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Links that I want to share and remember because they made me think more deeply on a topic. Warning: I do engage in some 'linkdumping' here. This is not a true curation page.
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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Would you like to relax your students’ tired eyes?  Is it sounds good to convert any written text such as Microsoft Word into spoken words? What about running a PowerPoint presentation and have a narration of the text on your slides?
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I am very happy with Mac's built-in text to speech program. Google Chrome has a wonderful extension as well which always learns without updates.  Here are 19 others that people recommend.

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John Purificati's comment, April 26, 2013 6:36 AM
Thanks for this.
John Purificati's curator insight, April 26, 2013 6:37 AM

A good collection of text to speech tools. Growing competition is creating better products.

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:17 PM

Useful for enyone and specially in education and content design!

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How to Nail The Social Job Interview

How to Nail The Social Job Interview | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Job seekers, listen up! Your interview doesn’t begin when an employer calls you -- take a look at these tips for nailing the social job interview.
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Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu

Self Publishing, Book Printing and Publishing Online - Lulu | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Self-Publish, Print & Sell Print-On-Demand Books, eBooks, Photo Books & Calendars. Free Book Publishing and Global Distribution with easy to use Tools
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for self-publishing

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70 useful sentences for academic writing

70 useful sentences for academic writing | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
This post contains a random collection of 70 sentence stems you can use in your academic writing.
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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who's abstained for years
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13 Desktop Wallpapers To Kickstart Your Creativity

13 Desktop Wallpapers To Kickstart Your Creativity | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Bite-size wisdom from Jonathan Adler, Alexis Ohanian, Paula Scher, Tony Fadell, and more.
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Awesome Free Facebook Covers Photos for eLearning Professionals

Awesome Free Facebook Covers Photos for eLearning Professionals | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Facebook cover photo give a high flexibility in how we present ourselves.
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Awesome graphic on 20th VS 21st Century Education

Awesome graphic on 20th VS 21st Century Education | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, juandoming, Linda Alexander
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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, April 17, 2013 6:10 AM
Very true Joy; I would also add that with the spread and use of the web, teachers are able to access information more easily today. Tools may differ but approaches may share common features.
Marie Schoeman's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:28 AM

An education system that is not cogniscent of these dynamic changes, will not be able to take a country successfully into the modern knowledge economy.

Marie Schoeman's comment, April 18, 2013 11:31 AM
And teachers still need to have a wealth of subject knowledge to be successful as mentors and curators.
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Granata Pet - Snack Check / Paper-Plane.fr

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A very interesting use of mobile technology for marketing to feed your pet.

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The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day

The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:44 AM

What would you add?

junewall's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:36 AM
How many of these do you do automatically each day?
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:08 PM

They are indisputable. What makes them so rare in education?

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Critical-Gaming Network - Game Design 101

Critical-Gaming Network - Game Design 101 | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Before you start designing your own games, mods, or levels, it is important that you have a firm understanding of the game design basics.


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, May 1, 2013 6:42 AM

We tried this in class... the hard way...

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News and Topic Monitoring: Eight Alternatives If Google Kills "Alerts"

News and Topic Monitoring: Eight Alternatives If Google Kills "Alerts" | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

"Google Alerts have become a critical part of my business from brand monitoring to topic monitoring, but it may be going away."


Via Robin Good
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Google Alerts is so powerful.  Like Google Reader, it looks like we took it for granted.

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Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, May 6, 2013 9:12 AM

 some good alternatives for alerts..

Robyn Mather's comment, June 8, 2013 3:07 PM
Looking at talkwalker.com/alerts as a possible replacement for google
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Looking at talkwalker.com/alerts as a possible replacement for google
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PreZent for iPad

PreZent for iPad | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

The PreZent app is a new powerful presentation tool that allows ... you to combine multiple mediums in a seamless digital presentation... What sets apart the present app is the ability to ad motion/video throughout the presentation in juxtaposition with still imagery to allow for a very fluid presentation. There is no play button. The video plays automatically as soon as the page has turned. This allows for an uninterrupted presentation...


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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:22 AM

...what sets it apart is the ability to add motion/video through the presentation....

Tom Perran's curator insight, April 27, 2013 8:08 AM

Likke the Auto Play feature!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:37 PM

Here is another app for designing presentations. The comments/reviews sound like it might be worth the small cost to for use.

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Is China the next superpower?

Many people see China's strength mainly in its economy and although China's economy now ranks as the second largest in the world, its per capita income is st...
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A great bird's eye view of China's opportunity and challenges in the future.  This video focuses on why that speaker feels that China will not be a great power as soon as many think.  It is worth seven minutes of listening.  I am very interested in hearing your opinions.

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10 Ways to Write Clearly. Make That 9, No, Just 1

10 Ways to Write Clearly. Make That 9, No, Just 1 | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Does your writing get your point across clearly and effectively? If not, then here is a writing tip guaranteed to help. When I say "guaranteed," I mean "very helpful but not actually
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35 Quotes To Transform Yourself Into A Leader

35 Quotes To Transform Yourself Into A Leader | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Leadership is a tricky thing. Is it innate or learned? Who needs it the most? What traits define a strong leader?The fact of the matter is that everyone needs leadership. Entrepreneurs and business
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Learning Futures: Emerging technologies, pedagogies, and contexts

Slides from an invited speech given to the Technology in Higher Education Conference, National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. 16 April, 2013.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Great collection of quotes and dreams. I also like: "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next 10. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction." --Bill Gates From his book, The Road Ahead (Penguin Books, 1996).
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gregmhagar's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:39 AM

Very cool collection of quotes and images.

Karen Burns's curator insight, April 18, 2013 1:05 PM

Excellent resource for emerging technologies and new outlooks towards our learners.

Del Phine's curator insight, April 13, 4:23 PM

Lier pédagogie et technologies!

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided
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Ken Morrison's comment, April 17, 2013 6:03 PM
I've been having my students blog in a second language for seven semesters. They don't love the weekly deadlines, but they do tell me that they enjoy:
1) freedom to write about anything they choose related to reading, lectures, or things they see in 'real life' that apply to what we are discussing in class
2) Ability to learn from others (especially around midterm & final test time
3) Feedback that they get regarding both content and writing tips

I am fairly lenient with the grading. If they meet their deadline and the minimum length, they usually get full credit. Fifteen sentences per week for fifteen weeks may not seem like much. But when they copy and paste all of their writing into one document at the end of the semester, they are usually impressed with the length and quality of information.
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10 Ways to Master Facebook's EdgeRank Algorithm to Reach More Fans

10 Ways to Master Facebook's EdgeRank Algorithm to Reach More Fans | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
Hmmm...that title sounds like it was written by an engineer. Perhaps a better title would be: Phooey on You EdgeRank. I Know How to Reach My Fans Desp
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EdgeRank = Everything.  If you are spending the time to create content, you should take the time to help it get seen. You can only do that by learning the EdgeRank Algorithm.

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Google’s BufferBox Installs Its First U.S. Pick-Up Station At A Coffee Shop In The Heart Of San Francisco | TechCrunch

Google’s BufferBox Installs Its First U.S. Pick-Up Station At A Coffee Shop In The Heart Of San Francisco | TechCrunch | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it
TechCrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.
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10 Tools and Resources for Creating Quality Infographics and Presentations

10 Tools and Resources for Creating Quality Infographics and Presentations | Ken's Odds & Ends | Scoop.it

Via massimo facchinetti, Jimun Gimm
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malek's curator insight, April 16, 2013 8:33 AM

Keep this list handy

Mollye Peters's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:16 AM

To add to this list, a friend of my recommended a presentation creator called Prezi (http://prezi.com). It's a great alternative to PowerPoint and you can access it through the internet.

Ellen Noh's curator insight, April 19, 2013 3:20 AM

Great quality design and infographics are one of the fastest growing trends in social media, and we should definitely be on top of it! 

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Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work? | Video on TED.com

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose.

Via Rosário Durão
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