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Research tools: online tools for educators and educational technologists

Online tools recommended by social scientists. Links are provided below. Feel free to add your own...

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1 April 2010

For accessing relevant literature

  • Google Scholar

For sharing and accessing files

  • Delicious
  • Dropbox
  • Google Docs

For staying in touch with the field and with colleagues

  • Times Higher Education
  • Guardian Education
  • BERA (British Educational Research Association)
  • Twitter
  • Plurk
  • MSN
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn

For developing, sharing and presenting ideas

  • Mindmeister

For relevant conferences

  • JISC mail

For funding opportunities

  • ResearchResearch

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Carolyn Hunt
12:40pm 17 April 2011

For sharing and accessing files I would add Mendeley. I am finding this more and more useful as I continue to use it for organising, marking up and notetaking on Pdfs and for sharing documents using the 'groups' function.

Fergus Timmons
8:57am 26 April 2013

There are loads of apps and tools that facilitate sharing, accesssing and collaboration among students and teachers.

One tool for sharing information with colleagues is Diigo  which allows you to annotate, access and share virtually anything on the web with anyone else or just your colleagues.

Another collaborative tool I came across recently is Voicethread. This allows users to share, and comment on artefacts like pictures or PowerPoint slides. Very useful.


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