PowerPoint Slides as a Virtual Background

Zoom now allows us to choose a special virtual background when sharing our screen. This new feature allows the instructor more control over their video and what the students are seeing. It also simplifies the sharing process for PowerPoint by directly sharing slides as a presentation rather than the older…

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A Simple Path to Better Document Accessibility

You’ve probably already heard that accessibility is an important consideration when creating digital content. Content which is created in an adaptable, accessible way is available to a larger audience without the need for special tools or processes to make it available to those with specific limitations or needs. As we…

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Wednesdays are Open Lab days this summer

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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! This summer, members of the ITG and IS Academic Technologies will be offering open labs on Wednesdays, alternating between Canvas and Online Teaching questions. There is no agenda or formal presentation. Just drop into the Zoom session with your questions and we will provide…

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Mac Users: Use QuickTime Player to Narrate a PowerPoint, save as a Movie

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Mac users–did you know you can use QuickTime Player to record everything on your screen, with your voice narrating? It’s a great way to record yourself presenting a PowerPoint as you narrate, doodle or ink, and use the laser pointer. (Windows Users can use the built-in way of recording a…

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Narrate a PowerPoint, export as video, share in Google Drive or YouTube

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The PowerPoint version shown in this tutorial is PowerPoint 2016, in Windows. (If you have a Mac, please note that this method will work, but your pen, highlighter “inking” and laser pointer will not be exported into your video. For an alternate method for Mac users, please see this video:…

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Canvas: VoiceThread Graded Assignments

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   VoiceThread is integrated with Canvas! You can create a VoiceThread assignment in Canvas, asking students to: CREATE a VoiceThread, COMMENT on a VoiceThread, OR  WATCH a VoiceThread.  As you grade the VoiceThread assignments, the grades go into the Canvas grade book. (Not familiar with VoiceThread? Check out these videos:…

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