Archive for March, 2009

Here are some tools to help you while you finish up your midterm projects: Pixlr – web-based photoshop alternative. Jing – create screencasts Flickr Creative Commons Image Search – search for images licensed under Creative Commons – free online image creation and manipulation tool Free Icon Sets – great, free icon designs. Make sure […]

Zotero Guide


Some of my contacts on Twitter recently tweeted about a new how-to guide to using the Zotero social citation service. Check it out.

To embed a YouTube video in a post, follow these steps: 1. Identify the video you want to add 2. You can add a simple link to a video 3. Click “insert video button and add URL, following directions for adding YouTube post.

A friend just pointed me to Xtranormal, a site that allows users to create movies easily. I wonder whether some of you will be able to use that site — or something like it — in your projects? Why not tell your tech-writing story through cartoons or animation? or film?

Midterm Project


Before you start: pick a subject – a technical process or product that you will consider/explore/examine Part 1: Literature Review — First step: find at least three tech writing documents that already exist for your subject — Second step: compare them and analyze them using criteria found in A Concise Guide to Technical Communication Perform […]

Creating: Keep working on your profile/portfolio page, particularly your links/descriptions of the Sharing Communities Project. Add a Creative Commons licensed image to your page through the flickr creative commons search. Make sure you credit and link back to the photographer!!! Check the “all sizes” link to select a properly sized image Reading: In A Concise […]

Building on our discussions of instruction manuals . . . .