#16 – Internet Access

At the most recent F8 Facebook conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new initiatives for expanding internet access across the world saying “We stand for connecting every person, for a global community, for bringing people together, for giving everyone a voice.” In this episode of URTechSavvy Scott and I discuss the technologies behind what it means to be ‘connected’ but we also dive into the social and economical issues associated with having reliable, affordable internet. Enjoy!


Google Project Loon

Facebook F8 Projects


#15 Virtual Reality and the Educational Experience

The story of educational technology can be told through the history of various technological “tipping points” — times when a conceptual technology becomes real due to the development of new hardware. These are points in time when science fiction turns into reality. Scott and I believe that virtual reality’s “tipping point” is near. In this episode of URTechSavvy, we explore the new hardware and discuss their potential as an effective educational tool.

Links Mentioned during podcast:

A Trip to the Moon / Le Voyage dans la lune – 1902 



Google Cardboard


Samsung Gear VR

Elders in VR

Grandma on the roller coaster:

Mother in Dinosaur museum: “How’d you get a museum in this?”

Granny in the Oculus

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

#14 The Future of the Living Room

Most are familiar with the term “cord-cutter”. For those unfamiliar, it refers to households that stop paying for their cable box. Is that term even relevant today? The idea of cable is foreign to many college students and we are entering into a new post-cord cutter era. For this podcast, Scott and I talk about this new era and the devices that are driving online viewing. Hope you enjoy!

#13 A Baker’s Dozen Recap

For the last 12 episodes Scott and I have talked about a specific technology, today we talk about them all. Technology changes so fast we felt the need to do an recap issue of the UR Tech Savvy podcast. Exciting news on technologies we’ve talked about in the past seems to happen every day so we decided to discuss them this week. Hope you enjoy!

#12 Wonderful WordPress!

There is a lot of exciting blogging happening at the University of Richmond these days. With the addition of Ryan Brazell (a WordPress WIZ), the CTLT is becoming a hub for thoughtful, educational approaches to blogging. We have helped over 19 classes this semester add a blogging component and are looking to add even more next semester.  Check out the current semester blogs at blog.richmond.edu and get in touch with your liaison if you are interested in blogging in the future.

In this week’s podcast we are joined by Ryan and the three of us talk all things WordPress – hope you enjoy!



#11 Back to School Applications

Today there are so many great apps out there it can be difficult to distinguish the good from the great. Scott and I got together a few weeks ago, during the back to school rush, to discuss some of our favorite educational, productivity, health, storytelling apps…. basically all of our favorite apps! Hope you find some of our tips helpful!