Student Technology Assistance Center

Workshop Topics

Below is a list of available workshops. Each title links to a more detailed description. Please remember that if you request one of these workshops, it will be your responsibility to reserve the lab in which we present. Please contact Kim Fleshman at 419-372-9459 to discuss any alterations you would like.


Using PowerPoint to Make a Presentation

This workshop takes students step-by-step through the process of finding a computer, opening PowerPoint, creating a presentation, saving the file, printing a copy of the presentation, and using PowerPoint to present in class. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Creating new slides
  • Entering text and images
  • Changing the background and colors
  • Adding transitions and sounds
  • Adding notes
  • Printing options

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Using Excel to Make a Spreadsheet

This workshop takes students step-by-step through opening Excel, creating and editing a spreadsheet, inserting graphs, and saving the file. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Spreadsheet definition
  • Spreadsheet vocabulary
    • Workbook
    • Sheet
    • Row
    • Column
    • Cell
    • Formula Bar
    • Label
    • Constant
    • Formula
    • Function
  • Formatting the sheet
    • Row and column adjustments
    • Cell color and borders
    • Number formatting
  • Referencing other cells/sheets
  • Basic functions
    • SUM
    • AVERAGE
    • MAX and MIN
    • COUNT and COUNTA
    • IF
  • Charts and graphs

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Using Microsoft Word to Write a Paper

This workshop takes students step-by-step through the process of opening a word processor, writing a paper, saving the file, printing a copy of the paper, and exiting the word processor. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 30 minutes

Outline

  • Opening
  • Creating
  • Saving
  • Toolbars
    • Standard
    • Formatting
  • Inserting pictures
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Printing

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Dreamweaver Part 1: Using Dreamweaver to Make a Website

This workshop leads students through the basic steps of creating and uploading web pages. Several topics are covered including managing sites, using tables, and inserting text and images. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Outline

  • Creating a site directory
  • Defining the local site
  • Saving and naming pages
  • Background colors
  • Creating and using tables
  • Inserting text
  • Inserting graphics
  • Previewing in a browser

This workshop is hands-on and will require the students to follow along with the presenters in creating a simple website.

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Dreamweaver Part 2: Using Dreamweaver to Build Onto a Website

This workshop takes students' previously designed websites and teaches them Dreamweaver more in depth. Students will learn how to add internal, external, and e-mail links. They will also be taught the process of inserting flash buttons and Quicktime movies. Uploading web pages to the server will be covered as well so students can preview their work. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Outline

  • Adding to designed pages
  • Adding links
    • Internal
    • External
  • Inserting
    • Flash buttons
    • Quicktime movies
  • Uploading to server

This workshop is hands-on and will require the students to follow along with the presenters in creating a simple website.

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Digital Video Part 1: Using the DV Camera

This workshop introduces students to the basics of digital video cameras. It includes hands-on segments with digital video cameras, light kits, and Firewire hard drives.
Length: Approximately 30 minutes

Outline

  • How to rent DV equipment from STAC
  • Identifying everything in the kit
  • Basic operations of the camera
    • Powering the camera
    • VCR/Camera mode
    • Viewfinder/Monitor
    • Zoom
    • VCR controls
    • Record-if time permits, students will actually film some footage
  • Connecting the camera to the comptuter
  • Overview of iMovie HD
  • Importing footage

This workshop is hands-on and may require students to film footage with cameras.

STAC suggests that students pick up a Photo/Video Release Form for filming rights.

Digital Equipment Borrowing.


Digital Video Part 2: Editing with iMovie

This workshop introduces students to the basics of editing digital video with iMovie. Students get hands-on experience using iMovie to edit previously taped or tutorial footage. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Editing clips in iMovie HD
    • Clearing footage
    • Splitting clips
    • Moving clips
    • Deleting clips
  • Using titles
  • Using transitions
  • Editing and adding audio
  • Exporting the movie
    • DV tape
    • Quicktime
    • VCD*
    • DVD*

* These options will only be covered if the assignment requires them.

This workshop is hands-on and will require students to edit their own footage or tutorial footage.

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STAC suggests that students pick up a Photo/Video Release Form for filming rights.


Digital Video Part 3: Using iDVD to Create a DVD

This workshop covers creating a DVD by importing movie files, picture slideshows, and music. Students will receive an explanation of how to customize the main menu to fit the theme of choice, add special features, and how to put your finished product onto a DVD ready for viewing. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Importing into iDVD
    • Movie files
    • Pictures
    • Music
  • Customizing Main Menu
    • Text
    • Buttons
    • Theme
  • Transferring to a DVD ready for viewing

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Using Adobe Acrobat to Create PDF Documents

This workshop will teach students how to create a PDF file. It will also go through how to edit text and pictures, insert shapes and lines, a Quicktime movie, and links. Students will also be shown how to add a password to their PDF file for high security. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Creating a PDF file
  • Editing
    • Text
    • Pictures
  • Inserting
    • Shapes and Lines
    • Quicktime movie
    • Links
  • Password protecting

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Using Photoshop to Edit Images

This workshop introduces students to the basics of editing images with Adobe Photoshop. Basic functions such as tools, layers, and filters are included in the instruction. More extensive coverage of specific functions can be requested. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

Outline

  • Setting up a document *
    • Opening an image
    • Obtaining an image from a scanner
    • Creating a new image/document
  • Using the tools
  • Using layers
  • Using filters
  • Working with text
  • Saving images in different formats *

* These sections will be tailored to the needs of the students.

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Introduction to Illustrator

This workshop introduces students to the basics of using Illustrator to create vector art. Basic functions such as tools, layers, and effects are included in the instruction. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Outline

  • Opening a new document
  • Making shapes and other objects
  • Using the tools
  • Using layers
  • Grouping objects
  • Working with text
  • Using styles and effects
  • Using symbols
  • Using the pen tool
  • Saving images in different formats *

* These sections will be tailored to the needs of the students.

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Introduction to InDesign

This workshop introduces students to the basics of page layout and page design. Basic functions such as tools, layers and layout application are included in the instruction. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 90 minutes

Outline

  • Creating a new document
  • Using the tools
  • Making shapes and other objects
  • Using layers and the stacking order
  • Working with text
  • Layout design and application
  • Saving the document in different formats

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Apple's GarageBand

This workshop is an overview of how to create music or a pod cast in GarageBand. STAC will show you step by step how to open the program, record and import audio, save your work and export it to an iPod, CD, or iTunes. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers for every student.
Length: Approximately 75 minutes

Outline

  • GarageBand Basics like:
    • Time Signature
    • Recording Audio
    • Apple Loops
    • Real Vs. Midi
    • Chapter Markers
    • Importing Audio
  • Adding a new track and removing a track
  • How to save
  • How to export into iTunes or to burn on CD

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Audacity

This product is an audio editing software which can be used on a Mac or PC. Learn how to record yourself or manipulate .wav, .aiff and .mp3 files which can be added to a website, PowerPoint or video.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

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Prezi

This workshop is a presentation software similar to the idea of PowerPoint, but with more interesting and powerful features. Presentations are created on the web using a “canvas” instead of slides, and it utilitizes “paths” instead of transitions between different elements on the canvas to create engaging animation features. This workshop is hands-on and requires computers attached to the internet for every student.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

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Screenr

This product is an audio editing software which can be used on a Mac or PC. Learn how to record yourself or manipulate .wav, .aiff and .mp3 files which can be added to a website, PowerPoint or video.
Length: Approximately 50 minutes

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Blogs (WordPress)

This workshop allows the student to learn the BGSU Blogs interface which is based on a product called WordPress. The student will be walked through how to sign up and create a BGSU blog as well as choose a layout, determine the roles of those visiting the blog and much more.

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Wikispaces

This workshop allows the student to learn the BGSU Wikispaces product. Students will learn how to add pages and files, invite people to the wiki, work with colors & themes, add widgets and more.

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Other

Additional topics are available dependent upon staff knowledge and availability. Feel free to contact STAC to arrange workshops not listed here.