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36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing

36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing | Research skills | Scoop.it

...One way I’ve found to help readers is to use concise language and eliminate redundancies. As Strunk and White advise, “Make every word tell.


Below is a list of phrases in which every word does not tell. These phrases are redundant, repetitive, wordy, and verbose. Paring phrases such as these is an easy way to tighten your writing. (Redundant words are italicized.) 

• added bonus
• advance planning
• armed gunman
• circulate around
• close proximity
• completely full 
• consensus of opinion ...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:13 AM

As Strunk and White famously admonished, ‘Omit needless words.’ Here are 36 worth omitting. Your readers will thank you for it.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:44 PM

I see some in here that I'm guilty of using too!

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Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial

Welcome to the home page of the IRISS Information Literacy Interactive Tutorial. This tutorial was derived from the Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) Information Literacy pack.

 

This tutorial will provide you with an understanding of information literacy in six simple steps. Each step includes activities that will help you develop your information literacy skills.


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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:22 AM

Some great lesson ideas here.

Linda Mercer's curator insight, November 14, 2014 1:26 PM

Interesting....

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, November 16, 2014 8:04 PM

Simple online tutorial yet quite interactive and engaging.

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

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Think I knew most of this but always good to check

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Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's comment, May 27, 3:23 PM
So nice to have a community for sharing info...
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's comment, May 27, 3:23 PM
So nice to have a community for sharing info...
Marc Wachtfogel, PhD's comment, May 27, 3:23 PM
So nice to have a community for sharing info...
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13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom | Research skills | Scoop.it
RT @jonathanwylie: 13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom http://t.co/e1R1Cd7jqZ h/t @mattBgomez #edtech #socialmedia http://t.co

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Useful list to engage students

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, February 8, 1:45 PM

Twitter en el aula ...13 Creative Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom | @scoopit via @rudytoot1 http://sco.lt/...

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Research skills | Scoop.it

A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.


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Dont answer your own questions. Make the learners do the work, they will enjoy it.

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Christine Macia Carter's curator insight, December 18, 2014 1:41 PM

Curiosity!!!  Key to everything.

maria taveras's curator insight, December 18, 2014 1:57 PM

It's a natural human phenomenon that occurs when our curiosity is activate and engaged learning and assimilation takes place. It's a creative dynamic that is essential to foster for our well being.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:45 PM

When a child drives you crazy with "Why?", I guess that is a good thing. :)  -Lon

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The Influence of Blogs on Purchase Decisions

The Influence of Blogs on Purchase Decisions | Research skills | Scoop.it
The power of blogs in influencing consumer purchase decisions is stronger than you might realize. According to data from a research study conducted by Research Now, nearly nine in 10 consumers (84%) make purchases after reading about a product or service on a blog. Among consumers between the ages of 18-34, blogs ranked as the most important source of information to make buying decisions. Among consumers between the ages of 35-54, blogs ranked as the second most important source behind friends, family, and colleagues. Even older consumers (55 and older) value blogs when making purchase decisions ranking them third in terms of importance behind friends, family, and colleagues and editorial articles.


For brands, this data is critical. The research found that blogs influence household purchase decisions for 54% of the survey respondents, gifts that consumers are buying for themselves (45%), and gifts they’re buying for other people (30%). In fact, 25% of respondents indicated that they buy something each month based on blog content!


Consumers are turning to blogs for specific reasons as they travel through the path to making a purchase. Nearly one in two (46%) use blogs for initial product investigation, and 43% use blogs for inspiration. One in three consumers (33%) use blogs to narrow down their purchase options while 30% use blogs to confirm their purchase choices. In other words, blogs play a role at every stop along the marketing and sales funnel....


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Very useful for marketing and brand enhancement

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Michael Seres's curator insight, December 2, 2014 9:36 AM

Is there the same power in health decisions? I think it is growing especially in peer to peer decision making. #nhssm

Rachel Turner Dool's curator insight, December 4, 2014 11:02 PM

Some really interesting statistics on how blogs are influencing consumer behaviour when it comes to buying choice.

Jack Varnell's curator insight, February 1, 6:25 PM

Interesting information #blogging

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16 Learning Trends, We Simply CAN'T Ignore!

This presentation explores 16 learning trends, we need to take more seriously in 2013 and beyond. These learning trends won't run away, so we better find learn…

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Well worth remembering this when constructing a study skills programme

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Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too?

Does Losing Handwriting In School Mean Losing Other Skills Too? | Research skills | Scoop.it
Learning to write by hand has learning benefits that could be neglected if too much focus is put on keyboarding.

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, June 12, 2014 8:30 PM

This is an ongoing discussion between my English Teacher friend and I.  I think the real question is why are we still teaching keyboarding??

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 13, 2014 1:21 AM

It is becoming clearer that it is important that we do not lose  handwriting as a skill! Strong positive neural development in a child is far more important than adeptness in using digital technologies. If research continues to support these initial studies many educators will need to reflect and possibly readjust.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, June 16, 2014 2:57 PM

New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.

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The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed

The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed | Research skills | Scoop.it
April 17, 2014
Of all the things I have read about the 21st century skills required for students success in today's info rich society, the visual below from edutopia captures the essence of these...

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Neat and accurate

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Jim Doyle's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:31 PM
The 9 Skills Students Must Master to Succeed
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Deeper Learning: A Series Overview

Deeper Learning: A Series Overview | Research skills | Scoop.it
Tony Wagner introduces Deeper Learning by providing an introduction to each network and the Deeper Learning competencies.
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Woprth distilling some summaries and checking the series when ther is time

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Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management | Research skills | Scoop.it

Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. 

 

During the school year, students are expected to listen to and absorb vast amounts of content. But how much time has been devoted to equipping students with ways to disconnect from their own internal dialogue (self-talk) and to focus their attention fully on academic content that is being presented? Listening is hard work even for adults. When students are unable to listen effectively, classroom management issues arise.


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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:32 AM

Teaching the difference between hearing (acknowledging there is a noise but not necessarily engaging the brain to understand the sound) and listening (consciously trying to make sense of the sound) would be a good first step too. 

Funda Sahillioglu's curator insight, January 24, 2014 11:58 AM

listening plays grat importance in classroom management

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 25, 2014 2:58 PM

Interesting insights. Worth a read.

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Create and monitor engaging flipped learning

Create and monitor engaging flipped learning | Research skills | Scoop.it

One other product I have been getting excited about is Verso. This platform is not quite a learning management system, and has built in interactivity. I like it because it is crazy easy to use. It is sort of the anti-LMS way to have students engage with your content.


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Something else to investigate

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 2014 1:44 AM

This app has been a plaything of mine for the last couple of weeks, and I am going to play over the holidays to see how it works. It is very easy to use: upload a video, write some notes/activities and there is the lesson. Seems a simple way to make flipped content for those starting to flip. 

Catherine Wooller's curator insight, April 24, 2014 8:12 PM

This is essentially like edmodo but has some other interesting features to monitor discussions from each person.

Cathy Sullivan's curator insight, May 10, 2014 7:57 AM

Need for  one on one device capability

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Research skills | Scoop.it
A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into...

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David Baker's curator insight, March 15, 2014 7:21 PM

This is the second perspective on Maslow's hierarchy I have seen in the past few weeks.  As we try to make learning more rigorous and more inclusive for all students the importance of meeting student needs in a variety of ways is very important.  This must include Social/emotional as well as technological.  

Ali Anani's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:42 AM

A fresh perspective on Maslow's Pyramid of Needs

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:43 PM

I really like this pyramid. It certainly makes the psychology of learning clear. 

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How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students

How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students | Research skills | Scoop.it
How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students
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Tempted to use this with older students

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CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1

CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1 | Research skills | Scoop.it

Interactive illustrating the critical thinking model of Paul and Elder ("elements of thought")


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 8, 1:23 PM

Modelo de pensamiento crítico...CriticalThinking.org - Critical Thinking Model 1 | @scoopit via @DebJArnold http://sco.lt/...

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, May 9, 12:20 AM

Nice interactive effect with the mouse over.

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 23, 6:25 PM

Great tool for teachers.  We must make students aware of their thinking processes so they can use them strategically and develop them fully

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Vocabulary expanders for English

Vocabulary expanders for English | Research skills | Scoop.it

Vocabulary expanders for English


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Great for kids with small imaginations but not sure if they all work. Context is important

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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's comment, November 5, 2014 2:30 AM
Thanks for the link! I will be using these techniques as I continue to build my German vocabulary!
Deanya Lattimore Schempp's comment, November 5, 2014 2:30 AM
Thanks for the link! I will be using these techniques as I continue to build my German vocabulary!
Jacob Broadhead's curator insight, November 7, 2014 5:17 PM

Great idea for expanding vocabulary and in this case adjectives. Shows relationships in an organized way.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | Research skills | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2014 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 9:38 AM

I definitely see the need to "better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use."

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 12, 9:46 PM

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Teaching About Cybersecurity: Taking Steps to Improve Online Safety and Prevent Data Breaches

Teaching About Cybersecurity: Taking Steps to Improve Online Safety and Prevent Data Breaches | Research skills | Scoop.it
In this lesson, students will learn about the extent of cyberattacks just in the past year and the risks they pose for companies, governments and individuals.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Video

 

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/get-smart-with-5-minutes-tutorialsit-securitypart-1-browsers/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/update-your-third-party-applications/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/cyber-hygiene-ict-hygiene-for-population-education-and-business/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/why-cybersecurity-starts-at-home-and-is-concerning-all-of-us/

 


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46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic

46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic | Research skills | Scoop.it

How often do you use Google to find something on the internet?

If like a lot of people you use Google every day you’ll be astounded by the number of hidden tips and tricks their search facility offers.

Find 46 of them featured in this infographic.


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All stuff we knew but a pretty way to show it

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 9:34 AM

students still need to be taught how to be effective searchers On Google. Here are some helpful tips/tricks to show them--and learn yourself.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 9, 10:38 AM

More Google search tips...

Kelly Coffee's curator insight, January 9, 10:46 AM

Nothing hidden about these "tips & tricks" - just standard every day library functions. This is not new, most these functions have been used since Win95, the days before we see the net as we do now. Nonetheless, whatever it takes for people to finally catch up and educate themselves about easier searching techniques! 

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36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing

36 redundant phrases to eliminate from your writing | Research skills | Scoop.it

...One way I’ve found to help readers is to use concise language and eliminate redundancies. As Strunk and White advise, “Make every word tell.


Below is a list of phrases in which every word does not tell. These phrases are redundant, repetitive, wordy, and verbose. Paring phrases such as these is an easy way to tighten your writing. (Redundant words are italicized.) 

• added bonus
• advance planning
• armed gunman
• circulate around
• close proximity
• completely full 
• consensus of opinion ...


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Something to add to essay writing skills

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:13 AM

As Strunk and White famously admonished, ‘Omit needless words.’ Here are 36 worth omitting. Your readers will thank you for it.

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:44 PM

I see some in here that I'm guilty of using too!

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School Methods

School Methods | Research skills | Scoop.it
Explore Akiko Mor's hand-picked collection of Pins about School Methods on Pinterest. | See more about bloom's taxonomy, marzano and educational technology.
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This is an absolute treasure trove.  Lots of infographics, posters etc to help students and even teachers

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The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Elements of The Critical Thinking Process ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Research skills | Scoop.it

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Useful little graphic

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Marginnote - for making notes on PDF readings

Marginnote - for making notes on PDF readings | Research skills | Scoop.it

MarginNote Reader also eliminates the need for users to lug around heavy, bulky textbooks and notebooks. All of their data is ready for them in one place, and users can organize and reorganize their notes with the swipe of a finger! This ease- of-use is one key difference between MarginNote and other note apps.


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nicolaperry's curator insight, March 18, 2014 9:25 AM

Useful one for anyone doing a lot of academic reading.

Agora Abierta's curator insight, March 23, 2014 8:21 AM

Para añadir notas a pdf's

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 23, 2014 9:42 AM

Marfinnote- for making notes on PDF readings

 

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Research skills | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Useful example methods to add to my training. Questioning is so important

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 2014 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills

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QR Codes in the 21st Century Classroom

“Introduction to using QR Codes in the 21st Century Classroom, including some ideas, suggestions, tips, app links and more.”


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