Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Early Weekly Reader

15 Tips for Facilitating Online Discussion
"Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge." -- Kati Lepi, Edudemic Online Learning, 3/15/14

U.S. Library Data: IMLS Releases Preview of 24th Annual (FY 2011) Public Library Survey
"The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has released a preview (summary and data) of the FY 2011 Public Library Survey." -- Gary Price, InfoDocket, 3/12/14

The Best Add-Ons for Google Drive
"Yesterday, Google introduced add-ons for Google Docs and Sheets. These add-ons allow you to add all kinds of functionality to your documents, including signing faxes, creating bibliographies, and more. While it's still in its infancy, here are a few of the best add-ons available at launch." -- Thorin Klosowski, Lifehacker, 3/12/14

One Email, Much Outrage
"Rachel Slocum’s problems began with an email she sent at the end of long day. It was Tuesday, October 1, and the federal government had partially shut down as a result of a budget impasse. The U.S. Census Bureau and Education Department websites were out of commission, leaving the students in her introductory geography class without access to data for an assignment." -- Peter Schmidt, Chronicle Faculty, 3/10/14

Six Online Rubric Makers Worth Trying
"I feel as though I’ve come across a lot of discussion about assessments as of late. Where are they most useful? What type of assessment is best for different types of subject matter? Which question type is most appropriate? How can I get the most information out of an assessment? These are some of the big questions I’ve seen thrown around." -- Katie Lepi, Edudemic, 2/15/14

How API's Connect the World
"Almost a year ago, I wrote about a deal in which Intel bought Mashery, a startup ReadWrite has covered closely over the years. Where once we thought of computing as an operation performed by chips in boxes, it now takes place at a higher level: Services connected by APIs, or application programming interfaces, power the Internet. " -- Owen Thomas, ReadWrite, 3/14/14

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