Category: Showcase

The New Kid on the Social Media Block: Google+

As many of you are already aware, Google has decided to throw its (metaphorical) hat into the social media realm.  There has been great hype over Google’s newest foray with news outlets both TV and Internet covering the beta release of the new Google+. Wait, Beta?  Yeah that’s right, Google+ is still in a limited…Continue Reading The New Kid on the Social Media Block: Google+

What might your reCAPTCHA be helping with next?

Back in April we posted on the ways in which reCAPTCHA, an anti-spam mechanism, was helping Google to digitize many older novels as well as the the entire New York Times archive. Well, now that it has been a few months we  wondered: ‘what might reCAPTCHA be helping with next?’  Turns out approximately 250,000 books from the British Library!…Continue Reading What might your reCAPTCHA be helping with next?

Gotcha CAPTCHA!

The Challenge SPAM! No, not SPAM the food SPAM, the stuff you get unsolicited in your email inbox! SPAM, often generated by computers termed SPAMbots, can originate from many places on the web.  For instance, some SPAMmers troll webpages looking for email addresses to add to their databases, while others use online forms to generate…Continue Reading Gotcha CAPTCHA!

Tools we use – Screen Captures

Have you ever found yourself writing an email (or a blog post!) and wished you could just show what you mean instead of having to try to describe it? We often find that being able to quickly capture what’s happening on a computer screen is invaluable for saving time and communicating more clearly. There are…Continue Reading Tools we use – Screen Captures

Tired of performing the same old search? What if the information could come to you?

Keeping on top of news and emerging research can be time a consuming task.  However there are tools out there to help you and make this task simpler!  One such tool is Really Simple Syndication (RSS).  You probably have noticed the RSS symbol (see below) on pages you use frequently. While RSS has steadily increased…Continue Reading Tired of performing the same old search? What if the information could come to you?

Tools we use – Social Bookmarking

With the incredible proliferation of online tools, tips, resources, and technologies available for teaching and learning today, we at the Technology for Teaching and Learning group often find ourselves playing the role of technology testers and commentators. We would like to take a few minutes every now and again to share a technology that we’ve put…Continue Reading Tools we use – Social Bookmarking

Top Pick for Using PowerPoint 2010

From “Top 10 reasons to try PowerPoint 2010” I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “death by PowerPoint”. I think it should be changed to “death by presenter who uses PowerPoint ineffectively”, but it’s not as catchy.  PowerPoint presentations these days have a bad reputation if it’s just bulleted text on the screen.  That’s why my top…Continue Reading Top Pick for Using PowerPoint 2010

The iPad apps I Can’t Live Without

I was recently  reading The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Prof Hacker Blog when I stumbled across an interesting post entitled 5 iPad Applications I Can’t Live Without (and Why) (http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/5-ipad-applications-i-cant-live-without-and-why/25907).  After reading this article I wondered: “If I had to choose, what would be on the top of my App list?”… so here they are!…Continue Reading The iPad apps I Can’t Live Without