This is your brain on Mendeley Desktop

As I have been continuing my work on the literature review, I become more enthralled with the features of Mendeley Desktop.  I have put over 100 PDF journal articles into my database.  They are now indexed by author and author keywords (automatic) and by my tags.  But there is more…  You know when you remember …

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Navigating Mendeley Desktop

1.  What have I learned today? As I am going through literature and taking notes, the most efficient way to do this seems to be: Import .pdf of article into Mendeley desktop, by dragging and dropping the article icon onto Mendeley desktop. Verify bibliographic metadata.  If it does not autofill, type in article title and …

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Efficient Academic Writing… the Project

This blog will be used as a learning journal for an independent learning project. The project is to learn how about academic writing… How to organize research literature and notes… and how to take those notes and produce a finished academic piece such as a book chapter. I will answer the same four questions for …

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Beginning a new project

This semester I will do an independent study with the science educator at my college.  The purpose of this is two fold… (1) Since I am in Educational Technology, I will work with her to incorporate some best practices of technology use into the course.  AND (2) To prepare myself for the possible future of …

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The evolution of the machine: from content dispenser to learning response system

In Chapter 4 of Teachers and Machines, Cuban examines the teaching profession and the myriad of tasks the teacher is expected to accomplish in a relatively small amount of time. One of those tasks is the evaluation, selection and adaptation of appropriate technologies into  the teaching routine. The teacher must perceive that the technology has …

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Everything changes and nothing changes…

When I first opened this book, my initial thought was… Why am I reading this 24 year old book? So, perhaps my mindset was a bit negative at the outset. I dutifully began reading Chapter 1 of Teachers and Machines. Cuban’s discussion of reform in American education at the turn of the century struck a …

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