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Mathieu Plourde

Alt-texts descriptions: 5 characteristics of best alt-texts - 0 views

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    "For a student who is visually impaired, alt-text descriptions are very important pieces of information. And when these descriptions are well-written, they can provide information just as effectively as the image they describe. So what makes an alt-text description effective? Here are five important characteristics they share:"
Mathieu Plourde

No One Cares What You Think, And What You Feel - 0 views

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    "My students had never expressed it in quite this way, but I know they'd experienced something similar. When I asked them about the audiences they'd written for previously, the most common response was "the teacher." In my book, that's not good."
Mathieu Plourde

University of Michigan prepares to test automated text-analysis tool - 0 views

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    "the automated text-analysis tool will be tested in a statistics course this fall. For three semesters, students in that class have responded to the same writing prompts, producing hundreds of essays on the same topics. The M-Write team has pored over those papers, identifying the features of papers that met the assignment criteria and those that missed the mark. The findings will be used to design an algorithm that makes the text-analysis tool look for those features."
Mathieu Plourde

Twine - 0 views

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    "Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories."
Mathieu Plourde

Hemingway Editor Helps Students and Teachers Write for Clarity - 0 views

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    "Hemingway is a markdown editor that coaches you to write more clearly, helping you to emulate Ernest Hemingway's trademark sparse, journalistic style. Though I don't use it as my main markdown editor, I've been thinking about ways it can be useful in a variety of learning tasks."
Mathieu Plourde

OttoBib - Free Automatic Easy Bibliography Generator. Fast! MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian - 0 views

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    "Enter ISBN of book(s) - separate with commas (,)"
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Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code - 0 views

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    "Jeannette M. Wing actually phrases it, "computational thinking" in her article on the subject, and writes that "Computational thinking is a fundamental skill for everyone, not just for computer scientists. To reading, writing, and arithmetic, we should add computational thinking to every child's analytical ability.""
Mathieu Plourde

Roadblocks to better critical-thinking skills are embedded in the college experience (e... - 0 views

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    "Along the way, we should encourage learners who have been raised on a diet of compliance and social control to take a critical mind-set. But that doesn't mean that we should teach them that all arguments are equally valid and that the truth is whatever you decide it is at that moment. Just as we learn to raise our standards when analyzing the claims of others, we also need to apply high standards to our own thinking. That's why critical thinking can be an important part of self-improvement. It can help you get what you want, but it can also help you decide what you want to want."
Mathieu Plourde

Top 10 Free Plagiarism Detection Tools For Teachers - eLearning Industry - 0 views

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    "Teachers If you are a teacher interested in checking your students' work for copied material, you can use the list below where you can find the Top 10 FREE Plagiarism Detection Tools for Teachers."
Mathieu Plourde

We Can't Train Students for the "Real World" - 1 views

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    "I cannot train them for something that doesn't exist, but I can help them build a set of skills and experiences that will make them flexible and self-regulating."
Mathieu Plourde

Hemingway - 0 views

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    "Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic - try editing this sentence to remove the red."
Mathieu Plourde

How To Cite Social Media In Scholarly Writing - 0 views

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    "So when we saw the very useful teachbytes graphic above making some noise on pinterest on several different popular #edtech websites, it reminded us of the constant demands changing technologies place on existing ways we do business. When and in what contexts it makes sense to cite social media content is probably a more relevant post than sharing a graphic that simply shows the format, but they're both nice to have, yes?"
Mathieu Plourde

The UnTextbook as a Path to Open Pedagogy | NextThought - 0 views

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    "You need to visit Laura's UnTextbook site to gain a full appreciation for the open content she has compiled for the course (and keeps compiling), and also to understand how it is representative of the future of openness, open content, and open pedagogy. While the UnTextbook certainly saves money for students, its real value is the way it opens the course structure and expands student learning networks."
Mathieu Plourde

15 Experts Share their Worst Blogging Advice Ever - 0 views

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    "I went out there and asked some experts: What is the WORST blogging advice you have ever heard or read? And more importantly WHY? Because there is a lot of common wisdom out there that is:  just not true. or does not work how you would expect or not for everyone. So without further ado, here are the experts telling you how it really is!"
Mathieu Plourde

Computers 'dramatically more reliable' than teachers in marking Alberta diploma-exam es... - 1 views

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    "Last fall, Alberta Education sent two 2013 diploma-exam questions along with nearly 1,900 student essay answers that had been graded by teachers to LightSide, a Pennsylvania company that develops computer software to score student essays. LightSide's automated algorithms outperformed human reliability in the Alberta study by about 20 per cent, said the company's January 2014 report to the government."
Mathieu Plourde

Academic ghostwriting: to what extent is it haunting higher education? - 0 views

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    "I would endorse a profoundly different attitude to academic writing, one that recognises its role in the development of responsible academic individuals and communities. I would like academic writing to become more integrated, not outsourced to market forces or bolted on as a response to last-minute deadlines."
Mathieu Plourde

How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing - 0 views

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    "As it seems that social media will only play a bigger role in future research of all disciplines, I took to doing my own research on how Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos, etc. should be cited in academic publications."
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The Period, Our Simplest Punctuation Mark, Has Become a Sign of Anger - 0 views

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    ""In the world of texting and IMing … the default is to end just by stopping, with no punctuation mark at all," Liberman wrote me. "In that situation, choosing to add a period also adds meaning because the reader(s) need to figure out why you did it. And what they infer, plausibly enough, is something like 'This is final, this is the end of the discussion or at least the end of what I have to contribute to it.'""
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One of the biggest bottlenecks in Open Access publishing is typesetting. It shouldn't be. - 0 views

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    "There's little reason for typesetting to be such an expensive bottleneck in both time and money when we have better solutions in place. Academia will have to adopt new methods of producing text-based content. This was true when scholars moved from typewriters to word processors like Microsoft Word. Word enabled new capabilities like saving documents and editing them over time, rich text formatting, and the like. Unfortunately, Word arrived in a world before the internet and has never been adapted to work with the internet. As a result, it takes months to get an article into a format that can communicate with the web. Keep in mind that once we have the text in a web-communicable form the innovative things we can do with it are endless in terms of presentation, analytics, and more. We can't reverse that scholarship is moving to the web so we might as well learn how to speak with the web, today."
Mathieu Plourde

Worthwhile automated feedback for student writing - 0 views

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    "Good automated feedback gets students writing more. This is the most important thing that any scaffolding for writing can do. The best thing that writers can do to improve their writing is to write more, and to keep practicing. Many students, though, are going to be stuck at the first draft above - they won't see how they can expand. Inexperienced writers need to be nudged in the right direction with advice like this teacher gives. By giving specific suggestions for how a writer can improve, this teacher is keeping students engaged in the writing process."
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