Category Archives: Useful Websites

When is a Remix Stealing from the Original? : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

This might lead to some very interesting discussions of what intellectual property is, how to respect it, and how to use it fairly.  It also might lead to an understanding that plagiarism is not the same as sampling.  Plus, the scratching might be fun.

“Appropriation is the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of preexisting images and objects. How do you determine what is considered artistic appropriation and what is considered “stealing?”

Source: When is a Remix Stealing from the Original? : KQED Education | KQED Public Media for Northern CA

Why lectures are dead (or soon will be)

2. For all other important learning activities, such as developing critical thinking, deep understanding, and application of knowledge – the kind of skills needed in a digital age – lectures are ineffective. Other forms of teaching and learning – such as opportunities for discussion and student activities – are necessary.

The post is very balanced and does not throw out the good with the bad.  It is a timely article for this time of year.

How to Encrypt your Gmail Messages with Google Docs

picture of WW 2 encryption machine

Has your paranoia about government snooping ratcheted up lately with all the revelations of NSA spying in its Prism program? If so, Amit Agarwal shows you how to use Google Docs to do very strong encryption to encode those messages.


EdWork 2.0 WebTools

Joel Josephson posts, via Stephen Downes OLDaily newsletter,

  “A collection of 18 useful videos produced for the Ed2.0Work EU project that introduce Skype, WizIQ, Voicethread, Voxopop, Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, AudioBoo, Slideshare, Prezi, Google Drive, Wikispaces, PBWorks, Diigo, Delicious, Reddit and the EU project Web20ERC.”

You can also check out the European take on learning and training pedagogies with the EdWork 2.0 Special Interest Group website.   Who wouldn’t want to know what number one Finland is up to.

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More | HASTAC.

This recent post in HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) really helps to settle professorial nerves about the ins and outs of blogging in safety both ethically and legally.  I will be using these guidelines in future as I plan my syllabi and prepare for blogging projects at the beginning of the semester with students.  Amen.

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.

Using Student Podcasts in Literature Classes | Academic Commons

Using Student Podcasts in Literature Classes | Academic Commons

Yes, podcasts are all the rage, but mustn’t they serve a purpose first and musn’t that purpose make your work better and easier in the longer term? In the parlance of the day,
“Absolutely!” For the tech skeptic Academic Commons is just the place to check. Every piece of technology has been used in the classroom so it is easier to judge whether or not it will work for your particular and peculiar circumstances.

Here are a few more that might prove useful.

Digitized Audio Commentary in First Year Writing Classes

Zotero: The Next-Generation Research Tool

Interactive Engagement with Classroom Response Systems (aka ‘clickers’)

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

Your Daily Awesome: Ira Glass on Storytelling


Ira Glass talks about stories. He ought to know. His radio program, This American Life, has been a staple of listeners for years. I used to use the appallingly funny “Fiasco” in drama classes for years just before any production. I was always surprised at how hard it was for most of my students to listen for more than a few minutes at a time, but I am certain none of your students have that problem. .