Styles and why we should use them

If you haven’t been using Styles in Word or Google Docs, you should start now. Not only will it save you time with formatting and give your documents a consistent look, it is also one of the most important accessibility considerations in documents. Styles provide a quick standard way to control the formatting of a document. How do styles save you time? Have you ever finished formatting a large document and then decided to change your headings or subheadings to a completely different font, size, color or spacing? Without styles, you have to make these changes manually to every heading, every paragraph, etc. With styles, you can make one change and it will automatically apply to the entire document. You can also easily create a table of contents just by using styles in your document.
How do styles provide a consistent look? Using styles helps you easily apply consistent headings and subheadings to create a hierarchical representation of your document. You can create consistently spac…

One-Button Studio for Easy Recording

NOTE: There is a newer 1:Button Studio article here.

Recently the University of Minnesota built a "1:Button Studio" on West Bank Campus for use by anyone who needs a quick and easy space for recording. But how quick and easy is it? I had to see for myself!
So the Quick Bytes crew went for a little field trip. Oh Yeah!
Enjoy this video and then I'll get into the details below!

I didn't know Jack McTigue very well before this, and I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm completely nuts after this.

Regardless. The facility is there for nuts and non-nuts alike. Equal nut-protunity. Here's how it works.

Step 1.

Reserve the Studio space. For now while the studio is new, you email to get on the calendar and get a quick orientation. Going forward, you should just be able to request it via Google Calendar. Pick up a studio key at a Tech Stop on campus, or follow the instructions that you have been given for access. Show up looking gorgeous at the Studio.

Step 2. 

In the studio, turn on the light switch to power it all up. Plug in your laptop. Then enter your email and press the giant green "Start Recording" button on the studio's iPad.


Step 3.

Press button again to stop recording.
The recording of the CAMERA, COMPUTER SCREEN, and a COMPOSITE OF THE TWO (3 separate video files) will be emailed to you within about a day. (examples of these are in the video above). They are available for you to download for about 2 weeks so save them down to your computer or Google Drive.

Step 5.

IF you need to edit your video (optional!), you will need to convert it to work in Windows (since it came from an iPad....). Luckily for us, this is ridiculously easy with the U's Media Hub. Like 2 clicks easy. After it's converted (conversion is no longer necessary as of 11/2016), you can edit in Windows Movie Maker (Quick Byte on Movie Maker here) or whatever software you like.

Step 6.

Upload to the video site of your choice (I recommend YouTube).

They are building two more of these 1:Button Studios on East Bank, opening next semester: Diehl Hall and Walter Library. They are also experimenting with adding (optional) platforms for short people, and the Diehl Hall one will be a seated/accessible configuration.

The space is open to anyone at the U and is getting used by students especially frequently, and they are loving it. They record presentations and TED style talks for their classes.

What could you imagine using it for? 

Would one in St. Paul get used by Extension? I'd love to hear your ideas!


  1. WOW! Quick, easy and looks like FUN! Count me in if you get it in St. Paul. Or can we in Extension book at the site it's located at now? Way-to-go Tech Team!

  2. Anyone at the U can book any of the existing 1:buttons! Plus one in St. Paul will likely be in the near future!!

    1. I would love to see one on the St. Paul campus!!! I think we'd be much more likely to use it if a drive wasn't involved.


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