Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Take a closer look at this top stories - 09.28.10
• Hooked On Wordle Educator
Source: Tech & Learning
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 29.9.10
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
I came across this really pertinent article by Lindsay Rayner. She is an adjunct reading instructor at Zane State College and is currently working toward a reading endorsement from The University of Toledo.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 26.9.10
Friday, September 24, 2010
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
ICT 2010, Digitally Driven, 27-29 September 2010, Brussels (Belgium).
Open Ed 2010, Seventh Annual Open Education Conference, 2-4 November 2010, Barcelona (Spain).
ELSE 2011, 28-29 April 2011, Bucharest (Romania).
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 22.9.10
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I just discovered these special reports via eMind - eLearning Professionals Group at LinkedIn by Stefanie Hemmingson.
This is a three-part series on e-learning from Education Week.
Education Week having a Sitewide Open House, September 20-24 and you can view all of the content free.
E-Learning 2010: Assessing the Agenda for Change
This special report, the first in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education. It also examines the trends that are likely to force policymakers to re-examine the current rules of engagement for virtual learning.
E-Learning 2010: E-Educators Evolving
This special report, the second in a three-part series on e-learning, aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education. It provides perspectives and advice from state policymakers and virtual school providers navigating through the new and often murky policy waters of online-only education, and features insights from e-educators in the trenches of vitual schooling.
Evaluating E-Educators' Evolving Skills
This event is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.
As virtual schools and courses gain traction and continue to grow, some experts say it’s imperative to recognize that online teachers need a special set of skills that are different from what their face-to-face counterparts need. Some virtual schools and states are adopting guidelines that require online teachers to respond to student e-mails within 24 hours and receive regular training on how to use new technologies for teaching online-only classes. Virtual schools are also honing their methods and procedures for evaluating online teachers, a process that can involve an extensive examination of how well the teachers communicate with students. Join two experts from the world of online education as they discuss the evolving guidelines for online teachers and how new evaluation practices can improve virtual teaching.
Pam Birtolo, chief learning officer for the Orlando-based Florida Virtual School
Bryan Setser, chief executive officer for the North Carolina Virtual Public School
Source: Education Week
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 21.9.10
Monday, September 20, 2010
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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Certain educators and students resist the idea of eLearning and distance education because it often goes against their traditional notions of what makes up a proper learning community: a physical classroom in which students and their instructors work together to solve problems and reflect upon their learning methods.Through collaboration, all members of the learning community gain an education.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 16.9.10
School districts have gone online to improve student learning, professional development, data management, safety, and district-wide communications. To achieve all this, they must connect users' computers to a network – preferably, one that doesn't break the budget and is straightforward to maintain and grow. These networks require some smarts and enhanced features so they can be quickly provisioned and managed. They also need the performance to support the latest instructional multimedia applications. And, as their role becomes central to daily instruction and administration, they need rock-solid reliability.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 16.9.10
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Check out these FREE online webinars below!
1. How placing your video into your website can be easy & affordable
2. How student created video engages them in their learning
3. How to easily stream live events anywhere
4. How to publish video using your own rules, safely & securely
5. The power of syndication and sharing video content with trusted partners
6. Sign up for a thirty day free trial
- Learn from Sally Lindgren how the Great Prairie Area Education Agency shares video content with her 32 school districts and the state of Iowa.
- Paul Saxton, Media Teacher at Eagan High School supports students uploading video homework, publishes a weekly student news program and supports live events.
- Alan November & Brian Mull share how and why student created products culminating in video productions engages students in their learning and leverages technology at the core of a school's mission.
Can Lecture Capture Make You A Better Professor?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (convert to your time zone)
Does the idea of lecture capture make you uncomfortable? Do you fear it will force you to change the way you teach? Or that attendance will drop as students stop coming to class?
Dr. Anne-Marie Lerner thinks you have nothing to fear.
Lerner is a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and during the spring 2009 semester, she began teaching engineering in a Mediasite-enabled classroom. Three semesters later, she believes lecture capture has made her a better instructor. And today, she’s still teaching synchronously to traditional students in the on-site classroom and asynchronously to non-traditional, distance education students who never come on-campus.
One of the most energetic and compelling instructors in this medium, Lerner recently presented her findings at conferences like Campus Technology and the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Now she’s carving out time for an online chat with you to present what she’s learned and to answer your most pressing questions about getting faculty comfortable with lecture capture.
During this lively discussion, she’ll cover:
- Tips to overcome barriers to faculty adoption and evangelism
- Ways to address the comfort level of faculty in adopting lecture capture for both blended and online courses
- What mainstream media – like late night talk shows and even Sesame Street – can teach instructors about teaching through webcasts
- How to embrace tablet PCs and in-room videocameras for course instruction, including real-time notation of formulas and calculations
- Why it is still easy to use student engagement levels, either in class, during office hours or online, to gauge how they will perform
And if you have a question you’d like to make sure she covers, email us before the webinar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the presenter:
Anne-Marie Lerner, Ph.D. is at the forefront of using advanced internet technologies in her teaching, including webcasting and video conferencing. She is a third-year faculty member at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville collaborative program located at the University of Wisconsin - Rock County. In her capacity as assistant professor, she has delivered the first streaming courses from a remote campus to two other remote two-year campuses across the state of Wisconsin. Her professional interests include investigating effective teaching pedagogy for remote delivery as well as to nontraditional students, and education assessment. She received her PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008.
Moderator: Sean Brown, VP Education, Sonic FoundryEnjoy these free webinars!
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 15.9.10
Source: Internet Scout Project
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 15.9.10
Monday, September 13, 2010
"Educators who teach in an online setting should foster strong relationships with their students’ parents and should offer plenty of positive feedback, says the nation’s first-ever K-12 Online Teacher of the Year." reports eSchool News.
Teacher Teresa Dove of the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) last week was chosen as the first winner of this new award, which not only recognizes excellent teaching but also the prevalence, and importance, of online learning across the country.
The award, which recognizes an “outstanding online teacher for exceptional contributions to online K-12 education,” was created by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
For Dove, their are five practices that she says make her effective:
iNACOL and SREB Announce Nation’s First Online K-12 Teacher of Year Award
Congratulations to Teresa Dove!
Source: eSchool News
As I've mentioned earlier about Jane Bozarth's Social Media for Trainers blog book tour, is last chance TOMORROW to attend this webinar there complements Dr. Bozarth's newest book and will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools.
Social Media for Trainers: Enhancing and Extending Learning
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60 Minute Session)
This session complements Dr. Bozarth's newest book and will cover basics of creating and sustaining community via social media tools. Rather than theory, participants will walk away with an understanding of how to implement and utilize these applications. Briefly, we will look at several popular social media tools, such as blogs, wikis, Facebook and Twitter, then basics of using these tools for
1 Creating Community & Community Management;
2 Fostering Communities of Practice;
3 Knowledge Transfer and Management.
Presented by Training Magazine Network.
Speaker: Jane Bozarth, Ph.D.
About Jane Bozarth
Dr. Jane Bozarth has been a training practitioner since 1989. In her years with North Carolina, USA state government she has served as Staff Development Specialist for DHHS, the Training Director for the Department of Justice, and the E-Learning Coordinator for the NC Office of State Personnel. Jane's specialty, finding low-cost ways of creating or purchasing quality e-learning solutions, led to publication of "E-Learning Solutions on A Shoestring" and "Better Than Bullet Points: Creating Engaging E-Learning with PowerPoint". Her third book, "From Analysis to Evaluation", was published in 2008.
Tips to Securing Your Network in a Mobile and Web 2.0 World
Thursday September 30, 2010,
1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
Attend this essential free webinar to discover how you can protect your district’s network, your resources, and your users from the growing threat landscape opened up by mobile computing, personal devices, and Web 2.0 tools.
Hear about the current and future challenges districts face in terms of network security. Then get proven tips and expert advice on developing a comprehensive security strategy that can protect you from costly and time-consuming security-related downtime — even amidst growing use of mobile and Web 2.0 technologies.
Register for this free event
ASTD Press has just released this Infoline, August 2010, Vol. 27, Issue 1008.
"Learn how to approach the decision makers in your organization and present the best possible case for implementing e-learning into your training program." writes ASTD Press.
The booklet describes, how people think of training, they tend to think of classrooms, worksheets, and group discussions. But there is a fastgrowing type of training that is changing the way businesses are looking at employee learning and development. It does not require classrooms, worksheets, or flipcharts—in fact, it does not even require you to leave your office.
Welcome to the world of e-learning.
About the authors
Erin Sappington is an instructional designer with Vivid Learning Systems, a leading provider of online training solutions, where she works with clients to provide customized e-learning solutions that meet their unique needs. She advises clients on how to build their business case for e-learning with the decision makers in their organization. Before joining Vivid Learning Systems, Erin worked as a business consultant and trainer for the Missouri Training Institute. Erin has a master’s degree in educational technologies from the University of Missouri.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Jessi Nokes is a technical writer for Vivid Learning Systems. Jessi has experienced the business benefits of e-learning by assisting in the development of a variety of online learning programs. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in communication from Portland State University.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Infoline is a real got-a-problem, find-a-solution publication. Concise and practical, Infoline is an information lifeline written specifically for trainers and other workplace learning and performance professionals. Whether the subject is a current trend in the field, or triedand-true training basics, Infoline is a complete, reliable trainer’s information resource.
Infoline is available by subscription and single copy purchase.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Is the future of learning online? writes Schools That Work, Edutopia
"Not exclusively. But online learning is expanding access to knowledge and personalizing learning in schools across the country. In regions where teachers (and resources) are in scarce supply, it is an essential solution."
For more videos, articles, and downloads from Edutopia's coverage of online learning, take a look at http://www.edutopia.org/stw-online-learning
About Schools That Work
In this series, Schools That Work, Edutopia takes a deep look at what school successes are made of. How principals and teachers, parents and students, and schools and districts collaborate to change the futures of their young people.
We share with you the blueprints that the change makers used -- the contracts, lesson plans, and teacher training tools that could be relevant to your school and your path to change.
And one more thing: In our groups and discussions, we put you together with teachers and administrators from around the country trying to make the same improvements in their schools. You will discover how reform comes to life, and how it succeeds.
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 12.9.10
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Today I have Debbie Owen guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.
It’s a thriving industry today, mostly because of the number of people signing up for degree and diploma courses to further their careers or achieve a personal milestone.
There’s no doubt that without online education and the conveniences it offers, it would be very difficult for working people to achieve their academic dreams and professional ambitions. However, online education today is not what it used to be a few years ago. No, it’s not that the quality has fallen; rather, it has improved by leaps and bounds because of the fierce competition from all quarters – even highly reputable traditional institutions like MIT have jumped into the fray by offering courses online
Even so, people are finding online education more difficult than ever before. It’s not that the course material has suddenly become much more challenging, just that there are too many distractions that make it hard for them to concentrate on their lessons. Most people who sign up for online courses usually juggle work and their personal lives along with their classes and assignments instead of quitting work or taking time off to pursue their education. It’s a tough ask, but most people manage to do what’s expected of them.
Today however, the Internet is proving to be a very distractive medium – if you’re online, it takes a great deal of self control to avoid activities that waste time; there are social networks where people seem to be doing or saying something all the time, there are online games that are so addictive that people need therapy to stay off them; and then there are the millions of sites that you can surf even as you’re supposed to be studying or preparing for an assignment.
So if you’re the kind who has trouble concentrating, if you’re not disciplined enough to focus on what needs to be done, you could end up continuing your degree longer than necessary. Some people start out with enthusiasm, but as the months go by, they find that they’re unable to keep up the pace because of other commitments or because they find that they are swayed by distractions.
Today, it’s the distractions that have taken priority – you find that responding to a random comment on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter take precedence over your work, your studies, your friends, and even your family. It’s like the only people who matter and the only things that are worth paying attention to are related to the web.
It’s not the Internet that’s the villain here; it is the way we use it that is detrimental to our lifestyle and inner satisfaction. However, there are people who are clever enough to use the all-pervasive nature of the web to further their education – they use social networks to make their lessons easier, they learn more from websites that provide information, and they search for tools that will help them study more efficiently and thoroughly.
So yes, even though the distractions are many, it’s the people who know how to tap the potential of the Internet to enhance their academic pursuits who emerge winners.
This guest post is contributed by Debbie Owen, she writes on the topic of online doctoral degree programs.
OnlineDoctorateDegree.org is a nonprofit website devoted to providing students who are considering entering into an online doctoral degree program with unbiased information which they can use to assess the pros and cons of such decisions.
Created by Debbie Owen in July 2010, OnlineDoctorateDegree.org was created as an outgrowth of Debbie’s frustration with trying to research online doctoral programs and finding nothing but promotional materials or incomprehensible public interest websites. To help fill the gap, Debbie has created OnlineDoctorateDegree as a straightforward non-profit site which discusses the relative merits and drawbacks of obtaining your doctoral degree online from someone who has actually been through the process.
She welcomes your comments at her email id.
Many thanks to Debbie Owen.
Enjoy your reading!
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 2.9.10
Take a closer look at these top stories - 09.02.10.
• Future edtech leaders added to T&L’s top 100 list
• Top 10 social networks for education
• Vote for best teacher projects
• Back to school with Web 2.0
• Are today's students less creative?
Source: Tech & Learning
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 2.9.10
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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