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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

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Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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Final Thoughts on Building an LMS using WordPress | Let's Talk eLearning!

Final Thoughts on Building an LMS using WordPress | Let's Talk eLearning! | Higher Education | Scoop.it
RT @glenn_preston: Last in my series on Building an #LMS in #WordPress. http://t.co/KH1w9KyFcA
Hope you enjoyed it? http://t.co/uZP76VJHIj
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This looks promising as an LMS replacement  

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However as we advance as a culture, and progress technologically as a society, we tend to 'dis-remember' lessons learned. ... (Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring: Analog Wisdom for the Digital ...
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"Teaching new dogs, old tricks."

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Your College Advisor: Explore, learn and grow this summer with smart resources - NorthJersey.com

Your College Advisor: Explore, learn and grow this summer with smart resources - NorthJersey.com | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Your College Advisor: Explore, learn and grow this summer with smart resources NorthJersey.com If you're wondering how challenging college courses will be, here are three websites where you can access free college courses: Coursea (coursera.org),...
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Considering college but not sure what to study? Check out these free resources before you invest!

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How Predictive Analytics can help turn around dismal college graduation rates

How Predictive Analytics can help turn around dismal college graduation rates | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Colleges are hoping predictive analytics can fix their dismal graduation rates
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The practice has gone out of style. But the graduation rate has barely budged: less than two-thirds of students who start college ever finish.
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"The idea of knowing what's going on is really important. But knowing what you can do to address that is probably even more important."

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Prezi - How to rock a presentation when you can't see your audience

Prezi - How to rock a presentation when you can't see your audience | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Giving a webinar or remote presentation? These tips will help you engage your audience even w...

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Looking to engage, rather than just inform? Check out these tips for using Prezi to do it online!

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As more faculty move to the "flipped classroom" approach, incorporating these tips keeps the video presentations - whether done with or without Prezi - interesting for the audience.

Alfonso Gonzalez's curator insight, July 10, 3:01 PM

Good advice/ideas!

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In today's connected world we're more and more often brought to communicate "virtually", a few tips how to make it a bit more engaging

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How to Find a Research Topic | Begin at the Beginning!

Finding a research topic is only half the challenge. In this brief two-part tutorial I describe a simple method for identifying your research topic; then pro...
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This technique is simple and effective...and most importantly free. 

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Guns on Campus...legally! Idaho campus gun law takes effect Tuesday

Guns on Campus...legally! Idaho campus gun law takes effect Tuesday | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Idaho campus gun law takes effect Tuesday
The Spokesman Review
But, he said, allowing guns on campus contradicts the best practices of education – something he and others have dedicated their careers to learning.
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This has been a long debated issue and is on the precipice of an important milestone in the history of education. Regardless, which side of the argument you're on, the nation will be closely watching what happens on this Idaho campus. 

 

After reading this article has your opinion of guns on campus changed?

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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | Higher Education | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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Finally, just about everything you need to manage your video - all in one place! Even if you don't do video, you need to pass this link on to your friends and acquaintances that do!

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, Today, 5:07 AM

Thanks Robin.  I like these Zeef pages too.

Barbara Alevras, PMP's curator insight, Today, 6:36 AM

Wow!  This is an incredible compilation of video resources. If you're currently using video in your marketing program (or plan to start), I highly recommend you check it out.

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Want to make  the most powerful  medium  even greater? Use these  applications  to help make your videos better.

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New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Higher Education | Scoop.it

"The power of Twitter resides in the kind of connections and networks it allows you to make.Twitter is by far the social networking platform that teachers and educators populate the most. As such, creating a personal/professional learning network comprising kindred others is as easy as participating in the weekly educational chats organized on Twitter (#edchat as an example). These meet-ups enable you  to meet and connect with teachers from all around the globe. They also introduce you to a treasure trove of information, resources, links, tips, and learning experiences that can be leveraged for your own purposes."


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Here's a very handy  Twitter "quick chart" for educators to refer to from time to time, and share!

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, June 19, 6:17 AM

Love this!

 

maralma's curator insight, June 19, 6:24 PM

Useful tools!

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Quick, simple....easy to take on board.

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9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning - Edudemic

9 Powerful (And FREE) Tools To Boost Summer Learning - Edudemic | Higher Education | Scoop.it

"Rapidly approaching the dog days of summer (give or take a few days or weeks), I felt a need to share a power packed suitcase of tools that could be used to archive your summer highlights and memories. Many educators never really go on vacation. While they may appear to be leisurely sipping daiquiris on the beach, let’s be realistic… their brains are constantly running, reflecting, and mentally archiving away ideas for the next school year.

 

To meet both the recreational and curricular needs of educators, I have concocted a special blend of FREE web tools and apps, highlighting both extracurricular as well as instructional integrations for each. Hopefully, these tools will exceed your souvenir quota and prove to be true digital treasures for the 2014-2015 school year as well.


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There's only one word to describe this bundle of goodness...awesome! The price point is right (Free) so what are you waiting for? Get started on making more of your summer today!

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Emotional Intelligence and Why It Matters in Leadership Development

Emotional Intelligence and Why It Matters in Leadership Development | Higher Education | Scoop.it

It would be remiss to say technical skills and knowledge aren’t important to be a great leader in your industry. What is often overlooked in leadership development is soft skills. While being a thought leader or a subject matter expert is incredibly important to being a great leader, the ability to understand your peers and those you manage can make or break a person new or currently in a management position.

Whether you are at the beginning of your career or seasoned in your department, understanding Emotional Intelligence and knowing why is essential to becoming a great leader.

 


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Emotional Intelligence is more than just the latest buzz term to surface in the leadership vernacular, it is a studied, and validated characteristic that differentiates authentic leaders from the crowd.  

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Hiring Managers Rank Best and Worst Words to Use in a Resume

Hiring Managers Rank Best and Worst Words to Use in a Resume | Higher Education | Scoop.it

CHICAGO, March 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- One in six (17 percent) hiring managers spend 30 seconds or less, on average, reviewing resumes, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. A majority (68 percent) spend less than two minutes. With so little time to capture interest, even a candidate's word choice can make a difference. The nationwide sample of employers identified which commonly-used resume terms are overused or cliche and which are strong additions.


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For anyone looking to take their resume to the next level, here are some vocabulary pit-falls to avoid, and insights to include.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 14, 12:22 PM

How do you react to the top 5?


The following terms are resume turn-offs as selected by respondents:

   1. Best of breed: 38 percent
 
   2. Go-getter: 27 percent
 
   3. Think outside of the box: 26 percent
 
   4. Synergy: 22 percent
 
   5. Go-to person: 22 percent

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Being a resume writer, I couldn't agree more. Catching up with those words is multitasking. However, people who write the job posting may be someone other than the hiring manager. if they put these words as priorities in the job posting the applicant must use them in the resume or it decreases their odds of being pulled by applicant tracking systems. Talk about a "Catch-22!"
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Teaching Faculty How to Use Technology Best Practices from Leading Institutions

Полная версия обзора книги "Teaching Faculty How to Use Technology : Best Practices from Leading Institutions (American Council on Education Oryx Press Serie...
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Tech Tip: Swipe and Search Entire Your iPhone or iPad at Once! - Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring

Tech Tip: Swipe and Search Entire Your iPhone or iPad at Once! - Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring | Higher Education | Scoop.it

If you're looking for something on your iPhone or iPad (and similar devices), try this quick tip - Swipe and Search! It can save you from the hassle of searching from app to app.

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This is a great tip for iPhone and iPad users! I'm certain there is a similar feature available for Android users as well, so share it if you know it!

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Wednesday Wisdom Worth Sharing - Leadership, Coaching, and ...

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Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring ... Leadership Isolation is the recipe for creating a toxic work environment! Even when a leader believes they are listening to their inner voice, they should consider sharing what they hear with others.
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A bit-o-wisdom for midweek!

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Building a Better Teacher - NYTimes.com

Building a Better Teacher - NYTimes.com | Higher Education | Scoop.it
There are more than three million teachers in the United States, and Doug Lemov is trying to prove that he can teach them to be better. (RT @Brevedy: If you never read the article "Building a Better Teacher" - you should!
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“Teaching depends on what other people think, not what you think.”

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Part-Time Teachers Needed at Online Campus-University of Phoenix

Part-Time Teachers Needed at Online Campus-University of Phoenix | Higher Education | Scoop.it

Online Campus 
In a range of subject areas, including 
***Available subject area(s) on our site may differ from list shown below. Openings are maintained daily to reflect our most current area(s) of need. Please feel free to re-inquire if there are no current openings that fit your area of expertise.

College of Health Sciences and Nursing-Healthcare Sustainability

All faculty applicants must have a master's degree or higher, however prior teaching experience is not required. Our curriculum is centrally developed with input from industry leaders so you can focus on connecting with students. We'll train you and provide a faculty mentor to help you gain confidence in the classroom.


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If you're wondering how to leverage your knowledge, skills, and experience into a part-time teaching gig, UOP is hiring.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 10, 9:10 PM

Online teaching aimed at nurses continues to be a big growth area. 

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Ethical Behavior

Ethical Behavior | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Ethical Behavior, by Dr. Matthews: Ethics in the Workplace (Ethical Behavior is out!
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The essence of authentic leadership is ethical behavior. Consider the famous Man in the Glass poem.


The Man in the Glass


When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.


For it isn't your father or mother or wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass;
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one starring back from the glass.


He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest. For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed the most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend.


You may be fool the rest, they think you're a chum -

and call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum If you can't look him straight in the eye.


You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years. And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be the heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.


Dale Wimbrow (c) 1934 1895-1954 

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You do not need an LMS in order to teach with technology | But it can make life easier

You do not need an LMS in order to teach with technology | But it can make life easier | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Yet while I was learning what technologies for teaching I like and eschewing others, a sea change was taking place in higher education. Learning Management Systems were quickly (if you call fifteen years or so quickly) ...
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There have always been opponents to Learning Management Systems (LMS) and the nature of discourse ensures that there will always be voices in opposition of technology adoption.

 

note, I said 'adoption' as in adding to, bringing on, integrating with...not replacement! If the fear is obsolescence, then the solution is proactive professional development in using tech to teach.

 

Feel free to disagree, but I find using LMS's more limit-less, than limiting.

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University of Memphis hires more full-time professors...but there's a catch!

University of Memphis hires more full-time professors...but there's a catch! | Higher Education | Scoop.it
University of Memphis reverses course, hires more full-time professors
Memphis Commercial Appeal
June 27, 2014 — Vincent Clark is an adjunct professor in the history department at the University of Memphis.
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Being hired full-time offers benefits beyond the adjunct, but to quote a very familiar book title, "what got you there, won't keep you there."

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Versal - Build free interactive courses

Versal - Build free interactive courses | Higher Education | Scoop.it

Versal brings knowledge to life. For the first time, create and publish amazingly engaging online learning experiences - no coding required. From homework and classroom exercises, to product tutorials and corporate training, to yoga and computer programming, Versal is flexible, powerful, and open to everyone.


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Another potential presentation took to give continue management systems a run for the money...

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 16, 8:46 AM

This looks like a simple to use LCMS for building interactive courses just by dragging and dropping widgets and configuring content

Amélie Silvert's curator insight, June 16, 9:21 AM

for flipped classrooms

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If you want to build up an interactive course, check out this tool

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Embed a PowerPoint on your Website

Embed a PowerPoint on your Website | Higher Education | Scoop.it
I am a big proponent of creating a "digital haversack" where your classroom website contains all of the resources both you as a teacher and your students would need. If I create a slideshow, I will...

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Looking to add some pizazz to your site? How about  a PowerPoint?

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A/Prof Jon Willis's curator insight, June 16, 3:25 PM

Fantastically useful tutorial

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 17, 4:04 AM

Insertar un PowerPoint en un sitio web.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, July 15, 7:56 AM
This might be nice information to keep in the back of your mind as you work with students this school year.
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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart | Higher Education | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.

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This is a great 'connector' between students, teachers, and tech!

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Trisha Collins's curator insight, June 19, 4:33 PM

Too often the word on the street is “my school or class has new iPads but we don’t know what to do with them.” The best part about these devices is that they get the learning into the actual hands of students- make learning “hands-on.” That is NOT a new concept. Dewey, Montessori, David Kolb knew this long before the digital age- constructivism is one of the most effective ways to learn anything.

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Dragdis

Dragdis | Higher Education | Scoop.it
Drag & drop anything anywhere. Collect images, texts, links or videos to your private folders or post directly to Facebook, Twitter & (soon to come) Tumblr, Dropbox, Pinterest etc.

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This is a handy tool for research and content creation.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, March 10, 9:28 AM

can't wait to use this. Short tutorial pretty much explains it all

flea palmer's curator insight, March 13, 5:32 AM

A really simple curation tool which could be really useful for students collecting content from a range of sources which can be filed in an easy-to-find folder structure.

Daniel Pastor Peidro's curator insight, March 26, 12:44 PM

Interesante herramienta para guardar: fotos, vídeos, textos, URLs de forma sencilla, fácil y rápida. 

Se integra con Firefox, Chrome y Safari. 

Puedes crear carpetas para organizar el contenido.

Se puede compartir con Facebook, Twitter y Google+.

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Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate

Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate | Higher Education | Scoop.it

"How to finally get out of the weeds." Deputize, focus on areas where you add the greatest value, and more...


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