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Navigating the Marvellous - my #altc 2014 keynote (with images, tweets) · catherinecronin

Slides, video, and a summary of tweets from my keynote at the Association for Learning Technology Conference, September 2nd, 2014 at the University of Warwick.
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In "Navigating the Marvellous: Openness in Education", I share my values as an open educator -- an appropriate starting point, as I agree with Michael Apple: "Education is inherently an ethical and political act". During the presention, I share ideas and research findings about learning and openness, including examples from #CT231, #icollab, and other open education initiatives which cross temporal and spatial boundaries as well as those of geography, culture, institution, term time, education sector, community and power level.

 

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future

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This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. One of the main things the report does is rank the world’s educational systems (which we’ll talk about in a different post). What I find even more interesting is the focus on what skills current students need to meet …
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30 Search Engines Perfect For Student Researchers - Infographic

30 Search Engines Perfect For Student Researchers - Infographic | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it
The handy infographic below takes a look at different methods of online research, and gives a flowchart flush with a number of different web search options for you to try out.

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Juan Manuel Sánchez Vargas's curator insight, May 30, 7:07 AM

Como investigar y hacer una búsqueda de investigación.

Lee Hall's curator insight, June 3, 10:56 AM

Help your students and yourself improve your research methods online.

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Best Places to Find Free Images Online

Best Places to Find Free Images Online | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it
If you are frequently sharing images online it’s essential to have a list of go-to websites where you can quickly and effectively find free images. Here's my 16 best!

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Heather Thompson's curator insight, May 6, 5:44 PM

Thank  you 

BookChook's curator insight, May 7, 4:57 AM

Some new image editors on this list. 

sarah's curator insight, May 12, 4:10 AM

utile pour nos UD´s.

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

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There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing.


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great advice for writers at all levels...

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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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Write to Connect: 2013 National Day on Writing - National Writing Project

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Writing today is the way we most often connect—through texts, status updates, blog posts, and multimedia compositions. And writing, as ever, continues to be the way we connect our ideas, connect across disciplines, and connect to other writers, thinkers, and makers. This year, as part of the National Day on Writing , the National Writing Project and our Educator Innovator Network —along with the National Council of Teachers of English , theNew York Times Learning Network , and a host of other collaborators—are encouraging us to take to Twitter to speak out about how writing helps us connect.

On October 21, 2013, add your voice to a National Day on Writing Twitter conversation by using the hashtags#write2connect and #nwp as you explain the connections writing facilitates for you as a person, as a parent or guardian, as an educator, or as an author.

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The Art of Live-Tweeting

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Last year, there was some controversy over the question of live-tweeting at academic conferences and in academic settings more generally...

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Some interesting thoughts on using Twitter in academic settings, e.g. as collaborative public note-taking.

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5 Steps To Make You A Better Researcher - Edudemic

The following steps will offer you a bit of insight into how you can become a better researcher using some simple web tools like mind maps and bookmarklets.

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Clare Treloar's curator insight, February 10, 2013 5:17 AM

very simple steps to follow - bookmarking, mindmap then classify your bookmarks, structure your research summary, set deadlines

Catherine Cronin's comment, March 26, 2013 5:21 PM
CT231 students: some useful advice for your future research projects
Tom Hood's curator insight, March 28, 2013 7:24 AM

We are all researchers as our "body of knowledge" moves from "stocks" to "flows". This is some great simple advice to help us keep our L>C (Rate of Learning greater than the rate of change).

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How to avoid information overload

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Maria Popova, editor of Brain Pickings, says we desperately need skilled knowledge curators to offset the risk of information overload.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:52 PM

This is an interesting article in large part, because it references thinking that is over 50 years old. The problem is not a new one. What is new is the new scale of information and the lack of voice saying we have to find a a way to come to terms with it.

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Anatomy, Grammar, Syntax & Taxonomy of a Hyperlink

Anatomy, Grammar, Syntax & Taxonomy of a Hyperlink | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it
Hyperlinks make the World Wide Web what it is. If links did not exist, EVERY web page would be a stand alone. Let's take a close look at these "clickable thingies" :) I  like the metaphor of thinki...
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Great advice for bloggers, new and experienced.

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Why Students Need Personal Learning Portfolios More than We Do

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This post explores Personal Learning Portfolios [PLPs], an extension of a Personal Learning Environment. I review briefly PLPs for professionals, but focus on the potential and promise that PLPs ho...
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CT231 students are encouraged to organise and share their work online; the concept of a Personal Learning Portfolio is useful in this respect. The control of the portfolio is the student's alone, not the institution's.

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Developing Digital Citizens by Dr. Alec Couros

Digital identity, digital citizenship, digital literacies -- thought-proking images & ideas in this presentation by @courosa

 


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Escape your search engine Filter Bubble

Escape your search engine Filter Bubble | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it

An illustrated guide to the Filter Bubble -- and how to pop it.

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Tip for Getting More Organized: Don't

Tip for Getting More Organized:  Don't | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it

How much time do you spend each day getting better organized? Cut it in half.

 

When it comes to investing time, thought and effort into productively organizing oneself, less is more. In fact, not only is less more, research suggests it may be faster, better and cheaper.

 

IBM researchers observed that email users who “searched” rather than set up files and folders for their correspondence typically found what they were looking for faster and with fewer errors. Time and overhead associated with creating and managing email folders were, effectively, a waste.

 

By combining threading with search, technology makes an economic virtue of virtual disorganization. The personal productivity issue knowledge workers and effective executives need to ponder is whether habits of efficiency that once improved performance have decayed into mindless ruts that delay or undermine desired outcomes. Are folders and filing systems worth fifteen to twenty-five minutes a day of contemplative classification and sort for serious managers?"


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Filtering, tagging and searching are key digital literacies explored in CT231. This is a useful article -- and insight from Howard Rheingold -- comparing different search strategies.

 

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, June 29, 2:28 PM

I'm an inveterate organizer of information into folders and folders within folders. I did that for years before search came along. Old habits die hard. But really -- why organize when you can tag and search? Social bookmarking alerted me to the usefulness of tag-and-search (what links did I tag with BOTH "curation" and "infotention"?) and now I ask myself, when I start to folder-within-folder, whether tag-and-search might be more efficient. h/t Sahil Gupta

magnus sandberg's curator insight, August 7, 6:14 AM

Freedom!

JoseAlvarezCornett's comment, August 28, 9:16 AM
Few month ago I began to tag every pdf/doc file I download. For every file I think about 3 key words and I add them to the file name. It makes searching for pdf files a much easier task.
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17 Ways to Visualize the Twitter Universe

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Digital Visitors and Residents

David White (@daveowhite, http://twitter.com/daveowhite) of the University of Oxford explains how the Visitors and Residents model provides a framework to un...

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Social Media Simplified: Using Social Media to Find a Job

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Social Media Simplified: Using Social Media to Find a Job
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Years ago, finding a job often entailed scouring “Help Wanted” ads in the local newspaper and snail-mailing your resume to a potential employer.

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Some useful advice for students who will be searching for placements and employment in the near future.

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Reflective thinking and writing

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Reflective thinking and writing
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Great resource on reflective thinking and writing from Succeed@Solent (CC licensed).
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10 Google Drive Tips & Tricks For Students

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10 Google Drive Tips & Tricks For Students
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Great tips for using Google Drive - a powerful tool for saving, exporting, sharing, collaborating and more. Our CT231 class crowdsourced an Annotated Bibliography using Google Drive: http://goo.gl/fczKsA

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Assessment in open spaces

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Learning and pedagogical relationships are transformed when we engage with students in open online spaces or networked publics. These can become ‘third spaces’ of learning, beyond the binary of informal and formal learning. Once a closed classroom (physical or online) becomes open to the world, assessment options multiply, with many more opportunities for student choice, voice and creativity, and of course, feedback.

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Catherine Cronin's comment, September 2, 2013 7:54 AM
This blog post describes a presentation I gave recently at the excellent eAssessment Scotland #easc13 conference. Examples of social networking, open learning and open assessment by CT231 Professional Skills students, as well a primary and secondary students, was shared in the presentation.
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Study: Facebook Users More Protective Even as They Reveal More About Themselves

Study: Facebook Users More Protective Even as They Reveal More About Themselves | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it
Facebook users in one university network have become more wary of revealing sensitive personal information to the public even as they seem to be revealing much more about themselves to Facebook and its third-party business partners, an academic...
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Survey of undergraduates: "“over time, the amount and scope of personal information that Facebook users have revealed to friends’ profiles seems to have markedly increased — and thus, so have disclosures to Facebook itself, third-party apps, and (indirectly) advertisers.”

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Enacting Digital Identities

This presentation describes an exploration of digital identities within the context of an undergraduate IT module. The rationale (and resources) for exploring digital literacies and digital identity within the module is described, as well as student reactions and opinions.

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Galway CT231 students join #icollab

Galway CT231 students join #icollab | CT231 - IT Professional Skills module | Scoop.it
Over the coming weeks, CT231 students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students in Spain (Barcelona), Germany (Berlin), New Zealand (Auckland) and the UK (Salford) on the iCollaborate ...
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Enacting digital identity

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When we ask our students to share online — in a discussion forum within an LMS; in a wiki, course blog, Google Doc or Facebook group; on Twitter or anywhere on the open web — we are inv...
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Digital identity considerations for educators and students interacting in online spaces.

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Exploring Digital Identities (CT231 class blog)

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This post from our CT231 class blog summarises student reflections on various social networks and our engagement with key questions about digital identity.

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