Presented by the Center for Teaching and Lear ning Adding images and multimedia to your teaching materials is a great way to add interest and variety, however, this can lead to large files sizes which may be difficult for your students to download and open. This workshop will help you develop strategies to keep your presentations and documents skinny!
AN INTRODUCTION TO SKINNY FILES Why this workshop? Visual reinforcement is an important aspect of teaching and learning. Many of us add images to our PowerPoint presentations, create instructional videos and use other media in our teachings. But if not done properly, this can create a number of issues for you and your students. The truth is, most of us do not pay much attention to file sizes, until we have a problem! The tips offered in this workshop will help you to avoid the following issues: •
email services will block large file attachments
applications will freeze or crash when editing large files (PowerPoint)
many students still use slower internet connections and may be unable to download large files
the college’s storage space for ANGEL courses is limited, and large files are flagged
How large is too large? This is a very difficult question to answer, because it depends on your audience and your distribution method. Here are a few general guidelines to keep in mind, though: •
Try to keep document and presentation file sizes at or below approximately 5MBs
Individual images should be less than 500K, which is more than adequate for quality digital display
Video files are always larger, but can be “streamed” over the web for better results
If your files become oversized, consider breaking your large file into multiple, smaller files when possible
Compress the images and media before placing into a presentation or loading to a webpage
How do you tell how large a file is? Method 1 - view the size of a single file (in Windows): 1. 2.
Method 2 - view multiple file sizes inside a Windows folder:
Open the folder that contains the files.
From the Menu Bar, click on View > Details.
File sizes will be listed in the Size column.
from the pop-up menu. 3.
Look for the Size information line.
Classroom Mediation System Step-By-Step Guide The Extron mediation system offers all of the components that are common to other types of mediated classrooms on campus, including a PC, document camera, DVD/VCR player, and connections for a laptop or video devices. Please follow the steps below to take advantage of this powerful, yet easy to use system!
Power on 1
On the control console, press the “ON” button.
On the control console, press the corresponding button for the On the control console, press the corresponding button for the device device that you would like to display. that you’d like to display.
The “ON” button will blink as the projector warms up. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will also power on the DVD/VCR. The PC and ELMO document camera must be powered off) separately. The “ON” button will blinkon as(and the projector is warms up, after which you
will see an image on the projector screen, and the button light will then be fully illuminated. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will also power the DVD/VCR on. The PC and ELMO document camera must be powered on (and off) individually.
Desktop PC 1
On the control console, press the “PC” button.
On the front of the PC, press the power button. On the control console, press the corresponding button for the device that you’d like to display. At the Windows login prompt, simply click “OK.” Do not change the User ID name, and leave the password area blank.
To turn the computer off,as follow standard procedure; select “Shut The “ON” button will blink the projector is warms up, after which you Down…” the “Start” menu, click “OK.” will see anfrom image onWindows the projector screen, andthen the button light will then be fully illuminated. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will that alsoyou power Important note: The PC’s hard drive is protected, and anything store the DVD/VCR on. The PC and ELMO document must be or install on the hard drive is automatically erased oncamera reboot. Therefore, powered off) individually. rememberon to (and always save your files directly to a USB flash drive!
On the control console, press the “PORTABLE PC” button.
Connect your laptop to the system using the VGA, audio, and On the control console, press the corresponding button for the device network cables provided in the top of the desk. that you’d like to display. Turn on your laptop.
PC power button
To be sure that your laptop’s output will be displayed correctly by the
The “ON” button will blink as the projector is warms up, after which you projector, it is best to turn your laptop on last, after the projector is on and will an image on thetoprojector and the button light will then yoursee laptop is connected the VGAscreen, cable provided. be fully illuminated. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will also power the DVD/VCR on. The PC and ELMO document camera must be powered on (and off) individually.
ELMO document camera 1
On the control console, press the “DOC CAM” button.
On the ELMO, press power button (located on top-rear corner of On the control console, press the corresponding button for the device the document bed). that you’d like to display. To zoom, use the controls on the overhead camera.
To focus properly; zoom all the wayisin, pressup, the “AF” button The “ON” button willfirst blink as the warms which you On the control console, press theprojector corresponding button after for the device once, and then zoom out to thescreen, desiredand magnification level. will see an image on the projector the button light will then that you’d like to display. be fully illuminated. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will also power the DVD/VCR on. The PC and ELMO document camera must be powered (and will off)blink individually. The “ON”on button as the projector is warms up, after which you will see an image on the projector screen, and the button light will then be fully illuminated. Pressing the system’s “ON” button will also power
WHAT’S NEW: ANGEL 7.4 GRADEBOOK P r e s e n t e d b y t h e C e n t e r f o r Te a c h i n g a n d L e a r n i n g In May of 2010, Macomb Community College will upgrade their ANGEL learning management system from version 7.2, to version 7.4. Some of the most significant upgrades can be seen in the Gradebook. The setup, grading, and management features of your ANGEL Gradebook have all been improved. This document provides details on those improvements.
OVERVIEW OF CHANGES Task
Procedure in 7.2
Procedure in 7.4
Gradebook wizard guides initial setup; assignment wizard only available once
No wizard; configure grade book settings at any time; refined category and assignment editors
Enter grades by assignment or by user
Enter grades directly on the grading grid
Grading electronic submissions (drop boxes, discussion forums, assessments)
View and grade each submission separately from the Lessons tab
Use the new Submission Manager to view and grade all submissions from one location
Find ungraded assignments
Manually check each assignment, or run a report
Glance at the new Ungraded Items nugget
View summary reports
Manually run a report from Reports tab
Setup and save reports that you run often
Setup and evaluate grading criteria with new Rubric feature (covered in another document)
SETUP AND PREFERENCES Setup of the Gradebook in ANGEL 7.2 was done with the Gradebook Setup Wizard, which appeared automatically the first time you opened the Gradebook. The Assignment Wizard was included in this process, allowing you to associate multiple content items from the Lessons tab. However, these wizards were only available once. The ANGEL 7.4 Gradebook does not have a setup wizard but is more flexible and allows you to complete the setup tasks in any order that you choose.
Step 1 - Gradebook Preferences 1.
Navigate to the Manage tab.
Click on the Gradebook link in the “Course Management” component.
Click on Gradebook Preferences in the “Other Tasks” component.
Set your Report, Settings, Grading Grid and Printing Options preferences.
Click the Save button.
Whatʼs New: The ANGEL 7.4 Gradebook
Class 1 of 2, October 12, 2010 Sean Gabriel Photography, Churchill Community Center
WELCOME MESSAGE Hello and welcome to part one of the DSLR Bootcamp workshop! I am very excited to be teaching this workshop, because it gives me an opportunity to share some of my favorite creative shooting techniques that Iʼve discovered while shooting over the years. In this workshop, we will demystify our complex digital cameras, try out new techniques, and most importantly, have fun! My ultimate goal is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to make you creatively dangerous!
WORKSHOP GOALS 1. Understand and control the three elements that contribute to correct exposure 2. Learn to use Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes with creative flare 3. Pick up some tips and tricks that will help you nail your focus 4. Discover the importance of good “glass” 5. Understanding your cameraʼs metering modes 6. Learn a technique for taking your flash off camera 7. Find new ideas, techniques, and have creative fun
WORKSHOP STRUCTURE • These workshops will begin with lecture and discussion of important topics and concepts. These discussions will lead to in-class activities and demonstrations, which build upon topics discussed, and lead into new topics. • The majority of class time will be spent on in-class activities, demos, and review/critiques of the photos created during those activities. • At the beginning of each class, you will be give a handout (like this one!), which will provide details all of the planned topics of discussion, as well as the steps and tips needed to complete the in-class activities... so you shouldnʼt have to worry about taking extensive notes! • Time will be limited, but if new questions or topics arise, and the class is in agreement, we can stray from the plan. • And yes, you WILL be given homework between the first and second class!
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DSLR CAMERAS DEFINED DSLR cameras are more powerful and affordable now than ever. A $500 camera today can out-perform a $5000 camera from five years ago. The have more features, capture better images, and offer new features every year. But what is a “DSLR” camera?
Definition: DSLR Digital Single Lens Reflex. “A digital camera that uses a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera.” More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_single-lens_reflex_camera Key advantages (over point-and-shoot cameras): • Manual exposure controls - shutter speed, aperture • Large sensor - more sensitive to light, capture sharp and accurate images • Faster response - minimal delay when pressing shutter button, quicker recycle times, faster burst shooting • Interchangeable lenses - ability to swap lenses for creative effect, control, and clarity • Accessories - and endless supply of tools that can be added to your cameraʼs “system”
Quick note: DSLR Cameras vary greatly in price. Can’t afford a new camera? Check Ebay and Craig’s List, or look online for “refurbished” camera bodies to save money! Except for larger LCD viewfinders and the capability to shoot video, “older” DSRL cameras offer the same creative controls and may be perfect for any new hobbyist. If you want to gauge how heavily used a used camera is, ask for its “shutter actuations” count before buying, and check online for that camera’s maximum count!
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