Are you teaching in a tech classroom? Frustrated by the powerpoint remote not working? To check if the batteries (2 AAA’s) are the problem, pull the little receiver out of the hand held device and press the laser button on top of the remote. If the light comes on, then the batteries are fine. If the light does not come on, the batteries are dead and need to be replaced.
Is the red light laser pointer working but your slides are just not advancing? the batteries are fine, but you may have it plugged into a port that is not working with the receiver. Try one of the USB ports that is on the front of the computer, or the USB port that is on the back of the keyboard. See the picture above. Do Not plug the remote receiver into the monitor. See the picture above.
So many course lectures are built in Powerpoint these days. To make your life a little easier, I am directing you to an automated image importer that import a folder of images into a Powerpoint presentation. This were shared with me by my colleague at the University of Washington, so I cannot take any credit. Check out the Simulacrum blog for access to the image importer. Click on the link within the blog to get to an older version of the image importer. Or you can come see me, Cindy, in the VRC to pick up the image importer. Bring a flashdrive with you.
Do you have issues with Powerpoint presentations that are too big, pictures that disappear, presentations that take forever to copy to your flashdrive, red “X”‘s instead of images? Your pictures are too large. Even if you are loading a jpg, it could be many megabytes in size.
Powerpoint has an easy fix for this.
Under File, Choose Reduce File Size. In the next window, choose Best for viewing on screen (150ppi)
Click ok, and Powerpoint will save your entire presentation in a reduced file size, ready to travel, and show.
You can click on these pictures to view them in a larger version.
The Visual Resources Collection has various items for student use, besides images. All of these items must be signed out, and should be returned in the same condition that you received them. All items can be borrowed by the hour or overnight. Future Blog posts will focus on individual items, with pictures!!
Point-and-Shoot Cameras. We have two Panasonics and one Nikon
Video Cameras. We have two Canon Vixia digital video cameras
Flip Video Cameras. Two hour maximum recording time; often used as a voice recorder
Clear Plastic Sheets for scanning delicate drawings in the DOC scanner. Approx 22″ x 30″
Dollies with Wheels. Tripods may be put on these.
Photographic lights for model photography
Flat panel TVs connected to Macmini computers. You may also connect your laptop to the TV
LCD Projectors that connect to Laptops
Copystand with lights to photograph delicate drawings and very small models. Make an appointment to use this.
For Architects, Planners, Historic Preservationists, and Real Estate Developers, the Prezi format for presentations offers a flexible canvas for building your case, or explaining a topic, or presenting a thesis. It is not easier than Powerpoint, but rather, different. An image can become the framework for the entire presentation.
Start at Prezi.com
and register for an account.
Teachers and students – Register with your umd.edu email address for the educational account – its Free! Use the Sign-up now button.
Use the LEARN and EXPLORE tabs to learn more about Prezi features.
Shows some good features of Prezi.
I will be giving an introductory tutorial on Prezi, on Monday October 31, at 12:15 in room 1111.
Let’s Talk – starting on Tuesday October 11th, the VRC will be conducting weekly conversations, demonstrations and collaborations focused on digital media, teaching tools, university resources and your suggestions.
We will start off with “How to Navigate Artstor – the Basics” On Tuesday 10/11 from 12 to 12:30, and again on Friday 10/14 from 12 to 12:30. Please meet in 1115, the Media Lab. Artstor has over 1 million images available for use in lectures and research.
Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s Visual Resources Collection blog – MAPPimages . Here you will find helpful hints about Powerpoint, Photoshop, equipment you can borrow, what new fabulous images have been added to the collection, and links to other exciting topics and pages in the world of architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, and real estate development.