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How To Annotate Images with ThingLink

ThingLink is our new favorite annotation tool. It allows you to create multimedia tags on images and videos that act as touch hotspots, enabling multiple people to comment on a visual object in a variety of ways. And you can embed your Thinglink image or video on your Web Publishing site. Check out the demo …

Google Calendar

How To Create Appointment Slots in Google Calendar

Our NYU-licensed Google Calendar offers a quick and simple way to create appointment slots for your office hours that your students can sign up for, without the back-and-forth of emails. Follow these simple steps to set up your interactive appointment slots, and then embed that calendar into your Classes or Web Publishing site. Step 1: Create …

How to Create Digital Archives Using Omeka

Omeka is a content management system (CMS) that allows you to quickly create and manage archives and digital exhibits either individually or as part of a class or research group.  Omeka websites can be created without any web design or coding experience, take very little time to install, and offer a user-friendly interface. 36 views of …

Google Maps

How To Customize and Collaborate on Google Maps

Google Maps makes it easy to create your own maps and annotate them by using a variety of media. When you first launch Google My Maps, you are prompted to create a new map or open an existing one. Sign in with your (NYU) Google account to create and save your new map. You can …

TimelineJS example

How to Embed a Timeline

Have you created a beautiful timeline and got stuck on how to share it with peers? Try embedding it on a website such as Web Publishing or Omeka. The instructions below are tailored specifically for TimelineJS but can be applied to a number of other timeline platforms.  Make sure your timeline can generate an iframe embed code.  …

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How To Make a GIF

The Digital Public Library of America is an organization that aims to gather the resources and archives of American libraries and museums to make them freely available on the internet.  The DPLA recently held two workshops about making GIFs, short web animations, with tools freely available on the web as well as professional image editing software.  The …

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How to Resize Images

If you have a large image file, it might make sense to make it smaller. (And it is never a good idea, by the way, of making a small image file larger!) Web Publishing, for instance, has a file size maximum of 10GB. Here are instructions for optimizing your images… Windows Open image in Microsoft Paint …

How to Use Google Assignments

The Google Assignment Tool (BETA) is a tool created by Google which allows instructors to create, grade, and provide feedback on assignments through the familiar Google Drive interface. Students can create new documents, or select existing documents and files, from their NYU Drive account and submit to the Google Assignment Tool (BETA) for grading and …

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How to Use HistoryPin

HistoryPin is a digital gallery, timeline, and map, all rolled into one beautiful, interactive, and FREE package. It is a way to create an open, crowdsourced archive of images, sound files, and text around a place, neighborhood, or location. You, too, can create a collection, like the San Francisco MTA Photo Archive Collection, or the NYPL Collection. …

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How to Use Hypothes.is

What Is Hypothes.is? Hypothes.is is a web annotation tool in the form of a Google Chrome browser plugin, which allows you to add a layer of multimedia comments to virtually any website or PDF published online. Seamlessly integrated in your browsing experience, it offers several ways to improve and organize your digital research, and has proven to be …

Medium

How To Use Medium In The Classroom

Whether you use it for a group project, or solicit your students to submit assignments through its interface, Medium can be a great addition to your academic toolbox. With its WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, Medium pushes the focus to content creation rather than form, simplifying the publishing process if compared with …

Using Zotpress

How to Use Zotero with Web Publishing

Zotero is a free citation management tool (see more of these tools here) that, amongst other things, enables you to create a group library for your class or collaborative project. Zotero works on a browser as well as on a downloadable desktop application. It is also a great tool to use with WordPress, since it offers …