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…

Discord & EdTech

A quick read from the folks at Discord on uses of the Discord platform, and how it could be used in edtech. What can Discord do? And didn’t it start off as a platform for gamer convo? Yes and in short… A dedicated, free to use, invite only class space for classes like AP US…

Little Learner Tech (part 2)

Outside Learning & Using Tech: Continuing from the first part in using tech indoors that foster learning, here we are getting out and using tech to augment our learning. In the PNW, the outdoors are an integral part for many of in our way of life or even our culture in this region. To offset…

Little Learner Tech (part 1)

Inside Learning & Using Tech: For anyone who has a little-one, being at home and not being able to have your child go out and just play has had its ups and downs. In the connected age, there were already worries and research on the impact of digital devices on cognitive development and attention spans….

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…

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…

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…

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…