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A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms

A Comparison of Educational Blogging Platforms | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

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A useful guide for choosing the tool that fits your teaching context and learners' needs.

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niftyjock's curator insight, January 8, 4:16 PM

Is blogging "out of date"?

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 10, 1:35 PM

Useful comparison chart. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 11, 2:15 PM

The chart compares eight key elements of five common blogging platforms.

You can download this chart as a PDF through this Box.com link or click here to see it as a Google Document.

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

Classmint lets anyone create annotatable, audible, beautiful notes that can be folded like paper. It also maintains automated revision list to aid in timely revision.


Via Nik Peachey
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Will ask my buisness undergrads to check this out. Looks promising.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:42 AM

Finally-- a note-taking platform that is free, and integrates elements of Universal Design. Classmint.com promotes active study routines using a hi tech, multi-sensory,  Cornell Notes approach which is great for kids with dyslexia who struggle with text notes in any format.  It is still under development but I really like what I see so far!--Lou

Bonnie Buchanan's curator insight, October 4, 2013 11:59 AM

Might be worth a try.

 

Olga Bulat's curator insight, October 7, 2013 4:27 AM

Good note-taking tool

 

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TitanPad

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TitanPad lets people work on one document simultaneously


Via Nik Peachey
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Can be used in the classroom for 'live' collaborative writing with the updates projected onto a screen for the group to see as the contribute

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Terheck's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:16 AM

Je vous recommande aussi Framapad, un très bon éditeur de texte collaboratif en ligne : https://framapad.org/

Odile Dupont's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:25 PM

une autre déclinaison de Etherpad depuis son rachat par Google.  Un autre Framapad ...

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:14 PM
This would be a good tool to use in collaborative writing lessons. Or better yet, with peer reviews!
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Designing Media-Based Assignments

Designing Media-Based Assignments | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.

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Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 2, 2013 11:34 PM

The media capabilities of student devices (including but not limited to iPads) open up a diverse spectrum of rich assignment formats. This Notre Dame site contains helpful exemplars and instructions for those starting out in this new field of both formative and summative assessment.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 9:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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Scoot & Doodle

Scoot & Doodle | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

“Scoot & Doodle, a social creativity site that blends the video conferencing capabilities of Skype with the playfulness of Draw Something.”


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Can be used to add a visual element to your G+ Hangout or Skype based live virtual lessons

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LaraBadioli's curator insight, November 29, 2013 7:31 AM

altro utilizzo funzionale degli scarabocchi in chiave social!

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:33 AM

Scoot y Doole un sitio de creatividad.

Simon da Roza's curator insight, January 12, 6:09 PM

What a great way to collabrate and share and inspire!

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The CRAAP test for Evaluating Web Resources

The CRAAP test for Evaluating Web Resources | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
This is a multidisciplinary guide on evaluating research sources, especially resources found on the World Wide Web.

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A checklist to help trainers (and learners) think critically about online resources

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Janelle Odate's curator insight, October 19, 2013 2:52 AM

Heard of this before.  I must check out what CRAAP stands for and see if I can use it with my students.

terrymc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 7:11 AM

A handy mnemonic if ever there was.

MarkgHolloway's curator insight, October 28, 2013 5:32 AM

Brilliantly named framework.  Glad I didn't see it in time to recommend to Yifan for her dissertation!

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MyWebRoom | Ultimate web destination

MyWebRoom | Ultimate web destination | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

Via Nik Peachey
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Could be a fun visual way of setting up an online resource centre for your classes.

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callooh's curator insight, November 22, 2013 11:43 AM

Thanks to Nik Peachy for this resource

Helene Bearup's curator insight, November 22, 2013 6:28 PM

Now this is just awesome. 3d room where you can embed lesson resources.  gotta try this one

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, November 29, 2013 11:38 PM

This is a customizable personal space. I think I like it!

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Language Cloud - A Platform with Management Tools & Analytics for Language Teachers

Language Cloud - A Platform with Management Tools & Analytics for Language Teachers | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
Language Cloud is a platform that offers management tools and analytics for language instructors

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Have just has a quick look at this platform. The layouit is nice and simple and it seems easy to use. The activity types are a little limited at the moment, but there's a promise of more to come. Before using it I'd like to find out more about the hosting and security, but the design is very promising.

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Andrew Aker's curator insight, September 5, 2013 6:02 AM

wow!

carldowse's comment, September 5, 2013 10:20 AM
Ana Cristina, it all depends on the situation and the needs of the learners. For short courses or for writing skills development wikis can do a good job. For more complex courses or with larger groups, Moodle is my preferred option. An alternative to edmodo you might like to try out is https://www.schoology.com
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, September 5, 2013 1:28 PM
In complete agreement Carl! It's the context that influences my choice of LMS. Because I find Edmodo meets my needs to have a simple & practical LMS for students, while at the same offering me the possibility to teach with it (e.g. word games, digital stories etc), I haven't had the need to set up wikis lately. I've heard very good things about schoology; from what I saw it's excellent as well. We really are spoilt by choice these days! (and yes, in complete agreement with you regarding Moodle; I like it especially for distance ed).
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First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices - User Generated Education

First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices - User Generated Education | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

"All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities.  I recently developed a passion for using students’ mobile devices to do so as this devices have become natural and personalized extensions of students’ “selves.”"


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Some of the activities, espiaally 'Texting interviews' could also work well in a business English con.text

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joellemillery's curator insight, September 15, 2013 12:54 PM

 it looks good:-)

 

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, September 16, 2013 9:46 AM

This is one of the first resources to actively use digital tools to upgrade the minutes before instruction starts.  In my professional experience this would be very useful.  I think this is a new area that can be developed further to build in opportunities for students to use technology to deepen their learning.  What do you think?  Would you use this new resource?

Chris Goldsmith's curator insight, September 20, 2013 8:33 AM

Done similar things with Padlet.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
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A huge amount of material on using Google Drive (Formerly Google Docs) in the classroom and beyond)

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10 Things You Should Unlearn Before Starting to Teach Online

10 Things You Should Unlearn Before Starting to Teach Online | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
There are 10 things that online teachers should unlearn before they take up teaching online. Online Education needs new and open thinkers for sustainability.

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Bill Weigall's curator insight, October 26, 2013 10:40 PM

We all know that bolting innovation onto existing practice is rarely entirely successful or satisfactory.

olgadiez's curator insight, March 12, 4:48 PM

Desaprender: imprescindible para avanzar.

Marielos Gutiérrez's curator insight, June 5, 11:52 PM

Me encató este artículo de WizIQ blog sobre los hábitos que nos vemos obligados a modificar para ser capaces de tutorizar un aprendizaje elearning.

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DebateGraph

DebateGraph | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
Debate map visualization of: 12,000+ maps and counting! Click on the bubbles to learn more – and log-in to create free public and private maps on any topic.

Via Nik Peachey
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A tools with lots of potential in business English and ESP lessons

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Camelia Mojica Rodríguez's comment, August 11, 2013 9:44 AM
Buen día Gilberto, recibe un saludo desde Tabasco y te comento que cada día es un paso en firme que damos para lograr lo que gentilmente ustedes nos compartieron en México. Muchas gracias.
Dico Krommenhoek's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:31 AM

Dit ziet er goed uit. In verschillende views kan de mindmap worsten gebruikt om sterkte van ingebrachte ideeën weer te geven, of context te bieden.

http://youtu.be/32InMNjO4tQ om enkele mogelijkheden te bekijken

Martha Schade's curator insight, August 13, 2013 6:31 AM

What a great way to develop your own maps. Have a look at the video to get an idea of the possibilities! 

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Don't Miss These Two Fabulous Graphics on BYOD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Don't Miss These Two Fabulous Graphics on BYOD for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

"Just a little reminder. BYOD in education refers to students bringing their own technology devices ( smartphones, tablets, and laptops. ) to school for educational uses. This was initially started by college students, but it soon spread to K-12 education. Schools that used to depend on government funds to provide technology that students would need for the school day , are now turning that responsibility to the parents by asking them to purchase the technology devices needed for schools, which, fortunately enough, most students actually own. This would cut down on schools' huge yearly technology expenditure.


Check out the graphics below to learn more on BYOD."

Just a little reminder. BYOD in education refers to students bringing their own technology devices ( smartphones, tablets, and laptops. ) to school for educational uses. This was initially started by college students, but it soon spread to K-12 education. Schools that used to depend on government funds to provide technology that students would need for the school day , are now turning that responsibility to the parents by asking them to purchase the technology devices needed for schools, which, fortunately enough, most students actually own. This would cut down on schools' huge yearly technology expenditure.
Check out the graphics below to learn more on BYOD. - See more at: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/06/dont-miss-these-two-fabulous-graphics.html#sthash.wWnT4Ahx.dpuf"


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Chris Carter's comment, July 29, 2013 1:09 PM
Thank you, Paul!
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Thank you, Paul!
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Thank you, Paul!
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[GUIDE] Mobile learning success (2)

[GUIDE] Mobile learning success (2) | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

Mobile learning (also referred to as “mlearning”) is becoming a common occurrence in both educational and corporate sectors. With such a large portion of the population using smartphones and similar technology, creating mobile learning programs only makes sense.

However, it only makes sense if you can do it right!

 

While mobile learning program design is in many ways similar to traditional elearning implementations, there are certain factors that you will need to consider.

 

If you are new to the world of mlearning and what you will need to consider in a mlearning program, then you are in luck. The folks at Kineo have created a free PDF tutorial designed to help you create winning mobile learning for your organization.

What’s in it?

Part 2 ventures into strategies for implementing a mlearning program, and helps you decide if mlearning is indeed the correct way to go – includes some discussion around tools and technology.

 


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Very clearly set out with some good solid advice for adopters

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Phraseum - language learning online

Phraseum - language learning online | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

The Web offers huge opportunities to improve any foreign language you’re learning, from news stories, blog posts, comments and all that content. So, find sites with your favourite topics and read them regularly. Phraseum will help you save and organize all useful sentences you come across while reading, in order to learn them later.
You can organize your clips by tags (situation, meaning …) and personal categories (your projects, meetings …)
You can also search for and re-save phrases that others have saved
or discover phrases that match the topics of your interests in your Phrase feed.


Via Nik Peachey
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Vocabulary builing tool with a web clipper that can be added to a browser for quick additions to a tagged phrasebook - looks like a very interesting use of browser technology that promotes learner autonomy

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carldowse's curator insight, November 13, 2013 4:16 AM

A clipper tool that looks to have great potential for learners to use the web systematically for vocabulary expansion

Amadeu Marin's curator insight, June 7, 8:23 AM

Excellent idea! A fantastic tool to build up a collection of useful chunks or phrases around topics, situations, etc.

 

LEARNING TIP:

Phraseum provides what they call a 'clipping button' that you

drag onto your browser bookmark bar. Then, while you're reading online, you can highlight a piece of text (collocations, chunks, idioms, etc.) you want to clip, then hit the Phraseum clipping button to save and categorize the phrase into your account to learn or use later.

 

You can also share the phrases and phrasebooks you create and subscribe to other people's.

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 3:29 PM
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This is a really fantastic tool for the collaborative learning of phrases and collocations. Every language learner should be using this.

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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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It's useful that two different approaches and types of resource are offered here - definitely worth exploring as animation appeals to most learners - busy executives included!

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 5:23 AM

Create your own animations for your classes using these tools.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, January 17, 9:38 AM

Would like to see the list pruned to those software programs and applications in an age-appropriate list for students to use to represent/explore their own learning.  Animation makers, not consumers.

Tonya D Harris's curator insight, January 27, 5:49 PM

List of recommended resources to" purchase" for amination teaching tools under $50 and some are free. Good source for ideas you can use. 

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Stoodle - A Virtual Whiteboard for collaboration

Stoodle - A Virtual Whiteboard for collaboration | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

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Moble friendly, whiich is a big plus. Can be used as a shared space in one-to-one lessons or with groups in virtual training contexts

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Bettina Ascaino's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:10 PM

Features: 

 

- Real-time collaboration on a virtual whiteboard with infinite pages 

- Real-time communication through voice conferencing and text chat 
- Permanent storage of all classrooms for later access 
- Support for image uploading 
- Access to basic drawing tools and colors

 
MikaOpo Lehtolainen's curator insight, December 18, 2013 6:21 AM

sddd

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, February 14, 11:17 AM

STUDENTS

  • Work on homework with your peers
  • Illustrate problems and invite teachers for help
  • Create group study guides

TEACHERS/TUTORS

  • Hold online office hours or review sessions
  • Provide flexible, individual feedback
  • Organize illustrated review notes
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Top 10 Clever Google Search Tricks

Top 10 Clever Google Search Tricks | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
Google is a more powerful tool than most people realize. You can get much more refined searches with Google's built-in tools, advanced operators, and third-party extensions. You can also use it for some pretty cool stuff if you know the right tricks.

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Witmer Group's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:53 AM

GREAT Google tips in this article!  I bookmarked this article and will be going back through to play with some of the suggestions.  

malek's curator insight, November 15, 2013 8:47 AM

You never know what Google is hiding in sleeve until you read such an all-around Google search lifehack.

Graeme Sanderson's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:56 AM

Some great time-saving tips for you here

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Phraseum - language learning online

Phraseum - language learning online | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

The Web offers huge opportunities to improve any foreign language you’re learning, from news stories, blog posts, comments and all that content. So, find sites with your favourite topics and read them regularly. Phraseum will help you save and organize all useful sentences you come across while reading, in order to learn them later.
You can organize your clips by tags (situation, meaning …) and personal categories (your projects, meetings …)
You can also search for and re-save phrases that others have saved
or discover phrases that match the topics of your interests in your Phrase feed.


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A clipper tool that looks to have great potential for learners to use the web systematically for vocabulary expansion

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carldowse's curator insight, January 18, 5:18 AM

Vocabulary builing tool with a web clipper that can be added to a browser for quick additions to a tagged phrasebook - looks like a very interesting use of browser technology that promotes learner autonomy

Amadeu Marin's curator insight, June 7, 8:23 AM

Excellent idea! A fantastic tool to build up a collection of useful chunks or phrases around topics, situations, etc.

 

LEARNING TIP:

Phraseum provides what they call a 'clipping button' that you

drag onto your browser bookmark bar. Then, while you're reading online, you can highlight a piece of text (collocations, chunks, idioms, etc.) you want to clip, then hit the Phraseum clipping button to save and categorize the phrase into your account to learn or use later.

 

You can also share the phrases and phrasebooks you create and subscribe to other people's.

Juan Fernández's curator insight, August 1, 3:29 PM
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This is a really fantastic tool for the collaborative learning of phrases and collocations. Every language learner should be using this.

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6 Types of Blended Learning

6 Types of Blended Learning | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

"Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity.

That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning." Terry Heick

 


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Donna Meehan's curator insight, August 16, 2013 8:47 PM

Blended Learning seems like a natural progression for all.

John Clayton's curator insight, August 19, 2013 2:46 PM

A nice infographic providing a good overview of multiple conceptions of blended learning.and how these conceptions are influencing all educational sectors. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, November 7, 2013 11:20 AM

This has been cross posted in Innovation and in the Agile Learning curation stream, with over 250 comments.  It has garnered quite the attention this past month!  


~  Deb

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

Published on Aug 8, 2013

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it.
Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication
How to access Google Drive, including from Google+
Cloud storage:
Left hand bar options
Uploading files or folders from your computer
Looking under the drop downs: Drive content and More
Shared with you: you can add these docs to your Drive too
Choosing how to 'sort' the content
Changing from grid to list view
Changing display in settings
Searching within Drive e.g. searching for PDFs and keywords
How to add a new folder and add files into it
How to enter a folder and remove files by dragging them out
'Checking' a folder/file to show more options e.g. move a folder
Choosing multiple files, or selecting 'all' from a folder
How to remove a folder/file - i.e. put into trash
Adding colours to a folder
Adding stars
Introduction - sharing a file
How to open a file; or choosing 'open with'
How to preview a file
Selecting several images to preview in a lightbox
Moving a selection of files
Creation:
Choosing to create documents, files, presentations etc
Naming the document
Files save automatically
How to download as e.g. a PDF - taking it out of Drive
Collaboration:
Taking comments and changes
Changing the language
How to give access to people
Seeing who has access already
Adding in email address
Choosing nature of access e.g. ability to edit a document
Emailing the person with whom you are collaborating
Changing from 'private' to e.g. only people with the link or making it public.
Giving access to a team/circle of people
Sharing the link to that group
Deciding whether to send them an email
Individuals icons will appear in upper right

Using a Google Hangout with the Google Drive app
Communication:
'Share icon' - appearing in several places
Same box as previously, but now can share it to several social networks
You can just choose 'view'
How to send out via Twitter
How the presentation becomes embedded within the message
The form/presentation etc. can be viewed from the Google+ post
Then 'share'
Sharing images from Drive to Google+
Changing the editing rights
Sending the image into a community
How to 'publish to the web'
How to embed that file's code into a website, including the size of the presentation
How to 'stop publishing'
The four elements: Cloud, Creation, Collaboration, Communication 

***Want more AWESOME hints, tips and tricks?***
Check out my blog for loads more videos:
http://www.martinshervington.com


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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, August 30, 2013 3:37 AM

A useful video tutorial here, just over 16 minutes long. It runs through the basics of using Google drive and how you can use it to collaborate with others. It also touches on Google Hangout.

 

I use Google Drive with my students as a writing space because I teach English via Skype. It suits our needs perfectly. Students create several folders e.g. some are homework spaces; collaborative areas such as wikis; creative writing pages and as a virtual space that we can jump into during the lesson to work on activities. It works for us. As a teacher I can dip into shared spaces at any time and guide and support learning which is a real advantage.

flea palmer's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:56 AM

This is a really thorough tutorial and very timely as I'm currently exploring using Google Drive with students. Our dispersed team of Learning Technologists already use it for collaboration but there is not much use as yet by our academics and students. The ability to be able to integrate Drive with Google Hangouts is really powerful and has the potential to be a great tool for supporting Distance Learning.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 11, 4:02 AM
Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.
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How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive

How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
Google Docs has made its home on Google Drive. So after one year, it’s high time to get used to calling it by the new account name.

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María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 9, 2013 5:58 PM

Google no deja de sorprender; interesantes herramientas para investigación dentro de Google drive.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:55 PM

Amazing

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

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Karen Leon's curator insight, August 26, 2013 10:18 PM

Introducing Scoop.it! to students for almost all kinds of research.

harish magan's comment, August 31, 2013 10:33 AM
It is very interesting to note new variety of subjects and information coming at the speed of light. It is how to grab all this information is what matters most.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 25, 2013 8:18 AM

Easy aharing by selection!

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How To Measure The ROI of eLearning

How To Measure The ROI of eLearning | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it
While there are some easy to measure hard-cost savings associated with eLearning (like less travel, fewer trainers, less work-interruption, etc.), the greatest benefit
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Short article with insights from the sponsoring company's perspective.

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How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning | DMLcentral

How Computers Can Impede Spaces of Learning | DMLcentral | Technology for Business English Teaching | Scoop.it

It’s not enough to give these devices to students and teachers and expect classroom practice to shift. The preservice teachers I work with are using technology in ways that are familiar to me. Some of the obvious examples: they not-so-discretely text in class and they occasionally get wrapped up in Facebook or online chats with friends when the class is engaged in a class wide discussion. These examples are akin to what I’ve seen in my high school experience. And if these are the students who are going to be our future teachers soon, do we really expect radical shifts in how they treat and adapt technology in schools?


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A useful reminder of the possible pitfalls of tapping into the connectivity offered by modern-day technology.

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Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, July 28, 2013 12:42 PM

Good point! I always say implementing technology into classroom is more than just re-organising the furniture!

Anderson Lee's comment, July 29, 2013 12:33 AM
Since we are living in a world where technology plays an important role in daily life, and that includes the classroom, teacher education institutions must develop strategies on how teachers should adapt to changing technologies in a way that it should have positive impact in the classroom, and not the other way around.