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lumio - highlight what matters; an excellent Chrome Extension to use for bookmarking, curating, and clipping web content

lumio - highlight what matters; an excellent Chrome Extension to use for bookmarking, curating, and clipping web content | technologies |
Break up with bookmarks, fall in love with lumio. Highlight text, data or images, organize your research, enhance your productivity!
John Dalziel's insight:
Lumio is an excellent Chrome Extension to use for bookmarking, curating, and clipping web content. 
Learners can use it to highlight interesting content in a webpage, add notes to it and save it for a later access. 
Highlights are recorded together with source information so learners can easily check back and cite source pages. 
Additionally, Lumio provides users with internal search functionality that allows them to quickly search through and locate saved content. 
Users can organise their highlights into collections and rearrange them the way they want. 
However, users do need to sign up to Lumio to be able to benefit from all of its features including storing data on the cloud and accessing it from different devices. 
Another cool feature is the ability to access and read their saved content using Lumio’s built-in reader with a distraction free reading view. 
Users can also easily channel their highlights to other apps such as Slack or Trello or share them with others through email or social media.
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EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer

EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer | technologies |
Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.
John Dalziel's insight:
EASYBIB ADD-ON FOR GOOGLE DOCS! As many of you will know, EasyBib is a citation tool can help learners/researchers. 
What you may not know, is now learners/researchers can get an EasyBib Add-On for Google Docs! 
It is free and super simple. 
For a brief overview, watch the video clip at ;
Basically users can... 
► search, or create citations right in their Google Doc and 
► stay focused and build all at the same time. 
One size doesn't fit all but, EasyBib Add-on is one worth trying, at least!
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List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.

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I know there are mixed feelings in the 'World of Education when Wikipedia is mentioned but... 
Wikipedia has this comprehensive list of major academic databases and search engines which learners and/or practitioners will find useful, in their academic setting, for finding and accessing articles in... 
♥ academic journals, 
♥ repositories and/or
♥ archives,
...or other collections of scientific and other articles. 
The list has more than 50 titles, neatly organised and based on the discipline they target. 
From World Wide Science to Aerospace, almost all disciplines are covered. 
 These search engines are especially useful for practitioners, educators, and academic researchers looking for a quick access to articles published in academic journals and other scientific publications. 
 These kind of documents and articles do not normally have a high visibility in normal search engines. 
You might want to bookmark the page and keep it handy to use whenever needs be.
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Science in the Classroom

Science in the Classroom | technologies |
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Science in the Classroom is a free resource for practitioners from Science Magazine. 
On the Science in the Classroom website, users will find research papers containing interactive annotations to help learners understand the content of the papers. 
In the right hand margin of each paper they will find a section called "learning lens." 
Learning lens offers seven types of interactive annotations that learners can enable. 
Of those seven types of annotations, the glossary annotation is the one that learners will probably use most often. 
The glossary annotations highlight key words and terms in the article. 
Clicking on a highlighted annotation reveals a definition. 
In addition to the interactive annotations, Science in the Classroom provides practitioners with... 
 ► discussion and reading comprehension questions and 
 ► a list of suggested learning activities.
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Zotero - Grab your research with a single click

Zotero - Grab your research with a single click | technologies |
Zotero is a powerful, easy-to-use research tool that
helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then
share the results of your research.
John Dalziel's insight:

Zotero provides means to collect all users research in a single, searchable interface. They can add...
► PDFs,
► images,
► audio and video files,
► snapshots of web pages,
...and more.
Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of the resulting library, enabling users to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users...
► collect,
► organize,
► cite, and
► share
...their research sources.

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Note Anywhere

Note Anywhere | technologies |
with this ext, you can make notes on any web page, any position. when you open that page again, the notes get loaded automaticly.
John Dalziel's insight:

Note Anywhere is a great note taking tool to use on your Chrome browser.
This Note Anywhere Chrome app has some interesting distinctive features.
It allows users to easily make notes anywhere on a webpage. And even when you close the webpage and come back to it the notes load automatically. This is definitely a great tool for annotating content users curate on-line.
All notes can be easily moved by a simple drag and drop and changes are saved in real time.
Users can also customize their notes the way they desire: change the...
     ► background colour,
     ► text colour,
     ► text size and
     ► font.
Another feature from Note Anywhere is the ‘Notes Summary’ which displays a short overview of all the notes users have made so far. NOTE: To delete any note, hover the mouse over it and click the ‘delete’ button.

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Engage - Engaging Science

Engage - Engaging Science | technologies |
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ENGAGE is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI)
ENGAGE focuses on a more inquiry-based methodology,
which gives learners opportunity for self-expression and responsibility for coming to informed decisions.
ENGAGE builds on a range of:
     ► research-informed pedagogies
     ► guided inquiry
     ► explicit skills teaching

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Revs Digital Library

Revs Digital Library | technologies |
The Stanford University Revs Digital Library provides a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images, connecting the past, prevent and future of the automobile.
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178,000 Images Documenting the History of the Car is now available on a "New Stanford Web Site".
The Revs Digital Library is built on top of the Stanford Digital Repository to provide a web based platform for discovery of automotive research and images.
By digitising materials and making them discoverable, content that was once available to a select few becomes useful and discoverable for a wide range of researchers.

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Teaching U.S. History

Teaching U.S. History | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

The Centre for History and New Media (CHNM) has created the Teaching History website with the goal of making U.S....
   - history content,
   - teaching strategies,
   - resources, and
   - research
...accessible to History Practitioners, to support the teaching of U.S. History education within Learning Environments.

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The Collection Online | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Collection Online | The Metropolitan Museum of Art | technologies |
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art have announced that...
“more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use.”
Even better, the images can be used at no charge (and without getting permission from the museum).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online initiative is dubbed “Open Access for Scholarly Content,” and, while surfing the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collections, users will know if a particular work is free to download if it bears the “OASC” acronym.
Further guidance is available in the FAQs

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Museum of Obsolete Objects - YouTube

Museum of Obsolete Objects - YouTube | technologies |
Sadly, as our daily lives become more and more digital some things fall by the way side as they are replaced by newer, «better» devices. Let us not forget th...
John Dalziel's insight:

The Museum of Obsolete Objects offers quick, 1-2 minute videos that focusses on objects that once were very useful, and now have gone to the wayside thanks to new technologies and trends.
For me, the sad part is that a lot of these objects became obsolete in my lifetime, while some of you will never seen them in real life.
These videos clips are a great way to launch to a research project around objects that once were a part of our everyday community, but are now no more.
Note: the clips don’t just feature recent technologies, they go all the way back to objects like quill pens and typewriters.

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Research at Google

Research at Google | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Google has an extensive research and development initiative on topics related to computer science and engineering.
At their research site, learners and practitioners can select a topic and view a list of abstracts, most of which are highly academic.
The breadth of research is impressive.

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Constitute | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

In the past, it’s been difficult to access and compare existing constitutional documents and language because the texts were locked up in libraries or on the hard drives of constitutional experts.


Google Ideas supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build Constitute, a new site that...
- digitizes and makes searchable the world's constitutions.
- enables people to browse and search constitutions via curated and tagged topics, as well as by country and year.


The Comparative Constitutions Project cataloged and tagged nearly 350 themes, so people can easily find and compare specific constitutional material.


This ranges from the fairly general, such as "Citizenship" and "Foreign Policy," to the very specific, such as "Suffrage and turnouts" and "Judicial Autonomy and Power."

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ProQuest - Databases, eBooks and Technology for Research

ProQuest - Databases, eBooks and Technology for Research | technologies |
ProQuest powers research in academic, corporate, government, public and school libraries around the world with unique content, including rich academic databases, and technologies that connect people with information, simply and precisely.
John Dalziel's insight:
From historical archives to today’s scientific breakthroughs ProQuest empowers researchers and librarians around the world. For academic, corporate, government, school and public libraries, as well as professional researchers, ProQuest, another Databace Portal, provides services that enable strategic acquisition, management and discovery of information collections. Well worth a closer look.
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Credo Reference: articles from more than 4,000 reference books

Credo Reference: articles from more than 4,000 reference books | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:
Credo Reference could be a good tool for learners to use at the start of a research project. 
The reference articles can provide learners with a quick overview of a topic that they can reference as they dive deeper into their research. 
The list of related topics provided with each Credo Reference article could help some learners choose a sub-topic or focus area for their research on a broad topic. 
Credo Reference provides learners with reference articles from more than 4,000 reference books. 
There are a few features of Credo Reference that practitioners will appreciates. 
■ First, all articles returned in a search provide students with an option to hear the text read aloud. 
■ Second, every article is accompanied by a list of related terms and links to those related articles. 
■ Finally, every article has a pre-formatted citation listed at the bottom. Learners can copy and paste that citation to use in their work's cited pages. 

NOTE: Libraries that subscribe to the Credo service can unlock additional tools for learners
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CiteThisForMe - Citation Tool - Save Time and Improve your referencing

CiteThisForMe - Citation Tool - Save Time and Improve your referencing | technologies |
Create your citations, reference lists and bibliographies automatically using the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles. It's fast and free!
John Dalziel's insight:
As with all automatic citation tools, practitioners will need to remind their learners to double check that the citations created are properly formatted. 
Apart from that, Cite This For Me could be a useful tool for researchers to use, to keep track of the webpages that they use while conducting research on-line. 
Cite This For Me includes a free Chrome extension that lets researchers cite a webpage with just one click. 
They can also use the extension to highlight and save portions of the webpages that they are citing. 
All Cite This For Me citations are saved in a users' free Cite This For Me account. 
In their account dashboards users can edit citations as well as manually enter citations of books, journals, and other references.
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RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more!

RefME | Free Referencing Generator - Harvard, APA, MLA and 7,500 more! | technologies |
Create references in any style, in seconds with RefME's FREE referencing generator. Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago and 7,000 more – we've got it covered!
John Dalziel's insight:
RefME for Word helps Learners Succeed (and we are all learners). RefME is available for Word 2016 on Windows, Mac and Word for iPad. 
RefME is a unique multi-platform tool that empowers learners, researchers and educators to broaden their research sources and generate accurate citations in Microsoft Word, as they write. 
The new Microsoft features are also available through RefME’s institute edition called RefME Institute. 
Developed to support the whole university/Learning Provider community, Learning Providers can gain customised referencing styles, library support, single sign-on authentication and access to all the premium features, including Word 2016 for Windows, Mac and Word for iPad. 
The new RefME Plus features include... 
► RefME for Word: cite as you write and manage your bibliography from within Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows, Mac, or Word for iPad 
► Photo Quotes app feature that uses OCR technology to turn printed text into digital text with a smartphone camera and save it as a quote 
►Folders (coming soon): an organisational feature that enables users to rearrange projects or drag-and-drop them into folders to keep citations organised.
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AnswerThePublic: a free visual keyword research & content ideas tool

AnswerThePublic: a free visual keyword research & content ideas tool | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Answer the Public is a Keyword Tool for generating content ideas, that's well worth checking out. Be warned the “seeker”, on the home page is animated. Strange but don’t get distracted.
As with other keyword tools, users just enter their keywords and the “seeker” will suggest content ideas in seconds.
It’s a UK-based tool, but users can select a different country from the dropdown:
For me the best part is – the results come back in visual form. There’ll be a “wheel” of question keywords related to their topic, organized into questions that begin with...
► where,
► which,
► who,
► what,
► when,
► why,
► how and
► are.
Practitioners and/or Learners could 'try' answering these 'question keywords' with content; an effective way to demonstrate expertise.
Answer the Public also returns a visualization of keyword phrases containing prepositions...
► like,
► for,
► with,
► without,
► near,
► to and
► versus.
I like this tool because question keywords and phrases with words like “versus” raise awareness of Problems/Issues that Learning Provider target audiences are having and that they may then resolve.
Suggestion for you to try - "online courses"

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To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist

To-do list and task manager. Free, easy, online and mobile: Todoist | technologies |
Trusted by millions, Todoist is the best online task management app and to-do list. For Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Chrome, Outlook and many more!
John Dalziel's insight:

Research is a time-intensive activity, which means learners will benefit if they have a tool to organize both their professional and personal life.
Todoist is one option worth a closer look.
Todoist enables learners to manage all of their projects and access them from any platform they own, including their...
     → desktop computer,
     → laptop, and/or
     → portable devices.
They can also share their tasks and collaborate with other people.

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Omeka | technologies |

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its five-minute setup makes launching an online archive or exhibition as easy as launching a blog.

John Dalziel's insight:

Omeka is a powerful content management system specifically designed for creating scholarly collections of...
   - textual,
   - audio, and
   - visual resources.
At the time of posting this, the new release of Omeka improves both accessibility and usability;
Omeka is already easy to use, but the new enhancements make for a better workflow.
If you have never used or heard of Omeka, check out the Omeka showcase < > to see projects built using Omeka, or try the Omeka Sandbox...

< >

...for a sample installation.
If visitors like what they see, they can download Omeka and a large number of add-ons from the Omeka website. If they do not want to host their own installation,—a hosted version with free and paid payment plans—provides an alternative.

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Home - Movie-Sheets.Com

Home - Movie-Sheets.Com | technologies | has one of the largest collections of privately curated Movie Sheets available, in a wide variety of genres. ...
John Dalziel's insight:

When learners are researching a movie, Movie Sheets will help them find out more about the movie, such as...
   -  the plot,
   -  the actors in it,
   -  images,
   -  running time,
   -  ratings,
   -  release date,
...and more.
NOTE: Do click the "Legal" Tab and read the text carefully.

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Purdue OWL

Purdue OWL | technologies |
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.
John Dalziel's insight:

Online Writing Lab (OWL) is an online website that provides free guidelines and rules on a variety of research topics including how to reference papers using both MLA and APA styles. Although nothing replaces having an official MLA or APA guide book, OWL does prove to be handy.
OWL provides learners with...
   - pointers and short samples and examples of how to go about using citations and references in their paper. Users can use the entries on the left hand side to quickly jump to any section they have trouble with.
   - general guidelines on how to prepare and format papers and manuscripts in both MLA and APA. These guidelines are a must read for anyone engaged in scholarly work.

GDod's curator insight, January 5, 2015 10:10 PM

Search the OWL!  This website is a powerful tool that can answer most writing style questions.

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Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary | technologies |
John Dalziel's insight:

Operation War Diary provides an opportunity to get learners to become ‘Citizen Historians'.
By working together, previously inaccessible information will become available to...
- academics,
- researchers and
- family historians...
...worldwide, leaving a lasting legacy for the centenary of the First World War.
Data gathered via Operation War Diary will be used for three main purposes:
- to enrich The National Archives' catalogue descriptions for the unit war diaries,
- to provide evidence about the experience of named individuals in IWM's Lives of the First World War project
- to present academics with large amounts of accurate data to help them gain a better understanding of how the war was fought
All of the data produced by Operation War Diary will eventually be available to everyone free of charge- a lasting legacy and a rich and valuable introduction to the world of the War Diaries.

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Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo

Find Similar or Opposite words at WordHippo | technologies |
Find opposite or similar words at WordHippo.
John Dalziel's insight:

Word Hippo – is a website that provides learners with the opportunity to enter any English word, and then be told anything about that word, such as an...
- equivalent noun,
- adjective,
- adverb or
- verb.
Learners can also look up the...
- tenses,
- pronunciation,
- rhyming words,
- words that mean the same, and of course the
meaning of the word.
A great website to bookmark for learners that are working with the English language on a regular basis; e.g. for Functional Skills Learners

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Our Little Earth

Our Little Earth | technologies |

Current Events; News; World News for Learners

John Dalziel's insight:

Our Little Earth is a great international online newspaper aimed at younger learners but, suitable for a much wider age group. It's delivered every two weeks directly to a subscribers inbox of their email and best of all, it is free!
Past editions of Our Little Earth can be found on the site for learners to read and explore.
Each issue can help learners stay informed about what current events are happening in the world around them.
- Every edition has a map showing students where the news came from for the issue.
- Articles are easy for learners to read
- Articles offer enough background information that learners can make connections to the text and better understand it.
Our Little Earth is an excellent source for Functional Skills and other learners to read just-in-time, non-fiction text, at a level that is accessible to them.
Encourage Learners to read through a story-a-day in Our Little Earth. It's an excellent starting point for learners to...
- fact check,
- make connections, and
- confirm the reliability of a source.
There is always something fresh as the News is current, relevant and touches enough transdisciplinary themes that learners can make connections to other reading and learning they are doing.
Learners will, I'm sure, become more informed, and as such they will be able to better articulate things about their world.
Note: Using the search feature helps learners dig even deeper into events and themes. What happened, this month, a year ago?

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