More on Web-Friendly Mapping: Google Maps vs. Google Sheets

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In my last post I discussed some of the new features and cool possibilities of Google Maps for the humanities at the College. After writing that post, I’ve been obsessing just a bit on the various Web-friendly ways to present map data to an academic community, and I’ve struck on another interesting option in case Google Maps […]

Project Ideas for Google Maps and the Humanities

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Google Maps’s newest iteration attempts to combine qualitative and quantitative data into easy to build and manipulate maps. While faculty and students in the sciences and social sciences have been using quantitative data sets in teaching and research for a long time, the impulse to use interactive maps has not quite caught on with too […]

Pictures Worth Worlds of Data — Geospatial Data Visualization Projects

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For a while now I’ve been very interested in data visualization — specifically how visualization can be used to gain understanding of really large data sets. Actually that’s not true. Like most people I’ve always been drawn to data visualization, if for no other reason that we humans are really quite bad at gaining any […]

Video Rising: The Way the Media Wind is Blowing

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Sometimes you get little hits of something on the wind, and it makes you wonder if it means a change in the weather. To wit: A lunchtime conversation with IT colleagues where it’s mentioned that the lion’s share of network traffic in the evening at the College is from Netflix. An anecdote by a professor […]

WordPress vs Tumblr: Not All Blogging Software Is Created Equal

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I was helping a faculty member set up a WordPress website for his course and we were having a little conceptual trouble converting what he wanted to be able to do into an actual working site. He wanted a specific look and feel to his site, but he also wanted certain functionality that just wasn’t […]

Worlds, Great and Small: Using Ultra-High-Definition Interactive Images in the Classroom

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I recall when I was learning to drive, and how I foolishly thought I knew where I was going. How could I not know where I was going? After all, I had spent countless hours looking out the car window as my parents ferried me around suburban Maryland and Washington DC. Once I had my […]

Beyond PowerPoint: Prezi in Education

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Even though it came to life five years ago, Prezi still manages to wow audiences — especially those who encounter it for the first time. A welcome disruption to the ubiquity of PowerPoint slides, with their overused bullet point lists and mundane clip art, Prezi is a dynamic presentation tool that by its nature makes […]

Gardens of Discussion: What Makes Online Communities Work?

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I’ve been contemplating online communities lately — specifically, that I don’t know what comprises the magic that makes one community tick and another one fail, despite the fact that I’ve participated in many different communities online over the last twenty years. I can tell you that the magic of a successful, vibrant community comes from […]

Mozilla Webmaker Part 3: Making and Using Web Projects

Some of the projects available on Mozilla Webmaker.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards education, meant to help people become more Web-literate. This is part three of my three-part series on Mozilla Webmaker, and in it I’ll talk […]

Mozilla Webmaker Part 2: Web Tools

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Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox has a pretty cool new(ish) website, Mozilla Webmaker. In the last post in this series on Mozilla Webmaker, I went over some reasons why you might want to use Webmaker for a class assignment. In this post, I’ll cover a few of the nifty Mozilla tools available. Next week, in the final post in this series, I’ll talk about some of the project assignments available and how to go about making your own.