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Revisiting the Horizon

  Report that is!  It has been a few years since we reviewed the Horizon Report and I thought it would be a good time to double back take a look at the predictions from 2010 and continue forward to the Horizon Report 2012. Just as a recap, The Horizon Report is published each year as a joint […]

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Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Add Test Student

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on February 22, 2012 0 Comments
Blackboard 9.1 Feature Spotlight: Add Test Student

Late last week we added a new tool to the Blackboard 9.1 server called “Add Test Student.” This tool allows instructors to easily create a student account on the server “YOURUSERNAME_s” that you can enroll into any of your courses.  So the first question that comes to mind is: ‘Why would I want to do […]

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Rethinking composition: Bring on the audio!

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Miscellaneous, Showcase by on December 16, 2011 2 Comments

As we head off to the holiday break many of us are thinking about how courses will run in the Spring semester.  For some it is logistical question, but for others it may be larger questions of course delivery and project design.  I was reminded recently of an interesting article in EDUCAUSE Quarterly on rethinking […]

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How do we collaborate? Let me count the ways!

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on September 14, 2011 0 Comments

col·lab·o·rate – verb \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\ 1: to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor – Merriam Webster Online Collaboration is at the heart of the WPI project system but, as many teams know, collaboration can be hard.  You need to keep people, documents, and tasks all organized and this can be a […]

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Google+ Chapter 2

Okay so now we’ve gotten invitations to the beta-release of Google+.  And of course, so have many others.  We have our circles, and our opinions and ideas are beginning to form.  So are the ideas and opinions of many others. The Chronicle of Higher Education also has a blog post about the potential for classroom use, with […]

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The New Kid on the Social Media Block: Google+

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Miscellaneous, Showcase by on July 7, 2011 1 Comment
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 […]

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What might your reCAPTCHA be helping with next?

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Miscellaneous, Showcase by on June 22, 2011 1 Comment

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! […]

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Gotcha CAPTCHA!

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Showcase by on April 6, 2011 0 Comments
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 […]

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Tools we use – Screen Captures

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 […]

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

Filed in Interesting Technologies, Miscellaneous, Showcase by on January 5, 2011 0 Comments
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 […]

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