Importing & Managing Bibliographic References with Zotero, the open source alternative to Endnote or Refworks…

For those of you fond of open source option, Zotero is a cool research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from “The New York Times”, or a book from your university library, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites. Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.

All you need to do is to go to zotero.org download it onto your computer and once you have installed it in your computer(make sure to choose the right one for your operating system Mac, PC…) you can start adding the papers you want.

It acts a little like an iTunes playlist. Most of you already have iTunes and know well what I am talking about here. It is a great way to put your files together.

Zotero organizes your research into collections like in music genders that can be added later to any number of named collections and subcollections, which in turn can be organized however you like. With saved searches, you can create smart collections that automatically fill with relevant materials as you add them to your library. It includes (if you want) an Icon to your browser and simply clicking there you can add info to your bibliography while you are surfing the web.This is our gropu,

One of its best features is groups tool to share any sort of references. Know here how it works and practise by adding new references to our own group:

Other features are :

  • People (Your can find users from diferent disciplines, find yours!)
  • Documentation, with written tutorials about this tool.
  • Forums to find more help about this tool

It takes a little practise at first, but once you get started it is a very useful tool.

Thanks William for your help!

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Using Multimedia in the Classroom – Macmillan Online Conference 2014

http://www.macmillanenglish.com/events/using-multimedia-in-the-classroom/

This author and many other teacher trainers will deliver their webinars for free in the following weeks.

Try to drop by one of these sessions
and share the experience using the comment option in this same post.

If you are interested on phonetics,  Udrian Underhill will be a good choice.

There’s No App for Good Teaching

I thought this article could be of our interest 😉

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner and Katie Davis are both featured in an article from TED about integrating technology to improve the classroom. Drawing on research from their book The App Generation, Gardner and Davis advocate for the open-ended use of technology to force students to draw on inner strengths and suggest that parents and educators question the purposes and processes behind particular programs/apps. With a critical eye, teachers can distinguish technologies that facilitate new methods of thinking, allowing students to “transcend” apps and learn in different ways.

Read the article in it’s entirety onTED Ideas.

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The power of authoring tools to learn in a playful way

As you may know, the written exam that you will have to pass by the end of this course contains 20 multiple choice questions. We ask you not to learn by heart all the questions found in previous years. It is very easy to pass that exam successfully if you have practised with the key applications seen in this subject. This is the reason why the template for the final activity is available all through the course, so that you can add all the urls and names of all the activities that you are completing while you study.

We invite you to create your own questions in a space reserved for that end at Wikispaces (The first item is an example. Make sure you elaborate similar questions, that is, with four choices):

http://aplicacionesticee.wikispaces.com/Questions+bank

Once you’ve found more than 5 questions in this bank, you can give a step forward, generate an interactive test to be shared with the rest of your mates. These are some examples, although you can use others:

Hotpotatoes (Make sure you download the most convenient version for you).

Free software for interactive educational activities if you just log in. It includes five different applications ready to be uploaded to the Internet. These applications are

1. JCloze (filling the gaps texts),

JCross (to create crosswords),

JMatch ( to match /drag and drop columns of items,

JMix (to order words or elements)

and JQuiz the most approppriate one to generate multiple questions quizzes) .

There is also a sixth application called The Masher, that will compile all the Hot Potatoes exercises into one unit.

Once your have the HMTL page ready, all you have to do is finding a space to host it*, and…. that’s all;)

* This can be an educational platform, of course!

You can find tutorials here: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hot+potatoes

Exam Time  (You can create concept maps and take notes apart other options as well)

Excellent free tool, really easy to use. Just log in.

Changing the way you learn, for students & teachers to create, discover and share learning resources. Apart from multiple choice questions, you can build mind maps, flashcards, and digital notes for free. Also, you can create work groups so that students or work mates can interact, use calendars to organize your work, for cooperative learning, etc. Begin with this video tutorial to break the ice with this tool.

multiplatform_exam_time

Quizlet

Quizlet makes studying seem more like fun, and not like boring school work! It makes it so much easier to really understand and memorize. Just sign up!
Its creator explainis here why he decided to produce Quizlet here.

You can find many categories such as Science, Math, History, Geography, Arts, Literautre, and a long list of languages and vocabulary. Flashcards and study tools , free app “to study anything, anywhere”
Tutorials: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=quizlet

This is  an example: http://quizlet.com/class/1405270/ Feeel free to add your own quizzes.

Your will find plenty additional information on the Internet to know how to deal with this optional activity. It will be extremely rewarding if you use them in the classroom, in the case you are a teacher.

National Libraries in English language all around the world

As we have seen in the first unit of this subject, online databases are one of the most useful resources to you, as students of English Studies. Even if you are carrying out a research, looking for information or trying to check words, acronyms or find more information about American Slang, for example, in these online databases you can find articles, web pages, books, dictionaries or newspapers to help you and to solve your doubts.

Queries are easy to make, and you can browse resources in categories or search different collections. Many of the resources are freely available, and with just one click, you can get a lot of resources that you should refine to find the most suitable for your needs.

These are three of the most remarkable online databases from Libraries:

British Library

The British Library is one of the most important libraries in the world and one the largest by number of items catalogued as well. Companies, researchers, professors, and students from UK and from all over the world consult its catalogue. In fact, more than six million searches are generated by their online catalogue and about 400,000 people go their Reading Rooms. Its online catalogues include more than 20 specialist catalogues with nearly 57 million records that can be consulted remotely. Sounds, images, books, articles are included.

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is considered the USA’s oldest federal cultural institution and, along with the British Library, the largest library in the world, containing millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its different collections.

Its catalog has more than 18 million books, serials, computers files, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources to be consulted. Thousands of items in the Library’s collections are available electronically, through the Library or through freely-accessible web sites**. It is remarkable that the Online Catalogue has searching aids for users, for example, cross-references and scope notes. There is only one database, since the catalogue records are not separated depending on type of material, language or date.

** You can subscribe via RSS to the updatings of some of these pages.

National Library of Australia

The greatest collection in the world of material relating to Australia and the Australian people is held in The National Library of Australia. Its range of publications includes the earliest European works and the most current publications. As The British Library and The Library of Congress, different types of materials are included: books magazines, pictures, maps, sheet music, oral history recordings, and manuscript papers among others.

Using its online database, using eResources, indexes, full-text journals, websites and guides can be located.

These are just some examples . If you now more National Libraries, please, add them through a comment to this post.

Would you like to learn how to generate BIDI QR Codes?

It is quite easy with free tols like this:

http://www.codigos-qr.com/en/

Generador de Códigos QR Codes

This QR Generator will allow you to work with:

and it is quite easy to use. Just copy and paste the url which you would like to convert into BIDI code, and voilà! Try and share your experience either here or in the forum (general matters).

Welcome to the academic course 2014-15

I would like to begin the first post of this year by recommending the same webinars’ collection that I recommended last year:

http://www.macmillanenglish.com/webinars/

You will find different topics dealing with ELT, although I would like to highlight this one:

Using Multimedia in the Classroom
2014-11-12Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014
Robert-Campbell 2014
Who is it for?

The Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014 is open to all teachers and professionals working in ELT and is completely FREE to attend!
Description

Part of the Secondary session at the Macmillan Education Online Conference 2014, this webinar is designed to help teachers better understand how they can bring multimedia into the classroom to help develop their students’ digital literacy.

Webinar details

Using Multimedia in the Classroom with Robert Campbell

Wednesday 12th November 2014: 11.00-11.45 (GMT)

With multimedia playing such an important part in teenagers’ lives today, how can we use multimedia in the classroom to make learning more meaningful and motivating while at the same time helping to develop our students’ digital literacy?

In this webinar we’ll be looking at some simple ways to bring technology into the classroom as well as exploring the wide range of multimedia that today’s course books offer the tech-savvy and not-so-tech-savvy teacher.

About Robert Campbell

Robert has worked as a teacher, an ELT magazine editor, and an author. He is one of the co-authors of Beyond, Macmillan’s new international secondary course. He is also one of the co-authors of the secondary course English in Motion (Richmond Publishing).

Robert has written several readers including Owl Hall (Macmillan); finalist in the 2013 ELTon Awards for innovation in learner resources and the Extensive Reading Foundation Learner Literature Awards. In 2013 he won a Learner Literature Award for his reader The Green Room (Helbling). Find out more about Robert on his website.

More information here:

http://www.macmillanenglish.com/events/using-multimedia-in-the-classroom/

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