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Commentpress ¶ 1 CommentPress is an open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph-by-paragraph, line-by-line or block-by-block in the margins of a text. New in CommentPress 3.8: select some text and comment specifically on that selection. Annotate, gloss, workshop, debate: with CommentPress you can do all of these things on a finer-grained level, turning a document into a conversation. ¶ 2 CommentPress Version 3.8.x (known as CommentPress Core) is now available for download at the WordPress Plugin Directory, and is compatible with the latest WordPress standalone and multisite versions. ¶ 3 The name of the plugin has been changed from CommentPress to CommentPress Core for two reasons: (a) because it serves as the basis for extending it for your purposes and (b) to safeguard historical installations, which could break if they upgrade. ¶ 6 CommentPress was originally developed by Eddie Tejeda at the Institute for the Future of the Book.

Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Today, I am running a workshop about using mind mapping and brainstorming tools to help students meet some of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts. Below are some of the tools that we will be using today. On a related note, if you're interested in having me come to your school or facilitate a virtual workshop, please click here for more information. Popplet is a great service that combines the best of online sticky note services like Wallwisher with collaborative mind mapping functions. Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. Realtime Board is a new online tool for hosting online, collaborative brainstorming sessions. Inkflow is an iPad app for visual thinkers who like to sketch to process what they're hearing, seeing, and learning. iBrainstorm is a free brainstorming application for the iPad and the iPhone. SyncSpace is a collaborative whiteboard app available for iPad here and for Android here.

Collaborative Writing Tools And Technology: A Mini-Guide Collaborative writing tools are those technologies that facilitate the editing and reviewing of a text document by multiple individuals either in real-time or asynchronously. Online, web-based collaborative writing tools offer great flexibility and usefulness in learning groups and educational settings as they provide an easy mean to generate text exercises, research reports and other writing assignments in a full collaborative fashion. Collaborative writing tools can vary a great deal and can range from the simplicity of wiki system to more advanced systems. Basic features include the typical formatting and editing facilities of a standard word processor with the addition of live chat, live markup and annotation, co-editing, version tracking and more. Google itself has recently entered this field with its Google Docs, a fully-web based collaborative writing tool formely known as Writely. Here are more details about collaborative writing: Web-based Collaborative Writing tools Zoho Writer

How to Clean Squid and Harvest Squid Ink How to Clean Squid Whole squid is becoming quite popular with home cooks because they contain a gourmet prize: squid ink. Squid ink has become the secret ingredient for famous chefs around the world to not only color pastas and risottos, but also lend a touch of flavor. Squid ink is available in some gourmet markets at a hefty price, but if you buy whole squid, you can harvest your own squid ink. All it takes is a bit of careful cleaning. Cleaning your own will also save you money. To clean squid (see the photos step-by-step), grip the head in one hand and the body in the other. The tentacles are perfectly edible. Inside the body, you will feel a long, thin sliver of cuttlebone which must be removed and discarded. The outer colored skin can be scraped or rubbed from the body tube under running water, leaving the white meat. Rinse meat and tentacles inside and out under cold running water. More about Squid and Calamari:

A.nnotate ELAN ELAN is a professional tool for the creation of complex annotations on video and audio resources. With ELAN a user can add an unlimited number of annotations to audio and/or video streams. An annotation can be a sentence, word or gloss, a comment, translation or a description of any feature observed in the media. Up to 4 video files can be associated with an annotation document. ELAN is written in the Java programming language and the sources are available for non-commercial use. Main other features Download ELAN How To Make Students Better Online Researchers I recently came across an article in Wired Magazine called “ Why Kids Can’t Search “. I’m always interested in this particular topic, because it’s something I struggle with in my middle and high school classes constantly, and I know I’m not alone in my frustrations. Getting kids to really focus on what exactly they are searching for, and then be able to further distill idea into a few key specific search terms is a skill that we must teach students, and we have to do it over and over again. We never question the vital importance of teaching literacy, but we have to be mindful that there are many kinds of “literacies”. In the past, we spent a lot of time in schools teaching kids how to do library research, and how to use a variety reference materials like dictionaries, encyclopedias, microfiche, card catalogs, public records, anthologies, and other sources too numerous to recall. The real answer? SPEND TIME teaching your kids the digital literacy skill of proper searching. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Collaborative writing software online with Writeboard. Write, share, revise, compare. Hello, We launched Writeboard back in October of 2005 as a stand-alone service. A few years later we integrated Writeboards into Basecamp Classic and Backpack. As part of refocusing on Basecamp, we’ve decided to retire But don’t worry — any Writeboards you already created here at will continue to work. Thanks to everyone who used over the years. Onwards, Jason Fried, Founder & CEO, Basecamp

Make Ink & Paper at Home for Kids Ink Inks were originally made from the natural pigments in living materials such as berries, nuts, and leaves. The pigments in a green leaf, for example, absorb all the color wavelengths of light except for green. Berry Ink. Walnut Ink. Invisible Ink. Paper In Egypt, the first paper was made from the water grass papyrus. Now we have technology that allows us to make shiny book covers and photo paper, fine-grained printer paper, and cheap newsprint. What You Need: Scraps of newspaper, printer paper, stationery, etc.Screen or sturdy nettingWooden frame (about 8" x 12")BlenderPlastic basinSpongeKitchen towel What You Do: Tack or staple the screen or netting over one side of a wooden frame to use as a 'deckle' for straining the paper pulp.Shred or tear enough paper to half-fill a blender. Try making paper with more or less water, and using pulp made with just one kind of paper (e.g., newsprint).

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