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I miss the freedom that the Web offered in the 1990s. This is the first post of three about Content Management Systems, student projects, and recapturing the potential (real, remembered, or imaginary) of the 1990s Web. Read the first post at the W&M Academic Technology Blog
I recently sent my dissertation to my committee. DropBox helped me get through last stages of revising by allowing my co-chairs to always see the most recent version of my draft. Read more at the W&M Academic Technology blog
I understand why a lot of academics are aprehensive about MOOCs. However, imagine what might happen if students in MOOCs started doing digital humanities projects...
PlacePress is a WordPress plugin and theme that allows you to easily create your own map-based website. I have put it on Github here: https://github.com/cordulack/placepress
With PlacePress, you can add "places" (shapes, points and lines) to your posts and create a dynamic map for your users can explore. While your users are reading your posts and browsing your map, they can click on three icons that will allow them to focus on your map, posts, or images. Users can also search for place names and post content.
How it Works
PlacePress uses Google Maps's Drawing Library and Google's Places API to allow you to add points, shapes, and lines to a WordPress post. For single points, you can select one of the markers I made, or user your own.
When viewing the public side of your site, the sidebar does most of the work. When users click on a place marked on the map, or listed in the sidebar, the sidebar shows them several things:
- Place Name
- Post Title
- Post Excerpt
- All images from the post
Users can also browse through your site's content without using the map by using the icons at the top of the sidebar.
The marker icon on the left, when clicked, shows the map for the content you are currently viewing. So, for example, if you are looking at a category, it will show all the places for posts in that category.
The second icon from left will display a list of posts (if you are on a category page, etc.) or the body of the post if you are on a single post.
The image icon second from the right will show all the images (except featured images) for the content you are looking at. Same as before, if you are looking at a category, it will show you all the images in that category.
The magnifying glass icon on the far right opens a search box that allows you to search the content of both posts and place names.
I am thinking of this as a beta version. If you would like to download PlacePress and test it out, you can do so at Github. There are some incomplete installation/configuration instructions in the readme.txt. I will be adding to those shortly.
Tl;dr: WordPress has gotten so easy to use that the problem is no longer the technology, but the assignment. Get that squared away, and then use resources on the Web to get up to speed with the technologoy.
After I assigned podcasts in a few classes, I asked students to fill out a "technology evaluation." Read the full post for the questions I used and what the students thought.
When I discovered Microsoft Word had a Citation Manager, I started to imagine all the ways it could save me time. Turns out, it doesn't work well with The Chicago Manual of Style's footnote formatting.
I am usually not a fan of "tools" posts. However, since my last posts started to resemble rants, I figured would de-escalate things and do one now. I have found Devonthink invaluable since December when I started my latest push to get a draft of my dissertation done. After using it about 20 hours a week for 7 months, I thought I would write about it for at.blogs.
Read the full post at at.blogs.wm.edu: Organizing Your Research with Devonthink Pro Office: http://at.blogs.wm.edu/organizing-your-research-with-devonthink-pro-office/