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DVD converter software specialists Digiarty got in touch this afternoon to let us know that their MacX iPhone DVD converter software is now available for FREE, through October 8.

Available for both Mac and PC, and usually priced at $39.95, the software allows users to backup and “rip” the latest copy-protected DVD movies, and then transfer these DVD files for playing on iPhone 5, iPad or iPod.

via Mac X DVD Converter Software, Now FREE! – (Ends October 8) ‹ RazorianFly.

Looking for some great (free!) icons to use in your presentations or blog posts?  Try these:

  1. From Web Designer Depot’s Newsletter: Try Sosa, an icon font. (I just downloaded it.)
  2. From Designrfix, their recent blog post has 45 different icon sets for you.  I particularly like:
  3. Tom Kuhlmann over at the Articulate Rapid eLearning blog has a great post and links for handwriting-looking graphics and fonts.  I just used some of these in an elearning module for my online course.
  4. Looking for more icons and icon sets? Here are some previous blog posts.
    1. Icon sets. I have just 4 words for you: Fab-u-lous and free.
    2. Icons I love. Fur and feathers.
    3. More icon love. Company’s coming.
    4. Clipart objects. Cool and free. Just the way I like it.

Which ones do you like? Which ones are you downloading?  (I admit I’m a little addicted to icons and icon sets.  They help me create a theme and communicate a message.)

G536 Zoom in, Sign up This is from Dr. Doug Strohmer, chair of the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research department, and it’s most appropriate for students at UofM.

Dear CEHHS faculty and students,
I am pleased to announce the availability statistical consulting to students throughout the academic year.  One of our new faculty members, Michael Mackay, will hold consulting hours in his office (Ball Hall 307C) from 2pm to 6pm on Mondays and 11am to 3pm on Fridays.   You must sign up for an appointment.  There is an online sign-up sheet that you can access by clicking on the following link:

Consulting is intended for students who have already put thought into their projects and have discussed their ideas with research advisors/chairs.  For their first session, students will need to bring a brief write up describing their proposed study (1 – 2 paragraphs).  The description should outline the research question and specific hypotheses, variables of interest, possible scales/measures of each variable, and study population.
Faculty are welcome and encouraged to take advantage of this resource as well!

Douglas C. Strohmer, Ph.D. CRC, APA Fellow
Professor and Chair – Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research

Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Brad Smith via Compfight

I just received the announcement and call for proposals for the Midsouth Technology Conference.  It will be December 6-7, 2012, this year and at the Cook Convention Center downtown.  The “Call To Present” will be on the Memphis City Schools website soon (this is the site but it still has the 2011 info), and they would like for you to sign up and register to present at the conference. Once again Memphis City School teachers who present will be provided with a substitute for both days if needed.

As I did last year, I am planning to attend and bring a large number of student presenters with me.  I will again put up a Google Docs document to share with everybody and we can work out what presentations we would like to submit.  Let me know if you would like to be part of the group!

The West Tennessee Technology Symposium is currently accepting proposals for their one-day event.  The information and link to propose is below.  This is an informal event and would be a great setting to sharing some practical tips.  In addition, Dr. Robbie Melton will be keynoting.  I’m thinking about going.  If you would like to go and possibly present, let me know.

When: October 24, 2012
Where: University Boling Center, Watkins Auditorium

The West Tennessee Technology Symposium is West Tennessee’s premier conference on technology in education.  WTTS features speakers from around the region on a variety of topics, all centered around the theme of technology in education.

Dr. Robbie Kendall-Melton is the Associate Vice Chancellor for eLearning and Mobilization for the Tennessee Board of Regents, as well as a full tenured professor at Tennessee State University. Dr. Melton formally served for ten years as the administrator responsible for the development and operation of the Tennessee Board of Regents system-wide Regents Online Campus Collaborative: RODP and ROCE and eight years as Associate Dean of Education: The University of Tennessee at Martin.

We are looking for sessions on any technology topic that would relate to education.  To submit a speaking proposal, click here.  Submissions will be evaluated and chosen based on how well the proposal fits the general theme of technology in education. Speakers will be notified of their proposal status by October 1, 2012.

We hope you’ll make plans to attend. For conference registration and additional information visit

I’m excited to report that one of our (Jongpil Cheon and mine) articles that’s been in press for a while has recently been published.  This is part of Jongpil’s dissertation research and went through quite a few iterations with the journal prior to its acceptance.  This work certainly offers some important contributions to interface design and cognitive load.  I’d love to hear what you think.

Cheon, J.P. & Grant, M.M. (2012). The effects of metaphorical interface on germane cognitive load in web-based instruction. Educational Technology Research & Development, 60(3), 399 – 420


The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a metaphorical interface on germane cognitive load in Web-based instruction. Based on cognitive load theory, germane cognitive load is a cognitive investment for schema construction and automation. A new instrument developed in a previous study was used to measure students’ mental activities of schema construction and automation supported by structural cues in a metaphorical interface environment. Eighty participants were randomly assigned to one of two types of instructional units with the same instructional content and different interface types (i.e., non-metaphorical interface and metaphorical interface). The results indicated that germane cognitive load positively affected learning performance while there was no relationship between germane cognitive load and students’ prior knowledge. A metaphorical interface enhanced learners’ germane cognitive load and learning performance, and both germane cognitive load and prior knowledge similarly contributed to learning performance. The findings provide implications for the advancement of cognitive load theory and the practice of instructional development.

via Educational Technology Research and Development, Volume 60, Number 3 – SpringerLink.

This notice is from Dr. Zeni Colorado and the turnaround is rather quick:

AECT’s Research and Theory Division is excited to announce the call for participants for the 2012 Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

We are looking for Nine Early Career Faculty and Nine Advanced Graduate Students to participate! For more information and to apply, please go to . Due to the late notification of funding, we are on a tight timeline for application and application review. All application materials must be submitted no later than 12pm Eastern time, September 15th, 2012.

Louisville Convention : NSF Career Symposium

The AECT Faculty/Student Mentor program has merged with the Early Career Symposium! AECT’s Research and Theory Division is proud to announce the call for participants for the 2012 AECT Early Career Symposium sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The symposium will be held at the annual AECT International Convention on October 30-31, 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky. The symposium will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking.

Since I began working with Science and Math teachers this summer using iPads for technology integration, I had heard about this micro-photography.  Well, I was finally able to track down the video and the info of where to buy the pieces to make it happen.  Here’s the link to the lighted jeweler’s microscope on Amazon.

I plan on doing this with my iPad2 within the next couple of weeks.  I’ll let you know how it goes and how it works.

Anybody out there tried this with your iPad or iPhone?


As mentioned at the IDT Student Advising session this past weekend, the Graduate Student Assembly of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) will be hosting a Virtual Conference Preview on September 21, 2012 from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm EDT.

This is a great opportunity, and I hope that you can attend for any or all of the event.

No registration is required to attend.  The virtual conference will be hosted through the University of Georgia’s Wimba system.

For more information and to see the schedule, visit:
2012 GSA Virtual Conference | AECT GSA

This is a follow-up email from Joe Sweeney, the IDTGSA president, for the IDT Advising sessions this past Saturday.

To all:
Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting today!  I think most everyone found it beneficial, and it was the most University of Memphis IDT people I have seen in one spot at one time since I joined the program!

There were a few things that people were asking about that required a follow up.  Here they are:

1. The IDT department has its own library page.  Here is the link:
This page was created specifically for IDT students and faculty.  If you have any suggestions, please send them to me, and we will most likely implement the changes.

Dr. Dennis, the College of Education librarian, helped set this up.  She is extremely helpful, and can aid you in finding resources (articles, books, etc.) associated with your research.  I was able to schedule an appointment with her, and she taught me the right way to use article databases (it’s a lot more complicated than I ever imagined).

2. The site to sign up for IDT announcements (Job postings, IDT GSA info, AECT, ect.) is
Enter your email address into the “email subscription” section, and you will be signed up to get relevant IDT information and announcements.

If you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to ask.  There’s a good chance that if you have a question, there’s at least five other people with the same question.  I hope everyone has a great semester!

Take care,
Joe Sweeney