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.

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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:

  1. Enter the first part of your data set.
    • For instance, “1, 2, 3” or “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”
  2. Select the data you just entered.
  3. Place your cursor over the Fill Handle, your cursor will change to a black plus sign.
  4. 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.

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Maple Razsa, Assistant Professor of Global Studies

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.

Goldfarb Center for Civic Engagement

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

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.


The students’ Maine Food project featured on the Barrels web site


Google’s Colby Apps Calendar has added “appointment slots,” a new feature that can be used to aid in scheduling meetings.

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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 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. “

Project Description


“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.

ALL CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND (2012) from Gordon Fischer on Vimeo.