Integrating Technology Needs with Classroom Design, My Current A/V Adventure

Schenectady, New York. A section of a blueprint reading class at the Onieda School, 1943

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I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about audiovisual technology these days. We’ve been going through some changes in Academic Information Services, most notably the retirements of director Gene Roche and Classroom Support manager Myron Hall. As Chaucer might say, however, time, tide, and building construction wait for no one. As the construction of […]

The King Is Dead? Long Live the King? The Rise and Possible Fall of the Personal Computer, and What It Means to Academia

Will the personal computer soon become obsolete? Image courtesy of a Creative Commons license via Flickr user Niv Singer.

For at least a couple of years now there’s been quite a buzz about the impending death of the personal computer (for the purposes of this article, the PC, and not to be confused with the more tightly defined Microsoft-based PC). Much of this discussion has been based on the dismal sales trends for PCs […]

RIP Photo Management Application Aperture, Gone but not Soon Forgotten

One of my six large Aperture Libraries… with over 32,000 images!

One of my favorite articles here at the W&M Academic Technology Blog is Mike Blum’s 2012 post “What Do You Do When Your Favorite Tool Goes Away?” In that piece Mike dealt with, not altogether tongue-in-cheek, the stages of grieving when one of your favorite applications goes away. Specifically he was referring to the early demise […]

What Can You Do with a 3D Printer in the College Classroom?

Lenin's bust took 5 hours to build

My son is graduating from the theater program at William & Mary this year with a focus on theater tech. That means he spent most of his four years of college building props, designing sets, and generally learning to master all the dangerous tools and techniques they use to make the wonderfully elaborate sets for […]

E-Learning “Kit in a Box” for Faculty

John Drummond working on eLearning kit prototype

Gene Roche’s recent article on blended or “flipped” learning frames the significant challenge involved in creating engaging blended learning activities in the classroom. One of my primary roles is working on the other side of that coin — bringing together the nuts, bolts, and infrastructure necessary to produce academic content using technology. As interest and […]

The End of Bliss, or, Why You Should Think About Upgrading from Windows XP

Bliss is the default wallpaper for Windows XP.

If you are trying to find Bliss you may want to start your search at 3050 Fremont Drive, roughly halfway between the towns of Napa and Sonoma, California. Subconsciously I think most of us know exactly what Bliss looks like — a lovely, vivid, green meadow on a perfectly rolling hill, lying under a deep […]

Adventures in Tech: Sharing an iPad in a Video Teleconference

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I was worried at first when asked to research the problem: how to share the screen of an Apple iPad within an Adobe Connect meeting. Screen sharing using an app is not just unavailable, but prevented by the iPad’s basic design. But then I had a glimmer of an idea, and thus of hope: AirPlay.

Photography is Dead, Long Live Photography

Eduard Muybridge

Since the beginning, photography (ca. 1837) has had a bit of an identity crisis — is it an art, a science, or just merely a documentary tool? Until recently photography had been in a large part limited by what could be photographed by the available technology. But now, with the advent of photo sharing and Instagram, photography just may be dead (or mostly dead as it were).

Adventures in the Walled Garden: Notes on My New iPad

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So here I am, late to the party, with a shiny new iPad. At least, my iPad use is less than rote, and I do not (yet?) consider it to be an integral part of my person — a good time to note a few observations while I can still be rational about it.

Four Technology Tips for International Travel

With something like this, you're ready to fit your plug into almost any outlet.

Today I’ve got four quick tips for you on technology and traveling abroad: take a trial run, beware of roaming while roaming, don’t fight the power, and the Internet cafe is your frenemy.