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

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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.

Looking for a way to get that special teaching project funded? Look no further!

The Teaching Technology Center is now offering a Mini-Grant for MICA faculty interested in improving teaching and learning through innovative technologies.

If you are looking for new ways to test out technology in your teaching, you may be eligible for a $250 to $500 grant to support a project. The larger grant can support faculty who partner with a student to complete a project.

Please apply if you think your project:

  • advances the course or departmental curriculum through creative use of technology and/or innovative teaching practices, processes, assignments, or presentations, and/or
  • strives to create engaging student learning experiences by promoting 21st-century learning practices.

See this link for the application. For more detailed information about the grant and example project ideas, click here. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

MICA Teaching Technology How-to Guides

Addressing some of your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), here are some How-to guides that take you step-by-step through tasks within the various online tools you use everyday – Google Apps for Education, Moodle, Online Evaluations and Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing.

Google Apps for Education @ MICA

Sharing files with Google Drive

This short guide walks you through the Google Drive sharing interface and what different things may be accomplished with Drive.

Syncing Drive to My Computer

Google Drive has an option akin to Dropbox, where you designate folder(s) on your
personal computer that are connected to an online version of that folder on Google
Drive. Syncing these folders will automatically reflect changes in both locations made online or on your computer.

Moodle@MICA

Adding your syllabus to Moodle

Syllabi are most likely to be the first thing uploaded to your Moodle course. Follow this short step-by-step guide to successfully upload any files that you might want to have online for students via Moodle.

How to add a GTI or teacher to your course page in Moodle

To grant your GTI access to things on your Moodle course page, they have
to be specifically assigned as GTI. This guide shows how to do that.

How to Import Old Course Material into a New Moodle Page.

If  you find yourself teaching the same or a similar class every semester and wish to
transfer course material from semester to semester, this tutorial will help you do just that.

Adding the Quickmail Block to your Moodle Page

Sometimes it is easier to email your students directly from your Moodle page without
switching to another browser window or email application. To have this function available to you, follow this quick how-to.

Online Evaluations with EvaluationKit @ MICA

Creating Custom Questions

Want to know what your student think about your course? This step-by-
step guide shows you how to add custom questions to the course survey.

Result Reporting for Instructors

This tutorial will guide you on how to obtain the results for end-of-semester evaluations.

Result Reporting for Administrators

This tutorial will guide you on how to access results as a departmental admin for end-of-semester evaluations.

Adobe Connect for Web Conferencing @ MICA

Adobe Connect Best Practices

Adobe Connect is a really great tool for web-conference calls with your students when
you are not physically in the classroom or have a guest lecturer/presenter call in from
off-campus. These are some best practices to keep in mind when working in
Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect Audio Troubleshooting

If you run into problems with sound while running Adobe Connect, this guide will help you troubleshoot your web-conference.

* Don’t forget to contact us for any help with these or other teaching technologies at MICA.

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