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Discovery Health

5 Ways to Overcome Embarrassment
By Denise Harrison

Nobody's perfect. Nearly everyone looks in the mirror and wishes something were just a bit different -- a smaller waist, more slender ankles, fuller hair. But for some people, this self consciousness causes extreme insecurity.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

Top 10 Green Tools
By Denise Harrison

Noisy, smelly and decidedly non-eco-friendly. Unfortunately, these words describe some of the power tools that make our chores a little easier but are also terrible noise and air polluters. There is hope, though. With so much attention on environmentally friendly products these days, it's no surprise that among the latest developments are green tools.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company


Are Wood Pellet Fireplaces the Most Efficient?
By Denise Harrison

Wood pellet fireplaces are quite efficient: They use roughly 20 percent of the power of a home's central heating system. They also produce 50 times fewer particulate emissions than wood stoves without EPA ratings and two to five times less than EPA-rated wood units

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

10 Things You Need to Know About Wood Pellet Fireplaces
By Denise Harrison

When economic times are tight, we start looking at what costs we can control, and one cost that can get out of control, with fluctuating fossil fuel prices, is heating our homes.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

10 Ways to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car
By Denise Harrison

Buyers beware: Not all dealers are up front when a car has flood damage, and it can cost you. Even if a car looks good and seems to run fine, expensive problems can appear later as corrosion continues to creep inside critical components.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

How to Get a Job in the Army Corps of Engineers
By Denise Harrison

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses a wide variety of professionals, from accountants to lawyers and carpenters to archaeologists. In fact, a review of the USAJOBS Web site shows around 120 different job titles.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company


How Do ASVAB Scores Affect Army Jobs?
By Denise Harrison

Want to join the service? One prerequisite for joining any branch of the U.S. military is a test called the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

How to Get a Job in the Army Corp of Engineers
By Denise Harrison

Care of our public structures and our environment, plus being mindful of their impact on each other, is a big job. Fortunately, we have a big organization trained and tasked with the challenge.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

Is Receiving a Tax Refund Every Year Financially Sound?
By Denise Harrison

There are three common reasons why we receive large refund checks year after year. The first is that we just aren't paying attention.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

10 Tips for Getting the Biggest Tax Refund
By Denise Harrison

Tax refunds can feel like Christmas in springtime. With a sudden boost to your bank account, you can look forward to going on a shopping spree, catching up on debt or squirreling the refund away in savings.

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The Learning Channel

Ultimate Guide to Ohio Wine Country
By Denise Harrison

Wineries around the country are enjoying an increase in popularity as travelers seek unique vacation experiences. But you don't have to travel to California valleys for a vintner-themed vacation.

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The Learning Channel

Top 10 Wine Country Gardens
By Denise Harrison

These days, there's more to a wine country visit than tipping stemware. Many wineries are turning some of their plentiful acreage into spectacular gardens that host weddings, anniversaries and reunions, or simply expand a traveler's wine tour experience.

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The Learning Channel

When is the Best Time to Go to the Wine Country?
By Denise Harrison

Among the top vacation destinations in America, California's wine country is the chic choice for wine tours, honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, graduation trips and girlfriend getaways. But when should you go?

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

10 Tips to Keep in Mind at Foreclosure Auctions
By Denise Harrison

It's happening everywhere, and it's happening often: Well-intentioned people purchase homes only to find themselves unable to make payments because of hardship, or unwilling to pay when the house value plummets far below the purchase price.

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

Can You Cash Out Your IRA to Buy a Home?
By Denise Harrison

These days, it can be hard enough to pay bills, much less save enough for a down payment on a house. The median price of a home today ranges from $138,900 to $242,500

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

10 Reasons Why People Cash Out IRAs Early
By Denise Harrison

If you want to watch an accountant fall off his chair, tell him you're withdrawing money from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

Why Should You Double Dip Your Nails?
By Denise Harrison

When it comes to going green, the term "green nails" has nothing to do with a radical, neon-hued manicure. In fact, it's about those tiny, vital parts of all construction that work hard to hold things together.

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T.H.E. Journal

Meeting the Needs of Special Needs Students Virtually
By Denise Harrison

Students who interact with their peers during lessons are more motivated, more engaged with material, and more capable at learning language, communications, and listening skills. How do you retain that interaction for special needs students who might not have regular access--or any access--to a traditional classroom?

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HowStuffWorks, A Discovery Company

Do Green Contractors Need a Green Certification?
By Denise Harrison

Does a contractor need to be certified to offer green construction? The short answer is no. Any contractor may advertise green design and construction on a Web site, business card or other advertisement.

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Campus Technology

Can Blogging Make a Difference?
By Denise Harrison

When Michigan State University doctoral student Todd Ide needed a research topic for a large-scale study required for his Ph.D., he looked at the classes he was teaching in his role as a graduate assistant. He wondered if there was a meaningful way to incorporate Web 2.0 into his curriculum for "Reading and Responding to Children's Literature." He reviewed current literature about blogging in education and saw an opportunity to further the research.

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T.H.E. Journal

Tapping Virtuality to Attract and Train 21st Century Teachers
By Denise Harrison

When Pamela Whitehouse heard about Teach WV, West Virginia's plan to attract new K-12 teachers and update professional development approaches, the WVU instructional technologist wanted to get involved. She and her team are building spaces in virtual worlds where teachers can experiment with new ways of engaging students.

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T.H.E. Journal

K-12 Groups Stranded in Second Life Teen Grid Shutdown
By Denise Harrison

The Teen Grid--a sub-domain of the immersive 3D world Second Life--will be shutting down by the end of the year, stranding some K-12 organizations that had been experimenting in virtuality.

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QSRWeb.com

Digital Menu Boards and Labeling Laws
By Denise Harrison

The new menu laws that passed with the healthcare reform legislation are a relief to restaurants that were trying to comply with differing state and city laws.

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T.H.E. Journal

The End of the Virtual World

By Denise Harrison

Teachers are looking for alternatives as Linden Lab prepares to close down the Teen Grid--a region of the immersive virtual world Second Life designed just for teenagers and their education institutions. Where will all those teen avatars wind up? And is there an upside for those who've spent years developing educational resources on the proprietary platform?

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The Learning Channel

10 Ways to Talk to the School if Your Child is Being Bullied
By Denise Harrison

Today's bullying goes far beyond pulling pigtails. There are more bullies, and because they tend to take things too far, bullying inflicts more emotional and physical damage. Here are 10 approaches to start and finish the conversations that will help ensure your desired outcome: a safe and happy child at school.

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The Learning Channel

Bullying Myths Quiz
By Denise Harrison

How schooled are you in bullying? Whether you're worried about your child being a bully or being a target, take this quiz to find out what you know about bullies, their targets and their habits.

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T.H.E. Journal

'Action!' Student-Generated Video Web Site Teaches Visual Communications Skills
By Denise Harrison

Teachers have free access to virtual field trips and other digital educational resources through Meet Me at the Corner, a repository of educational videos that's moderated to ensure relevance and educational value. It also helps train kids to produce their own video podcasts and create documentaries they can share with their peers around the world.

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T.H.E. Journal

Ushering iPad Into the Classroom
By Denise Harrison

A number of built-in features, tools, and add-ons are helping to propel Apple's iPad into the classroom. Technology analyst Denise Harrison looks at the benefits of iPad in education and predicts some unanticipated applications.

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Campus Technology

A
voiding the Pitfalls in AV Planning
By Denise Harrison

"AV in education is a long-term investment for everyone," according to audiovisual expert Scott Walker. In this interview with Campus technology, he explains how to give that investment the best chance of success and reveals the kinds of problems that can sometimes get in the way that success, especially in the planning stages.

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T.H.E. Journal

Clicking in With Middle School Science
By Denise Harrison

Student response systems at Campbell County Middle School in Kentucky have allowed teachers to gauge student readiness on the fly, providing visibility into the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and whole classes.

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T.H.E. Journal

Virtual Learning to the Rescue
By Denise Harrison

Videoconferencing is saving some remote schools in Colorado and delivering courses required for students who expect to attend college.

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Campus Technology

21st Century AV on a Century-Old Campus
By Denise Harrison

When a new building was planned for 102-year-old Montclair State University, it presented an opportunity to incorporate advanced audiovisual technologies to enrich and support student learning.

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Campus Technology

The State of AV in Education

By Denise Harrison

What does Scott Walker, a 20-year veteran of AV in higher education, have against lecture halls? Campus Technology spoke to him to find out.

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T.H.E. Journal


Technology Turns Students Into Educators in Distance Learning Program
By Denise Harrison

High school students in a rural Texas district have started using videoconferencing to learn and teach as they reach out to the rest of the country using technology-based resources they've created themselves.

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Campus Technology

Lecture Capture Helps Riverside Meet Nursing Demand
By Denise Harrison

American colleges are benefitting immensely from increased enrollments in professional programs, especially those that promise financial stability, like nursing. But there can be too much of a good thing.

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Campus Technology

Building a 21st Century Media Facility
By Denise Harrison

When the University of Nevada, Reno built its new 295,000-square-foot Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (MIKC), it wasn't just to replace an old library that was bursting at the seams with books. Rather, it was a conscious effort to make a break from the past and build a multi-purpose, multi-media facility incorporating technology from the ground up.

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AV Technology


Telemedicine Takes Off
By Denise Harrison

Many trends are creating the perfect storm for tremendous change in the delivery of healthcare. Baby boomers are now aging and with an increased life expectancy, but there is a shortage of healthcare workers. That same shortage has a huge impact on rural areas, especially when it comes to availability of specialty caregivers. Healthcare costs are increasing, yet healthcare providers need to stay profitable, so there is competition to deliver quality and depth of service. Then there is the trend toward green. AV and IT technologies are at the forefront in addressing these challenges in the form of telemedicine.

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http://avtechnologyonline.com/article/39372.aspx



Fast Casual
December 2009

Four Considerations for a POS System in the Digital Restaurant
By Denise Harrison

As restaurants move to digital systems, a new type of POS system is needed. One integrated, all-digital management system can maximize efficiencies, speed decision-making and improve customer service.

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AV Technology
November 2009

Killer app or network killer?
By Denise Harrison

Bandwidth considered adequate just a year or two ago is now too limited. IT network management practices from those days are no longer efficient, either. These trends are bringing major challenges to IT departments that are trying to trim costs during tough economic times yet still provide the services the company wants at the quality they expect. Increasingly, those services include video on the network.

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Campus Technology
November 2009

Is Cloud Computing a Credible Solution for Education?
By Denise Harrison

Can cloud computing live up to its hype, or is it just another empty promise designed to create demand and liberate more funds from already strapped IT budgets?

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Campus Technology
October 2009

EthicShare: A Model for Virtual Research Communities
By Denise Harrison

Which scholarly disciplines need better ways of researching, collaborating, and communicating, and could a social networking model play a role?

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Campus Technology
September 2009

U Kentucky Goes Digital with Thousands of Oral Histories
By Denise Harrison and Cindy Skalsky

Over the years, new oral histories were increasingly recorded in digital formats. As the Nunn Center planned how to manage the digital files, they realized they really needed to start thinking about the enormous amounts of interviews stored on unstable media.

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T.H.E. Journal
September 2009

Projection Trends: 3D and Education
By Denise Harrison

For years, 3D projection has seemed a technology long on potential but short on practicality. Despite some promising-looking technology demonstrations in the past, manufacturers just couldn't pull 3D into the production stage. But all that has changed ... and in a huge way.

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T.H.E. Journal
August 2009

Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Students Bridge Cultures with Videoconferencing from Carnegie Hall
By Denise Harrison

Thanks to an innovative program at Carnegie Hall, a number of New York high school social studies students are learning this first-hand and experiencing countries and cultures most would never see. These students are part of the Carnegie Hall Cultural Exchange program presented by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

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Campus Technology
August 2009

Engaging Students with Giant Visualization
By Denise Harrison

Using various programs, such as Presagis Creator 3D software for real-time 3D modeling and simulation and Vega Prime toolkit for 3D application development and deployment, plus a combination of other free (Game Maker, Blender) and commercial software, Strausser readied his students for learning the art and science of modeling and simulation.

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T.H.E. Journal
July 2009

Videoconferencing Engages Students in Mobile County Public Schools
By Denise Harrison

"As teachers stepped forward to accept the challenge of teaching via distance, they became models for interactive video delivery of curriculum." said Michele D. White, interim technology coordinator for MCPSS. "This was transformational for the school."

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AV Technology
Cover Story
July 2009

Ready for Prime Time
By Denise Harrison

“Broadcast News” is a work of fiction, but the fear of looking the fool in front of a camera is very real. With the use of corporate videoconferencing increasing at a clip of 20 percent a year, there isn’t much alternative for videophobes except to get over it.

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/avtech_200907/#/50



T.H.E. Journal
July 2009

Teaching Once, Engaging Many with Distance Learning at BVIU
By Denise Harrison

Few counties can afford to hire full-time teachers at every school for every subject, and it is especially challenging in a region dependent on the declining steel industry. That is what Beaver County in Pennsylvania faced when trying to deliver consistent education across the 15 school districts serving 24,000 students.

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Campus Technology
July 2009

Projection Trends: 3D and Education
By Denise Harrison

For years, 3D projection has been seemed a technology long on potential but short on practicality. New prototypes appeared at trade shows year after year, and, while they were drool-worthy, manufacturers just couldn't pull 3D into the production stage. But all that has changed ... and in a huge way.

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T.H.E. Journal
July 2009

Videoconferencing Engages Students in Mobile County Public Schools
By Denise Harrison

As with many school districts, the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) in Alabama had challenges delivering consistent education to many and varied schools across a large area. Mobile is one of the largest in the country, however, with more than 100 schools across 1,644 square miles, which made it difficult to find an efficient solution.

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Campus Technology
July 2009

Texas A&M Takes an Active Approach to Social Media Marketing
By Denise Harrison and Cindy Skalsky

Multitudes of potential students are found online these days--tweeting, blogging, MySpacing, and Facebooking--but marketing to these prospects in their native environments isn't as simple and straightforward as it might seem at first. Diane McDonald, associate director of marketing at Texas A&M University, explained that reaching these prospects via social media takes more than a static institutional Facebook page; it takes an active approach to engage them.

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Campus Technology
June 2009

Modesto JC Overhauls '50s-Era Facilities for State-of-the-Art Audiovisual Production
By Denise Harrison

In order to accommodate new state of the art equipment for its audiovisual programs, California's Modesto Junior College (MJC) was looking not just at rewiring a building, but bringing 1950s-era building construction up to 2009 standards--a huge undertaking by any measure.

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T.H.E. Journal
June 2009

Videoconferencing: Broadening Horizons for KSD Deaf Students
By Denise Harrison

Teaching deaf students involves more than scholastics, especially in areas where the deaf population is much smaller than the national average. In Kentucky, for example, only 3 percent are deaf, compared with 10 percent nationwide, which makes it difficult for students to interact with deaf people outside of the perimeter of the school.

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Campus Technology
June 2009

Digital Signage Connects Loyola University Chicago Community
By Denise Harrison

The president of Loyola University Chicago had a vision several years ago for a network of digital signs throughout the lakeside campuses. Research began in 2006, and the first phase kicked off in 2007. University President Michael J. Garanzini also requested a central operations model, to be managed by the marketing and communications department. The result is 30 screens in key locations, with the marketing and communications department serving as a clearinghouse for content.

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AV Technology
Cover Story

June 2009

Emergency Messaging
By Denise Harrison

“You must purposefully and intentionally use many mediums in your emergency notification system,” says a man who knows. Mark Owczarski is director of news and information at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA where, on April 16, 2007, a gunman tragically took the lives of 32 students and faculty.

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/avtech_200906/#/20



T.H.E.Journal
June 2009

Tips for Choosing the Right Projection Screen
By Denise Harrison

A tremendous amount of research can go into deciding on a projector, but the selection of a projection screen can be just as important--not in terms of capital outlay, but in terms of the impact it can have on image quality. The wrong projection screen can make images look terrible, which, in turn, can impact the way students receive and absorb information in class. But the right one enhances the contrast, brightness, and sharpness of images and can lead to less eyestrain for the viewer.

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http://www.thejournal.com/articles/24445



AV Technology Magazine
May 2009

Furnishing the Conference Room for AV
By Denise Harrison

You know it’s a formal conference room when there is a 20-foot long table made of natural dark wood surrounded by matching pieces. You can tell it’s a group collaboration space when you see furniture with durable, man-made surfaces in lighter colors, and by the flip charts and white boards.

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/avtech_200905/#/38



Pro AV Magazine
May 2009

Doing Nothing is Not an Option
By Denise Harrison

Most professionals in our industry view the current economic liquefaction called a recession as going deeper, growing uglier. Yet there are positive signs for the AV industry, if you know where to look.

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http://www.proavmagazine.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=1618&articleID=958425



Campus Technology Magazine
May 2009

Lecture Capture System Pulls Double Duty at Michigan State
By Denise Harrison

Michigan State University is using its lecture capture system to stream class sessions for students enrolled in its Executive MBA program, helping them catch up on missed classes and review lectures for exams. But the system has also proved to have an unexpected secondary benefit: generating revenue.

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/05/13/lecture-capture-system-pulls-double-duty-at-michigan-state.aspx



Campus Technology Magazine
May 2009

Are Pico Projectors Ready for Higher Ed?
By Denise Harrison

A large screen monitor used to look adequate, but the large screen meant it occupied a few feet, or more, from front to back. Today's monitors are higher resolution while extending only a few inches from the wall. We all know how the power of room-sized computers was reduced to notebook computer dimensions. And front projectors? Until this decade, most projectors used the same cathode ray tubes as TVs. They were massive and heavy. Then LCD (liquid crystal display) and DLP (Texas Instruments' digital light processing) changed the game, and now front projectors suitable for the classroom or lecture hall are brighter, with higher resolution, and can be as thin as notebook computers.

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/05/06/are-pico-projectors-ready-for-higher-ed.aspx



Campus Technology Magazine
April 2009

Engaging Students in Virtual Learning
By Denise Harrison

In previous articles in this series, an overview of using Second Life for higher education, we saw a surprisingly active community of enthusiasts. We looked at the varying levels of activity on virtual campuses, and we looked at how Elon University incorporates the building and presentation tools of Second Life into class projects. In this installment, we take a look at another active virtual campus--East Carolina University.

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/04/22/engaging-students-in-virtual-learning.aspx



AV Technology Magazine
April 2009

Audiovisual Untethered
By Denise Harrison

No pulling cables, fewer AV source devices, fast connections, and a clutter-free environment. Wireless transmission – what’s not to like? Not much, says Chuck Pheterson, vice president of product marketing for Sunrise, FL-based wireless vendor Avocent.

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http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/avtech_200904/#/42



Campus Technology Magazine
March 2009

Second Life's Role in a Curriculum
By Denise Harrison

Nestled among regions owned by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the National Space Society is an area run by Elon University of Elon, NC. The effort is funded largely by grants from the university and provides a place for STEM undergraduate students to design and create. The goals: to work in mentoring scenarios with teachers and to allow STEM innovators to experiment with Second Life and interact with others of the same mind.

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/03/18/teaching-in-the-trenches-second-lifes-role-in-a-curriculum.aspx



Campus Technology Magazine
March 2009 

Designing an Audiovisual System From the Ground Up
By Denise Harrison

Selecting audiovisual systems is seldom easy for higher education institutions. Determining who needs to do what, where they need to do it, how to make it happen, and how not to spend a fortune doing it require a lot of know-how and planning. Designing a brand new building in a different city complicates matters further. Yet a new build also brings opportunities to get the most out of the audiovisual systems.

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Campus Technology Magazine
March 2009

Second Life: Engaging Virtual World
By Denise Harrison

In the previous article in this series, Real-Life Teaching in a Virtual World, we looked at the state of Second Life as it pertains to higher education. There are so many schools represented that one could spend days exploring the college and university campuses. The ways they are used in the 3D online virtual world vary drastically, and how much and how well they are used appear to vary as well.

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/03/04/second-life-engaging-virtual-campuses.aspx



Campus Technology Magazine
February 2009


Real Life Teaching in a Virtual World
By Denise Harrison

Few technologies have been subject to more hype and subsequent disappointment than Second Life. Corporations from shoe manufactures to cruise lines to news services set up shop with hopes this new frontier would bring soaring profits. Most evacuated shortly thereafter when the effort resulted in spaces devoid of audiences and buyers. A notable exception, though, is education. 

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http://campustechnology.com/articles/2009/02/18/real-life-teaching-in-a-virtual-world.aspx




AV Technology Magazine
January 2009

AV Helps Explain the Unexplainable at The CELL Museum
By Denise Harrison

Mention Mumbai, India and most Americans are well aware of the tragic events of November 26, 2008. Many Americans would also say they don’t understand.

Explaining the history and evolution of terrorism is the intent of a new exhibit at The Center for Empowered Living and Learning, or The CELL, a 6,000-square-foot facility that opened September 2, 2008 in Denver. “Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: Understanding the Threat of Terrorism” is about the perpetrators, the victims, how world leaders view terrorism, and how different countries respond.

More on page 36.

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/avtech_200901/index.php



Omaha Family Magazine
October 2008

Kelly Jolkowski: A Voice for the Missing
By Denise Harrison

It’s after midnight, and once again Vicki Hamilton Loux can’t sleep. This distraught Missouri mom is out of ideas. In desperation, she goes to her computer and composes an email to send across the miles to a woman she has read about but has never met. It reads:

Hello -

I have a mentally ill missing adult son.  His name is Mark Hamilton and he has been missing for 11 years.  The police in my area wouldn't even file a missing person report until last year and this was after I threatened to go to the media.  He was found in another state, far from me, in 01/2005.  They asked him a couple of questions, let him go  And now no one will file a missing person report again.  I need help.  Will you please contact me?

More on page 19

http://www.omahafamily.com/Oct_08_ebook/Oct_08_issue.pdf



 

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