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:

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

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Panopto–A Great Option for Flipped Classrooms and Recording Guest Speakers

We are seeing more people using Panopto, our lecture capture system, for various purposes.

Some faculty members  are using Panopto to record their lectures and some faculty members are using it to create mini-lectures to flip their classrooms. More and more people are also using it to record talks by guests.

If you want to try it out, please watch this “Getting Started with Panopto” video.



More information is available on our website.


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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.

Note: There is no sound in this video.

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 “” 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.

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Haverapps Lets you Use Google Hangouts and Hangouts On Air

When IITS opened Haverapps accounts 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

Get Started

  1. To use Google Hangouts, you MUST have a Google+ account set up.  If you have not already done this, visit to sign up with your Haverford account.
  2. Once you have your Google+ account set up, go to
    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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Leap Motion

We bought Leap Motion Controller to explore the possibility of using it in teaching and learning.

One of our student assistant created a brief video of it.  Take a look.  If you want to try it out or have ideas for its use in your classes, please let us know! We want to hear from you.



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Mid-Semester Moodle Hangout (Fri. 2/28, noon-1:00pm)

With all the snow, it is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the semester and it is already time for midterms and mid-semester course evaluations. Did you know that you can use Moodle to get anonymous student feedback, and collect midterm research papers and other assignments–organized by name with timestamps?

Tomorrow, Friday, February 28,  from 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Sharon Strauss in IITS will conduct a Google Hangout webinar on using Moodle for mid-semester check-ins. At the end of this webinar, you will be able to use Moodle for the following purposes:

Course evaluations

  • Understand options for gaining feedback from students
  • Create effective questions for gathering useful informationReview and download results

Collect student assignments

  • Understand options for distributing and collecting assignments (i.e. individual vs. group, private vs. peer review, specify due date, etc.)
  • Specify desired assignment options and requirements
  • Confirm date and time of submissions
  • Review and download submitted work
  • Provide confidential feedback to students
Please  click on this link to join us live and participate in the Hangout. 

You can use your Haverford email address for Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is a tool for live discussions with up to 10 participants. It allows you to video conference or share photos, screens, videos, etc. Hangouts can alos be streamed live to an unlimited number of viewers, as well as archived for later use, using Google Hangouts On Air.

If you have any questions or plan to attend, please email RSVP is appreciated, but not required.
Happy Midterms!

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Getting ready for Spring 2014!

Dear Faculty,

Happy New Year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday break and that you are getting ready for the new semester. We would like to share some instructional technology information that might help you this semester.

Fall 2013 Teaching with Technology Forum
Did you miss last semester’s Teaching with Technology Forum? Check out the recordings and see how Professors Lou Charkoudian, Joshua Schrier, Rob Scarrow, Suzanne Amador Kane, and Joshua Sabloff are using technology to pace students learning, flip classrooms & labs, and create student-centered textbooks.  The programs they used are listed on the blog article.

All the spring courses should be available in Moodle. If not, please contact us. Don’t forget to make your courses available! Moodle help is available online.

Video projects
If you are interested in integrating video projects into your course, let us know. We would like to offer a “Digital Media Survival Guide” workshop to help your students before they start a video project. You and your students can check out various types of multimedia equipment for projects. We are planning roundtable sessions by our faculty as well.

Contact us if you need help in incorporating iPads into your teaching. We have 10 iPads you can check out for your class and a few that faculty can keep for a semester. You can wirelessly project the iPads in all the classrooms where the IITS installed iMac/Mac mini computers, except the classrooms in Gest building.

Google Apps for Education
As you know, Google Apps for Education have been enabled on your Haverford account. There are a lot of apps that you might want to try. Try Google + Hangouts to have an “office hour” with your students, and Google + Hangouts On Air to live stream your event.

You can use Panopto to record your class, your students’ presentations, or create videos for your flipped classroom. Feedback from students has been positive! Do you have any talks that you want to record? Consider using Panopto.

Clickers are available for you & your students. Clickers can be used to pace students’ learning. See how Haverford faculty are using them in this blog article.

AV in the classroom
Contact us if you need an AV orientation for your classrooms this semester. See what AV equipment your classroom has.

Computer labs
The Instructional Technology Center (Stokes 205) is available for your students to work on various media projects. In addition, Stokes 004 is available for your class when each student needs a computer. Both rooms have 30 iMacs.

Contact us
Please contact Instructional Technology Services (Hiroyo Saito, Sharon Strauss, Roger Hill, and Charles Woodard) via for any questions and support.

Have a great semester!

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Google Apps for Education

On January 9, IITS opened up a wide range of Google Apps for use from your regular Haverapps account. As a result, you no longer have to log out of Haverford’s Google Apps in order to make full use of features like Google+, Books, Maps, Picasa or YouTube–nor do you need a personal Gmail account to use these tools.

The IITS web site currently lists 29 Apps now available for use through your Haverapps account. Google Apps can enhance teaching and learning through wide range of Google Apps are that now enabled via your Haverapps account.

Daniel Russel at Google created an excellent video showing a wide range of search tricks you can use with Google Scholar, Google News (which lets you see images of old newspapers), Google Patents, Google Public Data (fantastic graphs on a wide range of data sets), YouTube, Google Books, Google Alerts, and even non-Google tools like Microsoft Academic Search and Wolfram Alpha. This 41 minute video is packed with useful information, and well worth your time.

This video, along with lots of other videos and text-based training, can also be found at Below are just a few ideas on you can make use of Google tools in your teaching and research.

  • Find key works, citations, and researchers via Google Scholar.
  • Have office hours and share a screen using Google Hangouts.
  • Search and view old newpapers with Google News
  • Have Google Alerts email you when there is new information about topics of interest.
  • Use Google Maps to have students explore how geography impacts history, politics, and other disciplines.
  • Find or share photos of places around the world with Panoramio.
  • Broadcast your events to the world with Google Hangout on Air so that people who cannot attend them can enjoy them remotely in real time.

In using these features it’s important to note a few things:

  • Google’s feature set changes constantly and they can and do make changes unilaterally.
  • Google Apps content isn’t backed up. It’s important that you keep copies of any data or media that you may store in these services (like YouTube and Picasa).
  • There’s an easy-to-read policy that explains how we choose which features to make available and the terms of support.

Google has a vast feature set, and options are always changing, so it is not possible to keep up with all the functionality it offers. However, if you have questions about any of these tools, let us know and ITS will be happy to work with you to explore options together. Alternately, if you find creative uses for any of the Google tools, let us know so we can share those ideas with others.

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Digital Media Survival Guide

In the current digital age a good understanding of basic media concepts will carry an individual a long way. This past semester, we helped numerous students to wrestle with their digital media projects and worked to increase basic media literacy within the context of standard file management and best practices for common creative computer programs and projects. While it was successful, we feel that there is still more we can do to help the Haverford Community at large to better understand these concepts in order to effectively produce the work they envision. To that end, we would like to offer a workshop on media literacy that will increase the basic institutional understanding of digital media, and all of its potential uses. To that end, participants should expect to hold discussions about: audience and how media may represent itself to others; different formats and their potential uses; media production / concepts; public resources for further research and consumption.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Properly manage their files for use with common creative programs
  • Understand the variety of formats available to use
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations of available equipment

Time and place for this workshop is TBA, but if you feel this will benefit you or your students, I encourage you to contact me to discuss possible one-on-one or in class sessions.

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