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...
One tool that our students in research-heavy classes really love is the open-source freely available citation management software available at Zotero.org. Zotero gives you a platform to organize and save your research from library databases or websites, and it can automatically generate citations and bibliographies directly inside Microsoft Word. This saves students a ton of time – when I show this tool to the 3rd year nursing students, they all cry that they wish they had known about it in […]
I find myself people missing maybe the easiest and most sensible way to curate, publish sets of curated tweets. When storify announced it was biting the dust/pooping the web, amongst the rush to jump to some other hosted platform or use my arcane tool, what I noticed was about 90% of the ways people talked about storify was solely archiving tweets. I always saw Storify as more than a bag of tweets (it was among the 50+ Ways to Tell […]
I’m test-driving H5P – an open HTML5 content creator that promises many things! And for the most part, it delivers. I tried out a few of the 20 plus content types that they have available here. I’ll continue to add to this as time goes on. Since it’s October, there is a pumpkin-spice flavoured theme to these examples (love it or hate it!). Multiple Choice This is the first H5P content type that I tried. Simple, straightforward – can give […]