Category Archives: Hi-tech

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press

The Waste Land iPad app – Touch Press.

If you are looking to offer something extra for your lit classes or perhaps that new iPad needs a firm and full justification, then maybe you might want to check out the latest version of Eliot’s “Wasteland” for the iPad.

This is transmedia at its best.  You can get visual or written commentary.  Perhaps you want to check out Pound’s ‘edit’? Maybe you have been looking for Ted Hughes’ audio version for years. It is right here. And interviews.  And a ‘video’ adaptation. And Eliot’s kitchen sink.  Well…not that yet, but it seems pretty comprehensive as an introduction to Eliot’s masterwork.



THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka

THATPodcast » Blog Archive » Episode 2: Introducing Omeka
This is an absolutely fascinating podcast about the new site builder for the “digital humanist” called “Omeka”.

It is one of the most exciting projects I have ever seen and could potentially involve every aspect of the university, revolutionizing the way the humanities is presented.

Second Life Communivations and Sales Simulation

Second Life Communivations and Sales Simulation
Our communication / sales simulation is the first and the only commercially available simulation that allows trainee to get experience by practicing communications with the robotic avatars in a virtual environment closely resembling real life.

What if you wanted to create “poet” avatars to converse with your online students? Or perhaps poem avatars that students could question? Intriguing is too mild a word to describe the tingle such a tool provides. Even better what if there was a way for students to create avatars of their own from their own poems? I hope this company expands and makes such a dream do-able

NINES–A Gathering of Resources

NINES and Collex

This project draws together various sources (primary and secondary) into one handy scholarly place for all students of literature to examine. This site specializes in nineteenth century writers but the software that runs it, Collex, can be used to create any collection. This freeware appears to

1. Work within any browser
2. Use no plugins so is self-contained
3. Be free and busy with developers working to improve it.

Here are a few collections to check out.

The William Blake ArchiveBlake
Collective Biographies of WomenPilkington
The Letters of Christina RossettiRossetti

Celtx: Screen, Play, and Other Writing Freeware


This is an amazing piece of software. With this tool you can storyboard, draft, and store online almost any piece of writing, but especially screenwriting. I like it because I think it might be adaptable to collaborative writing of any kind. Plus, it could be used for a semester long project like an I-Search as well as service learning. Talk about engaging students. Let them engage each other using Celtx.

TerenceOnline: An eLearning Resource Center: teaching tool

TerenceOnline: An eLearning Resource Center: teaching tool
f you have a web cam hooked up to your computer, Gabmail is a simple way to send a video recording via a link in your email, online course, blog, etc. This idea has cool implications for elearning.

* First, it’s simple. No need to understand video compression and optimizing. Just go to the site, make a recording, and send it via email.
* Second, Gabmail hosts the video so you don’t have to worry about storage and file size.
* Third, it doesn’t require a cumbersome username and password to use.
* Fourth, it’s free.

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One

Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One
The “wisdom of crowds” is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowiecki’s book of the same name. At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.

Some might argue that it is still the lone writer sitting in her lonely chair which makes it go round, but there is new paradigm on the block–crowdsourcing. Perhaps it is really an old idea given new impetus by the advent of the rocket we call the Internet.

However you look at it, read this article and begin to appreciate the extent to which this term is fast becoming an article of faith in the webbed community.