Read Aloud for Firefox and Chrome

Some people, for a large number of reasons, have an easier time understanding written content when it is read aloud. The course management systems are getting better at this—such as Canvas’s Immersive Reader—but they still have a ways to go…. Read moreRead Aloud for Firefox and Chrome

Looking for new ways to handle web browser bookmarks?

Let’s start with the easiest solution. Browser bookmarks bar Your web browser bookmarks bar sits directly under the search/web address bar. If it’s not there, turn it on. In Firefox, click the 3-line icon in the top right corner of… Read moreLooking for new ways to handle web browser bookmarks?

Live captioning in Chrome for Windows

Chrome for Windows now has live captioning. (The same functionality is coming for Chrome for Macs.) For any video you play in Chrome, you can display captions for that video even if the video itself is not captioned. Chrome “listens”… Read moreLive captioning in Chrome for Windows

Interested in signing up for a Tech for Academics workshop?

Friends and colleagues, I’m exploring offering Zoom-based Technology for Academics online workshops as a professional development opportunity. Each workshop would be limited to 10 to 15 participants, be no longer than 60 to 90 minutes including hands-on practice time, and… Read moreInterested in signing up for a Tech for Academics workshop?

Password manager: Time to get one

If you are not yet using a password manager, it’s time. It’s past time, actually. You are way overdue. Protect yourself There are three big things you can do to protect yourself online. Use a different password for every website…. Read morePassword manager: Time to get one

Clipboard managers

The clipboard manager I’m thinking about is not a manager who stands around holding a clipboard. Your computer clipboard holds onto things you’ve copied, making them available for you to paste. Apps that manage this clipboard are called clipboard managers…. Read moreClipboard managers

Zoom updates

Zoom has two kind of updates: prompted and manual. With the prompted updates, when you run Zoom on your computer, Zoom will give you a pop-up that says, “Hey! There’s a new version of Zoom. Download it.” With the manual… Read moreZoom updates

Firefox: Zoom in on only one tab

I have three screens, and one of them is relatively small. Sometimes I’ll have browser tabs open on all three screens. For the tab that’s open on the smaller screen, I want to zoom in to make the text bigger…. Read moreFirefox: Zoom in on only one tab

Add sticky notes to folders, files, programs, webpages

The problem: I have a file folder that contains assignments that I have not yet updated for next term. How do I remember that I have not updated these, besides using a clunky README file? There are a lot of… Read moreAdd sticky notes to folders, files, programs, webpages

Reopening a recently closed web browser tab

You’re happily using your web browser. Thinking you are done with a page, you close a tab. But you were wrong. You were not done with the page. Option 1: Open the last-closed tab This keyboard combination will open your… Read moreReopening a recently closed web browser tab