Author Archives: Angel Brady

Using Your Tablet in the Classroom: An App Summary

We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.

Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.

Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below: Continue reading

BLC Library of Foreign Language Film Clips

What is the LFLFC?

LFLFC stands for the BLC (Berkeley Language Center Library of Foreign Language Film Clips (LFLFC). It is a tagged, structured collection of clips from foreign language films.

Princeton University is one of the institutions that has access to database and clips. These  clips are intended for the sole use of instructors so that they can use them as part of their foreign language course curriculum. These clips can be used only within the Fair Use Guidelines of U.S. Copyright Law. Currently the database is accessible only to faculty and graduate student instructors at participating institutions like Princeton University. The way it works is that you can search LFLFC  for certain clips. Tags and summaries (and even comments from the community) are attached to the already created clips. LFLFC  allows us, since we are a participating institution, the ability to use these clips for 2 week periods in courses. Currently you can only request the clips that are already digitized by LFC. It is a great database and the professional cataloging of the films in their native language is stunning in itself.

If you are a faculty member at Princeton, we encourage you to check out this great resource and create an account:


Screencast: How to Use Pinnion Plug-in on Princeton Blogs to Create Polls

This screencast demonstrates the WP plug-in called Pinnion we have installed on the Princeton WordPress blogs. It is available to all who have a Princeton WordPress blog. Pinnion allows for you to create polls or surveys that will record results and provide instant feedback to your students or audience. One of its strong points is that you can embed this poll right inside a WordPress blog post easily and it looks great on mobile devices.

See Text in Whole New Way: Text Visualization Tools

Data mining, concordances, word frequencies, all these things can be done to analyze text and to display the results (which are usually also in text form). Sometimes though, these results are hard to read, track, and to see correlation and relationships between bodies of texts and words. Text visualization adds another dimension to data mining a text. You can see in a simple and fast way how many words make up a text, what words have frequencies next to other words, and analyze the overall theme of a text and its corpus. The following tools listed below will help you get started with building a word frequency list and using your text to visualize your data, for the most part, in an easy and simple manner. Continue reading

Screencast: Changing Your Front page Layout and Theme in OpenScholar Beta 14.

We recently updated OpenScholar to Beta version 14. With this change comes a few feature changes we’ll discuss in this screencast. This screencast will show you how to change the front page layout using the Layout feature and not the Front feature and how to change your theme and the relationship between the theme and the layout and how your layout widgets get affected when you change your theme.