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Visually Interesting: Using Design to Improve Online Learning

Visually Interesting: Using Design to Improve Online Learning | Education Tech & Tools |

Sloan Consortium presents: “Visually Interesting: Using Design to Improve Online Learning”, a workshop with Bucky Dodd (University of Central Oklahoma).
Let’s face it. Even the most mundane topic can be made intriguing if presented in a visually interesting way. This workshop provides participants with the practical knowledge and skills needed to create visuals that support learning in online environments. We’ll discuss the concept of visual design within the context of online learning and focus on best practices in visual design including typography, color use, and graphics. Objectives include: differentiate between visual design and visual literacy, describe the role of visual design and discuss common mistakes made when creating online learning materials, critique the visual design of online learning materials and select tools for creation, use the CARP model to create online learning materials, effectively integrate visuals, especially typography and color, into online learning materials, differentiate between types of graphics, create visual diagrams and data visualizations for online learning materials and minimize visual challenges associated with online learning delivery systems.
Registration and information about other #sloanc workshops can be found at

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Universities Are Vast Copy Machines—and That's a Good Thing - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Universities Are Vast Copy Machines—and That's a Good Thing - The Conversation - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools |

"October 12, 2012, 3:31 pm - By Siva Vaidhyanathan
  Universities are and have always been vast copy machines. Evolved from medieval monasteries and their vast libraries and scriptoria, universities have always had as central functions of their mission the copying, transforming, and preserving works of art, thought, and science and making them available to their patrons.

  More recently, universities have found cause to make copies of books, articles, films, photographs, maps, and other materials in forms easily accessible to students through electronic reserves or course-management systems. In one of the most exciting recent copying projects, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has led a consortium called HathiTrust Digital Library ( ) that includes Cornell and Indiana Universities and the Universities of California, and Wisconsin at Madison. The consortium provides a vast online catalog of works scanned via Google Books, with full-text search capabilities. Most important, it allows sight-impaired readers to access and search the entire text of millions of works.

  On Wednesday a federal judge ruled in favor of the trust and its university partners in a copyright-infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other groups. In his ruling, the judge said that the trust’s handling of the scanned works falls “safely within the provision of fair use.” And, he wrote: “I cannot imagine a definition of fair use that would not encompass the transformative uses made” by the project.
  Google is not a library. It is not a university. It is not a public service. It is a business. Too often we forget those distinctions. The project of creating, maintaining, and offering vast collections of digital material should be something that universities and libraries control, not something we depend on one company to handle." From Source: Discussion of the Chronicle for Higher Education


NOTE: This is a thoughtful article. It has good background information as well as thoughtful reflections on the notion of "fair user" in higher education. The closing paragraph, which is cited above, is a cautionary note for academics to keep in mind: Google is a business and as such is interested in revenue streams, not knowledge.

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Copyright Compliance for Online Educators | The Sloan Consortium

Copyright Compliance for Online Educators | The Sloan Consortium | Education Tech & Tools |

"Copyright infringement lawsuits against institutions of higher education are no longer a hypothetical. A number of different universities around the country have been named in lawsuits alleging various types of infringements. The cases involve everything from posting articles and book chapters to e-reserves, course web sites, or learning management systems to streaming video and digitizing orphan works. Using the framework of Six Rules for Course Design, this workshop will cover all the basics. In addition to examining the rules governing who owns the copyright to works created in educational institutions, the rights of users will also be addressed. This includes an overview of fair use (including the fair use guidelines) and the TEACH Act." -- from the Source, The Sloan Consortium


NOTE: Copyright and Intellectual Property issues can be murky and confusing at times. Workshops like this are very helpful and well worth considering.

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Interview with Francois Ferracci – the director of Lost Memories : One Small Window

Interview with Francois Ferracci – the director of Lost Memories : One Small Window | Education Tech & Tools |

"Lost Memories" c/o vimeo:


"With a running time of less than three minutes the film Lost Memories makes a powerful comment on digital versus analog living as well as the nature of memories—especially when they are all tweeted, blogged or committed to a digital archive somewhere." - from the source


NOTE: This should be mandatory reading and viewing for Digital Literacy and for any Digital Media event or course. How fragile is our digital trail of files, images, musice, etc., etc.?


Often I wonder what might happen the the terabyte or so of digital images I have as well as the 10+ years of family genealogy (6 Gb) now on 2 hard disks (one as backup). Then I shrug my shoulders thinking it's too much. I do not have a good answer, but I note a revival among some photographers of analog film fotos. I note that genealogy books recommend acid free paper copies and prints of your historical and anecdotal information.


What are your thoughts?

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On Being Able to Find Things & Bamboo DiRT

On Being Able to Find Things & Bamboo DiRT | Education Tech & Tools |

"We are still in the midst of a change that is already so familiar that it does not feel momentous—even though, in all likelihood, it is.


The availability of information at hand in an instant is now a mundane fact of life. Yet it has immense significance for academics. I can remember when obtaining information necessitated multiple visits to the library, interlibrary loans, photocopying on an epic scale, card indexes, and all of the paraphernalia of search and recall that has now been replaced by a few keystrokes.
But what is clear is that it becomes even more incumbent upon academics to be able to interpret and communicate information. Thus, a thorough grounding in what are usually interdisciplinary methods has now become an ever-more-important aspect of academe in both the social sciences and the humanities.
In other words, the traditional academic skills of hermeneutics and indeed rhetoric have become important again, just when they might have seemed to be on the wane, as quantitative and qualitative methods intermingle in an environment characterized by a profusion of data." -- from the Source


NOTE: This article with it's citation links to supporting materials is a good resource for pointing out technology can lead us to an emerging convergence of academic or synthetic processes rather than specialized or divergent technology & processes. This is a worthwhile read. As an added source I recommend Bamboo Dirt (DiGITAL RESEARCH TOOLS) wiki for a group sourced list of varied applications and resources for multidisciplinary research purposes. You can find it at:

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'UnderAcademy College' Satirizes Massive Open Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

'UnderAcademy College' Satirizes Massive Open Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools |

"At first glance, UnderAcademy seems like performance art aimed simply at lampooning free courses being offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other well-known institutions. And it does that, calling itself an “anti-degree institution.” But it is also offering serious content taught by professors at some well-known institutions. Unlike most MOOC’s, which seek to teach as large a group of students as possible, UnderAcademy caps enrollment in each course at 15, with the idea that students should shape the courses and have a more personal learning experience. So far it has offered 32 courses, and around 70 students participated in the most-recent round, last spring.


“It’s satirical education that takes itself very seriously and does want to provoke critical discussion and engender a creative learning environment,” said Mark C. Marino, an associate professor of writing at the University of Southern California who just finished teaching a course for UnderAcademy." - from the Source


NOTE: This post reminded me of an adaptation of Schmacher's quote*

"Small Is Beautiful: Education As If People Mattered." So, here's a platform considered a parody or satire of MOOC's, but in fact is beginning to generate it's own genre of guided learning & collaboration via the internets. I plan to have a closer look at it. Why don't you too?

* (See Wikipedia: )

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Li’s work blog » A wordle for technologies in 2012

Li’s work blog » A wordle for technologies in 2012 | Education Tech & Tools |

"This wordle was generated from texts abstracted from mentions of key technologies in a collection of more than 20 articles and blogs on technology predictions for 2012, which I gathered through Google search recently. These predictions were produced mainly by individuals and organisations from the IT and business sectors. 


First, I extracted the main topics from each article and blog as the basis for creating the wordle. Then I did a bit editing work in order to create a more accurate wordle presentation. For example, I added “-” between two or three words (e.g. cloud computing as cloud-computing) or “s” to words in the singular (e.g. tablet as tablets) and using a common name for same technology that has appeared in different forms (e.g. using cloud-computing instead of cloud service or cloud based technologies).


It probably comes as no surprise for most people to see which technologies appeared and their order in the wordle. However, there are several themes repeatedly mentioned in those articles and blogs. On the one hand these reflected the most popular technology trends in 2012 predictions and on the other hand they signal potentially important implications of these technological development in education, teaching and learning contexts. These themes are summarised:" -- from the Source


NOTE: The above describes the method of developing this wordle diagram. As stated there are not too may surprises, but they do reinforce themes that are known as well as emerging trend. The article continues with a list of the words / trends with a brief explanation. It is worth the read.

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World Language Resources

World Language Resources | Education Tech & Tools |
"The World Language OER team is seeking OERs that provide opportunities
for teachers and learners to address each of the Maine Learning Results through:
  1) vocabulary and grammar practice in writing, reading, speaking and listening activities,
  2) authentic language experiences including collaboration between teachers, learners, and native speakers
  3) exposure to native speakers and culture
  4) technology sites that would assist in world language teaching

... This site was developed as part of a federally funded grant to identify open educational resources for World Language teachers in Maine. The phases of the grant are from April 2010-June 2011." - from the source


NOTE: While this resources is targeted to the Education community, keep in mind that most corporations and even government agencies are engaged globally. Therefore, there are resources linked here that not only assist people with language skills: speaking, reading, and writing, but also emphasize exposure and understanding the culture of the native or source communities.

Via Heiko Idensen
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How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual

How To Use Evernote: The Missing Manual | Education Tech & Tools |

Ken's Key Takeaway:

I knew about the OCR in photos.  I did not know about the OCR .pdf function.  Awesome!



Are you a digital packrat? Are you in need of a searchable repository for everything you want to recall later? Does the idea of automatic OCR (Optical Character Recognition) for all your scanned PDFs get you excited in a way only seriously organised people could ever understand? If so, Evernote is the tool you need right now – and we’ve got the perfect manual to get you started using it like a professional.



Via Miloš Bajčetić, Ken Morrison, Howard Rheingold
Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Charles Myers 's comment, May 15, 2013 8:09 AM
Agree totally!! We're using now as a digital portfolio for kids... (well.. starting next school year) :)
Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, May 15, 2013 5:02 PM
Hanks everyone, it really is a fantastic tool and I am still finding ways to use it better. It certainly helps to stay better organized.
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Curation and reblogging

Curation and reblogging | Education Tech & Tools |

"While both can lead consumers on a unexpected journey, chasing the white rabbit into previously unexplored corners of the web, [a Curator] actually helps sift through the media abyss, singling out worthwhile information, and often “adding value” by lending context through their own ideas and opinions. The former are rebloggers."


Great pick by Robin Good where writer Chris DeLine goes through the recent attacks on Tumblr to actually paint an interesting picture of Curation as something "not entirely different than Creation."


Reading this article took me back to when we started Back then, we felt the need - in spite of Tumblr's already growing success back then - for a platform dedicated to Curation. While some questioned the opportunity, this post and the growing success not just of but other curation services are a great sign of the legitimacy of that need.


Interestingly as well, it's fascinating to me to see that post curated with one angle by Robin, with another angle by Jan and then by me with a different twist again. This is typical of this idea that Curation is some form of creation: by enabling expression. I would not have picked up Drake's opening comment nor would I have thought about writing about it but I can more easily express some thought on a piece of already-existing content. Hopefully adding context for a particular audience which - with great satisfaction - we see users develop a lot more (and in a better way) than - says DeLine - "rebloggers, basking in all the beautiful projections on their Tumblr sites and Pinterest pages, hoping that someone (anyone!) stumbles across them and sees the collection as a reflection of themselves."


(Image credit: Shutterstock)


Via Robin Good, Guillaume Decugis
Sinan Zirić's curator insight, January 19, 2013 11:50 AM

This is an excellent Curation review.

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Welcome - The Data Journalism Handbook

Welcome - The Data Journalism Handbook | Education Tech & Tools |

Thanks to my colleague - Conrad Taylor - for signposting this.
Currently in Beta, The Data Journalism Handbook is an incredibly rich resource for anyone interested in finding information (and a story) from data.


What is data journalism? To quote from the authors:

"Perhaps it is the new possibilities that open up when you combine the traditional‘nose for news’ and ability to tell a compelling story, with the sheer scale and range of digital information now available."


But you don't need to be a professional journalist to be able to see the value in this handbook. There are tips and good practice here for anyone using the Interweb for research.


Whether you are an 'armchair auditor' checking on how government is spending your money, or a researcher looking for patterns of poor healthcare, or you're just interested in finding connections between hundreds of thousands of documents, as The Telegraph did in revealing the scandal of with MPs' expenses. You'll find some useful tips here, together with examples and case studies of stories (scandals even) that have surfaced as a result of knowing your rights to open data as a private citizen, where to find the data sources, and how to use and understand data. 


The authors are also behind the website at:


Value: 9/10

Via Stephen Dale, Beth Kanter
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Envisioning the future of technology

Envisioning the future of technology | Education Tech & Tools |
"What is the visualization?
Understanding where technology is heading is more than guesswork. Looking at emerging trends and research, one can predict and draw conclusions about how the technological sphere is developing, and which technologies should become mainstream in the coming years.

Envisioning technology is meant to facilitate these observations by taking a step back and seeing the wider context. By speculating about what lies beyond the horizon we can make better decisions of what to create today." -- from the source


NOTE: The infographic on this page can be downloaded, but it is also interactive. Mouse over the topics and you will see pop up info bites or links to more information on the topic. Very Nice.

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New Librarianship and the Library as Platform | Virtual Dave…Real Blog

New Librarianship and the Library as Platform | Virtual Dave…Real Blog | Education Tech & Tools |

"Abstract: Change in academic libraries is nothing new. From digitization of materials, to the move of scholarly communications from journals to online venues, librarians are becoming accustomed to constant reinvention. Now, however, libraries must become platforms for innovation throughout the entire academy. Librarians should be active in online education, new models of student learning, and helping the faculty adjust to disruptive change. Rather than being the heart of the university centered on a collection, libraries must become hubs that spread new practice throughout the organization." -- from the source


NOTE: The post includes link to  a PDF of the slides from the presentation of this Abstract.

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HathiTrust Digital Library | Millions of books online

"The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge." from the Source: the HathiTrust


NOTE: As of today this coalition of at least 5 major universities has worked with Google to digitize more than 473 tereabytes of data. That includes a total in excess of 10 millions volumes with over 3 million volumes in the public domain. This should prove to be a valuable asset to scholars.

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"... an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform. Anyone can contribute and each person who does makes us stronger. Together we can continue to drive innovation on the Web to serve the greater good. It starts here, with you. " from the platform -

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Digital Preservation in a Box | A product of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance

"Welcome to Digital Preservation in a Box. DPB is a product of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s Outreach Working Group and is designed as a toolkit to support outreach activities that introduce the basic concepts of preserving digital information. The DPB provides the best available resources and tools to help you communicate digital preservation and stewardship concepts and issues.


The materials are geared towards a general audience who routinely create or manage digital information, but who may need a working knowledge of this area for digital preservation on the job or for training others on how to preserve digital resources.


The materials can be appropriately used to communicate to professional audiences or to students of all ages." -- from the Source "National Digital Stewardship Alliance"


NOTE: My for Digital Curation: A Comprehensive Resource Guide from R. Good's has generated a lot of interest. This is one of the referenced sites in the Guide from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. I like this resource because as they say it is "geared towards a general audience." But it is applicable for professional audiences as well as "students of all age."


Well worth Reading!

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The 'Presence' Project and the 'Be Here Now' Box: Digital Media and Family Attention | DMLcentral

The 'Presence' Project and the 'Be Here Now' Box: Digital Media and Family Attention | DMLcentral | Education Tech & Tools |

"Enthusiasts and skeptics agree that digital media are attention magnets. The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that one in six Americans admitted to bumping into someone or something while texting, and a video from a mall surveillance camera that showed a woman falling into a pool while she attended to the screen of her phone has been viewed four million times. Every professor in the world now faces students who no longer look at the professor, other students, their notepads or out the window, but gaze fixedly at their laptops. Sherry Turkle’s book, Alone Together, warned about the dangers of divided attention and Cathy Davidson’s book, Now You See It, presented a more sanguine view of the way our digital practices affect our attention. In my own recent book, Net Smart, the first of the five essential social media attentions I covered was…attention. Now that more of us have been talking about the need for attention literacy, I was heartened to see somebody doing something about it.


The Presence Project came to my attention when I helped judge the Learning, Design, and Technology Program student projects at Stanford. Two graduate students “who feel passionate about developing tools for modern families,” sustainability-focused designer Kyle Williams and Emily Goligoski, a researcher in Stanford’s Calming Technology Lab, created a digital and tangible toolkit to help families talk about, explore, and do something about their attentional choices around digital media.


When Williams and Goligoski say “toolkit,” they mean a real physical box, along with the exercises they provide to families: The Be Here Now Box is a literal, physical tackle-box-like case containing a set of attention tools." - from the source


NOTE: Thanks Howard for that timely posting. Especially when public safety announcements now not only warn drivers not to text while driving. Even mobile apps are asking are you the driver or the passenger before letting you use the application any further. In Washington DC area now there are announcements and signs warning people not to cross streets while texting or even not paying attention because they are talking on the phone. This article and it's citations and the "box" resources would be a great resource for various courses at virtually any grade and even in corporations to improve safety in general.

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Quartzy for Life Sciences Inventory Management (and more) - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Quartzy for Life Sciences Inventory Management (and more) - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Education Tech & Tools |

"Recently, my department decided to update our inventory for keeping track of instructional lab items. Previously we had been using an Access database, but its unwieldiness had discouraged us from updating it regularly. So we went on a search for a solution to create Inventory 2.0. We wanted something that could be accessed from a web browser anywhere, easily updated by student TAs and busy professors, with entries that had attachable information such as manuals and pictures of the items. 


For months, the search went on. We collaborated with instructional technologists on campus, searched on our own, even considered building our own database from scratch. In late July, we were feeling very discouraged, but then I serendipitously happened upon Quartzy. We are now using it to catalog our physics lab equipment and it’s working really well. And I’m sharing this on ProfHacker because its uses are more than meets the eye.

Founder Adam Regelmann told me that we aren’t the first to find uses for it past the life sciences – even an art museum is on board! The company is getting notice for its good work, even winning Startup 2011. I heartily recommend looking into Quartzy as a free solution for your inventory management needs." - From the Source


NOTE: Not only can Quartzy serve interdisciplinary purposes, but I am pretty sure that it could be set up to use multiple printers. Although it is limited to one printer, perhaps with the use of a different folder another printer could be selected. I am imagining that printer to be one in the laboratory or academic area that supports a group who need to print from their devices. Just a thought. Let me know if you manage to do this or why it can not be done. Thanks.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Ed Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Ed Edition | The New Media Consortium | Education Tech & Tools |

"This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning." - from the source


NOTE: Over time the Horizon Reports (9 editions) have proven valuable for IT and Academic/Organizational Administrators to understand the direction(s) information and computer technologies will be taking over the next one to five years. These are freely available and highly recommended. The Horizon Reports are a collaborate effort of the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

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The Content Creator's Master List of Commonly Troublesome Words

The Content Creator's Master List of Commonly Troublesome Words | Education Tech & Tools |

"Any online content creator knows: Writing for the web is no easy feat. In fact, one of the most frustrating challenges we face is due to the fact that new, web-related words are being coined all the time. As a result, we often run into questions like, "Do I capitalize this? Is this one word or two? Should I hyphenate it?"


And while there are a number of different established style guides out there to help answer your writing style-related questions, the problem is, none of them have really done a good job of addressing all those commonly troublesome words marketing publishers and other content creators struggle with regularly, many of which have sprouted up in our writing very recently because of the fast-paced world of the internet." - from the Source


NOTE: While this article was written for bloggers or web designers, it should prove handy for anyone working with web related content. It also helps with TLAs (Three Letter or more Acronyms) one finds so much on the web and in different organizations.

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How The New Learnist Apps Signal A Change In Education Technology

How The New Learnist Apps Signal A Change In Education Technology | Education Tech & Tools |

”Learnist redefines social learning by creating a collaborative mobile experience that empowers any learner, consumer and teacher to easily create and curate media-rich content.  With Learnist, we have designed interactive mash-ups in a mobile app that allows anyone to learn, share, and teach anytime and anywhere.” – Rusty Greiff, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Grockit

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California Passes Nation’s First Open Source Textbook Legislation

California Passes Nation’s First Open Source Textbook Legislation | Education Tech & Tools |

"Only a signature away, Governor Jerry Brown will have an opportunity to lower the cost of college textbooks by creating the nation’s first free open source digital library for college students and faculty.


Friday, the California State Senate unanimously passed the first of its kind open educational resource digital library, or (OER), offering students free access to textbooks in the most commonly taken lower-division courses at public postsecondary institutions." - from the Source

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Data Driven Journalism

Data Driven Journalism | Education Tech & Tools |

"This website is dedicated to providing anyone interested in getting started with data driven journalism with a collection of learning resources, including relevant events, tools, tutorials, interviews and case studies. The data journalism community and mailing list are dedicated to strengthening the community of journalists, designers, data providers and others, and encouraging collaboration and exchange of expertise.


 About our data driven journalism initiative

  The initiative is aimed at enabling more journalists to use data-sets as a source for reporting by providing them with the necessary skills, techniques and tools according to their level of expertise. In order to do so the EJC and its partners will:

  > Provide a series of hands on workshops across Europe and online training sessions with leading data journalists and open data experts to demonstrate how to find, analyse, and create new stories using data-sets.
  > Expand and strengthen an international network of data journalists, designers, developers, and others to encourage collaboration and to exchange knowledge of expertise and best practices with each other.
  > Create a collection of online resources - including interviews, case studies, and tutorials about how data can be used in the newsroom.


  If you are interested in partnering with us so as to help achieve these goals or if you have any other inquiries please contact the website editor Liliana Bounegru (


  This initiative receives partial funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science." -- from the Source


NOTE: This site is one of the first I have seen that is devoted to the interpretation and re-use of raw data in articles and reports. As we have more and more information produced as statistics, analytics, and raw data, it will become more important to be able to interpret and communicate the content in a meaningfull way for the audience(s).

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Curate Large Information Collections Into Navigable Presentation-Maps with Mindomo

Curate Large Information Collections Into Navigable Presentation-Maps with Mindomo | Education Tech & Tools |

Robin Good: If you are looking for a content curation, mindmapping and presentation tool rolled into one, I strongly suggest you give a good road test to Mindomo.

I have been a passionate fan of mindmaps since 2007, and have created tons of them to curate my many collection of "best tools" in specific niches or learning maps on dedicated topics. You can see some of them here:


But with time, and the increased size of my collections, I have been searching for valid alternatives which provided greater speed, better ways to display and view the mapped info and more options to extract value from my collections.


Mindomo, which I have been heavy-testing for the last six-months, is my new reference tool not just for mindmapping but for a) curating large collections of information into a navigable cohesive whole, b) creating prezi-like presentations without needing to become an engineer.


Specifically, Mindomo integrates lots of unique and very valuable features to the basic mindmapping toolset, including:


- Capture content via browser bookmarklet

- Navigate and zoom in-out easily

- Search and embed video clips
- Search and embed images

- Search and embed audio clips

- Automatically credit all media sources utilized

- Customize look of maps in many ways

- Create presentations from your mindmaps

- Import and export to different formats + embed

- Works and syncs on iPad and Android

- Collaborative editing

- Cross-platform offline desktop app

- Custom URLs for your mindmaps

- just to name a few.


Here's a good example of what I have been able to "curate" with Mindomo:



a very large collection of content curation tools


2) ;

a navigable "presentation-map"


MindMeister and other mindmapping tools still provide good value, but in my humble opinion Mindomo, with its own limits and idiosyncracies, has earned my trust as being the most effective, powerful and feature-rich visual curation tool.


Give it a try and let me know what you think.



Pricing plans:


Find out more:




Via Robin Good
Beth Kanter's comment, September 7, 2012 11:57 AM
Robin, on the second map, I'm not able to see the whole map in one view - only each section .. is that a settings thing?

One thing I don't like about Prezi and the presentation in Mindomo is the zoom in and zoom out - it gives me vertigo .. maybe I'm just old school .. (LOL) .. but I imagine it gives you different transition effects.
Robin Good's comment, September 7, 2012 12:26 PM
Great Beth, superhappy to have been of help. I really like what you can do with Mindomo. Let me know what you think once you have explored it.
enrique rubio royo's comment, September 7, 2012 2:19 PM
thank you for this
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Decentred network presence - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog

Decentred network presence - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog | Education Tech & Tools |

"We still tend to think of the website as the focus of institutional presence on the network. And, often, mobile or other presences are seen as somehow derivative. Clearly the importance of mobile - especially now with tablets and smartphones - has changed that view and changed the way we think about design and expectations. ...


... The boundary between 'mobile' and fixed has dissolved into multiple connection points, each with its own grade of experience and functional expectations (the mobile phone, the desktop, the xBox or Wii, the Kindle, the media centre, the widget, the social networking site). At the same time, more functions are being externalised to network-level providers of communications and other services (e.g. social networking services, Youtube, Flickr, ...)." from the Source.


NOTE: Lorcan Dempsey comments on content from another presentation which is linked to. His thoughts on decentralization and impact of emerging models of accessing or disseminating content are worth considering.

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