Showing posts from August, 2009

Twitter for Teaching

Nigel Robertson reports the following fascinating pilot project using Twitter."We are currently running a pilot using Twitter ... Trainee teachers are tweeting while they are out on teaching practice. They need to tweet at least 3 times per day and we've asked them to answerWhat are you learning right now?What do students say about their learning right now?Where are you learning right now?What are you going to do next?What is getting in the way right now?what are you thinking about learning?...the tweets are the raw stuff of reflection, able to be revisited later and also forcing the trainees to externalise their thoughts on the learning process for themselves and their students.

Our trainee teachers are posting tweets by text message (SMS) on their mobile phones. This means that they are not tied to finding a computer or internet access and allows them to tweet as soon as possible after an event.

The pilot is just in week 3 but we can already see some great insights into the l…

The Cloud of Unknowing Competition

This is from Chapter 68 of The Cloud of Unknowing:

"But thus will I bid thee. Look on nowise that thou be within thyself. And shortly, without thyself will I not that thou be, nor yet above, nor behind, nor on one side, nor on other.

“Where then,” sayest thou, “shall I be? Nowhere, by thy tale!” Now truly thou sayest well; for there would I have thee. For why, nowhere bodily, is everywhere ghostly. Look then busily that thy ghostly work be nowhere bodily; and then wheresoever that that thing is, on the which thou wilfully workest in thy mind in substance, surely there art thou in spirit, as verily as thy body is in that place that thou art bodily. And although thy bodily wits can find there nothing to feed them on, for them think it nought that thou dost, yea! do on then this nought, and do it for God’s love. And let not therefore, but travail busily in that nought with a waking desire to will to have God that no man may know. For I tell thee truly, that I had rather be so nowhere …

Text Matcher

Tired of Turnitin? Confused by Copyscape?
Plagium is, yes - another text matcher (otherwise mis-known as a plagiarism checker)! Have a look, though, it's very easy to use and produces its results as big red balls on a timeline: what's not to like about that?
They say: "Plagium is an innovative, fast, and easy-to-use means to check text against possible plagiarism or possible sources of origination. Simply enter text that you would like to analyze into the text box and let Plagium do the rest of the work.You can also check the contents of an entered URL for its sources."
I tried it out and quite liked its ease of use - might be useful if you have a suspicion and might wish to have a chat with a student about the implications of the matched text that you've found.