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Blog Talk Radio

BlogTalkRadio

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BlogTalkRadio

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Description

BlogTalkRadio is an interactive social networking and online steaming webcast website. BlogTalkRadio is not only a place to listen to radio shows but a site where you can also broadcast your own show. BlogTalkRadio enables anyone, anywhere the ability to have their voice heard through their own broadcast show and the chance to interact with people from all over. The best thing is, BlogTalkRadio is FREE! With a free account you can broadcast one 30 minute show per day, with a limit of five live callers. Depending on what type of paid subscription you may choose to purchase, you can broadcast longer and field more calls. Besides creating your own radio show, you also have the ability to create your own blog/personal page. Here your page can be linked with your Facebook, Twitter, ITunes, and personal webpages. Besides using BlogTalkRadio for radio, BlogTalkRadio is a great place for advertising products through a show and through advertisement banners.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

BlogTalkRadio is accessed by visiting the website www.BlogTalkRadio.com. If only wanting to listen to broadcasts, all one needs to do is visit the website and search for whatever type or specific show he listens to. It is important to know that listening to a show depends on the scheduled time of broadcast. You may listen to and download broadcast archives depending on the availability of an episode. To broadcast your own show, one needs to sign up for an account. Depending on the type of access and broadcasting one wishes to do, there are different account types to choose from. You can also sign up for an account using your Facebook account as your way to access your BlogTalkRadio account.

Using This Resource in Academic Teaching

  • BlogTalkRadio enables you to create an online class where students all over the world can watch and interact with the professor.

 

  • Because BlogTalkRadio connects with people all over the world, students have the ability to be exposed to a greater number of opinions and the possibility of interacting with others.

 

  • Students can broadcast their own projects with the possibility of not only teaching many but also receiving feedback.

 

  • The more a student or professor teaches on BlogTalkRadio the more exposure is possible, creating more opportunities for teaching.

 

  • Because BlogTalkRadio allows one to be connected with your personal social media accounts, the ability to make one’s learning both interactive, personal, and fun.

 

  • BlogTalkRadio allows students to present and discuss topics of whatever they choose. They can broadcast on their own topics without limitations.

 

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BibleWorks 9

BibleWorks 9 Software

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BibleWorks 9 Software

 


 

Description

BibleWorks 9 is a Bible language software aimed at students, pastors, and scholars that provides tools for research, exegesis, and use of the biblical languages. BibleWorks is a Windows-based program, so Mac users must create either an emulation environment or install Windows as a native operating system.

BibleWorks boast a variety of features. Standard features from past BibleWorks editions include dozens of translations in numerous languages, an electronic collection of several lexicons, grammars, and concordances, topographical maps, and much more. In BibleWorks 9, several new features are also available. Among the most significant improvements are an additional analysis window, a verse tab, the CNNTS NT critical apparatus, as well as new material that can be unlocked, such as Metzger’s critical apparatus, Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and numerous other additions.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

 

BibleWorks 9 can be purchased by visiting bibleworks.com. While the cost is about $359, it is extremely competitive with the market. Competing Bible software such as Accordance (available only for Mac) and Logos cost about $149-$349 and $629-$1689 respectively. For those already with an earlier version of BibleWorks, upgrades are available for about $159 (from version 8) or about $199 (from version 7).

 

Using This Resource in Academic Teaching

 

BibleWorks 9 has a wide-range of application to teaching courses related to the Bible and biblical languages.

  • Use BibleWorks Hebrew and Greek language fonts to create paradigms, quizzes, exams, etc. in Microsoft Word.

 

  • Export specific texts to Microsoft Office programs to create charts, tables, or simple text files.

 

  • Export results of word studies to other programs for comparison.
  • Conduct words studies through lemma searches.

 

  • Use language tools to parse words and look up meanings in lexicons.

 

  • Use searches to find inter-textual links in biblical texts.

 

  • Compare various versions of a text in order to see different translation strategies or the difficulties involved in translating certain passages.

 

  • Use maps as a visual aid in class to point out the location of the events in specific narratives.

 

  • Quickly and easily move between texts that are being used as illustrations.

 

 

 

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Bible Soft

BibleSoft PC Study Bible

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BibleSoft PC Study Bible

 


 

Description

An advanced exegetical and original language electronic study Bible resource designed for pastors, educators, and scholars of the Bible.  As with other electronic study Bibles there are several packaged “libraries” available.  The largest library has a collection of about 400 reference work volumes including Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries, encyclopedias, Hebrews and Greek language helps, pastoral sermon resources, and word study resources.  Additional resources to expand one’s system are available.  One of BibleSoft’s sales taglines is: “Stop Searching – Start Studying.”  The system is icon based which makes it straight forward and easy to use.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

BibleSoft PC Bible Study is reasonably priced resource available from their website, www.BibleSoft.com as well as through Christian Book Distributors, Amazon.com and local Christian bookstores.  The website has the most current information and the widest selection of available options.  Biblesoft’s Customer Service phone is 866.722.4253.

Using this Resource in Academic Teaching

  • To aid pastors and Bible study leaders who preach and teach God’s Word.
  • To simplify lesson preparation with easy access to Bible tools and resources.
  • To access all available original language word information with “quick links.”
  • To help with instant Greek/Hebrew/Aramaic word database pop-ups for parsing and transliteration information.
  • To provide audio pronunciations for the Greek lexical forms.
  • To interface easily with options for changing the size and format of displayed content.
  • To allow one to take a sermon or other written material and include it as a “searchable” resource, with an “authoring system.”
  • To quickly copy multiple texts using the “append” feature that allows multiple copies to the clipboard and a single paste to the saving document.

 

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Articulate Presenter

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Articulate Presenter
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Description

Articulate Presenter transforms PowerPoint presentations into flash video. By affixing audio, video and enhanced graphics to PowerPoint presentations Articulate Presenter provides users an edge over single-frame presentations. Flash video presentations increase product communicability for viewers. Articulate Presenter allows for interactive branching scenarios dependent upon viewer input. PowerPoint presentations are empowered through Articulate Presenter’s simple to use interface giving clients a necessary advantage in today’s competitive environment.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

Articulate Presenter is available free for a 30-day trial period at http://www.articulate.com/products/presenter.php. Customers can purchase Articulate Presenter for about $799 at http://www.articulate.com/store. For a limited time the software can be purchased at a discounted rate of about $699. Upon purchase customers can download Articulate Presenter directly from the product website. No physical software is available for order.

Using This Resource in Academic Teaching

  • Articulate Presenter allows for professors and students to enhance presentations for increased effectiveness

 

  • Professors can increase classroom interaction by improving lecture presentations

 

  • Professors can reinforce content through branching scenario features that encourage student participation

 

  • Recorded audio and video allows professors or students to incorporate pre-recorded elucidation from themselves or outside voices to reinforce lecture agenda

 

  • Embedded websites in presentations offers students and professors avenues to incorporate various material from the internet

 

  • Branching scenarios provide avenues for testing and collective exploration

 

  • Articulate Presenter’s intuitive design allows for students and professors with varying degrees of computer competency to sharpen their presentations for impact

 

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Animoto

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Description

Animoto Edu is a web tool that works to automatically generate videos using music, images, video clips, and text. Geared toward the classroom, Animoto Edu is an online service allowing users to upload pictures and video segments together with text, then select music and special effects to create a unique way of presenting information in any educational setting. The core of Animoto’s distinctive features is what it calls its Cinematic Artificial Intelligence technology, which analyzes the user materials and develops a finished product for the user, so that every Animoto production is totally unique, geared toward the individual user’s material. Animoto has cleared copyright for the music selected at its site. With YouTube and others recently sharply applying copyright law and disabling infringing videos, Animoto’s copyright satisfaction is a helpful step.

In the visual world of the 21st century, Animoto offers educators and students easy access to professional-like productions, so that the expectation for precision and quality can be met with minimal effort.

Locating or Acquiring This Resource

Animoto Edu is a free resource that anticipates teacher and student use. An application for free educational use can be accessed at http://animoto.com/education. With the educational use account, the music license feature with access to 1000+ tracks is available. For those who would not qualify for the free educational use, there is a free trial, Animoto Lite, that allows for unlimited 30 second videos. For about $30 a year, Animoto Plus offers unlimited full-length videos. For Animoto Pro, you have access to the music license feature described above with several other features, at about $249 a year. If applicable, Animoto offers a free Plus account to charitable/non-profit organizations.

Using This Resource in Academic Teaching

  • Embed an Animoto video into the school website for access and use.

 

  • Create unique videos for teaching components of lectures.

 

  • Use crafted videos for introduction of case study analysis in class.

 

  • Use Animoto to deliver lecture materials in a format accessible at any time by students, freeing up class-time for interactive discussion of materials that cover the homework.

 

  • Feature student work, including music, photos, and written material, in unique ways to increase confidence and encourage creativity.

 

  • With the Education Account, students are able to access Animoto for developing their own videos. And so, assignments can be as varied as both teacher and student can envision Animoto’s capabilities.

 

  • Students who shy away from presentations will be able to rely on Animoto to create support materials, bolstering student’s courage.

 

  • The teacher and student can use Animoto presentations to grab attention or encourage empathy for an issue or circumstance.

 

  • The teacher can use an Animoto video to remind students, humorous or otherwise, of due dates for assignments.

 

  • Animoto offers educators individualized teaching aids for the classroom. For example, an educator could take a Hebrew term and describe its meaning, usage, historical context and other in a way the professor considers ideal (because he/she created it).

 

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Accordance Bible Software

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Accordance Bible Software

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Description

Accordance is a Bible software program that emphasizes the ability to search the biblical (and extra-biblical) texts. Accordance features an interface that allows users to view multiple translations/texts side by side. Users can also build an “e-library” of Accordance-compatible reference works that can be read directly on Accordance, side by side with biblical texts. Some of these reference works include interactive Bible atlases, timelines, Greek and Hebrew lexicons, and commentaries. One signature feature of Accordance is the Greek and Hebrew “construct.” The construct window allows users to search complex grammatical constructions, using graphs and charts.

Locating or Acquiring this Resource

Accordance can be purchased online at http://www.accordancebible.com. Currently, the most basic Accordance package can be purchased for a reasonable price. The basic package includes Accordance along with a starter collection of various reference tools. Moreover, many Christian stores, including on-campus bookstores, also sell Accordance. In any case, before purchasing, it must be noted that Accordance was originally designed to run on Macs.  For some older versions, PC users may need a Mac emulator to run Accordance.

Using this Resource in Academic Teaching

There are various ways in which Accordance can be useful for teaching and enhancing effective student learning both in and outside the classroom:

  • Professors who teach intermediate or advanced Greek or Hebrew can illustrate real examples of complex grammatical concepts (e.g., Granville-Sharp) all in one convenient window.

 

  • Accordance is invaluable for exegesis of the biblical text. The kinds of searches that can be performed on Accordance are limited only to one’s own creativity. It can be as simple as searching the occurrences of a particular Hebrew word or activating a list of every optative verb in the New Testament. The searches can also be refined—narrowed or broadened—through the use of Boolean phrases. For example, one can broaden their search from every optative verb in the New Testament to every optative verb and every imperative.

 

  • For people who do not mind reading extensively on a computer screen, Accordance allows students and professors to purchase Accordance-compatible reference tools (e.g., commentaries), usually at significantly cheaper prices than their paper counterparts.

 

  • Accordance provides a convenient means for projecting the biblical text for a classroom lecture or seminar. Not only can professors project the biblical text using Accordance, they can also demonstrate on a projected screen how computerized searches of the biblical text can enhance exegesis and exposition.

 

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