Category Archives: General Instructional Technology

Mapping Unimproved Roads

Cyclocross is a one of those weird sports I’d never heard of until I moved to Portland. Essentially cyclocross is a form of bike racing that entails riding on pavement, trails and grass while occasionally dismounting to carrying your bike … finish reading Mapping Unimproved Roads

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Text analysis using Voyant Tools

Voyant Tools is one of my favorite text analysis tools because it is fast and easy to use, even for people who have no background in text analysis. Although Voyant offers a lot of options—which can be overwhelming—the interface presents … finish reading Text analysis using Voyant Tools

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Social annotation with Annotation Studio

Annotation Studio is an open-source browser-based annotation platform that allows members of groups or classes to take notes on a shared document. You might think of it as similar to the comment feature in Google Docs, without the ability to … finish reading Social annotation with Annotation Studio

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Translating research from question to query

Earlier this term, I heard from students in Noelwah Netusil’s natural resources economics class. They were hoping I could help them identify how many homes are within the Johnson Creek floodplain. This is certainly a spatial problem, so using some … finish reading Translating research from question to query

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Tool Talk: Creating transparency in images with Preview

Preview, macOS’s built-in image and PDF viewer, has quietly added many useful features over the years. Earlier this year, we blogged about Preview’s PDF annotation tools. Preview’s Instant Alpha tool allows you to quickly make parts of an image transparent. … finish reading Tool Talk: Creating transparency in images with Preview

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New Language Lab website

The Language Lab at Reed has a new website! You can access it at www.reed.edu/language_resources/. The main page includes links to the drop-in tutoring schedule for foreign languages and a list of media available at the IMC by language. Use the … finish reading New Language Lab website

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New developments in mobile audio recording at Reed

Welcome to the Fall 2016 semester! New mobile recording equipment is available to check out for academic or personal recording at the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC). Possible uses include field recording for classes, analog and/or midi recording of your … finish reading New developments in mobile audio recording at Reed

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Screencasting Tips

Screenflow is great for screencasting, but this grab bag of tips can be applied to any screencasting scenario (there’s loads of free screencast software on the web as well). Quicktime can also do screencasting.

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Reflections on Digital Scholarship Week at Reed

The last week of March was Digital Scholarship Week at Reed. Instructional Technology Services and Library staff, with generous support from the Center for Teaching and Learning, organized the week-long series of events to showcase digital methodologies in research and … finish reading Reflections on Digital Scholarship Week at Reed

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Plickers: An excellent alternative to clickers

There has been much coverage in education and instructional technology circles about the use of clickers in the classroom.  Clickers can be an excellent way to look for student understanding of lecture material or outside the classroom reading/flipped content during class. … finish reading Plickers: An excellent alternative to clickers

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