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July Halo-Halo

Halo-halo  is a popular Philippine dessert consisting of shaved ice and a delicious combination of young shredded coconut, beans, steamed banana, macapuno, sago, kaong (sugar palm fruit), nato de coco (coconut jelly) and topped with crispy toasted rice, ice cream and leche flan (creme caramel). But why a halo-halo themed post? Halo-halo means “mix-mix”. This will be a monthly mix of my favourite sites, tools and ideas.

So my top three favourite ideas for July:

Scoop.it – http://www.scoop.it/

A great site that allows you to create pages on whatever topic you want. It is so easy and exciting to use!
  • Search for pages that others have already created
  • “Curate” your own page on a topic of your choosing
  • Suggest links for other topic pages
  • Share links from other Scoop.it pages to your own page or to Twitter or Facebook
  • Publish your page to your website or blog
Google+  –  Hangout
  • Create a “hangout” with your Google+ friends to utilise video, audio and text chat
  • Easy to chat to to a group of people in real time
  • Works with or without video
  • Share a Google Doc or YouTube video with the Hangout group

Edmodo – http://www.edmodo.com/

Not exactly a new idea but one that I have even more enthusiasm for than ever. This is partly due to three more staff sharing their Edmodo successes with me over the last week. My school has been using Edmodo for only five months but the uptake from both staff and students has been so encouraging.

  • Nearly 20,000 site visits
  • %75 of staff are posting 1-3 times per week
  • More than 80% of students have active Edmodo accounts
In addition, there have been some new features added which have fantastic potential:
  • Increased capacity to create networks with other teachers and institutions
  • The facility to create achievement badges for students
  • Managing group settings is now even easier with the new interface
What has been your favourite site, tool or awesome discovery this month? 
Enjoy the halo-halo! 
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