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Tuesday Links – How to Create Workflow: From Diigo Bookmarks to Wordpress Blog Post » Text To All

How to Create Workflow: From Diigo Bookmarks to WordPress Blog Post.

 

I am using Diigo’s automatic blogging. It is a fairly frictionless workflow although I have discovered that I must leave the post “uncategorized” or it will publish as gibberish of some sort. Here is a screencast on how I do this.

 

 

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10 Email Addresses That Will Be Useful When You No Internet Access

Access Internet Through Email, Get Webpages on Demand in your Email Inbox – find stock quotes, weather forecast, currency exchange rates, upload documents, convert PDF documents, share photos and read websites without internet.
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The RSS NewsMaster

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The NewsMaster: A New Emergent Socio-Professional Role In the beginning was Yahoo and AltaVista. Then Google came...

 

Those are the words that mark the post that anyone who is interested in curation needs to read and build upon.  I return to Robin Good's words as a compass to my curatorial life. I hope he continues to revise them as he progresses down his own curatorial road.

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The Innovative Educator: 14 Ideas to Help Educators Update and Enhance Traditional Meetings

The Innovative Educator: 14 Ideas to Help Educators Update and Enhance Traditional Meetings | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

I have gotten a little weary of list posts of late, but this one reminds me how good they can be.  This one pulls together many different ways to 'run a meeting'.  Of course the tools the author cites are helpful but some of them are delightfully subversive of the concept of the meeting.  The meeting as a standalone administrative object could stand for a serious transition toward the tools in this list.  

 

My colleagues and I will be meeting today for about four hours to discuss our department's plan for the year.  When these meetings are over I rarely remind myself of the plan or plans that we will be trying to follow except insofar as they have an effect on me and mine.  But we are a whole organization, too, one that would benefit from all of us giving it some thought throughout the year.

 

So we will be using a hashtag and some flickr postings and some YouTubes and some texting and some paper.li and some space where all of this is accessible after the meeting to remind ourselves of what we are trying to do and to share it with absent colleagues and those who have a stake in what we are proposing.

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How I make my video podcasts | E-Learning Academy

How I make my video podcasts | E-Learning Academy | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it
A step-by-step guide on how I produce and publish the Connect Thinking E-Learning Academy video podcasts onto YouTube and iTunes.

 

There is no excuse for not doing vodcasts if you follow this clearly explained workflow.  Unless your excuse is that you have nothing to say. 

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Shaz J's comment, August 23, 2012 2:43 PM
So, when are the vodcasts coming out?
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Harvard Researchers Find A Creative Way To Make Incentives Work | TechCrunch

Harvard Researchers Find A Creative Way To Make Incentives Work | TechCrunch | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

They say, "Incentives are all the rage: employee bonus pay, app badges, student grades, and even lunch with President Obama."

 

You might say, "What is this doing here in TechPedagogy?

 

I say, "Leveraging the brain's biases might be one the finest  pedagogical hacks you can execute.  Wetware is technology, too."

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How to Solve Your Problems Visually Using a Solution Map

How to Solve Your Problems Visually Using a Solution Map | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

Have any of you ever tried this idea--the solution map.  For some folks an approach like this acts as a knife to life's Gordian tangles.  Hard to say whether the game is worth the candle, but the approach might get you going forward and through a difficult project or at least part of it.  I am going to try to work my way through at least one problem:  how would I organize a book proposal?  I will let you know how it helps me manage that pile of fishing line.

 

 

 

 

"Ever suffered from confusion around a personal or business issue? It's difficult to think clearly and find solutions easily when you're overloaded with complex and contradicting information. A puzzle with just too many pieces is quite confusing."

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Hackpad in Education

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Etherpad meets wiki.  Yeah, that really works.  I have been using it to share initial impressions, questions, and requests from the folks at Vialogue.  Here is the link to that if you want to see a hackpad in use:  https://hackpad.com/THIQHze4Mwg#Vialogues

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See Mary Teach » Blog Archive » Workflow Project: Under the umbrellas

Interesting umbrella categories for her tools.  Might want to do somethig similar.  Good to reflect and pare down.  Thoreau was right.

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The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation

I can't think of a more apt first scoop than Beth Kanter.  This slideshare sums up some of the most powerful (and unexpected) benefitsof curation.  This is the place to start. 

 

Beth Kanter:  My posts on content curation: http://www.bethkanter.org/category/content/...

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Teacher Workflow for Big Boys and Girls

This is serious digital workflow developed through serious work by a serious person. Seriously.  I think I could spend weeks with this one post, but if I had to choose one item it would be "Write and Cluster Small Texts".  Clicking on the orange links hyperlinks the whole affair open and you begin to realize what a huge document this is.  It is a book masquerading as a post.  God bless Turkel.  This is grand.

 

 

 

 

A Workflow for Digital Research Using Off-the-Shelf Tools Knowing how to program is crucial for doing advanced research with digital sources.  There are still many powerful tools that you can make...

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Wow. Thank you.
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Three Firsts: Bloomington’s First Hackjam, ForAllBadges’ App, and Participatory Assessment + Hackasaurus

Three Firsts: Bloomington’s First Hackjam, ForAllBadges’ App, and Participatory Assessment + Hackasaurus | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

"On Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana University in conjunction with the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) in Bloomington, IN put on a Hackjam for resident youth. The six hour event was a huge success. Students were excited and engaged throughout the day as they used Hackasaurus’ web editing tool X-Ray Goggles to “hack” Bloomington’s Herald Times. The hackers learned some HTML & CSS, developed some web literacies, and learned about writing in different new media contexts. We did some cool new stuff that we think others will find useful and interesting. We are going to summarize what we did in this post. We will elaborate on some of these features in subsequent posts, and try to keep this one short and readable."

 

Well done Mozilla and CRLT at IU.  Six hours of how to model authentic learning.  Libraries are the new school.  Truly.


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In the Middle of the Curve: #iel12 Online Rogue Professor Pt 1

One way to find out about tech pedagogy is to look for folks who went to conferences and took notes.  This is a great example.  Wendy Wickham took extensive and understandable jots about Dan Quigley's 'rogue professor' model at IEL2012

 

Here is a second post at the same conference:  http://in-the-middle-of-the-curve.blogspot.com/2012/06/iel12-online-rogue-professor-pt-2.html

 

I especially like the assumptions of mobile learners that gets mentioned:

 

     Expectations have changed.  
            - Book is on the phone.
             - I can do work as I move.
             - "everything I need should be on

                  my smartphone"

 

 

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Education: An Unstoppable Tide

Education: An Unstoppable Tide | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

More happy stories.

 

Gem: "Empowerment is a deceptive word. It is meant to capture a sense of an individual’s control over her own life, of her ability to make choices. But it also often contains a sense of passivity: a hint that power is being granted to individuals, handed over to them like a bag of grain. [...] In fact, true power is not about handouts or handovers. It is about eliminating barriers –– such as ignorance, poverty or hunger –– so that individuals have the chance to achieve their potential."

 

[Thanks Dad!]


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You are the blocking tackle running interference for your students sweeping away impediments to their learning. Be fierce.

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Terry Elliott's comment, December 19, 2012 3:06 AM
This idea is unstoppable. It asserts that our power is always there and that education in its simplest form is the sweeping away of stuff in the way. This is the kind of motto that posits trust in the inate capacity of all people to learn along with a simple action plan for helping them achieve that. I love it and thanks for inspiration here, Shaz.
Shaz J's comment, December 26, 2012 1:59 PM
I'm glad :) We all need happy stories to remind us of the good in the world and that good work can and should be done. Happy holidays!
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How to Set Up Your Desk: An Introduction : What's Best Next

Thorough treatment of how to set up your desk for uber productivity.  I would like to see someone adapt this for teacher use.  Best piece of advice so far is to treat your desk like the cockpit of a plane.  So who will be my co-pilot and navigator?

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Tent - the decentralized social web

Need to watch this very closely if you are a teacher who wants to know where social networking is headed.  In this case it is destined for a far, far better place than it is now--decentralized, opensource, and can be accessed 'over a wireless mesh network and run as a Tor hidden service, unlike centralized social networks."  I am dimly aware of what that means here (US) and elsewhere (Syria and places in revolution)

 

Mostly what this means is that you own your own stuff and that includes your relationships.  If this takes off, you had better sell your Facebook stock.

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Five Reasons to Think About How You Work - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Five Reasons to Think About How You Work - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

Shaz sez:

Love this website. Perhaps not about tools, but the thought process in this article is in line with your teacherworkflow curation and I find it valuable.

 

They say:

 

1.Thinking about your system can help you make decisions about work based on your values.

2.Focusing your productivity system on next actions can help you fight through procrastination-driving despair.

3.Having a goal-focused productivity system can help you recognize when you are done, as well as whether you are successful.

4.Focusing your productivity system on measurable goals is a useful reality check, and can help you identify where you’re getting bogged down.

5.Having clearly-defined actions in your productivity system can help you focus on what you need to do and to get the stuff dependent on others out of your head.

 

Terry sez:

 

Thanks, Shaz.  This is the beauty of being connected and having folks share stuff.  This is a consistently useful site that I foolishly forget to check every day. 

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Shaz J's comment, August 24, 2012 1:59 AM
You're welcome. May I suggest a few RSS feeds? :P
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booksorber.com - Convert your books to high-quality E-Books. FAST and EASY

Well...alright.  I wait with bated breath their first version of this.  I wonder how universities will handle this in their courses as students begin to share texts back and forth.  Not well, I predict.  Hurry.  School starts in a week.

 

 

Welcome to booksorber.com - Convert your books to high-quality E-Books.

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Shaz J's comment, August 23, 2012 1:47 PM
Woooaaahhhh!! Another great use of a remote for a dslr. [That's the extent of my witty comments on this one].
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BalancEdTech - iPad Exploration

A highly useful wiki outline for anyone to learn how to use an iPad in the classroom.  This makes me realize how many learning doors the iPad opens for learners of all stripes.  If you follow their outine then at the end and probably working with a partner you will know navigate as well as download apps.  You will explore ebooks and their creation. And as the infomercials shout, "Much,much more."

 

I like that you have basic stuff and 'extra challenges' very similar to the recent Google Search MOOC.

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How to Block Useless Websites from your Google Search Results

How to Block Useless Websites from your Google Search Results | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it
Do you see spam or useless websites in your Google search results? Here are some tips to help you permanently block such websites from showing up in your Google results.
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Read Like Me | Hack Text

Read Like Me | Hack Text | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

One person's take on 'reading workflow' in the digital landscape. Compare it to your own workflow.  Get ideas.  Share workflow with others.  Perhaps you could have an unconference wherever you are about how you go about doing some of the most routine  yet idiosyncratic mental activities of all--reading.

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Curation techniques, types and tips

And this is the first place to come to after you have decided to do a cooperative curation site.  Although this post is focused on a journalistic team, I think that we could use almost every aspect of this to begin work on the topic of digital curation in education.  I am very excited about this prospect.  I think similar curation could be done on Diigo, but Scoop.it seems to have less friction between the information and the curation.  Welcome!

 

 

 

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How to manage a research library with Zotero | Impact of Social Sciences

How to manage a research library with Zotero | Impact of Social Sciences | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

This is an awesome bird's eye view of one man's academic workflow.

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Hipster Habit App

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They say:  Print this app out , fold it into a book, and put it in your wallet.

 

I say:  Do what they say.  Kaizen is the only way through the insurmountable problem and that is the underlying principle behind the hipster DIY self-help of this.  Derived from the old Pocketmod tool online and still quite useful.  An edupunk tool of the first water.


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ED366 learning contract - prior to student input

ED366 learning contract - prior to student input | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

Cool learning contracts--I certainly might consider these especially for the fall. 

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Fix It, Revive It, Ride It

Fix It, Revive It, Ride It | TeacherWorkflow | Scoop.it

Taking ideas and recycling them.  A handy way to

prime the creativity pump.

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