Higher-Ed Hacks of the Week: Palladio, Realtime Board, Odyssey.js

Higher-Ed Hacks of the Week: Palladio, Realtime Board, Odyssey.js

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Palladio—a web-based visualization platform from the Stanford Humanities + Design Lab with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students and researchers can use the tool to map networks, datasets, and 17th century humanists across space and time. It’s designed to prompt new questions by displaying data in new configurations. There’s no signup, no data storage and no cost.

Realtime Board—a collaboration tool that works like sticky notes on a whiteboard. You can draw with your mouse, place arrows and write into text boxes. Team leaders create boards and invite others to join so that the group can brainstorm together on the same page. Free for the first three boards (three collaborators each), a 5-user team costs $35/month (billed annually) or $50/month (billed monthly).

Odyssey.js—an open-source tool for creating map-based stories. Its basic templates lets users create cards with images and locations. By moving from card to card across the map, your story unfolds. But, if you or your students know a bit of code, you can customize the map to show location-based datasets. And you can publish it anywhere: each story has its own unique URL, and code to embed in your own website.

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