The Savvy Scholar:

Tech Tools for Research & Professional Productivity

A Workshop for Graduate Students from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Presented by Cherice Montgomery, Ph.D., Brigham Young University
August 25, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in JFSB 160



Session Description

This workshop will provide you with an overview of free technology tools for:



Session Agenda


  • Tagging Activity
    • Converse about:
      • Challenges of Graduate School
      • Teaching & Technology
      • Personal Experiences & Identity
    • Summarize the conversation on a Post-it
    • Use 5 words or less
    • Stick the Post-it on the person
    • Repeat

  • Goal today is exposure, not mastery
    • Knowledge as dynamic and constantly changing
    • Need for "Personal Learning Networks" (PLNs)
    • Shift in how we do our work --> Writing spaces, research, publication, 24/7 learning

  • Conceptual Underpinnings
    • Knowledge as a dynamic process
    • Change as the only reliable constant
    • Learning --> A form of growth
      • Transfer
      • Personal Transformation
    • Growth --> Requires risk-taking, stepping out of our comfort zones, thinking outside of our "boxes" --> Requires creativity
    • Creativity --> Possibilities made visible by bringing seemingly unrelated things into association with one another
    • Non-linearity --> Both learning and life are messy --> Chronological, linear ways of packaging information may keep us from seeing alternative options
    • Networking
      • Conceptual associations
      • Linkage of information
      • Social connections
    • Questions --> Grad school is about discovering questions, not memorizing answers
    • Build --> Networks, influence, identity

  • Overview of Wiki





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CultureConnection.jpg - A wiki collection of cultural resources in Spanish, organized by conceptual topics, grammar topics, media types, and vocabulary topics.