Showing posts from February, 2016

Free Transcription (Speech to Text) Tool

We have received a number of requests about free, easy to use transcription software. Requests like this seem to be coming more and more frequent.  While there are paid programs and equipment for transcription, not everyone is able to purchase these. One tool that we have found that is free and available to everyone is Google Docs. There is a more recent capability in Google Docs that allows a person to dictate and the text will appear in the document. In addition to using this tool for dictation, you may also use this to transcribe a recording. Follow the steps outlined below to use this capability to transcribe an audio recording.

If you create a new Google Doc and go to Tools > Voice Typing you will get a small microphone that pops up on the left margin of the page.

You can then start speaking, or playing back a recorded interview in another window through the computer speakers, and Google Docs will start transcribing the speech or audio.

Note:You will need to have an active In…

Citation of/in Digital Media

More and more digital media projects are becoming part of scholarly work. Students need to know how to cite the materials or media that they find to use in their projects. Below are some general tips and then examples of how to cite different types of media in three common styles.

General Tips
Use only what you need and have the right to use. Find material that may be re-used (creative commons licensed - CC). This is scholarly work. Cite what you use!

Citing Audio FilesCreative Commons Structure: Title of the song/track.Author/Creator of the imageSourceLicense
Example: “This video features the song "Desaprendere (Treatment)" by fourstones, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.”

MLA Structure:
Creator last name, creator first nameTitle (italicized)Any additional performers are listed here – first name followed by last nameWhen citing a performance, list the date of the performance here, with the abbreviation “rec.” preceding the dateManufacturer an…

3D Printing Health Risks?

We came across an article pointing out some possible heath risks associated with 3-D printing. Read up and be careful when you print. 
From the article: "What they found was that the level of harmful particles and fumes depended mostly on the filament material, not the maker of the printer. For example, ABS emitted styrene, a type of chemical that's toxic and carcinogenic. Other materials based on nylon emitted caprolactam, a chemical linked to a laundry list of health problems. Meanwhile, the PLA filament emitted lactide, which is actually pretty benign. All told, the levels of ultrafine particles reached concentrations 10 times as high as a normal office or lab."
Here is the ​ [Full Article @ Fast Company]​.

Here is a link to the study referenced in the article:

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Teaching and Learning: Doodling

I came across the video below about doodling. I wonder what instructors thoughts are on doodling, both for students doodling in class and for themselves. I wonder whether or not students doodle and if they have realized any benefits from doing so.

In the video Sunni Brown makes the assertion that we should doodle so that we can reap its benefits - namely the ability to better process and retain material.

Do you doodle? Do you allow your students to doodle?