“Longer life cycles, increased competition from other categories such as larger smartphones, combined with the fact that end users can install the latest operating systems on their older tablets has stifled the initial enthusiasm for these devices in the consumer market,”
“The functions of an interactive whiteboard can be mimicked with a large screen TV and a Chromecast device, which also allows teachers to use any device available whether it’s a document camera, phone, iPad or other tablet.”
After yesterday’s post about making the most of Google Keep I received a few emails from readers wanting to know a bit more about how Google Keep works. To answer those questions I recorded the short video that you see embedded below (click here if you cannot see the video).
Identify your hashtag strategy similarly to your keyword strategy when searching peer-reviewed articles
E.g., if your interest is #principalship, you can seek channels and conversations by using it as a hashtag
Search and subscribe to LinkedIn “Interests/Groups” and lurk or actively participate in the conversations.
Consider start and maintenance of your own blog with your daily reflections on your research progress
E.g., LinkedIn can be very much used as a blog, although you can subscribe for a free one such as Edublog
p. 141. Chapter 8 “Using Social Media in Research.”
Bell, J. (1999).Doing your research project: A guide for first-time researchers in education and social science(3rd ed.). Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia: Open University Press. (Available on Google and at SCSU Library through ILL)
Crowdsourcing, social networking. Consider the following questions:
What are your goals?
Who do you want to reach?
Why do you want to reach them?
Which digital tool or platform will be most effective in enabling you to reach your goals?
If you already spend time each day using social media for personal reasons, how much time are you able to set aside each day to use social media for research?
at what time of day will you engage in social media? (time differences, if you are communicating globally)
the value of social media: Community, Content, Conversations.
Davis III, C.H.F., Deil-Amen, R., Rios-Aguilar, C., & González Canché, M.S.Social media and higher education: A literature review and research directions. Report printed by the University of Arizona and Claremont Graduate University. Accessed January 27, 2015 http://works.bepress.com/hfdavis/2/
“From Microsoft’s killer new Outlook email app to fun little games for passing the time like Psych, you’re bound to find something you like.” There’s even an app that lets you volunteer for the blind. Most of the apps are free or less than $5 for iOS. The mobile interface of the Outlook email app (free) looks especially easy to read and use, which is hard to find with most email apps.
The article features Hopper, Letterspace, Funny or Die Weather, Minesweeper Widget Edition, Detour, Khan Academy, and more.
instaGrok is a next-generation research engine intended for academic settings to allow students to research any subject and see results in an interactive concept map, or “grok.” The grok features key facts, concepts and their relationships, images, videos, quizzes, and a glossary. Students can pin the information that they want to use to their grok and keep a bibliography or research notes in an integrated journal.
What makes instaGrok indispensable to teachers is its ability to facilitate self-directed learning of several critical skills, including researching and integrating discrete concepts.
My note: App for Android and iOS tablets is NOT available for smartphones and iTouch