Thursday, September 22, 2011

Format Factory - greatest freeware of all time?

Our IDT lab coordinator Colter found this killer freeware (sorry folks, only for PC) - Format Factory -  I must say that it scored very high on my GRS (Geek Richter Scale).  It basically converts everything!  I just tried .wmv to .flv and it worked beautifully.  Now, on to convert some files....just because I can.

From the Format Factory web site:
Format Factory is a multifunctional media converter.
Provides functions below:
Rip DVD to video file , Rip Music CD to audio file.
MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.
Supports RMVB,Watermark, AV Mux.
Format Factory's Feature:
1 support converting all popular video,audio,picture formats to others.
2 Repair damaged video and audio file.
3 Reducing Multimedia file size.
4 Support iphone,ipod multimedia file formats.
5 Picture converting supports Zoom,Rotate/Flip,tags.
6 DVD Ripper.
7 Supports 56 languages
OS requirements: All Windows OS

Thursday, September 15, 2011

ESU IDT team selected for 2011 PacifiCorp finals

Although I tend to only post general thoughts about instructional design and technology on this blog, I have an opportunity to brag about the accomplishments of  two of our  ESU IDT students. Michael Stewart and Jason Baker have been selected as one of three winning teams to present at the AECT PacifiCorp finals at the November 2011 AECT International Convention in Jacksonville, FL.

The PacifiCorp design and development competition involves having teams of two students design and develop a detailed written solution and oral report in response to a quite complex instructional design case study.  During the year-long competition, twelve teams competed in the first round of the competition and six teams moved forward to the second round, with three teams being selected as winning finalists.  A best overall presentation award will be presented to one of the teams after their convention presentation.

Jason and Michael put a lot of time and hard work into their instructional design/training solution. I was able to take a look at it and I must say that it truly was outstanding. ESU IDT has entered into the competition four times and has reached the finals all four times.  I believe this gives an indication of the quality of students we have in our program and also the quality of instruction and support provided by the IDT faculty.  It truly is a team effort:; all of the IDT faculty and over a dozen IDT students and alumni will be in Jacksonville to cheer them on when they make their presentation.