Month: November 2011

Third Coast Percussion

First Year Seminar Student’s Videos Displayed to Full House

We wrote a post encouraging people to attend the Third Coast Percussion performance of John Cage’s work a few weeks ago and we hope some of you got to see the amazing spectacle that night.  The performance was great, but our eyes were especially focused on the four student produced videos that accompanied each piece.

Professor Amy Wlodarski tasked the students of her First Year Seminar to create short, documentary style videos that would help the audience understand the context around the following performances.  Each had a specific topic it focused on and the groups took different paths in how they styled the segments.  We have seen a lot of student produced videos but we were especially impressed with these.  Professor Wlodarski gave them an important project and the students understood that their audience wasn’t only their professor, but a real audience of over 200 people watching it live.  They took the assignment seriously and created entertaining and engaging videos that blended perfectly into the evening performance.

You don’t have to take our word for it, you can watch them yourself.

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!

Historical Simulations Using Civilization IV


Civilization IV is a PC game that allows the player to control a civilization from 4000 BC until the modern era.   The player needs to make decisions regarding resource management, diplomacy, technology research and civics in order to successfully guide the civilization into the modern era.  The game can also be modified to represent the world as closely as possible at a given point in history.


Faculty and students in political science, history, sociology and religion.


Instructor Led-Hands On


50-100 Minutes – In Class Time


  • Recognize the importance of various resources, technological advances and geographic location in historical events.
  • Understand and critique the advantages each of the civics presented in the game for the growth of the civilization.
  • Recognize and critique the argument presented by the game for the cause of conflicts throughout history focusing on resource scarcity, conflicting religions or civics, and population growth.
  • Conduct research on population trends, technology advances, role of religion, and the allocation of resources at various points in history.  (Advanced, for student mod creation projects)

Want to know more?  Contact  bryantt AT to set up a consultation.


Professor Michael Fratantuono – “Globlaization, Sustainability, Security”

In this first year seminar, Professor Fratantuono had his students compare what they’d learned from “Guns, Germs, and Steel” and “Hot Flat and Crowded”  with their experience playing the game Civ IV.

Professor Ed Webb – “Empire”

In this International Studies course, Professor Webb instructed his students to play a historical mod of Civ IV that represents the western world in 1492.  Students took on the role of Spain and their first encounter with the Aztecs.  Students then compared their own actions and situation with history and used the ideas from “The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other” to discuss possible reasons for discrepancies.


XLR Cables

This cable is generally used for microphones when being used with floor stands, but can be used anytime an XLR cable is needed. Shorter cables (such as for use with a desk stand) and coiled cables (for use with video cameras which have an XLR port) are also available.


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


Nasim Fekrat

Nasim Fekrat gets interviewed Live for VOA News

Nasim Fekrat, Dickinson Junior and Media Center Assistant, discussed his blogs among other things with Voices of America news live via Skype from the studio.

Nasim’s blogs: – Dari
– English
– English

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