• thoughts & ideas,  tools & tech

    Creating Digital Citizens: The Static and Evolving Web

    As some of you may know, I work with DoOO (Domain of One’s Own) here at Plymouth State. I’ve recently been doing an inventory and looking through every DoOO site to find the gem sites hidden amongst over 1,000 accounts. What I’ve seen is interesting. Some of the sites set up on our platform were set up for courses – students chose their URLs based on for example assignments creating branded sites (for business ideas for example – I’ve seen a hotel, a fishing charter company, and an outdoor adventure company). Some of the sites have not been touched in quite some time. Some students use as portfolios, and some…

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  • makerspaces,  Student Makers,  tools & tech

    Ultimaker S5: A Review

    Now I may not be the most savvy when it comes to dual extrusion, as this is my first ever dual extrusion printer! I’ve found the S5 to be interesting, challenging and fun all at the same time. The interesting parts: a touch screen in the front allows for visual model previews, when you are searching for your models which is super nice, it comes with a nice little USB to hold said UFP files (the file type containing that nice image and your GCode (see GitHub for more information if you want to get into the code side of it). The print cores are interesting and allow for easy…

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  • tools & tech

    Creating a Book Cover Page in Pressbooks

    If you login to your Pressbooks account, you may notice on the Book Info page, if you scroll down you’ll see “Cover Image” and some details. Cover Image should be 1:1.5 aspect ratio. Recommended dimensions are 2500px × 3750px, maximum size is 2MB. You may be asking yourself, well how do I make a cover with limited tools? Well I’m going to show you how to make one using a free online image editing tool called Pixlr – available at pixlr.com The first step is to find an image if for example, you’re writing material about cats. I’m going to find an image from Unsplash and post it below. Note I was looking for…

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  • tools & tech

    Vintage Visualization

      For images that now live in the public domain, there are more and more digital repositories where you can find amazing – let me say this again amazing illustrations and more to help inspire your creative side and or support your research in a visual way. Some of the items out there aren’t in the public domain yet, but you may be doing research say about Punk in Washington, DC in the 1980s, is there an online archive for that? Why yes there is!  I’ve been working within or at least inside of libraries for the last six years and I wanted to note that these visualizations have come…

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  • Blog,  tools & tech

    Plugins and Image Resources within WordPress for Students

    I’m going to today go over and recommend some best of plugins for WordPress and updated photo resources. One of the things students ask all the time is – how and where do you find images? We support Domain of One’s Own here at Plymouth State University, and as a long-time user of WordPress I have some information I wanted to share. I have been recommending http://www.unsplash.com for a while, and I recently found https://pixabay.com/ as well. With those in mind Pixabay has a plugin for WordPress which may be of value for student learners, however, with the new block functioning of WordPress blogging, some of the image tools listed at the…

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  • thoughts & ideas,  tools & tech

    Listening to Learn – Higher Education, Learning and Making Us Robot Proof

    I’ve been listening to a few interesting discussions this week on learning, higher education and the future. The first interview I listened to was on a podcast/YouTube channel known as the Rubin Report (as a sidenote Mr. Rubin has libertarian learnings and identifies as a classical liberal, which influences his guests and interview style, however the some of the content of this interview is much of what I was interested in).  The interview was with Rajshree Agarwal, the Rudolph P. Lamone Chair and Professor in Entrepreneurship | Director, Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland. The biggest takeaway for me professionally from this interview is…

  • tools & tech

    Autodesk Educational Software: What is Available, How Do I Get it? Current Updates for 2018

    Currently at Plymouth State we do have Educational licenses for Autodesk software. I can tell you that we do have Inventor, Maya, Fusion 360, Netfabb, 3DSMax, Mudbox and Recap available from the educational products at Lamson Library. Additionally we also support Meshmixer and have Autocad 2016 on our macs at Lamson. A full list of what is available from Autodesk Education is here. There is a whole suite  of many products available. And if there is further software your program needs for a course I highly recommend reaching out to us when ITS sends out our software requests which as a Plymouth State professor, you should receive For setting up…

  • accessibility,  Blog,  tools & tech

    Accessibility Applications for the Classroom and Campus

    Over the last few months staff in our Academic Technology department has been partnering with Campus Accessibility Services to offer more collaboration on using accessible tools (Read Write)! and how to apply principles of Universal Design to our LMS – we use Moodle. With this in mind I wanted to mention some applications that I’ve been experimenting with and thinking about in terms of accessibility. Having just read the article, Confidence Crisis in Online Accessibility, which is worth a quick read if you haven’t read about accessibility and the state of accessibility in particular on community college campus’,  I wanted to further think about how we might address other accessibility needs…

  • tools & tech

    The Best AR/VR Applications for Higher Education – Highlights

    In the process of exploring what is out and available in the AR and VR world I wanted to bring about attention to some of the greatest innovations coming about with this technology and make some recommendations towards the end of higher education. AR Apps One of the most useful AR tools I’m aware of is Google Translate. The app works slightly differently on an iPhone/Android device, but it’s potential usefulness even for the classroom is quite amazing. I’ve been thinking about using it particularly for ESL students using the instant camera translation function which can currently translate 38 languages. It can also be used when traveling, a friend of…

  • tools & tech

    AR and VR Teaching Tools

    After attending the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, I have a few tools I learned about that I would like to share for those of you interested in integrating VR & AR.  A lot of these tools are currently free and web or app based. One of the interesting take aways from the conference was that, there are two things you need in your phone to take advantage of VR footage on your phone – you want to make sure you have an accelerometer and gyroscope in your smartphone, which give your VR app experiences on your phone a sense of motion and position. By looking in the specs for your…