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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

How and Why Organizations are Moving to Mobile Learning

Check out these three reports published today to help you go mobile by Brandon Hall Research.

The United Nations predicts the global human population will reach about 6.3 billion by the end of 2009. Technology analysts predict that, by then, 2.6 billion mobile phones will be in use. That works out to
41 percent of the world population carrying mobile phones by the end of 2009.
The immense popularity of mobile phones is laying the technological foundation for mobile learning. A number of business drivers are influencing the adoption of mobile learning in the workplace.
Perhaps you've been sitting on the sidelines waiting for proof that mobile learning isn't just a fad. The reality is that new mobile learning initiatives are making the news daily.

Google Trends chart showing the growth in news stories about mobile learning

If you aren't using mobile learning today, you probably will be tomorrow.

Related links
Mobile Learning Comes of Age: How and Why Organizations are Moving to Learning on Mobile Devices
Mobile Learning: Tools and Technologies for Creating Engaging Content
Mobile Learning: The Essential Information for Training Professionals

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Source: Brandon Hall Research

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New Study Shows the Unintended Consequences of Moving More Pupils Into Eighth Grade Algebra and Other Advanced Math Classes

A new report out yesterday, from the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution.

The report by Tom Loveless finds that the nation’s push to challenge more students by placing them in advanced math classes in eighth grade has had unintended and damaging consequences, as some 120,000 middle-schoolers are now struggling in advanced classes for which they are woefully unprepared.
"The ‘democratization of algebra’ sounds like a worthy goal – it certainly stems from good intentions," says Tom Loveless, the Brown Center’s director and author of the new study, which is being released as an advance excerpt of the 2008 Brown Center Report on American Education.
But, he adds, "when a large number of students who don’t even know basic arithmetic are placed in classes with students several grade levels ahead of them, the result is false democratization. That’s bad for the misplaced students, and it’s bad for their well-prepared classmates too."

The full report will be published in December 2008.


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Information about other Brown Center events and publications, please visit the Brown Center's website at:

Source: Brown Center on Education Policy

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Monday, September 22, 2008

T.H.E. Journal Online!

Here's what's new on T.H.E. Journal's site today.

NASA Launches 'eClips' for Online Science Education
By Dave Nagel

NASA has launched a new online digital media service to foster science education in the 2008-2009 school year. Dubbed "eClips," the new service offers short, on demand video clips focused on space science and engineering, along with environmental sciences.
eClips is a partnership between NASA and
YouTube, Internet Archive, CaptionMax, and the National Institute of Aerospace.
NASA eClips currently includes 55 individual five- to 10-minute sceince-focused video clips.

Edutopia Offers Free Video Content on iTunes U
Chris Riedel

Edutopia has announced the availability of its Core Concept documentary videos through the iTunes U Beyond Campus portal, providing free, 24/7-access to material showcasing public school innovations. The videos cover a range of topics, including project learning, technology integration, teacher development, and social and emotional learning, among others.

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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eSchool Top News and Site of the Week Online

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.

As more first-year students need remedial math instruction, no-cost online programs are coming to the aid of college leaders
By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor, eSchool News

College officials nationwide are concerned about the number of recent high school graduates in need of remedial math courses, and some schools have turned to free online programs that could preserve shrinking operating budgets.
The problem affects colleges of all types, but community colleges seem to be particularly hard hit. More than 60 percent of students in community colleges need some kind of remedial class—most often, math training—before they can take credit-bearing courses, according to recent studies. This comes with a price tag: A study published this summer shows that community colleges spend more than $1.4 billion on remedial courses every year.
The "Making the Grade, Version 3.0" study was conducted by Pearson, a company that specializes in digital curriculum for pre-kindergarteners through college-age students. Pearson also is the creator of MyMathLab, a free online math program designed to help students in college math, including remedial courses.

Related links
Rio Salado College Online
Pearson's Making the Grade study
American Association of Community Colleges
Read my earliere blog entry below: (Saturday, September 20, 2008)
Report Finds Pearson's Math Programs Improve Student Achievement, Help Reduce Costs

Sophisticated software and new online collaborations are helping students of all abilities acquire key art concepts and skills
By Laura Devaney, Senior Editor, eSchool News

In art, as in life at large, technology has changed everything – or, more precisely, almost everything. In art classes at schools and universities today, new and emerging software is rendering art appreciation and even actual artistic production accessible to a far greater number of interested students and aspiring artists than ever before.
In the classic approach, talented apprentices toil under the tutelage of a highly skilled master to perfect their skills and learn the fundamentals of their art. That approach works well for the talented few but not so well for those who lack dogged desire or raw native talent. It also imposes strict limits on the number of individuals permitted to benefit from the wisdom, skill, and experience of the master.
To a remarkable degree, technology in the service of art and art education is changing all that.

Related links
Sony IPAX Program

Site of the Week

New web site sheds light on a top career choice for young women

Research indicates that low enrollment rates of young women choosing engineering as their major have led to dwindling numbers of women entering the profession, suggesting that high school girls don't perceive engineering as relevant to their educational or professional goals. Now, a new national campaign--called "Engineer Your Life"--intends to change that.

Source: eSchool News

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Sunday, September 21, 2008


Since the Trendalyzer development was taken over by Google the Gapminder Foundation maintain the same aim and uses Trendalyzer and its resources to produce videos and web service showing major global development trends with animated statistics.

On the Gapminder website, visitors are reminded to mind a variety of gaps, whether they be in income inequality or quality of health care.

This rather absorbing website was created as a non-profit venture to promote "sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information." The site makes use of Trendanalyzer software to offer visualizations related to questions that include "Which country has the best teeth in the world?" and "Who gets what: Farm subsidies".

Related links
Hans Rosling (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Talks Hans Rosling: New insights on poverty and life around the world
Gapminder World Blog

Source: Internet Scout Project

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Elliott Masie’s Learning 2008 Conference

Learning 2008 - "All About Learning"

  • Host: Elliott Masie
  • Co-Hosts: The Learning CONSORTIUM & ASTD
  • Dates: October 26 - 29, 2008
  • Location: Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA
  • Advanced Registration Tuition Rates:
    Corporate: $1,395
    Academic, Government, Non-Profit: $1,295
    Learning CONSORTIUM Members: $1,295

Content (Video & Audio) From Learning 2007:

Source: Learning 2008

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Report Finds Pearson's Math Programs Improve Student Achievement, Help Reduce Costs

"Making The Grade" includes 20 data-driven case studies that show how MyMathLab and MathXL have changed the way math is taught and learned at schools across the U.S.
Each case was written by faculty or instructors and discusses the student results they have observed over time.

According to the report, instructors who required the use of MyMathLab or MathXL experienced higher retention rates, higher pass rates, and/or higher subsequent success rates. These changes are especially meaningful for remedial and prerequisite math courses, and can help ensure that students who previously constituted the largest percentage of drop/fail/withdrawals not only stay in school, but graduate having mastered important concepts.
The report illustrates the consistently positive impact that MyMathLab (MML) and MathXL (MXL) have on the quality of learning and cost reduction in higher education math instruction.
It examines how MML and MXL can be successfully implemented in any environment--lab-based, hybrid, distance learning, traditional--and demonstrates the quantifiable difference that integrated usage of these products has on student retention, subsequent success, and overall achievement.

Related links

College Students "Making the Grade" With MyMathLab, MathXL

Source: MyMathLab and Marketwire

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Tech & Learning's September 2008 Issue is online now.

Looking to freshen up your credentials but don't have the time to do the grad school thing at night?
See which universities award real sheepskin for virtual degree programs.

How to Get your MEd Online by Sascha Zuger
Many students feel they get more interaction with both professor and peers in the online format, as the flexibility of an unlimited connection isn't restricted to a once-a-week two-hour session. A number of traditional universities now offer online options, which can make sifting through the long list of offerings intimidating. Here are highlighted some of the top programs in this article.

Source: Tech & Learning's September 2008 Issue

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The e-learning Newsletter brings you news about current issues, open calls, forthcoming events and e-learning resources.
Take a look at this interesting line-up below.

The newsletter is now available also in Bulgarian and Romanian. To update your language and newsletter settings please login on the portal and access “My profile”.

The eLearning Papers seeks articles on digital literacy. The papers should address topics such as learning and social (e)inclusion, information literacy, new e-skills and lifelong learning, etc. The deadline for article submissions is 10 November, 2008.

The selection 2008 of Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig projects under the Lifelong Learning programme (DG EAC/30/07) has been published.

Active Ageing and the Potential of ICT for Learning. The report, published by the IPTS, argues that ICT have an important role to play in developing learning opportunities for older people in an ageing society. It concludes that holistic policies are needed to support learning opportunities in ageing societies, enabled by ICT.

The competition selects the best-practice projects in eLearning for job training and further education. Submission closes on 20 October 2008.

ICT 2008, 25-27 November, Lyon, France.
The Europe's biggest research event for information and communication technologies is organised by the European Commission and hosted by the French Presidency of the European Union.

The FoCus project aims at fostering synergies between public policies in support of eBusiness for SMEs. The final conference will be held on 29 September 2008 in Brussels.

iTEC08, 6-7 November, Darmstadt, Germany.
The new ICT-congress for enterprises presents the latest international trends in information and communication technologies as well as the most important trends. The congress includes also the award ceremony for the European Innovative Games Award.

ePORTFOLIO and DIGITAL IDENTITY 2008, 22-24 October, Maastricht.
This year’s key thematic conference celebrates the increasing level of international ePortfolio implementation for the enhancement of the personal learning environment and organisational, community and territorial learning. Principal themes include ePortfolio research, interoperability and ePortfolios for regions, healthcare and employability. Registration is now open.

iLEARNING FORUM 2009, 19-20 January, Paris.
Calls for contributions are now open for this international bilingual Conference and Exhibition, this year expanded with the addition of a conference dedicated to the Recognition and Accreditation of Competencies (RAC). The theme of this year's iLearning Forum is 'Integrated learning: embedding learning technologies for individual and organisational development'.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

MBA, the asynchronous way by Taru Bahl

Subash Bijlani, professor of practice, business and executive programs, University of Maryland University College, USA, has students from as varied backgrounds as possible — from a 60-year old grandmother of a home-run enterprise to a businessman wanting to do his second MBA.

Bijlani is a great advocate of ‘asynchronous learning’, a concept that began to be talked about in the late 1990s. According to Bijlani, asynchronous learning is the best way of upgrading knowledge without making drastic changes in lifestyle or routine, and without the stress of sitting through competitive exams.

About Subash Bijlani

He is President of Magnus Engineers Pvt. Ltd., engaged in management consultancy and education & training in the fields of technology, operations management, business development, quality, and intellectual capital development and management.
He was earlier with the British MNC, Molins PLC, for some fifteen years as the Managing Director and CEO of their Indian subsidiary. He has served on the Boards of Governors of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and a number of companies and academic institutions in India.
Subash graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK. He also holds postgraduate Diplomas in Computer Management and Finance. He is a Chartered Engineer and a member/fellow of a number of professional and learned bodies in India and abroad.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

FREE Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom Workshop

Jennifer Rausch, Atomic Learning, Inc. has been in touch to reminds us about the following event: a limited-time complimentary workshop on Web 2.0 in the classroom.

The Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom workshop was created by Vicki Davis, recognized Web 2.0 expert and creator of the Cool Cat Teacher blog, for Atomic Learning.

In the Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom workshop, Davis herself utilizes Atomic Learning’s short, show-and-tell video tutorials to guide users through flattening their classroom by expanding it to include global communities and collaboration tools.
The workshop is a valuable resource for educators seeking to integrate technology and includes over 80 tutorials on topics such as Applying ISTE NETS standards to your project, Connecting Classrooms online, Digital Citizenship and Safety and many more.
The workshop can be accessed free of charge by visiting

About Atomic Learning

Atomic Learning, Inc. was formed in 2000 by a group of technology educators with a mission to create useful and affordable online products focused on teaching people how to effectively use technology.
Atomic Learning delivers a library of thousands of short, easy-to-view-and-understand tutorial movies that can be used as an integral part of a professional development program, a valuable curriculum supplement, and an anytime/anywhere software training resource.
Atomic Learning now serves more than eight million users and 12,000 school districts and universities in all 50 states and over 45 foreign countries, as well as individuals and organizations in a variety of other industries.

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Seven Steps to a Flat Classroom - Workshop file(s).

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New Book: Drupal in Education and E-Learning

Bill Fitzgerald, of FunnyMonkey, has written Drupal for Education and E-learning, expected from Packt Publishing October 2008.

Social media in the classroom provide unique opportunities for teaching and learning.

This book helps you break through the hype, and shows you how to build a site in Drupal that incorporates the Web in your class, on your terms, to achieve specific learning goals.
The book focuses around creating educational activities in Drupal, with lots of examples of realistic courses and classroom ideas – and how to implement them.
I could not have been written this book without the support and help of
fellow primates Marc Poris and Jeff Graham.
Also, Peter Wolanin and Michael Peacock, two of the technical editors, gave me some great feedback that helped during the revision process.

Related links
Bill Fitzgerald: Drupal in the Classroom (Video)
Drupal (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

About Bill Fitzgerald
He was born in 1968, and worked as a teacher for 16 years. During that time, he taught English and History, and worked as a Technology Director at the K12 level. Bill began using technology in his own teaching in the early 90s; from there, he moved on to database design and systems administration.
During that time, Bill began developing strategies to support technology integration in 1:1 laptop systems, and in desktop computing environments. In 2003, Bill and Marc Poris founded FunnyMonkey, a Drupal development shop working primarily within education.
Bill started and manages the Drupal in Education group on, and is active in various educational and open-source communities.
Bill blogs about education and technology at
When Bill is not staring deeply into computer screens, he can be found riding his fixed gear bicycle through Portland, OR, or spending far too much time drinking coffee.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

eSchool Top News and Site of the Week Online

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.

U.S. schools must teach 21st-century skills for the nation to be globally competitive, it says.

Creating a 21st-century education system that prepares students, workers, and citizens to triumph in the global skills race is the central economic competitiveness issue currently facing the United States, according to a new report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). The report provides a sobering wake-up call for the nation's civic and education leaders.
The report, called "21st Century Skills, Education, and Competitiveness," argues that for the United States to be globally competitive--and for states to attract growth industries and create jobs--the nation requires a fresh approach to education that recognizes the critical role 21st-century skills play in the workplace.

Related link
21st Century Skills, Education, and Competitiveness

Some experts call legislation aimed at online cheating 'redundant,' 'insulting'
By Dennis Carter, Assistant Editor, eSchool News

The higher-education law signed by President Bush last month (See
"Congress: Schools must clamp down on file sharing") demands that colleges authenticate test takers in online courses through the use of sophisticated identification technology or with exam proctors. While some high-ed officials believe the law will help lend greater credibility to online learning, others say the new mandate is largely unnecessary.
The legislation promotes use of the latest monitoring methods, such as web cameras and keystroke recording, to ensure that test takers are, indeed, the students enrolled in an online course. Some campus officials and experts in online learning say distance educators have always taken precautions during exams, and they say the law questions the validity of distance learning itself—implying that online students cheat, while failing to impose strict anti-cheating policies on students in a traditional classroom.

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Excelsior College
Western Governors University
Troy University

Site of the Week

Online multimedia gallery offers videos on various science topics
The National Science Foundation's Multimedia Gallery features nearly 100 videos and webcasts on a wide range of science topics, including a fossil that might represent the first vertebrate to emerge from the sea; turning forest-industry waste into fuel and textiles; "superglue" produced by aquatic bacteria; a house built on a "shake table" (earthquake research); teaching robots to swim; 14 engineering challenges for the 21st century; solving a crime scene mystery; a 60-second history of the universe; earth's deep-time archives; dinosaurs; and more.

Enjoy your reading!
Source: eSchool News

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ANNOUNCING: The 2nd annual eInstruction Teachers/Student Music Video Parody Contest!

With over 220 schools participating last year, this was one of the biggest video contests of the year, and the 2008 contest is sure to break all records!
This will be a super-fun activity for your class, and the results will be sure to please all.

eInstruction, a premier global provider of interactive learning solutions, today announces the company’s second annual Interactive Classroom Makeover Contest. eInstruction merged with Interwrite Learning® earlier this year, and is excited to continue the popular classroom makeover contest.This year’s contest follows last year’s extremely popular Interwrite Makeover Contest™, which recognized teachers and students for their collaboration and use of technology in the classroom. Participants of this contest are asked to create a short music video demonstrating how classes currently use or would like to use technology to enhance instruction.
The contest is open to all primary and secondary teachers and students in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
The contest is not limited to users of eInstruction or Interwrite Learning products.

Video submissions for the contest will begin at 12:00 PM EDT (16:00 GMT) on September 15, 2008 via the official contest website: The contest closes at 11:59 PM EDT (15:59 GMT) on October 24, 2008. Finalists will be announced on October 31, 2008 and winners will be announced on December 3, 2008.
Winners will be awarded a complete interactive classroom makeover, which consists of:

  • Next Generation Interwrite® Board – It keeps getting better, the interactive whiteboard teachers have come to depend on is about to get even better. Annotate, engage and save lessons like never before.
  • Next Generation Interwrite® Pad – This classroom management tool takes wireless teaching to a whole new level. We won’t give away the details just yet, but students will think their teacher can read their minds.
  • Workspace- ExamView® Edition – This interactive software allows users to annotate, engage and enhance every lesson with animated tools and images. As the only classroom instruction tool that allows you to seamlessly integrate with the ExamView Assessment Suite, this powerful software is a must have in every classroom.
  • CPS RF 32 Unit Student Response System – All heads are up with this engaging assessment tool that instantly informs educators if every student is understanding a lesson and identifies which students are having trouble – no one is left behind.
  • ExamView® Assessment Suite – A complete toolset of three seamless applications that provides the means to build comprehensive tests with Test Generator, administer tests with Test Player and analyze results with Test Manager.
  • ExamView® Learning Series – A collection of over 340,000 unique, high-quality questions specifically aligned to core curriculum. Learning Series works seamlessly with the ExamView Assessment Suite and Workspace.
  • Dell™ Latitude™ E5400 Laptop - Designed to help simplify information technology by reducing cost, deployment time and maintenance, the newest Dell Latitude E5400 laptop delivers mobile computing with better flexibility and performance.
  • Planet Earth Series DVD Set by Discovery Education - This award-winning Planet Earth series is an 11-part series that features in-depth looks at animal behaviors and startling views of various regions- ranging from the deep ocean to mountains - from across the globe.
  • Study Island Subscription - Online standards-based learning programs designed specifically to help students master the skills and knowledge in each state’s unique set of standards.
  • Inspiration® and InspireData™ Licenses*- Provided by Inspiration Software®, the program helps students in grades 6-12 develop essential learning strategies as they create graphic organizers to visually represent concepts and relationships. Also included is InspireData which lets students examine data and explore relationships that help to develop analytical skills and strengthen critical thinking skills. *Kidspiration will be provided to the K-5 winner.
  • Server - Provided by Safari Montage® - The server will be pre-loaded with programs, fully segmented, from the finest educational video publishers in the world.Both the K-8 and 9-12 Core Content Packages include 1,000 pre-selected and pre-loaded titles, which are fully segmented and searchable.
  • netTrekker d.i. License - Provided by Thinkronize, netTrekker d.i. is the leading educational search tool in K-12 schools. It connects educators and students to more than 300,000 educator-selected resources – organized by grade and readability level and aligned with each state’s academic standards. Thinkronize is also including an hour-long Professional Development Webinar.
  • Control System from Calypso Controls – The CB-1000 is a wall-mount button panel that offers eight programmable tactile buttons, useful for controlling projectors, DVD players and other audiovisual equipment.
  • AVerVision CP300 Document Camera by AVerMedia® - The CP300 an interactive 3.2 mega pixel document camera with 16x total zoom and pan capability. It also features instant auto focus that delivers the utmost clarity of image in a second with one touch.
  • One Day of Professional Development from Brewer Technology and Learning – One day of professional development will be provided to help teachers learn to effectively use the equipment as tools that enhance and accelerate the learning process.
  • Free Installation from BMC – BMC certified installation experts will come to the school and install all of the components of the classroom makeover.
  • Other prizes will include an LCD projector, sound system and $1,000 (USD) for other classroom technology. Plus, a party for the entire school.

Each eInstruction Classroom Makeover is valued at $25,000.

The contest will name one winner from the following three grade level: Kindergarten through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through 12.In addition, all participants who submit a video will receive a free copy of Workspace- ExamView Edition LE, and the 15 finalists will also receive a software package including our ExamView Assessment Suite, PuzzleView and Quiz Show, allowing winners to present content in a puzzle or game show format.

The video will be judged on the following criteria: demonstration of effective use of technology, collaboration between teachers and students and the overall creativity and spirit.The video must be submitted by a teacher.‘eInstruction’ must be mentioned once within the lyrics of the song and the video must direct viewers to to vote. The video should be no longer than two and a half minutes in length.

A panel of judges will select five finalists in each category, and the videos will be posted on the contest website where the public can vote for their favorite. For rules and guidelines for participating in eInstruction’s Interactive Classroom Makeover Video Contest, visit
For more information on eInstruction’s interactive learning solutions, please visit

Related link
eInstruction Announces Winners of “Content Meets Technology” Sweepstakes

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Articles Appears in AACE Journal, 2008.

Please, check out these articles, appears in AACE Journal, Vol. 16, Iss. 3, 2008.

Prospects for the Use of Mobile Technologies in Science Education
Lucy Avraamidou,
University of Nicosia, Cyprus

During the past few years there have been great strides in the advancement of technology with the rise of mobile devices leading to an era characterized by the instant access to and mobility of information. Mobile technologies have more recently been used in a variety of educational settings for a variety of purposes and educational goals.
Nevertheless, while the claims about the positive impact of the use of mobile technologies in different aspects of education are compelling, data on how these technologies support, for example, the understanding of complex concepts or the development of learning skills that enable students to think critically and problem-solve, are limited.
This theoretical article contends that missing, remains a detailed characterization of the accounts and the processes through which mobile technologies mediate learning, and proposes that future research in science education is directed towards: (a) exemplifying the theoretical aspects and the characteristics of design frameworks associated with mobile learning; (b) characterizing rich and complex pedagogical practices that use mobile devices; and (c) sketching the details of the processes by which students come to know through engagement in activities that use mobile technologies.

Mathematics Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs and Conceptions of Appropriate Technology Use
Patrick Wachira,
Cleveland State University, USA;
Jared Keengwe and Grace Onchwari,
University of North Dakota, USA

Many preservice teachers report having had little exposure on the use of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Without guidance on the appropriate use of technology, prospective teachers are left to form their own beliefs about what is appropriate technology use. This study assessed preservice teacher beliefs and conceptions of appropriate use of technology in mathematics teaching and learning.
Findings indicate that preservice teachers generally did not share the vision of appropriate use of technology in Mathematics (as provided in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM] Standards) to support and facilitate conceptual development, exploration, reasoning and problem solving.
Preservice teachers’ beliefs and conceptions of appropriate technology use were limited to the use of technology as computational tools and for checking accuracy of these computations. Evidence from this study suggests a lack of understanding of technology as powerful tools to help students gain knowledge, skills, and appreciation of mathematics.

Blogging as L2 Writing: A Case Study
Kimberly Armstrong and Oscar Retterer,
Franklin & Marshall College, USA
Weblogs—personal online, web-based publications—have exploded on the internet scene in recent years. They are among the technologies indicating changes in the way information is created, managed, and exchanged.
This study examined the use of a blog in an intermediate level Spanish class and its effect upon students. Could blogging provide an opportunity to help students become more actively immersed in a foreign language over the course of a semester?
Would students write more using a blog than in traditional course? Would students feel more confident writing in a foreign language because they were writing weekly? By the end of the semester, students had written 375 postings; 81.25% of the class reported posting to the community blog at least twice a week; 100% responded that they felt more comfortable writing in Spanish; and 100% indicated that they felt more confident in their ability to manipulate verbs forms in Spanish.
While students were, at first, surprised to learn that they were expected to “hyperwrite,” the overall experience proved to be a positive one for students leading the authors to conclude that this generation of computer literate students found blogging an appealing way to communicate in a foreign language.

Educating the Web-Savvy Urban Teacher: Website Evaluation Tips and Internet Resources for Secondary Educators
Immaculee Harushimana,
Lehman College, City University of New York, USA

This article, The Web-Savvy Urban Teacher, addresses the question of what educational technology educators and scholars can do to close the pedagogical mismatch, which exists today between “digital native” secondary students and their predigital educators.
The infrequent use of the Internet as a resource in urban schools is detrimental for today’s generation of students, the majority of whom consider the World Wide Web as the source of all knowledge.
The purpose of his article is to: (a) introduce and establish the rationale that the Internet is an appropriate medium by means of which differentiated instruction and multiple intelligences can help foster content literacy among struggling and reluctant adolescent learners, (b) provide secondary educators with teacher-specific website criteria that will facilitate the website selection process, and (c) supply a sampling of timeless websites for students and teachers interested in working in a self-regulated environment.

Source: AACE Journal

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Online Educa Berlin 2008

Will today’s teaching soon be a matter of the past?
Learning professionals worldwide are concerned about what is happening in today’s classrooms, as a new generation of technically savvy students enters universities and corporate training centres.

Online Educa Berlin 2008 will fuel the debate by bringing together education experts from more than 90 countries for a fervent discussion about “Generation Y”. The leading international e-learning conference for the corporate, education and public service sector is being held from December 3 - 5 at the Hotel InterContinental Berlin.

Education and training experts from all over the world will, on the three days of Online Educa Berlin, discuss up-to-the-minute education-related topics at the regional, national and international levels. Mobile learning, open educational resources, Web 2.0 applications, as well as educational games and video are further topics of this year’s event. In the exhibition area, about 120 international eLearning providers will introduce their current products and services. Last year 2126 participants from 95 countries took part in the conference.

Related link

Conference Programme Online!

Source: AlphaGalileo

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Evaluating eLearning in Higher Education

eLearning in higher education titled ELearning: aspects and criteria for the evaluation of eLearning in higher education has recently been published by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV).

The report is part of HSV's attempt to improve awareness about quality in eLearning and how this can be evaluated within the framework of the national quality-assurance system. Although the question of eLearning has been highlighted in many European contexts and in individual countries, it is only recently that the question of how the quality of eLearning should be assessed has arisen. In fact, many view it as an irrelevant issue. A central basis of the evaluation model that is presented is the review of current research within the field that is also included in the report.

Related link
Download the report

Source: CHECK.point eLearning

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

ELearning Magazine June 2008 / July 2008

Just look at this interesting line-up in June/July 2008 ELearning Magazine.

Make sure you take the time to read these articles below.

A Perfect Marriage?
By Jerry Roche
More than ever, H.R. is likely to encompass training at large corporations. Michelle Lotti of GE’s Consumer Finance Division answers our questions.

LMS-HRMS Interface
By Valerie Norvell
A key criterion in LMS procurement for Luxottica Retail was the ease with which the system would interface with its human resource management system (HRMS).

Games That Teach
Despite the rise of game-based learning, many businesses are still skeptical that games can actually teach, and learners are skeptical that learning can ever be fun or engaging.

Virtual Classrooms
By Jerry Roche
The basic virtual classroom system consists of voice (VoIP, teleconferencing), text (whiteboards and PowerPoint) and video (viaWebcams).

Corporate Social Networking
By Jerry Roche
Corporate e-learning goes high-tech with Web-based social networking platforms, which apply to five different types of technology, including instant messaging.


Source: ELearning! Magazine

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New book Podcasting for Learning in Universities is now available

Check out this book, edited by Gilly Salmon and Palitha Edrisingha.
The book shows how podcasts, recorded digital audio and video files, can help transform the teaching and learning experience in higher education.


Podcasting is a relatively recent phenomenon which is capturing the attention of many academics and university teachers and which has proved very popular as a means of delivering content from the media, entertainment and journalism industries.
However, using web 2.0 tools such as podcasts for creating content for entertainment and informal peer to peer exchange is not the same as using these tools for academic learning. Student learning supported by specially produced podcasts differs from their learning through structured campus or e-learning processes. Lecturers need empirically-based guidelines and models built on best practice and good principles for the successful use of podcasts and their scaling up in educational contexts. This book draws in research based podcast applications to support student learning carried out in the UK, Australia and South Africa.
The studies offer transferable models and guidelines for integrating podcasts in specific higher education contexts.This book therefore provides a comprehensive treatment of theoretical and practical aspects of podcasting for learning and studying.

About the Authors
Prof Gilly Salmon is Professor of E-learning and Learning Technologies at the University of Leicester, National Teaching Fellow and Head of the Beyond Distance Research Alliance. She was principal investigator for the IMPALA project (

Dr Palitha Edirisingha is a Lecturer in E-learning, Beyond Distance Research Alliance at the University of Leicester, and was research leader for IMPALA .

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Friday, September 12, 2008

The Denmark and Norway Mathematica Tour 2008

This event will provide a unique opportunity for you to see the new landscape that Mathematica 6 opens up and to discover the breadth of applications it can address.

Designed for both experts and novices in any field, the tour will expose you to some of the biggest break throughs in technical computing since Mathematica was first released in 1988.
Wolfram Research are very happy to present:

Per Hedegård Professor MSO
Niels Bohr Institute, Nanophysics, University of Denmark.
"High Tc Superconductors and Molecular Electronics in Mathematica".

Jon McLoone Senior developer, Wolfram Research
"Mathematica 6: New Technology for Education and Research, with Q&A"

It takes place at the
Technical University of Denmark
Department of Engineering
Building 421 [Map]
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Room: Auditorium 071
on Tuesday 7 oktober 13.00-16.30.

The event is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Wolfram Research

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

New Webinar: Safety, Security and Online Learning

With instruction moving online, how safe and secure is your technology program?

Is technology your only line of defense? Do you what students’ online activities and behavior are?
In this Webinar, you will learn how to develop effective and enforceable programs to encourage students to use technology wisely, appropriately and to the best advantage for learning.
Topics include:

• How to give students responsibility along with their online freedom
• How to meet government regulations
• Proactive enforcement of AUPs: The importance of monitoring and reporting

This session will share Duval County’s effective forensic approach to policy and enforcement including:

• Using a log-in system to set policy and reduce incidents
• Setting policies and procedures to ensure student safety and keep kids on task
• Allowing students to correct their online behavior
• How to define intentional misuse of technology and how to prove intent
• Steps to take when a student or staff member willfully breaches the AUP.

Wednesday, October 1, 20081:00 PM PDT / 4:00 PM EDT
Duration: 60 minutes

Jim Culbert Network Security Analyst, Duval County Public Schools, FL.
Mr. Culbert was born in Wichita Falls, TX and moved to Jacksonville at age 13 and graduated from Duval County’s Wolfson High School in 1984.
In 1985, Mr. Culbert joined the US NAVY and spent eight years serving as an Airborne Electronics Warfare Operator.
In 1992, Mr. Culbert worked for the Federal Government concentrating his effects on systems integration and testing. Mr.Culbert has been employed for Duval County Public School for nine years, with concentration in the area of Network Security. His community activities include serving as the proud coach of the Warriors youth soccer team, serving as Chairman of School Advisory Council for Beauclerc Elementary.

Register now for this FREE event!

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

eSchool News Online!

Here's what's new on eSchool News site today.

Students, publishers spar over potential of eTextbooks to reduce costs
By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor,
eSchool News

Online textbooks have been touted in recent months as a way to bring relief to college students beleaguered by soaring textbook prices. Now, a study from the Student Public Interest Research Groups raises questions about whether online texts really are better than their printed counterparts--and publishers of online textbooks are firing back in turn.
According to the study, titled "Course Correction: How Digital Textbooks are Off Track and How to Set Them Straight," eTextbooks sound great in theory, but they are still overpriced--and though open electronic textbooks have the cost right, currently there aren't enough options to make them worth a student's time.
The study surveyed more than 500 students from Oregon and Illinois, asking them to rate their criteria for what defined a good digital textbook solution. Students said affordability, printing options, and accessibility were the top three characteristics of a worthy solution.

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