By now, most of us are at least a week — if not two or three — into the new academic year. If we’re experimenting with anything new in our courses, by this point we might have at least an initial sense of whether the change is having the effect we’d hoped.
So let’s hear from you: Are you doing anything new in your classes this term? If so, what, why, and how’s it working out thus far?
[CC-licensed photo by Flickr user Lokesh Dhakar]
Since ProfHacker first launched (can it really be five years ago?), we’ve written numerous posts referencing Google Docs. One of my own earliest posts dealt with using Google Docs in my writing course when portfolio readers might still need paper copies of students’ work, and Ryan’s written about using it to run a peer-review writing workshop.
Google Docs remains an excellent tool for working with students on their writing skills, and in late June, Google added a new feature that makes it even m…
Does anyone visit Second Life anymore? Perhaps not, or at least not often. But video tutorials are still very helpful, which makes screencasting a useful skill to develop.
We’ve covered screencasting in this space before, beginning with this introductory guide. It’s still well worth a look, even nearly five years later, and the basic workflow for screencasting hasn’t changed much.
It’s one thing to read through the basics of screencasting, though, and another to actually do it. Over the summer, …
Sometimes our readers give us good ideas for posts. After my post about fully replacing ChromeOS with Linux, a reader asked what Linux software I use for academic purposes. I suggested Zotero for PDF management, and also pointed him to Steven Ovadia’s @steven_ovadia blog — which has an “academic” tag — for further ideas.
In case other readers are interested (or have recommendations of their own to share!), I thought it worth mentioning some other applications academics might find useful.
There’s been a lot going on for Google lately. Since just before the end of April, Google has made changes to its mobile apps, introduced a new tool for educators, and run into some trouble in Europe. Given the degree to which All Things Google play a role in our lives (for good or for ill), it seems appropriate to offer some brief commentary on each.
The change to Google’s mobile applications was a pretty significant one. Previously, everything you wanted to do with any docu…
Last November, I wrote about running Ubuntu on a Chromebook using ChrUbuntu. In that post, I noted some of the advantages of running ChrUbuntu: I really liked having a full-blown desktop environment to work in, and ChrUbuntu worked much better for me than Crouton.
There were still some issues, though. I couldn’t choose the operating system at startup; switching back to ChromeOS required issuing a terminal command and rebooting the machine. If I wanted to boot back into Ubuntu, I had to issue a …
This post was originally scheduled to run last week, but then there was Heartbleed.
So it’s only now that we get to look back to this year’s Day of Digital Humanities event, held on April 8 and hosted for the second year in a row by the wonderful team at Matrix, including Ethan Wattrall. For those who may be unfamiliar with the event, it’s a day in which those working in digital humanities publicly document some of their work day and discuss their work.
What is digital humanities? For answers t…
A couple of days before yesterday’s post was scheduled to run, we started hearing about the Heartbleed Bug.
This is a nasty one. It’s been out for quite a while, and it’s a flaw in a software library that’s used by a very high number of websites. Check the link above for the details of just how nasty the bug is.
What can readers do to protect their data?
An important part of the necessary response is beyond any individual user’s control. If a website was using the affected version of OpenSSL, i…
[Editor's note: We will publish a follow-up post
next week tomorrow about the Heartbleed Bug, which has been making headlines this week. You can read this follow-up post here.]
There are a lot of benefits to doing much of our work online. Collaboration with far-away colleagues is easy, we can have ready access to our work no matter what device we’re using, and having our work backed up in the cloud can be reassuring.
But there’s danger as well, unfortunately. In just the past two months, at lea…
Many of us have more than one email account these days. I have several, I’m afraid, though I don’t need to use all of them regularly (thankfully!).
Still, there are three that I use on an almost daily basis: my personal account, my main work account, and the account of the office I currently direct.
While I could use a desktop email client to manage my email (and I sometimes do, for backup purposes if nothing else), all three are GMail accounts. Since I also make extensive use of Google Calenda…