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…

Ep. 2 – Digital Alchemy Live (Work In Progress)

Building from my post on “Piloting with OBS,” in this live stream I test out bringing in a guest from Microsoft Teams into OBS, with the live stream going to Microsoft Streams. Things to still work out Video latency recording from Teams/Zoom et.al into OBS (this might just be a limitation coming from my graphics…

Piloting with OBS (work in progress)

Have you ever wanted to have your own show? Live streaming, or streaming a live video-production to a webpage where you have control over switching in between yourself, guests, or any other content has become the ‘broadcasting’ of the 21st century. So…what would it take to do in these teach-at-home times we are in? As…

Adobe Education Leader

If Covid-19 has shown us anything, it is that we as a society can still connect and create from wherever we are in the world. The ability to collaborate, communicate, and create and use a wide range of tools to ‘make’ things is a fundamental digital literacy that all educators have to be able to…

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

Launching today, the STC now has a self-enroll Canvas course called STC Online Workshops. It is an ongoing course that anyone in the WWU community (students, staff, faculty) can enroll and learn any of the face-to-face application support and technology workshops we used to host in HH245…. as well as a few new ones coming…

Must…Have…More…Space!

As midterms roll around, we all have been creating more content no than perhaps any other quarter in history. You and your computer’s hard drive now might be finding yourselves in a tight spot; literally. Making videos, screen shots, docs, etc. as an educator or as a student take up a massive amount of hard…

Affinity Publisher in Canvas Commons

Let’s say you are a faculty at WWU, and you’ve decided to incorporate InDesign or desktop publishing into your class. You might be asking yourself “how can my students use a desktop publishing tool like Adobe InDesign without all of them paying monthly” Luckily, you have your course in Canvas; so look no further than…

Affinity Publisher (Alt-AV InDesign)

Building off my posts from the initial Covid-19 Tactics posts, and the Technologist’s for Students Online this goes right at the heart of a topic near and dear to my creator heart; Adobe. As many students have expressed to me over the years, having to pay for Adobe each month while also paying for college…

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…

Ruling Time as a Knight

In any field, the skill to able to visually present data in a way that allows readers to engage with the data is a paramount skill. In the field of journalism especially, as timelines and the chronology of facts are just as much part of the story of record, as the reported story is. Northwestern…