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Building the maker movement: Spring recap

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Recap of the #MakeElon events from the spring.

It is a very exciting time to be a maker at Elon. Our makerspace, called the Maker Hub, is under construction and is set to open this fall. However, the maker movement on campus has already begun. Continue reading »

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Resist upgrading to Windows 10

As previously reported, Microsoft announcedNo-Built-in-Keylogging-Capabilities-Windows-10-300x151 that Windows 10, the latest version of the company’s operating system, will be released a week from today on July 29. The latest operating system boasts a smoother user experience, combining the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8. Microsoft announced that existing users with Windows 7 and Windows 8 would receive a free upgrade to Windows 10; however, it is important to emphasize that Elon faculty and staff should not immediately take advantage of the upgrade. Continue reading »

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Top 10 blogs at Elon in 2014-15

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Elon is using WordPress, the popular blogging platform, in many interesting ways. We’re using it to promote university initiatives, to share reflections on study abroad experiences, as a repository of academic videos, to organize conferences and as a basic course communication tool. Here’s a quick snapshot of Elon’s WordPress blogs from June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015, including which blogs are most viewed, which month brought the most readers, and a few other interesting details (including where the Technology blog falls in the top 10).  Continue reading »

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Summer computer replacements underway

With the arrival of summer,IMG_1436 Campus Technology Support (CTS) is once again making great strides in our annual summer replacement program for computers that have completed their four year life cycle. This year is a record year for the program, with more than one-quarter of campus computers being replaced to newer models. The replacement program targets Elon University faculty, staff, and computer labs on the main campus, as well as at the Law School. If your computer is up for replacement, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to help keep the transition as smooth as possible. Continue reading »

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Making the Maker Hub: Printing a 3d printer, Arduino and construction pics

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3D printed parts for a new 3D printer!

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

It’s been an exiting week to be making at Elon! Check out our brand new ElonMakers Instagram for daily posts about the Maker Hub and things we’ve made! This week read about 3D printing a 3D printer, an Arduino controlled DIY robotic arm, our Custom active cooling solution for Wanhao 4S 3D printer, and more!

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TeacherKit: The classroom management app teachers will love

Teacher Kit LogoTeacherKit is the all-in-one classroom management app for teachers of all grade levels. With different features such as roster, attendance, a timetable for lesson planning, behavior monitoring, a grade-book, progress reports, and an awesome feature called callout, this app keeps everything a teacher could possibly need right at his or her fingertips. Read on to see why this is the app every teacher should download right now.

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Summer heat and technology

Now that we’ve iPhone-too-Hotexperienced our first stretch of days with temperatures in the mid-90s to 100 degree marks, it’s important to be mindful of the effect heat can have on our technology. Many electronics are vulnerable to overheating, which can occur even if you aren’t using your device (e.g., leaving your laptop in the car). Here are some tips to keep in mind about safeguarding your devices from heat this summer. Continue reading »

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Making the Maker Hub: more 3d printers

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

F306 3D printer

Fusion3 F306 – the new 3d printer for the Maker Hub
Photo Credit: Fusion3

Since the last blog post we have received another 3D printer, the Fusion3 F306. This printer has a massive build volume of a cubic foot, dwarfing the Wanhao 4S. It also uses a different geometry scheme, called CoreXY. CoreXY printers use a series of cables and pulleys to move around the printhead, reducing the amount of moving mass and allowing the printer to move faster and more accurately. The difference is noticeable immediately when comparing parts from the two printers, as well as in the level of involvement required to get a successful print. Continue reading »

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Mooney SMART Board lab: Why 3 screens are better than 1

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In the spring semester, Elon professors had an opportunity to experiment with a new teaching environment: multiple SMART Boards in one classroom. The project is an effort to prepare students in Elon’s teacher education program for the technology they will likely see in their classrooms when they are teachers. Multiple boards also means that students are encouraged to interact with them as well, rather than thinking of them as a tool solely for the teacher’s use.

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Making the Maker Hub: 3d printer and scanners

Wanhao Duplicator 4S and MakerBot Replicator 2X

Wanhao Duplicator 4S and MakerBot Replicator 2 Photo Credit: WanhaoUSA, MakerBot

Editors note: Elon is opening a makerspace, called the Maker Hub, this fall. In preparation, student staff member Connor TeVault is spending the summer testing and configuring equipment that will go into the space. He’s keeping track of quirks and lessons learned in this series of blog posts.

This week I unboxed a new 3D printer, two 3D scanners, and began work on reproducing an award using 3D printing and scanning. This post assumes a basic understanding of filament based Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing. An excellent introduction to the topic can be found at 3Dprinting.com. Continue reading »

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