Monday, November 25, 2013

Sanderling - Your Field Journal of Professional Development

Sanderling is a new community and Android app developed by An Estuary. Sanderling is part social network and part blogging tool. On Sanderling you can connect with other educators to share your learning experiences. You can create and or join projects to document what you've learned. To document what you've learned and found you can share blog posts, pictures, quotes, and links. Sanderling gives you the choice of making your projects public or private.

You can document and share what you've discovered through the Sanderling website or your can use the free Sanderling Android app to create and share.

Applications for Education
Sanderling is different from sharing on Twitter or Google+ in that you can create personal projects (goals would be a better name for projects in Sanderling) and track those projects with your colleagues. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sanderling evolves as a social network for professional development as more people try it.

Create a Library of Google Scholar Search Results

As I mentioned last month in my post about creating Google Scholar alerts, Google Scholar is one of the research tools that high school students often overlook. Last week Google added a new Google Scholar option that can help students organize their research. You can now create libraries of articles that you find through Google Scholar.

To create a Google Scholar Library sign into your Google account before searching on then just click "save" when you find an article you want save for future reference. Your saved items appear in your Google Scholar Library where you can apply labels to them and sort them.
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Applications for Education
Google Scholar indexes scholarly, peer-reviewed academic papers, journals, theses, books, and court opinions. These are materials that students usually won't find through, Bing, or Yahoo search.