PowerPoint as a Virtual Background in Zoom

More and more apps are trying to embrace what I call the ‘hometown meteorologist effect.’ You know the one, where someone in a news studio walks in front of a green-screen to forecast the weather on a digital background they see just off camera. Well Zoom now has incorporated their idea for it in their…

Tune Up; update to AV Tactics

As the Covid 19 pandemic progresses, I’ve been tweaking more and more of my home instructional ‘studio’ setup; and with it recommendations for others to try out. The original “AV Tactics” series I produced at the beginning of the Covid crisis was made in the moment where really we had to use what we had…

My Class for managing student blogs on wp.wwu.edu

“My Class” allows you to connect student blogs to your class blog where you can control the student blog privacy, comment moderation and post moderation on all student blogs with just one click. via https://help.edublogs.org/set-up-my-class/ My Class is ideal for teachers with students who either have their own student blog or publish posts on the…

Screen Recording & Adding Green Screen Superpowers

Freshly published to both Canvas Commons as its own module and in the STC Online Workshop course, “Screen Recording with Green Screen Superpowers” “[Canvas] Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. A digital library full of educational content, Commons allows Canvas users to share learning resources with…

Green Screen yourself onto your content

Since writing the Covid-19 Tactics post, and the @Home Studio and the New Normal video, I get asked a lot about green screening. Setting one up is as easy as hanging it up on a curtain rod, but finding or using the actual software to record can feel overwhelming. In these two videos I take…

STC Online Workshops: Canvas Course

For the coming Fall 2020, the Student Technology Center (STC) is supporting all the same application workshops through their all new self-enroll Canvas course; STC Online Workshops. This course is a hub for any student, staff, or faculty member in the WWU community who is looking for video trainings around the applications used in most…

Hack your online reading; with FireFox Narrate

If your eyes have been feeling strained, reading all those webpages for research or course reading you are probably not alone. In a podcast and streaming content era that we are in, wouldn’t be nice to audio-book-afy your webpage reading. In Firefox there is a tool that might help you do just that. If a…

Using a secondary mic? Here’s how to auto sync it to your video.

Four major video editor apps, four different names for the same function: Automatic audio sync for secondary audio to a video. If you caught my video on studio setup in ‘AV tactics for the at-home educator,’ you may have caught that I use two different mics depending on what I’m recording. When you use a…

STC Live Chat Support

If you are faculty or student at WWU and find yourself in a technology quandary, or are just missing being able to stop by the Student Technology Center to ask questions… Starting today you can now connect live with the STC staff during their business hours by signing into their Live Support Chat portal directly…

Podcasting with Zoom (Canvas Commons)

Let’s say you are a faculty at WWU, and you’ve decided to incorporate Podcasting into your class. You might be asking yourself “so, now how can I teach my students what they need to know about audio editing, Zoom and podcast production to do this great assignment?” Luckily, you have your course in Canvas; so…

Zoom as a Podcaster

Looping back to the original Covid-19 Tactics post, this series breaks down the several steps and tips to setting up Zoom as an audio recording source; and then how to bring those audio files into an audio editor to produce a podcast for your class. This technique is used in podcasting often, even before Covid-19,…

A Technologist’s Guide for Students Online

Building on the initial Covid-19 Tactics posts, this time this is geared more towards students looking for creative tools for AV and collaboration. Software: Video HitFilm (FXHome) – Mac/PC “Basics” YouTube playlist by FXHome Blackmagic Davinci Resolve – Mac/PC/Linux iMovie – Mac Windows 10 Video Editor – PC Super lite on editing tools, but can…

Canvas LMS, meet WordPress 5 training.

Let’s say you are a faculty at WWU, and you’ve decided to incoporate WordPress into your class. You might be asking yourself “so, now how can I teach my students what they need to know about Wp.wwu to do this great assignment?” Luckily, you have your course in Canvas; so look no further than Canvas…