Powerpoint 2007 with Multimedia

July 14th, 2010

Here are the links provided in the “PowerPoint 2007 with Multimedia” workshop:

My PowerPoint Handout can be downloaded for future reference.

Download this sample PowerPoint File: PowerPoint2007

Download this file for sample graphs: Excel 2007.xlsx

Safari Books can be consulted for more information – Access via library Research Databases

Presentation Zen is an excellent reference, check it out here!
Ribbon Customizer is an interesting tool to check out if you don’t like the Office Ribbon.
Do you have the Compatibility Pack installed on your non-Office 2007 Computers?

Original post by Jake

Powerpoint Multimedia Links

March 18th, 2010

Here are some useful links to use in our “Powerpoint Amplified” workshop:
Click here for an Excel file to get started.

Getting Free, licensed Media:
Archive.org is an amazing resource for obtaining audio and video
The Creative Commons also a great way to get content licensed for distribution.

Recommended video formats:
PC: MPEG-1 (.mpg) and .WMV
Mac: MPEG-1 (.mpg) and .MOV

If you need to convert your content, there are several options:

Mediaconverter.org is a very useful website, although it does not always work.

Use AVS Video Converter if you feel like spending money on a good, user-friendly product.

Super, is an ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT product, but not very user friendly.

Here is a YouTube video on how to use it (OK quality)

Here are the recommended setting for Super

1. Output Container: MPG

2. Video Codec: MPEG-1

3. Audio Codec: mp2

– Select FFmpeg

Video: Keep standard settings, and choose a "Bitrate" around 1000 (this is just a general guideline)

-Audio: Sampling Freq: 44100

– Finally, Click on "Encode (active files)"

– You may have a bit of trouble finding the output file the first time you do this.

Original post by Jake

The Mighty Mac: Settings and Shortcuts

March 16th, 2010

Welcome to part 1 of the newly revised Mighty Mac, Settings and Shortcuts.

Today’s workshop handout

Dan Rodney’s list of Mac keyboard shortcuts

Mac 101: The Finder

Safari Books


The Mighty Mac: Workshop resources

Original post by Allison

Blogging to Supplement Course Work (FYS)

February 9th, 2010

Here are the links used in our “Blogging as a supplement to the traditional paper” FYS seminar:
Navigate UR “Multi-User (MU) Environment”: http://blog.richmond.edu/jkulstad
Make a Post
Make a Page
Make a Comment

Create blogs at WordPress.com: http://wordpress.com/

Example: http://jkulstad.wordpress.com/
Posts (if needed)
Re-size in photoshop
Embed YouTube videos
Mention YouTube privacy settings

Professional Blogs:
Mary Finley-Brook: http://geoyapti.wordpress.com/
Kristen Lindgren: http://blog.richmond.edu/icastl
Linda Hobgood (Business and Professional Development): http://urjb6hx.wordpress.com/speeches/
Kim Klinker Middle East Geography: http://blog.richmond.edu/geog279/
Script Analysis: http://blog.richmond.edu/script_analysis/
2008 Honors Thesis: http://blog.richmond.edu/honorsthesis08/

Integration into your Blackboard Page:

Samples of Blogging rubrics available online:

Original post by Jake

How can iPods help you learn and study better?

December 7th, 2009

Well, for one, you have to be open and accustomed to consuming content on a portable device.  Sometimes this can be challenging because of the small screen and limited options for input.  Secondly (and most importantly), you have to have a mobile device – if you’re a member of the University of Richmond faculty, the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology can provide you with an iPod Classic or an iPod Touch to be used in your courses.   You can complete the proposal form to request iPod’s here.

Feel free to a look at the OEDb’s 100 ways to use iPod’s for learning.  I found #’s 6, 24, 51, 63, 72 to be quite intriguing.  Let us know which ones you like!


Original post by Kenneth

Office 2007: To Cheat or not to Cheat?

October 14th, 2009

I have a moral conundrum. When teaching someone how to use the new features in Office 2007, is it OK to show them how to install a “classic” user interface to regain the old menu structure? A product such as Ribbon Customizer allows a user to do just that with a free version of their Office 2007 plug-in (advanced features can be had for an additional $29).


There are numerous new tools now available in Office 2007, and the new Ribbon structure to the menus makes this functionality more accessible. The company marketing RibbonCustomizer admits that “If one defers learning the Ribbon, one will eventually be simply behind.” I choose to look at it much the same way I view nicotine patches… not great in their own right, but a useful tool for someone looking to change their habits.

Google Maps/Earth Workshop Resources

September 30th, 2009

jake kulstad
jkulstad@richmond.edu – x8258

Learn key features of Google Maps and Google Earth
Create Custom Maps and Tours
Explore online tools  to find data and tools
Share custom Maps and Tours with others
Understanding the basic features of KML

Google Maps
“My Maps” (log-in or create an account)
GPS Visualizer tool http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/
-create KML overlay using coordinates from Google
USA Photomaps http://www.jdmcox.com/
more data / pictures/options
a little hard to use
KML factbook  http://www.kmlfactbook.org/
-Good for displaying country-level data
-Adjust “Full Chart Value” to “data max”
example data query
save KML
display in Maps or Earth
Lighthouse Geospatial Data Gateway  http://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/
National Landcover dataset

Google Earth
Speed considerations
“Zoom in to materialize”
-Geographic Web
-Street Views
-3D Buildings
Placemarks and lines
Taking a tour
Grand Canyon Example:  http://www.gearthblog.com/kmfiles/GrandCanyonTour.kmz

Recording a tour


100 tools:  http://mashable.com/2009/01/08/google-maps-mashups-tools/
NOAA Maps:  http://demo.geogarage.com/noaa/
Wifi hotspots near UR:  http://hotspotr.com

Original post by Jake

Handling Information Overload Workshop

September 21st, 2009

Read the Harvard Business Review’s Death by Information Overload

Less is More!

Avoid the Wikipedia Effect.

Original post by Allison

Handling Information Overload

September 21st, 2009

Read the Harvard Business Review’s Death by Information Overload

Less is More!

Avoid the Wikipedia Effect.

Original post by Allison

Excel Tips and Tricks:

July 20th, 2009

Here are the links provided in the “Introduction to Excel 2007″ workshop:

VTC – www.VTC.com — Email me if you would like an account
Safari Books – Access via library Research Databases
Ribbon Customizer
Do you have the Compatibility Pack installed on your non-Office 2007 Computers?

Original post by jkulstad