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Turnitin's main website is currently unavailable: www.turnitinuk.com

Turnitin are currently investigating, although fix time is unknown at present. Users should be able to circumvent the issue by going directly to the login page:
https://www.turnitinuk.com/login_page.asp/login_page.asp

This issue does not affect those users using Turnitin via MOLE.
Leading academic plagiarism checker technology for teachers and students. Online plagiarism detection, grammar check, grading tools.
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David Read

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Today I learnt: Google Docs comments can have formatting
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Ros Walker

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Would anyone be interested in a meeting / session to look at how to 'manage' mobile devices - this would be, for example, if you have a set of devices (usually iPads) which you loan out or which belong to the University but are issued to members of staff? The session would be about control of access and deployment of software. 
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And don't forget folks that we will be having an open discussion about this at the next App Swap Breakfast so we can get a sense of what issue people think they need to address more generally when implementing mobile based learning.
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The Turnitin service is now available again.

It appears that the lack of access was caused not by Turnitin itself but through a Janet network problem which now seems to be clearing.

The service should still be considered at risk until the Janet network issues are resolved entirely.
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Andrew Tattersall originally shared:
 
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App Swap Breakfast #5 Communication Apps
Wed, June 24, 4:00 AM
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Sorry - clashing with contact day 2 of Teach Online. 
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Pete Mella

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A tip for Mac/iPad users I discovered this morning (thanks to +Graham F McElearney) - if you've upgraded to OS Yosemite, QuickTime will now see an attached iPad as a camera source when in 'New Movie Recording'.

This means it's an easy way to record a screencast demonstration of anything you have on your iPad. It also means you can use this to display your iPad on your Mac, meaning you don't have to switch between displays if projecting a demo of an iPad on a projector.
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David Read

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Sorry for the flurry of emails, but not having classes has freed up some time to just browse the web! Interesting tool for creating animated web videos, freemium model but can produce 10 mins of video at 480 with watermark for free. Tried it myself and produced this in about 5 mins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo9F-fnaOVg
Some similarities to Adobe Voice I think, a bit more powerful but limited by pricing model and need for computer.
Moovly is an online tool that allows you to create animated videos, tutorials, explainers, presentations, infographics, video clips, display ads or e-cards.
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David Read

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my new blog post (and indeed blog), directed towards non-native learners of Academic English, but enough tech in there to make it generally worth a quick skim. All about the joys of text expansion.
As a learning technologist for EAP students, I see one of my main roles as helping level the playing field for them. Linguistically, they are always going to have to work twice as hard as the nativ...
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Pete Mella

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A new section on Learner Analytics is now online in our TELHub, including a talk by ALT's Martin Hawksey from the White Rose Learning Technology Forum meeting held at Sheffield earlier in the year.

http://tel.group.shef.ac.uk/category/analytics/
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David Read

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For those of us with Android devices, you can sign up here to be an alpha tester of Mendeley.
PLEASE READ: The Mendeley Android app is currently in early "Alpha" state, meaning it's very cut-back in terms of features, and will have bugs. The alpha is NOT intended for people who just want early access to a Mendeley app.
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Thanks a lot +Andrew Tattersall really appreciate it
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David Read

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here's a link to all the recorded sessions at Google's recent Education on Air conference.
Join us for a free online conference. You have the best seat in the house (your own!) to learn with other educators. Explore the conference schedule below.
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Cheers David these look really useful G
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Trish Murray

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Does anyone know anything about allocating students to groups in MOLE? I have created a group set and now have an excel spreadsheet which Im trying to Import and allocate the students (247 of them) .. to the different groups. Only its not working! Has this ever worked :-(
Also urgently trying to do this .. 
Thanks, Trish
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Wot stars you guy are. I have got it to work .. thanks to Ian and Paul :-)
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David Read

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For those of you using Firefox on the managed desktop, you can now add a Google Scholar button to your browser bar to allow you to search for articles as you browse the web. Great stuff! (a chrome extension was released last month by the way)
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Turnitin UK service is currently experiencing technical issues which means it will likely be unresponsive for users at this present time.

Turnitin engineers are looking into the problem at present and I will update you all as information becomes available.
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Thanks, think it was a mix of JANET and me!
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Ian D Loasby

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There are changes to Java plugin support  in the newest version of Google Chrome. I'm just trying the  work round, otherwise Ill have to head back to Firefox.  https://java.com/en/download/faq/chrome.xml
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use chrome://flags/#enable-npapi  and then click enable if you want to keep support for legacy plugins
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Danny Monaghan

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MOLE will be unavailable from 3am to 5am Sunday 29th March for scheduled maintenance work.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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David Read

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After the demo of Audioboom at the app swap on Wednesday, just seen this new app available for iphone/ipad. Seems to have limited free option and then a paid unlimited version, uploads to soundcloud, haven't had a chance to try it out but the editing looks neat. Anyone played with this yet?
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David Read

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This is rather good. Create animated gifs from screencasts, great for blog posts to quickly show how to do something on screen.
Yesterday, I created a comprehensive guide to GroupZap and I used a number of animated GIFs to demonstrate certain functions. Today, Marisa asked me what tool I used to create them and I thought it...
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Oh hello...Just opened my Firefox browser and it tells me that I can now connect for free over video with anyone, anywhere, no sign-up or login needed.  All you need is the latest version of Firefox.
Learn all about Firefox Hello and see for yourself how easy it is to have a free video conversation with anyone, anywhere, right from your browser
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Great to see one of the big names in the internet world push webRTC like this, will have to have to try using it in anger soon :)
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Danny Monaghan

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Blackboard need to take MOLE offline this Sunday, March 8th, to fix an urgent security problem.   

They will be taking the whole of their hosted service down in chunks between 01:00 - 05:00, so although we will not be without MOLE for the whole of this period, we do not know for certain what time we will be affected.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Any resultant problems users may encounter should be reported to the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team at tel@shef.ac.uk
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