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The Perfect "Duet"

Faculty Content, EdTechBecky Hudson
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The new app “Duet” is an exciting way to turn your devices into a second screen for your Mac or PC. The app allows the user to double your workspace without having to purchase a second monitor. By giving the user a dual screen, Duet helps to increase the productivity of the user by almost 50 percent. The former Apple engineers that created this app designed it to be compatible with all desktops that use OS X 10.9 or Windows 7+, as well as all iPads and all iPhones running iOS 7.0+. With the use of a 30-pin or lightning cable, the second display is pretty easy to set up and can be very handy!

When setting up “Duet”, the user must first go to the app store and purchase the app for $9.99 on the device they wish to pair. After the app has been purchased and downloaded, the user then creates an account with an email address. Once the account is created, a link is emailed to the user to download the program on your Mac or PC.

Once you are up and running, what to do? If you plan on having multiple internet windows up, then you are fine. When testing, we found that it was easy to navigate between screens and websites to get your work done. Even websites like YouTube that have a complicated visual interface have no issue moving between screens and still offer clear uninterrupted video.

Next, we tied to do something a little harder. When trying to open programs like Final Cut Pro, the amount of information being transferred between screens seemed too much for the Duet app. Using the dual display in Final Cut Pro resulted in a frozen and distorted screen on my later model PC running Windows 10. It just seemed like the transfer couldn’t handle that much information. When we tried it on a newer MacBook Pro, though, the app worked beautifully. The resolution was on point and I really liked the ability to have a larger viewer window for my project.

The Duet app is a useful and fun app to play with. By giving the user double the workspace, it made for fun, effortless way to get work done. Depending on the processing power of the Mac/PC that you are working from, the Duet app can deliver a retina display at 60 frames per second with no lagging. If you are looking for a way to double your workspace with a device that you already own, the Duet app is definitely the way to go.

To learn more about Duet visit www.duetdisplay.com

Teaching with Technology: Mobile Apps for the Classroom

Workshop, EdTechRobyn Reese

As a part of the Office of Training and Organizational Development's One Step Program, the Educational Technology team presented a workshop on new mobile apps that can be used for creating, sharing, and presenting in the classroom. The video below provides a summary of the information covered in the training. 

Those who are interested in taking this training (or others) through the Office of Training and Development should visit training.fscj.edu.  

What is the current process to request an iPad for individual or classroom use?

EdTechBrandi Bleak

We've set up an easy way to request a iPad right through our Service Desk. If you have recently found a need for a tablet, either for individual use or an innovative classroom project, please visit help.fscj.edu, select Submit a Request, then Hardware Request. This will allow you to enter your justification so we can contact you with further details.

Keep in mind, individual requests will be issued as devices are available, and will most likely be an iPad 2 or iPad 3 model. We also have a set of devices that are used for classroom projects on a first come basis, after justifications are considered. Please contact ET@fscj.edu for any additional questions regarding academic pilot projects.

In Focus: Our First Episode!

In Focus, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Join Information Technology Services for the premier episode of In Focus, spotlighting technology at FSCJ. We start our video newsletter with information about the Knowledge Base that is located in the Help Desk, Office 365 tools, and we speak to Converged Communications Professor Issac Brown about how his classroom is using technology.

Smart Classroom Refresh

VideosMichael Smith
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The Technology Department is testing a new breed of easier-to-use smart classrooms around the College. Ron Smith, AVP, Computing Infrastructure & Security Compliance & CSO, shows us around one of the new rooms at Kent Campus, one of the first campuses to get the new setup.