1st Tutorial Video Draft

Hello all,

These past two weeks I have been working on an intro tutorial video for PyMol. I was given some guidance from Dr. Bell on what to highlight, but the content has proven hard to understand without a background in Biochemistry. While the software interface is easy to understand, I lack the knowledge in the field to fully understand what I am discussing in the video.

We may need to re-scope how we create these videos. I am thinking that I will screen caputre Dr. Bell as well as record her voice as she steps through each video she wants to do, and then refine it with a clear script and animation. I will be meeting with her Monday, so I hope we can start creating the videos in this fashion as soon as possible.


Badge Board

Hello everyone!

As mentioned in the last week’s post, I’ve been working on a scoreboard for the students. This is something that Professor Pearlberg was very excited about because he had seen something similar at ITS’ SII this summer. Instead of having a real “badge board” where people could put stickers on the task they had completed, we decided to do it online through Google Sheets instead. I finished designing how the badge board would look like and came up with a few initial tasks that the students will need to complete.

I learned that Google Sheets does not allow for copying and pasting of images in a document. However I found a way around the problem by using the formula “=image”. Now students can copy the cell with the badge and simply paste it under the task that they completed.

Aside from STA work, I will be busy with four exams this week. Wish me good luck!

Screenshot 2016-10-08 at 12.48.43.pngThe students decided on their consulting company’s name (eg. PEC) and the business they are working for (eg. PRIME).  Using that information, I gave them a badge (a shirt for PRIME since it’s a retail store).

Project going great

I am working on the iPad project with Dr. Shelby and it is going great! Over the past two weeks I have found lots of apps for her students to use with collecting, compiling, and sharing the information.  Flipboard, Newsify, he Fourth Estate, and In Protest are great apps for researching political science/protest related news articles.  For writing the projects, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Pages, and Keynote are great.  For sharing, google drive seems to be the best option.  She also wants to look into Piazza, which is a site/app the computer science teachers are using for students to ask questions.

Over the next two weeks I will be putting together handouts on how to work the various apps as well as looking into Piazza and google drive as good resources to use in the future.

Almost Ready

This week is the week where I will be meeting with the new students.

I’ve familiarized myself which the class information and also really been trying out iMovie this whole time. I’m hoping for a good first session where I can understand the circumstances of the different class even more and also accommodate to their needs over the coming month.

Otherwise all is going well and I will probably meet up with Scott from the media center this week.

Hope everyone is well.

ONET & Scoreboard

Hello everyone!

Professor Pearlberg’s students are slowly getting started with their projects and so my workload has started to pick up again. One of the things I had to familiarize myself has been ONET which is a website that stores information about different occupations. Using that information and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, I made formal job analysis for a few occupations as requested by the professor. I’m also working on creating a scoreboard where the different teams can track the progress of the other groups. For this I will be using Google Sheets because all students should be familiar with it. I’m still working on it (and waiting for the professor to give me the list of tasks they need to complete) but will show all of you once I’m done with it.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the weather!

Meeting & Brainstorming!

I had a lovely first meeting with Professor Alexandrowicz who is a Graduate Professor of Education.

She has several ESL students who are learning how to teach English. Throughout her courses this semester, her students will research different cultures, and study and practice ways to implement methods of teaching to a variety of students.

I am going to convert and modernize her website into an easy, accessible platform that is visually appealing. I am super excited for this! For now, I will be brainstorming a few different platforms, such as WordPress and Format, to determine which is best for her new website. I want to make it easy for the both of us–for myself to create and for her to use after working with me.

Here is a peek of what her website currently looks like to get a feel for what I will have to transform! If any of my fellow staff and tech-savvy friends have recommendations on site platforms that are easy, throw them my way!


From your STA,



This week was full of planning and getting the project sorted out and learning about what the professors have in mind. The views of the two professors are very specific but at the same time they are slightly unaware as to how they are going to execute it.

I need to have another meeting with the professors prior to our class meeting since it is a joint class that meets are completely different times. Also will pop into the office this week with some questions.

Hope everyone is doing well!