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| Thursday, September 5, 2013 |

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Share, but beware

From an early age we are taught to share our things. It starts with gentle reminders from well-meaning parents to share toys and chocolates. In high school, we learn to share class notes and lunchboxes. And in the digital era we have graduated to the inevitable social sharing. But has anyone told you that sharing on social media can be disastrous if you don't know the importance and authenticity of what you are sharing or if you have been indulging in over sharing. These words of caution are from an article on www.edudemic.com/for-students that describes five ways to make students better at sharing online. The author of the article suggests readers facilitate discussions and respect privacy while sharing personal posts.

With several such informative write-ups, our featured website aims to connect technology and education. Readers will find a constant flow of features with tips, tools, resources and expert opinion from around the world on online learning, start-ups, social media and digital tools.

In times of smart boards, tablets and iPad minis, it is important to know how best to tap into this world of technology to make optimum use of it for learning. This is where edudemic scores with features that tell you about 22 Google + shortcuts that will save your time, the browser that will work best for you or the best free Mac Apps to help you stay focused. The study anywhere anytime carrot makes online learning an extremely viable option for students.

The website's online learning section informs readers about free online courses for technology novices, best online colleges by category, video collaboration for effective learning or the benefits of online learning.

The site is peppered with several interesting and informative features. This list of articles includes those on some relevant topics such as ways to get more out of Twitter, time saving social media short cuts, how to use Wikipedia in the classroom or how to bring power point presentations online or what parents really feel about social networking.

Needless to say the site is a tech junkie's delight. The homepage has the customary list of recommendations about best apps and tablets. There are articles detailing tools to make your own infographics, apps to help you create books on iPad and time saving writing apps for students. The website provides great insights into integration of technology in everyday learning. The articles are fun reads — presented in bullets with crisply written details that are layered with visuals, info graphics and catchy headlines. The site boasts of an attractive design, blending bold colours and fonts. It is both easy to navigate and free to access.

Started in April 2010 by Jeff Dunn, it has no wonder become one of the leading education technology sites. The site provides a perfect platform to eager learners to discover the benefits of e-learning and its integration. The site is a great boon for both students and teachers who can use the tips to make the classroom Internet savvy. Nevertheless, the site could do with some serious thought on categorising the write-ups according to age group or class to make it easier for students to surf. For now it is best suited for high school and college students.

FAST FACTS

WHAT IS IT?

A portal that aims to connect technology and education

ADDRESS

www.edudemic.com/for-students

DOWNSIDE

The site could do with some serious thought on categorising the write-ups according to age group or class to make it easier for students to surf

Tessy Koshy

tessy_koshy@yahoo.com