Open Broadcaster Software — The Only Screencasting App You’ll Ever Need

One of the most valuable tools for an instructional designer is a great screencasting app. Being able to record your desktop with voice narration frees us to share techniques on our computers in live motion video. Many of us IDs have learned to depend on tools like Jing, Screenflow, Screencast-O-Matic, …

Get that “App Store” Glow on Your School’s Linux Desktops with Chrome Web Store

In response to “Prepare students for a rapidly changing world by teaching with open source” I was ready to share and recommend this post because I love the idea of using open source software in education. However the author falls into a trap of dismissing the benefits of commercial software …

“Own the Means of Production”: What Karl Marx Knew about Opportunity in the Digital Economy

Even though the Internet is often credited for bringing about a “New Economy”, in fact many longstanding economic trends continue to play themselves out between the “haves” and the “have nots” when it comes to internet technology and media control. The cloud has made it possible for people to outsource …

The Best of Both Worlds– Web Apps with Desktop Clients

The recent explosion of great tools that simply run in a web browser has been amazing. From tools like Google Docs, Evernote, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Prezi, and Rememberthemilk and the venerable Gmail— you can access powerful tools for free wherever you are. However, sometimes a web browser is not the …

Over-Extending your Firefox with Extensions? Use Different Firefox-Powered Browsers for Different Tasks!

Everyone loves Firefox because there are so many great user-created Add-Ons that make your web browser into much, much more. Add-ons allow you to customize your browser to make tasks easier. This extra performance comes at a slight cost; the more add-ons you pile on, the more sluggishly your (formerly …

iPhone-style phone number hyperlinks in Firefox [Mac, Win, Linux]

One thing that grabs people’s attention when they get an iPhone is that phone numbers on websites automatically become hyperlinks. Click on a number, and the iPhone asks you if you want to call that number. Firefox on your computer has this same ability! You can make Firefox recognize phone …