Hello Haverford College!

I’m a relatively new member of the Instructional Technology Services (ITS) team and I wanted to say hi. My job title is Instructional Technology Specialist, and I’m here to help you with any and all of your educational technology needs. Upma dorking out in Google Glass

For most of the last decade I spent my time working as a video producer/editor. More recently I’ve been delving into web design, web development, user experience design and, of course, my new favorite — educational technology.

Over the next few months I’ll be blogging, workshopping and one-on-one-ing with you about subjects, such as social media, iPad apps, Google Glass and other technologies that currently exist on campus.

If you’re thinking about a blended learning approach, and/or flipping your classroom but don’t know where to start, come talk to us in ITS! We’ll get a good sense of what your needs are and discuss available options to make your class time more efficient for both you and your students.

Some possibilities you might consider:

  • Panopto: capture your in-class lectures
  • WordPress: create a website for your class or maintain a group blog as a discussion forum
  • lynda.com: use this service as supplemental “reading”
  • A classroom response system, AKA “clickers”: to gain instant data on student progress in class

And when you’re ready to create digital teaching materials, we’ll work together to ensure pedagogically sound teaching materials.

Please don’t hesitate to drop by Stokes 205A to speak with me, or feel free to email me anytime. Cheers!

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Media Space by Kaltura

Instructional Technology Services is launching a pilot service for the Haverford Community, a new digital media platform called MediaSpace by Kaltura. MediaSpace allows faculty and departments to create private and public areas to share video work. You can think of it as Haverford’s own collaborative YouTube service.

Private areas are called Channels, which allow students to submit rough and final drafts of digital media assignments, and lets other participants in the class or group to comment on their peer’s work. Public facing areas are called Galleries, which allow people to showcase work for everyone. We have a few examples up on the site right now, courtesy of Professor Jeff Tecosky-Feldman (Math) and  his students. These are videos they produced this summer and will be used in Professor Jeff Tecosky-Feldman’s calculus course this fall. Here is his channel.

This fall, we are planning to work with a few groups and classes to test its functionality. Expect a presentation on its uses at the end of the semester. If you have any other questions about Media Space email the Instructional Technology Services: hc-techlearn@haverford.edu.

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New Media Consortium

This past month, I had the opportunity to attend the New Media Consortium’s annual conference to discuss and learn about how new media is being used in the educational environment (www.nmc.org). Here is what I heard:

Jason Ohler gave the opening Keynote on current digital trends and our relationship to present and future technologies. Trends of note: Big Data, Augmented Reality, The Semantic Web, Extreme BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and Transmedia Storytelling

Here is a link to his website to see more about what he does: (http://www.jasonohler.com)

-Another big announcement made at the opening plenary was that Autodesk was making their entire fleet of software free for educational use. All one has to do is visit their site (http://www.autodesk.com/education/home) to create an account and you can download any one of their vast fleet of powerful creative software.

Pro-Desk has set up an institutional account with them, so if you wish to add their software to your computer lab for student use, please contact them.

-One of the two big trends that I encountered while at the conference was the rise of gaming and gamification in the classroom. One impressive example came from North Carolina State University in the form of an instructional Equine Science game for students called “The Mane Event” (https://maneevent.ncsu.edu/)

Cathi Dunnagan, an Instructional Designer at NCSU was asked to help develop an app or program for the Equine Science class that was being taught at the school. The presenter put together a team of students and faculty (including the person teaching the class) and spent roughly 2 years creating the game. Their goal was to create a professional looking game that delves into every facet of caring for a horse, including anatomy, biology, feeding schedule, cleaning, etc.)

-The other big trend on display at the conference was the prevalence of 3D printers in educational institutions. One such place, Saint Joseph’s Academy in Louisiana offers 3D printing services and training to its high school population. They have made numerous projects with their services, and are finding new and exciting ways to engage in tech training with their students.

You can find some of their projects they have made here:


And an article on what some of their Seniors have done here: https://sjabr.org/joomla-pages-iii/category-list/801-graduates-showcase-3d-printer

Another school that displayed its 3D printing chops was the University of Texas in El Paso. Oscar Delgado and Steven Varela’s students studied the mechanics and morality of drones in a course which culminated in the production of a 3D printed quad-copter drone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWcBotUTDcs

-If you have any questions, comments, or are simply interested in having a larger dialogue about any of these topics, please feel free to contact hc-techlearn@haverford.edu to hear more.

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Haverford students, faculty, and staff have access to lynda.com (online trainin library)

IITS is pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2014, Haverford students, faculty, and staff have access to lynda.com.

Q. What is lynda? Lynda.com is an online training library with more than 2,000 videos on software, design, and business skills.

Q. How can I access lynda through Haverford’s portal?

1. Go to iits.haverford.edu/lynda

2.  Type your Haverford username and password. Lynda is tied into our single sign-on system, so you can log in with your Haverford username and password.


1. Go to  lynda.com and click login.

2. Type haverford.edu for orgnization’s URL.

3. Type your Haverford username and password. Note: You will be asked if you already have a lynda account. If so, click “I’ve had an account” and provide your existing lynda user name and password. This step will automatically link your existing account information including your playlists, bookmarks and previously viewed courses to your subscription through Haverford’s portal.

Q. Can I use lynda on my mobile device? Yes, you can download a free app from http://www.lynda.com/mobile-apps
With mobile devices, you can download individual videos or courses so that you can access them offline.

Q. How can I have more information about lynda? Please watch the introductory movie about the service, and How to use lynda.com.

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Teaching with Technology Forum – Spring 2014

Thanks to all the presenters and participants, we had another great Teaching with Technology Forum this semester. We hope that all the participants got some ideas from the event. Feedback we’ve got has been very positive.

Just in case you missed it, here are some recordings of the event.

“Using an iPad as a Teaching Tool”
Paul Farber, Writing Fellow

Paul discussed his experiences using an iPad to manage classroom interactions, including the associated possibilities and travails.

“Using an iPad as a Learning Tool”
Hiroyo Saito, Director of Instructional Technology Services, IITS

Hiroyo discussed how she worked with Kimko Suzuki, a Japanese professor
1) to use iPads inside the classroom to change the dynamic of the Japanese classes
2) to use iPads outside the classroom so that Kimiko’s students can spend the class time for discussion, rather than for presentation.
Hiroyo discussed the use of AirServer, which allows you to project your iPad, iPhone, and Macbook wirelessly in any classroom on campus. She discussed an interactive whiteboard app “Explain Everything” and showed  a project using that app by one of Kimiko’s students.

“Looking into the future: Google Glass”
Upma Singh, Instructional Technology Specialist, IITS
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

They demonstrated the explorer edition of Google Glass and talked about future implications of the device.

“Looking into the future: Leap Motion”
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS

Charles demonstrated the Leap Motion controller. Please let us know if you want to try it out and explore the possibility of its use in your courses.


Demonstrations of Tools to Create Micro-Lectures

Instructional Technology Services, IITS

We demonstrated various instructional technology tools and programs that you can use to deliver your lectures outside the classroom so that you can spend your precious class time on discussion, problem solving, etc. and focus on higher order thinking skills in Bloom’s Taxonomy.

teaching-naked-book-cover If you are interested in learning how you can use technology outside your classroom, you might want to read this book “Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of your classroom will improve student learning” by José Antonio Bowen.

Tools and programs that we demonstrated during the lunch time.

Explain Everything -Interactive whiteboard iPad app.
You can type, hand-write, insert picture, video, sound, and files such as PDFs. You can use a laser pointer while you are recording a video. You can export the project as a mp4 movie, or you can save the project and share the project via a shared Google drive with your collaborator, who can then add to the project!

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swivlNew Swivl

You can attach an iPad to the New Swivl and record your lecture. Then you can upload the video via the free Panopto iPad app to your Moodle course. If you want, you can place the Swivl + iPad in front of the blackboard, and you can use your familiar chalk! The iPad on the Swivl will follow you as you move in front of the blackboard.


PanoptoGlobe500pxPanopto (+ SMART Podium, iPad, Wacom table)
You can use our lecture capture system, Panopto, to record a micro-lecture and share it with your students. You can capture your screen and add audio and video. If you use Powerpoint or Keynote, Panopto creates a table of contents for your students, and also create a searchable index of your presentation. This allows your students to search your video presentation for any word mentioned on your slides. You can use Panopto with tablets such as SMART podium, iPad, and Wacom tablet.


CoM-Camtasia-2Camtasia (+tablet)

If you want to have more editing capabilities than Panopto, Camtasia is a great choice. You can capture your screen and add various annotations. It even allows you to add your face! In this recent article by Educause “What makes an online instructional video compelling?, “students cited faculty presence as a key factor related to their engagement and perceived learning from videos.” If you use a tablet like Wacom tablet, you can create a video like the ones in Khan Academy. Camtasia is not free, but you can try it for free for 30 days to decide if you like it or not.

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Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-Co),
Alex Mannix (BMC ‘15)
Rachel Elizabeth Weissler (BMC ‘16)

They demonstrated the Zapotec Talking Dictionary and talked about the process of involving students, linguists, and Zapotec community members in collaborative work building the database for the dictionary, using a spreadsheet in Google Drive.  They discussed the role of the dictionary in a Haverford classroom, its use as a hands-on learning experience for students outside the classroom, and its place in a larger movement to engage technology in language preservation and revitalization projects worldwide.


Nick Jones, Laboratory Instructor & Research Coordinator, Psychology

Nick gave us a quick overview of Qualtrics – online survey software. Nick discussed the variety of applications for which Qualtrics, a feature-rich and user-friend survey system, has been used in the Psychology department over the past year, from senior theses to longitudinal data collection. Qualtrics is available to all the Haverford students, faculty, and staff.

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Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Spring 2014 Teaching with Technology Forum & Showcase

Please join us at our semi-annual Teaching with Technology Forum and Showcase.

Date: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Time: 11:00am~2:00pm
Location: Stokes 102
Event Program

11:00-11:30 Using an iPad as a Teaching & Learning Tool
Paul Farber, Writing Fellow
Hiroyo Saito, Director of the Instructional Technology Services

11:30-12:00pm Google Glass
Upma Singh, Instructional Technology Specialist, IITS
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

12:00-1:00pm Light Lunch & Demonstrations of tools that you can use to flip your classroom.
Instructional Technology Services, IITS

1:00-1:30 Zapotec Talking Dictionary
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-Co), Alex Mannix (BMC ‘15) and Rachel Elizabeth Weissler (BMC ‘16)

1:30-2:00 Qualtrics 
Nick Jones, Laboratory Instructor & Research Coordinator, Psychology

We hope that you can join us at the event. Please let me know if you have any questions about the event.

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Panopto Preferences Change

Last week, Panopto pushed an update.
Unless you update the Panopto version, you won’t be able to upload the recording to the Panopto server.

If you are using a classroom computer to use Panopto, you need to change the folder where all of your recordings are stored.

Here are the steps.

  1. Open Panopto Recorder from the Dock.

  2. From the Panopto Recorder menu, select Preferences….

  3. Click the Browse… button next to the Recording Folder.

  4. Select YOUR Documents folder → Panopto Recordings

  5. Click the Open button.

  6. Click the OK button.


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New Swivl

The ITC has recently acquired a new piece of hardware to better help you capture your lecture or presentation. The Swivl is an automated cameraman, that will follow you around the room as you present to your class. The new Swivl can now dock any modern mobile device (iPad, iPhone, etc.) that you might want to use in order to record your presentation. You can even use the Panopto App on your mobile device to deliver your presentation directly to your Moodle Course.

The following video provides instructions on how to set up the Swivl, and how to record and upload a video from your mobile device to Panopto and Moodle.

If you would like to use the Swivl, please drop on by the ITC, or email us at: hc-techlearn@haverford.edu

For more information on the Swivl, please visit Swivl’s support page.

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Uploading videos from iPads to Moodle via Panopto app

In my previous blog article, I wrote about a whiteboard app “Explain Everything to create a mini-lecture. Today, I got a question from one of the faculty members, “I created a video using Explain Everything. How can I upload the video to my Moodle?

Well, there is an app for that!

Download the Panopto iPad app (free) to your iPad.

1. On your iPad, when you are done creating a video using the app Explain Everything, Export Video to Camera Roll.

2. Download Panopto iPad app (free) from the link below to your iPad.

3. In Panopto app, select “Sign In” under Account.

4. Type “hc.hosted.panopto.com” for the Address.

5. On the pop-up Sign in window, choose “Haverford College Moodle” from the drop-down menu.

6. Select the blue “Sign In” bar.

7. Login to Moodle with your username and Password, and select “Login.

8. On the Panopto app, select “Record & Upload” under Create.

9. Select your course/folder.

10. On the Create a new session window, type the Title and select “Choose a video,” and select the video you wan to upload from the Camera Roll, and select “Use” on the top right corner of the screen, and select the “Upload” button.

If the video is so long, it will take a while to compress & upload it. I would suggest you would do this when you do not need the iPad for a while. Once you upload the video, the video will appear under the Panopto block in Moodle.

You can watch this video. There is no sound in this video.


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Google Hangouts and Hangouts On Air

When IITS opened access to additional Google Apps beyond just email, calendar, docs/drive, and sites on December 2, 2013, the Haverford community gained access to a host of tools. Among these are Google Hangouts and Google Hangouts on Air. Google Hangouts allow a small groups to “meet” virtually, whereas Hangouts on Air provide a no-cost and easily accessed way to live stream events.

Up to ten Google Plus accounts–including yours–can participate in a Hangout. During a Hangout, participants can video conference, online chat, screen share, and more. You can invite members of the Haverford community, or anyone else with a Google Plus account to participate. Up to ten Google Plus accounts can also participate during a Hangout-on-Air. However, an unlimited number of people can view a Hangout on Air, and viewers do not need a Google account at all.

Just a few uses for Hangouts include:

  • virtual office hours
  • invite off-site guest lecturers for classes
  • stream an event to allow viewing by people that cannot attend live
  • team up with peers at other colleges for a remote joint class

Below are some quick instructions to get you started using Google Hangouts and Google Hangouts on Air with your Windows PC or Macintosh OS. For more information, such as using Google Hangouts from your mobile device, see http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/.

Get Started

  1. To use Google Hangouts, you MUST have a Google+ account set up.  If you have not already done this, visit plus.google.com to sign up with your Haverford account.
  2. Once you have your Google+ account set up, go to plus.google.com/hangouts
    Make sure you are signed in with your Haverford account. From here, you can select whether you want to start a Google Hangout or a Hangout on Air.

    • Google Hangout allows you to video conference with up to 10 other people, share links, documents, and screenshare.
    • Hangout on Air allows you to live stream an event or lecture, and will save the stream to YouTube later for users to watch if they could not make it to the live event. The video will be automatically saved to your Google+ account as well as your YouTube channel. (A YouTube will be automatically generated when you create a Google+ account, but may involve some activation.)

Google Hangout

  1. On your Google+ Hangouts Hompage (accessible through the drop down menu on the left,) select the Video Hangouts tab on the top of the window
  2. Click on the Start a Video Hangout button.

This window will pop up. Add participants / viewers to the call by typing in their email address. You may include a note if you wish. Click on Share when you are done.

This is your Google Hangout viewer. From here, you will be able to see yourself and video chat with the other participants in the call. You can moderate, chat, and screenshare in this window.

This is the chat button, and will open up a chat window on the right hand side that will allow participants to type in messages to everyone else, if they do not wish to interrupt a talk.
This is the screenshare button, which will allow you to show your desktop or web browser in the place of your image. This is useful if you need to demonstrate something for your students or peers.
This is your toolbox, which will allow you to moderate your image, add a lower third to your picture to let people know who you are, and set your status to away so that you can mute yourself and the application.
This will allow you to add additional participants to the call if you need to, or re-invite someone that may have dropped from the call already.
This program is called “Scoot & Doodle.” It lets you share a whiteboard and collaboratively draw. You will have to add this to your hangout session by selecting the “Add Apps” button on the left-hand application bar. (It looks like this an ellipses: )

When you are done with the call/Hangout,  click on the image of the Red Phone Receiver to leave the chat. The Hangout will continue until all participants have left.

 Hangout on Air

Hangout on Air operates in a much similar way, with the additional feature of allowing you to broadcast your session to other people via YouTube. If you wish to simply lecture and not interact with your audience, this is what you will want to use.

  1. Select the Hangouts On Air tab.
  2. Click on the  Start a Hangout On Air button.

    Write a description for the event, and then invite your audience. This will send a video link via YouTube to each invitee’s email, where they will be able to view your hangout. By default, your Hangout on Air will be open to all. If you do NOT want the public to view the video, you must DESELECT public in the audience area.
  3. Click on Share to send the emails out.
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