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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! Wish You A Great 2010


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Happy New Year! Wish You A Great 2010


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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tech & Learning eNews - December 29, 2009


Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 12.29.09


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Tech & Learning eNews - December 29, 2009


Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 12.29.09


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How to Enhance Your Online Learning Experience

Today I have Shannon Wills guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

There’s no doubting the fact that online education is a boon to most of us who are constrained by time, money and space. Today, thanks to the advances in technology and the widespread popularity of the Internet, we can earn almost any degree from the comfort of our homes. Normally, all you would need for success is a computer, an Internet connection and discipline. But with technology being what it is today, here’s how you can enhance your online learning experience and make it more fulfilling.

Get tech savvy:
You don’t have to tie yourself to a computer in order to study or download your lessons; you can do this just as efficiently with a variety of gadgets like the iPhone and other smartphones that connect to the Internet and let you learn on the go. You don’t have to lug around a heavy notebook computer either because you can put your notes on your e-Reader and study wherever you are without having to hurry back home so that you can get your assignments done. And if your memory is not what it used to be, your gadgets remember appointments and schedules for you when you’re balancing work, family and studies all at once.

Learn to multitask:
I know we’ve all be taught as kids to finish one task first before we move on to the next one, but when you live life in the fast lane, you have to be able to multitask efficiently. Some tasks are easily achieved even when combined with others – you can do laundry while you study and exercise while listening to a tape of a lesson; you could combine research for work and your degree if the subjects overlap; and you could make your phone calls while you cook or clean the house. It’s up to you to decide how to assign your tasks so that you do all of them well and without mistakes.

Do more:
When it comes to online education, you need to go the extra mile to ensure that you are taken seriously by potential employers. So if you don’t have a job at present, try and secure one (even part time employment is good) in the field you’re majoring in. Do more than what your coursework demands because the more you learn, the more you’re able to impress employers. If you’re studying computer science, keep up to date with all the innovations that are taking place in this field instead of sticking to your curriculum alone. In short, you must do more to achieve success when you study online.

Related links
What’s the Mark of a True Leader?
25 Bad Bosses

This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of Online Engineering Degrees.
She welcomes your comments at her email id:
shannonwills23@gmail.com.

Many thanks to Shannon Wills.
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How to Enhance Your Online Learning Experience

Today I have Shannon Wills guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

There’s no doubting the fact that online education is a boon to most of us who are constrained by time, money and space. Today, thanks to the advances in technology and the widespread popularity of the Internet, we can earn almost any degree from the comfort of our homes. Normally, all you would need for success is a computer, an Internet connection and discipline. But with technology being what it is today, here’s how you can enhance your online learning experience and make it more fulfilling.

Get tech savvy:
You don’t have to tie yourself to a computer in order to study or download your lessons; you can do this just as efficiently with a variety of gadgets like the iPhone and other smartphones that connect to the Internet and let you learn on the go. You don’t have to lug around a heavy notebook computer either because you can put your notes on your e-Reader and study wherever you are without having to hurry back home so that you can get your assignments done. And if your memory is not what it used to be, your gadgets remember appointments and schedules for you when you’re balancing work, family and studies all at once.

Learn to multitask:
I know we’ve all be taught as kids to finish one task first before we move on to the next one, but when you live life in the fast lane, you have to be able to multitask efficiently. Some tasks are easily achieved even when combined with others – you can do laundry while you study and exercise while listening to a tape of a lesson; you could combine research for work and your degree if the subjects overlap; and you could make your phone calls while you cook or clean the house. It’s up to you to decide how to assign your tasks so that you do all of them well and without mistakes.

Do more:
When it comes to online education, you need to go the extra mile to ensure that you are taken seriously by potential employers. So if you don’t have a job at present, try and secure one (even part time employment is good) in the field you’re majoring in. Do more than what your coursework demands because the more you learn, the more you’re able to impress employers. If you’re studying computer science, keep up to date with all the innovations that are taking place in this field instead of sticking to your curriculum alone. In short, you must do more to achieve success when you study online.

Related links
What’s the Mark of a True Leader?
25 Bad Bosses

This guest post is contributed by Shannon Wills, she writes on the topic of Online Engineering Degrees.
She welcomes your comments at her email id:
shannonwills23@gmail.com.

Many thanks to Shannon Wills.
Enjoy your reading!


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Monday, December 28, 2009

Free Handbook for Online Instructors and Teachers

How Do I Teach Online?
Here's a great resource for online teachers. You can find online learning tips and strategies in a new free e-book, edited by Patrick R. Lowenthal, David Thomas, Anna Thai and Brian Yuhnke, produced by the University of Colorado at Denver.

This handbook consists of four different sections.
The first section is about trends and issues with online learning. The second section is about technology in action.
The third section includes a brief summary of 25 different new emerging tools and applications. The last section includes different resources that you might use in your online classroom.

Read more...

Related link
The CU Online Handbook (PDF)


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Free Handbook for Online Instructors and Teachers

How Do I Teach Online?
Here's a great resource for online teachers. You can find online learning tips and strategies in a new free e-book, edited by Patrick R. Lowenthal, David Thomas, Anna Thai and Brian Yuhnke, produced by the University of Colorado at Denver.

This handbook consists of four different sections.
The first section is about trends and issues with online learning. The second section is about technology in action.
The third section includes a brief summary of 25 different new emerging tools and applications. The last section includes different resources that you might use in your online classroom.

Read more...

Related link
The CU Online Handbook (PDF)


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How the internet blurs social boundaries

Take a closer look at this video, how the internet has blurred the boundaries between our personal and professional lives.


Ten years ago, it was still fairly rare to have e-mail. Now you can share the tiniest details of your life at the click of a mouse.
Read more...

Source: BBC News


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How the internet blurs social boundaries

Take a closer look at this video, how the internet has blurred the boundaries between our personal and professional lives.


Ten years ago, it was still fairly rare to have e-mail. Now you can share the tiniest details of your life at the click of a mouse.
Read more...

Source: BBC News


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Sunday, December 27, 2009

What Technology Will Bring to the Next Decade

Look back at how far computers and other personal technologies have come in the last 10 years, and it's easy to see why it's so difficult to predict where they'll go over the next decade.
Best guess: Look for more data to be available at any time, more information accessible through speedier devices, a greater reliance on the cloud, and technologies that work away quietly in the background.

Photo: Dreamstime

Ten years ago, we would have been blown away by a cellphone with far more computing power and memory than the average PC had in 1999, along with a built-in camera and programs to manage every aspect of our lives. Ten years from now, the iPhone and its ilk will be antiques.
Over the next decade, the evolution of computing and the Internet will produce faster, increasingly intelligent devices. More of our possessions will contain sensors and computers that log our activities, building digital dossiers that augment our memories, help us make decisions and tame information overload.

Read more...

Source: TechNewsWorld


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What Technology Will Bring to the Next Decade

Look back at how far computers and other personal technologies have come in the last 10 years, and it's easy to see why it's so difficult to predict where they'll go over the next decade.
Best guess: Look for more data to be available at any time, more information accessible through speedier devices, a greater reliance on the cloud, and technologies that work away quietly in the background.

Photo: Dreamstime

Ten years ago, we would have been blown away by a cellphone with far more computing power and memory than the average PC had in 1999, along with a built-in camera and programs to manage every aspect of our lives. Ten years from now, the iPhone and its ilk will be antiques.
Over the next decade, the evolution of computing and the Internet will produce faster, increasingly intelligent devices. More of our possessions will contain sensors and computers that log our activities, building digital dossiers that augment our memories, help us make decisions and tame information overload.

Read more...

Source: TechNewsWorld


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In online education, Hartland teacher in a class all her own by Frank Konkel

During the 2009-2010 school year, Laber, a Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek math teacher, teaches six seventh-grade classes.
Because of her full load, Laber doesn’t even have a prep hour, but teaching middle school math is only part of her work day.


Seventh-grade math teacher Melanie Laber.
Photo by GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

The rest of her time she spends teaching trigonometry and geometry to students across the state online through Michigan Virtual School.
For her efforts, Laber was recognized this month as Michigan Virtual School’s 2009 Online Teacher of the Year. She accepted the award two weeks ago at a ceremony in Lansing.

“You’re seeing now, with the Michigan Merit Curriculum, that every student has to have an online experience, and I believe that’s how the future is going to be,” Laber said. “I’m interested in a blended approach between face-to-face teaching and online learning.”
Read more...


About MVU
MVU(R) is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School and Michigan LearnPort(R), an online learning portal that delivers professional development opportunities and more to the Michigan education community.
To learn more, visit
http://www.mivu.org.

Source: Livingston Daily


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In online education, Hartland teacher in a class all her own by Frank Konkel

During the 2009-2010 school year, Laber, a Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek math teacher, teaches six seventh-grade classes.
Because of her full load, Laber doesn’t even have a prep hour, but teaching middle school math is only part of her work day.


Seventh-grade math teacher Melanie Laber.
Photo by GILLIS BENEDICT/DAILY PRESS & ARGUS

The rest of her time she spends teaching trigonometry and geometry to students across the state online through Michigan Virtual School.
For her efforts, Laber was recognized this month as Michigan Virtual School’s 2009 Online Teacher of the Year. She accepted the award two weeks ago at a ceremony in Lansing.

“You’re seeing now, with the Michigan Merit Curriculum, that every student has to have an online experience, and I believe that’s how the future is going to be,” Laber said. “I’m interested in a blended approach between face-to-face teaching and online learning.”
Read more...


About MVU
MVU(R) is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School and Michigan LearnPort(R), an online learning portal that delivers professional development opportunities and more to the Michigan education community.
To learn more, visit
http://www.mivu.org.

Source: Livingston Daily


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Gatlin Launches Continuing-Education Site for Adult Learners

ELearning provider Gatlin International has launched a worldwide site offering continuing education for adults and certificate courses in a variety of subjects and languages.
A pioneer in online education since 1993, Stephen Gatlin founded Gatlin International, which provides eLearning solutions through partnerships with top universities, corporations, and governments around the world.


After browsing the catalogue, viewing course demos, and selecting a programme, visitors can use the website’s partner locator to find the closest location to register. In addition, users can take a free course by registering with their e-mail address and can also find partnership opportunities. Also available on the site, Gatlin International’s blog gives readers an inside look into the online learning industry and the media-room highlights of the company’s latest news.

Read more...

Source: CHECKpoint eLearning


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Gatlin Launches Continuing-Education Site for Adult Learners

ELearning provider Gatlin International has launched a worldwide site offering continuing education for adults and certificate courses in a variety of subjects and languages.
A pioneer in online education since 1993, Stephen Gatlin founded Gatlin International, which provides eLearning solutions through partnerships with top universities, corporations, and governments around the world.


After browsing the catalogue, viewing course demos, and selecting a programme, visitors can use the website’s partner locator to find the closest location to register. In addition, users can take a free course by registering with their e-mail address and can also find partnership opportunities. Also available on the site, Gatlin International’s blog gives readers an inside look into the online learning industry and the media-room highlights of the company’s latest news.

Read more...

Source: CHECKpoint eLearning


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Teaching avatars

James Cameron's latest release Avatar has made online virtual worlds such as Second Life (SL) more popular than ever as audiences sit up and take notice of the possibilities of these sites.


Image Credit: Luis Vazquez, Gulf News

Users are currently using these sites to socialise and connect using free voice and text chat through personalised avatars or computerised self-representations.
However, these sites also hold out the possibility to become places where educators are discovering academic possibilities.
SL, for example, provides virtual homes for some of the world's most prestigious universities such as Harvard and Stanford who have bought virtual land with Linden Dollars.

Read more...

Source: Gulf News


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Teaching avatars

James Cameron's latest release Avatar has made online virtual worlds such as Second Life (SL) more popular than ever as audiences sit up and take notice of the possibilities of these sites.


Image Credit: Luis Vazquez, Gulf News

Users are currently using these sites to socialise and connect using free voice and text chat through personalised avatars or computerised self-representations.
However, these sites also hold out the possibility to become places where educators are discovering academic possibilities.
SL, for example, provides virtual homes for some of the world's most prestigious universities such as Harvard and Stanford who have bought virtual land with Linden Dollars.

Read more...

Source: Gulf News


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Webinar: The Future of eLearning Content

Don't miss this upcoming Future of eLearning Content” webinar from Meridian Knowledge Solutions.


The webinar is scheduled for December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. ET.

If you’re responsible for buying or managing your organization's training content, watch this free, 45-minute online discussion.
Register Today

The "Future of eLearning Content" webinar will cover:

  • New, streamlined ways to buy content
  • Innovations in delivering and managing content
  • Fresh approaches to instructing learners
  • Requirements for transferring knowledge


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Webinar: The Future of eLearning Content

Don't miss this upcoming Future of eLearning Content” webinar from Meridian Knowledge Solutions.


The webinar is scheduled for December 17, 2009, at 2 p.m. ET.

If you’re responsible for buying or managing your organization's training content, watch this free, 45-minute online discussion.
Register Today

The "Future of eLearning Content" webinar will cover:

  • New, streamlined ways to buy content
  • Innovations in delivering and managing content
  • Fresh approaches to instructing learners
  • Requirements for transferring knowledge


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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

eSchool Top News and Site of the Week

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

Top News

New research on gaming design and brain plasticity offers more perspectives on educational gaming
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor

According to a recent paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), games, when developed correctly and used appropriately, can engage players in learning that is specifically applicable to school curriculum—and teachers can leverage the learning in these games without disrupting the worlds of either "play" or school.

A report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, "Game Changer: Investing in digital play to advance children's learning and health," claims that on an average day, children as young as eight spend as many hours engaged in media activity as they spend in school. Seventy-five percent of American children play computer and video games, it says.
The report, said Michael Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to help answer the question: "Can digital games, especially well-designed education games, help reshape our nation's approach to learning and growing?"
Read more...

Related links

Current Site of the Week

NSF's "Science Nation" aims to bring science to the masses

"Science Nation" is a free, weekly online magazine from the National Science Foundation that looks at discoveries with the potential to transform our world -- such as an artificial retina that can help the blind to see, new materials for building things stronger and lighter, what we're learning from organisms in hot volcanic vents, and ice core secrets that could reveal the answers to global warming. "Each week, 'Science Nation' takes a dynamic, entertaining look at the research -- and the researchers -- that will change our lives," the site proclaims.

Source: eSchool News


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eSchool Top News and Site of the Week

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

Top News

New research on gaming design and brain plasticity offers more perspectives on educational gaming
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor

According to a recent paper by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), games, when developed correctly and used appropriately, can engage players in learning that is specifically applicable to school curriculum—and teachers can leverage the learning in these games without disrupting the worlds of either "play" or school.

A report from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, "Game Changer: Investing in digital play to advance children's learning and health," claims that on an average day, children as young as eight spend as many hours engaged in media activity as they spend in school. Seventy-five percent of American children play computer and video games, it says.
The report, said Michael Levine, executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, aims to help answer the question: "Can digital games, especially well-designed education games, help reshape our nation's approach to learning and growing?"
Read more...

Related links

Current Site of the Week

NSF's "Science Nation" aims to bring science to the masses

"Science Nation" is a free, weekly online magazine from the National Science Foundation that looks at discoveries with the potential to transform our world -- such as an artificial retina that can help the blind to see, new materials for building things stronger and lighter, what we're learning from organisms in hot volcanic vents, and ice core secrets that could reveal the answers to global warming. "Each week, 'Science Nation' takes a dynamic, entertaining look at the research -- and the researchers -- that will change our lives," the site proclaims.

Source: eSchool News


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Look at the New CMC Video Today at the Top of My Weblog

About Helge Scherlund's CMC Video Today

Watch this video produced by the W.T.F. Group - Computer Mediated Communication.
The team members are Nicole Horn, Nik Silver, Payten Rayferd, Quinten St. Clair and Martha Myrick.


Related link
MarthaAnnMyrick's Channel

Source: YouTube


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Look at the New CMC Video Today at the Top of My Weblog

About Helge Scherlund's CMC Video Today

Watch this video produced by the W.T.F. Group - Computer Mediated Communication.
The team members are Nicole Horn, Nik Silver, Payten Rayferd, Quinten St. Clair and Martha Myrick.


Related link
MarthaAnnMyrick's Channel

Source: YouTube


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Free Mobile Learning E-Book


Don't miss this second book in AU Press’s Issues in Distance Education Series.
The book offers both theoretical and very practical insights into the diverse uses of mobile devices for formal and informal learning.

This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology.
just the individual chapters.

About the Editor
Mohamed Ally is a Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, where he teaches and researches the educational uses of mobile technology, mobile libraries, and workplace learning. Dr. Ally is on the boards of the International Federation of Training & Development Organizations and the International Association of Mobile Learning.


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Free Mobile Learning E-Book


Don't miss this second book in AU Press’s Issues in Distance Education Series.
The book offers both theoretical and very practical insights into the diverse uses of mobile devices for formal and informal learning.

This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology.
just the individual chapters.

About the Editor
Mohamed Ally is a Professor in the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University, where he teaches and researches the educational uses of mobile technology, mobile libraries, and workplace learning. Dr. Ally is on the boards of the International Federation of Training & Development Organizations and the International Association of Mobile Learning.


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Live Webcast - Web Attacks: How Hackers Create and Spread Malware

Participate in this exciting live event and gain insight into how hackers create and spread malware.


Photo: Dreamstime

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT

The web has become the key vector for online attacks and even trusted websites are no longer safe. With hackers continually changing tactics, the majority of businesses are left unprotected against modern web-based malware. Businesses can no longer get by with just protecting their email and endpoint systems.
Read more...

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Source: Sophos


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Live Webcast - Web Attacks: How Hackers Create and Spread Malware

Participate in this exciting live event and gain insight into how hackers create and spread malware.


Photo: Dreamstime

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT

The web has become the key vector for online attacks and even trusted websites are no longer safe. With hackers continually changing tactics, the majority of businesses are left unprotected against modern web-based malware. Businesses can no longer get by with just protecting their email and endpoint systems.
Read more...

FREE Registration is required

Source: Sophos


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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Tech & Learning eNews - December 8, 2009


Take a closer look at this Upcoming Webinar


TOMORROW! Dec 9 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST– Sponsored by Sony



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Tech & Learning eNews - December 8, 2009


Take a closer look at this Upcoming Webinar


TOMORROW! Dec 9 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST– Sponsored by Sony



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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Solar Cell Phone Charger

Today I have Valery Bowen guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post.
Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

How does the solar cell phone charger work?

Simply put a solar cell phone charger works by converting the sun's energy into use for a cell phone battery. The charger stores the sun's energy inits internal battery for later use. The cell phone is plugged into the solar charger in the same manner as an electrical charger.

How much energy could I save each year using a solar cell phone charger?
By using a solar cell phone charger, electricity is saved. A normal cellphone charge using electricity will use approximately 2 watts of electricity per day. This translates into roughly 730 watts or one kilowatt of electricity per year. Many households have several cellphones, so the electrical savings adds up even more.

How much time does it take for a solar cell phone charger to charge a phone?
The amount of time a solar cell phone charger takes to charge a cell phone depends on the wattage of the charger. The formula for estimating total charge time in direct sunlight is amperes per hour of the battery dividedby the amperes per hour of the charger plus ten percent.
Using this formula a 2 watt solar phone charger with direct sunlight will fully charge a cell phone in approximately three hours. An 18 watt charger with direct sunlight will fully charge a cell phone in about 30 minutes. A good portable device will produce anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes of talktime with one hour of charge.

What are the best solar phone chargers?
There are several good solar cell phone chargers on the market today. Solio Universal Charger has made several top ratings. It is compact, gives 20 minute call time in an hour and is portable. Some other well-recommended solar chargers, both large and small, are isun, Global Solar Sunlinq and Powermonkey Explorer Solar Emergency Charger.
Because all solar chargers are not compatible with all phones, a careful check should be made to insure that the phone and charger will work together before any solar cell phone charger is purchased.

How much waste is produced by manufacturers who produce those "green"solar chargers?
There is a big environmental controversy surrounding the manufacture of solar charger. Solar panels are manufactured with silicon and other toxic chemicals.
A wake up call has been sent out to these manufactures and steps to correct this problem are being taken.

Related link
Mediterraneanbook's Channel

About the Author
Valery Bowen writes for 12voltsolarpanels.net a non commercial blog focused on his energy efficient story to help people understand how and why they should save energy starting from small devices.
She writes on SolarCell Phones Chargers to help people learn how to start save energy from the scratch and then apply those experience to the next level.

Many thanks to Valery Bowen.
Enjoy your reading!


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Solar Cell Phone Charger

Today I have Valery Bowen guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post.
Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

How does the solar cell phone charger work?

Simply put a solar cell phone charger works by converting the sun's energy into use for a cell phone battery. The charger stores the sun's energy inits internal battery for later use. The cell phone is plugged into the solar charger in the same manner as an electrical charger.

How much energy could I save each year using a solar cell phone charger?
By using a solar cell phone charger, electricity is saved. A normal cellphone charge using electricity will use approximately 2 watts of electricity per day. This translates into roughly 730 watts or one kilowatt of electricity per year. Many households have several cellphones, so the electrical savings adds up even more.

How much time does it take for a solar cell phone charger to charge a phone?
The amount of time a solar cell phone charger takes to charge a cell phone depends on the wattage of the charger. The formula for estimating total charge time in direct sunlight is amperes per hour of the battery dividedby the amperes per hour of the charger plus ten percent.
Using this formula a 2 watt solar phone charger with direct sunlight will fully charge a cell phone in approximately three hours. An 18 watt charger with direct sunlight will fully charge a cell phone in about 30 minutes. A good portable device will produce anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes of talktime with one hour of charge.

What are the best solar phone chargers?
There are several good solar cell phone chargers on the market today. Solio Universal Charger has made several top ratings. It is compact, gives 20 minute call time in an hour and is portable. Some other well-recommended solar chargers, both large and small, are isun, Global Solar Sunlinq and Powermonkey Explorer Solar Emergency Charger.
Because all solar chargers are not compatible with all phones, a careful check should be made to insure that the phone and charger will work together before any solar cell phone charger is purchased.

How much waste is produced by manufacturers who produce those "green"solar chargers?
There is a big environmental controversy surrounding the manufacture of solar charger. Solar panels are manufactured with silicon and other toxic chemicals.
A wake up call has been sent out to these manufactures and steps to correct this problem are being taken.

Related link
Mediterraneanbook's Channel

About the Author
Valery Bowen writes for 12voltsolarpanels.net a non commercial blog focused on his energy efficient story to help people understand how and why they should save energy starting from small devices.
She writes on SolarCell Phones Chargers to help people learn how to start save energy from the scratch and then apply those experience to the next level.

Many thanks to Valery Bowen.
Enjoy your reading!


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Learning On The Go

This is is a very good summary of how innovative educators think about the possibilities of technology in teaching and learning.

When it comes to cellphones in the classroom, some educators have changed their thoughts and are now changing their worlds.
Read Learning On The Go to see how.

The AT&T Learning On The Go handbook focuses on those who are embracing this technology. Real-life examples of innovative programs are profiled, particularly smart-phones as an instruction and collaboration tool. The reader will see how this technology is being used today to engage digital natives, promote customized instruction, and differentiate the school to attract the best and brightest students.

What's Inside the handbook:


Source: Converge


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Learning On The Go

This is is a very good summary of how innovative educators think about the possibilities of technology in teaching and learning.

When it comes to cellphones in the classroom, some educators have changed their thoughts and are now changing their worlds.
Read Learning On The Go to see how.

The AT&T Learning On The Go handbook focuses on those who are embracing this technology. Real-life examples of innovative programs are profiled, particularly smart-phones as an instruction and collaboration tool. The reader will see how this technology is being used today to engage digital natives, promote customized instruction, and differentiate the school to attract the best and brightest students.

What's Inside the handbook:


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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Free Access to All Online Learning Courses in eLearning Portal iLearnsmart.com

Take the opportunity to try out all the courses in iLearnsmart free throughout the month of December as a New Year Festival Offer.


Ilearnsmart currently offers academic courses in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for K-12 students along with the courses on Management Skills and IT skills for professionals. Ilearnsmart being a Software-as-a-Service e-learning portal, all these courses are offered on subscription model.
The courses available to subscribe for free.
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About WHBS
WHBS is a multinational learning technology company having more than 1 million man-hours of experience in developing e-learning content and solutions for various educational institutions, enterprises and government organizations. Through the years of working various educators across the globe, WHBS has devised solutions and approaches that enhance students’ learning experience and education at large.
WHBS is an ISO 9001-2000 Complaint Company certified by Bureau Veritas Certification, and adopts CMM level 4 Development standards, key process and quality assurance.
For More Information Visit: http://www.ilearnsmart.com

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Free Access to All Online Learning Courses in eLearning Portal iLearnsmart.com

Take the opportunity to try out all the courses in iLearnsmart free throughout the month of December as a New Year Festival Offer.


Ilearnsmart currently offers academic courses in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for K-12 students along with the courses on Management Skills and IT skills for professionals. Ilearnsmart being a Software-as-a-Service e-learning portal, all these courses are offered on subscription model.
The courses available to subscribe for free.
Read more...

About WHBS
WHBS is a multinational learning technology company having more than 1 million man-hours of experience in developing e-learning content and solutions for various educational institutions, enterprises and government organizations. Through the years of working various educators across the globe, WHBS has devised solutions and approaches that enhance students’ learning experience and education at large.
WHBS is an ISO 9001-2000 Complaint Company certified by Bureau Veritas Certification, and adopts CMM level 4 Development standards, key process and quality assurance.
For More Information Visit: http://www.ilearnsmart.com

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A strategic vision for online learning

Take a closer look at this Guest Columnist Denise Herrenbruck.
As more students turn to Oregon virtual charter schools, there's a brewing conflict between educators and parents in the K-12 community.

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Those who are inexperienced with online learning often guess it means only one thing: a student sits alone at a computer interacting with a digitized textbook at his own rate, taking online quizzes and emailing assignments or questions to a course facilitator.

This is primarily what current virtual schools are offering, but it's only one model of online learningProfessional education associations such as the International Association for K-12 Online Learning and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills have developed a robust framework for blended and online learning to address the new educational needs that have emerged recently because of the electronic revolution. The central role for online learning is to leverage the richest instructional practices that educators have been using on the ground in order to prepare students with new digital literacies.
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Related links
Denise Herrenbruck
International Association for K-12 Online Learning and the Partnership
Partnership for 21st Century Skills

About Denise Herrenbruck

Denise Herrenbruck of Portland is an online college instructor in the teacher license programs at UCLA Extension and the University of San Diego. She has taught online students in China, Africa, Australia, Mexico and Oregon.

Source: The Oregonian


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