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Monday, May 8, 2017

How to Create a Flowchart on Padlet

Late last month Padlet introduced a handful of new features. One of those features is the option to show connections between notes on a Padlet wall. Connector lines are now available to show the connections between notes. The connector lines can be used on Padlet walls that you create entirely by yourself and on Padlet walls that are created collaboratively. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to create a flowchart on Padlet.

Cite It In - A Free Tool for Creating Reference Citations

Cite It In is another in a long list of tools that are designed to help students properly format research citations. Cite It In provides students with templates for creating inline and bibliography citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago style. Cite It In works the same way regardless of the citation style that students choose.

To use Cite It In students simply go to the site, pick a style, and fill in the information requested in the template. Once the template is completed, students click "generate citation" and a citation is created for them to copy and paste into their documents.

Applications for Education
Cite It In isn't as slick as some of the other citation generators on the web, but it is simple and easy to use. One drawback to it is that students will have to do a lot of copying and pasting if they have a lot of references to cite.

Publish This Email - A Simple Blogging Tool

PublishThis.email is the latest in a string of relatively new services offering a quick and easy way to publish your writing online. PublishThis.email lets you create simple webpages by just sending an email to page@publishthis.email. The email that you send to that address will be turned into a webpage in a matter of seconds. You will be emailed a link to your new page. In your page you can include text and images, but video isn't supported.

The service does have some drawbacks. First, you can delete your page but you cannot edit your page once it is published. Second, anything that appears in your email signature will be published. For example, my email signature includes my phone number. You'll need to delete your signature before sending an email to PublishThis.email.

Applications for Education
PublishThis.email could be handy for teachers who want to quickly publish a webpage to announce an event. Some students might like the service for publishing a somewhat anonymous blog.

There are some concerns to note with PublishThis.email. The biggest concern is that students are going to be sending emails to a service that hasn't published any privacy statement that I can find.

At this point I'm inclined to recommend Telegra.ph as a better option for publishing writing online without the need to create an account or use an email address.