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Make Your Data Analysis Shine: Prism 6


Hello, there! My name is Claire Witherel and I’m a new Intern at the Weigle Information Commons. I’m currently a PhD student at Drexel University studying Biomedical Engineering with research focused in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. As a professional student (I mean, I’ve been in college for almost 10 years now!), I know how frustrating it can be to know the right tool to use for your homework, research, or work, but the learning curve will just take too much time to get the job done. This is where I can help. I absolutely love to assist students in finding useful research tools that make their work shine and guide them through the nitty gritty parts of mastering a new tool.
Continue reading Make Your Data Analysis Shine: Prism 6

Need a Better Way to Study?

Image of the inside of the Butler Technology Room.Welcome to the Butler Assistive Technology Room! Join us on Wednesday, March 16th from 3:30 to 4 p.m. for an introduction to the new Butler Technology Room located on the ground floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center.

Do you prefer to listen to your readings or dictate your writing out loud? This private study space provides software to convert both your speech and text as well as a quiet room for you to work in.

Located on the ground floor of Van Pelt Library and just around the corner from Mark’s Cafe, the Butler Assistive Technology Room was designed to facilitate and enhance learning.

Image of the outside of the Butler Technology Room.Created in collaboration with the Weingarten Learning Resources Center (VPUL), the Butler Assistive Technology Room has 24-hour access and is reservable online. After your reservation is confirmed, you can pick up the room key at the Rosengarten Reserve Desk.

The room includes an iMac and a PC desktop, a scanner, a video magnifier, and a variety of assistive software, including text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and OCR conversion technology. This assistive software allows users to have documents read out loud, to dictate and transcribe writing, and to convert and edit documents without retyping them!

Interested in training or have questions? Feel free to email WIC staff for technology and instructional support. We are here to help you out!

Can’t make it on to our orientation on March 16th? We’ll be back again on Wednesday, March 30th from 12:30 until 1 p.m. Come see us!


Stats Software Help @ WIC

Douglas AllenAt WIC, you can already get help with writing, speaking, technology, copyright and more. In addition, we’re glad to announce that Douglas Allen will begin providing assistance with statistical software. (Douglas was here last year thanks to GAPSA support.) Douglas will assist you in collaboration with Lauris Olson. Continue reading Stats Software Help @ WIC

You do you.

kelliThis guest post by Kelli Liu, a sophomore from southern California majoring in biology and Apple campus representative, describes her thoughts on software upgrades.

Like many people, I am a creature of habit and I often find myself resistant to changes unless I find them absolutely necessary. This aspect of change is extremely applicable to my life when it comes to updating my life technologically. Everyday I am bombarded with my apps, email, and softwares notifying me that my current version is outdated and that I must update immediately. However, I often become really comfortable with the structure of a software, app, or email format that I am using, and I find that often times when I update I regret the decision immediately. New updates are certainly nice and more developed, but sometimes they are not better for me. Continue reading You do you.

Got Audio?

So you want to work with audio?  Well, we’ve probably got what you need. This post contains a rundown of useful audio equipment you can borrow from the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

Also, here are a couple tips to keep in mind while you’re using the equipment:
1. Record the best sound you can.  It’s a lot harder to fix sound after it’s already been recorded.
2. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and practice recording with it before using it on a critical project. Continue reading Got Audio?

Screen Videos LibGuide

ScreenVideosOver the past few months, we have been gathering information and advice from many people and resources around Penn on creating screen videos for educational use. We recently published a new LibGuide that presents an overview of screen videos and includes resources for beginners, advanced users, students, and faculty.  We recommend software (from iMovie to Camtasia to Snapz Pro) and hardware (E-beam Whiteboard Capture and Wacom Tablets) to get started with screen recording, as well as specific resources for faculty from SAS Computing, the Arts & Sciences Learning Commons, and the TechSmith Blogs.  We also feature materials from our WICshop on voice-over narration in PowerPoint, as another powerful tool for recording lectures and presentations.  We will be updating our guide over the summer with more resources and examples. Please do share your comments with us.

Photoshop Elements for $50

My sister just told me that Amazon.com is selling Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 for only $50 right now.  That’s the cheapest I’ve ever seen it.  If you’ve been thinking about purchasing it, this is the time.  I generally recommend people buy their software at the Computer Connection (at the back of the Penn Bookstore), because of the educational discount, but they actually sell Elements for $99.

Photoshop Elements is similar to the full version of Photoshop, but it’s aimed at hobbyists and consumers instead of professionals.  It still has most of the features Photoshop has, and has a simpler interface and fewer options to get tangled up in.

If you want to try it out before you buy it, you can download fully-functional free 30-day trial versions at http://www.adobe.com/downloads  You’ll just need to register for a free Adobe account.

I don’t know how long this sale is for, but you can buy software now at http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-65193986-Photoshop-Elements-11/dp/B0093FROMA