This website lists textbooks available online for free. As colleges look at reducing cost of learning associated with some of the required reading, teachers can adapt books from this library instead of using traditional bookstore offerings.
Great article by Ferris Jabr looking at differences between reading on paper and E-readers.
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages. In the referenced article ease of reading, comprehension and recalling the learned information out of long term memory is debated looking at some new research.
Innovative car companies are doing away with patents with the hopes of advancing their development and getting other companies on board in furthering their cause.
Tesla opens patents.
Success of Android operating system over Blackberry's proprietary software.
It seems that companies sharing their proprietary software can engage the development community and evolve with development of their software with complementing apps. Users like the choice and continual development and react by purchasing more products running the open software platforms.
This is a great infographic tool that lets you create professional and informative graphics to be used in marketing or classrooms. The tool is quite easy to use, the free version does contain a great deal of features to get any presentation running smoothly and easily. You will need to use a separate audio tool for audio recordings.
I was mindful of not overloading the presentation with too much information is that can sometimes be overwhelming to an audience trying to grasp new information.
I started using a class Facebook page to experiment with students getting live updates as a way to create greater engagement and to take the technology outside the classroom in a heavy content filled Business class. So far I have been posting pre-class reading material to the home page wall. I could have used our LMS - D2L, but the idea of the Facebook page was to create engagement not necessarily more to-do's. The LMS acts as a MUST-DO assignment area. The Facebook page acts as a fun - wouldn't it be great to know dumping grounds. Engagement has been slow from students but I can see it starting to develop into a great resource area for all.
Our class site is private, available only by invitation. This ensures are safe learning environment. During class, items requiring further exploration will get more resources posted on the Facebook page.
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
Click here to learn more about Creative Commons plus a short video explaining usage of their licenses.
Bowen (2012) points out that it’s unpractical and perhaps even foolish to think that we can design assignments for which students will simply choose not to use the greatest resource ever created for scholars. If you want students to learn to do something longhand that can be done in a fraction of the time on a computer or the Internet, you should have a good reason.
Have the students use online resources such as converters, wiki's and search engine to get some prior learning done in a timely manner. In class time can be used to discriminate the data for factual accuracy and types of usage in solving the concerns at hand.
Bowen, J.A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.
What makes up our belief systems?
See if confirmation bias affects your daily decisions. I have been trapped by my confirmation bias on infinite number of occasions. Discovering ways to break out of your confirmation bias can lead you to the truth and potentially greater knowledge.