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.

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.

CAA Sponsored Webinars on Fair Use

In your teaching, have you ever wondered whether your use of copyrighted works of scholarship and art are permitted under Fair Use? Are you familiar with the four factors to weigh fair use in teaching? CAA is sponsoring a series of webinars on the topic starting this Friday.

CAA Fair Use

Register and view them on your own:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5040792786612356609

  OR

Come to the Teaching Technology Center and view with your MICA Colleagues. See schedule below.

All webinars will be broadcast in the new home of Academic Technology @ MICA in the Teaching Technology Center, Bunting 180.

The following webinars will cover these topics:

April 10, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Scholarship
May 15, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Teaching and Art Practice
May 29, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in Museums and Archives
June 5, 2015, 1:00-2:00 PM (EDT): Fair Use in the Visual Arts: A Review

Please RSVP to acadtech@mica.edu if you plan to attend in person. Archives of each webinar will also be made available.

For more information about copyright and fair use, here are some additional resources:

Know Your Copy Rights
http://knowyourcopyrights.org/bm~doc/kycrbrochurebw.pdf

MICA’s
 IP 
Policy
– Key
Points
http://www.mica.edu/Documents/Provost/IPpolicypoints.pdf

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.

Telling a Linear Narrative on a Timeline using “Timeline JS”

Teaching history can often require presenting a chronology or a timeline of events. Timeline JS is an online timeline creation tool and a great resource that can be used to present a linear narrative in an interactive, intuitive, and organized way.

Timeline JS is easy to use by just following a few steps outlined in the video above and summarized briefly below:

  • Go to http://timeline.knightlab.com
  • Then click “Make a timeline now”
  • The website will walk you through a few steps:
    • Download the Google Spreadsheet template provided
    • Add the necessary information on the template. Information should contain dates and can include text, YouTube video, SoundCloud audio, images, etc.
    • When you finish adding all of the information you would like to be on your timeline, click File, Publish to the Web in the Google Spreadsheet menu
    • Google will generate a link that will need to be pasted on the Timeline JS website in step number 3: Copy/Paste Spreadsheet URL
    • Click Preview if you want to preview your timeline.
    • In Step 4 you can find a code to embed the finished timeline in a site of your choosing (such as Moodle, WordPress or another web site).

Below is a more detailed video that you can follow for more information.

There are other timeline/mapping tools out there with different approaches to storytelling that may suit your unique teaching style.

Here are some examples:

If geography and maps are more relevant to your teaching material, try Storymap JS to organize and present chronological events on geographical maps.

If you want to tell story about a picture where you can zoom in for example to point out brush strokes or a certain painting technique or to compare and contrast paintings pr pictures, try Gigapixel.

These are some easy ways to engage students in content while incorporating technology into your teaching. Try them out!