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Rick Matthews
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Attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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A blast from the past!

The Amiga was years ahead of its time. Full-fledged 16/32-bit multitasking OS, GUI, native four voice stereo sound, native speech synthesis, powerful graphics processor, and much more, at a time that IBM and compatibles were running an 8/16-bit DOS and Macs had no multitasking, no graphics processor, black and white screens, and primitive sound. And it was cheaper than either!

I loved my Amiga!

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Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is usin
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This is an recording of a webinar I led in 2011. I found Google's post of the webinar was missing the slides, so I grabbed the audio and added in the slides. The audio is of poor quality, but it may be of some use to schools and organizations moving to Google.
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An illuminating pair of charts comparing “camera” sales.
"“I would argue that the camera industry is healthier than it’s ever been," says photographer Sven Skafisk, "but the brands we all think of as ‘the camera companies’ aren’t participating." Check ou...
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Wake Forest University welcomes the International Alliance for Women in Music.  Kudos to them for making their conference available to the world.
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Most of my flipped lectures have been narrated PPTs like this one. Is the better than my screen scribbles?
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Very nice quality powerpoints - the use of annotations really helps the presentation and focuses student attention to the critical part of the diagram under discussion. Nice Job!
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With campus closed for snow and ice, I moved my physics class online.  I was delighted with the group dynamics.

Since this is a flipped class, we are accustomed to spending the time together on group discussion and problem solving. I was not sure how well these activities would translate, but my students adapted well, holding up to their webcams their  sketches and answers. 

What made me most happy was that the students were just as comfortable helping each other as they are in class  jumping in with explanations more clear than my own.

Kudos to #SnowDayTech! Kudos squared to my students, who are so willing to experiment.
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I love finding free cloud-based conversion tools.

I just used this to convert some of my old flash video lectures to mp4's.
Convert video files between all video formats. We can convert 3g2, 3gp, 4xm, amv, asf, asx, avi, avs, cavs, dirac, dpg, dv, fli, flv, gif, gvi, iff, m4v, mj2, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, nsv, ogg, ogm, rm, RoQ, rpl, swf, vob, wmv, doc, docx, rtf, odt, ott, bib, pdb, psw, latex, sdw, stw, sxw, txt, vor, csv, dbf, dif, ods, pts, pxl, sdc, slk, stc, sxc, vor, xls, xlsx, xlt, ppt, pptx, odp, pdf files into avi, flv, mp4, mpg, swf, wmv, ogg, dv, mov, 3gp, mjp...
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It is crunch time for making your web sites mobile friendly. If the increasing share of web traffic from smart phones is not enough motivation, Google Search is now providing extra incentive by penalizing sites that do not behave well on mobile devices.

I am still a novice at responsive design, but I found a few techniques and aids that make it much easier. Check out the link below.
What is the quickest way to make my static web page responsive?
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YouTube needs more license options for creators. I like CC BY-SA for my works. If you believe in an open world, you should, too!
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I can second that! I also asked the youtube user forum why they don't offer more licenses, but I haven't heard back from them yet.
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I am having fun experimenting with different approaches to flipping my lectures. Most have been narrated Powerpoints, and in a couple I shot video of myself at the whiteboard. In this one I use my touchscreen as a blackboard.

I am interested in hearing from my students which approach works best for them.

Now if only my handwriting was legible...
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Director of Academic and Instructional Technology, Professor of Physics
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  • Wake Forest University
    1979 - present
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Winston-Salem, NC
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Washington, DC - Chapel Hill, NC - Wadesboro, NC - Mt. Croghan, SC
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Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems/Chief Information Officer
Professor of Physics
Wake Forest University
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Ph.D. Physics, 1971 - 1977
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.S. with Honors in Physics, 1967 - 1971
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George Eric Matthews, Jr.