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This e-mag serves as a companion to BUS 2033 & 4073 (Professional Communication) at University of Cape Town
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Cultures of Thinking: Six Principles

Cultures of Thinking:  Six Principles | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

1. Skills are not sufficient; we must also have the disposition to use them.
Possessing thinking skills and abilities alone is insufficient for good thinking. One
must also have the disposition to use those abilities. This means schools must
develop students’ inclination to think and awareness of occasions for thinking as
well as their thinking skills and abilities. Having a disposition toward thinking
enhances the likelihood that one can effectively use one’s abilities in new
situations.
2. The development of thinking and understanding is fundamentally a social
endeavor, taking place in a cultural context and occurring within the constant
interplay between the group and the individual. Social situations that provide
experience in communicating oneʼs own thinking as well as opportunities to
understand othersʼ thinking enhance individual thinking.
3. The culture of the classroom teaches. It not only sets a tone for learning, but
also determines what gets learned. The messages sent through the culture of the
classroom communicate to students what it means to think and learn well. These
messages are a curriculum in themselves, teaching students how to learn and
ways of thinking.
4. As educators, we must strive to make students thinking visible. It is only by
making thinking visible that we can begin to understand both what and how our
students are learning. Under normal conditions, a studentʼs thinking is invisible to
other students, the teacher, and even to him/herself, because people often think
with little awareness of how they think. By using structures, routines, probing
questions, and documentation we can make studentsʼ thinking more visible toward
fostering better thinking and learning.
5. Good thinking utilizes a variety of resources and is facilitated by the use of
external tools to “download” or “distribute” oneʼs thinking. Papers, logs,
computers, conversation, and various means of recording and keeping track of
ideas and thoughts free the mind up to engage in new and deeper thinking.
6. For classrooms to be cultures of thinking for students, schools must be
cultures of thinking for teachers. The development of a professional community
in which deep and rich discussions of teaching, learning, and thinking are a
fundamental part of teachersʼ ongoing experience provides the foundation for
nurturing studentsʼ thinking and learning.


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Emotions and Memory

Emotions and Memory | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Lately we've been exploring the ancient Art of Memory and, most recently, the main principle regarding importance of visual representations to forming strong memories. As a few commenters in our Li...
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Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette

Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
With sight dominating our senses, it is no surprise that colors have come to hold so much meaning and importance in our culture. Consciously and unconsciously, we use color to signify our feelings:...

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 9, 12:35 PM

A must-read article about the significance of colors in your presentations. The rules of their combinations have been explained. For instance, learn what 60-30-10 rule is. Why have you never thought about it?

FPPT's curator insight, April 22, 4:14 PM

This is a very interesting way to make a color palette for your PowerPoint presentations or slide designs.

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The Ideal Length for All Online Content

The Ideal Length for All Online Content | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?

 

I tend to get carried away. And for the times that I do, it sure would be nice to know if all this extra typing is hurting or helping my cause. I want to stand out on social media, but I want to do it in the right way.

 

Curious, I dug around and found some answers for the ideal lengths of tweets and titles and everything in between. Many of these could have been answered with “it depends,” but where’s the fun in that?

 

Solid research exists to show the value of writing, tweeting, and posting at certain lengths. We can learn a lot from scientific social media guidelines like these. Here’s the best of what I found.


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Carol Isakson's curator insight, April 21, 8:30 AM

Handy starting point

Susan Burnell's curator insight, April 21, 5:07 PM

Interesting. I have to disagree with blog length - 1600 words (about a 7-minute read) might be good for SEO, but it's a long time to expect readers to stay with you. Respect their time and keep it short

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 21, 9:24 PM

This is a truly useful resource!

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The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes

The Future of Social Media Is Mobile Tribes | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Everyone has different needs, and the social landscape is shifting accordingly.

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, April 19, 4:55 PM

Mobile Tribes!

Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 20, 8:05 AM

"The next big thing is getting smaller and smaller."

 

"The first generation of social media touted "networking", but the next generation, raised in always-on connectivity, will embrace ephemerality and digital tribalism. Those users will abandon the major social networks and migrate to more granular mobile villages with simpler ecosystems."

I think these two statements are pretty much spot-on, and will watch with interest as Facebook (and the 'others') tries to look small while continuing to gobble-up anyone and anything that looks like it might threaten its business model. We don't need one all-consuming platform, but that not how FB shareholders view the world.

 

Interesting times ahead!

Francisco Restivo's curator insight, Today, 2:15 PM

At the end, we all will find our little corners and our big windows!

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Tails - Privacy for anyone anywhere

Tails - Privacy for anyone anywhere | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
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Tails is a live operating system, that you can start on almost any computer from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card. It aims at preserving your privacy and anonymity, and helps you to:

use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship;
all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network;leave no trace on the computer you are using unless you ask it explicitly;use state-of-the-art cryptographic tools to encrypt your files, emails and instant messaging.
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Convert Any File, Up To 1GB Into Any Other Format for Free with CloudConvert

Convert Any File, Up To 1GB Into Any Other Format for Free with CloudConvert | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

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Estelblau's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:27 PM

Via @RobinGood

Juan Antonio Castán's curator insight, September 10, 2013 5:13 AM

A free resource for converting files to multiple formats, very economically sustainable for sustainability advocates precarious translators...I still have to check how it works and its efficiency...

Tim Brook's curator insight, September 11, 2013 4:41 PM

Another really useful tool - thanks Robin

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24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014

24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014 | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
At CustomShow, we decided to list some alternatives to powerpoint that could help in solving your overall presentation problems. These programs serve many purposes.
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Picking the Perfect Presentation Software

Picking the Perfect Presentation Software | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
One of the biggest challenges when creating a slideshow happens even before you begin production; knowing the right presentation software to use!

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flea palmer's curator insight, April 10, 6:04 AM

A comparison of the features, scope and price of the 3 main tools. Also see emaze.com - more interesting than PowerPoint, less 'dangerous' than Prezi!

Teri Thomas's curator insight, April 10, 10:07 AM

Yes, Prezi is an option for some presentations, the most universal information in this piece is the 2nd to last line.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, April 11, 12:38 PM
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The article compares three most used presentation tools - PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi. There is a table that sums up pros and cons of each software and helps you decide which one is the best for you.

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Synchrious - present your slides with webcam comments

Synchrious - present your slides with webcam comments | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

Create highly engaging and measurable online lessons by synchronizing your presentation with your webcam and/or microphone. Develop assessments through interactive polls and analytics.


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Christina Ekholm's curator insight, April 16, 4:56 PM
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Minerva Bueno's curator insight, April 21, 6:40 PM

añada su visión ...

Two Pens's curator insight, April 22, 1:37 PM

I'm going to try this.

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24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014

24 Powerpoint Alternatives & Presentation Programs For 2014 | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
At CustomShow, we decided to list some alternatives to powerpoint that could help in solving your overall presentation problems. These programs serve many purposes.

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tom jackson's curator insight, April 18, 8:23 AM

for my education colleagues, if you have not one so, check out powtoon

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 18, 3:07 PM

Presentaciones PowerPoint

Joon Lai's curator insight, April 23, 12:02 PM

I've used Prezi but the Haiku Deck looks cool too for the classroom. 

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colwiz - An App for research

colwiz - An App for research | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Collective Wizdom - An R&D Platform for Researchers, Academics and Students.

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Three Slideshare Presentations For The Communications Expert

Three Slideshare Presentations For The Communications Expert | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

Being a powerful speaker takes practice and dedication to the craft.  “How To Become A Better Speaker” lays out simple advice on how to begin putting in the time and effort it takes to delivering better speeches.

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Parade - Create your own scrolling album for free

Parade - Create your own scrolling album for free | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Visit www.myparade.com to create your own free scrolling album to share with your friends.

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Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette

Slide Design: How to Build a Powerful Color Palette | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
With sight dominating our senses, it is no surprise that colors have come to hold so much meaning and importance in our culture. Consciously and unconsciously, we use color to signify our feelings:...
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The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web, Which Is 500 Times the Size of the Web as We Know It

The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web, Which Is 500 Times the Size of the Web as We Know It | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

Search engines are, in a sense, the heartbeat of the Internet; "googling" has become a part of everyday speech and is even recognized by Merriam-Webster as a grammatically correct verb."


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Bovee & Thill's Online Magazines for Business Communication's curator insight, April 20, 8:49 PM

"The vast majority of the Internet lies in the Deep Web, sometimes referred to as the Invisible Web. The actual size of the Deep Web is impossible to measure, but many experts estimate it is about 500 times the size of the web as we know it." . . .

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Studygeek.org: Free math help online

Studygeek.org: Free math help online | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Here you can find hundreds of free math lessons, answers and useful math solvers, which will help you with your math classes.
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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, April 23, 7:18 AM

An extensive collection of Videotools created by Robin Good.

Kelly Roach's curator insight, April 23, 9:48 PM

Incredibly comprehensive list of video services and tools and the different functions they are useful for.

juanjovilar's curator insight, Today, 5:56 AM

Servicios web para capturar, editar, publicar y distribuir vídeo.

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Video Publishing

Video Publishing | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.
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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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Volkmar Langer's curator insight, April 23, 7:18 AM

An extensive collection of Videotools created by Robin Good.

Kelly Roach's curator insight, April 23, 9:48 PM

Incredibly comprehensive list of video services and tools and the different functions they are useful for.

juanjovilar's curator insight, Today, 5:56 AM

Servicios web para capturar, editar, publicar y distribuir vídeo.

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Coggles in Google Drive

Coggles in Google Drive | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

We love Google docs. In fact, the seamless collaboration in text documents and spreadsheets is one of the things that inspired us to build the same sort of collaboration into Coggle, right from the start, and the frustration of working collaboratively on text documents is partly why Coggles have the branching structure they do – which makes it much simpler to collaborate.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 13, 4:02 AM

Great news from the mind mapping tool Coggle which is a free Chrome web app (you need not use Chrome despite the name)! It is now integrated in Google Drive.

Insert coggles in your documents or presentations without leaving Google Drive and share them easily.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, April 20, 9:47 AM

Free mind mapping program, with Google Drive-friendly, real-time sharing capabilities. Group-think, here we come. Build the hive mind!

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, April 20, 10:21 AM

Mind-mapping with real time sharing. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh...

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Focusky Presentation Maker - Animated Education Presentations

Focusky Presentation Maker - Animated Education Presentations | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Creative zooming slideshow by Focusky Presentation Tool makes your education presentation more fun and interactive. The non-PowerPoint slideshow in mind mapping style makes knowledge more understandable and memorable.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 12, 1:48 PM

A few days ago Focusky launched a new, updated version of its software. It is a digital canvas for creating mind maps and presentations. Educational presentations are free (watermarked), paid version just removes the watermark.

Check out the video annotation of the new version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTT7Gw1mIxE

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Freeplane: a versatile brainstorming tool

Freeplane: a versatile brainstorming tool | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Whether you need to understand a problem, complete a task, or just generally get organized, mind mapping can probably help. Not least because it’s so easy.

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Coyleyj's curator insight, April 16, 5:17 PM

This looks like a great visualisation tool.

Linda Denty's curator insight, April 16, 6:18 PM

This looks like a great tool for classroom and personal use.

Isabel García's curator insight, April 17, 4:59 AM

nueva forma de realizar mapa conceptual , sencillo

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Real People. Real Proctoring. - Online Proctoring - ProctorU

Real People. Real Proctoring. - Online Proctoring - ProctorU | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exams from from anywhere using a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Our live online proctors will be there to help you through the web proctoring process. Browse our site to find out more about live online proctoring!
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Top 100 Tools for Learning

Top 100 Tools for Learning | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it

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Karen Johnson's curator insight, April 9, 9:35 AM

If you are not sure which are the most used tools in learning, you can check on them here http://c4lpt.co.uk/top100tools/ The list is from the 2013 survey by the  Cenre for Learning and Performance Technologies

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Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives

Exposure - Create Beautiful Photo Narratives | UCT PCU Extras | Scoop.it
Exposure enables photographers to easily tell vibrant stories with their photos. Assemble a more complete narrative than you could with a feed or lonely photo on a permalink page.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, December 8, 2013 5:00 AM

Free Plan - up to 3 published posts

 

Monthly Plan - unlimited posts & premium features

 

 

Yearly Plan - same as above but billed once yearly