Do you love working in Colby Apps but miss the keyboard shortcuts you were used to in applications like Eudora, Outlook, Word and Excel? Well have I got news for you! Google has its own built-in set of keyboard shortcuts and many of them are the same as the ones you were used to from Microsoft Office.
In the coming weeks you will notice the look and feel of your Colby Apps will change. Google has done research and listened to requests to make the interface look cleaner and hopefully easier to use. Below are side-by-side comparisons of the old (classic) and new looks for E-mail, Calendar and Documents.
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The Fill Handle is very useful for copying the contents of a cell or extending a series of data. It is represented by a little blue square in the lower right corner of a selected cell.
To fill in a series of data:
- Enter the first part of your data set.
- For instance, “1, 2, 3” or “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”
- Select the data you just entered.
- Place your cursor over the Fill Handle, your cursor will change to a black plus sign.
- Click-and-drag the Fill Handle to extend your data set.
You can use these same steps to copy the contents of a single cell over a range of cells.
Maple’s students worked with Academic ITS to create a WordPress site featuring ten short videos of members of the Barrels Community Market in Waterville making their products. The students filmed the videos using high definition camcorders in most cases and then edited the videos with Final Cut Pro or iMovie with support from the Language Resource Center. After the students completed production of the videos, they were uploaded to Colby’s streaming media server for easy distribution on the web.
From the project’s About page: Have you ever wondered what goes into making your favorite Barrels beer? Or maybe you’ve wondered about those gorgeous bars of soap or hefty jugs of maple syrup. Students from Colby professor Maple Razsa’s senior seminar Media, Culture, and the Political Imagination, followed Barrels suppliers at work. Browse through these ten video portraits of Barrels suppliers and learn about all the time, expertise, and love that goes into making your favorite local products. This project was made possible by a Civic Engagement Course Development Grant from the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.
UPDATE 12/17/2012: GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THIS FEATURE WILL SOON BE DISCONTINUED
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CommonSpot 6.1 introduces a new interface that includes new menus and new names for some menu items. Here are few quick steps to get you editing your pages in the new version. Read more »
If you plan to include a technology component or project in a course this fall that will require coordination with the Academic ITS group, please contact me as soon as possible so we may make plans to meet your needs. This includes projects that will require technical training assistance, utilize the resources of the Language Resource Center (LRC) in Lovejoy, the GIS and Quantitative Analysis labs in Diamond, or the Schupf Lab in Keyes. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or campus extension 4213.
Professor Margaret McFadden
Gordon Fischer, ’13
“I read several books on public education in America. My entire life revolved around the movie. I watched hours and hours of youtube videos, searching for footage and animations that might be useful. I conducted two more interviews with professors on campus and as the days went by I got better and better at Final Cut….I sorted all the footage into different sections and then began the process of building a flow and putting the clips together in a sensible way. In 2 weeks I had mastered the program and started putting sections together and the project just suddenly came together. I watched it about 20 times in a row that night and made notes about final edits, sound adjustments and minor transition tweaks. I showed it to my family and said that I still needed a name for it. Right after seeing it I asked my mom and she said immediately “ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND”. I couldn’t have picked a better title. “
“The key to a democracy is an educated and informed electorate.” -Thomas Jefferson.
Schools serve societies. If people are not educated, if people do not have the basic skills to be truly active citizens, democracy simply can’t function. What type of society is the public education system in America serving?
democracy: rule by the majority
plutocracy: rule by the wealthy
ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND is a 30 minute documentary that seeks to answer this vital question.
English 386-Documentary Radio
Documentary Radio at Colby College is a course in writing and producing narrative pieces for radio. Through assignments of increasing complexity, students learn how to tell stories in sound. Each class started with some listening, which provided a model for class assignments as well as an introduction to some of the best documentary radio being produced today. With the help of staff from Media Resources and the Language Resource Center in ITS, students learned how to use recording equipment and sound editing software. This class focused on writing for radio, interviewing, storytelling, editing, and producing. Over the course of the semester, students took field trips around campus to look at Colby’s sound facilities and learned how to use the sound booth in Runnals Theater. In the Spring 2012 semester, students visited a detention center in Portland where they met with juvenile residents who were learning how to make their own radio stories. Also, during the Spring 2012 semester, students spent a class with independent reporter and radio producer Michael May, who has produced pieces for This American Life, Studio 360, and Marketplace and is currently teaching at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in southern Maine.
By the end of this class, students were to have learned radio documentary basics. They listened to examples of some of the best radio being produced as a model for how to structure and produce their own pieces.
The project goal was to work with a nonprofit organization and create a 30 second and a 60 second Public Service Announcement.
“I remember feeling intimidated by the project at first. The idea of interviewing someone and then cutting a piece down to such short time slots seemed impossible, but it was actually more intuitive than I thought. I interviewed Jamie at the Family Violence Project and she was wonderful to work with and gave me a lot of great quotes that I could incorporate into the piece. The project was rewarding not only because it taught us how to tell good stories through radio, but because we got to work with such strong organizations.” —Zoe, ’12
30 second PSA :
60 second PSA :
Anthropology 474: Anthropology as Public Engagement
This course is an upper level exploration of innovative ways in which anthropology is used for proactive, public engagement in global, national, institutional and local information networks, program planning, policy implementation and transformative social action. Students are asked to examine past, present and envision future engagements in various social fields spanning several disciplines, including economic development, environmental protection, labor relations, education, tourism, health care, human rights, gender equity, indigenous rights, state polity and law, non-governmental organizations, popular media and social movements.
Students choose a project and topic that culminates in a class presentation at the end of the semester. Student must clarify why the topic is important, who cares about it and how the project demonstrates public engagement. The final project varies by student and in the past have included:
- Portfolio of products
- Development of a website
- Policy documents
- Op ed pieces
- Public presentations
- Radio shows
- Literary essays
- Public performance piece
This is one of the best Anthro courses I”ve taken at Colby – I loved applying my major in a way that kept me engaged with the Colby community/tied into my personal interests.
This course truly confirmed my interest in anthropology as a useful, relevant, and modern discipline.
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