Technological Resources for Scholars and Educators
Still only available as a Firefox extension, but it has become an even
better tool for collecting, organizing, citing, syncing, and collaborating
Wave: Still in beta and requires an invitation to use. It is turning out
to be helpful as a collaboration tool for sharing information and as a
discussion and decision making tool.
- Google Docs:
Can be used successfully as a document collaboration resource.
- Learning Management Systems: It's looking like
Blackboard is still going to be our main resource in the near future. (I
compare Blackboard and Moodle and show what we [maybe] really want here.)
- Working on the cloud and both sides of it? I
recommend Live Mesh.
(This provides online backup of data with anywhere access to that data and
syncing to multiple systems.)
- For more online collaboration tools, check here.
- For much of online learning, it would probably
be sufficient to have screen-sharing with audio capabilities. Learning Tech
is hoping to evaluate the best options. In the meantime, check here
- Going mobile... Check my post here,
especially as regards ebooks. This also has some implications for the new
systems faculty will be receiving this summer.
- Speaking of mobile, what about the iPad? Take a
and note that Zondervan
is on top of things...
- 21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020
of Education: This starts to get scary by 2020...
Fuller discussions of many of these resources are available at my Biblical
Studies and Technological Tools blog.
- Google Earth: This is a free
downloadable program. Once you have it, take a look at some of these
Biblical Mapping blog compilation: This is my growing list of mapping
resources that are most helpful for biblical studies. It includes resources
that are part of Bible software as well as many other online and/or
- World Missions Atlas Project
Searching, Reading, and Downloading Online Books
For more details on some of the following listings as well as links to
other resources, check this SBL
article and this
- Google Book Search - Note that
you can choose only those books with "Full View." Such books are
downloadable, or, with a Google account, you can add them to your online
'library.' Many books have an "About this book" link that
provides considerable additional information.
Live Book Search - Similar to Google Books, but different books have
been digitized and different copyrights obtained. (E.g., Schweitzer's Quest
is available for download here but not on Google.)
- Universal Digital Libary -
Over a million books are digitized, and it includes books that are not
available in either GoogleBook or Microsoft LiveBook.
- Google Scholar and Microsoft
Live Search Academic: Another pair of search engines that look in
journal articles, dissertations, and books.
- Tyndale House Library
- Internet Archive
- Amazon's Search Inside feature: If you search on Amazon for keywords, it not only looks at titles, but it also look inside books. This only applies to some books which have the "Search Inside" feature indicating that the books have been
- Book Burro - A Firefox addin that
searches WorldCat for nearby books as well as cheapest online prices.
Bibliographic and Research Tools
- Bibliographic and Research Tools (I've more thoroughly summarized these
- Other resources to try:
- Add Search Providers to
Internet Explorer 7
or to Firefox (right click on search box)
- Language Resources
- Google Language Tools
- Resources in 14 languages; can search pages in other languages; provides
rough translations for web pages or text
- lingro - Includes dictionaries (6
languages, and since it is open content, users can add to the dictionary and
also create their own word lists for review), a web viewer, and a file
viewer. Works by rendering every word on a page or document as clickable and
providing a popup translation of choice.
- Data Visualization:
Teaching and Publishing Resources