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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET)

Just look at these interesting articles, appears in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), Volume 26, Number 6, 2010.



Web-based lecture technologies: Highlighting the changing nature of teaching and learning
By Greg Preston, Rob Phillips, Maree Gosper, Margot McNeill, Karen Woo and David Green

Blended learning environments: Using social networking sites to enhance the first year experience
By Joshua McCarthy

Secondary school socio-cultural context influencing ICT integration: A case study approach
By Shanti Divaharan and Lim Cher Ping

Measuring learner's performance in e-learning recommender systems
By Khairil Imran Ghauth and Nor Aniza Abdullah

Using contemporary topics and Internet resources to stimulate student-centred learning
By Susan E. Lee and Kyra J. Woods

Radical transparency: Open access as a key concept in wiki pedagogy
By Rolf K. Baltzersen

Learning to play games or playing games to learn? A health education case study with Soweto teenagers
By Alan Amory

Online collaboration and offline interaction between students using asynchronous tools in blended learning
By Mei-jung Wang

Off campus students' experiences collaborating online, using wikis
By Debbi Weaver, Shane Viper, Jennifer Latter and P. Craig McIntosh

Internet tools for language learning: University students taking control of their writing
By Mark A. Conroy

Blended learning using video-based blogs: Public speaking for English as a second language students
By Ru-Chu Shih

Adoption of blogging by a Chinese language composition class in a vocational high school in Taiwan
By Shi-Jer Lou, Shi-Chiao Wu, Ru-Chu Shih and Kuo-Hung Tseng

Source: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology


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Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET)

Just look at these interesting articles, appears in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), Volume 26, Number 6, 2010.



Web-based lecture technologies: Highlighting the changing nature of teaching and learning
By Greg Preston, Rob Phillips, Maree Gosper, Margot McNeill, Karen Woo and David Green

Blended learning environments: Using social networking sites to enhance the first year experience
By Joshua McCarthy

Secondary school socio-cultural context influencing ICT integration: A case study approach
By Shanti Divaharan and Lim Cher Ping

Measuring learner's performance in e-learning recommender systems
By Khairil Imran Ghauth and Nor Aniza Abdullah

Using contemporary topics and Internet resources to stimulate student-centred learning
By Susan E. Lee and Kyra J. Woods

Radical transparency: Open access as a key concept in wiki pedagogy
By Rolf K. Baltzersen

Learning to play games or playing games to learn? A health education case study with Soweto teenagers
By Alan Amory

Online collaboration and offline interaction between students using asynchronous tools in blended learning
By Mei-jung Wang

Off campus students' experiences collaborating online, using wikis
By Debbi Weaver, Shane Viper, Jennifer Latter and P. Craig McIntosh

Internet tools for language learning: University students taking control of their writing
By Mark A. Conroy

Blended learning using video-based blogs: Public speaking for English as a second language students
By Ru-Chu Shih

Adoption of blogging by a Chinese language composition class in a vocational high school in Taiwan
By Shi-Jer Lou, Shi-Chiao Wu, Ru-Chu Shih and Kuo-Hung Tseng

Source: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology


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Starmount classes use Skype and Google Docs to collaborate with their sister school Roskilde Gymnasium in Roskilde, Denmark.

Starmount uses new technology to enhance learning for students by Tim Bullard.

Photo: Roskilde Gymnasium
Podcasting is becoming more and more a part of the educational setting in schools.
The Starmount High School Journalism Class broadcasts live announcements to the school, making a podcast of announcements that can be viewed by students anywhere on campus at anytime.

Using Flip camcorders, marketing classes create podcasts of their latest fund raising efforts, and Early Childhood Education classes create podcasts of their makeover of the New Hope Pregnancy Center Children’s playroom,” said Suzie Thomasson, media coordinator of Starmount High School.

This year at Starmount High School teachers are using two wireless carts of netbooks or 40 mini-laptops in classrooms so that students can do research at their desk and collaborate with others on group assignments, Thomasson said.
“Teachers are using interactive whiteboards and data projectors in 99 percent of classrooms to engage students in participatory learning and to connect to the global world. Students work at the boards to manipulate data, participate in podcasts, webinars, and Skype sessions,” she said.

Earth Science classes were able to ask questions of estuary scientists on the West Coast and join with classes from all over the country in learning about marine biology, Thomasson said.
“Yearbook classes use webinars to learn about online yearbook software. Theatre Arts classes participate in webinars to learn about costuming and construction,” said Thomasson.
“Starmount classes use Skype and Google Docs to collaborate with their sister school Roskilde Gymnasium in Roskilde, Denmark. Student can see and talk live over the Internet using Skype software and computers with webcams and microphones.
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Starmount classes use Skype and Google Docs to collaborate with their sister school Roskilde Gymnasium in Roskilde, Denmark.

Starmount uses new technology to enhance learning for students by Tim Bullard.

Photo: Roskilde Gymnasium
Podcasting is becoming more and more a part of the educational setting in schools.
The Starmount High School Journalism Class broadcasts live announcements to the school, making a podcast of announcements that can be viewed by students anywhere on campus at anytime.

Using Flip camcorders, marketing classes create podcasts of their latest fund raising efforts, and Early Childhood Education classes create podcasts of their makeover of the New Hope Pregnancy Center Children’s playroom,” said Suzie Thomasson, media coordinator of Starmount High School.

This year at Starmount High School teachers are using two wireless carts of netbooks or 40 mini-laptops in classrooms so that students can do research at their desk and collaborate with others on group assignments, Thomasson said.
“Teachers are using interactive whiteboards and data projectors in 99 percent of classrooms to engage students in participatory learning and to connect to the global world. Students work at the boards to manipulate data, participate in podcasts, webinars, and Skype sessions,” she said.

Earth Science classes were able to ask questions of estuary scientists on the West Coast and join with classes from all over the country in learning about marine biology, Thomasson said.
“Yearbook classes use webinars to learn about online yearbook software. Theatre Arts classes participate in webinars to learn about costuming and construction,” said Thomasson.
“Starmount classes use Skype and Google Docs to collaborate with their sister school Roskilde Gymnasium in Roskilde, Denmark. Student can see and talk live over the Internet using Skype software and computers with webcams and microphones.
Read more...

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Roskilde Gymnasium

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Online traditional degress by Amelia Naidoo

As tempting as a 100% online business degree is, there are drawbacks. A 'blended' approach is the way forward.
"Web-based learning works best as a supplement to face to- face education, not as an alternative. What we do with global executive learning is that there's fact-to-face contact and the development of those relationships really matter." says Dr Greg Jones, Duke University's vice-president and provost for Global Strategy and Programmes.


Why then would students fork out tens of thousands of dirhams, take precious time off work and possibly lose an income to attend a full time programme?
As the higher education sector is flooded with graduate degree options, Gulf News asks the experts how online degrees measure up to traditional face-to-face degree.

Blended learning
‘Online’ is an old notion that refers to asynchronous education, where the student signs in, learns content and submits information, and it is a passive conveying of information, said Dr Greg Jones, vice-president and provost for Global Strategy and Programmes at Duke University...

Uses of online learning
Professor Alain Senteni, Dean of School of e-Education at Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University (HBMeU) in Dubai says that online learning helps people prepare for the 21st century society, which will comprise “digital natives”.
Despite the HBMeU being primarily an online institution, it still incorporates the face-to-face component in some of its programmes...
Read more...

Source: Gulf News


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Online traditional degress by Amelia Naidoo

As tempting as a 100% online business degree is, there are drawbacks. A 'blended' approach is the way forward.
"Web-based learning works best as a supplement to face to- face education, not as an alternative. What we do with global executive learning is that there's fact-to-face contact and the development of those relationships really matter." says Dr Greg Jones, Duke University's vice-president and provost for Global Strategy and Programmes.


Why then would students fork out tens of thousands of dirhams, take precious time off work and possibly lose an income to attend a full time programme?
As the higher education sector is flooded with graduate degree options, Gulf News asks the experts how online degrees measure up to traditional face-to-face degree.

Blended learning
‘Online’ is an old notion that refers to asynchronous education, where the student signs in, learns content and submits information, and it is a passive conveying of information, said Dr Greg Jones, vice-president and provost for Global Strategy and Programmes at Duke University...

Uses of online learning
Professor Alain Senteni, Dean of School of e-Education at Hamdan Bin Mohammad e-University (HBMeU) in Dubai says that online learning helps people prepare for the 21st century society, which will comprise “digital natives”.
Despite the HBMeU being primarily an online institution, it still incorporates the face-to-face component in some of its programmes...
Read more...

Source: Gulf News


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ClickVerse.com: The Education Social Network Challenges Users to Learn and Retain Japanese in 60 seconds

Daniel and M.J. Allen announced to the public on October 28, 2010 the release of ClickVerse.com: The Education Social Network. With the use of virtual tutors and study halls as well as a timed testing system, ClickVerse is an innovative and free online education social network.

How encouraging would it be for students to learn U.S. History with the President of the United States or Italian with Kobe Bryant from the comforts of their own homes and classrooms?

ClickVerse.com: Education Social Network. Learn Japanese in 60 Seconds. Master U.S. History, Math, Science, Sports, and Pop Culture



ClickVerse.com is an education social network that focuses on making learning fun by challenging its users to study and take tests under time restraints. The free technology records test and study statistics and provides analysis of individual learning curves real-time. By providing a video game structure that allows users to win points, get high scores, and battle other users, ClickVerse.com is designed to inspire children to want to learn.

The social portion of the site is directed toward forming education clicks as well as battling other clicks and members for points. A click is a group of people on ClickVerse.com who share the same tests and study interests. They can add to the tests in the click to help everyone learn together. Once a test or subject matter is mastered individuals or clicks can battle others online. Battling entails challenging an opponent to take the same test or series of tests real-time to earn more points.
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ClickVerse.com: The Education Social Network Challenges Users to Learn and Retain Japanese in 60 seconds

Daniel and M.J. Allen announced to the public on October 28, 2010 the release of ClickVerse.com: The Education Social Network. With the use of virtual tutors and study halls as well as a timed testing system, ClickVerse is an innovative and free online education social network.

How encouraging would it be for students to learn U.S. History with the President of the United States or Italian with Kobe Bryant from the comforts of their own homes and classrooms?

ClickVerse.com: Education Social Network. Learn Japanese in 60 Seconds. Master U.S. History, Math, Science, Sports, and Pop Culture



ClickVerse.com is an education social network that focuses on making learning fun by challenging its users to study and take tests under time restraints. The free technology records test and study statistics and provides analysis of individual learning curves real-time. By providing a video game structure that allows users to win points, get high scores, and battle other users, ClickVerse.com is designed to inspire children to want to learn.

The social portion of the site is directed toward forming education clicks as well as battling other clicks and members for points. A click is a group of people on ClickVerse.com who share the same tests and study interests. They can add to the tests in the click to help everyone learn together. Once a test or subject matter is mastered individuals or clicks can battle others online. Battling entails challenging an opponent to take the same test or series of tests real-time to earn more points.
Read more...

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http://www.youtube.com/user/daniellallen1

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

New web site combines project-based learning, social responsibility


A new partnership between Microsoft Corp., the Smithsonian Institution, and TakingITGlobal will encourage teachers to use educational technology to improve the way students learn. The partnership, called Shout, will help teachers integrate project-based learning to develop students’ problem-solving skills by having them team up with their peers around the globe to solve real-world challenges.


Shout’s web site, http://www.shoutlearning.org, launched on October 27. Beginning in November, teachers from around the world will find the first Shout challenge, which addresses the issue of deforestation. Each challenge will kick off with an online event for teachers and students featuring Smithsonian scientists.

Shout was announced at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Africa. Representatives from the groups involved said it will help teachers and students use educational technology to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues through online collaboration, while also teaching students social responsibility.

More than $1 million will be directed to Shout over the next three years in hopes of creating a global network that connects millions of teachers and students as they attempt to solve real-world challenges affecting land, air, and water. Online collaboration plays a key part in the project.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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New web site combines project-based learning, social responsibility


A new partnership between Microsoft Corp., the Smithsonian Institution, and TakingITGlobal will encourage teachers to use educational technology to improve the way students learn. The partnership, called Shout, will help teachers integrate project-based learning to develop students’ problem-solving skills by having them team up with their peers around the globe to solve real-world challenges.


Shout’s web site, http://www.shoutlearning.org, launched on October 27. Beginning in November, teachers from around the world will find the first Shout challenge, which addresses the issue of deforestation. Each challenge will kick off with an online event for teachers and students featuring Smithsonian scientists.

Shout was announced at the Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in Africa. Representatives from the groups involved said it will help teachers and students use educational technology to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues through online collaboration, while also teaching students social responsibility.

More than $1 million will be directed to Shout over the next three years in hopes of creating a global network that connects millions of teachers and students as they attempt to solve real-world challenges affecting land, air, and water. Online collaboration plays a key part in the project.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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70 Seriously Awesome iPhone Apps for College Students Abroad

Erin Lenderts has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.


70 Seriously Awesome iPhone Apps for College Students Abroad

No matter how much you love your school, studying abroad can give you a break from the campus bubble. It’s a popular choice for many students who want to explore life on their own, learn more about a different culture, and boost their resume in an invigorating, fun way. While you take classes to satisfy your bachelor’s degree, you’ll also have time for travel and adventures. Let these awesome iPhone apps keep you organized, safe, and packing light.
Read more...

Thanks to Erin!

Source:  BachelorsDegreeOnline.com


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70 Seriously Awesome iPhone Apps for College Students Abroad

Erin Lenderts has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.


70 Seriously Awesome iPhone Apps for College Students Abroad

No matter how much you love your school, studying abroad can give you a break from the campus bubble. It’s a popular choice for many students who want to explore life on their own, learn more about a different culture, and boost their resume in an invigorating, fun way. While you take classes to satisfy your bachelor’s degree, you’ll also have time for travel and adventures. Let these awesome iPhone apps keep you organized, safe, and packing light.
Read more...

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Source:  BachelorsDegreeOnline.com


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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

eSN Special Report: Blended learning on the rise


It’s a typical weekday, and Leah Rogers is greeting students as they arrive at school. She hasn’t seen any of these kids in a while, because they haven’t set foot in the building for a week … but that’s by design.
Rogers is acting head of the Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS), an innovative school that is a cross between a traditional school and a virtual one: Students work online from home four days a week and come to school for the fifth, reports eSchool News.

In a typical school environment, all students in a classroom have to learn the same thing at same time. But at CVCS, students can work on material at their own pace, and educators can tailor their instruction to each student individually to fill the gaps in that child’s knowledge.
“In a traditional setting, students are at the mercy of the teacher, who decides how fast they’re learning [and] how much time they have to spend on the subject,” Rogers said. “We give those who ‘get it’ faster the ability to move on.”
For many school reformers, blended learning is an exciting instructional model because it combines the best elements of both face-to-face and online instruction.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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eSN Special Report: Blended learning on the rise


It’s a typical weekday, and Leah Rogers is greeting students as they arrive at school. She hasn’t seen any of these kids in a while, because they haven’t set foot in the building for a week … but that’s by design.
Rogers is acting head of the Chicago Virtual Charter School (CVCS), an innovative school that is a cross between a traditional school and a virtual one: Students work online from home four days a week and come to school for the fifth, reports eSchool News.

In a typical school environment, all students in a classroom have to learn the same thing at same time. But at CVCS, students can work on material at their own pace, and educators can tailor their instruction to each student individually to fill the gaps in that child’s knowledge.
“In a traditional setting, students are at the mercy of the teacher, who decides how fast they’re learning [and] how much time they have to spend on the subject,” Rogers said. “We give those who ‘get it’ faster the ability to move on.”
For many school reformers, blended learning is an exciting instructional model because it combines the best elements of both face-to-face and online instruction.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Book alone is not enough. Enriching printed learning material with digital mobile technology

Check out Anu Seisto, Maija Federley, Timo Kuula and Sami Vihavainen's book entitled Book alone is not enough. Enriching printed learning material with digital mobile technology from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


The book describes what the role of printed school materials will be in the future, and how print and digital could be combined in an attractive way to provide learning material that would be more that just a book and more than just digital material.

Abstract:
The aim of this project was to combine printed and digital learning material in order to enrich and enhance the learning experience, and introduce the created concept to the end-users in primary schools. We proposed a hybrid book concept in which traditional school book was combined with a mobile phone. The chosen subject was English as a foreign language (EFL).

User-centric approach and qualitative methods were used in the design process. The main user groups were teachers, pupils and parents. In addition, WSOYpro bookmakers gave their professional insight into the process. This approach made it possible to take into account the user preferences as well as pedagogical and didactical issues. The inclusion of the teacher in the design process from the very beginning proved to be valuable: The teacher was able to interweave the use of hybrid book into her current teaching practises, culture and curriculum; on the other hand she provided the research group with valuable information, which helped the design of the mobile phone tasks.

Our experiences from the project indicate that the mobile hybrid book is a suitable learning material for primary education. The motivation of teachers and pupils was high, and the attitudes of parents supported the use of hybrid book. The society around us is becoming increasingly digitalized and the schools should follow the change taking place in the society. The printed book is probably not enough anymore, but is not yet disappearing from the schools. The idea of combining the two worlds, printed and digital, was well received.
Read more...

Hybrid Book combines printed and digital learning materials


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Book alone is not enough (PDF)
Possibilities for Seamless Shifting Between Print and Digital (PDF)
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Book alone is not enough. Enriching printed learning material with digital mobile technology

Check out Anu Seisto, Maija Federley, Timo Kuula and Sami Vihavainen's book entitled Book alone is not enough. Enriching printed learning material with digital mobile technology from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.


The book describes what the role of printed school materials will be in the future, and how print and digital could be combined in an attractive way to provide learning material that would be more that just a book and more than just digital material.

Abstract:
The aim of this project was to combine printed and digital learning material in order to enrich and enhance the learning experience, and introduce the created concept to the end-users in primary schools. We proposed a hybrid book concept in which traditional school book was combined with a mobile phone. The chosen subject was English as a foreign language (EFL).

User-centric approach and qualitative methods were used in the design process. The main user groups were teachers, pupils and parents. In addition, WSOYpro bookmakers gave their professional insight into the process. This approach made it possible to take into account the user preferences as well as pedagogical and didactical issues. The inclusion of the teacher in the design process from the very beginning proved to be valuable: The teacher was able to interweave the use of hybrid book into her current teaching practises, culture and curriculum; on the other hand she provided the research group with valuable information, which helped the design of the mobile phone tasks.

Our experiences from the project indicate that the mobile hybrid book is a suitable learning material for primary education. The motivation of teachers and pupils was high, and the attitudes of parents supported the use of hybrid book. The society around us is becoming increasingly digitalized and the schools should follow the change taking place in the society. The printed book is probably not enough anymore, but is not yet disappearing from the schools. The idea of combining the two worlds, printed and digital, was well received.
Read more...

Hybrid Book combines printed and digital learning materials


Related links
Book alone is not enough (PDF)
Possibilities for Seamless Shifting Between Print and Digital (PDF)
YouTube Channel associated VTTFinland

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Recommended Book: Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-To-Face Instruction in Higher Education

Jason Allen Snart's book entitled Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education, examines the opportunities and challenges involved in combining online learning with face-to-face classroom instruction.


Hybrid learning, sometimes called blended learning, can provide both students and faculty with more flexibility in their schedules. But far more importantly, bringing elements of the face-to-face classroom together with online learning can take advantage of the strengths of each of those learning modes. The benefit can be better student engagement and retention, perennial problems across higher education.

This book provides a detailed exploration of a new learning mode that could radically change higher education, incorporating emerging trends in technology and multimedia use, including online gaming, social networking, and other Web 2.0 applications, to create engaging and dynamic learning environments. Laying out fundamental challenges facing higher education today, the author demonstrates how hybrid instruction can be designed and implemented to deliver education in flexible modes well-suited to the circumstances of many students and institutions.
 
The chapters are as follows: The resistant early adopter; Challenges facing higher education; Going hybrid: the bigger picture; Hybrids: a cultural moment and its history; Hybrids in action; Technology: trending to community and collaboration; A resistant early adopter argues for hybridity.
Published on: 2010-06-30
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COD Professor Jason Snart Writes Book on Hybrid Learning



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Hybrid Learning
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Recommended Book: Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-To-Face Instruction in Higher Education

Jason Allen Snart's book entitled Hybrid Learning: The Perils and Promise of Blending Online and Face-to-Face Instruction in Higher Education, examines the opportunities and challenges involved in combining online learning with face-to-face classroom instruction.


Hybrid learning, sometimes called blended learning, can provide both students and faculty with more flexibility in their schedules. But far more importantly, bringing elements of the face-to-face classroom together with online learning can take advantage of the strengths of each of those learning modes. The benefit can be better student engagement and retention, perennial problems across higher education.

This book provides a detailed exploration of a new learning mode that could radically change higher education, incorporating emerging trends in technology and multimedia use, including online gaming, social networking, and other Web 2.0 applications, to create engaging and dynamic learning environments. Laying out fundamental challenges facing higher education today, the author demonstrates how hybrid instruction can be designed and implemented to deliver education in flexible modes well-suited to the circumstances of many students and institutions.
 
The chapters are as follows: The resistant early adopter; Challenges facing higher education; Going hybrid: the bigger picture; Hybrids: a cultural moment and its history; Hybrids in action; Technology: trending to community and collaboration; A resistant early adopter argues for hybridity.
Published on: 2010-06-30
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COD Professor Jason Snart Writes Book on Hybrid Learning



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Hybrid Learning
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Local resident writes book about unusual educational tool by CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

A new age is dawning in education, and Gary Woodill's book The Mobile Learning Edge describes it, with a mobile phone as its vehicle.



Published by McGraw Hill in September, it's not an academic book, not a textbook but a trade book -- or a primer, Woodill said in a recent interview at his Cobourg office.
Its target audience is business people, with the idea that companies can give them a copy and say, "Start here. Read this. Then we'll talk."
The definition of social media is that it involves more than one person, he explained. Mobile is just a delivery platform.

From the horse-and-buggy to wireless technology, the Hamilton Township resident said, "all technologies refer back to previous technologies. Marshall McLuhan said you look at the future through a rear-view mirror.
" The first thing that happens with a new technology is, people start thinking, 'how do you do the same things on the new technology?' But every new technology has a set of things we could never really do before.
"The second wave of any technology is discovering the unique characteristics of it. I am following about 60 learning technologies, and it's amazing how many different things you can teach people or help them teach themselves."
Read more...

"I’ve just completed my second book project in less than a year, both published by McGraw-Hill. The first book, Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds was co-authored with my friend Alex Heiphetz, who continues to develop virtual world sites for major corporate clients.
My newest book, The Mobile Learning Edge, was mostly my writing, but colleagues David Fell and Sheryl Herle each contributed a chapter." writes Gary on his blog.
 
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The book has its own web site
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Source: Northumberland Today


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Local resident writes book about unusual educational tool by CECILIA NASMITH, NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY

A new age is dawning in education, and Gary Woodill's book The Mobile Learning Edge describes it, with a mobile phone as its vehicle.



Published by McGraw Hill in September, it's not an academic book, not a textbook but a trade book -- or a primer, Woodill said in a recent interview at his Cobourg office.
Its target audience is business people, with the idea that companies can give them a copy and say, "Start here. Read this. Then we'll talk."
The definition of social media is that it involves more than one person, he explained. Mobile is just a delivery platform.

From the horse-and-buggy to wireless technology, the Hamilton Township resident said, "all technologies refer back to previous technologies. Marshall McLuhan said you look at the future through a rear-view mirror.
" The first thing that happens with a new technology is, people start thinking, 'how do you do the same things on the new technology?' But every new technology has a set of things we could never really do before.
"The second wave of any technology is discovering the unique characteristics of it. I am following about 60 learning technologies, and it's amazing how many different things you can teach people or help them teach themselves."
Read more...

"I’ve just completed my second book project in less than a year, both published by McGraw-Hill. The first book, Training and Collaboration with Virtual Worlds was co-authored with my friend Alex Heiphetz, who continues to develop virtual world sites for major corporate clients.
My newest book, The Mobile Learning Edge, was mostly my writing, but colleagues David Fell and Sheryl Herle each contributed a chapter." writes Gary on his blog.
 
Related links
The book has its own web site
Buy this book

Source: Northumberland Today


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recommended Book: An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era

Below are an excellent book, I think you might find be very useful.


M. F. Cleveland-Innes and D. R. Garrison's book entitled An introduction to distance education: Understanding teaching and learning in a new era is a resource that advances the pedagogy of distance education.

Further, as its title suggests, this book offers an evolutionary look at distance education. To accomplish the goal of providing a comprehensive examination of current theories, practices, and goals within distance education, the editors have involved experienced stakeholders on the cutting edge of the field. Complete with biographies of all contributors, this book offers a concise and understandable overview of distance education which will be useful to both experienced and novice educators as well as students.

Composed of 12 chapters grouped into four main sections, this text exposes readers to many issues which impact the continually evolving field of distance education.
Utilizing a student-guided approach, each chapter offers pedagogical features to engage and support the teaching and learning process, including:
  • questions for reflection, review and discussion: students can use these questions as triggers for further thoughts related to the topic. Instructors can use these questions for classroom and online discussion
  • key quotations: strategically placed throughout the text, these points act as a springboard for further reflection and classroom discussion
  • concept definitions: central concepts discussed in the text are defined or students at the end of each chapter.
A perfect textbook for educational technology Doctorate, Masters and Certificate programs, students will find An Introduction to Distance Education offers a solid foundation from which to explore and develop new approaches to designing and implementing online courses.
Published on: 2010-03-31
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Source: The Journal of Distance Education


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Recommended Book: An Introduction to Distance Education: Understanding Teaching and Learning in a New Era

Below are an excellent book, I think you might find be very useful.


M. F. Cleveland-Innes and D. R. Garrison's book entitled An introduction to distance education: Understanding teaching and learning in a new era is a resource that advances the pedagogy of distance education.

Further, as its title suggests, this book offers an evolutionary look at distance education. To accomplish the goal of providing a comprehensive examination of current theories, practices, and goals within distance education, the editors have involved experienced stakeholders on the cutting edge of the field. Complete with biographies of all contributors, this book offers a concise and understandable overview of distance education which will be useful to both experienced and novice educators as well as students.

Composed of 12 chapters grouped into four main sections, this text exposes readers to many issues which impact the continually evolving field of distance education.
Utilizing a student-guided approach, each chapter offers pedagogical features to engage and support the teaching and learning process, including:
  • questions for reflection, review and discussion: students can use these questions as triggers for further thoughts related to the topic. Instructors can use these questions for classroom and online discussion
  • key quotations: strategically placed throughout the text, these points act as a springboard for further reflection and classroom discussion
  • concept definitions: central concepts discussed in the text are defined or students at the end of each chapter.
A perfect textbook for educational technology Doctorate, Masters and Certificate programs, students will find An Introduction to Distance Education offers a solid foundation from which to explore and develop new approaches to designing and implementing online courses.
Published on: 2010-03-31
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Video-Based Response & Revision: Dialogic Instruction Using Video and Web 2.0 Technologies
By A. Heintz, C. Borsheim, S. Caughlan, M. M. Juzwik, and M. B. Sherry,
Michigan State University

Abstract
This article documents the curricular decisions made by a teacher educator research team whose guiding theoretical focus for intern practice is dialogic instruction. Over a 2-year sequence, teaching interns used video and Web 2.0 technologies to respond critically to and revise their teaching practices in collaboration with peers and instructors. This article describes how a focus on dialogic instruction and an adoption of a multiliteracies pedagogy guided the implementation and use of technologies within the project. Through multiple examples of curriculum, including excerpts from course materials, screencasts of the adopted networking platform, Voicethread, and video of class sessions, the authors describe how a focus on the dialogic creates spaces for interactions that allow responsive and revisionary attitudes toward not only teaching practices, but the potential and place of technologies in teacher education.
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Web 2.0 in the Classroom? Dilemmas and Opportunities Inherent in Adolescent Web 2.0 Engagement
By S. Schuck, P. Aubusson, and M. Kearney,
University of Technology, Sydney

Abstract
The paper discusses the implications of the current phenomenon of adolescent engagement in digital spaces. Young people are increasingly active Web 2.0 users, and their interactions through these technologies are altering their social identities, styles of learning, and exchanges with others around the world. The paper argues for more research to investigate this phenomenon through the use of virtual ethnography and identifies the ethical challenges that lie therein. It raises questions for school education and presents an argument for studying the area in culturally sensitive ways that privilege adolescents’ voices.
Read more...

Best Practices for Producing Video Content for Teacher Education
By Stein Brunvand,
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Abstract
Through the use of Web 2.0 technologies the production and distribution of professional digital video content for use in teacher education has become more prevalent. As teachers look to learn from and interact with this video content, they need explicit support to help draw their attention to specific pedagogical strategies and reduce cognitive load. This support can be provided through the use of different design strategies that include providing access to prompts, teacher commentary, reflective tools, and multiple representations of a particular observation. This article provides a review of these design strategies and discusses the ways in which they can be used to produce effective video for teacher education.
Read more...

Making Sure What You See is What You Get: Digital Video Technology and the Preparation of Teachers of Elementary Science
By P. B. de Mesquita, R. F. Dean, and B. J. Young,
University of Rhode Island

Abstract
Advances in digital video technology create opportunities for more detailed qualitative analyses of actual teaching practice in science and other subject areas. User-friendly digital cameras and highly developed, flexible video-analysis software programs have made the tasks of video capture, editing, transcription, and subsequent data analysis more convenient, accurate, and reliable than ever before. Although such technological developments offer a myriad of opportunities for advancements in research and training, especially in the area of preservice science teacher education, a number of technical challenges and unforeseen difficulties may arise when relying on video-based methodologies. If unanticipated, these challenges can compromise the overall integrity of research data and detract from training effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to identify the challenges and opportunities specific to incorporating video technology into the research on preservice science teacher education within the context of relevant literature. Lessons learned from an ongoing longitudinal study of preservice elementary science teachers are discussed, including practical guidelines for use of digital video for research and professional development.
Read more...

Copying Right and Copying Wrong with Web 2.0 Tools in the Teacher Education and Communications Classrooms
By E. McGrail & J. P. McGrail,
Georgia State University and Jacksonville State University

Abstract
Understanding the tenets of copyright in general, and in particular, in online communication and publishing with Web 2.0 tools, has become an important part of literacy in today’s Information Age, as well as a cornerstone of free speech and responsible citizenship for the future. Young content creators must be educated about copyright law, their own rights as content creators, and their responsibilities as producers and publishers of content derived from the intellectual property of others. Educators should prepare them for responsible and ethical participation in new forms of creative expression in the Information Age. The recent integration of video and audio content and the implementation of Web 2.0 tools in the contemporary English language classroom has made this learning environment a particularly appropriate proving ground for the examination of current student practices with respect to intellectual property. This paper describes an approach employed with English education and communications students to prepare them for such a complex subject matter.
Read more...

Source: The CITE Journal


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Articles released by The CITE Journal

I hope you would like to read these five interesting articles released by CITE Journal


Video-Based Response & Revision: Dialogic Instruction Using Video and Web 2.0 Technologies
By A. Heintz, C. Borsheim, S. Caughlan, M. M. Juzwik, and M. B. Sherry,
Michigan State University

Abstract
This article documents the curricular decisions made by a teacher educator research team whose guiding theoretical focus for intern practice is dialogic instruction. Over a 2-year sequence, teaching interns used video and Web 2.0 technologies to respond critically to and revise their teaching practices in collaboration with peers and instructors. This article describes how a focus on dialogic instruction and an adoption of a multiliteracies pedagogy guided the implementation and use of technologies within the project. Through multiple examples of curriculum, including excerpts from course materials, screencasts of the adopted networking platform, Voicethread, and video of class sessions, the authors describe how a focus on the dialogic creates spaces for interactions that allow responsive and revisionary attitudes toward not only teaching practices, but the potential and place of technologies in teacher education.
Read more...

Web 2.0 in the Classroom? Dilemmas and Opportunities Inherent in Adolescent Web 2.0 Engagement
By S. Schuck, P. Aubusson, and M. Kearney,
University of Technology, Sydney

Abstract
The paper discusses the implications of the current phenomenon of adolescent engagement in digital spaces. Young people are increasingly active Web 2.0 users, and their interactions through these technologies are altering their social identities, styles of learning, and exchanges with others around the world. The paper argues for more research to investigate this phenomenon through the use of virtual ethnography and identifies the ethical challenges that lie therein. It raises questions for school education and presents an argument for studying the area in culturally sensitive ways that privilege adolescents’ voices.
Read more...

Best Practices for Producing Video Content for Teacher Education
By Stein Brunvand,
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Abstract
Through the use of Web 2.0 technologies the production and distribution of professional digital video content for use in teacher education has become more prevalent. As teachers look to learn from and interact with this video content, they need explicit support to help draw their attention to specific pedagogical strategies and reduce cognitive load. This support can be provided through the use of different design strategies that include providing access to prompts, teacher commentary, reflective tools, and multiple representations of a particular observation. This article provides a review of these design strategies and discusses the ways in which they can be used to produce effective video for teacher education.
Read more...

Making Sure What You See is What You Get: Digital Video Technology and the Preparation of Teachers of Elementary Science
By P. B. de Mesquita, R. F. Dean, and B. J. Young,
University of Rhode Island

Abstract
Advances in digital video technology create opportunities for more detailed qualitative analyses of actual teaching practice in science and other subject areas. User-friendly digital cameras and highly developed, flexible video-analysis software programs have made the tasks of video capture, editing, transcription, and subsequent data analysis more convenient, accurate, and reliable than ever before. Although such technological developments offer a myriad of opportunities for advancements in research and training, especially in the area of preservice science teacher education, a number of technical challenges and unforeseen difficulties may arise when relying on video-based methodologies. If unanticipated, these challenges can compromise the overall integrity of research data and detract from training effectiveness. The purpose of this paper is to identify the challenges and opportunities specific to incorporating video technology into the research on preservice science teacher education within the context of relevant literature. Lessons learned from an ongoing longitudinal study of preservice elementary science teachers are discussed, including practical guidelines for use of digital video for research and professional development.
Read more...

Copying Right and Copying Wrong with Web 2.0 Tools in the Teacher Education and Communications Classrooms
By E. McGrail & J. P. McGrail,
Georgia State University and Jacksonville State University

Abstract
Understanding the tenets of copyright in general, and in particular, in online communication and publishing with Web 2.0 tools, has become an important part of literacy in today’s Information Age, as well as a cornerstone of free speech and responsible citizenship for the future. Young content creators must be educated about copyright law, their own rights as content creators, and their responsibilities as producers and publishers of content derived from the intellectual property of others. Educators should prepare them for responsible and ethical participation in new forms of creative expression in the Information Age. The recent integration of video and audio content and the implementation of Web 2.0 tools in the contemporary English language classroom has made this learning environment a particularly appropriate proving ground for the examination of current student practices with respect to intellectual property. This paper describes an approach employed with English education and communications students to prepare them for such a complex subject matter.
Read more...

Source: The CITE Journal


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