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The Daily Gazette - George Mason University
gazette.gmu.edu, 16 Mar 2004 [cached]
As part of last Friday's University Enrichment Day program, Star Muir, director of the Instructional Resource Center, TOPS, the Mason Media Lab, and the STAR Center, offered some technology tips and tools that can make your work life easier.
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Techno-gadgets: Some handy gadgets that Muir demonstrated include a flash drive, (also called a thumb drive or key chain drive), which is about the size of a key chain and plugs into your laptop or computer's USB port.It can store significantly more data than a floppy disk.There are 16 MB, 128 MB, 256 MB,and even 1 GB versions. (A 256 MB drive is $60 at Patriot Computers.) A radio frequency remote mouse is useful for advancing slides of a PowerPoint presentation as you walk around the room and may even have a built-in laser pointer.They start at about $35.
Timesavers: For those who talk faster than they can type, Muir suggests voice recognition software, which has greatly improved in quality since the introduction of Pentium III computers.Other timesavers include Microsoft Word features such as templates for creating consistent looks for documents, and macros for inserting repetitive information into documents.
If all this technology leaves your head swimming and you feel burdened by information overload, Muir has some suggestions for that, too.He points out that studies have shown that the more information you take in, the less effective you become at making decisions, even though you don't feel that you've become less effective."It's just like drinking," he says.The key is to "take control of your information flow."Although he admits to not being able to follow this rule himself, for maximum efficiency he advises checking e-mail only at specific times.Another suggestion is to "uni-task"--focus on one task--rather than multi-task.And as a last resort, when you're completely overwhelmed, he says, you can always "go on a data fast for a couple of days."
Showcase Accents Innovations
www.broadsideonline.com, 8 Dec 2003 [cached]
Innovations is largely organized by Star Muir, the Director of the Student Technology Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center and the Director of the Instructional Resource Center.Muir said as director of the STAR Center, his responsibility is to organize the event, support the technology needs, and make sure all the procedures are correct.
"Innovations is a showcase of different new student learning experiences that happen here at GMU," he said.Muir said the learning experiences could include, but are not limited to, art projects, web page designs or software interfaces.
All the different projects are then put into a single room so that anyone can wander around and see the different kinds of innovative ideas that are happening on campus.Innovations is sponsored by many organizations such as the Provost's Office, University Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Organizations Activities and Programs (SOAP), the Century Club and the Division of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT).Muir says each sponsor has an award that it gives out to a project of its choosing.Each award consists of $100 and is awarded in several categories, such as Community Partnership, Originality and Creativity, Best Use of Technology, Most Effective Corporate Interaction, Best Technology Learning Tool and the Students' Choice Award.
"We wanted to make sure this wasn't going to be just an academic thing, so University Life is in it, not just a technology thing so the Provost's Office and Century Club are involved.We wanted it to be broad-based," said Muir.
He said almost anyone can enter a project or demonstration for Innovations 2001, and students only need a valid, current GMU ID.He said that Innovations is meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Showcase Accents Innovations
www.broadsideonline.com, 22 Sept 2003 [cached]
Innovations is largely organized by Star Muir, the Director of the Student Technology Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center and the Director of the Instructional Resource Center.Muir said as director of the STAR Center, his responsibility is to organize the event, support the technology needs, and make sure all the procedures are correct.
"Innovations is a showcase of different new student learning experiences that happen here at GMU," he said.Muir said the learning experiences could include, but are not limited to, art projects, web page designs or software interfaces.
All the different projects are then put into a single room so that anyone can wander around and see the different kinds of innovative ideas that are happening on campus.Innovations is sponsored by many organizations such as the Provost's Office, University Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Organizations Activities and Programs (SOAP), the Century Club and the Division of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT).Muir says each sponsor has an award that it gives out to a project of its choosing.Each award consists of $100 and is awarded in several categories, such as Community Partnership, Originality and Creativity, Best Use of Technology, Most Effective Corporate Interaction, Best Technology Learning Tool and the Students' Choice Award.
"We wanted to make sure this wasn't going to be just an academic thing, so University Life is in it, not just a technology thing so the Provost's Office and Century Club are involved.We wanted it to be broad-based," said Muir.
He said almost anyone can enter a project or demonstration for Innovations 2001, and students only need a valid, current GMU ID.He said that Innovations is meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Showcase Accents Innovations
www.broadsideonline.com, 15 May 2001 [cached]
Innovations is largely organized by Star Muir, the Director of the Student Technology Assistance and Resource (STAR) Center and the Director of the Instructional Resource Center.Muir said as director of the STAR Center, his responsibility is to organize the event, support the technology needs, and make sure all the procedures are correct.
"Innovations is a showcase of different new student learning experiences that happen here at GMU," he said.Muir said the learning experiences could include, but are not limited to, art projects, web page designs or software interfaces.
All the different projects are then put into a single room so that anyone can wander around and see the different kinds of innovative ideas that are happening on campus.Innovations is sponsored by many organizations such as the Provost's Office, University Life, the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Organizations Activities and Programs (SOAP), the Century Club and the Division of Instructional Improvement and Instructional Technologies (DoIIIT).Muir says each sponsor has an award that it gives out to a project of its choosing.Each award consists of $100 and is awarded in several categories, such as Community Partnership, Originality and Creativity, Best Use of Technology, Most Effective Corporate Interaction, Best Technology Learning Tool and the Students' Choice Award.
"We wanted to make sure this wasn't going to be just an academic thing, so University Life is in it, not just a technology thing so the Provost's Office and Century Club are involved.We wanted it to be broad-based," said Muir.
He said almost anyone can enter a project or demonstration for Innovations 2001, and students only need a valid, current GMU ID.He said that Innovations is meant to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Even so, the showcase "tops out" at around 45 to 50 entries, and currently has more than 25 ready for the next show.
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HCTD Newsletter - Volume 8, Number 4 – November, 2008
hctd.evolumedia.com, 1 Nov 2008 [cached]
Star Muir, George Mason University
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