About this blog

Welcome to Techademia, a site where the Academic Computing Consultants at Vassar College write about technology and teaching.

This blog will be about our teaching and your teaching. We envision this site as a place where we hope to do a little teaching, about things that may be too new or obscure to have caught your notice. At the same time, these writings will  focus on teaching at the college level, while highlighting ways in which technology can enhance— or even revolutionize— that teaching.

Every faculty member that I’ve met at Vassar is wholly committed to his or her teaching. Many tell me that they’re really interested in one technology or another that might help their students to understand their course materials better. But they’re also really, really busy and can rarely find the time to take workshops or tinker around with new devices or programs.

We hope that his blog will provide a way for you to fit a little bit of this learning into your busy schedule. We aim to generate new postings each week, on various topics related to teaching with technology. Those topics will range from descriptions of very specific gadgets to discussions of pedagogical approaches. Some will be specific to Vassar, while others will be more generic.

The primary contributors will be the four members of Vassar’s Academic Computing Services (ACS) group. (If you’d like to know more about us, see the authors’ profiles, at the top of the page.) We may have occasional guest contributors as well, and we invite anyone in the Vassar community to comment on what they read.

Looking forward to some interesting discussions,

Steve

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Quick and Easy Guide to Remote Ensemble Recording

I was asked about remote recordings yesterday. I looked online and the articles I read made it sound really hard. My daughter and I took a walk together and as it turns out, Arlington’s music program had already completed a Virtual Wind Ensemble performance:

Here is my understanding of the steps:

1. Learn your part to tempo.
2. Get warmed up and in tune
3. Play and record the song to tempo, listening to a metronome in your headphones (make sure everyone is using the same tempo – it might be helpful to provide a guide recording or a midi file, as apparently metronomes can vary).
4. Allow a few seconds before you record and after you record to help in the editing process.
5. Look and sound your best. Make your best take possible. Use appropriate gestures and expression.
6. Share the file with as indicated by your instructor (at Vassar College, Moodle or Google Drive are your best bets).
7. Find someone to edit it (maybe start there before asking everyone to make videos).

I would pick something short for the first attempt at this.

Thanks to my daughter Azalea for sharing and being so active in music. Thanks to Mr. Gullien for his creativity in giving this assignment during these challenging times, and kudos to Ryan King for making the video.

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