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6 Great Academic Groups for Teachers and Student Researchers

One of the great things about being edtech blogger (blogging about educational technology) is that it allows me to discover the power of technology in learning and particularly my OWN learning. Before I write a review of any web tool  in this blog and before sharing any PDF, document, guide , graphic or tutorial  I first have to read several times, understand it, apply it in my own setting and then recommend it to you. Sometimes the process is overwhelming but I always find time for it because I LOVE learning and discovering new insights.


The technology I blog about has helped me not only in my teaching but also in my research as a graduate student in The Mount University, department of education. From note-taking to reference mining and data curation, technology has always been the magic stick I lean on to organize my digital workflow and increase my academic productivity. I know the majority of the readers of EducationalTechnology and Mobile Learning are related, in a way or another, to academia and several of you are graduate or post graduate students like me and this is why I sometimes I find myself obliged to sit down and share with my fellow academics the best technology tips and tools I discover and which can hep them in their academic endeavours.

So after the popular post " 10 Great Academic Research Tools You Should Know About " today I am sharing with you some really important Mendeley groups you should definitely follow if you are interested in accessing a wide variety of academic papers and researches on several educational topics including educational technology and technology integration in education.

As a refresher, Mendeley is one of my favourite web tools I use to store and organize my academic papers. It helps me with tagging and referencing papers and one good thing about it is that it is free and has a mobile version to use on your iPad with great syncing capacities. I might probably, in the coming days, write a tutorial on how to use Mendeley to organize your papers and references.


Here are some good Mendely groups to follow:

1- Academic Writing and Research
This is now an "Open" group. It collects published resources relating to academic writing and research -- including "how to" guides for academic writers (both students and faculty), as well as studies about/on the processes of research and of writing about research.

2- Twitter Literature
This is a group created by inger Mewburn, one of my favourite academic blogger. This group is contains a selection of the available literature on Twitter, with an emphasis on Pedagogy.

3- Social Networks and Web 2.2
Covering issues related with online social networks. Early orientation of the paper selection was for an article on student's perception of popularity online and offline. It is open for contributions and papers related to social networks, with emphasis for articles on user's perceptions studies.
4- Theories for Learning and Teaching with Technology
This group as indicated from its title, amasses a wide variety of academic papers and theses on everything related to learning and teaching with technology.

5- TPACK
Articles about tpack (formerly tpck) - Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Visit tpack.org for more information. Please add tpack related articles to this group to help the common cause!
6- Critical Perspectives on Educational Technology
A collection of papers offering critical perspectives on educational technology, instructional technology, learning technologies, etc.

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