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7 Things You Should Know About Gamification
August 10, 2011

Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations , often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentratio…

7 Things You Should Know About Ustream
October 21, 2008

Ustream is an interactive web streaming platform that lets users broadcast their own channels on the Ustream network or on a third-party website such as MySpace or Facebook. Ustream offers a plat…

7 Things You Should Know About Skype
December 5, 2007

Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) application that lets users make free phone calls between Skype-equipped computers and inexpensive calls between Skype computers and landline or cel…

7 Things You Should Know About Remote Instrumentation
April 15, 2006

Remote instrumentation involves remote, network-based control of scientific instruments. The expense and complexity of specialized instruments limits some institutions' access to them, and l…

7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting
March 15, 2006

A screencast is a video recording of the actions on a user's computer screen, typically with accompanying audio, distributed through RSS. Screencasts can be thought of as video podcasts. The…

7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Editing
December 15, 2005

Collaborative editing tools allow a group of individuals to simultaneously edit a document, see who else is working on it, and watch in real time as others make changes. As a functional hybrid of…

7 Things You Should Know About Videoblogging
August 15, 2005

A videoblog, or vlog, is a Web log (blog) that primarily utilizes video rather than text or audio. Videoblogging offers a richer experience than text blogging by combining movies, sound, still im…