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Roon — The easiest way to blog

Roon — The easiest way to blog | academiPad | Scoop.it

Via Nik Peachey
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Roon might be good for getting class assignments published online. If this doesn't work for you, try tackk.com.

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Walter Rubén Tur's comment, August 3, 2013 9:55 PM
hay algún vídeo de cómo utilizarla, en castellano, gracias
Nik Peachey's comment, August 4, 2013 3:11 AM
There's quite a long review and brief tutorial of Roon here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roon-is-a-slick-easy-to-use-blogging-platform-you-may-want-to-try/ I particularly like the comment in the summary "Sometimes we get caught up in complex blogging platforms, plugins and more. Roon takes all of that away and ensures that you focus on what matters the most – your words." A rich feature set isn't always an advantage. Roon certainly isn't a competitor to WordPress, but it does make it easy to just get down to writing. For students that can be quite an advantage.
Tracee Orman's curator insight, August 4, 2013 9:14 AM

I just tried Roon out and made a post (on my Mac, by the way). I wanted to try it to see if it was something to share with students. It was pretty easy, though figuring out how to change the title of the post from "Untitled" was frustrating (I assumed the "Header" was the title...not so. You just click on it after you save and can change it in the sidebar.). 

 

I'm not sure what the point of giving your blog a title was when it posts as your user name and never shows your blog title. My advice: use your blog title as your user name. 

 

Not sure if I will use this with my students, but it is a simple and easy format. And free. Here's my simplistic post: http://mrsorman.roon.io/untitled

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Eliademy - For Creating and Managing Online Classes

Eliademy - For Creating and Managing Online Classes | academiPad | Scoop.it
Eliademy support educators and students with free online classrooms that enable them to create, share and manage courses. Eliademy works for universities, colleges, coaches, trainers and their students.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Eliademy could be your solution when you are looking to offer a course online, or maybe even only when you want to support your in-class activities with an online environment.

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DoS Nexus's curator insight, April 12, 2013 7:54 AM

This looks interesting.

Juan Moreno's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:16 AM

Interesante entorno para cursos online.

Una buena opción para ofrecer un curso online o un apoyo virtual a las clases presenciales.

Dispone de una interfaz nítida e intuitiva. 

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Interesting environment for online courses.
A good option to offer an online course or support in-class activities with an online environment..

It has a clear and intuitive interface.

 

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The Best Twitter Tools and Tips Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Twitter Tools and Tips Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | academiPad | Scoop.it

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Some resources for using twitter in Education

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Patty Ball's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:24 PM

twitter tips for teachers

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Infographic: Is Social Media Hurting Productivity In Learning?

Infographic: Is Social Media Hurting Productivity In Learning? | academiPad | Scoop.it

"So, you’ve just finished a task or an assignment and figure you deserve a little mental break. Why not check Facebook or Twitter? It will only take you five minutes, right? Wrong. As American students and workers spend more time on the Internet and on social media sites in particular, their levels of productivity are tanking. The average college student might spend three hours checking their various social media sites, but only two hours studying. That discrepancy is reflected in lower GPAs. Workers aren’t faring much better, either."


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Here we go again... the same charge laid against computer games when they got big, before that to TV, before that to radio, (way) before that to novels and even theater! Media consumption patterns are moving, get over it. Get on with it! Learn how to use the social web to support learning, instead of fearing it will distract from it. After all, the social web has one distinct advantage over the traditional computer games, TVs, radio, novel and theater consumption that feared so many commentators over so many centuries: it operates in more than one direction.

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Kalani Kirk Hausman's comment, December 31, 2012 10:46 PM
I believe that part of the concern is exactly what @academiPad's comments note - Social Media is multidimensional in its communication between students, resources and educators. It violates the traditional role of the educator and requires that instructors not only be able to present information but also to interpret it and to manifest this in an interesting manner. This is difficult for many who learned their trade in educational studies whose curriculum was stabilized in the late 1950's and only marginally updated through the years since. It is difficult to expand past what you have been taught and until a new crop of educators build atop this new environment, there will be continued strife and concern.
academiPad's comment, January 1, 2013 12:31 AM
That's a good point raised by Kalani. Maybe it is even deeper than just fear of a new technology, but fear of new relationships and roles. But there is also the answer: let students help each other, and the instructor. In my college class I will adopt a more democratic model this year that seeks to integrate continuous feedback, improvement and peer input through a "user feedback tool" that is normally used by web companies. I agree that there is some initiative I had to show to set up this tool and get the ball rolling, but I hope it will develop an own dynamic based on my students' inputs.
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iPad in the classroom: New technology meets old challenges

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How does the iPad fit into the classroom? Won't students be on facebook instead of following the lecture? A case study from Seton Hill.
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How to use QR codes in research and teaching

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You have seen QR codes in ads, but do they make sense for academics? This post discusses why, when and how you can use QR codes in research and teaching.
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QR codes are a great way to supply an offline audience with additional online information (e.g., your web page, a research article, or teaching supplements). I used the christmas break to design my own Designer QR code shown in this image, just to prove to the world that QR codes can be an important part of your self-branding.

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Visual Recording on the iPad

A brief overview of how to use the iPad for visual recording/notetaking. Includes things to consider when doing this; how this is different from traditional ...


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Cindy Rudy, John Evans, rob miles, Bmw, Fiona Price, Kim Flintoff
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5 Free Tools to Collect Student Feedback

5 Free Tools to Collect Student Feedback | academiPad | Scoop.it
There are several free web tools that teachers can use to gather feedback from their students both formally and informally. You can also use these tools to poll your students about a learning event,...

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Citelighter (The Pinterest For Research) Launches Massive Global Learning Database

Citelighter (The Pinterest For Research) Launches Massive Global Learning Database | academiPad | Scoop.it
For those of you who haven't heard of the new(ish) startup Citelighter, take note: it's a pretty awesome tool. I've been playing around with it and chatted with founders of the company last week and am thoroughly impressed.

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The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today - Online Universities

The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today - Online Universities | academiPad | Scoop.it

We've put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research.


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Slides - The easiest way to create and share beautiful presentations.

Slides - The easiest way to create and share beautiful presentations. | academiPad | Scoop.it
The easiest way to create and share beautiful presentations.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I can see this as a useful tool for creating and sharing ad-hoc presentations in group work during class.

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Judith's curator insight, May 17, 2013 9:28 AM

Fun presentation creation tool. 

PublishME's comment, July 9, 2013 11:01 PM
We take care of working with groups in closed or open environments. Check out PublishME http://vimeo.com/68740723 http://www.publishmeapp.com
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TweetChat

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Tweetchat is a simple and reliable way to monitor twitter hashtags during a class, workshop or presentation. 

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5 Great Ways for Students to Collaborate on Twitter

5 Great Ways for Students to Collaborate on Twitter | academiPad | Scoop.it
Twitter is a brilliant resource for student collaboration. Here are 5 great ways for students to collaborate using social network.

Via Maggie Verster, Kathleen Cercone
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iPad in Education for Dummies: Interview with Author Sam Gliksman

iPad in Education for Dummies: Interview with Author Sam Gliksman | academiPad | Scoop.it

Teachers around the world are catching onto new learning technology, primarily focusing on tablets ... Sam Gliksman has written the black-and-yellow handbook to help simplify the iPad in Education. In addition to highlighting innovative lesson plans and informative anecdotes, Gliksman aims to promote an overall educational philosophy, one that integrates new technology rather than forcing it. The book will be out in January, but TabAdapt got a first look at what’s inside.


Via Sam Gliksman
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Congrats Sam on the new book!

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Lou Salza's curator insight, January 2, 2013 7:02 PM

Sam Glisksman hits the nail on the head:

 

"....ERA: Are tablets the future of education?

SG: I don’t think any technology is “the future” of education. The dilemma I had in writing the book is that it’s a dummy’s book, and if you’re familiar with the dummy series, it’s really a how-to series: ‘tap here,’ ‘use this.’ As far as possible I’ve tried to integrate education into the book and principles of education as much if not more than the technology itself. That’s really what it’s more about. I don’t see the future of education tied to a particular technology as much as I do see it tied to more of a philosophy of education that’s more student-centered, more experiential, discovery learning, less frontal content delivery. Any technology can be used in a multitude of ways, and I don’t think using technology to support the old frontal content delivery systems is a successful model. I don’t think it’s necessarily the future of education; it could be...."

John Rudkin's curator insight, January 5, 2013 8:35 AM

Sorry, Dummies? How about iPad in Education for Teachers?

Catherine Thomas-Varcoe's comment, March 7, 2013 4:23 AM
Not sure the term 'dummies' is applicable, but might be an interesting read.
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Tackk - Creatively Share your Message… One Tackk at a Time.

Tackk - Creatively Share your Message… One Tackk at a Time. | academiPad | Scoop.it
A free service that makes publishing content on the web as easy as writing an email. Create and share your Tackk now!

Via Kathleen Cercone
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This is amazing! I was looking for something that my students can use to hand in their assignments online, so it can be shared via a learnist board. For students who would like to have a blog this is not a problem, but for those who do not wish to blog, Tackk is like blogging without a blog. Amazing.

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Gonçalo Hall's curator insight, February 10, 2013 8:48 AM

Partilhem a vossa mensagem, one Tackk at a time. 
Ferramente muito útil a todos os social media managers ;) 

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Storify on the iPad

This video tutorial shows you how the Storify app works on the iPad.

The app is a great tool to create multimedia assignments, projects or as a way to make multimedia mixed source comprehension tasks.


Via Nik Peachey, Aki Puustinen, Timo Ilomäki, Sam Gliksman, Kim Flintoff
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Dico Krommenhoek's comment, December 10, 2012 2:02 AM
Thans, John!
tammy bailey's curator insight, December 18, 2012 2:39 PM

Looks like an to use for digital storytelling.

jspellos's curator insight, December 31, 2012 10:49 AM

One of my fave social media tools.  Great for classroom and businesses.

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Welcome | 23 Things for Research

Welcome | 23 Things for Research | academiPad | Scoop.it

Inspired by the award-winning 23 Things Oxford programme, 23 Things for Research is a self-directed course that aims to expose you to a range of digital tools that could help you in your personal and professional development as a researcher, academic, student or in another role. Find out more about 23 Things and discover what will be covered during the 10 weeks of the programme.

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Study Suggests Twitter Boosts College Grades and Class Engagement

Study Suggests Twitter Boosts College Grades and Class Engagement | academiPad | Scoop.it
A new study from Counsel & Heal suggests maintaining a Twitter account makes students more engaged in coursework and yields higher grades.
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presfee.com - stay in touch with your audience

presfee.com - stay in touch with your audience | academiPad | Scoop.it
Presfee lets you easily get feedback on your presentation and even more, because we can ask your audience anything you want to help you improve your product.

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Smoothboard Air - Getting Started

Real-time collaboration with iPads and Android tablets in classrooms and meeting rooms Download now at http://www.smoothboard.net Smoothboard Air works with ...

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Gregory Turkawka's comment, September 18, 2012 6:50 PM
it's a pitty... no Mac version