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The Productive Scholar: Tools for Transcription

Topic: Tools for Transcription
Speaker: Ben Johnston, Senior Educational Technologist and Manager, Humanities Resource Center (HRC), OIT

Time: Thursday, November 14, 12:00PM
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Digitizing the spoken and written word can be a very time-consuming but necessary part of doing research in the digital age. In this session we’ll discuss the features to look for in tools for transcribing audio, video, and textual sources, and about the tools commonly used used for this work. From dictation software to multi-lingual OCR, to software for doing time-encoded transcription of audio and video and cloud services for crowd-sourced transcription of books and manuscripts, this session aims to make the arduous task of transcription a little easier.

Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist and Manager at OIT’s Humanities Resource Center (HRC) in East Pyne, and Consultant for the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI). Ben has been involved with educational technology for over thirteen years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research.

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The Productive Scholar: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration

Topic: Writing on the Walls: annotation tools for digital projection and collaboration
Speaker: Janet Temos

Time: Thursday, October 24, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

Do you find yourself going back and forth between the classroom whiteboard/blackboard and your PowerPoint to write notes or diagram a problem? Can you and your students see that board adequately in the darkened room? When you lower the projection screen to show your class presentation, does it obscure the only place to write? Did you ever wish you had a blank page mid-lecture so you could diagram or sketch an idea that’s just occurred to you? At the end of your talk, does everyone whip out their cell phones to take a picture of the notes you’ve written on the board?

Interactive whiteboards can help combine digital presentations and manual annotations on a single screen by using digital ink for freehand notes and annotations. The annotations can then typically be saved and shared with an audience, or circulated for collaborative work. This talk will provide an overview of various hardware, software, and mobile solutions to make on-screen annotations spontaneous and easy.

Janet Temos is the Director of the Educational Technologies Center at Princeton. She is a member of the Princeton class of 1982, and received her PhD at Princeton in 2001. The ETC helps faculty use technology in teaching and research, and includes Training and Outreach as well as the New Media Center (NMC). We also offer consulting, training and outreach in educational technologies.

ProVoc: Free and Easy To Use Vocabulary Trainer and Flashcard Maker

provoc_logo.pngProVoc is a free software for Mac that allows for you to create lessons to study vocabulary. You can create traditional flashcards to study your vocab or you can enhance them by adding audio or using a fill in the blank question style (by typing) to study your vocab for a language. What I also like about it is that if you type the wrong word but it is actually  in your vocab, it will give you that hint. You are also able to include video and images into your study lessons too. You can print flash cards, share your lessons or download vocab lessons, and also play your lessons on an iPod. The one drawback to this software is that it is Mac only. The design is intuitive and has a great layout for learning. To learn more, click on the link below: