What Do We Mean When We Talk About Technology in the Classroom?

This week, I read “Professors Say Technology Helps in Logistics, Not Learning” from the Chronicle‘s blog, Wired Campus, and one sentence stood out. It stated that one “anthropologist interviewed for the study said technology-rich courses, in which PowerPoint presentations and online notes are used, can give students less incentive to attend class or pay close… Read more »


The End of Printing on College Campuses?

Education News put together an info-graphic highlighting the decline of printers on college campuses. Coincidentally, my wife, Ruthann Thomas, who is a professor at Hendrix College gave her students the opportunity to opt-in to a paperless semester. All handouts will be delivered electronically and assignments will be submitted, graded, and returned electronically too. If you’re willing to go the… Read more »


Flip Your Class: Knowmia vs TED-Ed

Last semester, I listened to Dr. Jennifer Spohrer’s presentation, Blended Learning in a Liberal Arts Setting, hosted by NITLE. While blended / flipped learning offers  the opportunity to engage with students in a different way, one point of pain for faculty is time. It takes time to create lessons. It takes time to record lectures. It… Read more »


Quit Wasting Paper; Submit to Submittable

If you’re a writer and submit to literary magazines, chances are you’ve heard of Submittable. Submittable, formerly known as Submishmash, is a cloud-based submission management system that takes the pain out of the process. Created in 2010 by “novelist Michael FitzGerald, filmmaker Bruce Tribbensee, and musician John Brownell,” Submittable saves publishers both time and money. For… Read more »

Digital Preservation

The Challenge to Future Historians

The best computer storage devices that exist today are ephemeral compared to primitive technology such as engraved rocks. A stone tablet can last for millennia, but anything we can store files on will very likely be useless in 50 years. However, there are some prospects for seriously long-lived media in the labs. Researchers at Berkeley… Read more »


Personal Digital Archiving 2013

The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 conference will be held on February 21-22 at the University of Maryland. This will be the first one that I’ve attended, but going by last year’s program, it should be full of discussions of practical issues. The very impressive keynote speech is available as a video. In it, Mike Ashenfelder… Read more »


Using Google+ Communities for Online Study Sessions

Today, Google launched Google+ Communities, a new feature of their social networking service. Already, Code4Lib, a “volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff’,” has created a community to further bring members together. Seeing the… Read more »


Grade Your Grading Tools

As educators across the country settle in for hours and hours of grading papers, projects, presentations and exams, let’s take a moment to learn what tools are out there and how they stack up.