gvsu http://michiganradio.org en GVSU tries to bring new technologies into the classroom http://michiganradio.org/post/gvsu-tries-bring-new-technologies-classroom <p></p><p>How can cutting-edge new technologies be used in the classroom?</p><p>Sure, devices like Google Glass or a 3-D printer are cool.</p><p>But how can they be used to teach and to learn?</p><p>Eric Kunnen is the emerging technologies coordinator at Grand Valley State University.</p><p>"Trying to find that sweet spot there between teaching learning and technology is where we are focused and having access to the technology is one piece,"&nbsp;Kunnen said.</p><p>Kunnen said that Google Glass could be useful in the classroom by providing hands free operations.</p><p>“Think in terms of a visual demonstration maybe in a science classroom, where you need both hands as the instructor,” Kunnen said. “Also the ability in wearing the glasses and having information on top of what you are seeing has a lot of potential as well.”</p><p>But where is the boundary in using technology for a good purpose, versus using it because it’s cool?</p><p>Kunnen said when figuring out when to use the technology, they start with trying to solve an instructional problem.</p><p>“How do we address a difficult concept that is very challenging to explain perhaps, or very difficult to visualize, and how do we apply technology to that as a solution?” Kunnen said.</p><p>An example he gave was difficulty in visualizing 3D protein molecules, but a 3D projection image could help solve that problem.</p><p>New technology are on display in Grand Valley’s Technology showcase, located in the Mary Idema Pew Library on campus.</p><p>“The concept really is to interact, learn, discover, and share how technology can transform teaching and learning at the university,’ Kunnen said.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:27:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 18403 at http://michiganradio.org GVSU tries to bring new technologies into the classroom "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature http://michiganradio.org/post/music-our-parks-composes-pieces-using-sounds-nature <p></p><p>After two years of planning, the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University is launching a new project. It’s called “Music in Our Parks.”</p><p>The project shows us how nature and landscape affect the process of making music. Here's a video promoting their effort:</p><p>http://youtu.be/vGhf7xXWO-I</p><p>Bill Ryan is the director of Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble. He was joined on our program by one of the members of the New Music Ensemble, percussionist and senior music performance major, Josh Dreyer.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:52:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17386 at http://michiganradio.org "Music in Our Parks" composes pieces using the sounds of nature Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-college-grads-facing-increasing-student-loan-debt <p>A new report shows <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-view2013.php?area=MI">Michigan college students are carrying a lot of student loan debt.</a></p><p>The <a href="http://projectonstudentdebt.org/files/pub/Student_Debt_and_the_Class_of_2012_NR.pdf">Institute for College Access and Success</a> says Michigan college graduates who earned bachelor’s degrees in 2012 owed nearly $29,000 in student loans.</p><p>Debbie Cochran is with the institute. She blames the recession and declining government support for forcing students to borrow more to pay for college.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15543 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan college grads facing increasing student loan debt GVSU expert: bin Laden death ‘symbolic victory’ http://michiganradio.org/post/gvsu-expert-bin-laden-death-%E2%80%98symbolic-victory%E2%80%99 <p><a href="http://www.gvsu.edu/liberalstudies/jonathan-r-white-ph-d--43.htm">Counter-terrorism expert Jonathan White</a> heads GVSU&rsquo;s Homeland Defense Initiative. White consults for local, state and federal groups involved in counter-terrorism efforts.</p><p>White says bin Laden&rsquo;s death will inspire those planning terrorist attacks, but he says they&rsquo;d still be planning those attacks if bin Laden was alive.</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 17:48:07 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2308 at http://michiganradio.org GVSU expert: bin Laden death ‘symbolic victory’ Testing the offshore winds in Lake Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/testing-offshore-winds-lake-michigan <p>There are no offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes... yet.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2010/12/buoy_to_test_wind_energy_six_m.html">The Muskegon Chronicle</a> reports that "the first floating buoy to test offshore wind energy in Lake Michigan is planned for six miles off the Muskegon shoreline next spring."</p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:50:28 +0000 Mark Brush 475 at http://michiganradio.org Testing the offshore winds in Lake Michigan