April 30, 2009
If you think those are great names for software applications (albeit the latter), then wait until you see how really awesome these applications are! For instance, Yuuguu.com might be of interest to you if youre collaborating on a project and need to share your desktop screen. Lets say you’re co-writing a journal article in Microsoft Word and you have to insert photos or tables of data, but you’re not sure which photos to select or how to format the data table correctly. All you have to do is connect with your colleague via Yuuguu.com and you two will be able to see the same screen together, while working in the Word document. Here’s an example of YuuGuu.com in action:
Whereas Yuuguu.com is recommended for smaller groups, Dimdim.com is receiving praise for its ability to connect 20 participants… for free!!! If you’ve ever had the need to hold a virtual class session or online seminar, Dimdim might be your savior! Take a look at its feature rich webcam abilities:
If you find these tools useful, be sure leave a comment and let us know how you have used them!
April 24, 2009
Software-design team Plasq has created Skitch, a one-step screenshot-sharing webapp. Want to share a snapshot of your desktop or picture with the world, sending out a link rather than attaching it to an e-mail to each person you wish to share it with? Look no further than Skitch. Skitch lets you resize, crop, add text, etc., then publish. Skitch saves all your thumbnails for easy re-access. You can even use the thumbnails on your blog posts, then link to the full-size shots on Skitch (or Flickr, or FTP to your own site, or your .Mac account…).
Check out this video to learn all about Skitch in three minutes.
April 23, 2009
Do you tweet? Do you know what the point of Twitter is?
In this New York Times’ opinion piece, Maureen Dowd writes about her visit to Twitter in San Francisco with Twitter creators Biz Stone, 35, and Evan Williams, 37. Before she grills them, she challenges them to keep their answers under 140 characters. She asks, “Are there any thoughts that don’t need to be published?” and “If you were out with a girl and she started twittering about it in the middle, would that be a deal-breaker or a turn-on?”
It’s an amusing read. Check it out.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet? [New York Times, April 22, 2009]
April 20, 2009
Check out the latest issue of Learning.Richmond, a publication that highlights ways the University of Richmond faculty integrate technology into their teaching and how these in-and-out-of-classroom experiences enhance students’ learning.
This month’s issue features Linda Hobgood, Director of the Speech Center. If you would like to nominate a UR faculty member to be the next star of Learning.Richmond, please contact aczapracki AT richmond DOT edu.
April 16, 2009
Have you heard the buzz about Podcasts@Boatwright? It’s a new blog-and-podcast series started by Boatwright librarians consisting of five-to-eight minutes of conversations with faculty authors at the University of Richmond. In the latest soundbyte, Catherine Bagwell (associate professor of psychology) and Jen Erkulwater (associate professor of political science) discuss their new book (co-authored with Rick Mayes) Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health.
Dr. Doug Hicks, associate professor of leadership and author of With God on All Sides: Leadership in a Devout and Diverse America, was featured in February’s inaugural podcast.
Be sure to check out Podcasts@Boatwright every month to hear about some of the new and engaging works of your favorite UR faculty.