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


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.

Mozilla Webmaker Part 1: Easily Teach (and Learn) Web Skills

Image courtesy of Flickr user Joe Mabel.

Mozilla, the software community that produces free Web browser Firefox, has a useful new website, Mozilla Webmaker. It has a collection of tools and resources, including an entire section geared towards teaching. Users of the site can create their own projects and post them on the site, remix existing projects, or are free to simply use existing projects. In this post, part one of my Mozilla Webmaker series, I’ll explain why you might want to think about assigning a Web-based project that involves coding or other content creation skills, and explain why Mozilla Webmaker is a great option for instructors.

Duolingo Teaches Me About Online Learning


I recently discovered Duolingo, a free website that delivers language lessons. If you’re an English speaker, you can take lessons in Spanish, German, French, Italian, or Portuguese. What’s really cool about it, though, is the way that it teaches you the language of your choice using online instruction. I think that Duolingo is a website that really gets online learning right, and it taught me a lot more about how to use the Web to teach something than it taught me Spanish (though I re-learned quite a bit of that, too!).

Three Tips for Using Ebrary E-Books

Here's an example of a note I added to a page of Lisa Gitelman's Always Already New, and a highlight on the same page.

I recently started using more of Swem Library’s electronic books available via ebrary. Before this week, when I’d seen that a book was only available electronically, I rolled my eyes and would ILL a copy. I just didn’t want to have to read the book on my computer screen.  Fast forward to this week.  I […]

Some Helpful Posts for the New Academic Year

With the beginning of the semester upon us, I thought I’d bring together some posts that may be helpful for getting going this academic year. If you’re looking for something different to do with your class this semester, you might want to think about Google Hangout, one of the easiest ways to do videoconferencing in […]

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Using Scrivener to Revise Your Dissertation (or Other Project) in Fifteen Minutes a Day

The commenting feature on Scrivener helps me work through my "zero draft."

This is the second post of two about using Scrivener to write your dissertation (or other writing project) while following Joan Bolker’s advice in her book Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day. Check out the first post, on getting started writing here.

In my last post, I talked about Bolker’s idea of developing an addiction to writing, and her advice on setting daily writing goals. When I did these things, they really worked, and since I was using word processing application Scrivener (which I talk about in more detail in this post), it was that much easier to get a good word momentum built up. Since starting, I’ve gotten two of four dissertation chapters drafted, and am well into the third. Speaking of that third chapter, I’ve reached what is always a very difficult stage for me: revising that bulk of words I’ve already written.

Using Scrivener to Get Started Writing Your Dissertation (or Other Project) in Fifteen Minutes a Day

This no-nonsense message lets you know when you can stop writing and start watching YouTube videos again.

Getting a started writing a dissertation or other similarly large writing projects can be a huge challenge. I’ve found that the advice in Joan Bolker’s Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day to be some of the most helpful that I’ve come across while writing my own dissertation. Using her advice on getting started writing, along with word processing application Scrivener makes for a pretty good combination for success. In this post I talk about writing every single day to create what Bolker calls a “writing addiction” as well as daily writing goals and Scrivener’s “target goals” feature. So read on if you’re struggling to get words down on the page.

Changes on the W&M Academic Technology Blog

One of our contributors has left W&M to move to Seattle, so here is an obligatory image of the Space Needle.

We’ve got some changes going on here at the blog that I’ve been excited to tell you all about: changes in our contributor staff, and changes in our posting schedule.