If readers have suggestions to add to this preliminary list, we would love to add to them! Email (anthrolens at gmail.com) or tweet us (@anthrolens) with your suggestions.
GROUP PROJECT TOOLS - There are now lots of apps available for free to help groups work together, apart. Here are a couple that might be useful for committee or student-group work.
- With Doodle groups can create a simple poll to find out when is best to schedule a meeting.
- Slack provides a platform for group messaging and file sharing, with a few other features as well (such as new message notifications when working offline).
- Survey Monkey allows you to create, distribute and analyse the data of surveys online.
- Create shared electronic annotations with Hypothes.is. As a way of re-thinking reading assignemnts in his upper year anthropology seminar, "Brian Watkins instructed students to make three annotations on each reading using the Hypothes.is platform." (Check out Hypothes.is' educators' page here.) Read more about it and other 'get student to read' tools/ strategies in this Cultural Anthropology piece.
Graphic/photo editingVideo editing/3D rendering
Free stock imagery
GRAPHICS TOOLS - Basic tools and resources for adding graphics to presentations, etc.
- Word clouds are a fun way to visualize information for a conference or lecture slide. This site gives you different options for shapes and fonts, and has a handy wizard for first-time users.
- We have made a few posts already about Maps/ Mapping but here are some of those links again:
- Decolonial Atlas is a blog that collects all kinds of maps which are categorized by region, but also by subject (e.g. languages, biocultural diversity, historical maps, non-North orientations...). [Decolonial Atlas, 29 August 2016]
- The True Size of Africa map and The True Size Of... were tools we originally posted about in Africa is not a country! (6 April 2016). The latter is an interactive tool that allows you to drag and drop countries/ regions into other parts of the world on a map to compare the true size of each -- underscoring the problems with the common Mercator Projection maps.
- Sociological Images is a community Pinterest page that has collected together and categorized many different images, especially related to gender, sexuality, race, and media.
- A bit silly, but Anthropology Major Fox meme-generator can help you to create simple text images for slides. You can also check through their gallery to find gems like this one.
|Anthropology Major Fox|
- What is Evernote and how to use it (A Nerds Guide On Using Evernote Effectively)
- Cloud storage already pretty common now with free and premium services available through sites like DropBox or Google Docs. These services allow you to access your documents anywhere you have an internet connection - and can also allow groups working remotely to collaborate on the same documents in real time.
- If This Then That (IFTTT) is a tool that allows you to automate certain actions using their 'recipes'. For instance, anthro everywhere! uses it to automatically send out a tweet (@anthrolens) every time that a new post is published on the blog. But you can also do things like link your gmail or twitter and evernote accounts to automatically save certain messages, or track certain hashtag mentions on twitter in a Google spreadsheet, or use it to automatically create a twitter list from a specific #hashtag.