Academic Technology Links for March 29, 2013

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This week, the links include working robots, mobile video assignments, mindfulness, and digitized 16th-century parish records. Enjoy!

Making Screen Capture Images with a Mac

This VLC screenshot is much better than the one I took using the Finder and DVD player above!

Making screen captures is quick and easy, and you can use the resulting images in lots of different ways. You can illustrate something to your students in a lecture or discussion, use them for computer-related tutorials, and use them in your research.

The Goldilocks Effect: Choices for Academic Technology Mapping Projects


So Pablo and I are working on an exciting new project — devoted to student research abroad–which is heavily dependent on being able to include an embedded interactive multimedia Web map. (You can look at the project here: W&M Global Mapping, but it isn’t ready for prime time as of this writing, so depending on when you visit the site, you may get crazy results. We’re hoping to have the site fully armed and operational by summer 2013.)

Academic Technology Links for March 22, 2013

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This week, the links include an experimental new format for blog commenting, the lack of privacy with email, tools for digital scholarship, and digital maps. Enjoy!

How Digital Technology Has Changed Oral History


When I conducted my first oral history project back in 1999, I used a cassette recorder to tape the interviews, and a 35 mm camera to take images on slide film. The materials were deposited in a library archive, only available to users on-site. Advances in technology over the past decade, particularly with digital audio recorders and video cameras, have reshaped the options and opportunities for collecting, archiving, and providing access to oral histories.

MOOC(h): How MOOCs Will Help the Rest of Us


As high-profile universities and professors set out to “change the world” with MOOCs and deliver courses to thousands of students at a time, they will also develop tools that will help everyone else teach and learn. Software engineers and professors will create new tools to manage large courses, and as they do so, they will change the conventions about what professors need from a learning management system (like Blackboard). While conversations about MOOCs can be about “democratizing education,” they can also be about getting professors better tools.

Academic Technology Links for March 15, 2013

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This week, the links include the California bill that would allow students to take online courses for credit, more on MOOCs, the School of Open, and free group video calling from Skype for teachers. Enjoy!

More Questions than Answers


This post will be a departure from my usual spotlight on tech tools. I seem to be having a lot of conversations lately about academic freedom, intellectual property, and access to academic resources. In a way, this does tie into our discussion about technology because technology — especially Internet databases — is supposed to make more things accessible to more people. The Internet is supposed to be the great equalizer.

Options for Sharing Your Research-Related Images

Ed White, doing the first American spacewalk in 1965.  Now also part of my dissertation image collection in Flickr!

Part of my dissertation research involves images, and in writing my last chapter, I wanted to share the images I was using with my committee co-chairs. In the past, I’ve put images into Word documents, and never really liked the results. So, I’ve investigated other ways to share images with them, and thought to share my testing with you.

Academic Technology Links for March 8, 2013

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This week, the links include a critique of the TED talk format, primary source analysis guides online, a list of free online courses, and the new Google Art Project Art Talks. Enjoy!