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iMovie to DVD

Use this tutorial to process an iMovie project onto a dvd. This dvd will be playable in a computer or DVD player but it is always important to check after burning to ensure that everything works before you hand it in as a project or try to play it to an audience.

Third Coast Percussion

You should come out to see this performance…..


Whatcha doin’ this Saturday?

 There is a fun performance going on in the newly renovated Rubendall Recital Hall by guest artists Third Coast Percussion.  The evening will include a showcase of video productions created by students in Professor Amy Wlodarski’s First Year Seminar.  (Amy’s previous classes have worked on digital productions relating to Cage’s works as well.)

The four videos will focus on different aspects of John Cage and his work.  I have been able to catch a sneak peak of them and they are looking really good so far.  The students have been working hard over the last two weeks to create them and it would be great if you could come out to see them, as well as the performance by Third Coast Percussion.  See you on Saturday!


Smart Classrooms & Student Response Systems


Many classrooms on campus are outfitted with an array of technologies available for faculty and student use.  From computers and projectors to datavisualizers and smart boards/sympodiums, we are ready to help you understand how to use the technologies available to you.


Faculty & Students


Instructor Led-Hands on


30 Minutes-Outside of Class Time


  • Learn to use media controllers, Smart Board/Sympodium, Projectors & Data visualizers
  • Understand basic troubleshooting techniques


Student Response Systems

Backchannel tools

Guest or Distance Presentation


PJ Crowley Class

Loads of good blogs to read!

We have hit the middle of the semester and our class blogs are in full swing.  Often our campus doesn’t even know what great stuff is being written until it is already over…..or maybe not at all.  So here is a quick little overview of some great blogs you should be keeping up with.

Political Science

The Carlisle Policy Forum is a blog for the ‘National Security Policy in the 21st Century Global Media Environment’ course taught by P.J. Crowley, the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership and former U.S. assistant secretary of state. Recently showcased on the Dickinson News page “the course examines U.S. security policy and the ways in which new and traditional media factor into world events and American foreign policy. Students use online-media tools such as blogs to comment on domestic or global happenings that have an impact on American foreign policy and discuss the potential outcomes.”

It is getting some national attention as well as Bill Nellingan ’14 had his opinion piece “A Secret Memo, A Secret Panel, A Novel Process,” picked up by the ‘The Week’ as a “best opinion“.  Kudos Bill!  Senator Dodd even left a comment on the post so you know big players are reading what we that class has to say.

“Wow, Will! Your analysis is spot on. Great job!

P.S. I miss you. Come back to Washington”

Sounds like PJ has some friends in high places….who miss him.

Don’t forget to you can follow them on Twitter too!

First Year Seminars

There are a collection of First Year Seminars blogging this fall as well.

Professor Dave Richeson’s Science or Non-Sense course descriptions reads:

“We are rational beings. Our beliefs are founded on good science, we use logical reasoning to make decisions, and we have left behind the mystical beliefs of our ancestors. If this is true, then why do we spend billions of dollars each year on alternative medicine? Why do we buy lottery tickets? Why do we carry lucky charms, knock on wood, and avoid strolling under ladders. Why do we believe in the paranormal, UFOs, astrology, and the Loch Ness Monster? Why are we more afraid to fly than to cross a busy street? In this seminar we will explore the mathematical, statistical, psychological, historical, and social reasons that these seemingly irrational beliefs still have a strong hold on us. We will learn how to nurture a healthy skepticism and to develop critical thinking skills that will enable us to face these issues with our eyes and minds wide open.

The blog showcases stories that relate to myths, logic (or lack thereof), science, theory and a wealth of other topics.  The students are currently posting their podcasts where each discusses a different fallacy and why people believe them.  Here is one of the many interesting/humorous entries you will find on their blog.

Dickinson Librarian Chris Bombaro’sTell Me Why‘ FYS examines:

“the history of recorded information from the oral traditions of ancient philosophers through the age of the Internet, and how different methods of communication affect the circulation of information.  We will discuss issues critical to the dissemination of information such as censorship, plagiarism, and the true cost of information.  We will do this by exploring the power of questions, and how the many different kinds of questions shape the answers that we find.  In this seminar we will learn to develop our intellectual curiosity by becoming proficient seekers, finders, and reporters of information.  We will explore how multiple points of view relate to truthfulness and reliability of information, and we will verify information others present to us.  Emphasis will be placed on how to properly and ethically engage in research, and how to skillfully and creatively report the findings of that research using traditional, paper-based methods of communication as well as the newest technological methods.”

Their blog discusses many topic related to readings and class discussions.  Earlier this semester they did a series of podcasts related to mythology.  Check out a few examples below.

Abroad Blogs

Want to find out what your classmates are doing while adventuring in England this semester?  Check out the Norwich Science Program in London blog to find out what they are up to.  From the looks of the pictures….they are having a blast.

On September 19th, Dickinson science students woke up to a rainy day in Bath. At around 9 a.m. we all left our hostel to board the coach and travel to Avebury, located about an hour away in Wiltshire, England. Many students were very excited to travel to Avebury, as they have heard that you can actually go up and touch the prehistoric rocks, unlike the world famous Stonehenge. When we arrived at Avebury, we all marveled at the extensive land that stretched over the horizon, and we were eager to learn more about this historical place. We began by taking a short walk through the Avebury museum to find out more about the mystical rocks.

Language Blogs

Professor Akiko Meguro has partnered with Nanzan University in Japan to have  a course blog where the students can exchange ideas and comment on topics related to the class.  They have made videos of themselves to help get to know each other as well as having Skype language exchanges throughout the semester.


Professor Duperron’s “Introductions to Cultural Analysis” students write about culture with a critical eye on the “Before Toulouse” blog.  They’ll think about their own culture and begin thinking about issues they’ll likely encounter while studying abroad.  Here is an example of one of their posts:


Professor Matt Pinsker has blogs for both History 382: US Diplomatic History and History 404: US Constitution Seminar. The History 382 course will require students “to undertake a multi-media assignment in Google Maps as well as in-depth writing assignments that include an essay on historiography and an extensive narrative paper on a critical episode in American diplomatic history prior to 2001.”

The History 404 course requires students “to produce Supreme Court case summaries, analytical word clouds, op-eds, and a major research paper that profiles a constitutional framer. ”



PJ Crowley live from the Media Center on Fox News

Today we again had the pleasure of working with PJ Crowley and connecting him to Fox News via Skype.  Thanks to Tom Smith for taking on most of the work and Ryan capturing the event in real time.  Here is a behind the scenes look and a video of the segment from Fox.


Discover Dickinson Mashups!!

The Media Center hosted 10 first years for the Discover Dickinson program this year and had a blast creating Mashups from an assortment of old cartoons, government videos & creative commons music & samples.  We are holding a contest to see which one is the best and we will be awarding a prize to the person in the next week or so.  Take a minute and check out the videos below and then go over to our Facebook page and like the ones you think are outstanding.

rows film wrap

A Summer Job to Remember

What kinds of summer jobs have you held?  I’m guessing not many of you worked on a movie set.  Professor David Warfield was shooting his film in Maryland this summer and brought a few current students and recent alums along to assist with production.  Sean Lyness, Bryna Hautau & Pat Reiher (straight off of their
 Zombie King success) worked as part of the crew for a few weeks while shooting happened on the movie Rows.

The movie is a true independent feature and is relying partially on fundraising to finish the film.  If you want to help support independent filmmaking and are reading this before Saturday August 27th please consider making a small donation to the production.  Thanks!

Digital Storytelling Training Outline


1. Examples


Battle of Gettysburg



Henio Zytomirski

Blog Style

Alice & Kev

Image Based
Flickr- Tell a story in 5 Frames – Wish you were here
Voice Thread – Sad Family

Podcast-Audio Only
Writing Science News Class


Murmur Toronto

Ken Burns Style

Stories for Change – Arthritis

Creative Writing Style – obsession

Full Video

Dickinson Chem-The origins of Fluorine


2.Outline a Story Idea

a. Try a Story Idea Prompt

1.Where is a place in the world you’d like to visit?

a. What is the most adventurous thing you have done?
b. Who was an influential authority in your subject discipline?

2. Or describe a collection of things

a. Five attributes of a great writer
b. Top technology gadgets of the future
c. Most important discoveries in your field

b. Or Start with a Visual

3. Find Some Media

a. Understand copyright & Creative Commons Licensing

                    Creative Commons Search

b. Images

Flickr – Museum List – Most no Copyright

FlickrCC search

c. Audio

1. CCmixter – Music

2. Freesound – sound effects

d. Video

1. Entertainment Magazine’s Free Movies

2. Public Domain movies

3. Open Video Project

4. Internet Archive

4. Pick a Tool to Build Your Story

              A. 50 online tools

B. IMovie

C. Audacity

5. Additional Examples/Resources

            a. 50 Dominoe stories

            b. Story Ideas




PJ Crowley live from the Media Center….on CNN

It has been a whirlwind of a day over here in the trenches of the Media Center but it was a super fun whirlwind.

We started the day assisting PJ with a radio interview on BBC and ended it with a live TV interview on CNN.

Such a fun time!


PJ Crowley is a busy man….

What did you do so far this morning? Well, PJ Crowley has already had interviews with NPR & BBC to discuss Libya.  The Media Center was happy to host him for his Skype call with the BBC and we will be setting him up for his CNN call later today (around 4:30pm today if you wanna tune in!).

Thanks PJ, for keeping the Media Center connected to the world outside of the Dickinson bubble!

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