Link Roundup #7

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Intentional Change Theory: Achieving Manageable, Meaningful Change. Useful post on five steps to achieving real change.

Relax! You’ll Be More Productive. Article from business consultant on being more productive from being more rested and refreshed. Recommends working in 90 minute cycles then taking a break. Has some science and experience to back this up.

Make Use Of – “Welcome to MakeUseOf, a booming daily blog that features cool websites, computer tips, and downloads that make you more productive. The aim of MakeUseOf is to guide you through the web and tell you about hot websites that you have never heard of, best software programs, and all kinds of “how to” tips for Windows, Mac and Linux computer users.”  Looks like a nice place to find out about useful apps, and has some basic useful downloadable guides to popular software and operating systems.

Teens Stay Online More than They Did Just 3 Months Ago: Tablets a Big Reason Why.  What are the implications for college students?  For example, is this making studying more or less difficult?

Research management tools are getting more sophisticated, and I suspect will get much better over time.  ReadCube and Utopia Documents both add some interesting capabilities for exploring PDF documents.  See, for example, this article from Computerworld:   Utopia Documents Makes PDF Articles Easy to Explore, Not So Much to Read.  Also Readcube: An Excellent All-in-one Tool for Organizing, Finding, Reading, and Annotating PDF articles.

South Illinois University Picks Windows 8 Tablet over iPad; Highlights Costs and Managability.  I’m fascinated by stories of how higher ed is deploying and using tablets.  Some experiments will fail, some will succeed, will be nice to start hearing reports at conferences on which is which.

Google’s Keep Note-Taking Web and Android App Gets Its Official Public Launch.  Seems to have far fewer features than OneNote and Evernote, and those two already have a large user base, but might be useful for someone new to notebook software.

Create and Share a Virtual Wall of Documents and Media with Padlet.  App allows instant creation and sharing of a variety of formats of information and it can be easily disseminated.  I can see a lot of use for this for college students doing group work or for assignments in class.

Using iPads at School?  Sophia Now Provides Free Training to Teachers.  About tablets in higher education.  The article sounds like it is not aimed at teaching how to use an iPad per se but tips on using tablets in the classroom and using certian apps such as Dropbox and Evernote.

American Chemical Society Introduces ACS ChemWorx (TM).  Chemworx is built on colwiz, and research management software developed by scholars at Oxford University.  I’ve been interested in colwiz for a while, as it has more features than Mendeley or Zotero, but haven’t found much information on it.  It is also interesting that ChemWorx is designed to be a software that guides the entire research process, from the literature search to publication and collaboration.  There’s a little more detail from CAS, a division of ACS.

Can You Really Be Productive with a sub-$100 Tablet? While this is a review of a particular tablet, the title’s question is of interest to the education market, and the answer, for this tablet at least, seems to be yes.


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