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This website is designed to make findable a variety of technical and pedagogical resources for faculty, for teaching remotely, teaching in a hybrid environment, and for digital projects in any environment. You can use the categories and tags to find both quick overviews and deep dives into a variety of tools that may be helpful to you, especially during the...

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Digital Whiteboarding and Annotation With Your iPad

This guide offers an overview of using an iPad and Apple Pencil, two tools from the tech kit, for digital whiteboarding and annotation. It covers the basics of setting up your iPad with Zoom, but also offers suggestions about using the iPad in class, iPad workflows, and annotation apps. Connecting Your iPad in Zoom First things first: to share anything...

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Using PowerPoint with Apple Pencil Annotation on Your iPad

One of the benefits of using your iPad and Apple Pencil with PowerPoint is the ability to easily annotate your slideshow. In just a few easy steps you can transform your static slideshow into a whiteboard, highlighting key images and phrases, or using blank space for problem solving. Enable Annotations in PowerPoint Make sure PowerPoint is installed on your iPad...

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Sharing Your iPad Screen on a Mac – On Campus

If you have a Mac, there are several ways to share your iPad screen over Zoom. But if you’re on campus, the best way is to use a physical connection: the charger cable that comes with your iPad (and an adapter for connecting it to the new USB-C Mac Books). This how-to walks you through this kind of connection. Open...

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Scheduling Office Hours with Google Calendar Appointments

You can use to Google Calendar’s Appointment slots feature to make scheduling your office hours easier: students can schedule themselves for an available appointment, and you’ll get an automatic email telling you your time has been booked. With Zoom’s recurring meeting feature, you can also use the same setup to manage your virtual office hours. Creating Your Virtual Office If...

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Transferring Zoom Cloud Recordings to Google Drive

When recording a Zoom meeting, you have have two options: save the recording to your computer, or to the cloud. For users at Macalester, the first option is the one you want to choose, as our Zoom cloud storage space is limited, and only meant for temporary use. This guide is designed to help you move content off of the...

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Simple Video Editing with QuickTime (MacOS)

By default, all Apple computers include QuickTime, a media player that also includes basic video editing tools. These tools allow you make basic changes to your recordings without needing to learn more complicated software. Quick Time works best for simple tasks such as: Removing a false start from the beginning of a recorded lecture Cutting a private conversation from a...

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Communicating with Students

Mailing Lists Class mailing lists Class mailing lists are automatically created and have all members of the a Moodle course as members. The list email is generated by combining department code, course number, and section number; for example DEPT-103-01@lists.macalester.edu. Sending to the email that is created for your course will automatically email all members. All members of the list have...

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Copying Perusall Content To a New Course

If you’ve added readings and assignments to Perusall for past courses and want to reuse them for new classes, you’re in luck: there’s a straight-forward process to copy materials from one course to another. It can even preserve your assignment links on Moodle, given a little bit of elbow grease. The trickiest part is remembering the right order of operations....

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Shooting Video with a Cellphone

General Tips and Tricks Tip that camera sideways! Make sure you’re recording landscape unless you specifically need to record in portrait. Clean your lens! Don’t use digital zoom – it can lead to pixelization Use airplane mode to help silence notifications Shoot with the back lens (even when you’re shooting yourself) rather than the selfie lens Turn on grid lines...

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