Sometimes, you would like to capture audio coming from different applications on your computer. A question we sometimes get at the ETC is, how can I capture audio that is playing from my web browser? They would like to record the audio and save it for teaching purposes. If you’re on a Mac, a free tool called Soundflower can help you capture audio playing on a web browser. Other people have used Soundflower with other built in applications on the Mac, like Quicktime Player, to capture both audio and video in the web browser.
You can download Soundflower for free here: http://code.google.com/p/soundflower/.
When using Soundflower, you will have to configure the output and input options for your audio to capture audio using Quicktime Player. When capturing audio, you will not hear the output of the audio through your normal speakers, but you can always open the Soundflower software to hear what you are capturing. This application will capture any sound on your computer, including notification sounds and audio adjustments you make on your computer, so just be aware what you are capturing when using this application. You may want to disable some sounds on your computer before capturing audio.
To see a comprehensive walk-through on how to use Soundflower with Quicktime Player, check out Christopher Breen’s Macworld post here: www.macworld.com/article/1159440/soundflower_capture.html
In this Productive Scholar Session, Angel Brady of the Educational Technologies Center, presented OpenScholar, an OIT-supported web page creation service that allows for faculty and graduate students to create personal, professional academic sites. OpenScholar can host personal CVs, current publications and information about past and current research. The OpenScholar system is very easy to use and is focused on the types of information presented on academic profile websites. Continue reading
Timothy Recuber, lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University, spoke about using WordPress as a platform for student writing in his WRI 128/129 courses. The course, entitled ‘Witnessing Disaster’, investigates media depictions of disaster and human suffering. In the assignment for which WordPress was used, Dr. Recuber asked students to “envision an alternative way of representing the suffering of others by creating a website, online memorial, or blog devoted to the disaster or tragedy that you research this semester”. The students, having chosen and written about significant events previously in the semester, expanded upon their research by posting writings, videos, images, and sound recordings to the course blog. As a supplement to the more formal writing done during the semester, the blog was intended to provide a more creative outlet for the students. Continue reading
There are many browsers to choose from when you want to surf the web. The choice for a browser may depend on which operating system you are logged into, or maybe there are certain applications that needs a certain browser. Sometimes, browsers have certain features built into them that a user likes for their web experience. Google’s Chrome browser recently passed Firefox (a highly customizable web browser) as the most used browser in the world (second in the United States after Internet Explorer). This talk discusses a little bit of Chrome’s background and why this browser’s ability to customize has made it a popular choice for web browsing. Continue reading
NodeXL: A Microsoft Excel Template for Creating Network Graph Visualizations.
Network graphs have become a popular visualization in the past couple of years in not only the Mathematics and Computer Science, but in different fields such as the Humanities and Politics. It is one thing to read a piece of text and to be introduced to different characters and their relationship to each other in a novel, but it’s quite another thing to visually see the connects each character has with each other. These visual relationships can draw new conclusions or points of interest for research that were never discovered or approached before. This is in part why network graphs have gained popularity in the recent years. Continue reading