IT Newsletter for teachers Macau Polytechnic Institute Computer Service Centre
January 2008
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Turnitin Anti-Plagiarism Service
CSC has acquired licenses for using Turnitin, an anti-plagiarism service, for all teachers who are teaching English-medium classes.

Turnitin checks uploaded articles against a database of web documents and other uploaded texts (“billions of pages from both current and archived instances of the internet, millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin, and commercial databases of journal articles and periodicals.”) and provides an originality report for each article, identifying the original sources, in case of plagiarised content.

Teachers interested in using Turnitin may contact CSC in order to get an account and get to know how it works.

A brief information regarding Turnitin usage is available in CSC web site.

More information about Turnitin is available in their web site: .

Teaching with IT

Free Resources by Teachers for Teachers (TES)
"The TES (Times Educational Supplement) is Britain’s leading publication covering the world of primary, secondary and further education, as well as the market leader for teaching job vacancies." The site also includes a Resource Bank, contributions from teachers sharing their materials/resources. You may search the resource bank or browse according to the subject, key stage or type. "There’s a Blogs section, plus reviews of books, software and other published resources".

10 Questions with Garr Reynolds
by Guy Kawasaki
A brief interview with the author of Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter), Garr Reynolds, where he speaks about his approach to presentations: "restraint, simplicity, and a natural approach to presentations that is appropriate for an age in which design-thinking, storytelling, and “right-brain thinking” are crucial complements to analysis, logic, and argument. (...) PowerPoint and Keynote are both pretty simple tools, but there has been too much focus on the tools themselves. If people want to learn how to make better slides they should study good books on graphic design and visual communication to improve their visual literacy."

Voice Thread
VoiceThread is a web site to create annotations/comments to any type of media (images, documents and videos) and share them with whom you wish. It's possible to make comments in 5 different ways - voice, text, audio file or video. Teachers can use VoiceThread to provide comments and feedback of students work, for ex. "You can upload pictures and create an audio narrative to go along with them. In addition, audio comments can be left by visitors". A demo is available for a preview of what you can do with Voice Thread.

Visible Body
Argosy Publishing
Visible Body is an interactive 3D visualisation tool of the human body, freely available to registered users. It was "designed to deliver the level of detail necessary to teach a college-level Anatomy and Physiology course" and presents "over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body". Features include: "complete, fully interactive, 3D human anatomy model, detailed models of all body systems, dynamic search capability and easy-to-use 3D controls". The Visible Body includes ."

Oxford University Press - Business English and English for Specific Purposes
The Oxford University Press provides free activities, ideas and information for EFL teachers, available to download. Other sections of the broader site, Teachers' Club, are directed towards grammar, teaching adults, exams and dictionaries

Learning with IT
IT Usage Tips

How to Edit PDF Files
Tinkernut - Video Tutorials for the Online World
"This video tutorial will show you ways to read, edit, and create PDF files without spending any money. It requires 3 different pieces of software".


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