Unsplash.com and Royalty Free Images.

If you have ever run into the problem of needing stock images without wanting to pay for those expensive stock photo sites, unsplash.com is an amazing resource.

All the images on this site fall under Creative Commons Zero, which means all the images are free to copy, distribute, and modify, even for commercial use.

Not only does this site offer Hi-Res images (1550×950), their collection is large and always growing!

Check it out!

Presenting: The One Button Studio

New from the Teaching Technology Center!

The One Button Studio


The One Button Studio is a user-friendly video recording studio with only three easy steps.


  • Insert a USB drive into the dock
  • Press the Record Button to begin a recording and press it again to stop
  • Remove the drive when you are done!

Everything recorded automatically gets added to your USB drive in a convenient Hi-Resolution .mp4 file, which is a perfect format for uploading and sharing videos over the web.

The Teaching Technology Center’s One Button Studio is located in Brown 417. The Studio includes a professional HD camera, audio, and lights set up against a green screen or white curtain backdrop. The studio space is free for use to all MICA faculty and staff with reservations made through Brown Center Checkout or the Teaching Technology Center.

This High-Tech space can be used for:

  • Recording Short Lectures
  • Shooting Green Screen Footage (using slides, video or images as a backdrop)
  • Recording Interviews (up to two-three people)
  • And anything else that calls for a quick and simple video recording for a class!

The Teaching Technology Center may also assist you in the shooting, editing, storing and sharing of videos made within the One Button Studio.

Here is a demo of what the One Button Studio can do for you!


For more information regarding the One Button Studio, please email browncheckout@mica.edu or acadtech@mica.edu.

Event: Digital Image Basics (for non-photographers)

Just announced!  Upcoming Event at the Teaching Technology Center


Digital Image Basics (for non-photographers) Parts I & II
Part I Tuesday 10/13 3:00 – 4:30 B 180
Part II Wednesday 10/28 12:00 – 1:30 B 180

Discover how to manage digital image files with the help of a professional photographer. Dan Meyers, who specializes in documenting fine art, will provide an extensive overview on how to take control of digital files, from essential camera settings for quality captures to an easy, streamlined workflow inside Photoshop. Detailed information will be presented on topics such as image resolution, controlling file size, saving, backing up and storing your files.

Handouts to be provided.

RSVP to acadtech@mica.edu

Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board

MICA Photo Faculty Colette Veasey-Cullors and MICA photo students have recently embarked on an online course collaboration and shared exhibition with students from the Department of Design and Studio Art at Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology in South Africa. You can find details of their online activities and more in the article below!

Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board.

Where is Bloemfontein?

Top Ways 3D Printing Benefits Your School

Check out this white paper about 3D Printing sponsored by Stratasys and Campus Technology. It describes cases of 3D printing at various educational institutions with links to more information!


Photo Attribution: 3D Printing 1, Son of Groucho
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Inspiring and Organizing your Writing through Mind Mapping

Sometimes organizing your ideas for writing is as difficult as putting them down on paper.  Some like to set down an outline of ideas organized by theme, topic or chronology, but sometimes the collection of ideas doesn’t fall into a suitable organization well or right away…

Most are familiar with the process of mind mapping, getting ideas out of your brain and into a map of connected ideas. Mind mapping helps to see connections that might not be obvious at first. The reason mind mapping can be so useful is that there are very few rules to how you can organize your ideas…

Some key characteristics of mind mapping are illustrated below (taken from http://www.mindmapping.com):

The five essential characteristics of Mind Mapping:

  • The main idea, subject or focus is crystallized in a central image.
  • The main themes radiate from the central image as ‘branches’.
  • The branches comprise a key image or key word drawn or printed on its associated line.
  • Topics of lesser importance are represented as ‘twigs’ of the relevant branch.
  • The branches form a connected nodal structure.

When preparing to write, online mind mapping tools can be particularly helpful and easy to use.

Consider trying out a few the next time you need to iron out a new organization for a piece you have to write. Don’t forget, writing assignments such as mind mapping can also be a group activity with other collaborators helping to suggest new ideas and connections in each other’s maps.












http://www.inspiration.com/inspiration (Click on map view for a short video on mind mapping)

Additional resources:

Online Collaboration: An Interview with Ginger Spivey

Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.

Ginger Spivey Interview on Collaboration