Brown Checkout Spaces

Through Brown Checkout, MICA students and faculty are able to gain access to several flexible spaces that provide specialized equipment. The following are available for checkout:

  • A large green screen video and documentation room BR 410
  • A small green screen studio BR 417
  • A two-room audio recording studio BR 414

These spaces are useful for any students and faculty wishing to record presentations, performances, voiceovers, Foley, interviews, podcasts, and anything else that would benefit from a dedicated recording space. Brown 410 is also equipped with a large scale documentation wall for 2D and 3D art documentation.

To reserve a space, go to checkout.mica.edu. You choose the pickup date and time. A reservation can reserve the space for you but expires if you do not checkout the space within an hour of the reservation time. You can retrieve a room swipe card at the time of your checkout at Brown Checkout. Checkout of spaces is limited to 4 hours with options to extend if additional reservations are not pending.

Below are more detailed descriptions of the available spaces, including their setup, equipment and how-to videos:

Brown 410

Brown 410 is a large video recording studio with sloping green screen painted wall flush to the floor that provides sound proofed walls and an adjustable black curtains. The room is also equipped with studio lights designed for green screen shooting. There is also a documentation wall with a white homasote surface for installing 2D art and drop down paper rolls for a backdrop for 3D art.  Lighting kits and tripods are available (as well as DSLR cameras) for checkout for photo and video projects. The room may also serve to support other projects such as Foley audio recording, small performances, presentations, demonstrations, or other exhibit oriented activities.

View these orientation videos to the space:

Brown 410 Video Studio

How to Document your Work

Brown 417

This room is equipped with the One Button Studio, a user-friendly 3-step recording studio that is ideal for people unfamiliar with video technology. Just Insert a USB drive into the dock, press record, record your video presentation and just remove the drive when you are done. The Studio includes a professional HD camera, audio, and lights set up against a green screen or white curtain backdrop. This High-Tech space can be used for, recording lectures, shooting green screen footage, recording interviews, and anything else that calls for a quick and simple video operating system. The studio space is free for use to all MICA faculty, staff and students.

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View this orientation video to the space:

One Button Studio Demo

B414 A and B

Brown 414 A and B make up a professional sound recording booth and are designed to work together for professional sound recording. Room A is the control room that includes soundproofing, a Cardioid microphone, an “on air” light, a Scarlett audio interface, and a computer loaded with Pro Tools software.

Room B is equipped with soundproofing, an “on air” light, a monitor and a cardioid microphone that is connected by patch bay to the computer in Room A.  Both rooms are perfect for simple voiceovers, Foley work, podcasts, or anything else that needs crisp clean audio tracks. The rooms are available to all faculty, staff, and students through the Brown Checkout Center.

View these orientation videos to the space:

MICA Brown 414 Soundbooth

Intro to Pro Tools

Teaching with Laptops

If you missed an opportunity to attend a faculty development workshop on teaching with laptops, you can still take a look as some brief instructional videos about it below. As always you can discuss teaching and technology strategies at the Teaching Technology Center anytime!

Presenting with your Laptop from Teaching Technology Center on Vimeo.

Plugging in to teach from Teaching Technology Center on Vimeo.

Check out other instructional video projects produced by the MICA Teaching Technology Center!

How to Upload Your Moodle Syllabus

Soft Circuits with Karyn Lao

Woodshop Safety Videos
(need MICA log on to view)

Screencasting!

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What is screencasting?

Screencasting is a way to create a video recording of your computer screen. It can contain images or video of your screen as well as a voice narration which can allow users the audience to follow what you are doing.

What can I use it for?

Screencasts give educators the opportunity to integrate technology into the classroom and enhance the learning experience for students. It is useful for teaching and demonstrations  such as web or software tutorials, online teaching demonstrations, tours of web-based reference material, and online office hours using a shared screen. Screencasting can be done using a variety of free or nearly free tools such as QuickTime Screen Recorder (a native Mac application) or Screencast-o-matic (an online tool). The MICA Teaching Technology Center also has licenses for Camtasia (TechSmith) and Captivate (Adobe) which are both full-featured fee-based screencast applications you could download to your computer.  

Is there help for me to start screencasting?

The MICA Teaching Technology Center can help you with screencapture in QuickTime, Screencast-O-Matic, Captivate and Camtasia. There are many other free and nearly free options out there that you can explore on your own as well.

Check out the links below for more information and how to guides.

QuickTime Screen Recorder Steps

Screencast-O-Matic Screencasting Steps

Overview of Camtasia

 

Photo by: Gray
Licensed under creative commons some rights reserved.

Printing the Pieta

Okay so it’s just one small part of the Pieta: a detail of Mary, but I printed this to illustrate the value to teaching and learning of being able to touch the art – the untouchable art.

Can you think of applications for this in the classroom?

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Other Resources:

Design Make Teach: A blog about digital fabrication in the classroom

Why 3D Printing Needs To Take Off in Schools Around The World

Michelangelo, Pieta (Khan Academy video)

Please Feel the Museum: The Emergence of 3D Printing and Scanning

 

 

Presenting: The One Button Studio

New from the Teaching Technology Center!

The One Button Studio

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

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  • 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!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B21A7KGsRN9LUXJQN25BSHZWLW8

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

Google and more!

We have created a Youtube playlist of some great introductions and tutorials on Google Apps that you can use via Google Drive to improve connectivity and interactivity in classrooms. Some apps/videos you may have heard of like Google Docs or Google Forms are included in the playlist. In videos of Google Apps for Education, you can view how to create a survey, explore data visualization, and other advanced features.

In addition to videos on those familiar apps, we also feature on the playlist others like Pear Deck which can help you create an interactive classroom using polling, question and answer slides, and other creative presentation features. You can also find a video on Conceptboard which allows you to work collaboratively online on a group project.

You can check out the first video of the playlist below. You can also browse through the playlist to find videos that interest you and that are relevant to your teaching by clicking the playlist icon in the upper left corner of the video.