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Handbook of Research on Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating Advancements
A small application that any user can embed in his/her own online environment (website, blog etc.) to share content with different social media (e.g. Twitter).
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Teacher Training and Social Media: Using a Multi-Author Blog for Lifelong Learning
Laura Fedeli (University of Macerata, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2122-0.ch044
The chapter deals with the implementation of a multi-author blog which was launched during the post-lauream course Online Tutor, promoted by the University of Macerata (Italy), and which aims to train teachers (both pre-service and in-service teachers at different school levels), to acquire the necessary skills to manage tutoring tasks for online courses. The description of the development of the blog from a course related tool to a lifelong community environment, aims to highlight the possibilities of the social online environment for fostering teachers’ reflections related to an online university training course and to provide an action strategy to create a participatory space for their lifelong learning. The key aspects of the project were the roles played by the blog in conveying and socializing the students’ personal experiences during the online learning process and the awareness that developed of the potential for a community blog to become a constantly-updatable educational space which can be used beyond the boundaries of the specific course it was designed for.
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Dashboards for Management
This term was coined by Apple Co. for a number of prefabricated tools that can be downloaded and used in the interface of a dashboard and other systems.
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RSS and Syndication for Educators
A small piece of web functionality that can be placed on a web site. A widget might display items from an RSS feed or the current weather for a location.
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Brand Driven Mobile Marketing: 5 Theses for Today and Tomorrow
A widget is a small computer program that does not operate as an independent application but is tied into a graphical user interface (GUI) or a web site. Mainly these are utility or helper applications. In parallel to the development of widgets for operating systems, widgets in the shape of web applications started to evolve. Many of those widgets do not offer complex functionality but simply display information gathered from other sources (syndication) Apple introduced widgets in April 2005 with the integration of “Dashboard” into its latest version of Mac OS X
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Analysis and Evaluation of the Connector Website
A Web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based Web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation. They are derived from the idea of reusable code that has existed for years. Nowadays other terms used to describe Web widgets including: gadget, badge, module, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Web widgets often but not always use DHTML, Adobe Flash or JavaScript programming languages.
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