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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain by Tina Barseghian

Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games – and usually more than one at a time. That’s a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours.

But does that spell doom for the next generation? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist and professor at UCLA, who spoke at the Learning & the Brain Conference last week.

"Young people are born into technology, and they’re used to using it 24/7,” Small said. “Their brains are wired to use it elegantly." 

Video games, for example, aren’t just about repetitive tasks – many of them have built-in social components that allow kids to communicate. Texting isn’t about using a gadget — it’s about connecting with someone else.

"Texting is an expression of what it means to be human,” Small said. “We love being connected to other people. It’s a very compelling emotional urge, and it’s hard to give up moment to moment."

That’s why one well-liked teacher Small knows gives her students a five-minute texting break in the middle of class. Educators also use texting in class as a means to gauge understanding of the subject and take instant polls, for example.

In a study called "Your Brain on Google," Small and his peers tested the brain activity of two groups — "Internet-naïve" (mostly 65 and older who had very little experience online) and "Internet smart"– while reading a book versus conducting a Google search.

In the "Internet savvy" group, there was twice as much brain activity in all parts of the brain while they were conducting a Google search than while they were reading a book. And in the "Internet-naïve" group, after a week of Googling subjects online, there was a significant burst in frontal lobe activity, which controls short-term memory and decision-making.

Small’s conclusion? "Google is making us smart,” he said. “Searching online is brain exercise."

Related link
Dr. Gary Small 

For more about Your Brain on Google, watch this video:

Source: KQED 

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Mills College Professor Joseph Kahne Authors Study on Impact of Digital Media on Youth Civic Participation

Business Wire writes, "Youth who pursue their interests on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to a new study of student Internet usage by a group of civic learning scholars. Youth who use the Internet are also more likely to be exposed to diverse political viewpoints, the study shows."

The study’s findings run counter to two commonly held assumptions: first, that the Internet makes exposure to divergent political viewpoints (the so-called “echo chamber” effect) unlikely; and second, that the Internet promotes shallow activism (so called “slacktivism”) among youth.

The study results were announced today by a new research network, Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP), which plans to further examine the ways in which the Internet and digital media are impacting democratic and political engagement, particularly among youth.

The formation of the YPP research network and the announcement of the study’s findings come in the wake of numerous high-profile uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East in which digital media, the Internet, and social networking appear to have played a role.

Joseph Kahne, Professor of Education at Mills College, discusses the affect of digital and new media practices on political participation.

Joseph Kahne from New Learning Institute on Vimeo.

"Research demonstrates that many youth are disengaged from traditional forms of civic and political life but are very engaged with new media,” Kahne said. “Our study findings strongly suggest that there are ways to build on their engagement with digital media to foster engagement in civic life.” 

First-of-its-Kind Study on Youth and the Internet

Digital Media Literacy Education and Online Civic and Political
The study is unique, tracking hundreds of students over time and asking about online practices and civic and political engagement. Overall, more than 2,500 youth were surveyed and more than 400 youth were followed for several years. The participants came from a highly diverse set of 19 school districts throughout California.

The study examined, for example, how often students:
  • used blogs or social networking sites to share or discuss perspectives on social and political issues
  • used the Internet to get information about political or social issues
  • used email to communicate with others who are working on a political or social issue.
Read more... 

About the MacArthur Foundation 
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society. More information is available at

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in over 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 373 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and second among colleges and universities in the West in its “Great Schools, Great Prices” category.
For more information, visit

Source: Business Wire 

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Increase in Online Activities and Social Networks Prompts Organizations to Emphasize Employee Cyber Safety Education

Cyveillance, a world leader in cyber intelligence, today announced that its “Cyber Safety 101” training module received the Platinum Award from The MarCom Awards, an international competition for marketing and communication professionals.

A result of its collaboration with Mind & Media, a media strategy company with extensive e-learning experience, “Cyber Safety 101” was recognized for its ability to quickly and effectively provide the necessary information for users to safely navigate the Internet in a one-hour online training course.

With the emergence of interactive online communication tools such as social networks, blogs, microblogs and more, every single employee of an organization can be targeted for cyber crime. "It’s amazing what kind of information you can glean from an employee’s participation on Facebook, for instance, or any of the more popular social networking sites," says Dr. Terry Gudaitis, Director of Cyber Intelligence, Cyveillance. "Employees, usually without meaning to, can give away sensitive corporate information to those who know what they are looking for. Just mentioning that their boss will be visiting a certain country during a certain period of time can give away valuable information about an upcoming merger or other sensitive data."

Mind & Media combined their instructional design and media development expertise with Cyveillance’s deep subject matter expertise to build an online training course aimed at all levels of the organization. The interactive course also meets the requirement that the one-hour module have as much impact and effectiveness as the executive-level, instructor-led training.

To see a demo of Cyveillance’s “Cyber Safety 101” training module, please visit:

Related links
Cyveillance testing finds social media sites and universities increasingly targeted by phishers in the first half of 2010.
Cyber Intelligence Report - 1H 2010
Cyber Intelligence Blog 

About Mind & Media
Mind & Media is a woman-owned small business in Alexandria VA, offering comprehensive media strategy and full production services to help clients solve complex communication challenges. Specializing in customized training programs, persuasive public information campaigns, and workforce recruiting and retention strategies, they help their clients convey the right messages to the right people with the right technologies. Through smart use of media and message, they are committed to making measurable change in organizations, communities, and our world.
For more information, please visit

About Cyveillance
Cyveillance, a world leader in cyber intelligence, provides an intelligence-led approach to security. Through continuous, comprehensive Internet monitoring and sophisticated intelligence analysis, Cyveillance proactively identifies and eliminates threats to information, infrastructure, individuals and their interactions, enabling its customers to preserve their reputation, revenues, and customer trust. Cyveillance serves the Global 2000 and OEM Data Partners – protecting the majority of the Fortune 50, regional financial institutions nationwide, and more than 100 million global consumers through its partnerships with security and service providers that include Blue Coat, AOL and Microsoft. Cyveillance is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ North America.
For more information, please visit or

Source: Business Wire 

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New website geared to students

Students now have access to a revamped online resource for learning about career opportunities in engineering with the launch of the National Engineering Month website.

Engineers Canada said that the redesigned website will promote learning about the different types of engineering and how engineers use creativity and problem-solving skills.

During March, events such as design competitions, robotics demonstrations and science and engineering fairs will teach students how to use math, science, technology and creativity to generate things that were once thought impossible.
Read more... 

About National Engineering Month
Engineering is more exciting than many think. It is truly all around us. When you drive across a bridge, fly a plane, use a computer or make a cell phone call, you experience the brilliant work of engineers. The results of their work can also be seen in satellites orbiting the Earth, on offshore oil rigs and in tall buildings rising from the world’s metropolitan cities. Canadians can work more efficiently, play more safely and enjoy life more fully, thanks to engineers.

National Engineering Month gives students the opportunity to learn about the remarkable accomplishments Canada’s engineers have made over the years. Be sure to check out this site’s Great Canadian Engineering section to learn things like how engineering work pushes the boundaries of flight and contributes to amazing manmade structures, and the Engineers in Profile section to meet incredible engineers who have been conducting important work like allowing amputees to control their artificial limbs with ease and building earthquake resistant structures.

Source: Journal of Commerce 

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Survey Highlights the New Reality of Studying in the U.K. by Blackboard

The student stereotype of party goers that miss lectures will soon be banished to history, according to a survey commissioned by Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB). The survey reveals the new reality of studying in the UK; relying on online learning technology to fit study around paid work and other commitments.

The survey provides insight into student coping mechanisms and how innovations in education are impacting the way they study.

A majority of students say they use their online learning environment to keep up at a time convenient for them, and 40 percent regularly rely on them to complete academic work well into the evening or over the weekend. The responses demonstrate how 24/7 access to learning materials has become vital for today’s generation of students.

Are U.K. Institutions Missing a Trick with Mobile Phones?
Today’s students expect to be connected on the move with use of their mobile devices for a whole range of day-to-day activities, such as communicating with friends, tutors and colleagues, ordering course books and checking train or bus times to and from campus. Yet respondents to the survey indicate that only 14 percent of FE and HE students are provided with this type of information through an online learning environment customised for a mobile phone. As fees rise and students work long hours to support themselves, mobile learning facilities are likely to become an increasingly important factor when considering at which institution to study.

Image: Blackboard Student Survey 2010:
A closer look at the student experience in the United Kingdom

As for using mobile technologies to keep students informed, the majority of students surveyed would like to receive updates from their institution via text or voice message, yet just 8 percent currently do so. Again, as students become increasingly mobile, it is likely institutions will have to adapt to accommodate this demand.
The survey was carried out online and elicited 505 responses.
The results are summarised in a free report available online at

The research discusses:

  • Studying behavior
  • Online learning and its impact on studying 
  • Combining work and study
  • Tutors and feedback
  • The mobile student
Read more...  

Source: RealWire 

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Upcoming Webinar: Connecting Math Instruction to the Real World

Connecting Math Instruction to the Real World

This Webinar will take place on Thursday, February 24th, 2011, 4 p.m. ET.

Too often, math word problems are presented in ways that fail to reflect the real world. Rather than asking a simple question—for instance, how long a trip will take—and encouraging self-discovery, teachers and textbooks tend to lay out all the variables and prescribe each step for finding a solution. This process can overwhelm and, ultimately, alienate math students, who struggle to connect the material to the world around them.

In this webinar, math teacher and ed-tech expert Dan Meyer will demonstrate how educators can do away with "pseudocontext" and "pseudo-problem solving" by implementing a multimedia-based math curriculum. He'll show how to use pictures, videos, and websites to bring classroom math problems to life.
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Mobiltelefonen er fremtidens skoletaske af Thomas Vigild og Pernille Mainz skriver, "Gasværksvejens Skole på Vesterbro i København er en af de cirka 300 folkeskoler i landet, der indtil videre benytter sig af matematikportalen, hvor eleverne fra 4. til 9. klasse og deres lærere kan downloade matematikopgaver til deres mobiltelefoner."

Tanken bag er, at mobilerne efterhånden er de kraftigste computere på skolen.
I stedet for at læreren skal booke computerlokaler og kæmpe med teknik, lokaleskift og programinstallation, kan eleverne løse dagens matematikopgaver på deres mobiltelefoner gratis, hvis skolen tegner abonnement på spillene.

Sjovt og anderledes
I en af grupperne i 4. v sidder Alba, Misha, Lukas og Oscar og skiftes til at løse en opgave på en mobiltelefon, der går på tur. De har hver 30 sekunder til at regne rigtigt, inden telefonen overdrages til sidemanden.

"Det er anderledes end almindelig matematik, fordi man får lov til at bruge mobilen. Det er sjovere, men det er også lidt svært", siger Misha, mens glædesudbruddene lyder rundt om i lokalet, når der bliver svaret rigtigt. 

"Vi bruger dem i matematik cirka en gang om ugen, men jeg bruger også spillet i fritiden", siger Lukas, der sidder skråt overfor.

Professor Niels Egelund ved Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitetsskole ser mobiltelefonen som fremtidens computer.

"En mobiltelefon eller en smartphone er jo nutidens svar på en grønspættebog ? du kan hente al information ned på den. Og jeg tror, at mobilerne på sigt overhaler computerne", siger han og tilføjer:

"Ungernes fascination af mobilerne er fantastisk, og det, at eleverne kan arbejde sammen om opgaverne, styrker det sociale samvær".
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Smartphonen overhaler pc'en inden om 


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Luminary Webinar Series: Marketing and eLearning : Performance to Go: Designing m-Learning

Be sure to check out this free, one-hour webinar and Clark Quinn’s new book, “Designing mLearning: Tapping into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance.” 

Performance to Go: Designing m-Learning
Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10am-11am Pacific

Mobile devices are increasingly prevalent, and more and more workers are mobile. The opportunity to capitalize on this trend for organizational learning and performance is upon us. However, to take advantage of mobile, you need a new mindset. Are you ready?

Join us for this lively and thought-provoking Training Industry Webinar, held on the Adobe Connect platform. Clark Quinn, author of the forthcoming book "Designing mLearning: Tapping into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance," will present the models and concepts you need to mobile-enable your employees. We will look at a variety of frameworks that provide the grounding for mobile services, applications and solutions and we’ll arm you with information to make the most of m-learning opportunities.

In this session you will learn:
• How to think about mobile in a device-independent way
• The four core mobile capabilities
• Proven ways to take advantage of mobile
• Opportunities and issues in mobile solutions

Register today for this free, one-hour webinar, and you’ll receive a free chapter from Clark Quinn’s new book, “Designing mLearning: Tapping into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance.”

The book presents principles for designing and implementing mobile learning solutions. Based upon previous mobile writing and thinking, this invaluable resource captures the resulting integrated approach and provides guidance for mobile learning regardless of device.

Designing mLearning: Tapping into the Mobile Revolution for Organizational Performance
By Clark N. Quinn  

From the Inside Flap
Mobile is a powerful new tool for supporting organizational performance, including a wide-variety of learning opportunities including innovation, collaboration, research, and design. Mobile generates new products, services, and helps solve problems. Whether providing needed tools, augmenting learning, or connecting individuals, mobile devices are empowering individuals and organizations.

Designing mLearning is a hands-on resource that presents step-by-step guidance for designing, delivering, and deploying mobile solutions, covering both the background model and pragmatic considerations for successfully navigating mobile projects. The book takes an integrated approach to mobile learning regardless of the device used. Written by Dr. Clark Quinn, a noted leader in the mLearning revolution, Designing mLearning debunks commonly held myths about mLearning, defines the myriad opportunities for mobile, contains real-world, illustrative examples, includes implementation concerns, and places mobile learning in an overall strategic plan.

Designing mLearning is written for instructional designers, developers, media experts, managers, and anyone with responsibility for supporting performance in organizations. While the focus is on the design of solutions, the book addresses the critical organizational issues to assist the larger agenda of mobilizing the organization.
 The information outlined in this groundbreaking guide can be applied across the mobile device spectrum and provides a systematic and integrated suite of conceptual frameworks to guide designers to pragmatic and effective solutions.
Publisher: Pfeiffer, March 2011.
Buy this Book

Related link
Clark Quinn’s book has a website at, where you can download the first chapter.

About Clark Quinn, Ph.D

Clark Quinn, Ph.D., leads learning system design through Quinnovation, providing strategic solutions to Fortune 500, education, government, and not–for–profit organizations
He is the author of Engaging Learning, Designing e–Learning Simulation Games.

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School Technology Action Report

Take a closer look at this edition of STAR (the School Technology Action Report), "Emerging Trends: 2011,"

Stay on top of the key developments affecting education technology. Become a star in your classroom, school, district, college, or university with the STAR series--carefully selected reports composed of current news and must-have information on ed-tech's most important topics, prepared by the editors of eSchool News, eCampus News, and eClassroom News.

In this edition of STAR eSchool Media, Inc., presents the five emerging trends we believe will take root this year. In this report you'll find the latest news on:
  • Classroom instruction trends
  • Mobile devices trends
  • eReading technology trends
  • Virtualization trends
  • Bullying trends, and much more
Read more... 

The editors at eSchool Media

About STAR
STAR, School Technology Action Report, is a roundup of current news and information on a specific topic provided by the resources of eSchool Media, Inc., the Department of Education (DOE), and industry surveys and reports.

eSchool Media, Inc. is a news and information organization delivering print, web, eMail, and video communications to nearly one million K-20 decision makers throughout North America and around the world. Its information networks provide education-technology content and services for leaders in schools and colleges and help educators successfully use technology and the internet to transform education and achieve their educational goals.

eSchool News is the flagship publication of eSchool Media, Inc., which also includes eCampus News, serving higher education exclusively, and eClassroom News, an electronic resource for
teachers and other classroom practitioners.

eSchool News

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Mobile Learning – What It Can Do For A Global Workforce by Aneesh Bhat

Aneesh writes, "Globalization has changed the paradigms of business dramatically. The organizations of today need to be more agile than ever to maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace. That involves adapting to situations and regularly updating strategies, structures and processes."

The global workforce today is confronted with a demanding environment in which to perform. In such a situation, it is vital for employees to be connected to information constantly.

The Challenge
Ironically, while employees need more time for learning in order to optimize their productivity, they actually have less time to participate in formal learning activities. A vast majority of the global workforce is very busy and has very little time to focus on learning. As a result, training drops down on the priority list and training completion rates can be low. The need of the hour is — technology that enables organizations to distribute “just-in-time” updates that are both targeted and tracked.

Here’s what Mobile Learning can be used for:

• Activating knowledge before a classroom (or virtual classroom or even an eLearning session)
• Summarizing (after one of those sessions – delivered soon after the session)
• Recall (or reactivating knowledge – probably a week or two after the session. This ensures key concepts are revisited and helps in transferring the new knowledge to long term memory – especially for learners who may not get a chance to apply new knowledge immediately after the sessions)
• Providing application opportunities (through pop quizzes or learning games on mobile)
• Just-in-time search support by letting employees search in company’s knowledge databases (wikis, blogs, forums) using their mobiles.

Related link
The Advent Of Mobile Learning Technology

Source: Upside Learning Blog 

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Udemy: Democratizing Online Learning With Video by Ryan Lawler

While many online video startups are working on ways to profit from the distribution on content, others are working on more nobel goals — like connecting teachers and students online.
One such startup, Udemy, makes it easy for online instructors to create an online learning course using video and slide presentations, and to host that course for anyone that might be interested in viewing the videos.

Photo: GigaOM

Anyone can start a course, but Udemy is focusing on specific verticals to build its course catalog. Since Udemy is deeply entrenched in the startup world itself, much of its time now is spent on recruiting entrepreneurs and founders to teach the basics and give tips and tricks for building successful companies. That focus is paying off, as it has partnered with Startup Digest and the Founder Institute, among others.

But what Udemy really wants to enable is the democratization of online learning, letting instructors reach students and charge for their lessons directly. Not just that, but the hope is that at some point students will be able to attend — and get credit for — courses from multiple instructors and learning institutions, so that credit isn’t tied just to one school or university.

Source: GigaOM 

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Adobe video showcases Kineo's e-learning

Adobe's latest video is dedicated to showcasing how Kineo uses Adobe eLearning Suite 2, which includes Adobe Captivate 5 software, to rapidly develop compelling e-learning materials and extend its reach into new markets, and is now available on the Kineo and Adobe sites.

Image: Kineo

Now Adobe has created a nice video that shows how Kineo's used the Adobe eLearning Suite to create effective and engaging E-learning, including interviews with the Kineo team and examples of the e-learning produced using Adobe.

You can see the video of Kineo's E-learning here.
You can also see some of Kineo's work on the Adobe Captivate site under 'what you can do'.

To find out more about how you can use Kineo's e-learning design and Adobe skills to help your organisation, get in touch at

About Kineo

We are a leading e-learning solutions company passionate about learning and technology. We provide complete solutions including consultancy, e-learning content development and learning platforms. We create innovative solutions using open source software such as Totara LMS, Moodle LMS, virtual classrooms and blended solutions.

We have the privilege of working in partnership with a wide range of clients such as Tesco, Nikon, BP, NHS, Vodafone, McDonald's, HSBC, NSPCC, Canon and many more. Read about our e-learning case studies or browse our wide range of free e-learning resources.

Source: Training Press Releases

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10 Ways Nationwide Teacher Cuts Affect You

Mike Vogt has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.

Photo: Associates Degree

10 Ways Nationwide Teacher Cuts Affect You
It’s never easy to let go of teachers because of limited educational funding, but many school districts have been forced to cut back over the last few years. Every time a teacher is laid off, a valuable educator is lost and students suffer. Whether or not you have a child in grades K-12, teacher cuts affect everyone in one way or another. Here are 10 ways nationwide teacher cuts affect you.

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Take a closer look at Associates Degree's blog

About Associates Degree
An associate’s degree can take your education and career to new heights in a short amount of time. The associate’s degree is designed to be a two year program in most subjects and, depending on your area of study, it may be needed before a bachelor’s or master’s can be earned. Some careers only require an associate’s degree and for others it is optional. An associate’s degree is worth your while because you’ll have educational knowledge and training with plenty of time for work experience and other life obligations.

An even faster way of earning your associate’s is taking courses on the Web through an online college. provides potential students with detailed information on the top online schools that offer associate’s degrees. With this information, you can explore degree programs, subjects of interest and degree advancement opportunities. No matter your scenario or reason for being in school, is here to help you further your education and find the best school for your interests and budget.

Thanks to Mike.
Enjoy your reading!

Source: Associates Degree  

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Free whitepaper: Discover top five tips to achieve LMS effectiveness

Don't miss this interesting white paper that will explore how a Learning Management System can support different business functions and tackle more challenges than you might think.

The LMS is dead. Or is it?
The debate continues to rage on within the Learning and Development community. But talk can be cheap. Many leading organisations are using their Learning Management Systems in innovative new ways to achieve their goals and improve business performance.
Whether you have already invested in a Learning Management System, are currently evaluating one, or considering taking the plunge in the future, this REDTRAY whitepaper will reveal the top five tips to achieve learning management success.

These top five tips will examine how a good LMS can be used for supporting:
  1. Business critical projects
  2. Communications
  3. Informal and social learning
  4. Improving access to learning and information
  5. Business performance and achievement of targets and goals
Each section is illustrated with case study examples from leading organisations in the UK and beyond.


REDTRAY is the UK’s largest and most successful true blended learning provider and the trusted partner of many FTSE 250 organisations. We offer clients a single point of contact for all enterprise wide training needs.

Founded in 2001, REDTRAY has experienced rapid growth and gained an excellent reputation thanks to its experienced team of professionals. We are committed to saving our clients time and money. By using a combination of leading edge technology and training industry know-how to deliver efficient outsourced training solutions, we achieve 50 percent reduction in training costs for our clients.

What sets us apart from our competitors is that we have the capability to meet all of your training needs. Whether you’re looking for e-learning or classroom training to virtual classrooms or the full package we will offer unbiased advice on the right blended solution for your training requirements.
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Source: TrainingZone  

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Going mobile: A new definition by Nigel Paine

Nigel Paine subscribes to a different definition of mobile learning, as we understand it.

We'll let him elaborate.  

Photo: TrainingZone 
Do you remember when 'elearning' was a dynamically sophisticated term that described something radically new in the field of learning and development? I have to admit to being there at its conception, birth and early childhood. It feels a long time ago.

The term was used to describe learning that was delivered on a computer, so it described a kind of distance learning, but electronic. It was a useful catch-all term for something quite sophisticated, challenging and new. Now, some 20 years later the term is more confusing than accurate. It engenders more arguments than it clarifies and is poorly defined.
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About Nigel Paine
Nigel Paine is a coach, mentor, writer, broadcaster and keynote speaker of international acclaim. He is currently working in Europe, Brazil, the US and Australia on a variety of assignments, that hinge around making work more creative, innovative and aspirational and making workplaces more conversational, team-based and knowledge sharing.
You can read his blog at or follow him on Twitter:

Source: TrainingZone 

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Brief History of Online Education

OnlineEducation writes, "The launch of the World Wide Web in 1991 forever changed the way we exchange information, ideas, and communicate with one another."

It has allowed people from all over the globe to connect with each other in ways that were never imagined. This new form of communication has had an enormous impact on the world of education. With the Internet serving as a new medium between educators and their students, new forms of online education began to surface.

The Early Days
Online education got its start in the corporate world. In the 1980s, companies started using computer-based programs to train new employees, but this practice was severely limited due to the technology of the time. It wasn't until the invention of the Internet that this practice began to grow in efficiency.
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What Is Hybrid Education? 


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Will Mobile Learning Bring a Paradigm Shift in Higher Education?

Don't miss this research article appears in Education Research International Volume 2011.

Will Mobile Learning Bring a Paradigm Shift in Higher Education?
By Lalita Rajasingham 

In the light of technology-driven social change that creates new challenges for universities, this paper considers the potential of mobile learning as a subset of e-learning to effect a paradigm shift in higher education. Universities face exponential growth in demand for higher education, significant decreases in government funding for education, a changing in understanding of the nature of knowledge, changing student demographics and expectations, and global competition. At the same time untethered mobile telephony is connecting large numbers of potential learners to communications networks.

A review of some empirical literature on the current status of mobile learning that explores alternatives to help universities fulfil core functions of storage, processing, and disseminating knowledge that can be applied to real life problems, is followed by an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of increased connectivity to mobile communications networks to support constructivist, self-directed quality interactive learning for increasingly mobile learners.

This paper also examines whether mobile learning can align the developing technology with changing student expectations and the implications of such an alignment for teaching and institutional strategies. Technologies considered include mobile computing and technology, wireless laptop, hand-held PDAs, and mobile telephony.

Source: Education Research International

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Upcoming Webinar: Beyond the Classroom: Making Mobile and Social Learning Work in Schools

Beyond the Classroom: Making Mobile and Social Learning Work in Schools

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Duration: 1 hour

Photo: eSchool News

Are you increasing use of mobile devices? Rolling out new online tools? Trying to figure out how you can embrace collaborative learning safely?
Join ed-tech visionary Kevin Honeycutt and Atlanta Independent School District as they discuss what really happens when a district embraces technology. You’ll get innovative ideas, practical tips, and best practice advice you can use to bring mobility and collaboration safely into your school.
This webinar is targeted to both technology and curriculum staff.

After attending this informative webinar, you’ll have:

■ Inspiring new ideas for embracing collaborative learning and mobility in your schools

■ Best-practice advice for keeping mobile and social learning safe

■ Real-world suggestions and cautions from a district that serves as a technology integration demonstration site for Texas

■ Technical tips for ensuring that your network is prepared for new learning opportunities

■ Ideas for engaging students, involving teachers, and getting buy-in from administrators and boards

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eSchool Current Site of the Week Online

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

Site of the Week

New site allows for safe YouTube viewing
Many schools block access to YouTube on their networks, which can be frustrating for teachers who want to use YouTube at school. There’s a lot of great educational content on YouTube, but many teachers and students never have the chance to access it due to inappropriate material on the site, which ranges from racy images to offensive comments that might sully an otherwise perfectly good video clip. Now, a new service from internet security company M86 Security aims to solve this problem.

M86 VuSafe - Find, Organize and Share Videos in The Classroom

Source: eSchool News

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The Effects of Twitter in an Online Learning Environment by Logan Rath

This article aims to explore the use of Twitter in an online learning environment. With almost 200 million user accounts, the microblogging service is being used by consumer brand companies, news media, and more importantly educators.

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But how can Twitter be leveraged in a learning environment? Can it replace email, message boards, and chat rooms as the preferred method of communicating with classmates?
Research was conducted at SUNY Institute of Technology to examine the use of Twitter in an online graduate-level technology course to answer the following questions: Does Twitter have a significant impact on the sense of community in a course; and does using Twitter have any bearing on whether students choose a specific course?

The study was conducted involving graduate students enrolled in the master's degree program in Information Design and Technology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology. To determine students' participation levels, the sense of community of the course, and perceived benefits of the course members when using Twitter.
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About Logan Rath

Logan Rath, MLS is the Digital Services Librarian at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He conducted this research as part of the graduate program in Information Design and Technology at SUNY Institute of Technology.
You can follow Logan on Twitter.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to get people to listen to your podcast by Hannah McNamara

Whether you're creating a podcast as part of a mobile learning programme or to showcase what you can do as a trainer, it's wasted effort if no one listens to it. Just as in live training sessions there are certain techniques to getting people to pay attention so that people to listen all the way to the end of your podcast.

Take a look at this interesting line-up below:
  • Think about the audience
  • Appeal to different learning styles
  • Write a good headline and synopsis
  • Raise expectations
  • Keep it practical
  • Give a reason to listen all the way to the end
  • Keep them hungry for more
  • Make listening to the podcast a required part of their personal development plan

About Hannah McNamara
She is the Managing Director of HRM Coaching Ltd. She has been recording podcasts since 2005. Hannah works with in-house L&D professionals to aid employee engagement by blending coaching, mentoring and training to suit the learner's needs.

Source: TrainingZone 

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Homework: Jazz it up with Technology by Ozge Karaoglu

I came across this blog site yesterday by Özge Karaoğlu.

She writes on her blog, "Developing web 2.0 technologies reflect the latest and the current trend in education. It encourages one of the most important skills of the 21st century "collaboration", increases motivation, imagination and the community in a classroom."

It helps to develop different skills of children. Many of the web based tools are excellent environments and valuable sources for teaching and learning and many of the tools can be a great digital source for homework.

Here are my web 2.0 suggestions to traditional homework:

Wallwisher is an online page where you can post messages. You click and write your text and you don't need to register to use the site. You can also add images, video and music to your message. Children can use it for note-taking, to create invitations, make announcements, brainstorm on different topics, report books, collect ideas, showcase what they have done and share resources.

Voki is a tool to create speaking avatars with your own voice. You choose your avatar, you customize it by changing the hair, clothing, accessories and the colour of the hair, eyes and skin. When you finish, you give it a voice by recording your voice by phone or using a microphone. You can also upload an audio file or you use text-to-speech feature to convert your text into speech choosing the gender and the accent. When you finish, you can get a link or the embed code to publish it on your blog or your website. Children can listen to a story and answer the questions, they can listen to a song and complete the missing words or we can use voki for dictation assignments. Children can record their voices answering a question or retelling a story.

About Özge Karaoğlu
I am a 20+ year old English teacher and a freelance teacher trainer and an educational consultant in teaching young/very young learners and teaching with web based technologies; for international organizations, schools and institutes. I’m also the e-moderator at British Council’s ELT Sharepoint.
I’m currently working at Terakki Foundation Schools as an English teacher and the leader of the kindergarten department.
I’m also working as the educational coordinator of Yes,I Speak English DVD series that would be designed to give EFL children a jump- start in English. I’m also the script and screenplay writer of these DVD series.
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Related link
These tools can help you to spice up your content by integrating technology into the homework that you prepare for kids:
Homework Challenge Through Technology (Part 2) 

Keep up the good work, Özge!

Source: Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog  

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eSchool News has compiled this list of some of the best free teacher wesites on the web by Jenna Zwang

Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "With a shaky economy limiting school funding, educators can always take advantage of free web resources. Assistant Editor Jenna Zwang has discovered 10 such resources that are sure to help educators in all subject areas."

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With cuts to school budgets, teachers are often left searching for ways to innovate without breaking the bank. In fact, a recent survey reveals that educators are incorporating more internet-related resources into their lessons, but shrinking school budgets have prompted many educators to look for free resources to enhance their lessons.
There are numerous sites that can help, but we’ve picked 10 that our among our favorites. Click through to browse our list, and then tell us what some of your favorites are in the comments section.

Academic Earth offers video lectures from elite universities, and it allows viewers to grade the professors. Academic Earth also offers a “Playlists” feature based around themes such as “Laws of Nature,” “Wars Throughout History,” or “You Are What You Eat.”

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Digitec Interactive to Demonstrate New Knowledge Direct LMS Version 5.0 at Avectra User’s Conference

Its seventh year, the annual Avectra Users and Developers Conference is a 3-day intensive training and educational event for member-based organizations who utilize the organization’s association management solution, netFORUM. 

This year Digitec Interactive is proud to be sponsoring the event and demonstrating the Knowledge Direct® learning management system, which provides content authoring and administration for mobile learning and web-based continuing education.

With the release of new version 5.0 of the Knowledge Direct learning management system and accompanying rapid content authoring tool, Direct-to-WEB last month, Digitec is preparing to demonstrate the system’s new feature set to netFORUM users who also have a need for an affordable, easy-to-use learning management system for creating, managing, delivering and marketing online and mobile learning.
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Related link
Top 5 Reasons You'll Love New Version 5.0  

About Digitec
Established in 1988, Digitec Interactive is an award-winning eLearning production company and learning management system provider, developing educational products for corporate, association, medical and non-profit clients. Digitec Interactive is best known for the popular learning management system, Knowledge Direct® and has grown to be a leading provider of easy-to-use learning portals and engaging e-Learning programs and courseware.
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