Latest update 15th April 2013 - These are some (207!!) of the best free internet resources for education. This page is constantly updated; every time I come across a new piece of software or an exciting website, I list it here. This list is not exhaustive in any way. In fact, if you think there is a tool or application for use in education that should be added to this list, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and suggest it!
Heiko Idensen's insight:
.. one of the best lists I have ever seen - a very goog curated List !
gClassFolders is a Google Drive script that will create folders for you for as many course sections as you need. The concept behind it is this; students have a "dropbox" folder in their Google Drive accounts that you have shared with them. To submit work students drag files into that "dropbox" folder. From there gClassFolders sorts submissions to the correct folder for each student.
“If I walk into the street,” says Ashley Harrison, “ and say to someone, hey, what’s RSS? And I’ve done this, they’ll say, it’s that orange button but I don’t really know what to do with it.”
But that hasn’t stopped him from building a business on the “Really Simple Syndication” technology. His company, Mediafed, monetizes RSS feeds for publications by inserting display ads in them. By working with more than 2,000 publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian, it has accumulated more than 200 million active users across different RSS readers.
From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time.
Information about Googles translation and language technologies
Back in September, we launched a feature that made it easier to make your YouTube video accessible in more than 300 languages and help grow your audience globally, by translating the video’s captions yourself or inviting friends or people you know to help translate. Now you can connect directly with translation vendors and pay to get your captions translated quickly and professionally.
When you request a translation for your captions in YouTube, we’ll display a list of vendors along with their estimated pricing and delivery date so you can easily compare. We’ve initially collaborated with two companies, Gengo and Translated.net, to make their services available to you and to streamline the ordering process.
Less than three hours after the last Google Drive update, Google has announced a very useful feature: automatic syncing of all your Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. You can now also create and edit drawings offline. The two features are rolling out over the next “few days” so you should see them soon if you haven’t yet.
To take advantage of offline access, you’ll need to use Chrome OS (it’s all set up for you) or Chrome. If you’re using the latter, here are the steps you need to take:
In Google Drive, click More on the left-hand side of the screen.
Select Offline Docs.
Click the blue button that says Get the app.
You’ll be taken to the Chrome web store. Click Add to Chrome in the upper-right corner of the browser window.
Once the app is installed, you’ll be taken to a Chrome page with the Google Drive app icon. To return to Drive, click the Google Drive icon.
On the right side of the dialog on the Offline Docs page, click the blue button that says Enable offline.
If you change your mind, click the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your browser window and select “Stop using Docs offline.”
It’s been a while since SocialTimes did a round-up of the various tools that helped users manage their Twitter accounts by finding who to follow, following new people, unfollowing many people at once and organizing groups of users they follow into lists.
Since our last round-up, Twitter has restricted use of its API significantly, causing several tools to shut down. No longer functional areUntweeps, Just Unfollow, Twit Cleaner, Who Follows Whom and Tweet Effect. Tweeter Karma is still functional but has had to remove its bulk unfollow tools.
Hier findet ihr die ultimative Liste der Online-Tools. Egal ob Social Media, Infografiken oder SEO. Die Liste der Listen hat alles auf Lager!
Listen für diverse Online-Tools sind ein beliebter Content für Blogs. Denn Listen sind praktisch, man muss sie nicht selbst pflegen (Bookmarks oder gar in Excel) und “irgendwo” ablegen. Dass man eine Liste selbst angelegt hat, vergisst man ohnehin schnell.
Da ist es praktisch, wenn man bei Google einfach mal zum Beispiel “Social Media Monitoring Tools Liste” eingeben kann und schon die relevanten Listen übersichtlich präsentiert bekommt. So ist Google und deshalb auch ein solcher Erfolg.
Ich dachte mir jetzt einfach mal, ich mache eine Liste aus Listen von Online-Tools, so dass potenzielle “Listensucher” einen Platz haben, wo sie sich austoben können. Darüber hinaus schaffe ich mir endlich einen eigenen Platz, auf dem ich meine Listen ablegen kann:
Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem"
In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.
These factors are:
An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized
A Growing Number of "Open" Teaching / Learning Content Hubs
Constantly Changing Information
Real-World Info Is Not Held Inside Silos
Fast-Food Info Consumption in Decline
Job Market Changing - New Skills Needed
Alternative Certification Systems Emerging
Teachers Can Curate Their Textbooks
Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors
Demand for Trusted Guidance
Here all the details:
The Educational / Learning Climate Is Ready for Massive Change
There is a growing number of key trends that are both rapidly revolutionizing the world of education as we know it and opening up opportunities to review and upgrade the role and scope of many of its existing institutions, (as the likeliness that they are going to soon become obsolete and unsustainable, is right in front of anyone's eyes).
George Siemens, in his recent Open Letter to Canadian Universities, sums them up well:
"I’m concerned that the ossification of higher education institutions, and a complete failure to build capacity for adaptation, will produce a bonanza for educational technology startups at the expense of the university’s role in society.
The current generation of leaders are overseeing the large-scale dismantling of the public university. Piecemeal outsourcing, growing prominence of adjuncts, and tendering key functions of the university (online course development), are creating a context where the university will no longer be able to direct its own fate.
"Ein cMOOC bringt im Gegensatz dazu ganz klar den kollaborativen, konnektivistischen Aspekt ins Spiel. Dies geht auf Kosten der Strukturierung der zur Verfügung stehenden Lern- und Lehrmaterialien.
Bei einem xMOOC sind im Gegensatz zu einem Fernlehrgang die Taktungszeiten des Konktakts zum Facilitator geringer. In einem Fernlehrgang wird in der Regel ein komplettes Lernheft mit ca. 60 Seiten durchgearbeitet, bevor ein Kontakt stattfindet. Hinzu kommt, dass bei einem xMOOC weitere interaktive Medien wie z.B. Filme etc. eingesetzt werden.
Wichtigstes Auszeichnungskriterium eines xMOOC ist wohl der Begriff "Massive", d.h. es können sehr viele Personen am Kurs teilnehmen. Als Feedbackinstrument werden Abfragemethoden wie z.B. Quiz oder Fragebogen eingesetzt. Es können aber auch andere interaktive Elemente, die man von "gewöhnlichem" eLearning kennt einfließen. xMOOCs arbeiten häufig mit Experten, deren Vorlesungen aufgezeichnet wurden. Auch das findet sich in Fernlehrgängen eher selten."
WordPress.com just rolled out a new education vertical that is meant to help educators easily create good-looking websites for their classes. Over the last few months, WordPress.com, the fully hosted version of the popular open-source WordPress content management system, started introducing a number of verticals that focus specifically on certain types of sites, be theyrestaurant sites, homepages for musicians orpersonal portfolios. Today’s announcement marks WordPress.com’s first direct foray into the education business.
Citebite is a very important web2.0 application in education . It allows its users to link directly to quotes on WebPages . If it happens that you come across an interesting paragraph in a certain webpage that you want to share with your students or friends just highlight the targeted chunk of text and paste it into Citebite together with the source URL and send the link to whomever you want to share this text with . Once they click on the link they would instantly access the website and see the highlighted text you want them to read .
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.