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The Turnitin service will be unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, July 26th, 2014, from 5pm-5am. Turnitin state that they will be "making significant upgrades to improve capacity and scalability as our service utilization grows. This maintenance will affect Turnitin and TurnitinUK users."
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Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects.   Feedback on Written Work With the increased adoption of Google Apps …
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David Read

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I've signed up for this new beta product from Google letting teachers create assignments. Anyone else going to give it a try?
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if this somehow magically integrates Drive, G+, Gmail and Groups all in one lovely LMS, I'm going to be so happy. 
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Turnitin update:Turnitin report that students should now be able to submit assignments to Turnitin. However due to the backlog created by the original issue, there are currently delays in  Originality report generation. Will keep you posted

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Thanks to those who came to the inaugural App Swap Breakfast, I think we all found it a useful discussion as to some of the common issues we face in our various roles and how Apps are increasingly becoming important within education and research. It was refreshing to have such a lively conversation in a different setting, although made much easier by the lack of students and noise (no offence to them). I think we have to have the balance between a nice informal location and that we're able to hear each other speak. Also, as discussed this morning it would be really good to keep the forum open to all parties and apps as there's a lot of cross-over beyond the learning community into collaboration, communication, note-taking, research etc.

David Read suggested we have a Google Site, which I think would be good idea to host the Apps we cover and structure it around themes, medicine, collaboration, science etc. I'd like to propose that anyone who delivers a show n tell of an App gives it a little write up and maybe a video as well to add to such as a site, which can be cross-pollinated with any blogs such as the LT one.

Grazyna has kindly offered the Hawley Room in CiCS along with coffee for the next session, I'll see if I can dip into our petty cash pot to buy croissants ;-)

Also, I mentioned the short survey I conducted in ScHARR on mobile apps - the summary of results can be seen here, I had around a 15% response from the school which wasn't too bad - 51 responses. 
https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/forms/d/1yKdoG5ZB-IwQ10tVc94jSTDGtsm3IUPlB0BPqATTozs/viewanalytics

The dates we get get the Hawley Room are as follow, please can you fill it in ASAP - I will post this on the LT G+ page as well.
http://doodle.com/59eemb2b7rd8d6wf

Also, finally - does anyone have any preferences on a theme for the next one, or shall we just go with a variety of Apps, I have a couple I'd like to talk about and know there offers of demoing Evernote, Turnitin etc​
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David Read

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at the app swap this morning I mentioned a plug-in for google docs that allows you to access your Mendeley library and insert references/citations. Here's the link to the service, do note that you can use a thirty-day trial for free but after that there is a monthly fee ($2.99, not sure how that translates into pounds)

I've played around with it a little and it works pretty well, functions quite similar to the Mendeley plug-in for Word. The search box doesn't seem quite as functional as the Mendeley one, it seems to take a little longer to find the article you're looking, but all in all it seems like a decent temporary solution until Mendeley work out how to integrate directly into Google Docs. 
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Cheers for this, had a look at it and will factor it into the post I'd drafted about Google. It looks useful and certainly would do the job. I can't help but feel it's either a workaround though - be great if Mendeley et al did this first hand - rather than have to export out of there first. Also really good reference management software really seems to work best as a desktop and Web-based combo, I know eventually desktop will be less important, but for handling 1000s of refs it needs to be quite robust. Certainly one to watch - it's certainly another example of the scientists making tools that they themselves would want to use. Cheers
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David Read

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I know it's a popular piece of software at the uni so you might want to join this community.
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This is one of the best reverse image search engines I've come across and is really useful for those times when someone hands you something to assess and you suspect they've just nabbed any old image off of the Web - always helps to be naturally suspicious in this business ;-)
http://www.tineye.com/
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TinEye's great, but I sometimes find you get different results if you use Google Image Search - if you click on the camera icon by the search box you can 'search by image'.
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Coursera android app just installed. Does what it says on the tin, very smooth operation. Revisiting my old courses!
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Just been trying this out on ios and android, a fabulous remote access programme to use your mac or PC on a tablet. Works very well, you do need to pay ultimately but there is a two- week free trial to evaluate it. Anyone else tried this?
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The Microsoft Remote Desktop app works well for connecting to Windows based PCs (and is free).
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Danny Monaghan

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Just a reminder that if you want to get your hands on the new version of MOLE to help us do some testing and you haven't done so already, please let me know. I'm hoping to give access next week.
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+Danny Monaghan Any idea when this will be Danny? I'd like to do a little testing specifically of the new 'add to portfolio' tool I've heard about. I'm thinking of trialling it next semester....
Is this too soon do you think?
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Can anyone interested in coming to the second App Swap Breakfast please complete this doodle poll as soon as possible please :-)
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Turnitin is now functioning correctly and there are no delays in submission or Originality Report creation

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Ian D Loasby

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Just for the sake of research I just signed up to create free course on Canvas. Anyone else had a look at it yet?
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Yes, we were considering it as a MOOC platform maybe 18 months ago. Generally it's as good as the course designers make it. More usable than Blackboard for my money, but I've seen some awful implementation on there too. 
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Turnitin is currently experiencing a global issue with Turnitin submission. Students may not be able to submit to Turnitin at this time.

The Turnitin engineers are working on this issue. I will keep you updated.

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David Read

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another clever Chrome extension that allows you to select text in any image on the web. 
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Impressive. Had a quick play. It was quite good at finding text and lettihg you select it, but when I tried copying what was selected and pasting it, the result was pretty inaccurate :(
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Chrome version 34 has a bug which will not allow insecure content to be unblocked. For instance, uPlayer media in MOLE cannot be persuaded to play:
https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!msg/chrome/xfoiQuK_ogs/tOcaPYnymFkJ

All we can do is wait for the bug to be fixed and/or use another browser for now.
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Dear All

Sheffield Hallam are running a Social Media for Learning Teaching and Assessment event and they have kindly reserved some spaces for colleagues at the University of Sheffield to attend. The event is going to be repeated twice, on 1st May and lasts 1 hour 15 mins. There will be 10 tables and people will be talking about how they are using social media. The sessions  look really varied and I think there will be something for everyone, some of the sessions include:

- starting out with using social media in learning
- Blended use of Facebook and Twitter for a deeper level learning
- using LinkedIn for enhancing employability
- using Pinterest for curation
- sharing the range of ways in which students are working with social media on the Venture Matrix

Feel free to share the invite, we only have a few spaces available to us, so if you'd like to go, do book soon.

Programme:  http://go.shu.ac.uk/socialmediaLTA.

Where:  Hallam Hall at Hallam's City campus

When: 1st May 9.30 - 10.45 OR 11.15 - 12.30

Cost: Its FREE to attend

Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/a/sheffield.ac.uk/forms/d/1RWDqW01eGB180Bny3bzC7AVO9sfF5b3zXMRsd7WfwuU/viewform

Farzana
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The latest version of Google Keep for android now can transcribe text from pictures, which is an amazing feature and works pretty well. I've been at a conference for the last few days and this has been a great chance to test this out as I take a lot of pictures of slides. Couple of examples below: the quote from the slide is transcribed very well considering the quality of the image, the font and the slide background. Apart from the odd mistake with spelling and punctuation, it pretty much nails it. The hotel info also only has a couple of mistakes.
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