From the Green Screen to the Big Screen

Guest Blogger: Samantha Blain

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Any assignments this summer related to creating or producing a video? Have you ever wondered how to change the background of your scene, transporting yourself to another location? Tilt’s Green Screen Room (AA337) in the Bisdorf building gives you the ability to do just that.

The green screen is part of the special effects process known as Chromakey. Chromakeing is the process of singling out a particular color (green in this case), in an electronic image and then using computer software to make that color transparent. With the equipment in the Green Screen Room, you can place yourself on a beach with a T-Rex chasing behind you!

The App Green Screen Movie FX, used in the example above, is a computer software that allows you to create your scene. Some other apps you can use are iMovie, Movie Maker, Veescope, and DoInk.

Adventures of a Senior Citizen: Working with TILT

Guest Blogger: Margaret Ransom

This Spring, this 63 year young student was fortunate enough to begin working with TILT (Technology Innovation in Learning and Teaching) where I am expanding my use and knowledge of technology.  Prior to working with TILT, I had used an iPad only once when I had to submit a French assignment late one night and a kind person’s iPad was the only technology available.  I had a lot of trouble trying to log in to my NOVA account and then submit the assignment.  Now I use an iPad 5 days a week to sign-in and to help instructors sign out equipment.  I also learned how to use an iPod Touch with which I had a lot of fun taking pictures on LTR Day.

Prior to TILT, I also had never used a Samsung dual camera nor Media:Scape.  A dual camera allows its user to both take pictures and create videos.  Instructional videos can be made to facilitate classroom teaching.  Cameras are available in the TILT Center for use by the faculty.

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This is a Media:Scape

Media:Scape is a combination of furniture and technology to facilitate the sharing of information within groups, whether in the same room or around the world.  This technology allows collaboration using iPads, laptops, MacBooks, PCs, or cute little red Surface Pro tablets.  Surface Pro tablets can be made to look like laptops when you add a Surface keyboard.  It is enhanced with magnetic stability to keep the keyboard steady—regardless of where you’re working.

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An example of how one can use Skype in their French classroom. C’est si bon!

Skype is just one way to take advantage of Media:Scape’s capabilities.  Recently a group of 8 people collaborated around the Media: Scape table to learn about Office Mix, which is a new add-on feature of PowerPoint.  Office Mix is intended to take existing PowerPoint slides and turn them into cloud-hosted interactive lessons, complete with links to external resources and with built-in tests.

iPads, iPods, laptops, MacBook, PCs, and cute little red Surface Pro tablets are all used in TILT.  Working in the TILT Center is an amazing experience and has truly expanded my use and knowledge of technology.

Summer Student Series: Walking The Path

A path is often defined by the obstacles that either surround it or are a part of it. Often the more we know about a particular path, the more likely we are to choose that path or find another. Those that have walked a potential path before us, supply us with the first hand information we need to make an informed decision on which path to choose.

Annie Birge has walked several paths here at NOVA. One of the paths was NOVA’s Pathway To The Baccalaureate program, where 86% of the students who have participated, have transitioned from high school directly into post-secondary education.

“Pathway [to the Baccalaureate] took me immediately into their arms and I instantly reaped the benefit of the individualized, compassionate, and straight-forward support that the programs allows its participants.”

Check out the full blog post here.

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