Will Thalheimer’s Research-to-Practice How-to-Summarize Guide

I really appreciate Will Thalheimer’s work because he translates and applies research to help practitioners. This resource helps researchers, though, and is more-than-worth the price of downloading (i.e., it’s free!):

http://willthalheimer.typepad.com/files/outline_guide_for_research_summary_2011.pdf

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Research Tools I Want to Explore

There are several research tools I’ve been meaning to investigate. I hope to delve into them this month. They include:

Zotero at http://www.zotero.org/

Mendeley http://www.mendeley.com/

and the Intute resources for Educational Technology listed here (must check them out before the now closed database is taken off-line in 2014):

http://www.intute.ac.uk/cgi-bin/browse.pl?id=120544

If you have any thoughts on the above resources, I’d love to hear them! Do you like one or more of them? Do they work well for specific research tasks? Are they intuitive to use? Are they kept up-to-date? Are there other, similar tools you prefer?

A Curating Site that Rivals Pinterest!

Screen shot of the Learnist social network.

Screen shot of the Learnist social network.

Just saw this post about “Learnist,” an educational social network similar to Pinterest that’s been produced by Grockit (see their featured page at http://learni.st/category/featured). It seems more organized and a search for “instructional design” on their site immediately yields great results! It is advertised as a place where you can “curate” content.  Here’s a quote and a review of Learnist that says the site was on TIME’s 2012 list of best websites:

Learnist was launched in May 2012 to encourage people to learn from and teach each other about a wide range of academic and casual learning topics. Users can curate digital and online resources into a media-rich board, called a Learn Board, to share their expert knowledge.

Review:

http://edudemic.com/2012/12/this-is-the-new-learnist/