Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
• Meet our leaders of the year
• Upcoming edtech conferences
• Pro-kid shouldn’t mean anti-teacher
• How Twitter saved this blogger’s kindergarten lesson
• Why go CMS?
• Creating digital classes
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 30.12.09
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.
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to Shannon Wills.
Enjoy your reading!
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 30.12.09
Monday, December 28, 2009
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.
The CU Online Handbook (PDF)
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 28.12.09
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.
Source: BBC News
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 28.12.09
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
Source: CHECKpoint eLearning
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.
Source: Gulf News
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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.
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
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 16.12.09
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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.
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?"
MIT's Education Arcade
"Game Changer" (PDF)
Joan Ganz Cooney Center
Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester
The Brain Development Lab at the University of Oregon
National Center for Technology Innovation
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.
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.
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Tuesday, December 08, 2009
• Top seven tips for E-Rate funding applications
• Free video tutorial: Blackboard Learning System
• These third graders used tech to become CSI investigators
• Steven Anderson reports on Google Squared
• Free k12onlineconference.org features TL advisor Kim Cofino as keynote
• Time Warner Cable launches five-year, $100M STEM initiative, Connect a Million Minds
• 5 tips to becoming a 21st century educator
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 8.12.09
Sunday, December 06, 2009
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.
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!
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 6.12.09
This is is a very good summary of how innovative educators think about the possibilities of technology in teaching and learning.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 6.12.09
Saturday, December 05, 2009
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.
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
Enjoy this free month!
Photo: DreamstimeThose 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.
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
The advent of Web 2.0 has brought us a dazzling array of free, easy-to-use social networking technologies. These can help trainers stay connected with our learners, facilitate the growth of learning communities, and help us get into the spaces between formal training events where REAL learning often occurs.
Jane will in this session provides an overview of several popular social networking sites (including Facebook and Twitter) with ideas for ways of using each to support learning.
Register for this free webinar
Join Jane Bozarth there for a live "Twitter learning event" from the conference floor.
Watch for details at http://www.trainingonference.com
About Jane Bozarth, M.Ed.
She is North Carolina's self-appointed "E-Learning Goddess". While her specialty is in finding ways to cut the high costs of e-learning, Jane is also a popular classroom instructor and motivational speaker. Recent work travels have taken her to Ireland, Canada, and Australia. She enjoys business writing; her book reviews appear monthly in Training Magazine. She has additionally published feature articles in Training, Journal of Educational Technology and Society, Law Enforcement Trainer Magazine, and Creative Training Techniques Newsletter.
For Moodle LMS users - PresenterCast announces 2.0 release of its eLearning application tool at www.presentercast.com.
Free Moodle plug-in module for giving live online video seminars - offering a professional, high quality tool for the Moodle eLearning platform.
Moodle is an open source course management system, also known as a Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle has become hugely popular among educators and training groups around the world as a tool for creating dynamic eLearning web sites for their students. Moodle PresenterCast may be easily installed into the LMS to enable teachers and private tutors to communicate live, interactively.
A demo and more information is available at www.presentercast.com
Friday, December 04, 2009
Just look at this interesting line-up in this current issue Volume 4, No 4 - 2009 of the International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning.
This interdisciplinary journal aims to focus on the exchange of relevant trends and research results as well as the presentation of practical experiences gained while developing and testing elements of technology enhanced learning.
Happy reading to all of you!
2. iPods in the Classroom »
3. 10 Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online »
4. Ten Tips for Internet Safety »
5. 8 Tips for Going Paperless »
1. We Are All Technology Teachers »
2. Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's Digitally »
3. The Life of Mammals »
4. Selling Their Wares »
5. Project 2007 »
6. 21st Century Skills: Will Our Students be Prepared? »
7. Why Wordle »
8. Light Right – A Crash Course In Lighting Video »
9. Sweet Searching With Google »
10. 10 Hot Tips: Getting the most out of Final Cut Express »
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Top Stories - 12.03.09
• An interview with math innovator Colleen King
• Top online resources for teaching with tech
• What will EdTech look like in 10 years?
• SIS survey results
• Top site: influential Americans
Source: Tech & Learning
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Besides Rochville, many other online colleges lacking proper accreditation are listed by LinkedIn users on their resumes.
About 457 LinkedIn professionals tout diplomas from Rochville.
Dog Gets Online MBA
Pug Dog Earns Online MBA - A Cautionary Tail
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 3.12.09
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 2.12.09
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Today Max Impact of Rochester Hills announced the roll-out of a new online learning center featuring thousands of online courses.
The online learning center offers the complete catalog of online classes from Skill Soft, The Par Group, Coastal, Aurora Engineering, Global Mindset, and New York Institute of Financial. This makes it a one-stop educational website for certification programs, continuing professional education, legal compliance, workplace compliance, and certification exam preparation. Courses include Business, IT, HR, Federal Government, Environmental, Safety, Health, and Transportation.The learning center, powered by Latitude Learning, is one of the most comprehensive available.
Max Impact continues to offer proprietary facilitated classes as stand-alone classes or spaced-repetitive programs.
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Webinar Tomorrow: Discover how to implement lecture capture that can be scalable, flexible and easy to use!
Date: Wednesday, Dec 02, 2009 Time: 2:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am PSTDuration: One hour (15 mins for Q&A)
- New technology does not have to mean large amounts of staff training
- Lecture capture technology can be scalable and affordable
- How lecture capture technology can keep colleges going in the event of an H1N1 outbreak
- How the University of Minnesota and Seattle Pacific University have implemented lecture capture in their classrooms.
Top Stories - 12.01.09
• Positive behavior programs can access RTT funds
• Are we all tech teachers?
• Top forum topic: Can you Google-proof a question?
• Free video tutorial: Microsoft Project 2007
• Top site: The Life of Mammals