Teachers and administrators get a snap-shot view of each student’s most recent work in Docs, Sites, Blogger and Picasa, organized by class and student. Behind the scenes we create a folder in drive for each class for each student, then we give the right teachers access – no more sharing issues for students – student just drop their homework in the right folder for each class.
Classroom is a new product in Google Apps for Education that enables teachers to send assignments, make announcements, and conduct question & answer with students. Classroom was designed hand-in-hand with teachers to help them save time, keep their classes organized, and improve communication with students.
The Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL) is back! Starting on the 28th April 2014 you will be able to participate in this online course designed to help you better understand ways to use Learning Technology for teaching, learning and assessment. The course has undergone a revision and now is shorter (six weeks plus induction week) and we are working on incorporating new features including Open Badges for accreditation.
Inforgraphic is “graphical representation of information and data”. Infographics are often generally used to represent concisely data and statistics, or relationships or differences between two or more issues.
When reading an article, it is always desirable to find the information visually since our brain is always going to digest and remembered it more easily.
Moreover, the data representing graphically will allow display more information in less space.
A Jorum Window is a customisable web interface to Jorum tailored to your community that allows your institution or organisation to showcase resources held in Jorum, alongside other resources you may wish to feature.
Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech.
This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students.
The British Library has posted over 1000 of its greatest literary treasures online in a new website, Discovering Literature – including the manuscripts of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Austen, Dickens and Wilde, the largest collection of childhood writings of the Brontë sisters, and other unique artefacts which shed new light on their life and works
The research was carried out in schools and colleges
• Overall, it is clear that there is a desire among English teachers to make their lessons more inspiring; almost three in five (57%) of teachers say that it is difficult to inspire students with the resources currently available. Additionally, they perceive students as struggling to identify with both classic authors of English literature (82%) and engage with older literary texts (83%).
• English teachers perceive that students prefer digital media than books (83%), and that overall, students rely on online resources for research (93%). However, they also tend to say that current resources available to students are uninspiring (57%), and that they appreciate the value of first-hand original manuscripts and historical documents for students (82%).
• Similarly, there is a desire among teachers to have more access to resources (90%), recognition that English literature needs to embrace digital technology (86%), and that access to digital resources needs to be improved (82%). English literature is extremely highly regarded by English teachers, and student access to it is considered to be of enormous importance.
One of the most useful new Add-ons for Google Documents is the EasyBib Bibliography Creator. The EasyBib Bibliography Creator makes it easy to properly cite resources and format a bibliography in APA, MLA, or Chicago style. The screenshots below provide directions for the process.
Anthony Beal's insight:
Had a go with this and it created an alphabetical APA list of references which automatically updates when changes or additions are made. Powered by WorldCat
This week Opensource.com will be featuring articles on open source tools for libraries and sharing stories about experiences using open source in the library setting.
Our authors come from an array of backgrounds, but they have one thing in common: they know first hand and want to help more libraries to understand the power of open source. Serving the community, managing the library system, and providing quality care are all aspects of what makes open source a better choice for libraries.
Anthony Beal's insight:
Articles add so far include?
Best open source tools libraries need to know about
- Golden opportunity for public libraries to meet digital needs of women - Open Course Library's best resource: introductory college course materials - How libraries can be a haven for makers - Review of the new Digital Public Library of America - Exploring open source software developed for European libraries - Why libraries are intrinsically open and should adopt open source solutions - Getting started with Koha, an open source library system
Much is written about using Twitter for research, but what about using it in learning and teaching? It has plenty of applications there as well.
This workshop presentation (containing a link to the handout) covers what Twitter is, why it's useful, debunks some Twitter myths, and illustrates ideas for Twitter use in modules, lectures and lab-sessions, using current examples from academics. It also covers embedding a Twitter stream in a Blackboard VLE.
Comprehensive staff guide to OER's in booklet format (7 pages). Includes 'What are OER's?'; How can OER benefit academic staff?; A quick guide to IPR, copyright and Creative Commons; Guidance on developing OER material; Examples of OER repositories. Easy to use format with 10 key points for each section.
Anthony Beal's insight:
A useful guide, formatted in clear colour coded sections
Andy Mabbett has been working with the BBC to create a selection of open licence audio clips that can be shared on Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia. There are currently 98 voice samples from the BBC archive available.