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Weekend Reading: Snowmaggedon SE Edition


It’s not news to remark on the wildly inconsistent weather patterns that have played across the United States (and much of the rest of the world) this winter. In the last week alone here in South Carolina–where I live–the temperature has fluctuated from 9°F up to 67°F and then back down again to the single digits. And like our neighbors to the south in Georgia and Alabama, snow has forced the cancellation of schools and the closure of roads.

The traffic snarls in Atlanta have become the stuff o…


Winter Break Reading

As you might have guessed from the title, this is our final post of 2013. We’ll return to a light posting schedule in early January, followed by our regular schedule later that same month. If your grades aren’t in yet, we hope that they will be soon, and if you are traveling over the break, whether to visit family or friends or maybe to attend AHA/MLA/APA/or another major conference, we hope that the travel gods smile on you. Here are some links to keep you busy while we are away.

Tis the season…


Weekend Reading: The Rise of the Machines Edition

We at ProfHacker like books. Apparently so do many of you. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week about the “Allure of the print book.”  Esquire followed with “The Revenge of the Printed Book.” Newsweek, which ended print circulation last year in favor of pure digital circulation, has announced that it will resume hard copy in February 2014.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Amazon Prime Air this week that consumers may begin to receive their purchases via drone as early and June 2…


Open Thread Wednesday: Grading Workflow Edition

 Yesterday, I shared a key ingredient in my grading workflow: “Using iAnnotate as a Grading Tool.” Before I went digital, a “magic pencil” was an essential part of my grading process. Other ProfHackers have previously posited about other important grading tools: Amy wrote about Google Docs, for example, and Natalie wrote about “Grademark.” We have also featured several posts about how we grade. Last year, Brian wrote about his experiment in “Grading Differently” and Billie wrote an early post on


Using iAnnotate as a Grading Tool

8167818394_244f97b2a8_bOver the years, ProfHacker has featured several posts about grading. Back in 2010, Nels asked, “Are you locked in grading jail?” and followed up his question with another post that explained “Breaking Out of Grading Jail.” Billie Hara added “On the Comforts of Grading Jail” while Jason wrote about “Grading Triage.” There’s even a helpful Archive post by Natalie on grading. But grading is one part of professorial life that will never go away, and it’s the time of year when we’re all probably up t…


Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

5079639403_97114dbfb8_bWhether you are traveling this week to spend the holiday with distant friends and/or family, or you are staying put, we at ProfHacker would like to wish you safe passage: empty, or at least uncongested highways, an empty middle seat or maybe just a seat behind a person who doesn’t jack their seat all the way back into your knees, short lines at the grocery stores, as well as food, fellowship, and a little bit of a break before we head into that last push of the semester.

Just a few days ago, I l…


Weekend Reading: Camelot Edition

Today, 11/23/13, the United States observes the fiftieth anniversary of John f. Kennedy’s assassination. News networks have been airing the footage of that fateful day in Dallas all morning. Social media has been taken over by various individual recollections and reprints. The Atlantic published “As It Happened: The AP Wire Copy of the JFK Assassination” and BookRiot has shared “5 Novels about the JFK Assassination,” which includes one of my personal favorites, Stephen King’s 11/23/63 as well a…


Weekend Reading: Unseasonably Cold Edition

  Suddenly, November is halfway over and the end of the semester is looming. In my state, South Carolina, we have had unseasonably cold weather. I know that lows in the upper-20s or low-30s are routine for many of our readers, but it’s very unusual around these parts.

In “Down with Service, Up with Leadership,” Cathy N. Davidson argues that institutions need to reframe service in favor of institutional leadership: “If from the beginning we made the three pillars of our academic-reward system scho…


Weekend Reading: Giraffe edition

5823497858_9fe1c4eb79_m I’m pretty sure that I have seen more images of giraffes this week than I have ever before in my entire life (and that was well before I started looking for an image to use in this post). I’m not alone. Thanks to a viral riddle this week, Facebook users began to change their profile pictures to giraffe images in droves. The phenomenon garnered coverage on (spoiler alert: the answer to the riddle, if you haven’t already figured it out or read about it, is revealed in these articles) CNN, The Huf…


Open Thread Wednesday: iGoogle Alternatives?

5974458693_c8f5cee4fe_m Those of us who have grown accustomed to iGoogle as our homepage (or just visit it on a regular basis) are now increasingly reminded that as of November 1, 2013 the site will be discontinued. That’s this Friday!

Several tech sources have offered alternatives for users: CNET, WebTrends (part of the collective), and Tom’s Guide are just a few.

Are you among the iGoogle users looking for a new homepage? Have you found a suitable alternative? Do you have suggestions for the rest of us? Pl…