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A simple way to filter Google images by reuse rights [Lessig]

A simple way to filter Google images by reuse rights [Lessig] | personal publishing platforms |
Glorious day! Google has launched a simple way to filter Google images by reuse rights. Click the search tools, and select your license. Thank you, Google!

Via Anna Karidi Pirounaki
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Voices in the wilderness: Chinese literature online || The Economist

Voices in the wilderness: Chinese literature online || The Economist | personal publishing platforms |

[Excerpt] "For the country that invented paper it is no small irony that China's most innovative writing happens off the page. A number of authors, stifled by state censorship and a conservative publishing industry, are finding freedom online.

* In the late 1990s aspiring literati began to share works online. One of these, Li Jie, started to write internet stories for no other reason than to kill time. Bored with her job serving customers in a bank, she signed up under the pen name Anni Baobei. Her depiction of a damaged, disillusioned youth hit a nerve. Aged just 25, to the horror of her parents, Ms Li gave up a secure income to write full time. The gamble paid off. She made the transition to print and is still one of China's bestselling authors.

* Internet writing has been nothing short of a revolution for Chinese literature. It has allowed myriad voices to be heard. The digital landscape and technology have changed since the first wave of authors began to write; readers in China now access novels through smartphones and tablets rather than desktops."

* Read the full article at the Economist:

sarspri's insight:

Many thanks to @plerudulier for bringing this interesting article on the impact of the Internet on the Chinese literary scene to my attention.

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4 Free Ways To Start Your Own Blog - Edudemic

4 Free Ways To Start Your Own Blog - Edudemic | personal publishing platforms |

[Excerpt]: "Blogging is a digital skill that every teacher and student should have. Its a great way to expand upon and share the learning that is happening both in and out of the classroom, and to engage students in ongoing discussion on the subjects that they’re learning about.


Finding the best way to set up classroom blogs for your students (or an individual blog for yourself) isn’t always obvious. There are a lot of choices out there for blogging platforms, and we’re going to take a look at a couple of the most popular ones, and a couple that are designed especially for teachers and students."

Via Evdokia Roka
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Online communities are transforming professional development for teachers [Guardian]

Online communities are transforming professional development for teachers [Guardian] | personal publishing platforms |

"From blogging and Twitter to online networks, Fearghal Kelly charts the evolution of professional development and interactions for teachers in the social media age"


[Excerpt]: ... "This form of professional isolation isn't a big problem if you work in a large and vibrant school where the staff and the leadership team are innovating and have open minds to change. However, not all schools are like this....


... This first began to change for me when I encountered blogging. Although I was sceptical at first, the geek in me was intrigued and so I was easily persuaded to give it a go. I soon discovered a whole new world of professional dialogue. Through blogging, I began to have stimulating and challenging conversations with teachers from around the world, but mainly in Scotland. These were like-minded individuals who I'd never met, and yet they provided me with huge amounts of professional support."

Via Nik Peachey
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Finding support for talking about teaching and sharing teaching ideas after graduation can take many forms.

Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 10, 2013 6:41 PM

This is an interesting article that promotes the development of online communities. those seem to have gone out of fashion a bit since everyone started talking about PLN. Some good points here.

Marco Bertolini's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:03 AM

Les communautés modifient profondément la façon dont les enseignants développent leurs compétences professionnelles.

GinikaMbanugo's curator insight, May 10, 2013 6:21 AM

This is Awesome.Go to

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How to Setup a Wordpress Blog in 5 Minutes

How to Setup a Wordpress Blog in 5 Minutes | personal publishing platforms |

I started my blog using WordPress and I have found it a platform that makes it easy to own and publish your own content online.


It is the foundation to the success of this blog which currently receives over 300,000 hits per month.


If you’re looking for an easy way to create a web presence and start sharing your ideas online, the best way to do this is to create a blog. Millions of users around the world already express themselves and share their thoughts by means of their personal blogs.


The advantage of having your own WordPress blog that is self-hosted is that you own it.


It is good to have a Facebook “page” or a Tumblr blog but they are owned by someone else and you can have a web presence there but under their “Terms and Conditions” It is basically a rental.


Via Martin Gysler, Ken Morrison, Evdokia Roka, Jacob Broadhead
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Self-hosting a WordPress site is the next step, after folks feel they've outgrown the free sites.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 10, 2013 7:22 AM

Brilliant step-to-step simple summary. I'm thinking in starting a Wordpress Blog more easyly now. Thanks!!!

Paul's curator insight, February 11, 2013 10:04 AM

I love word press and we use it for our school blog  ;

dakinane's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:17 PM

Both org and .com variants of Wordpress are a delight to use, I have sued them for years, had to abandon my hosted Wordpress blog when I upgraded my website.  I miss it.

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Wordpress et cetera [ScoopIt topic]

Wordpress et cetera [ScoopIt topic] | personal publishing platforms |
Des plugins, des tutos et des astuces pour Wordpress et son extension sociale Buddypress
sarspri's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:55 PM

Hone your WP skills and brush up on your French, all in one fell Scoop!

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A Visual Way to Navigate Among Comments

A Visual Way to Navigate Among Comments | personal publishing platforms |
Disqus, a comments platform for bloggers, is trying to help people find unique conversations using data visualization.
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The discussions that occur around posts and across blogs via the "comments" feature are rarely experienced by novice bloggers.  Without an introduction to this key aspect of personal and social publishing platforms, many skeptics fail to realize the potential that blogging has for interaction and conversation, not just what they perceive to be mindless, one-way self promotion. 


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Comment intégrer Instagram dans WordPress

Comment intégrer Instagram dans WordPress | personal publishing platforms |
Instagram est très populaire, mais il est essentiellement limité à vos appareils mobiles. Même si le service commence à arriver progressivement sur le Web,

Via Haley Berl
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(in French) - integrating Instagram photos into WordPress

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5 Minute Guide to Screencasting

Mr. Driscoll provides a step-by-step tutorial of how to create a quick (and free) screencast using

Via Baiba Svenca, Teaching, Learning & Developing with Technology
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Useful short demo of how to use Screencast-O-Matic, another option in addition to Jing and Screenr.

Carol Isakson's curator insight, February 19, 2013 8:42 AM

Can save finished videos to YouTube, ScreencastOMatic or download to your machine. Uses Java, could be a concern.

Walter Galarza's curator insight, February 20, 2013 10:23 AM

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Dawn Adams Miller's curator insight, February 24, 2013 4:45 PM

This appears to be a simple screen capture / video output tool.  Might be something that could be shared with SMEs to help them create content quickly and easily.  Of course, as IDs, we still need to help them organize their content!

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Mentor Texts in the Digital Writing Workshop [Posterous]

Mentor Texts in the Digital Writing Workshop [Posterous] | personal publishing platforms |

[Excerpt]: "Digital reading and writing has changed me as a learner. On June 24, 2007, I started my journey into blogging and for months before that I was glued to the screen of my computer inspired how other teachers, book lovers and writers could alter my thinking, energize me to begin more self-reflection and connect me with endless learning.


A Year of Reading and Amick's Articles were some of my first mentors as I began to reflect and blog on my own. The writers behind these blogs (Franki, Mary Lee and Sarah) helped model for me how to create my own voice and share ideas and books that meant something to me. They helped me feel apart of the reading and writing club. And then when I connected with them and others I began to feel like there were people out there who might even read what I have to say. I was gifted some identity. Then, I began connecting to others by linking to their thoughts, responding to other's posts and collaborating in events and now this series."

Via Chad Miles, sarspri
sarspri's curator insight, February 9, 2013 12:22 PM

Thanks to Chad, who found this last year in the Internet session. Like any complex, demanding set of practices, becoming an engaged reader and writer in a blog-based environment takes time to develop.  Scaffolding!  Learner training!


Finding your own voice, figuring out what to share and how to share it (identifying big ideas that are personally meaningful), and connecting with others are all key pieces of the puzzle.

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How Teachers are Using Tumblr in the Classroom | Emerging Education Technology

How Teachers are Using Tumblr in the Classroom | Emerging Education Technology | personal publishing platforms |
The increasingly popular free digital media sharing app offers plenty of possibilities for educators. Guest post by Sam Peters. Tumblr is a web based

Via Kathleen Cercone, Juergen Wagner
Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, January 25, 2013 3:18 PM

Tumblr is a web based social media platform that was designed to make it easier for people to share digital media with each other. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, where conversation is a common mode of communication, Tumblr is more about sharing content. It is a great resource and tool for people and professionals of every stripe. Teachers are finding it useful too. Here’s some of the ways they’re using it.

Takako Kobayashi's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:00 AM

Personally, I have been using tumblr for intro to soico class to write my class journal. 
Tumblr is very easy to create personal blog, so it is very accessible for students. WP might be too hard (buf fun definitely!) for students. 

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Website Builder - Create a website in minutes - Sidengo

Website Builder - Create a website in minutes - Sidengo | personal publishing platforms |
Create a website in minutes and embed it everywhere. No design or coding skills required. Try it free!

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 15, 2013 3:14 PM

If you've always wanted to build a site but didn't have the coding skills this looks a great way to do it.

IMA-EDU.GR's curator insight, January 15, 2013 5:51 PM
Website Builder - Δημιουργήστε μια ιστοσελίδα μέσα σε λίγα λεπτά - Sidengo