Category Archives: Tools

Approbo new site

Recently I spoke of Approbo, but today I received information that changed their site.
Here’s the new link.


Week 1 in PLENK2010

Great discussion about the difference between PLE (personal learning environment) and PLN (personal learning network). Whether the forum in several posts and Threats (even one in Spanish), either at its meeting on Wednesday in a chaotic experience with Elluminate (but refreshing) Dave Cormier in the blank pages, a root canal (Stephen Downes) and an allegory  extremely useful in comparing this MOOC to football “even though we like a lot of football, we can not follow all the implications of sport, because then try to cover all incidents and all the ideas discussed: to specialize …” (Not direct or exact transcript, but the idea is this …)

I share a little of the idea of Rita Kop in which there is no concrete definition of PLE / PLN and that the two mix like an intersection on a Euler-Venn diagram (drawing to my mathematical roots). Basically they are tools that allow network and maintain those networks (and their connections) working in order to transform information into knowledge received through strategies used to learning that may be implicit or explicit, formal or not formal, traditional or non-traditional (in a very narrow sense of the terms).

Another concept that appeared more rapidly was the curator, but I still have to investigate further to “digest” this information.

This discussion also reminds me of the conferences on TED by Sugata Mitra, someone also pointed out one of the forum posts.

Tools of the trade… Approbo

Following the post about Prezi, and by implementing the tools used by me give you an example of a useful tool for day-to-day any educator: a scanner plagiarism named: Approbo.

This tool (in Spanish) provides, even without registration, review documents and identify similarities between what exists outside of this network.

As becomes clear, after use, the algorithms of the program identify similarities word by word so you must verify the results after the match.

In this example of a paper written by my team, identified the exact quote used (the part that is more shaded).

It remains a very important tool, and despite the interface being in Spanish, he identifies texts in any language, simply upload the document (so far experienced in doc, odf and pdf),

and wait for the matches, or not, as is the case:

Tools of the trade… Prezi

In this series of posts I’ll start by presenting some of the tools that I use and I think are very useful for any educator.

I will try whenever possible to provide tools that have open or somehow someone component free. So I present this first case (for those unfamiliar) the Prezi.

For those who are tired of traditional presentations (OpenOffice Presenter, Powerpoint, Keynote, etc.) linear, more or less effect, but to follow a schedule similar to traditional slides and want to enter into a scheme where non-linear presentation is flexible to be changed at any time the Prezi works like a blank sheet …

After the enrollment process in, register and choose the account type.
For starters only need to have a name and description (optional).

The tools are all available in a circular menu at the top right and have the minimum options required to create presentations.

  • Write – with three different fonts for each style, justification options and even the option bulletpoint;
  • Insert – introduction to the presentation of images, videos and other multimedia content. And some arrows and a tool to highlight some parts of the presentation;
  • Frames to fit some elements of the presentation;
  • Colors & fonts – styles of presentation (somewhat limited in the free versions);
  • Path – definition of the sequence of presentation autoplay, this sequence can always be changed during the presentation;
  • Show – no need to define.

In my experience this is an interesting tool, even if somewhat limited in the free versions (you can not have everything), requires net connection to work, because the desktop version has only 30 days of use.

Unfortunately, as intensively uses the flash there are some problems in Linux, including poor application downloading the file in full screen, simply does not work.

I introduced this tool in a workshop with kids of 13-14 years and a time learned to use the tool and make presentations with some interest and were pleased to be able to access them on the net to exchange links and presentations.