Sep 22

#TechTipThursday: Taking Notes in the PowerPoint App


Instructors’ frequently use PowerPoint to convey course material, whether in an online, hybrid or face-to-face class. As is likely the case at other institutions, Longwood University instructors often share lecture notes in advance of a class session. When taking notes for class, it can be helpful to type in the notes section or type directly into the slide, but sometimes it would be really helpful to annotate directly on the slide. If you download the PowerPoint app on an iPad and log in with Longwood Live email credentials, you can draw directly on the slide and save those annotations. This post provides direction on how students can take notes and annotate directly on PowerPoint slides, using the iOS app.

To begin you will access the Canvas app to download a PowerPoint file to your device.

  1. When you locate the file you need, tap on the “share” icon and then tap “copy to PowerPoint” 1
  2. When the PowerPoint opens in the app, you will need to click “Duplicate” in order to make edits. 2
  3. You can save the PowerPoint to your iPad, OneDrive through Longwood, DropBox, etc. (not GoogleDrive)3
  4. Then, click on the “Draw” tab and you can select the pen, highlighter, or eraser and different colors and sizes45
  5. Lastly, if you need to share the PowerPoint with different people, or email it to yourself, click the “Add People” icon button send a copy. All annotations/drawings save when you navigate away from PowerPoint.6

If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

This post was drafted by Kelsey Dunbar, Graduate Assistant, Digital Education Collaborative.

Sep 15

#TechTipThursday: Apple VoiceOver


Apple’s VoiceOver utility scans and reads everything on the screen so you can navigate through your phone, iPad, or computer without having the look at the screen. The main and original purpose for the VoiceOver setting in iOS/OS X is for accessibility for those with limited vision. While you may not need to use VoiceOver for its intended purpose, it can be helpful for other purposes. If you have an eBook, you can turn on VoiceOver and it can read the book out loud to you; this can be helpful with audiobooks, for example. Another task VoiceOver can help with is studying. If you create a study guide, you can have VoiceOver read your study guide while you are driving or doing other tasks during which you can’t read. Further, the auditory input of your study guide is a good way to rehearse the information. This post offers an introduction to VoiceOver. The specific steps and accompanying screenshots demonstrate enabling this utility on a mobile device.

To access:

  1. Access your device’s “Settings”
  2. Tap on “General” 1
  3. Tap on “Accessibility” 2
  4. Tap on “VoiceOver” 3
  5. Tap on the toggle switch next to “VoiceOver” to turn it on 5
  6. You will then see a box around each app as VoiceOver scans everything. You can also tap on the app that you want to open to get the box around that app. When you want to open the app, double click the app. 6
  7. When you open a full page of text, scroll down with 2 fingers to have VoiceOver read over the entire page continuously; it will automatically move onto the next page. untitled7

For more information on VoiceOver, please click here for iOS or here for OS X. If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

This post was drafted by Kelsey Dunbar, Graduate Assistant, Digital Education Collaborative.

Sep 08

#TechTipThursday: Recording & sharing a voice track with GarageBand


GarageBand is software exclusive to Mac OS X and iOS that allows user to create music and podcasts. This post will provide a quick overview of how to record your voice and share the voice track with others.

After opening GarageBand, you will be welcomed by a window that will prompt you to choose what kind of project you would like to create. Since we will be recording voice we will actually select “Empty Project.” Note: do not select “Voice” unless you are a seasoned user. gb1

In the new window, make sure the microphone is selected. Also be sure the appropriate options are selected for the input. For the sake of this post, we will be recording “Input 1” through the “Built-in Microphone.”gb2

To change the input or output device, click either of the two gray arrows as highlighted in the picture below. gb3

A new window will appear (see below) for you to change the input and output devices. After you’ve finished making changes, click the red “X” in the top left-hand corner of the window to return to the previous screen.gb4

Once you’ve returned to the original screen, click the “Create” button. Untitled

Before recording, change the “Display Mode” from “Beats & Project” to “Time,” as demonstrated in the following screenshots. gb6gb7

This change will enable your display to read in seconds, minutes, and hours. Untitled2

To record your voice you will click the red button immediately to the left of the “time” display.gb9

The playhead will begin to move and you will be able see the progression of your voice track’s recording. gb10

When you have finished recording click the stop button. The voice track will go from being red to blue. gb11

If you are satisfied with your recording, you’re ready to export the track. Click “Share” from the horizontal menu at the top of the window, and then select “Export Song to Disk.” gb12

You will be prompted to select the preferred file type, as well as the destination location, for your voice track. gb13

GarageBand has many other features and capabilities that we did not review in this post. For more information on how to use GarageBand, please view this list of tutorials. If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

This post was drafted by Xavier Harrison, a former Instructional Technology Collaborator (Longwood ’16)

May 31

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 17 Graduate View of EdTech

In this episode, Jenny is joined by special guest, graduate student, Meredith Peck to discuss how educational technology affects the graduate school experience.


May 17

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 16 Podcasting Conference

Trying a new experiment this week, join host Jenny Quarles as she asks some leading questions to faculty about podcasting and its academic purposes.

May 10

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 15 Synchronous Learning

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny discuss the differences between and various options available for synchronous and asynchronous learning.


May 03

Canvas Cup Competition

The DEC hosted its first-ever Canvas Cup Competition between academic departments at Longwood. To provide faculty a fun break in between end of semester responsibilities, departmental representatives were emailed 2 questions, at predetermined times throughout the day, throughout the course of 1 week. Departments were awarded points based on the number of correct answers; the department with the first correct answer was awarded an additional point.

Congratulations to the PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT, represented by Dr. Chris Bjornsen, for winning the first-ever Canvas Cup. We’d like to thank the following departments for participating in our inaugural Canvas Cup Competition: Psychology, HARK, Nursing, Math & Computer Science, Chemistry & Physics, and History. Be on the look out, late November, for our next Canvas Cup Competition!


May 03

Learning Lab Show | Ep. 14 3D Printing

In this episode, Jeff and Jenny explore the use of 3D printing in education.


May 02

Capture your lectures with Panopto

Revamp_invisible bg_Final border_expanded_Final border_expandedThe DEC is excited to release Panopto as Longwood’s lecture capture solution. Although Panopto will replace Echo 360 as of June 30th, the two programs will run in tandem throughout the Summer I session. We’re hosting several workshops targeting Summer I instructors, but open to all, over the next 2 weeks designed to introduce users to capturing lectures with Panopto and integrating with Canvas. All workshops will take place in the Digital Den (just outside Ruffner 146).


Wednesday May 4th – 11am-12pm
Thursday May 5th- 1pm-2pm
Friday May 6th- 12pm-1pm

Monday May 9th- 11am-12pm
Tuesday May 10th- 2pm-3pm
Wednesday May 11th- 1pm-2pm

To save your seat, please RSVP to Muneeb Mobashar (

Apr 28

#TechTipThursday: Introduction to Slack


Slack is a cloud-based, collaboration tool created for groups to communicate across multiple platforms. In addition to its web-based interface, Slack offers a mobile app for iOS and Android as well as a desktop app for Mac OS and Windows. Slack has features that allow users to talk with multiple people at once and also talk to multiple people privately. Users are also able to share files with ease. Slack can be beneficial for organizations and offices alike looking for a central place of communication accessible from a variety of devices and platforms. This solution can be particularly useful for group projects, for example, or departmental/staff management. We are implementing Slack as our primary communication platform for the ITC Program in the fall.

This blog post offers an introduction to Slack’s web-based interface. There are features beyond what are discussed below and we encourage you to experiment with the tool and contact us as questions arise.

  1. To get started with Slack, you’ll need to create a team. Navigate to then click “Create New Team.” Follow the on-screen prompts to create a team. 
  2. After you create your team, you’ll be able to invite users to join. You also have the option to “skip for now.” slack2
  3. You’ll then see a welcome screen that offers a quick, and optional, tutorial. slack3
  4. You’ll learn where to find the “Channels” (below in green) and Direct Messages (below in blue). Slack defines Channels as “private or public chat rooms based around a project, topic, or team.” Unlike Channels, Direct Messages are used for always private, 1-to-1 messages to other users on the same team. slack5slack6
  5. Click the “+” to the right of the corresponding header and follow the on-screen prompts to create a Channel or send a Direct Message (DM).  slack7
  6. When creating a Channel, a new window will appear where you will be able to name the channel and define its settings (e.g., private or public, name). slack8
    1. Once created, your channel will resemble the image below. slack9
    2. You can view additional options by clicking on the settings gear, highlighted in blue below, in the top right corner of the channel window. slack10
  7. When creating a Direct Message, a new window will appear where you will be able to identify the recipient of the new message. slack11
    1. Once the recipient has been selected, you will see a conversation window where you can start communicating privately with the recipient. slack12

Note that Slack has other features that were not reviewed in this blog post. If you have any questions about what is detailed above, or otherwise in your exploration of Slack, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

*This post was drafted by Xavier, an Instructional Technology Collaborator.

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