“ This “The Best…” list is sort of a combination of two lists I had been thinking of making to go along with The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism (Another list to keep in mind might be The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners — 2008). The more I thought about it, though, the more I felt that a list of engaging (and even fun) sites to teach research skills and accessible citation resources would make a good combination. ”
One of the most popular posts of the past week was my two video introduction to Google Forms for teachers. Those videos are part of my larger, constantly growing, playlist of Google Apps tutorial videos.
“When talking to instructors about what information literacy is, I'm not the biggest fan of referring to its commonly accepted definition: "Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Why? Because in order to embrace it, support it, and implement…”
Via John Shank
“ Several staff at the University of Sussex are using the free Padlet tool in their teaching. This post focuses on two examples. Padlet is an online board or ‘wall’ where multiple users can post text…”
Via Elizabeth E Charles
For most researchers the main goal is to publish their research in credible academic journals. Getting published is a victory for them, but one that comes with a downside that's seldom discussed. In order to get their work accepted they have to sign away their copyrights, which means that they can't freely share the fruits of their labor.
Interesting piece about the relationship between researchers and librarians - I think we'll be around for a while yet though encouraging other researchers to reach the heights of this one. The author makes no mention of library subscriptions- I wonder if he accesses recommended articles via this avenue at all.
“ Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.”
Via Elizabeth E Charles
“ On August 30, 2016, the Patent Office issued U.S. Patent No. 9,430,468, titled; “Online peer review and method.” The owner of this patent is none other than Elsevier, the giant academic publisher. When it first applied for the patent, Elsevier sought very broad claims that could have covered a wide range of online peer review. Fortunately, by the time the patent actually issued, its claims had been narrowed significantly.”
“ When I teach my undergraduate course on “Digital Literacies,” I begin with an exercise in “meta-cognition,” deep reflection about how we think. I start by distributing a technology that was cutting-edge in 1760 when Linnaeus invented it: index cards. He needed a tool to help him sort discrete bits of data to create his world-changing classification systems. Two centuries later, Melvil Dewey used these as the basis for his card catalog system, and the notch-edged versions were used in the 1960s and 1970s for relational data bases or “Knitting Needle Computers.” UHistory, I tell my students, is one of the digital literacies.”
Via Elizabeth E Charles
Helen Lynch's insight:
Interesting take on digital literacies and how to introduce it to students
“ Decide anything quickly among your friends, family, or co-workers: set up a poll and gather opinions. It's simple with the right app. Whether you're deciding with your friends what to eat or joining forces with some family to buy a single massive wedding gift, sometimes decisions need to be made in a group. Today Cool…”
Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Elizabeth E Charles
Today’s student body is the most technologically-fluent generation to enter the realm of higher education. Current students are blessed with the most advanced digital systems society has seen, custom-designed to aid their learning and development.
But the computer revolution has brought with it an epidemic of institutional proportions – plagiarism is rampant throughout North American college campuses, and some have even turned it into a profitable business.
Working with digital media materials implicitly entails a tacit knowledge about the different concepts related to copyright and fair use. I have always insisted through the posts I shared in the "copyright materials for teachers " section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on the importance of teaching our students about how to properly credit sources and documents they grab from Internet.
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