Microsoft has rolled out a new preview build of Windows 10 for members of the Windows Insider program. Build 16188 for PC users includes updates for the Microsoft Edge web browser, some changes to the Windows Settings menus, and a number of bug fixes. The settings menu for Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant have now been […]
A quite interesting reading for unit 3
Social media has changed the way that we approach communication and networking. Educators around the world are learning and sharing together. While many educators have taken to social media like a fish to water, there is still some resistance and anxiety. Most of this anxiety comes from not knowing what to post or how to connect. Here are five ways that educators can utilize social media.
- Re-visualize The School Newsletter
For decades, teachers and administrators would send out weekly or monthly newsletters. These newsletters would often get lost in backpacks and binders, never to be seen again. Sending the newsletter via email directly to parents helped, but would often get lost in inboxes. Furthermore, information, dates and times would change between the date the newsletter was sent out and the date of the event. Twitter can be utilized to send out messages and reminders daily that go straight to a parent’s…
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You know that nice feeling you get when things just work? Well, here at Mendeley we love coming up with ways to make that happen for researchers everywhere, and building features that save them time is usually a good way to go about it.
As a PhD student myself, I know that one of the biggest time drains when doing your research can be the process of finding, processing and organizing your relevant citations and papers. Having to download each one individually before adding them to Mendeley was a big frustration when doing my literature review, and many academics in our community shared similar experiences.
That’s why the Mendeley team put a lot of work in building an improved Web Importer that was released last June and then integrating it with Science Direct and Scopus (as well as most other sites!) to make the process of putting those papers and…
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We want to make it as easy as possible to get your documents into Mendeley so you can get on with your work. To that end, we have developed a number of ways to add documents to Mendeley. You can now add documents via Desktop and Web in 7 different ways. With so many options, there’s a method to suit any workflow.
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As university professor, with great pressure to publish in academic journals, I find academic generalist networks essential, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu or Mendeley, which help me to:
- Disseminate on the web my published articles to try to obtain citations and name among the scientific community in my field of expertise
- Find research papers quickly and easily
- Search for collaboration and international research projects
- Share ideas and find solutions
I wonder if you can do the same on Facebook or Linkedin. Facebook don’t clearly do it because it’s very focused on leisure and personal life but, what about Linkedin? With millions of professors and professionals connected interested in science/research?
But no, it seems that we need a specific one to ourselves that differentiate researchers, with specific functionalities on usability and sociability (mainly source credibility), two main factors for evaluating online communities (Chinthakalaya
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Your results may be black and white, but your research doesn’t have to be! Mendeley now features the ability to annotate in multiple colors! How many colors? Eight different colors! Create a rainbow of annotations in your PDFs and sticky notes. Though the bright burst of color is the one you will likely notice […]
Have you ever heard of Digital Humanities?!? No? Me either. When I first heard those two words I thought well shouldn’t they cancel each other out? I mean who puts computers w people. Not the same right? What you probably don’t know, and neither did I, is that digital humanities is a small part […]
CONCEPT AND USES
An infographic is a visual representation of information in graphic format designed to make data easily understandable at a glance. The quick rise of infographics is primarily the result of the new, easy-to-use software available on the internet to create them. Nowadays, anyone can create an infographic thanks to the tools we will be presenting below.
We can safely affirm that almost anything can be converted into an infographic, and they certainly abound in almost any public environment: traffic signs, subway maps, tag clouds, musical scores, and weather charts are just a few examples among a huge number of possibilities.
Infographics are used to convey messages quickly, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships, and to monitor changes in variables over time. They may include bar graphs, pie charts, Gantt charts, histograms, line charts, tree diagrams, mind maps, or network diagrams.
Besides being visually appealing, there is more to them for online businesses. Infographics can be one of the most effective strategies in an overall digital marketing campaign because you are adding interactive content to your website. Some of the benefits of using infographics include:
- Generate traffic by taking advantage of the viral nature of infographics.
- Generate backlinks to your website from other websites that may embed your infographic.
- Create brand awareness, for example when you place your company logo at the bottom of the infographic.
Moreover, they are being used more and more frequently to help people understand the data contained in those websites by making statistical information more readily accessible.
Below you can see an example of infographics about the protection of our planet which communicates a clear message.
TOOLS TO CREATE INFOGRAPHICS
As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and with an infographic you can explain a full text only using images. Fortunately, there are tools on the web that can help you to create them, and the most important ones are the following:
Vizualize.me allows you to create an online resume format that is beautiful, relevant, and fun, all with just one click.
With Piktochart, you can create an innovative infographic using a combination of different types of visualisations: themes, icons, vectors, images and chart exporter. Drag-and-drop and click your way through color schemes, shapes and fonts, then export the materials as static or HTML to easily embed it for using them on your site.
Easel.ly is a fun tool to create your Infographics with drag-and-drop features and a simple interface. You can easily create and share visual ideas online, supported by ‘vhemes’ or visual themes that help you get started from the preset infographic style. Drag and drop a ‘vheme’ onto your canvas to turn your idea into a full infographic.
Visually helps you customize infographics in seconds, and no, you don’t have to be an analyst or designer to make infographics with Visually Create. Visual.ly also allows you to discover infographics and favorites from other users.
And last but not least, Genial.ly, whose main features are the following:
- It is a Spanish tool, which is presented as an alternative to Prezi. It is free, dynamic and interactive.
- When you access it, you can choose one of their templates to make presentations, images, cards, posters, CV’s, microsites, and also infographics.
- If you choose infographics, you have more than 20 templates for it or you can develop your own template. Immediately, you get a video tutorial to use it and an online chat where you can ask questions.
Below you will find an example:
You can connect other slides to these texts, for instance, if you click on Who am I? it will take you to the following one:
You can connect videos instead of fixed slides in the same easy way.
One of the main features of this tool is the chance to work collaboratively in an infographic or presentation, just typing in the email of the workers. You can also add new pages using different templates and connect all of them in the order you select. You can introduce your personal images (SVG or GIF format).
You can access your product at any moment with the View button. An easy example of using this tool is the following one where there are templates and videos:
You can use this tool at https://www.genial.ly/Dashboard.
Summing up, infographics are a visually-appealing way of displaying information that would be too arid if presented in a conventional manner. They can also help you to organise sets of data so that they make more sense to the reader, who will grasp your message quickly and will retain it because it was presented in a more attractive way than a simple list of facts and figures.
With the tools we have presented here, you can create great infographics very easily, and you should be especially aware of this possibility if you own a blog or a site and want to make it more known to the public. Who knows, the next viral infographic of 2016 may be of your making!
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I am back again to show you a great bibliographic database, quite intuitive. Ladies and gentlement… welcome to Literature Online (LION).
Literature Online (LION) http://literature.proquest.com.ezproxy.uned.es/
In this case it is specially important to be logged in to Campus UNED. UNED pays the subscription fee, otherwise you would only see a login page (like this one)
As I am studying American Literature II right now, I wanted to see some information about ‘The Great Gatsby’, and there were 1530 results.
As you can see, the information can be filtered by content type on the left hand bar.
My choice was this document, in ‘Reference Works’: The Great Gatsby from KnowledgeNotes™ Student Guides
Please, if you love literature in English, visit this database and search your favourite author or book! And let me know if you found what you were looking for 😉
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Sean Dowling, an Educational Technology Coordinator, looks at using Edmodo as an alternative to blogs for running web-based English language courses.
In my previous post, I discussed how blogs could be used to design, deliver and manage a complete English course. However, using blogs for this purpose has a number of potential weaknesses.
First, blogging platforms don’t have in built assessment tools. Second, while the comment/reply feature of blogs does allow for some interaction between course participants, it can get a little unstructured if there are a lot of learning activities. Finally, student privacy is a concern. Fortunately, there are some free, web-based learning management systems (LMS) that help with these problems. One such LMS is Claco; however, my favourite, which I have been using for about four years, is Edmodo.
Edmodo allows teachers to set up private, online…
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