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Create Curated Expert-Filtered Top Link Lists and Categorized "Best Of" Pages with ZEEF

Create Curated Expert-Filtered Top Link Lists and Categorized "Best Of" Pages with ZEEF | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Zeef is a new web service which allows you to create top link lists on any topic and to group them into useful resources pages. 


Each Zeef page contains multiple link blocks, which you can edit and customize to cover different set of resources for your selected topic. Not only you can simply add a URL and have it instantly added to a link block, but you can also search Google inline, see all the relevant results, and flag all the relevant ones for instant import into any link block.


Link items can be easily dragged and dropped in different positions, and link blogs can be also be easily repositioned on the page in your preferred order.


Text blocks can also be created, to create information modules in which you provide textual information only.


These link lists can then be shared and embedded on other sites, and have been designed to behave in a fashion similar to Google AdSense ad blocks. More specifically: link block content would be triggered by the page context and link blocks can carry affiliate or commercial links.


Finally, a supercool feature allows you to import any web site site structure into Zeef, and to have it auto-organized into link blocks, which you can further edit and arrange as you wish. Powerful.



My comment: Useful tools need not be very complicated. Zeef is a very simple but extremely useful tool as it leverages true experts in competition among themselves (there can be more than one page and more than expert for any topic) and crowdsourced metrics (what people click on) to provide highly curated selections of the best resources on any possible topic.


Zeef is excellent for:


a) experts wanting to share and showcase their competence in specific sectors while providing a useful service 


b) bloggers wanting to enrich the value of their content by providing contextually relevant top-ten link lists


c) companies / advertisers desiring to leverage this tool to provide a highly effective access map to their best content, offers, info and services. See: http://apple.zeef.com  


d) affiliate marketers and affiliate networks desiring to select categories / lists of links rated by experts and wanting to place them on their pages


I highly recommend using Zeef to rapidly organize the best resources on any topic in an effective, useful fashion.


The only addition I'd make to Zeef, would be an optional description-opinion one-liner that an expert can associate to each link he provides. This short info, even within 144 characters, could provide a lot of additional value to the already useful link blocks.


I sincerely hope that the commercial / revenue-making component of Zeef doesn't corrupt on otherwise very promising tool.



Free to use.


Find out more / try it out now: http://zeef.org/  


FAQ: http://zeef.org/faq/ 


Benefits: http://zeef.org/benefits/


Vision: http://zeef.org/vision/


Review: http://startupbeat.com/2013/09/19/featured-startup-pitch-zeef-id3454/ 




My first Zeef page on Content Curation Tools (in progress): https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good 

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Klaas Joosten's comment, September 22, 2013 4:33 PM
Hi, indeed this is a risk, we will offer this download this is very good feedback. But there are not many curated directories with a real business model. Because we are going to use the links blocks on external websites (blogs) like widgets and fill them with affiliate links we give people the opportunity to make money. Most curation websites don't have any way of monetizing their traffic. Our business model is based on a dutch competitor how does 20 million of revenue only in the dutch (Netherlands) market. So if people use your subject page to make their purchasing decision you have helped them and earn some money to keep the platform alive.
Rick Boerebach's comment, September 22, 2013 4:54 PM
Brian, white labeling is on our roadmap, but not yet implemented, what type of features would you like to see?
Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:06 PM

Zeef è una applicazione web che genera categorie e sarebbe piaciuta molto ad Aristotele e a  Kant.

 

Il suo utilizzo è semplicissimo, basta indicare il nome della nostra collezione di Link, dedicata a uno specifico tema, e quindi procedere a creare, all'interno di quel tema e argomento delle categorie, che sono rese graficamente come blocchi di liste di indirizzi. Aggiungere ai blocchi nuovi indirizzi è altrettanto semplice, basta copiare e incollare l'URL del sito o della risorsa che ci interessa.

 

I blocchi possono essere collocati nell'ordine che preferiamo semplicemente trascinandoli con il mouse nella posizione che più ci piace ed è sempre possibile aggiungere nuovi blocchi.

 

Le liste di Link possono essere condivise e incorporate in altri siti. L'utilizo di questo servizio web è gratuito previa registrazione. 

 

Si tratta di unos trumento utilissimo per organizzare i propri indirizzi in relazione a un tema/argomento specifico in modo da disporre di un archivio specifico, disponibile online, cui poter sempre fare riferimento.

 

Le applicazioni didattiche sono numerose:

1. creare archivi ordinati di risorse web su arogmenti disciplinari o transdisciplinari

2. far realizzare tali archivi dagli studenti in modo da abituarli alla ricerca delle fonti sul web

3. realizzare raccolte di risorse per l'apprendimento di una disciplina o di argomenti di una disciplina da utilizzare in ambito blended learning o flipped learning

4. Si possono creare raccolte, stile top ten, di risorse rilevanti su un dato argomento per arricchire il processo di insegnamento/apprendimento

 

LINK UTILI

INDIRIZZO:  http://zeef.org

FAQ. http://zeef.org/faq/

ESEMPIO: la pagina Zeef realizzata da Robin Good relativamente alle risorse per la content curation https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good

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3 Easy Ways To Remove Backgrounds From Images Without Specialized Software

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One of the most common tasks I have to do with images is removing their background. This is not something only tech bloggers have to do, though. If you’re selling stuff online, creating presentations, or even making collages, you might want to use the object in the photo without using its background. Making a single-color background transparent is a task I’ve already mastered (see some tips below on this too), but removing a complex background from a photo always seemed like an impossible task.

But is it really? To find out I dived into the task head-on.
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9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

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We’ve arrived at the finish of yet another week, but you can’t leave work or school and enjoy your weekend without one last list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. There are still some freebies in Thursday’s post if you want to check them out, but today we’ve got nine fresh apps for you. Remember, these sales could end at any time so be sure to check them out soon.
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Important Lessons eLearning Professionals Can Learn From Design Thinking

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Here are two of the most important lessons eLearning professionals can take away from design thinking.

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Microsoft to launch full version of Minecraft Education on Nov. 1

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Microsoft is finally releasing the full version of Minecraft: Education Edition on November 1, following months of beta testing and early access for classrooms. That free access will end upon release, when the game will be offered for purchase for the first time.

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What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs? - The Hechinger Report

What if students could study what they love, at a pace that suits their needs? - The Hechinger Report | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
All learning should be personal – we are teaching individual students, after all – but when advocates talk about “personalized learning” they are often describing programs and teaching methods that look unlike the typical school. They envision school as a place where students have more control over their own studies; where they are not constrained …

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#Podcasts to help Students think Creatively about Traditional Content @indianajen #PodcastDay

#Podcasts to help Students think Creatively about Traditional Content @indianajen #PodcastDay | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
One of the great privileges in my position at Ransom Everglades is that I still get to work directly with students in the classroom. I teach two sections of United States History. This work not only “keeps me honest” when it comes to technology, but it encourages to hone my skills as an educator and learner. Teaching a “traditional” subject using “non-traditional” tools can be a challenge. I want my students to think outside the box, explore things from new angles, and challenge accepted interpretations of historical events. This can be difficult not only for them, but to me. After all, history has been taught a specific way (focusing on names and dates and the expertise of Ph.D.’s) for generations.

One way I have found to disrupt this tradition is to bring podcasts into my classroom. Podcasting is an amazing medium that has disrupted terrestrial radio in unimaginable ways. As a result, there is a wealth of information out there to bring into the educational environment. By using engaging and well-researched material to provide students alternative perspectives and media. Here are a few of my favorite Podcasts (I’ve highlighted a couple of episodes). I hope that you will share your favorites below as well.

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25 Critical Thinking Apps For Extended Student Learning - @teachthought

25 Critical Thinking Apps For Extended Student Learning - @teachthought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Critical thinking apps aren’t the sweet spot of mobile app design.

Most of the more popular apps are focused on social media, productivity, or what always seem to be mindless games (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian and Candy Crush). The fact that most apps don’t force users to think critical doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible, however. The lack of cognitively demanding apps is more of an indictment of the users than the technology itself.

There are many apps that do promote critical thinking–and often extended critical thinking and learning at that. These aren’t clinical “critical thinking building” programs either, but rather often enjoyable exercises in strategy, tactics, and problem-solving thought. So below we’ve collected 25 of these critical thinking apps. Most are for grades 8-12, but several are for students as young as kindergarten.

Helping students think critical is less a matter of direct instruction, and more a matter of providing them with access to dynamic tools with unique and playful barriers or goals that require the best strategy they can muster, while providing instant feedback to the player as they go. Though they’re not learning specific academic content in most of these apps, they are practicing extended thinking over a period of time that encourages to look at digital circumstances with a critical eye.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 26, 12:07 AM

There are many apps that promote critical thinking–and often extended critical thinking and learning at that. These are enjoyable exercises in strategy, tactics, and problem-solving thought. Teach Thought have  collected 25 of these critical thinking apps: for grades 8-12, but several are for students as young as kindergarten.

Whilst providing instant feedback to the player as they go,  they are also practicing extended thinking over a period of time that encourages to look at digital circumstances with a critical eye.

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, February 26, 12:55 PM

Here is a great article on critical thinking apps for students, check it out.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 1, 6:03 AM
Quelques applications intéressants qui vont changer les cours.
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Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

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An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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I've been meaning to upload this since it appeared about 3 weeks ago in New York Magazine. Terrific piece, well worth reading.

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16 Easy Ways To Think Of Amazing Infographic Ideas

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Do your content marketing ideas feel stale? Here are 16 great ways to come up with infographic ideas that will get attention.

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The Case for More African American Active Users – Medium

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African American leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is nothing new. From doctor, engineer, and academic Dr. Mae Jemison; former U.S. Air Force officer and fighter pilot Dr. Guion S. Bluford; entrepreneur, iOS developer, and student Kaya Thomas; to Blavity — a tech multimedia company — co-founder Morgan DeBaun, the obstacles to innovation and creation in STEM careers have been obliterated in the African American community when equitable access to technology and rich coursework have been made available.
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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"VideoNotes (http://videonot.es) is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotesallows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of thescreen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your GoogleDrive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes andcollaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. You can use VideoNotesto have students submit questions to you and each other while watching videos. Of course, youcan insert questions into the conversation for your students to answer too. The video availableat http://bitly.com/1E6NR3V will show you VideoNotes in action."

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50 Watts

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"50 Watts is a website dedicated to book design and illustration. Curated by Will Schofield, who works in publishing and loves to collect books, the site features colorful art and design from around the world and across centuries. Visitors can search this impressive collection (over 800 works total) by Location or by a number of Groupings, including Children's Books, Comics, Ephemera, and Science Fiction. Not sure where to start? Check out Schofield's personal favorites in Editor's Choice. Here, visitors will find a collection of gorgeous, vibrant children's textbook covers from 1920 Japan, beautiful, abstract illustrations from the 1974 Czech children's book, Button Tales, and illustrations by Guatemalan-born Mexican artist Carlos Merida for the 1946 book, The Bird. Each entry includes several images, along with detailed information about the book and the artist."

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Many wonderful illustrations. What a great place to browse!

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Tabletop Whale

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"Eleanor Lutz, a doctoral student in biology at the University of Washington, is a gifted designer and visualization artist. Her personal blog, Tabletop Whale, presents readers with a virtual treasure trove of "charts, infographics, and information about any and all things science." The most recent graphics featured on Tabletop Whale include a rainbow color clock that blends into a new color every two minutes; three-dimensional trading cards of virufses; and a remarkable map of Mars in which Lutz combines her own hand drawn map - inspired, as she explains, by historical hand-drawn maps - with topographical images of the planet from NASA. Each creation is accompanied by an explanation of her creative process, including her sources of information, the tools she used to create her infographics, and the fonts she selected. Tabletop Whale also includes a tutorial about creating animated infographics for those interested in learning more about the process and craft."

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