Entries from EnhancED tagged with 'tools'

Evernote: A Noteworthy Tool for Teaching and Learning

More than a simple note taking tool, Evernote offers a suite of tools to collect information and media from your web browser, email, smartphone and desktop and makes it available across all of these devices.

Twiddla: Smarter than the Average Whiteboard

Whiteboards have come a long way since the days of squeaky markers and erasers that leave behind a faint residue of yesterday's lesson. Twiddla, an online whiteboarding tool, is a prime example.

Clean Up Messy Data with Google Refine

It is often difficult to analyze data across multiple sources. Data points like "personal income" might be called "income, personal" or "personal inc." or "pers incm" or any number of other, similar names across datasets. Google Refine helps normalize datasets...

BigBlueButton: Simple, Open-Source Web Conferencing

BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing platform with a simple vision, that “starting a web conference should be as easy as clicking a single metaphorical big blue button.” It is also a platform that is designed for use in higher...

Zotero 3.0 Released, Featuring Zotero Standalone

Zotero is a free tool that helps users collect, organize, cite, and share research sources. Zotero was first released in April 2009 as a FireFox browser extension and later developed into an extension for other browsers. The Zotero team recently...

Simplifying Office Hours Scheduling

It's a fact of life that faculty need to arrange meeting times with students outside of class, which can be a real challenge. Following are four solutions that we've used with faculty over the years to help schedule office hours...

Swiffy Converts SWF to HTML5

Swiffy is a Google-labs produced utility that converts SWF (Shockwave Flash) files to HTML5. HTML5 will run on many mobile devices (that won't run flash at all) and in current browsers without plugins. A tool like Swiffy can be particularly...

Student, Heal Thyself with Turnitin

Traditionally, tools like Turnitin have been used to sniff out plagiarism and provide faculty and administrators with evidence for disciplinary action against students. However, Turnitin can also be used in a more benign fashion as a writing guide for students...

A la Carte Wikispaces: Now Free for Universities

Today, the folks at wikispaces.com have expanded their free wiki program to all educators, from K-12-PhD. The ad-free version of wikispaces' service used to cost $50 annually. While at Columbia, we run two private label versions (http://wikispaces.columbia.edu for course work...

Library Databases Search Widgets - Bringing Search to Your Students

A few weeks ago we wrote a short article about how to embed widgets into your course web site. A particularly useful category of embeddable widgets is "library database search tools". Example: Pre-Defined, Single Service Search Many of Columbia's database...

Illustrate Your Data with Tableau Public

Tableau Public offers a free software application that can illustrate your numbers in charts, tables and maps and then lets you publish them to the web where others can interact with them. Tableau features a desktop authoring application (Windows, only)...

Create and Share Widgets with Widgetbox

Widgetbox is a self-service software platform that enables users to create and share widgets, the simple dynamic web applications that you find on web pages. Widgets can be windows and text boxes that you interact with like a quiz...

Managing Journal Articles and Citations with Mendeley

Mendeley Desktop is a free software application that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into a personal digital library. Similar to the previously EnhancED Noted entries Papers for Mac and Zotero, Mendeley allows you...

Twitter Widgets

Twitter has released a new set of (easily) embeddable widgets that are cropping up all over the Internet. These widgets make it easy to embed tweets, or even the results of a search (supporting a relatively complex set of search...

Build Online Forms with Wufoo

Update 2011-04-25: SurveyMonkey acquires Wufoo. Wufoo is an web service that helps you build online forms easily. It automatically builds the database and other code necessary for interactive functionality and storage of data. After you set up an account,...

Scribd: Publish, Share and Embed Documents

Scribd is an online platform that lets you publish, share and discover documents on the Web. Scribd works like YouTube, but you browse and upload texts instead of videos. Started in 2007, usage has grown dramatically and now it is...

Meta-Lib Offers Custom Multi-Database Searches

The Columbia Libraries' research and subject guides generally list a number of pertinent databases. Searching across these disparate databases (a federated search) is now possible using a tool called MetaLib. When MetaLib receives a search request, it will provide a...

Top 100 Tools for Learning

The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), based in the UK, has compiled its third annual top 100 tools for learning by "inviting learning professionals from all over the world to share their top 10 tools for learning." The...

Editing Images Online with Aviary

According to aviary.com, "Aviary is a powerful suite of browser-based design tools for people who create." The company has released four web applications: Phoenix, a layer-based image editor; Peacock, a filter editor for effects and visualizations; Toucan, a color manager;...

Zotero 1.5 Beta and Web Application Released

"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work--in the web browser itself." The Zotero 1.5 Beta Firefox extension offers a number...

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