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Goodreader and Organization

January 25, 2013 Faculty, Free Software, Web 2.0 Comments Off

As I prepared for my research, I sought out a tool to help me electronically organize the journal articles I was reading. I wrote about that experience in Faculty Focus which published the article today.

Changes in Prezi

January 2, 2013 Free Software, Web 2.0 Comments Off

If you are a fan of Prezi like I am, you’ve probably noticed a LOT of changes in the application recently.  So here is a quick guide for what has changed:

Say goodbye to the Bubble Menu

The bubble menu is gone. Most functions are now available at the top. The path can be edited by either clicking on the path numbers or with a button above the thumbnails on the left.

Frames behave differently

Hidden frames now group content inside. To move them without their content, press and hold ALT while moving the mouse.

Deleting frames removes content too. Use ALT to select or right click to remove without content.

Frames are now automatically added to the path once they are created. Close the side bar on the left to turn off the animated feedback.

Shortcut settings

By default some shortcuts are turned off. You can enable them from the settings menu.

Tool selection shortcuts got smarter: press ‘s’ repeatedly to cycle through different shape styles.

For more information on the recent changes (and what more are to come) check out the official Prezi website: http://prezi.com/learn/user-interface-whats-changed/

101 Chrome Extensions

December 19, 2011 Free Software, Google, Web 2.0 Comments Off

Earlier this month, I shared with you that Google’s Internet browser, Chrome, recently became the world’s number two most popular browser.

The folks over at www.makeuseof.com released a “101 Best Chrome Extensions” list.  Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.  With extensions you can:

  • Get bonus information about a page.
  • Get timely notifications.
  • Do things with fewer clicks.

Some of my favorite Chrome extensions are:

  • Diigo
  • Google Dictionary by Google
  • Rain Alarm
  • Google Alerter
  • LastPass
  • TweetDeck
Still not sure what a Chrome Extension is?  Check out the video:

Final Summer Learning Series Speaker

August 19, 2011 Presentations, Teaching and Learning, Web 2.0 Comments Off

Join your colleagues, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and Next Generation Learning Challenges for the last webcast of the summer learning series dedicated to the transformative role that technology can play in fostering student success.

Please note we will meet in Tyler Haynes Commons Conference Room #310 for this webinar which starts at 1pm.  Arrive early and bring your lunch.  A local discussion of the topic will follow.

The next event (on August 23, 2011) will feature Dr. Patrick McAndrew, Associate Director of Learning & Teaching at Open University. The subject of his presentation will be, “Using Openness to Bridge Success.”

Dr. McAndrew is the director of the Open Learning network (OLnet) and of Research and Evaluation for OpenLearn, open content initiative for a two year period 2006-2008 along with his core role as a Senior Lecturer in the  Institute of Educational Technology (IET). As Associate Director (Learning & Teaching) he is a member of the executive team for IET. From 2002 to 2005 Patrick was Head of the Centre for Information Technology in Education.  His blog is here: http://openpad.wordpress.com/

The Institute of Educational Technology (IET) at the Open University connects innovation and expertise in learning and teaching and uses this collective power to change the face of education.

IET’s programme of work is at the heart of the Open University’s mission to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open and distance learning through the innovative use of technology.

For more information about our role and objectives please see ‘who they are’ and ‘what they do’.

The CTLT liaisons are the bridge between teaching and technology. The liaison group collaborates primarily with University of Richmond faculty to effectively incorporate technology into the teaching and learning processes. We deal with diverse technologies, and are happy to work with any skill level.

Andrew Bell
Jon Messer
Scott Pennington
Corrina Waxman