Call me a web old fogey, I don’t care. I cannot blog enough about the value of using an RSS Reader for tracking a set of blogs, web site sources that are important to your work. I just added this as a new Ontario Extend Activity Bank item — This Indispensable Digital Research Tool, We can Say, Without Lying, Saves Time as an activity for the Curator Module. Admittedly it’s a rewrite of a blog post form a year ago […]
I’m a big proponent of using images with my online writing, all of my blog posts start with an image before I even write. But sometimes you do not have access to upload images, but with a little bit of know how you can sometimes insert them. This happened just today to Danny, a participant in Ontario Extend who had posted his response to the Collaborative Dining Activity. The editor does have an insert image button but it does not […]
Twitter recently enabled features to add descriptions to uploaded images, a huge boon for accessibility. That’s a feature, how do you make it a habit? Well, by doing it. I’ve been trying most of the time. Alt text provides additional information to the HTML created when images are embedded in web pages. The primary purpose is for increasing accessibility for visually impaired people traveling the web; screen reader software will use it to describe images they cannot see. This video […]
Probably one way to make sense of activity of interest twitter is explore some numbers and visualization of them. Data visualization gets technically gnarly quick, but my go to tool ever since he first announce it is Martin Hawksey’s Twitter TAGS If you have a Google account, you can not only create a system to curate, archive tweets of interest (say all activity for a class or project marked by a hashtag), Twitter TAGs generates summaries of the information that […]
Asking for a Friend Series – Episode 1: How can I set up and use a Planner group in Office 365. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash This is a collection of training resources “for a friend” Lynda.com – use your institutional log-in to access Start here: Microsoft Planner Essential Training – Beginner by David Rivers Learning Office 365 Groups – Intermediate by David Rivers Team Collaboration in Office 365 – Beginner by Nick Brazzi Support.office.com – Microsoft Office Support Start here: MS […]
If you teach in the Humanities or Social Sciences, eventually you face this problem: you want to show parts of a two-hour movie in a class that’s one hour long. What do you do? Spend a few nights learning some complex video-editing software and then trying to edit and compile a condensed version of the...
I start out each browsing session with good intentions, and about a half hour later, I have at least 20 tabs open. I get confused trying to figure out where I was, what I am done with, and where I wanted to go next. It is a small thing but until I learned a way to gain control of my tabs, I didn’t know how much time I was actually wasting messing with my open tabs. Peering over my shoulder […]
Playing a YouTube playlist will show all the videos in a collection one after the other. YouTube playlists are personal collections of videos within a theme. You probably I have one, I do. My first was a set of music videos that I liked to listen to while doing Housework. I called it my Housework List. Chances are, your students have used YouTube and have experienced the concept of playlists that they have created or have used playlist that others […]
Accessible Markdown Pad (a.k.a. YodaPad) I’ll just throw this out there: I hate Microsoft Word. Not just because of Clippy, that universally loathed faux-magnon precursor of Cortana, but because Word’s primary functionality is so compromised by commercial choices that the enterprise isn’t worth its parts. Ever tried to adjust initial pagination on a document with...
Communication and its Discontents At Fleming College, we’re trying to bring Communications learning into the 21st century. That means using good research to define appropriate goals and using communication technology to help achieve those goals. Our courses focus on iterative writing, low-stakes formative writing, process and product portfolios, multi-modal textuality, authentic assessment, collaborative composition, and...