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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Read the Most Popular EDUCAUSE Review Articles of 2009

Please take a closer look at this ten most widely read online EDUCAUSE Review articles from 2009 focused on current IT issues, emerging technologies, learning spaces, the wiki-ized university, open educational resources, faculty development, and teaching & learning challenges.

In case you missed them in 2009:

Top-Ten IT Issues, 2009
Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality
Assessment: The Key to Creating Spaces That Promote Learning
Space Strategies for the New Learning Landscape
Learning Spaces: Involving Faculty to Improve Pedagogy
Signposts of the Revolution? What We Talk about When We Talk about Learning Spaces
Managing the Platform: Higher Education and the Logic of Wikinomics
Education in the Digital Age
Faculty Development for the 21st Century
Charting the Course and Tapping the Community: The EDUCAUSE Top Teaching and Learning Challenges 2009



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Education goes where students go: online

Don't miss this article by JEANNETTE SCOTT if you're at all curious about how students do homework at Gaggle.

Photo: Jeff Ruppenthal/Sunday News

Gaggle is also a Web site ( where students do homework. And it's not the only silly-sounding online tool connecting home and school. Moodles, wikis, Google docs and Facebook are the new means for group study, homework assignments and collaborative projects. Even virtual lockers are reducing backpack loads.

Educators have harnessed such online applications to engage today's "technology-native" students. And students are responding."We're in their world," said Diane Patton, science coordinator for the School District of Lancaster.


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Strategies for K-12 Technology Leaders

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1. iPods in the Classroom »
2. Make your own Newspaper »
3. 10 Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online »
4. Studies indicate software effective against plagiarism »
5. Schools turn to online professional development, tools for mentors

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Tech & Learning Top Stories: The Hottest Stories That Everyone's Reading

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

The European Commission has just published two interesting reports on education and ICT.
The first one, “Study on indicators on ICT in education”, addresses issues concerning the characteristics of educational monitoring, policy concerns regarding ICT in education, indicator needs and availability of international comparative data.
The second report investigates the impact on language learning of ICT and new media, as a complement to ‘traditional’, face-to-face learning and teaching within – and beyond – the framework of formal education systems.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2010: Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
The Lifelong Learning Programme applies to all types and levels of education and vocational education and training.
The main deadlines are as follows:
- Leonardo da Vinci - Mobility: 5 February 2010
- Erasmus - Intensive Language Courses (EILC): 5 February 2010
- Jean Monnet Programme: 12 February 2010
- Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: Partnerships: 19 February 2010
- Comenius: Comenius Regio Partnerships: 19 February 2010
- Grundtvig: Workshops: 19 February 2010 - Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig: Multilateral projects, Networks and Accompanying Measures: 26 February 2010
- Leonardo da Vinci: Transfer of Innovation multilateral Projects: 26 February 2010
- Erasmus: Intensive Programmes (IP), Students mobility for studies and placements and Staff mobility: 12 March 2010
- Grundtvig: Assistantships, Senior Volunteering Projects: 31 March 2010
- Transversal Programme: 31 March 2010 - Transversal Programme: Study visits: 31 March 2010 / 15 October 2010

Although the production and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is expanding rapidly, there are few experiences of real world usage. The educational programme of the Free Technology Academy (FTA) is an inspiring showcase of the collaborative production and exploitation of such freely licensed course materials. The FTA offers an online master level programme with Free Technologies modules for IT professionals, students, teachers and decision makers.

18th LEARNTEC, 2-4 February 2010, Messe Karlsruhe, Germany.
Visit the trade fair to find out about trends and developments in the eLearning market, as well as individual and target group-specific options for implementation. The trade fair is accompanied by three days of comprehensive activities, including free expert and best-practice lectures.

INTED 2010, 8-10 March, Valencia, Spain.
INTED 2010 is an international forum for those who wish to present their projects and innovations in education and technology, having also the opportunity to discuss the main issues and results obtained in classrooms and with investigations. The attendance of more than 500 delegates from 70 different countries is expected.

EDEN 2010, 9-12 June 2010, Valencia, Spain.
The key theme at the European Distance and eLearning Network annual conference this summer in Spain will be “Media Inspirations for Learning. What makes the impact?” EDEN invites the European professional community of learning to participate in the event and contribute to the development of future mindsets for media in learning.

eLearning progress in higher education: The voice of experience.
Interview with Tony Bates
New technologies involve new methods of teaching, learning and training. However, the universities lack well-defined structures to accomplish it.
Who should teach/train e-teachers?

Dr. Tony Bates is a keynote speaker, much in demand, who has worked in more than 40 countries specialising in the strategic use of elearning in higher education.
Silvia–Adriana Tomescu interviewed him to find out about his opinions on how to improve the present implementation of elearning in higher education institutions.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ACU Plans to Publish First Student Newspaper on Apple's iPad

Abilene Christian University's student-run media staff announces its commitment to produce the first paper of its kind for Apple's iPad.
Dr. Cheryl Bacon, chair of ACU's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, says students and faculty already are working to achieve this goal.

ACU's nationally recognized and accredited JMC department already has taken the first steps to establish an iPad Task Force. Its goal: to use dedicated faculty and student leaders from across campus to develop The Optimist's new digital publication platform. They will do so in the department's converged media newsroom, one of the only student newsrooms of its kind.

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Freebie Man: Win a $4,000 Lecture Capture/Presentation System for Your School

Lisa Greathouse, Manager of K-12, has been in touch to share with us this great news, that they giving away a $4,000 lecture capture/presentation system for an entire school.

What do you have to do?
Watch this video below and find out!

Freebie Man gives gives away free tools for schools! from InfoSource Learning on Vimeo.

The website Freebie Man refers to is

Check out what free tools he's giving away this time!

Source: SimpleK12

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Webinar: Strategies for School Laptop Management

Many districts have found that loss or theft can be costly, damaging student morale and hurting limited budgets.

Join us for a presentation by an IT leader who has found easy, cost-effective ways to secure his district's 1:1 program. Joe Fives, from Kansas Public Schools, will share his experience securing student technology in an area with a high crime rate.

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd
2 pm ET / 11 am PT
Duration: 1 hour

Click here to register!
Cost is free, but seats are limited.

The Absolute Software Team look forward to seeing you on Feb. 3rd!

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eSchool Top News and Site of the Week

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

Top News

Tapscott: Digital natives need tech-rich education
By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor

Educators should change the way they view technology’s role in everyday life in order to understand students’ educational needs, said Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight, during a Jan. 19 Consortium for School Networking webinar on the digital generation.
The nation is at a turning point, Tapscott said, and many institutions that have served us well for decades or even centuries—including education—have come to the end of their life cycle and must be “rebooted” or reinvented for a new age.


Related links
Consortium for School Networking
Grown Up Digital

Interest in hybrid courses on the rise
Several colleges and universities say they’ve seen double-digit increases in the number of students taking online courses in recent years. Increasingly, some of the online offerings are what’s known as “hybrid” courses, which mix an online experience with traditional classroom learning.
Scott Pilgram is working on his business management degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Last semester, Pilgram took his first hybrid course.
The class, Linguistics in Society, alternated between classroom work one week and online work the next.
“It was pretty neat. I liked it,” he said.


Related links
“Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning”
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Current Site of the Week

Educational video project helps students learn from their peers

In that spirit, Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from sixth-grade math teacher Eric Marcos and his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, Calif. Lincoln students create math video lessons that are used for classroom instruction and also posted to Mathtrain.TV and other web sites, such as iTunes, YouTube, TeacherTube, and Google Video. The students use a tablet PC and screen-capturing software from TechSmith, called Camtasia Studio, to create the math tutorials.

Source: eSchool News

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Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Start Your Own e-Business

SBI! eLearning is a 12-week online education course that takes you, step-by-step through the process of building your very own successful, thriving Web business with Site Build It! (SBI!).

Prestigious universities and colleges (ex., Penn State, Baruch College, The Citadel Military College) offer this course in the USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and Africa. SBI! eLearning now delivers the same experience and results online, to you, in your home. And if you order SBI! eLearning before February 1st, you'll save $100.

Bottom line? With SBI! eLearning, you have it all...

1. the right process for success
2. all of the tools you need
3. direct, personal guidance
4. learn in the comfort and privacy of your own home


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An Alternative Way to Assess the ROI of e-Learning in Training

As the title suggests, Patrick Lambe explains in this article ways that e-learning professionals might assess the return on investment of their programs.

In Part I of this article, Lambe provided a brief background on the economics of e-learning.
In Part II, he looks at some of the most common ways that organizations deploy e-learning to support their strategic objectives, and shows how measurement of viability and impact can be approached within those situations.

An Alternative Way to Assess the ROI of e-Learning in Training: Part I
By Patrick Lambe, Straits Knowledge, Singapore

One of the ongoing admonitions e-learning specialists face is the need to "prove" the return on investment (ROI) for each program they initiate.
But most e-learning programs are funded from ongoing training budgets, which are recurrent (that is, budgeted annually to cover the cost of a year's worth of training, rather than individual projects) and are accounted as operations or infrastructure costs.
Because much training is not budgeted at the project level, discussions about ROI have traditionally had little relevance. It would be like seeking the ROI on groceries in a personal budget or of stationery supplies in a business. Both are simply costs of doing business.
How, then, might one assess the return on an e-learning program?

An Alternative Way to Assess the ROI of e-Learning in Training: Part II
By Patrick Lambe, Straits Knowledge, Singapore

Measuring the Viability and Impact of e-Learning
How might one assess the ROI of an e-learning infrastructure that support a variety of different business objectives?
Here, in Part II of this article, I consider how to assess ROI for e-learning with these six major business objectives in mind:

1. improving productivity
2. improving quality
3. leveraging human capital
4. reducing risk
5. remaining in the marketplace
6. accessing new markets.

In each section, I describe examples of e-learning, measurement questions to consider, and stakeholders who might be interested in these results.

About the Author

Patrick Lambe is a widely respected knowledge management consultant based in Singapore.
His Master's degree from University College London is in Information Studies and Librarianship, and he has worked as a professional librarian, as a trainer and instructional designer, and as a business manager in operational and strategic roles. He has been active in the field of knowledge management and e-learning since 1998, and in 2002 founded his own consulting and research firm, Straits Knowledge, with a partner. He is former President of the Information and Knowledge Society, and is Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Patrick speaks and writes internationally on knowledgemanagement.
Patrick has published several books on the subject, including Organising Knowledge: Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organizational Effectiveness and The Blind Tour Guide: Surviving and Prospering in the New Economy.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

E-learning expert urges caution and balance

Please take a closer look at this article by John Gerritsen.

It would be fair to say that Grainne Conole was an early adopter of new technologies. While completing her PhD in chemistry, Conole was using email at a time when her colleagues could not see the point - why not send a letter, they asked.
She had the same experience with the internet. Although attitudes have moved on since then, the professor of e-learning at the UK's Open University is still working at the cutting edge of technology.

She is experimenting with Google Wave - the application billed as the replacement for email - and has become a fan of mobile technologies for learning while many of us are still figuring out how to use all the functions on our cell phones.

Source: University World News

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Scout Report: Research and Education

Check out these highlights from The Internet Scout Project below.

Science Oxford Online

Bolstered by a polar clock in the upper-right hand corner and a collection of intriguing images, the Science Oxford Online website is sure to draw interested parties in with a few clicks of the mouse.
The site was originally launched in 2009, and the aim of the site is to give members of the general public "a feel for new research and get some ideas about how science theories of today might create tomorrow's commercial products."

To find this resource and more high-quality online resources in math and science visit Scout's sister site - AMSER, the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository at

NASA eClips

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are the focus of this fantastic website by NASA. It's a teaching tool that utilizes video segments to provide flexibility and inspiration for those teaching STEM-related topics to grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Additionally, many of the advanced grade segments are appropriate for introductory college level courses in these areas. Launchpad is the name given to the lessons for 9-12th graders, and visitors can access it by clicking on the link entitled "Launchpad Grades 9-12" in the menu on the left hand side of the homepage.

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
Penn State University provides a great web resource for all engineering and science students with the models, exercises, and advice that it gives for over a half dozen type of documents they will likely encounter in their schooling and eventual professions.

Source: Internet Scout Project

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Tech & Learning eNews - January 21, 2010

Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 1.21.10

Who do you consider edtech's most influential person?
Top site: Her Majesty the Queen
Four schools discuss how they cut printing costs
100 Web tools to enhance collaboration (Part 2)
Writing in the age of tech
Virtual geometry and geography game

Source: Tech & Learning

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2010 Horizon Report Profiles Six Emerging Technologies

The 2010 Horizon Report is the seventh in the series and is produced as part of an ongoing collaboration between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

The 2010 Horizon Report predicts how emerging technologies will affect teaching and learning worldwide.

The areas of emerging technology cited for 2010 are:
Time to adoption: One Year or Less

  • Mobile Computing
  • Open Content
Time to adoption: Two to Three Years

  • Electronic Books
  • Simple Augmented Reality
Time to adoption: Four to Five Years

  • Gesture-based Computing
  • Visual Data Analysis

Related links
Hannah Fearn reports on predictions of emerging technology that will improve teaching and learning
2010 Horizon Report (The Web Version)
2010 Horizon Report (PDF)


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SEAMEO VOCTECH organised a Blended Teaching and Learning Methodologies Forum

Learning needs and preferences of each learner are diverse. Learning institutions should utilize a blend of learning needs. In this regard, SEAMEO VOCTECH has organised a Blended Teaching and Learning Methodologies Forum.


The half day forum involving 43 VTET institution teachers from Cambodia, Indonesia, the People Republic of Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam.

It's an avenue to share the best practices among facilitators and participants on blended teaching and learning. Blended learning harmonizes several delivery media to enhance transfer. It merges various event-based activities, which include classrooms live e-learning and self-paced learning using a variety of up-to-date learning tools.

Source: RTB news

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New Articles from The CITE Journal.

Check out this articles appears in Volume 9, Issue 4, 2009 edition of The CITE Journal.

A qualitative approach to assessing technological pedagogical content knowledge.
Randall Groth, Donald Spickler, Jennifer Bergner, and Michael Bardzell

Because technological pedagogical content knowledge is becoming an increasingly important construct in the field of teacher education, there is a need for assessment mechanisms that capture teachers’ development of this portion of the knowledge base for teaching. The paper describes a proposal drawing on qualitative data produced during lesson study cycles to assess teachers’ development of technological pedagogical content knowledge. The specific qualitative data sources include teachers’ written lesson plans, university faculty members’ reviews of lessons, transcripts and videos of implemented lessons, and recordings and transcripts of debriefing sessions about implemented lessons. Using these data sources, inferences about teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge are drawn and validated. An example of the implementation of this lesson study technological pedagogical content knowledge (LS-TPACK) assessment model is provided. The example includes inferences drawn about high school teachers’ technological pedagogical content knowledge in the context of two lesson study cycles that involved teaching systems of equations with graphing calculators. Reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of the LS-TPACK model are included from a qualitative perspective, as well as from a psychometric perspective.

National educational technology standards and technology beliefs and practices of social studies faculty: Results from a seven-year longitudinal study.
Adam Friedman, Cheryl Bolick, Michael Berson and Erik Porfeli

This paper presents the findings from the third survey administration of a longitudinal study that explores the beliefs, practices, and efficacy of social studies faculty members from across the United States in terms of instructional technology use. The findings of this study demonstrate that familiarity with the National Educational Technology Standards, as well as confidence with technology, are related to the frequency and type of technology that social studies faculty members utilize in their courses. This survey is particularly significant because it reports on the field’s beliefs and practices over time, and results can influence policy, funding, and future research.

Prospective elementary teachers gone wild? An analysis of Facebook self-portrayals and expected dispositions of preservice elementary teachers.
By Joanne Olson, Michael Clough, and Kimberly Penning

This study was conducted in response to several recent incidents in which teachers and student teachers were reprimanded for content they placed on the Internet. This study examined the Facebook postings of preservice elementary teachers to determine the extent to which these postings are congruent with expected dispositions. Profiles were analyzed to determine the appropriateness of the content, and when inappropriate, the nature of the behavior depicted on the site. Findings indicated that 32% of elementary education majors in this study had an unrestricted profile on Facebook, and only 22% of those profiles were devoid of inappropriate content. These numbers are likely conservative due to other networking sites that may be in use. The nature of the inappropriate behavior is cause for concern for teacher educators who are expected to teach and assess dispositions and who must decide whether or not a prospective teacher is ready for the ethical responsibility of teaching children.


Source: The CITE Journal

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tech & Learning eNews - January 12, 2009

Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 1.12.10

Top review: Math Solutions
New study on the effectiveness of online learning
Are you giving up on books?
Critically thinking about thinking
The state of STEM
Free video tutorial: social bookmarking

Source: Tech & Learning

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Revolutionizing Education: What We're Learning from Technology-Transformed Schools

Here’s the latest Technology & Learning's eBooks below.

Revolutionizing Education:What We're Learning fromTechnology-Transformed Schools
What will it take for technology to transform learning and schools, just as it has transformed homes and offices in almost every other segment of our society?
In this eBook, Project RED — a national research and advocacy effort — shares preliminary results from a survey of technology-rich schools and takes a look at what past research and current observation tells us about the keys to successful technology implementation.

What's Inside the eBook:

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

eLearning Papers n° 17 (2009)

Please have a look at this issue of eLearning Papers.

eLearning content

The landscape of eLearning content is in the midst of interesting changes. While the development of digital media is providing radical new opportunities for both learning content providers and for students, the increasing bandwidth of telecommunications enables the unforeseen use of media rich material (video clips, audio clips, simulations etc.) in eLearning provision.
Besides, digital libraries and other resources are liberating providers and students from the use of physical establishments with restricted access. However, as the articles in this number of eLearning Papers show, we must reassess the visual and pedagogical challenges of eLearning content.

Experiences with the Learning Resource Exchange for schools in Europe
Peter Baumgartner, Riina Vuorikari, Frans Van Assche, Erik Duval , Birgit Zens, David Massart, Bram Vandeputte and Fernand Mesdom

Quality evaluation of eLearning through an international peer-review community

The challenge of quality in peer-produced eLearning content

Pedagogically-Oriented Evaluation Criteria for Educational Web Resources

Visual and pedagogical design of eLearning content

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Friday, January 08, 2010

eSchool Top News Online

Scientists have yet to prove that students learn better when taught according to their preferred modality, a new study suggests
By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor

According to a new review of existing research, scientists have yet to show conclusively that students learn better when they are taught according to their preferred modality—and the study’s authors say it’s time to stop funding a technique that hasn’t been proven effective.
Commissioned by Psychological Science in the Public Interest, the main journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the study is called
"Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence."

It was written by Harold Pashler, professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego; Mark McDaniel, professor of psychology at Washington University in St. Louis; Doug Rohrer, professor of psychology at the University of South Florida; and Robert Bjork, distinguished professor and chair of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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About the Authors
Harold Pashler is Professor of Psychology and a faculty member of the Cognitive Science Program at the University of California, San Diego. His main areas of interest are human learning and the psychology of attention. Pashler’s learning research focuses on methods for optimizing acquisition and retention of knowledge and skills. In the field of attention,
Pashler’s work has illuminated basic attentional bottlenecks as well as the nature of visual awareness. Pashler is the author of ThePsychology of Attention (MIT Press, 1998) and the editor of Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology (Wiley, 2001). He received the Troland Prize from the National Academy of Sciences for his studies of human attention, and was
elected to membership in the Society of Experimental Psychologists.

Mark McDaniel is Professor of Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, with a joint appointment in Education.
He received his PhD from the University of Colorado in 1980. His research is in the general area of human learning and memory, with an emphasis on prospective memory, encoding and retrieval processes in episodic memory, learning of complex concepts, and applications to educational contexts and to aging. His educationally relevant research includes
work being conducted in actual college and middle-school classrooms. This research is being sponsored by the Institute of Educational Sciences and the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and his work is also supported by the National Institutes of Health. McDaniel has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,Memory, and Cognition and Cognitive Psychology and as President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, and he is amfellow of Divisions 3 and 20 of the American Psychological Association. He has published over 200 journal articles, book chapters, and edited books on human learning and memory, and is the coauthor, with Gilles Einstein, of two recent books:
Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging (Yale University Press, 2004) and Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field (Sage, 2007).

Doug Rohrer is Professor of Psychology at the University of South Florida. He received his doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego ,and he was a faculty member at George Washington University before moving to the University of South Florida. Before attending graduate school, he taught high-school mathematics for several years.
Most of his research concerns learning and memory, with a recent emphasis on learning strategies.

Robert A. Bjork is Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on human learning and memory and on the implications of the science of learning for instruction and training. He has served as Editor of Memory & Cognition and Psychological Review (1995–2000), Coeditor of Psychological Science in the Public Interest (1998–2004), and Chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Techniques for the Enhancement of Human Performance. He is a past president or chair of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Western Psychological Association, the Psychonomic Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the
Council of Editors of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology. He is a recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientist Lecturer and Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Awards, and the American Physiological Society’s Claude Bernard Distinguished Lecturership Award.

Source: eSchool News

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Strategies for K-12 Technology Leaders

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The Top 5 Most Read Stories on

Make your own Newspaper »
iPods in the Classroom »
10 Most Dangerous Things Users Do Online »
Ten Tips for Internet Safety »
5. My New Year’s Resolutions »

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Tech & Learning Top Stories: The Hottest Stories That Everyone's Reading

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Tech & Learning eNews - January 7, 2009

Take a closer look at this Upcoming Event

Tuesday, February 9, Marriott Austin Downtown, Austin, TX
A unique, interactive one-day event FREE for K-12 educators.

These unique interactive forums are one-day events held throughout the United States. Each Digital Learning Event is an immersive experience that provides K-12 decision-makers with state-of-the-art technology solutions delivered in hands-on learning environments.

Top Stories - 1.07.10

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Go Ahead With Distance Education

Career paths are no longer so streamlined that an individual can bid goodbye to textbooks once he or she is done with their post graduation. The options for education are today limitless and it becomes difficult to anticipate all that you would require in your working life.
It is only after you begin work that you begin to realise the areas you need more knowledge about. Distance education presents itself as an excellent solution to qualifying yourself without leaving the confines of a job you don’t wish to lose.

The Sikkim Manipal University of Distance Education (SMUDE) provides flexible form of distance education. “Close to 65% of the students are working professionals. We have around 3 lakh students on roll. As per government provisions, an individual is allowed 6 years to pass an undergraduate distance education program and 4 years for a post grad course. You get double the time as a fulltime course because our regulators know that this form of education is often done alongside a job,” explains V. Sivaramakrishnan, Principal Officer – Distributed Learning and Chief Marketing Officer, Manipal University. Enunciating on the benefits of a distance learning course he says, “There are two main reasons why one should go for a distance education program.
Firstly, for working people, an additional degree is a stepping stone for promotion or for a better career in another organization.
Secondly, it poses an opportunity to pursue additional courses other than one’s primary degree. For example, a graduate in marketing may eventually find that he or she needs further qualification in finance or computers.”

Source: PR Log

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Tech & Learning eNews - January 5, 2009

Take a closer look at this Top Stories - 1.05.10

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eSchool Top News and Site of the Week

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

Top News

Growing use of digital media among educators could help in teaching 21st-century skills
By Maya T. Prabhu, Assistant Editor

Teachers are making significant progress in adopting digital media and using the internet for instruction, according to findings from a new survey released Jan. 5 by PBS.

The survey, "Digitally Inclined," aims to provide information about instructional needs and trends to education leaders, policy makers, and the media industry.The survey, compiled by education research group Grunwald Associates, includes data collected from pre-K educators for the first time. The annual survey has been conducted since 2002 to examine educators' media use.
According to "Digitally Inclined," 76 percent of K-12 educators said they use digital media in the classroom, up from 69 percent in 2008. Of those teachers, 80 percent are frequent or regular users, though digital media use is less common among pre-K educators, with only 33 percent reporting that they are frequent or regular users.

Related link
PBS "Digitally Inclined" report (PDF)

Current Site of the Week

Feds roll out simpler financial-aid form

The new online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will allow college applicants to skip series of questions that don't apply to them and includes help text and easily accessible instructions, changes designed to make it easier to apply for aid. The changes include allowing low-income students to bypass a series of questions about their families' financial assets--a technology known as "skip logic."

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