Thing 21: Managing Information: Zotero and Mendeley

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I must admit that up until this very moment I did not know about the existence of Zotero. But this application has definitely been handed over to me at a very propitious moment in time. Being in the middle of researching for a paper that I am currently writing, this tool will definitely come in handy in the very close future … indeed as we speak! I need to say at this point that I still need to get well-acquainted with this new piece of software, but I am positive that the learning curve should not be a very tough one and the benefits will overcome any difficulties in learning how to go about get most advantage from Zotero.

I have read various other blogs on this particular topic and there are even some colleagues who have been and are currently using Zotero with their students who are in the…

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Thing 9: Exploring social networking

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Social Networking has been part of our lives for a long time now albeit in formats that we might not have regarded in the past as social networks as we see and recognise them today. The idea of social networking was promulgated with the advent of Facebook. I remember a time when I was a member of sites such as Hi5, which slowly had to succumb to the strength of other networks such as Facebook. What made Facebook so much more enticing to the general public was the fact that it was not simply aimed at sharing publicly occurrences in one’s life but also a strong platform from which businesses and organisations could reach out to their clientele and customers. Thus we saw the rise of a platform from which people interacted not simply for the sake of interacting but as a means to further their interests.

Some people are…

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Thing 20: Online storage and sharing – Dropbox, Onenote and Evernote, Google Drive

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In this particular blog, I have decided to compare and contrast these two cloud storage software available for free use to anyone on the move …

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In a world where cloud storage has become a common function in every office, school and household, software has developed which gives any user the ability to save data in any format in a location not on his/her computer and will be able to access that data given there is a good internet connection. This provides safety of data and accessibility in the case that the tactile storage device would not be available.

Both Dropbox and Google Drive offer the exact same services, which is data storage in any format. Both have quite large data limits given for free with registration. In my regard the only thing which makes Google Drive a slightly better repository is that combined with Google Drive it is…

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Thing 5: Finding quality information – GOOGLE Search/GOOGLE Scholar/Online Libraries

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It happens regularly in my case that whenever I explain a new essay assignment title to my students, I find them quite forthcoming with their personal ideas and opinions. Yet, when I receive the assignments and start corrected, the lack of a Bibliography or the presence of a poor one would be the main concern in some of the presented assignments.

I do not believe that this issue occurs due to lack of knowledge from the students’ side, they have been schooled in listing a proper bibliography based on accurate literature reviews and they have been taught how to include citations in their writing. They would know that they need to cite their work yet it is sometimes unnerving how some would not even look at the sources available for reading on Moodle sites to guide them in such proceedings.

I have noticed that a class is divided into 3…

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Thing 15: Finding scholarly videos and podcasts for teaching

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The moment I saw the title of this weeks’s Blog, I smiled, as this is were I have to stop, and without thinking, regale you with a thousand odd words of why I think Videos are so important in my teaching and why I strongly assume that without the use of videos, teaching will lose quite a lot of what can be very magical in a class.

Videos … what are videos technically and why do I deem them so important for teaching. Well, sometimes, to say the absolute truth, I actually had lessons were all I did was play videos from YouTube in class! … and the result? – Best lessons ever! But WHY? what is so amazing? It is quite obvious really … because many people love going to the movies, many people especially our young students, but not only 🙂 react immediately in a positive attitude when…

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Thing 6: Using the web for inquiry based learning

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The first 2 words that come to mind when I hear ‘Inquiry Based Learning’, are – Active and Learning, an approach which has been existent in modern teaching societies for the past 15 to 20 years. Yet, though the term has existed for so long, the question remains – How much has this been used? and if it has been used – How much positive or for that matter negative affect has this practice delivered to our teaching methods?

Let’s start by analysing what is Active Learning. Wikipedia states that, ‘ Active learning is a model of instruction that focuses the responsibility of learning on learners.’ This site goes on to define that, ‘ It was popularized in the 1990s by its appearance on the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) report (Bonwell & Eison 1991). In this report they discuss a variety of methodologies…

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Thing 4: Learning in the Digital Age

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Michael Wesch’s video is an eye-opener for us educators. We sometimes end up not realising that the things we want and do are the same things that our students want and do. Sitting on a bench for hours on end had very little attraction. Writing thousands of words in essays is certainly no the best way how to spend our weekends. We are in a world were we are … have become surrounded by so much technology and gadgets that it is nigh impossible to concentrate when faced with a class set-up, of barely 10 years ago.

Is the information really up there on the boards, when we are surrounded by a myriad of technological gadgets which bombard us with terabytes of information daily? Is the information really up there on the boards, when we are surrounded by a myriad of technological gadgets which bombard us with terabytes of information daily?

One situation which impressed me in the video is a comment which makes me realise how lucky sometimes students are when they belong to tiny classes…

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