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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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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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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...

Source: Gulf News

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Daniel and M.J. Allen announced to the public on October 28, 2010 the release of 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? Education Social Network. Learn Japanese in 60 Seconds. Master U.S. History, Math, Science, Sports, and Pop Culture 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, 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 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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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,, 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Hybrid Book combines printed and digital learning materials

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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

COD Professor Jason Snart Writes Book on 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."

"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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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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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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Source: The CITE Journal

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

EDUCAUSE Review Table of Contents--Sept/Oct 2010

Just look at this interesting line-up in this EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2010, Volume 45, Number 5. .

Attention, Engagement, and the Next Generation

"High school graduation, college readiness, college completion, and lifelong learning are essentials for a well-educated population. We all must commit to learning.

To start, we must understand what learning entails. Learning is much more than accessing content. In the 21st century, learning is a complex blend of skills, competencies, and the will to continue learning throughout life. These skills and competencies include the ability to think critically and solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and pursue self-directed learning or metacognition." writes Diana G. Oblinger, President and CEO of EDUCAUSE.

Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies
By Howard Rheingold
If we want to discover how we can engage students as well as ourselves in the 21st century, we must move beyond skills and technologies. We must explore also the interconnected social media literacies of attention, participation, cooperation, network awareness, and critical consumption.

Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media
By Danah Boyd
The future of Web 2.0 is about streams of content. The goal today is to be attentively aligned—"in flow"—with these information streams, to be aware of information as it flows by, grabbing it at the right moment when it is most relevant, valuable, entertaining, or insightful.

A Dialogue for Engagement
By Malcolm Brown, with Mark Auslander, Kelly Gredone, David Green, Bruce Hull, and Walt Jacobs
How can faculty use technology and innovative pedagogical methods in their courses to make their students' learning experiences richer and more meaningful—to capture, retain, and sustain student engagement?

Deploying Innovation Locally
By Veronica Diaz, Cindy Jennings, Kelvin Bentley, P. B. Garrett, Barron Koralesky, Christina Royal, and David Starrett
Electronic books, mobile computing, and open content are three mature, robust, and quite approachable technology innovations holding much promise for attracting students' attention and thereby supporting deeper student engagement with learning.

For the Next Generation
By Diana G. Oblinger
Improving college readiness and completion for the next generation is a grand challenge for society. Although there are many ways to approach this challenge, applying the innovative capabilities of information technology must be one. We have many of the tools, policies, and technologies in hand.

Source: EDUCAUSE Review

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National Archives launches

Check out, a new online tool for teaching with documents, that brings history to life for your students.

Teachers, students, and U.S. history buffs take note: the National Archives has a new site for exploring its rich holdings. brings to life thousands of primary source documents like maps, photographs, letters, charts, audio, and video. You can browse the material, or use customizable, interactive learning tools to deepen the experience. is free for all to use.

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10 Guaranteed Ways to Get All As

Jennifer Lynch has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.

10 Guaranteed Ways to Get All As

Getting straight As in college is not easy to do, but it's not an impossible feat, either. With good study habits, class participation and efficient note-taking skills, you can increase your chance of getting all A's and seeing your name on the president's list. Here are 10 guaranteed ways to get all As.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers

Larry Dignan has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers

YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and playing host to the some of the most depressingly stupid comments this side of Yahoo! News. But for every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational.

For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.

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Source: Online College Course 

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New eBook: Classroom Video - Tools and Strategies to Engage Students in Learning

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

Classroom Video: Tools and Strategies to Engage Students in Learning

This eBook is a guide to understanding student engagement, strategies that work, and how to use and integrate a particularly effective tool in this digital age: video in the classroom. Video is shaping the world around us. Students watch videos and should understand what they see and learn how to create effective videos. Addressing student engagement means turning tools for personal enjoyment into tools for engaged learning.

What's Inside the eBook:

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Xyleme Sponsors Live Roundtable Webinar on Mobile Learning: Success Factors for Delivering Learning at the Point of Need

Xyleme® Inc., the leading provider of 100% XML, SCORM 2004 certified learning content management solutions, today announced the latest in its webinar series with a live roundtable event focusing on Mobile Learning.

Friday, October 29, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

In this webinar, leading Mobile Learning experts Judy Brown of ADL, Dr. Allison Rossett of San Diego State University, and Tyson Greer, CEO of Ambient Insight, help you navigate the complex and dynamic landscape that is Mobile Learning.

Join in this fast paced panel discussion to gain real insights into:

- The size, growth rates, and major trends of Mobile Learning.
- Mobile’s impact on the training industry and early ROIs.
- Potential pitfalls in the move from eLearning to mLearning and how to avoid them.
- The difference between mLearning and mSupport and how to manage them.
- And much more…

All attendees will have the opportunity to participate real time in the discussion, share their insights and ask questions. Also, an exclusive report of the key discussion highlights will be made available free to all attendees following the event.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DaVinci in your classroom by Chris Betcher

I have just discovered this blog authored by Chris Betcher and his great post about DaVinci in your classroom.

At the 2010 ULearn conference he has giving a presentation with 20 supporting slides, where each slide is automatically timed to show for only 20 seconds. This leads to a presentation of exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

Here is the summary of what Chris talk was about…

“As a gifted polymath, Leonardo da Vinci stands out as the prototypical lifelong learner. Curious, inventive, creative… All the things we would love our students to be. But how well would da Vinci have survived in today’s typical classroom? If Leonardo was a student in a school today would he have achieved to the same degree?”

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Numeracy website hopes to get Maths on Track for learners by Shaun Milne

A NEW website (
aimed specifically at helping adults and children with learning numeracy skills launched in Scotland yesterday.

Harnessing video to show clips of techniques in actions, it also provides a ranage of support materials available online including 165 movie clips and some 700 practice sheets.
Developed in Scotland the business – Maths on Track – charges from £10 for access.
But those behind the venture say it has been proven to help those learning how to use numbers.

The site also has nearly 5,000 mental agility flash cards from the Wee Red Box (so called because the original was a red shoe box) that it is claimed can improve fluency in key mental agility skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and percentages.
Those behind the site say verything on it – suitable for both school and home use ­– has been tailored to support the new Curriculum for Excellence for the primary stages up to S3.

Site creator Tom Renwick, a former maths adviser, said: “I want as many kids as possible to be as good as they can be at maths and numeracy.”
“Being good at numeracy means being good at maths and now, for the first time, parents and their children have direct access to successful visual numeracy techniques that I’ve been asked to share in so many classrooms with teachers and their pupils.”
Tom said these ‘old fashioned’ techniques are so effective he’s been asked to demonstrate them with a P5 class to be transmitted ‘live’ over the Glow intranet for many teachers and pupils to watch across Scotland on November 16.

Source: Deadline Press & Picture Agency 

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Monday, October 18, 2010

New Series: Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media by Paul Steinbrueck

Recently I came across this very interesting Web Trends Blog about Steps to Getting Started in Social Media authored by Paul Steinbrueck

Paul writes, "A lot of the blog posts, webinars, and training sessions talk about the benefits of social media but lack practical steps. Many others are written assuming the reader is already using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc and are over the head of the person just getting started."

Here are Paul's seven-part series and a preview of the practical steps to getting started in social media:

  1. Learn
  2. Listen
  3. Mingle
  4. Develop Your Voice
  5. Set Goals
  6. Implement & Adjust
  7. Incorporate (This step would be published later, you can follow Christian Web Trends Blog)  
New Series: Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media
Three important things to understand about social media. Plus a preview of 7 practical steps to getting started in social media

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 1: Learn
The first practical step to getting started in social media is to learn the basics of one particular social network. Let’s break that down into 5 sub-steps.

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 2: Listen
One of the best ways to learn about social media is by observing. Here are 6 groups of people/organizations to listen to.

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 3: Mingle
After learn and listen, the next step is to mingle in social media. Here are 7 suggestions for how to begin mingling in a new social network

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 4: Develop Your Voice
As you begin to step out of the shadows and engage with people in social media, it’s time to figure out your unique personality. Here are 6 aspects of your social media voice to consider.

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 5: Set Goals
Anything worth doing is worth setting goals for. That includes social media.

Practical Steps to Getting Started in Social Media – Step 6: Implement & Adjust
Once you understand a social media platform, have goals, and a plan, it’s time to implement and make adjustments. Adjustments can be summed up in the 6 fundamental questions: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

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You can follow Paul on Twitter at @PaulSteinbrueck

Look forward to the last step 7. Incorporate

Source: Christian Web Trends Blog

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Blending Computers Into Classrooms by BARBARA MARTINEZ

At P.S. 100 in the Bronx, fourth-graders look intently at their laptop computers, watching a cartoon character wearing big sneakers explain prime factors. Wearing headphones, the students listen to and see the multiple-choice questions on their screens and tap in their answers.
Suddenly, an instant message from their teacher pops up: "5 more minutes and then we'll review."

Diana Link, above, teaches students at P.S. 100 in the Bronx
Photo: David Turnley for The Wall Street Journal

P.S. 100 is one of more than 80 schools in New York City that is radically redesigning classrooms or integrating technology to change the way students learn. This year, the Department of Education is spending nearly $7.2 million on technology-based learning programs involving 13,000 students, up from $300,000 last year. While that's hardly a huge outlay in light of the DOE's $20-billion-plus budget, the agency plans to spend $30 million over the next three years and expand the effort to 400 schools. About $20 million of that budget is expected to come from the federal Race to the Top grant money that New York state won, while another $10 million will be raised privately.

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