google Spreadsheet and Google Presentations applications to, from left, Suzanne O'Connell, chair and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Service Learning Center; Bonnie Penders, assistant to the associate vice president of ITS and fiscal manager; Sharon Cwirka, analyst programmer; and Emmanuel Kaparakis, director of centers for advanced computing in the Quantitative Analysis Center. Wiliarty says the Spreadsheet and Presentations applications offer the conveniences of keeping work on a server to access it from anywhere, editing in the browser, collaborating easily with students or colleagues, and simultaneous editing by multiple authors.

Seated at right, Kevin Wiliarty, academic computing manager for the social sciences, explains Google Spreadsheet and Google Presentations applications to, from left, Suzanne O'Connell, chair and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Service Learning Center; Bonnie Penders, assistant to the associate vice president of ITS and fiscal manager; Sharon Cwirka, analyst programmer; and Emmanuel Kaparakis, director of centers for advanced computing in the Quantitative Analysis Center. Wiliarty says the Spreadsheet and Presentations applications offer the conveniences of keeping work on a server to access it from anywhere, editing in the browser, collaborating easily with students or colleagues, and simultaneous editing by multiple authors.

At right, Scott Vanek, academic computing manager for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, teaches Ron Gordon, manager of animal facilities, about Google Earth and Google Mashup Editor, a set of tools that enables users to create simple web applications in minimal time.

At right, Scott Vanek, academic computing manager for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, teaches Ron Gordon, manager of animal facilities, about Google Earth and Google Mashup Editor, a set of tools that enables users to create simple web applications in minimal time.

At left, Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret, director of the Language Resource Center and coordinator of Less Commonly Taught Languages, teaches James McGuire, professor of government and Latin American studies, about Google video applications.

At left, Emmanuel Paris-Bouvret, director of the Language Resource Center and coordinator of Less Commonly Taught Languages, teaches James McGuire, professor of government and Latin American studies, about Google Documents and video chat applications. Tech Tea demonstrations are free of charge and open to the Wesleyan community. The next Tech Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. April 15 in Usdan University Center, room 108. (Photos by Olivia Bartlett)