Thanks for the Free Software!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the USA and in celebration Gina Trapani at LifeHacker published a top 50(ish) list of free tools. I thought the article “Thanksgiving: Free Software We’re Most Thankful For” was worth sharing with the Learning Lab Community as I’m thankful for quite a few of these myself!

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Second Life and Travel

BBC Radio 4’s Traveller’s Tree (17 November 2008) had an interesting comment about ‘Second Life’ and the future of the future. The discussion revolved around ‘virtual holidays’.

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Wordle and "Obamalogical Studies"

Last week I drew attention to the use of Wordle. Today’s Times (‘Obamalogical Studies’, November 12, 2008) carries a Wordle image of words used by President-elect Obama in recent speeches, and the hopes for the Obama presidency sent in by readers of the Times. Here is the analysis of Obama’s…

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Why (archaeologists) blog

Bill Caraher, an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Dakota who works on Late Antique Greece, has an interesting reflection,”Why blog?” on The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World. He summarises: 1. I like to write and find the discipline of writing valuable.2. A desire…

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Wordle for Blogs

The Iraq War & Archaeology blog had a feature on Wordle. Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color…

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Delicious in Four Minutes

For today’s lunch and learn session I created a screencast of the presentation I wanted to make and published it along with some notes on the Lunch and Learn Top 10 Tools and Tips page on the Learning Lab wiki. The video is actually around five minutes long and the…

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Group work unfair?

Although collaborating in groups is a common way of working and to be able to do it well is an important skill, students often argue that group assessment is unfair. “We did all the work and Chris did nothing but still gets the same mark us. How is that fair?”…

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Always Have a Plan B

In the “olden days” when I used to go to conferences, the availability of a data projector and the right version of PowerPoint could be a bit of a lottery, and so I always used to take along a set of slides printed on transparent foils so that I could…

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Research Techniques and Tools – The Presentation

This is the Flowgram for my upcoming presentation on Research Techniques and Tools that was mentioned in the previous post. I will be presenting this to level 3 engineering students at 5.00 pm on Thursday 16th October in the Faraday Lecture Theatre (and you are welcome to come along) but…

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Research Tools and Techniques – The Bookmarks

I am currently working on a new Flowgram about Research Tools and Techiques aimed at Level 3 Research Disssertation students in Engineering. As part of this, I am creating a set of delicious bookmarks of the sites that I will be presenting. If you’d like to check out what I…

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