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Embed Google Books Selections in Web Sites, Blogs

This interesting little article from AppScout details a bit about Google’s new options for their Google Books engine.  Most interesting is that:

Google has added a section to Books that includes a link and embed code for easy placement, much like the options available on YouTube videos…Google also improved the search function within each book. If you search for a certain word within the text, for example, Google will return image windows that include the entire sentence for more context. Click on the image and you’ll be taken directly to that page.

Read the full article here.

Flat World Knowledge

I first stumbled upon Flat World Knowledge in the spring of last year, before the enterprise had even officially launched.  At that time, there was only a website with some basic information and some very adorable videos featuring stick figures explaining their business model.  However, I was intrigued by their ideas.  Flat World Knowledge is an online textbook store…that provides digital versions of textbooks to students for free. Let me write that out one more time: for free.  Students who want a physical version can purchase a soft-cover copy for under $30.  They also have self-print and audio options available for many texts.  As a not-so-former student, the idea of cheap or even free! textbooks greatly appeals to my fiscal sense.

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What Does It Mean to be Educated in the 21st Century?

The Definitive Twitter Resource Guide: 201 FREE Twitter Tools

For those of you who do a lot of Twittering, and those of you looking to do more Twittering, and maybe those of you completely baffled altogether by Twittering, this handy little document lists 201 free tools that can help you use Twitter more effectively.  Effective Twittering, it’s not an oxymoron anymore.

The Wide, Wide World of Wikis

“Wiki” is a word that’s beginning to be bandied about quite a bit in academia, particularly by me because I am rather enamored by them.  Often people want to assume that wikis are like blogs, and while they do share some features, wikis are run differently and in fact embrace an entirely different philosophy than almost any other type of webservice.

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ISS Blog Introduction

Before posting any more tips, we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to our new blog.  This blog is maintained by the Instructional Support Services: Instruction Group for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.  While working on projects and doing research, we frequently come across tools that we would like to share with others.  This blog was created to do just that.  We will be posting educational tips, tricks, resources, and tutorials that we believe are beneficial for instructors.

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