Interesting bits and pieces

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Just a few things to chat about today – some are just interesting things, others are things to play with. ok, so what is first on my list?

I think I’ve mentioned Storify to you before as a great way to present interesting and newsworthy content. Today I stumbled across this really useful post from the ReadWriteWeb about the do’s and don’ts for successfully using Storify. It all seems so easy once you read it but the two examples show that the advice given is really helpful.

And now for something completely different 🙂 Kissing it Better. I thought some of our nursing students (and lecturers) might be interested in this one. I think this is really quite a clever site – it is asking anyone and everyone to share some really simple ideas that help to bring a smile to the face of someone who is ill and/or to their relatives and carers. At the bottom of the page is a link to Notes on Nursing, written by Florence Nightingale – you can buy the book but you can also have a quick peek inside. Flo knew what she was writing about all those years ago – it still applies today.

Thanks to profhacker in The Chronicle of Higher Education for this next piece of information. The post about screencasting tools, the first one mentioned might be of a little interest to you all (‘cos it’s free) but I think you will probably prefer the second one (let’s face it it’s only about £2.00) Explain Everything. The post gives it a very good write-up and, although it is an iPad app it also works on a PC or Mac. It sounds like a very good way of keeping notes, etc throughout the day.

To end up, here are four links that will interest quite a few of you for one reason or another – they will especially interest education students (and lecturers). The first link is Confusing Words, where you can type in a word you confuse with another and find out its meaning, a cross between a dictionary and a thesaurus. Next is Cool Tools – a whole load of tools you can use with learners to help with their understanding of English, Maths, etc or just for fun. I really like the Oatmeal Grammar Pack, unfortunately it’s American but a smashing idea someone could work with for people on this side of the pond. Finally we come to The Free Dictionary site – you could use this stuff to embed on your own web page or you could just make personal use of it on this site. A great idea with lots of different discipline specific dictionaries available, go and have a look I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

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About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

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