Xerte - Open Source E-Learning Developer Tools Welcome to The Xerte Project! The Xerte Project is an initiative to provide high quality free software to educators all over the world, and to build a global community of users and developers around our tools. The project began in 2004 at the University of Nottingham, when work began to create a Flash-based runtime engine that would help the in-house multimedia development team speed up the development of interactive learning materials, and provide a platform for re-using good solutions to common problems that developers were typically solving every time they began a new project. Accessibility, in particular, can be a difficult issue for content developers, and an early goal was to provide the very best support for high levels of native accessibility.
5 Ways Social Media Can Inspire Young Artists When we were in school, budding artists lugged around black sketchbooks and convened at informal coffeehouses to share their talents. Today’s kids gather inspiration online via Pinterest and showcase their singing and storytelling skills on YouTube and Snapchat. Here are five ways your students can draw on social media to fuel their creativity. 1. The Beginner's Guide to Social Media Whether it's keeping up on the latest web memes on Reddit or Tumblr, following your favorite comedians on Twitter, profesionally networking on LinkedIn, or staying in touch with college friends on Facebook, social media has become an integrated and constant part of our everyday lives. To digital natives, it may be difficult to imagine a world where these tools aren't at our fingertips, but the fact is, new users join these services every day. For the uninitiated, check out our beginner's guides to get started on Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Embedded Instagram photos now bigger on web Here's one more incentive for Instagram users to put their best foot forward in posting photos: their works will appear bigger and clearer on the Web. A report on tech site Mashable said the Facebook-owned photo sharing service rolled out the improved look of embedded photos earlier this week. "The move to feature larger photos is a smart one for Instagram. Publishers that embed photos on websites or articles, especially media outlets, will most likely be pleased with the refreshed design and thus more inclined to embed Instagram photos," Mashable said. It added Instagram users whose photos are embedded in stories will have an easier way to gain more followers. With the improvement, Instagram photos embedded on the Web will now be bigger and cleaner, with a narrower bezel around the frame.
60+ educational resources for teaching yourself anything. From its inception, the web has always had appeal as an educational resource. Recognising the potential for remote learning, in 2002, the launch of OpenCourseWare at MIT helped propel the initiative into the spotlight, with many universities following suit and providing quality educational material available through the web. No longer is there an excuse for anyone with access to the web to say that education is outside of their reach. This collection of links and applications highlights just the tip of the iceberg of educational resources that are available on the web.
How To Use Pinterest With Bloom’s Taxonomy Infographic Social Learning Infographics Teacher Infographics Would you like to know How to use Pinterest in the Classroom in a meaningful and relevant way? At the How To Use Pinterest With Bloom’s Taxonomy Infographic you will find 25 ways to integrate Bloom’s Taxonomy with Pinterest. By incorporating Pinterest into your lesson plans and overall classroom culture you will give you and your students a fun way to teach and learn.
10 Surprising Social Media Statistics That Might Make You Rethink Your Social Strategy Social Media is changing faster than ever, as if that wasn't something everyone already knew! If you're managing social media for your business, it might be useful to know about some of the most surprising social media statistics this year. Here are ten that might make you rethink the way you're approaching social media. 1. The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55-64 year age bracket. This demographic has grown 79% since 2012. Five social media skills millennials don’t have Don't assume younger staff will know everything about running a clever social media campaign. Photo: iStock They're the generation brought up on Facebook.