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App Review: ThingLink

App Review: ThingLink

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithHave you got one of those lessons you know your students are going to lose interest or nod off in? Consider revamping the lesson with the use of ThingLink. ThingLink can add different levels of activity to an image. Augmen...

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App Review: Plickers

App Review: Plickers

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithPreviously, the Kahoot! and QR Code apps were reviewed. This review on Plickers, combines some of the features of both the Kahoot and QR Code apps.Like Kahoot!, Plickers can be used to do a quiz or take a poll in class, bu...

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App Review: Lumosity

App Review: Lumosity

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithSudoku and crosswords are renowned to keep you mentally fit. But there is a new kid on the block. Scientists have developed Lumosity, a brain training program that does not feel like work. This app is recommended for both ...

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Educator's Role 7 of 7: We are the Champions

Educator's Role 7 of 7: We are the Champions

Compiled by: Dr G. Wolvaardt and Dr C.J. Henley-SmithTo be a titleholder of ‘specialist’ or ‘expert’ in your field requires a certain amount of knowledge and capability and, if we are honest with ourselves, probably some blood, sweat and tears alo...

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App Review: Cram

App Review: Cram

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithAs an educator the last thing you want to overhear is your students, almost proudly, stating how they ‘crammed’ for a test or exam. However, our app of the week called Cram, based on online flashcards, helps your stude...

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Educator's Role 6 of 7: The Scarlet Grade

Educator's Role 6 of 7: The Scarlet Grade

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithOh, the power and responsibility of the red pen! The emphasis, however, is on responsibility. Have you, as the lecturer, ensured for a fair assessment or are you asking, ‘a fish to climb a tree’, in other words ‘the ...

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App Review: GooseChase

App Review: GooseChase

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithWanting to introduce experiential learning into your classroom? Try GooseChase!Scavenger hunts meets smartphone technology in this app. And better yet it can be educational too. Take math’s to new levels by getting stude...

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Educator's Role 5 of 7: No lecturer is an island unto themselves

Educator's Role 5 of 7: No lecturer is an island unto themselves

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-SmithA lecturer may think that their job responsibilities are only limited to the classroom, and perhaps that never-ending pile of marking. Unfortunately, that lecturer would be wrong. A lecturer needs to interact with the comm...

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Educator’s Role 4 of 7: Enough is Never Enough

Educator’s Role 4 of 7: Enough is Never Enough

Compiled by: Dr G. Wolvaardt and Dr C.J. Henley-SmithEver had someone say to you “When are you going to stop studying?” or “Don’t you think you know enough by now?” For a lecturer there is never enough knowledge. A lecturer should continuously s...

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Educator’s Role 3 of 7: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor…

Educator’s Role 3 of 7: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor…

Compiled by: Dr G. Wolvaardt and Dr C.J. Henley-SmithThe opening lyrics of the Yardbirds song is a metaphor for the many roles that lecturers need to fulfil. Not only are they required to design the curriculum and teach it, but they also need to be role m...

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