Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Recent find: Classtools.net

Classtools.net was shared on Twitter today by Steve Anderson, posted on Michael Gorman's blog which highlights 20 free tools that require no login developed by educator, Russel Tarr, Head of History at the International School of Toulouse, France.

Two Tools that seem relevant to library research:

The tool I examined  Keyword Checker helps students to check their  essays to see if they have used the most important key terms for a topic. Just PASTE a list of keywords/phrases into the box on the left; PASTE the essay in the box to the right; then click “check”. Students are given feedback that can be used to provide focus for further redrafting if necessary.

Source Analyser helps students to look critically at a source and reflect on how useful it is. Seems like a great way to think about how to write thoughtful annotated bibliographies.

What is exciting to me is how quickly these tools and ideas are spread through social media and how easily educators can't put them to the test right away.

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