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MDST 3703 F10 Studio 1

  1. 1. Studio Session 1Basic Tools<br />Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts<br />MDST 3707 / 7703 Fall 2010<br />Alvarado and Alexander<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Overview of Course web site and Collab<br />Review of blogging protocol and rubric<br />Get to know your browser as an application framework<br />Install and learn to use Zotero<br />If time, introduction to your personal blogs<br />
  3. 3. The syllabus is the site<br />This models what we are teaching<br />For readings, use “Schedule” item on top of page<br />PowerPoints of lectures will be posted too<br />For comments, select title of post<br />Click on comment link nex to word balloon <br />Anyone can comment on any post <br />The Course Web Site<br />
  4. 4. Quick Review of Assignments<br />Blogging assignment is up<br />Projects up, but in process<br />
  5. 5. Know Your Browser<br />Use FireFox<br />Internet Explore has always been problematic<br />Chrome and Safari are faster<br />But FF has more extensions<br />Basic features<br />The address bar<br />The title bar (all web pages have a title)<br />History<br />Tabs<br />Plugins<br />
  6. 6. Exercise 1: Download and Install FireFox<br />Divide into PC and Mac<br />Work in pairs<br />Use URL http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/personal.html<br />Look under Tools  Downloads to get the file<br />Double-click to install<br />
  7. 7. What’s in a URL?<br />http://pages.shanti.virginia.edu/mdst3703_2010_fall<br />PROTOCOL: http:// <br />MACHINE: pages.shanti.virginia.edu<br />DIRECTORY: mdst3703_2010_fall<br />PAGE: index.php<br />ANCHOR: #foo<br />ARGUMENT: ?p-52<br />
  8. 8. Why important?<br />Everything has an address<br />Addressability an important feature of the digital<br />This convention is being extended to cover everything (“web of things”)<br />Useful for quick hacks<br />E.g. Wikipedia articles<br />Will learn more about this in seminar on the Web<br />
  9. 9. Back, Forward, and History<br />As you surf the web, you create a trail<br />That trail is remembered by the browser<br />The forward and back buttons allow you navigate this trail<br />Forward addsto the trail<br />Back deletes once you go forward again<br />All pages are stored in history<br />Page titles appear in the back and history lists<br />
  10. 10. Setting Options<br />Go Tools -> Options<br />Quick review each tab<br />Home page<br />Downloads<br />JavaScript<br />History<br />Pop-ups<br />
  11. 11. FireFox Add-ons<br />Extensions and Plugins<br />Plugins allow the browser to view special graphic formats or play multimedia files (e.g. Flash) <br />Extensions modify or add to existing functionality<br />Today, we will install some extensions<br />
  12. 12. Exercise 2: Install Plugins<br />Go to the “Add-ons” link from the download page. Or go here:<br />https://addons.mozilla.org<br />Search for and install these<br />ScreenGrab – to capture screenshots<br />ScribeFire – to write blog posts<br />FireBug – to view and play with source code<br />Zotero – to build bibliographies<br />
  13. 13. Zotero<br />A bibliographic reference manager<br />Allow you to maintain a bibliography of all resources – books, essays, web sites …<br />Works with Word (Mac or PC) to insert references and generate bibliographies<br />Can synchronize on different machines<br />Can publish and share collections on the web<br />
  14. 14. Getting Started with Zotero<br />Go to: https://wiki.shanti.virginia.edu/display/KB/*Getting+started+with+Zotero<br />See also link on Course site<br />

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