Category Archives: Software

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.

Image Manipulation

Here is an image of an earlier and grander prequel to today’s Guthrie Bell Tower.

Guthrie Bell Tower--the Prequel

Would you like to know how I found the image and how I “stole” the image and how I put the image on a server so that it would always be here? I can show you and the technology committee is committed (well, of course we are) to helping anyone do this. If you are willing to share information like this, let us know. We want to know who our “expert” users are and we want to know how you are using technology in your academic life. Remember: a good tool isn’t always digital.