In putting together a video, you’ll often need more than just a camcorder.  Listed in this article are a few helpful resources to get you started on your next video production.


The first step in producing a video is to plan it out.  If your project needs it, storyboarding can be a helpful way to visually plan out each shot in your video.  Create customized PDF storyboard templates with the Storyboard PDF Generator.  If you prefer to use pre-made drawings to assemble a storyboard, visit Storyboard That.

Equipment Loan

Academic ITS has equipment available to put on hold for specific courses or assignments.  Once reserved, this equipment can be picked up from the Academic ITS service desk located on the main floor of Miller Library during most business hours.  Kits available are:

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If you would like to create some maps to present to your class or add to a project, Google Maps and Google Earth are two easy-to-use and feature-rich applications that are worth checking out. But which one is the best fit for your particular needs? With Google adding so much of Earth’s functionality to Maps, we thought now would be a good time to compare the two.

Google Maps will let you add pushpins that can contain text, images, and video. You can also draw lines and polygons, just like you can with Earth:

pushpins, lines, polygons

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Basic Steps to Producing a Great Video

Movies and TV shows might make it look easy, but creating a good video can be quite involved.  While you don’t need to be the next Steven Spielberg, a few foundational steps will go a long way in bringing up the level of your production.  These seven pointers are just a few to get you started.  Since every video shoot is different, bear in mind that these are more like guidelines than hard and fast rules.

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Instructors have the ability to make an assignment extra credit by following the instructions below:
In the Administration block, Click on Grades, then click Setup and choose Categories and Items

Locate the assignment and click on Edit then Edit Settings.


Locate the Parent category area, check the Extra credit box and click on Save changes.


Notice that now in the Categories and items area, a ‘+’ will appear in the ‘Max grade’ column for an extra credit assignment.

Note: When the extra credit checkbox is ticked, the grade item’s maximum grade is not added to the category’s maximum grade, resulting in the possibility of achieving the maximum grade in the category without having the maximum grade in all the grade items.


I love working in webmail, but I don’t like how small the “Reply” editor is.  Here is a short video showing you a few different methods for giving yourself more editing room while authoring a Reply or Forward in webmail.

Here is a video tutorial showing you how you can use the Groups, Playlists and Reporting features offered at to assign different tutorials to students in a class, student workers under your supervision or full-time Colby staff under your supervision.

This can be a great way to:

  • Gain back valuable classroom time
  • Ensure student workers have certain skills to better perform their duties (or fill down time)
  • Provide professional development for Colby staff

Note: If you are interested in learning more about just one of these features, here are some links that jump to those portions of the video:

Have you been frustrated recently with how your Mac doesn’t scroll like it used to?  If so, I hope you find the tips in the video below helpful.

New Login Screen

As was recently announced via General Announcements Google has changed the login screen for services like webmail, calendar and Drive.  In addition to the new look, you will now need to enter your full e-mail address when logging in (your alternate e-mail address will not work).  Below is a screenshot of the new login screen.


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New Drive Activity Stream

Google recently added a new feature to the Drive experience called “activity stream”.  The idea is to provide a single, easy-to-view place to review every action taken on your files and folders.  Learn more here.

Have you ever wanted to insert a table of contents in your Word document, but aren’t sure how?  The video below will show you how to do just that on both a Windows and Mac computer.