Monthly Archives: October 2007


From my days as an amateur short film-maker, I frequently used a program called Audacity to create sound files for foley, voice-over, or any number of other applications involving live sound. For voice-overs Anthony has already created a really nifty utility which makes Audacity unnecessary for that application. However, the program makes for a really handy tool in creating a variety of sound files, as well as exporting them to a variety of formats. If you would like to export sounds files as .mp3, you need a specific encoder, of which I found LAME MP3 Encoder to be the best:

And the free download site for Audacity:

For a PC, follow the above links and the appropriate download should be easy enough to find.

The interface of the program is very basic – click the red circle to record, the yellow square to stop recording, and the green triangle to play back what you just recorded. You can also use a variety of audio editing tools which have a similar interface to iMovie or Final Cut.


NCSU Scalable Project to Connect Students to Library Resources

Grrr… I love ScribeFire, but I just accidentally clicked the clear content button and wiped all of my notes from this session. I’ll have to track down the slides later.

Creating portlets of static and dynamic content at both the curriculum and course level. Subject librarians tag resource with curriculum level code ex. ENG or curriculum and course level ex. ENG and 221. Dynamic portlets search database for them and deliver them into the portlet on the course page. Working on auto integrating into LMS (currently Vista but experimenting with Sakai).

They shortlisted 15 portlets and whittled down to eight after consulting student focus groups.

Example URL –

Evolving Technologies Committee

Talked about rapid progression from MS Office office apps to Google Productivity apps to now Buzzword and SlideRocket from Adobe.

Folks from NC talked about web conferencing. Gentleman from Catholic University is speaking about mobile learning.

3-D printers can create 3D physical models using variety of media. Many 3D printers in $30,000 range, but there are now models under $10,000.

Univ. of Chicago talking about virtualization. Origins go back to IBM mainframe at MIT in the 1960s. Current focus is on desktops – VMWare, Parallels.

Digital preservation and storage. Important because of many things- availability, performance scaling, data organization – but legal compliance is a biggie.

More info on Evolving Technologies Committee website:

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Beta is about to end, ready to go into full release. Can create plugins to get custom databases inter-operable.

Beta of Zotero Server should be available around January. Will be able to share collections. Will be groups in macro and micro disciplines, official groups. Server software will be open source so institutions will be able to set up their own Zotero servers. There will be user management in the Server version groups.

Firefox Portable – installs on USB drive and allows you to run Zotero and FF from the USB drive so can use across multiple cluster machines for example.

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Stanford Med School Team Learning Classroom

Used for microscope work and wet lab work. Used electrified tables – said they were unhappy with them because they often break.

Had to get faculty off of slide projectors. Took two years to digitize all their images and put them in PowerPoint for them.

One key to success – provide point of service support – they used a student posted in the classroom. Persistently pursued faculty to train them. Got faculty to train other faculty.

Managed TBL classes by plotting minute-by-minute schedules. Use TurningPoint for classroom response because it includes function to compare responses by teams. Use Apple Remote Desktop to do student desktop sharing.

Using Resource 25 to book space.

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UGa Authentic Tasks and Assessment

Class with 3 assignments – get to Mars, live on Mars, create sustainable energy on Mars.
Class used qual and quant data to determine whether or not a school should be closed – Australia.

Alignment is critical.
Authentic tasks – problem is not well defined. Faculty focus needs to shift from teaching to learning. Students need to shift from being passive to active. Role of technology is to bring real world data into the classroom. Focus assessment on higher order outcomes.

Why put time into teaching when I’m rewarded for research. Av fac works 57 hrs/ wk but only 6 in the classroom.

Design-based research website.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Lincoln’s leadership qualities – seems we have superficial markers for who’s the successful candidate. We should be looking at leadership styles.

1. Capacity to listen to different points of view created climate where people felt free to disagree.
2. Ability to learn on job – acknowledge failures and respond to mistakes.
3. Showed read willingness the share credit for success.
4. Willingness to shoulder blame for his subordinates.
5. Possessed acute awareness of his own weaknesses so that he could accommodate them.
6. When angry or anxious he was able to control his emotions.
7. Possessed strength to adhere to fundamental goals ignoring short-term…
8. Need to know how to relax and shake off anxiety and replenish your energies. Lincoln went to theater over 100 times during his presidency.
9. Go out into the field, visit the soldiers, visit the hospitals, boost the morale of the troops. Would rather win the soldiers’ votes than lose the election.

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A Note on iDVD compatibility issues

The best way to avoid disc compatibility issues is to create a disc image. A disc image (.img) is a package that contains exactly the same information as a DVD, but is stored on the hard drive. Choosing File > Safe as Disc Image… tells iDVD to encode all the MPEG-2 files without actually copying them onto a disc.

Once the encoding is done, you can use Disk Utility to burn the package contents to a disc:
1. Open Disk Utility
2. Drag your new .img file into the left-hand pane.
3. Select the image and click Burn, then follow the directions.

Another advantage to this scheme is that, if you need to make multiple copies of a project, you don’t have to repeat the lengthy encoding process for each new disc. You just keep using Disk Utility to burn new copies.

Test blog post for Seth — getting the formatting right

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As we think about Martí, Turner, and Darío, we might also think about Whitman (1819-1892). Darío, as you know from this week’s reading, directly engaged Whitman. Martí did too. He wrote an essay about the U.S. poet, which might be of interest (although it is not assigned); it appears on pp. 183-94 of our Martí collection. On p. 194, Martí concludes about Leaves of Grass: “Certain words of our own language can be found on every page in his book: viva, camarada, libertad, americanos.”

Here is poem no. 27 from Whtiman’s transcontinental epic Leaves of Grass, written for the 1867 4th edition of the work (which Whitman had originally published in 1855 and kept adding to and rearranging for the rest of his life):

Facing west from California’s shores,
Inquiring, tireless, seeking what is yet unfound,
I, a child, very old, over waves, towards the house of maternity,
the land of migrations, look afar,
Look off the shores of my Western sea, the circle almost circled;
For starting westward from Hindustan, from the vales of Kashmere,
From Asia, from the north, from the God, the sage, and the hero,
From the south, from the flowery peninsulas and the spice islands,
Long having wander’d since, round the earth having wander’d,
Now I face home again, very pleas’d and joyous,
(But where is what I started for so long ago?
And why is it yet unfound?)

Rob Nelson Portfolio Project Outline – rough

Process by which current digital images are entered and cataloged into portfolioÂ

Workflow for digital images newly created by Rob are brought into portfolio and entered – must include a photoshop droplet that resizes imagesÂ

nested folders keep or not keep – current catalog has fields that keep track of this link

renaming of tiffs  so that tiffs and jpegs will have same filename – or mark in field the original filename and location

ingestion of images into vrc catalog, will need to create a field to tag themÂ

embedding of xmp data – for Nelson copyright issue and possible watermark for those that will be ingested into the vrc?

software for Michelle Woofsey, she’ll need image manipulation software for rotation, auto levels, portfolio (she’s a mac user)

where does Rob keep the archival tiffs, does he need to access them when traveling?