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Too busy to read this (or any other ATRC blog post) now?  Own a Kindle or use a Kindle reading app?  We’ve got you covered. Even regular readers of our blog may be forgiven for not noticing, but it is now possible to send our blog posts directly to your Kindle or Kindle reading app.  This is Amazon’s answer to those read-it-later services like Instapaper, Pocket and Readability.  Just click the little Send to Kindle button at the bottom of any blog post, and whoosh, off it goes. Actually, the first time you click it you will be prompted to login to your Amazon account.  You will not be...
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The Google Art Project

The Google Art Project
I had the opportunity to present a workshop today on the Google Art Project.  If you are not familiar with it, drop everything and pay attention.  This could change your life. The Google Art Project is a gathering of art collections from around the world; 151 institutions, over 9,000 artists, and over 43,000 art works, and counting.  The art works are presented in high definition photography, and many in gigapixel resolution.  To see the Art Project for yourself, go to www.googleartproject.com. The first thing that you will notice is that this is site looks VERY un-google-like.  A lot of thought has...
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The Best News Aggregating Apps

When it comes to news aggregators, iPad apps suffer from an embarrassment of riches.  There are several truly excellent aggregators, each with its own take on algorithmically generated news for you.  In this post I will take a look at the leaders and you can decide for yourself which, if any, you might wish to install.  I will not be covering stand-alone publishing enterprises, like the New York Times or Time Magazine apps, but rather meta-tools that aggregate articles from these and many other news sources.  I have stretched my definition to include Reuters and AP, which technically are news sources,...
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Student Paper Markup: Quick Parts and Macros

Student Paper Markup: Quick Parts and Macros
Those responsible for reading and commenting on student papers know that there are certain comments that get made over and over.  Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a way to store these in Word, and insert them into the student paper (or a Review annotation to the student paper) with a single keystroke?  There is with Quick Parts and Macros.  This post demonstrates how. Quick Parts First, open a Word document and type the comments you typically enter on student papers.  You may want to save this document and add to it as you think of others later.  To make quick parts out of each of your...
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Why Screencast?

Why Screencast?
I will be conducting a workshop Friday on how to capture and produce video in Camtasia.  Camtasia is the state-of-the-art screen capture program from TechSmith.  We have licensed it for District computers at our college, and those who do not qualify for the District licenses copy can purchase it for the educational price of $179.  As I say, my workshop is titled How to Capture and Produce video—specifically screencast video—in Camtasia.  It grew out of a workshop I did on how to edit video in Camtasia.  Folks who attended that one wanted more on how to originally get screencast video and what settings...
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