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APA Referencing App - RefMe

RefMe APA referencing App

One bind when writing assignments for PD is the joyful amount of time spent on APA referencing. There is a full write up on tech crunch, but basically RefMe is crowd sourced referencing. I've an assignment or two to do this year so I'll try it out. If you have used successfully any of the other referencing Apps and can recommend one, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you - Tim.

Their website: https://www.refme.com

refME citations App for iPhone

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Prezi - Presentation Software for Teachers and Older Students

Prezi - Presentation Software for Teachers and Older Students

Uses: Classroom and school presentations. At first look, it looks incredible. Slick and whizzy, a real head turner in presentations... so I signed up to see what could be done.

Description: Motion - Captivate your audience by zooming through your story. Collaborate - Build presentations with coworkers wherever, whenever. Meaningful - Visually explain how new ideas relate to each other. Personalize - Use images and videos to enhance your presentation.

The following presentation took all of ten minutes and I didn't read the manual. I inserted one of my clip art images and one of my videos. The rest is a template and some random text.

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Blogger - Free blogging platform for Teachers Pay Teachers Sellers

Free blogging software for teachers - Blogger

Use: Fantastic free blogging service, ideal as a hassle free website for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers

Description: Create a beautiful blog that fits your style. Choose from easy-to-use templates with flexible layouts and hundreds of background images, or edit your blog’s CSS and HTML to create something entirely unique. If you’re using your blog for a brand or business, you can create a custom domain that’s easy for people to find and follow.

One of my blogger websites from my time at Knock Knock English / Super Simple Learning. I have embedded the blogger blog into my own website. I can update it from within my website design software, or by emailing a post to blogger email address specific to that site. This was my blogging platform of choice before hosting it all myself. If I was starting over I would...

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Delicious - Social tagging and Linkage

Delicious - Social tagging and Linkage

Use: Social Tagging Linkage, Social bookmarking sharing, visualizing course activities

Description: Delicious is a free and easy tool to save, organize, and discover interesting links on the web.

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Diigo - Social Tagging, Linkage and Bookmarking

Diigo - Social Tagging, Linkage and Bookmarking

Use: Social Tagging Linkage, social bookmarking sharing, discussion boards, annotations.

Description (Wikipedia): Diigo is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else.

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Dipity - Visualizing timelines

Dipity - Visualizing timelines

Uses: Visualising timelines

Description: Create an interactive, visually engaging timeline in minutes. Use dynamic visualization tools to display photos, videos, news and blogs in chronological order.

Sample project 1: My jobs in Japan. So far I have just entered one date and copied the embed code into this post.

Jobs in Japan on Dipity.

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Elluminate - Web conferencing for schools

Elluminate - Web conferencing for schools

Description (Wikipedia): Elluminate Live! was a web conferencing program developed by Elluminate Inc. Elluminate "rented out" virtual rooms or vSpaces where virtual schools and businesses can hold classes and meetings. Elluminate has been acquired by Blackboard Inc.

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easel.ly - Infographics for Students and Teachers

Uses: Eye catching and easy to create info-graphics for educators and students.

Price is free, until you want access to extra clip art and other features I've not looked at yet. Price of upgrade $3. Works in your browser.

Description: At times as an instructor, it is necessary to display information in creative ways. For instance, a teacher can document factual information through infographics. Easel.ly is a tool that can be used to to create infographics. This technology tool allows an instructor to add pictures and symbols as well as graphs and charts to present information in a bright and colorful format.

My thoughts: I like this. So lets throw the manual to one side and check it out !

Sample project 1: A visualization of my teaching experience in Japan (embedded via easily). 

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Wordle - Beautiful Info Graphic Word Clouds

wordle

Uses: Displaying text in a visually engaging form.

The frequency of a word within a body of text dictates its size. In the above example I simply copied all the text from our Phonics Games page and it did the rest. I just chose the colour scheme. Very easy to use by teachers and students.

Settings: Font colors, background color, font (33 to choose from), language (i could remove all the Spanish words for example), layout (adjust the amount of words that are vertical, horizontal

It is browser based and requires Java to be running.

Getting the image from the application to this webpage proved to be fiddly though. In the end I...

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Voicethread - Communicate, Collaborate and Connect

Uses: Discussion boards

Voicethread

Description: VoiceThread is a cloud application, so there is no software to install. VoiceThread will work in any modern web browser.

Creating: Upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos. Over 50 different types of media can be used in a VoiceThread.

Commenting: Comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload.

Sharing: Keep a VoiceThread private, share it with specific people, or open it up to the entire world. Learn more about sharing VoiceThreads.

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