Category Archives: Software

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

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.

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad

The ultimate guide on how to annotate PDF files on the iPad.

This is an excellent guide to using iPad for annotating PDF’s online.   Most academic writing ends up as PDF’s so it makes sense to explore tools on the iPad that you can “mark up”.

This post differentiates three different types of pdf ‘reader’ and then recommends iPad tools for each one.  This is valuable especially to the new academic user.  I would recommend two choices that they do as well:  free (Adobe and pdf-notes free) and the pay version of Papers.

I have just begun using pdf-notes and so far I really like how it hooks up to dropbox for importing and exporting.  It also uses gestures in ways that work seamlessly with my workflow.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, the WKU English Tech Committee will be sponsoring a Tech Talk about iPad apps on Wednesday, November 14 from 3:30- 5:00 in Cherry 122.

As Jane said in her English bounce list missive, “Some of you said you could make it from 3:30-4:30 and others from 4-5, so by stretching it over that whole time for you to come and go as you can, it should work for 13 out of the 15 who responded.  For any who can’t make it, DELO will be recording it for us; we’ll post a link to the video on the Techknowledg- E blog when it is available.”

We will also be providing a space where you can add a wish list of questions to be answered, apps you find you ‘must-have’,  issues that make or break the iPad deal, and, of course, Hurricane Sandy.  Look for that in our next post here.

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