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Talk Nerdy to Me: UITS joins Tech Podcast

By DANIELLE MILLER

Staff Writer

University Information Technology Services (UITS) at IU South Bend has recently joined the IU Bloomington Talk Nerdy to Me Podcast. The monthly podcast features tech topics such as gadgets and gaming with other topics that vary month to month.

Segments last month include tech under $200 and other hot gadgets, UITS Support Center tips on VPN, cell phones in classrooms, special guests – Joel Langston and Jeffrey Gadzala on gaming changing lives, brief history of women in IT, and Blackberry Z10.

IUSB’s Joel Langston, manager of media services at IUSB UITS, weighed in on how video games have changed lives.

“A teenage boy wrote a blog about how Tomb Raider saved him from suicide,” he said. The boy saw that the characters in Tomb Raider had overcome hardships and related this to his life. The game gave him a positive focus he said.

Even though the topics each podcast will vary, some segments such as Langston’s gaming segment is a permanent feature.

“It’s about video games as a whole but key interest in using them in education. We will probably have some speakers who create games or talk or teach about game based learning,” he said.

“We try to keep it not about two people who love video games nerding it out but to make it about critical thinking like having a two way conversation about how games can be used in education for example,” said Langston.

The podcast is not recorded live however the speakers aim to create the podcast as if it were live.

“It was pretty unnerving. We did not record live but treated it as live. We did it in one take. We happened to get it right the first time,” he said.

To listen or subscribe visit  http://go.iu.edu/79M.

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