Robin Good: Surfmark is a new content curation service introducing some innovative and forward-looking features.
Surfmark in fact provides not only standard capabilities to easily capture, collect and organize content from any web page, but it adds intelligently alternative display formats to allow the exploration of such collections in multiple ways.
Another key innovative feature of Surfmark is its ability to generate bibliographies and summaries of content collections.
Surfmark allows social collaborative curation, history of all edits made, and the ability to share publicly or keep a collection private.
Collections can be downloaded in PDF or text formats and all pages saved in a collection are fully preserved with all the formatting and links intact so that you can refer back to exactly what you saw.
TwitChimp.com is a web application that leverages the Twitter API to provide curated lists of Twitter users. The application is still in a beta testing period but is open to any who would like to try it in this early stage of development.
The purpose of TwitChimp.com is to enable any Twitter user to create and curate directories of Twitter users.
Curated lists are important because they can help reduce the signal to noise ratio in Twitter.
Here are some features:
- An ability to easily create and curate feature-filled lists of twitter accounts on any topic you desire. - Summation of top concepts/words and hashtags in tweets for an entire list, and a hotlinking of those words to Twitter searches. - Generation of statistics for lists and users in lists. - An ability to discover lists by category. - Search tools enabling lists to be found by keywords in the list or by bios of users. - User profile pages with stats, bios and links. - An ability to embed lists on any site on the Internet..."
We love this document that Mark Anderson has produced for a training day at his school in North Somerset, UK. It succinctly provides the name of Web2.0 tools and gives you examples of how to use them...
From our experience teachers did need quick, easy and fast ways to connect to new technology ideas. We think Mark achieves this very well!
Nowadays, we are all signed up for so many different services, it can be hard to keep track of them all. We all have Gmail, Google Apps, Twitter and so many more accounts. When you need to find something specific, it can be a real hassle.
Twilater allows you to read the tweets that your Twitter friends have bookmarked favorites to read later. Also It has a search by topic. After logging in with your Twitter account the Twilater engine will start to craw your friends favorites.
The Facebook group has the potential to be used as an LMS. It has pedagogical, social and technological affordances, which allow putting up announcements, sharing ideas and resources, and implementing online discussions. Using the Facebook group as an LMS, however, has certain constraints. It does not support other format files to be uploaded directly, and the discussion is not organized in a meaningful structure.
Tips and tricks for people giving Prezi an honest try. Originally put together as part of a workshop for Faculty in the College of Education at The University of Hawaii, Manoa. Billy Meinke, Technology and Distance Programs.
Using ScreenTweet is super easy. Once you have logged in with your Twitter account, click Post. You can choose an image, PDF or even paste an embed code from the most popular video sites. Of particular interest is the ability to embed IgniteCast presentations. And, you can even add audio and narrations.
This qualitative phenomenological study involving in-depth interviews with seven educators in K-12 and higher education examines the role that the microblogging service Twitter plays in the formation and development of Personal Learning Networks (PLN) among educators. A double hermeneutic data analysis shows that Twitter plays a role in the formation and development of PLNs by allowing educators to; engage in consistent and sustained dialogue with their PLN, access the collective knowledge of their PLN, amplify and promote more complex thoughts and ideas to a large audience, and expand their PLN using features unique to Twitter. This research also examines the nature of a PLN and shows that participants believe their PLN extends beyond their Twitter network to encompass both face-to-face and other ICT mediated relationships. Secondary research questions examine how Twitter differs from other social networking tools in mediating relationships within a PLN, what motivates an educator to develop a PLN, how trust is established in a PLN, what the expectations of reciprocity are within a PLN, and what is the nature of informal learning within a PLN.