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10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses

10 Tools for Increasing Engagement in Online Courses | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

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Eli's curator insight, February 27, 2013 6:10 PM

Engagement is SO critical to learning, retention and productivity

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From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge

From a deluge of data, e-science tools bring knowledge | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China. (...) - by Adrian Giordani, MyScienceWork blog, 27 november 2012


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 29, 2012 7:15 AM

"Today, many scientific fields can be described as data-intensive disciplines, which turn raw data into information and then knowledge. If this sounds familiar it’s because this represents the late and influential computer scientist Jim Gray’s vision of the fourth research paradigm. Gray divided up the evolution of science into four periods or paradigms. One thousand years ago, science was experimental in nature, a few hundred years ago it became theoretical, a few decades ago it moved to a computational discipline, and today it’s data driven. Researchers are reliant on e-science tools to enable collaboration, federation, analysis, and exploration to address this data deluge, equal to about 1.2 zettabytes each year. If 11 ounces of coffee equaled one gigabyte, a zettabyte would be the same volume as the Great Wall of China.

This article was originally published in International Science Grid This Week as “Enabling knowledge creation in data-driven science”
http://www.isgtw.org/feature/enabling-knowledge-creation-data-driven-science

[...]

 

"To answer this problem [of data deluge], some are creating infrastructures and software that are set to radically transform the way scientific publishing is done, which has been little changed for centuries.

Research publishing 2.0

While a number of scientific institutes, European Commission-funded projects, and research communities work on establishing common data policies and open-access infrastructures to make research data more searchable, shareable, and citable, the life sciences are looking at data analysis and publishing approaches that move the computer to the data rather than moving the data to the computers"

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Timeline Cover Maker | Custom Facebook Banner/Background

Timeline Cover Maker | Custom Facebook Banner/Background | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

I like this tool, it's free, easy to use and without advertiser banner. Even if you're not a computer genius, you can use it. Try it, you'll be glad you did, for sure! [note Martin Gysler]

 

Facebook is changing how we can express ourselves on our facebook page. With their new Timeline Profile you are now free to express yourself with a big banner behind your profile picture.

Timelinecoverbanner.com provides you with the power to create a creative and customized Facebook cover easily and free even for commercial use.

 

Some of our cover editor features are: No visible watermark or branding on final image, very fast and responsive, you can blend profile picture seamlessly with timeline cover background or in other words you can make your profile photo and cover look integrated as one image, you draw or add text, and many more. We also have tons of cool graphic clipart from our partner sites which exclusively available only for our cover editor. You just need to browse them and copy paste the GRAPHIC ID of your desired image to our editor, and,.. presto!.. your chosen graphic is added and ready to combine with your photo.

 

Read more: http://timelinecoverbanner.com/


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New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Introducing the Library Marketing Toolkit website! – Stephen's Lighthouse | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

The Library Marketing Toolkit website, by Ned Potter! [@theREALwikiman]

 

"The site is essentially designed to give you lots of practical advice on how to market your library – be that public, academic, special or archive. There are tools and resources, lots of useful links, new case studies which will be added to on an ongoing basis, and there’s info about the Library Marketing Toolkit book and its contributors.

There’s also a blog, which will give tips and aim to highlight the best (and sometimes the worst) marketing from libraries around the world. The first post is Marketing libraries with new technologies: what you need to know, and what to do next and features this presentation, which I gave yesterday at an Academic and Research Libraries Group conference on new technologies in libraries”

 

Blog post: Marketing libraries... http://www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com/2012/05/marketing-libraries-with-new.html

 


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10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics

10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

Maybe you want create your own infographic, here 10 tools to support you to do it. [note mg]

 

Information graphics, visual representations of data known as infographics, keep the web going these days. Web users, with their diminishing attention spans, are inexorably drawn to these shiny, brightly coloured messages with small, relevant, clearly-displayed nuggets of information. They’re straight to the point, usually factually interesting and often give you a wake-up call as to what those statistics really mean.

 

Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway? In terms of blogging success, infographics are far more likely to be shared than your average blog post. This means more eyeballs on your important information, more people rallying for your cause, more backlinks and more visits to your blog. In short, a quality infographic done well could be what your blog needs right now.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/K0s4LL


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Relive Your 2012 Year in Social Media with Facebook and Twitter Tools

Relive Your 2012 Year in Social Media with Facebook and Twitter Tools | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it
(Facebook) Sure, Facebook, Twitter, Google and every other search engine have just listed their top 2012 trends. But what about your own?

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Martin Gysler's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:17 PM

The end of the year approaches. If you want a summary of your most important activities on your social media, you will find the necessary information in this article, to do it quickly, easily and ... it's free!

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8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian

8 Tips for the Care & Feeding of the Reluctant Tech User, by @gwynethjones at The Daring Librarian | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

"Teaching tech in isolation never works. When a reluctant tech user learns how to do something with a project about which they're personally passionate, they're gonna be instantly engaged, work hard at it, and feel super exultant when it works!"

 

1. Make it personal

2. Show and tell

3. Small steps, etc"


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A Comprehensive List of Educational Wikis you might Need

A Comprehensive List of Educational Wikis you might Need | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

"What I want to do in this post is to introduce you to some successful educational wikis created and run by educators like you and me . This list of wiki is a must see by every teacher and it would be better if you bookmark it for later reference."


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5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool

5 Ways to Turn Twitter into Your Most Powerful Social Media Tool | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

What do you use as your daily Social Media dashboard every day?


Most likely not Twitter.com I am guessing.

 

Yet, in recent months, there were a great number of browser extensions released, specifically for Twitter.com. They help you create a much greater experience right inside Twitter.com.

 

What I like best about this is that you are in charge regarding how many bells and whistles you are adding. You can basically fully customize your own Social Media dashboard.

 

So here are my top 5 finds you can use to make Twitter.com a truly powerful Social Media tool for you:...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IjmxO3


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Easily manage all your social network settings

Easily manage all your social network settings | The Information Specialist's Scoop | Scoop.it

You having trouble managing your social network settings? We're to help you manage sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and more here is the tool you're waiting for long time and it's very easy to use. [note mg]

 

What is Bliss Control?

Bliss Control is simply a directory of links to manage your social media settings. The tool helps you easily access links to any settings page on the top social networks.

 

For example if you want to change your bio on Pinterest, you select those options on the homepage, hit “Go” and you’ll be taken to the right place on Pinterest to change your bio.

 

We were inspired to create this site following the success of Notification Control, a more basic site that we built.

 

Does Bliss Control use my login details?

No, we simply provide links to the right settings pages.

 

Should I be concerned about my privacy?
No, again, we’re only providing links, we don’t receive any information from you.

 

What actions do we list?

Change profile picture Change bio Delete account Change 3rd party permissions Change connected accounts Change password Change design Change username Change email Change mobile settings Change email settings Recover password

 

What services are supported?

Facebook Twitter StumbleUpon Pinterest Tumblr Foursquare YouTube LinkedIn Google+ Meetup Path Instagram Flickr

 

Try it, it's free: http://blisscontrol.com/ ;


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John van den Brink's comment, March 20, 2012 1:59 PM
Martin, thank you for this one!
Martin Gysler's comment, March 20, 2012 6:16 PM
You're welcome John. I'm glad if this tool is also useful for you!