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Friday, November 28, 2008

The rise and rise of elearning by Chris Parr

Why has elearning seen such phenomenal growth over the past two decades? After starting out clunky and chunky, it has successfully adapted to meet today's business needs, says Chris Parr, continius TrainingZONE.

Traditionally, elearning was notorious for simply putting manuals online. In its infancy, elearning was characterised by a rather unintelligent 'just in case' usage, centred on a desktop computer. It had a very long way to come before it began to wow its audience.
So what changed? Nowadays, elearning is tuned much more to engaging the learner and providing a positive and rewarding environment. Modern day elearning allows the classroom to come alive. Lessons are packed with sights, sounds, quizzes and games.
A student in the elearning environment can now become part of the class through the interactive nature of online learning. Employees can not only learn but explore through visuals as well as text. It is also more accessible to international students, as it touches on all the senses, particularly sights and sounds.

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Training and work - the role of ICT, eLearning Papers n° 11 (2008)

Read the latest issue of eLearning Papers below.
This new issue of eLearning Papers encompasses articles that approach the topic of “Training and work”, presenting different reflections, innovative solutions and good practices on the use of ICTs in different contexts of learning and organizations.

Companies need to develop devices for flexible learning, but also integrated solutions, in order to consider all learning modes (formal, informal and non-formal) to respond to training needs.

In this context, the use of ICTs is an essential contribution to the learning environment. ICTs place individuals in the middle of the training process, but also develop real communities of learning and help to set up an innovative and enriched active pedagogy, based on a competence-based approach.

Microtraining as a support mechanism for informal learning
By Pieter De Vries and Stefan Brall

Enhancing patients’ employability through informal eLearning while at hospital
Holger Bienzle


Virtual action learning: What’s going on?
By Mollie Dickenson, Mike Pedler and John Burgoyne

Informal learning and the use of Web 2.0 within SME training strategies
By Ileana Hamburg and Timothy Hall

Need for the qualification of IT competences - the computer and internet Certificates (C2i)
By Francis Rogard and Gérard-Michel Cochard

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Source: eLearning Papers

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Monday, November 24, 2008

The 2008 report from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

The 2008 report from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is based on information from nearly 380,000 randomly selected first-year and senior students at 722 four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

The report, Promoting Engagement for All Students: The Imperative to Look Within, provides an overview of survey findings and points to accomplishments as well as areas where improvement is needed.

Other key findings from the 2008 survey are:

  • Students taking most of their classes online report more deep approaches to learning in their classes, relative to classroom-based learners. Furthermore, a larger share of online learners reported very often participating in intellectually challenging course activities.
  • Seniors who entered as transfers lag behind their peers on several measures of engagement. They talked less frequently with faculty about their future plans, were less likely than their peers to work with their classmates on assignments outside of class, and fewer participated in co-curricular activities. On the other hand, they more frequently prepared multiple drafts of assignments.
  • About one in five first-year students and seniors reported that they frequently came to class without completing readings or assignments.
  • First-year students wrote on average 92 pages and seniors wrote 146 pages during the academic year. Seniors majoring in the social sciences and arts and humanities wrote considerably more than those studying the physical and biological sciences.
  • When courses provided extensive, intellectually challenging writing activities, students engaged in more deep learning activities such as analysis, synthesis, and integration of ideas from various sources, and they grappled more with course ideas both in and out of the classroom. These students also reported greater personal, social, practical, and academic learning and development.


Source: National Survey of Student Engagement

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Articles from The CITE Journal.

Check out these articles appears in Volume 8, Issue 3, 2008 edition of The CITE Journal below.

An Analysis of Electronic Media to Prepare Children for Safe and Ethical Practices in Digital Environments
Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson and Shreya Desai
University of South Florida
Donald Falls
Southeast High School
John Fenaughty
NetSafe, New Zealand ’s Internet Safety Group

A range of electronic resources, including video-based instruction, are used to promote cybersafety to young people at school. This evaluation analyzed seven distinct programs that use electronic media in Internet safety initiatives in schools. The findings highlight emerging evidence on successful approaches to engage children in assessing risky cybersafety situations, developing appropriate management techniques, and practicing responsible decision making online. Based on the prevention effectiveness literature and the tenets of behavior decision theory, a rubric was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of online instructional materials in teaching ethical behavior in digital environments. The rubric demonstrates that high quality cybersafety resources are based on a coherent theoretical framework, integrate multiple program components, and allow for skill rehearsal.

Multimedia Technologies and Familiar Spaces: 21st-Century Teaching for 21st-Century Learners
Judy Lambert
University of Toledo
Pru Cuper
Keene State College

This article explores 21st century skills, nonlinear thinking skills, and the need for student reflection—which, taken together, serve as an essential foundation for digital-age teaching of today’s hypertext learners. The authors discuss why preservice teachers need to use multimedia technologies within the context of students’ familiar, technology-rich living spaces to develop their own teaching skills and the technology skills of their students. Exemplary multimedia samples are offered as demonstrations of ways to develop essential technology-related skills in the next generation of teachers.


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Source: The CITE Journal

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Online time 'is good for teens' by Maggie Shiels

Surfing the internet, playing games and hanging out on social networks are important for teen development, a large study of online use has revealed.

The study, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, was part of a $50m (£31m) project on digital media and learning.
Over the period of the study, researchers observed users for more than 5,000 hours.
Teens explored creative passions like gaming, video editing and writing
The aim of the Digital Youth Project was to provide an "ethnographical view of how children use social media to socialise, learn and relax".
Dr Ito said that connecting online with friends via social networks such as MySpace and Facebook was where teens now "hang out", compared to the usual public places like shopping malls, the street and parks.
Results are forthcoming in Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009).

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Read the press release.
Read a two-page overview of the study (PDF).
Read the full study on the Digital Youth Project’s website.

"It might surprise parents to learn that it is not a waste of time for their teens to hang out online," says Mizuko Ito, University of California, Irvine researcher and the lead author of the most extensive U.S. study to date on teens and their use of digital media.

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The November issue of Educators' eZine is online!

Check out these interesting articles, appears in the November issue of Educators' eZine.

From the Classroom

Using Technology to Overcome Writing Barriers
By Dr. Arthur Stellar
For the Taunton Public School District, the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams were an annual source of anxiety. This led the district to implement a Web-based writing program that gave students the practice they needed, and scores soared.

Ideas and Opinions

Aligning Research with Classroom Practice: 1:1, Digital Divide, and Moodle
By David Freitas and Janet Buckenmeyer
Here's the bottom line. Student participants in a "Laptop Immersion Program" demonstrated higher achievement levels over several indicators compared to nonparticipants.

Tech Talk

Seven Tips for Technological Late-Bloomers
By Dr. Patricia MacGregor-Mendoza
Feel like the technology bandwagon is more like a bullet train and it's passing your teachers by at breakneck speeds? Share these tips to get them started.

Tips for Leveraging Web 2.0 in the Classroom
By Glogster
Glogster muses on some top ways schools can get tech moving faster in schools.

Source: techLEARNING

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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.

In order to contribute to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009 eLearning Papers launches a call for papers on innovation and creativity in learning. The papers may address themes such as open innovation and learning, innovative learning concepts and empowering peer networks. The deadline for article submission is 12 January 2009.

The Learning 2.0 research project initiated by DG EAC and IPTS studies the impact of web 2.0 trends on learning, and the potential of these new innovations for Education and Training in Europe. The validation workshop that recently took place in Seville triggered an exciting and controversial debate among experts in the field. We would like to invite all interested in the issue to contribute to the discussion around two questions: What is really new about Learning 2.0? and What are the drawbacks of Learning 2.0?

The BONy project develops a Cognitive Learning Management System allowing users to personalise their own educational pathway. BONy supplies a multilingual access to information and educational contents. This involves an ontological approach to knowledge management, thanks to the Semantic Web methodology. A pilot course on European project management will take place in December 2008. If you are interested to take part in it you may contact the project team.

The aim of the European eTwinning Prizes competition is to highlight best practice in collaborative school projects using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). If you participated in a successful project during the 2007-2008 school year, be sure to submit an entry! Deadline: 30 Nov 2008.

LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMME (LLP) - Call for proposals 2009.

The main deadlines are as follows:

- Erasmus University Charter: 28 November 2008
- Comenius, Grundtvig: In-service Training 16 January 2009
- Comenius Assistantships: 30 January 2009
- Leonardo da Vinci, Mobility: 6 February 2009
- Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC), 6 February 2009
- Jean Monnet Programme: 13 February 2009
- Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: Partnerships: 20 February 2009
- Comenius Regio Partnerships: 20 February 2009
- Grundtvig, Workshops: 20 February 2009 - Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: Multilateral projects, Networks and Accompanying Measures: 27 February 2009
- Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation multilateral Projects: 27 February 2009 - Erasmus: Intensive Programmes (IP), Students mobility for studies and placements and Staff mobility: 13 March 2009
- Grundtvig: Assistantships, Senior Volunteering Projects: 31 March 2009
- Transversal Programme: 31 March 2009
- Transversal Programme: Key activity 1
- Study visits: 9 April 2009


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November edition of Classroom News is now available

Don't miss these highlights in Volume 4, No. 11 - November 2008 issue of Classroom News!

What's Inside the November 2008 issue.

  • Obama makes history; what’s next?
    Educators ponder what the election’s
    results will mean for their schools
  • Schools soon required to teach web safety
  • Google settles bookscanning lawsuit
  • Nation's first tech literacy exam coming soon
  • 'Digital disconnect' divides kids, educators
  • Schools grapple with teachers' Facebook use
  • Rethinking research in the Google era
  • Educators give publishers their wish lists
  • Microsoft, universities team up on gaming research
  • Netwatch
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Schools Maximize Interactive Whiteboard Investments with’s Aha!Math Whiteboard Edition

Armstrong-Hilton Limited, the language and communications training company, announced the launch of WebSwami 1.0, an online language and communications training system that combines interactive activities, personalized video feedback, rapid course development tools, and a student tracking interface. offers schools an easy and effective way to make the most of their interactive whiteboards and improve student math scores with its new Aha!Math Whiteboard Edition.
This special promotion gives teachers the elements of Aha!Math that are ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard, including lively instruction and math games that free teachers to focus on how well students are grasping critical math skills.

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Mathematica 7 Released

Wolfram Research announced Mathematica 7, a major release that accelerates the drive to integrate and automate functionality as core Mathematica capabilities, adding image processing, parallel high-performance computing (HPC), new on-demand curated data, and other recently developed computational innovations—in total over 500 new functions and 12 application areas.

Key areas of innovation in Mathematica 7 include:

  • Charting and information visualization
  • Vector field visualization
  • Comprehensive spline support, including NURBS
  • Industrial-strength Boolean computation
  • Statistical model analysis
  • Integrated geodesy and GIS data
  • Many symbolic computation breakthroughs, including discrete calculus, sequence recognition, and transcendental roots

Mathematica 7 is available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X, Linux x86, Solaris UltraSPARC/x86, and compatible systems.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Study Barn

Check out this fantastic learning resource called the Study Barn created by the twin brothers Chris and David Hobbs.

It is a 100% free online study guide that will allow any student to study any topic. They can create their own exam or study group using question they create or from material that is already in our system.
They encourage those who wish to leave their intellectual fingerprint on the world to be an integral part of this project. Experts and laymen alike can share their knowledge by creating or augmenting topical study guides. When this project began we envisioned a system where a Professor from Harvard could create content to help a student from Afghanistan become a doctor, or the child of a Bolivian farmer become a community leader. These are the first steps towards a better world.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

7 Things You Should Know About Flip Camcorders

Look at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the "7 Things You Should Know about..." series.

Since its introduction, the Flip has quickly become extremely popular, reportedly capturing 13 percent of the camcorder market in its first year. This past spring, the Department of Communications at the University of Washington used the Flip in a student video expedition and documentary examining progress made in rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
This fall, Duke University is providing Flip camcorders to faculty and students interested in exploring the technology and investigating the approaches to teaching and learning that it enables., an online guide to North American colleges and universities, provides Flip devices to students, who capture video on the fly and deliver it to the site promptly. Because the Flip is inexpensive enough to be taken into situations where it could be damaged or lost, it is a natural fit for everyone from bloggers documenting road trips to citizen journalists recording breaking news for Web presentation.

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7 Things You Should Know About Flip Camcorders (PDF)
Review in The Wall Street Journal


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Monday, November 17, 2008

New Adobe Creative Suite 4: Engage students and prepare them for the future

New Adobe Creative Suite 4 empowers students and educators to produce highly innovative print, web, video, mobile, and rich media projects while working in one comprehensive environment.

The tools are all new, the pricing is amazing, and the curriculum is free. And with the new Adobe Certified Associate Classroom License - developed by Certiport - students and faculty can validate skills while institutions lower costs, simplify budgeting, and plan for future product and certification releases.

Savannah College of Art and Design

From broadcast design to graphic design, advertising design, and visual effects, instructors throughout Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) are using Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection software.

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The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On by Stephen Downes

Make sure you take the time to read this new important and pertinent paper just published by Stephen Downes below.

In the introduction Stephen writes, "In the summer of 1998, over two frantic weeks in July, I wrote an essay titled The Future of Online Learning. (Downes, 1998). At the time, I was working as a distance education and new media design specialist at Assiniboine Community College, and I wrote the essay to defend the work I was doing at the time. “We want a plan,” said my managers, and so I outlined the future as I thought it would – and should – unfold."

At the end of the paper, he writes, “The Future today, and for the last century, education has been practiced in segregated buildings by carefully regimented and standardized classes of students led and instructed by teachers working essentially alone.
Over the last ten years, this model has been seen in many quarters to be obsolete. We have seen the emergence of a new model, where education is practiced in the community as a whole, by individuals studying personal curricula at their own pace, guided and assisted by community facilitators, online instructors and experts around the world.
Though today we stand at the cusp of this new vision, the future will see institutions and traditional forms of education receding gradually, reluctantly, to a tide of self-directing and self-motivated learners. This will be the last generation in which education is the practice of authority, and the first where it becomes, at has always been intended by educators, an act of liberty.” continues
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Higher-education officials see online courses blossom as economy tumbles by Dennis Carter

Enrollment in online college courses in the United States outpaced overall growth in higher education last year, and officials predict a sustained increase in online enrollment as the economy slumps and good jobs become scarcer, according to report published this month.

Staying the Course: Online Education in the United States, 2008, published by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, says 22 percent of American college students took at least one web-based class in the fall 2007 semester, or 3.94 million students. That marked an increase of 12.9 percent from the fall 2006 semester. During the same period, overall higher-education enrollment increased by only 1.2 percent, according to the report, which surveyed officials from more than 2,500 colleges and universities.
The annual report also examined what concentrations and majors are affected the most by online education. Engineering is the only discipline where the proportion of online students dips dramatically, according to the report. Associate's degree institutions have a "wide lead" in online penetration in the fields of psychology, liberal arts, and social sciences.

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Source: eSchool News

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

eSchool News Current Site of the Week Online

The Global Education Collaborative is an online community for teachers and students who are interested in joining global education projects.

With more than 800 members, the site encourages users to post media, blogs, and ideas for advancing collaborative education worldwide.

Source: eSchool News

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MathMagic 5.85 Equation Editor Released

InfoLogic has released updates to its MathMagic and MathMagic Pro equation editors for working with mathematical expressions and symbols.

The new 5.85 releases include a number of fixes and feature enhancements and are available now for Mac OS X.

MathMagic Personal Edition, MathMagic Pro for Adobe InDesign, and MathMagic Pro for QuarkXPress 5.85 are available now for Mac OS X. Separate editions are also available for Windows systems. MathMagic sells for $49.95 to $695, depending on configuration.

About InfoLogic
Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, InfoLogic, Inc. was founded in 1996 by Charlie Lee, with its North America office in Vancouver, Canada.
InfoLogic specializes in technical and desktop publishing (DTP), high quality digital contents, and Macintosh software development. Released in 1998, MathMagic is its flagship product. InfoLogic also ported ThinkFree Office to the Mac OS platform and released several utilities and XTensions products. Its copy protection solution for fonts has been adopted by several major 2-byte font vendors in Asia.

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Report: Networked Families

The internet and cell phones have become central components of modern family life. Among all household types, the traditional nuclear family has the highest rate of technology usage and ownership.

A national survey has found that households with a married couple and minor children are more likely than other household types -- such as single adults, homes with unrelated adults, or couples without children to have cell phones and use the internet.

What kind of information technology user are you?
Answer a few questions to see where you fit in the new typology of information and communication technology users developed by the Pew Internet Project.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project

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The fifth and final installment in SETDA's Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education series by David Nagel

Virtual learning is not for all students. But for many, according to a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), it can provide opportunities and access that might otherwise be unavailable, and it's therefore a critical component in the educational mix.

The report, "Learning Virtually: Expanding Opportunities" focuses on a number of programs that have emerged in recent years that have succeeded in bringing new opportunities to students who might otherwise miss out owing to geographic or economic limitations, such as being stuck in a district that does not offer college preparatory courses or having to work to may hours in a week to be able to make a go of a traditional learning environment.

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State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

"The way students are taught must change," say experts in eLearning

e-Learning leaders call for greater collaboration among education ministries, school administrators, teachers and parents.

Experts in e-Learning have called for a change of mindset and greater collaboration among education ministries, school administrators, teachers and parents to speed the development of e-Learning in the GCC and better prepare students for jobs in the Knowledge Economy.
Speaking at an e-Learning workshop presented by the Egyptian IT Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) at GITEX 2008, Dr John Zook, an advisor to the UAE Ministry of Education, said: "There needs to be greater partnership between government, schools and parents to understand that the way teachers teach must change.
"Globalization means that the jobs of tomorrow are in the Knowledge Economy. To produce students with the right skills we need to change from prescriptive learning of facts to a method of teaching that encourages the understanding of processes and critical thinking skills."
The panel also called for greater government support for faster and cheaper broadband internet access for schools.

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) is a governmental entity affiliated to Egypt's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. It is responsible for growing and developing Egypt's position as a leading global outsourcing location by attracting foreign direct investment to the industry and maximizing the exports of IT services and applications.
Located in the heart of the modern business environment at Smart Village, the six hundred acre business park on the outskirts of Cairo, ITIDA is a self sustainable entity that drives the IT industry in Egypt and raises awareness among the Egyptian people of the benefits and use of ICT to advance socio-economic welfare of the whole community.

Source: Zawya

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The Scout Report: Research and Education

Check out these highlights from The Internet Scout Project below.

Microbial Life-Educational Resources

The Marine Biology Laboratory of Woods Hole, Massachusetts and Montana State University are the collaborators on this easily navigable website of educational resources about microbial life. The goal of the site is to provide expert information about microorganisms for K-12 classrooms, university educators, and the general public.
They effectively accomplish their goal here, with a host of resources, in formats appropriate for different knowledge levels, in a well-organized manner. For all of the topics covered, three levels of information are provided. Resources such as newspapers, websites, and magazine articles are provided for general learners; journal articles and academic reviews are provided for advanced learners; and activities, assignments, and readings are provided for educators.

ActionBioscience: Issues in Biotechnology

Created by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the ActionBioscience website is designed to promote bioscience literacy through a host of educational activities, worksheets, interactive features, and online demonstrations and visualizations. This particular part of the site looks at issues in biotechnology through a range of articles and activities that can be used in classrooms or for personal edification.

Source: Internet Scout Project

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Can Technology Drive Change in Professional Development? by Dave Nagel

Teacher training needs to shift away from one-shot workshops and move toward a model of ongoing, sustainable professional development, according to a new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released Friday.

The report, "Empowering Teachers: A Professional and Collaborative Approach" (part of SETDA's ongoing Class of 2020: Action Plan for Education series), focuses on technology used to facilitate professional development and spotlights innovative approaches to ongoing teacher and administrator development in K-12 schools, including the use of online communities, portals, and coaching programs.

Source: T.H.E. Journal

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Virtual Learning and the Avatar Generation by Samantha Cleaver

Educators have moved beyond simply exploring the concept of learning via virtual worlds and are now working to perfect the art. It's none too soon, because in coming years educators will be confronted with students who know the metaverse well.

Online learning is evolving into much more than discussions via Blackboard. Today's online learners are spending time engaged in discussions, meeting in virtual classrooms, and combining online and on-the-ground learning, even if they live time zones away from campus. In response, universities are adjusting their curriculum, learning expectations, and changing how instructors approach topics online. One major challenge, creating and maintaining learning communities in virtual space, is testing both existing and emerging online tools.

Jeremy Kemp, assistant director of San Jose State University's Second Life Campus, never meets his students. Instead, he gets to know them through their avatars. The first thing Kemp teaches his library science graduate students is how to do basic things, like how to share information without interrupting each other, how to outfit their avatars and how to deal with technology problems, like when one avatar is in and out of class as their computer crashes and reboots.

Source: LinuxInsider

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

M-LÆRING FOR ALLE af John Klesner, vinder af E-læringsprisen og 100.000 kroner

Stort tillykke til lærerne og John Klesner fra Søndervangskolen i Hammel.

Ud af klasseværelset – og ud i de autentiske miljøer.
Læring på farten er en de store gevinster ved brug af mobiltelefoner i undervisningen.

Mobiltelefonen skaber helt nye muligheder for, at vi kan udvide læringsarenaen fra klasselokalet til omgivelser uden for skolen.
Mobiltelefonen er for eleverne et redskab svarende til en blyant eller en saks, og brug af elevernes velkendte teknologi knytter god sammenhæng mellem den formelle læring i skolen og den mere uformelle fra elevernes eget nærmiljø.
En tidssvarende mobiltelefon indeholder så mange faciliteter til kommunikation og samarbejde, som gør det muligt at udnytte den som redskab til at understøtte læreprocesser uden for skolebygningerne.
Mobilen skaber mulighed for at skabe et væld af aktiviteter, hvor autentisk læring er i fokus, alene eller sammen med andre - eksempelvis:

  • Opsamling af interviews som lydoptagelse eller på video
  • Internetadgang med mulighed for informationssøgning
  • Direkte opsamling af data øbende og grafi sk visualisering i et regneark
  • Gør det muligt at komme i dialog med eleverne gennem telefon, mms og sms dels for at give dem den nødvendige støtte, men også for at holde lidt hånd i hanke med dem
  • GPS bruges til at orientere sig i felten samt strukturering af læringsbaner
  • Dokumentation ved brug af foto, lydoptagelser og video
  • Refleksioner gennem tekst og tale, f.eks. gennem indtalte logbøger

Relaterede historier
Søndervangskolen har søgt om projektstøtte til m-lærning til skolens 7. årgang, og har fået bevilget 217000 kr af Skolenforfremtiden til bl.a. indkøb at et klassesæt SmartPhones.
En SmartPhone er en avanceret mobiltelefon med et minitastatur, og den indeholder GPS til navigation, en Office-pakke til almindelig redigering, kalender og alle de andre faciliteter, som almindelige mobiltelefoner også har.

Søndervangsskolen ønsker at undersøge de muligheder, ny kommunikationsteknologi giver, ved at lade eleverne bruge smartphones til at opsamle informationer fra feltanalyser om biologiske, geografiske, lokalhistoriske og sociale forhold i lokalområdet. Eksempelvis skal eleverne undersøge miljøpåvirkningerne af pendlertrafikken. Kommunikationen mellem elever og lærere skal ligeledes foregå via de avancerede telefoner.

E-læringsprisen er overstået og vinderen er fundet. John Klesner fra Søndervangskolen i Hammel har vundet 100.000 kroner og gratis konsulenthjælp fra @ventures.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Video Competition Promotes Math and Science Education

The FILMS (Fun Is Learning Math and Science) competition invites students to make short YouTube videos showing why math and science are fun.

Winners will receive Texas Instruments TI-INSPIRE calculators, up to $3,000 in scholarships, and an expenses-paid trip to the DreamWorks Animation studios in Los Angeles, California, as well as to the premiere of the video in spring 2009.
The contest will run from November 1 through December 15, 2008. AP students are encouraged to submit a two- to three-minute video that references a concept taught in association with the AP curriculum. No more than two students may work on an individual video, and each school can submit only one entry.

About the National Math and Science Initiative

The National Math and Science Initiative, an innovative new effort to improve math and science education in the United States, was launched by leaders in American business, education and science in 2007. The non-profit organization was created in response to the landmark National Academies report “The Gathering Storm,” which warned that the U.S. is losing its pre-eminence in math and science, jeopardizing our country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace.
NMSI has implemented Advanced Placement Training and Incentive programs in six states reaching 13,000 students with AP math, science and English courses. NMSI has also implemented the UTeach program, which is designed to recruit, prepare and retain qualified math, science and computer science teachers, at 13 universities.
More than 1,000 students are enrolled in UTeach programs this fall, providing a potential new wave of teachers with content knowledge in math and science as well as certification.

Source: National Math and Science Initiative

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Distance Learning Today's November 7 issue is Online!

Distance Learning is the way to accelerate your career and boost your lifestyle.

Distance Learning Offers Huge Advantages by Dr. Mendenhall.

Distance learning is becoming an increasingly accepted and important part of U.S. higher education. It allows students to learn at times and places convenient to them, thus expanding access to rural students, those who work full-time and those who travel or have family responsibilities. More importantly, it allows educators to individualize not only time and place but education itself.
Two things we know about adult learners are worth noting.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding

Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding
By Linda Darling-Hammond, Brigid Barron, P. David Pearson, Alan H. Schoenfeld, Elizabeth K., Stage, Timothy D. Zimmerman, Gina N. Cervetti and Jennifer L. Tilson.
Published with support from The George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Powerful Learning is a comprehensive and engaging record of the most effective K–12 teaching practices—including project-based learning, cooperative learning, performance-based assessment, as well as instructional strategies in literacy, mathematics, and science.
The authors explore the ways in which these models generate meaningful student understanding through rich classroom stories and correlating online videos of innovative teaching (located at
This book offers insights into how educators can enable students to think critically, transfer skills and knowledge, and be flexible problem solvers, both inside and outside the classroom walls.

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Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods
By Brigid Barron and Linda Darling-Hammond

Cooperative learning and inquiry-based teaching yield big dividends in the classroom. And now we have the research to prove it.
A growing body of research demonstrates that students learn more deeply if they have engaged in activities that require applying classroom-gathered knowledge to real-world problems. Like the old adage states, "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."
Research shows that such inquiry-based teaching is not so much about seeking the right answer but about developing inquiring minds, and it can yield significant benefits. For example, in the 1995 School Restructuring Study, conducted at the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools by Fred Newmann and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, 2,128 students in twenty-three schools were found to have significantly higher achievement on challenging tasks when they were taught with inquiry-based teaching, showing that involvement leads to understanding.
These practices were found to have a more significant impact on student performance than any other variable, including student background and prior achievement.
Similarly, studies also show the widespread benefits of cooperative learning, in which small teams of students use a variety of activities to more deeply understand a subject.
Each member is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping his or her teammates learn, so the group become a supportive learning environment, continues Edutopia.

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Becta unveils new Next Generation Learning website

Education technology agency Becta has launched its Next Generation Learning campaign web site, as part of its drive to parents, learners and employers to get the most out of technology in education.

New on the Next Generation Learning website is a postcode search facility for parents to find out which schools in their area are using technology effectively.
The Next Generation Learning website is a key part of the national campaign that aims to encourage schools, colleges and learning providers to consider how they can use technology to support teaching.
In September Gordon Brown announced a key component in the campaign – a bid to ensure every learner in the UK has access to a computer and the internet at home through the Home Access programme.
Further information on how families will be able to benefit is also on the website.

About the Next Generation Learning campaign
The Next Generation Learning campaign will enable you to take charge and use technology to its full potential - if you're a parent, it lets you get fully involved in your child's education; if you're a learner, it lets you learn how, when and where you want; and if you're an employer, it helps you train your workforce efficiently and effectively.

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Videoconferencing More Confusing For Decision-makers Than Face-to-face Meetings

Although videoconferencing has become a billion-dollar substitute for flying business people to meetings, it leaves distant participants less likely to make sound judgments about speakers being viewed over a screen, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), continues ScienceDaily

The discussion on the theoretical model and associated findings explains why prior videoconference studies have not consistently found main effects for media. The findings also show that videoconferencing is not like face-to-face communication, despite apparent similarities.

Videoconferencing in the Field: A Heuristic Processing Model is by Carlos Ferran of Pennsylvania State University Great Valley and Stephanie Watts of Boston University.
It appears in vol. 54, number 9 of the INFORMS flagship journal Management Science.

Source: Management Science

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

New Report on Planning and Evaluating Business Needs for an Enterprise LMS

A typical LMS can take months, if not a year or more, to implement and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Getting it right is critical; getting it wrong can be a problem for both you and your business.

To help you do it right, Brandon Hall Research just released the first of four reports on the best practices of implementing an LMS.

The first report written by Gary Woodill, Ed.D., director of Research and Analysis at Brandon Hall Research, David Fell, vice president of Business Development at Operitel Corporation and Christopher Woodill, enterprise architect at Novantis Corporation, covers the critical first phase in the process of implementing an enterprise LMS:

  • Developing a business case
  • Considering alternatives to an LMS
  • Developing a “project charter”
  • Developing an implementation strategy and project management plan
  • Developing the communications and marketing plan for the project
  • Identifying all stakeholders for an enterprise LMS
  • Developing “use cases” for each business unit and group of stakeholders

Published November 2008.

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Read The E-Book from EDUCASE: The Tower And The Cloud

EDUCAUSE has published a new book entitled "The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing".
Richard N. Katz, Editor

The book argues that we’re entering a new chapter in computing — the era of cloud computing — and that it’s one that will have implications for all aspects of university life, continues Wired Campus.

The emergence of the networked information economy is unleashing two powerful forces. On one hand, easy access to high-speed networks is empowering individuals. People can now discover and consume information resources and services globally from their homes.

Further, new social computing approaches are inviting people to share in the creation and edification of information on the Internet. Empowerment of the individual -- or consumerization -- is reducing the individual's reliance on traditional brick-and-mortar institutions in favor of new and emerging virtual ones.
Second, ubiquitous access to high-speed networks along with network standards, open standards and content, and techniques for virtualizing hardware, software, and services is making it possible to leverage scale economies in unprecedented ways.

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eInstruction Announces Finalists in Interactive Classroom Makeover Contest!

eInstruction, a premier global provider of interactive learning solutions, announces today that its second video competition for teachers and students has drawn over 290 entries from across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Both teachers and students collaborated to enter the Interactive Classroom Makeover Contest to win a $25,000 classroom technology makeover.
A judging panel selected fifteen finalists in eInstruction’s Interactive Classroom Makeover Contest, in which students and teachers worked together to create a video demonstrating how they use or would like to use technology in the classroom, collaboration and creativity.
Five finalists were chosen from three grade level segments: Kindergarten through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through 12th.

The finalists are:
Kindergarten – 5th Grade:

6th – 8th Grade

9th -12th Grade

The finalists can be seen by visiting now through November 14, 2008. Members of the general public are asked to register and vote for their favorite entry per each of the three school segments.
Individuals must be 18 years or older to vote and may vote only one time in each category during the voting period.

One final winner from grades Kindergarten through five, six through eight and nine through twelve will later be announced on Wednesday, December 3, 2008.

For further information on eInstruction’s Interactive Classroom Makeover Contest, rules and guidelines for participating in the video contest and to view submitted videos, visit
For more information on eInstruction’s interactive learning solutions, please visit

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