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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Whitepaper and Adobe Education Webinar on career and technical education

Adobe just released a new whitepaper on Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Beating the odds: Keeping kids in school with career technical education and Adobe certifications explores the role of CTE in reducing the dropout rate, and discusses strategies, results, Adobe Project-based curricula and steps to develop a Digital Media Career Academy.
To read the full report,

Adobe Education Webinar

Beating the Odds: Keeping Kids in School with Career Technical Education and Adobe Certifications

Friday, April 8, 2011,
10 a.m. PT; 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 60 minutes

Join Jana Hambruch, coordinator of Technical, Career and Adult Education for Lee County Public Schools in Florida, for a look at the integral role Adobe plays in her district’s groundbreaking career and technical education programs. Hambruch will show you how those programs—featuring industry-standard Adobe® Creative Suite® software and the Adobe Certified Associate credential—engage students and prepare them to participate fully in the 21st century.

Source: Tech & Learning and Adobe Systems

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

30 Best Blogs for Jazz Students

Check out this comprehensive list about best blogs for jazz students below.

Photo: Accredited Online

Accredited Online's blog summarizes, "Ever since jazz burst onto the music scene, it has left an indelible impression on a diverse selection of creative types — and not just those singing or playing an instrument, either, which is hardly surprising, considering the genre’s multifaceted forms and exceptionally storied history. 
Music students continue to turn towards obscure and famous jazz greats alike for inspiration when composing and performing, and even those entirely incapable of either still enjoy delving into the absolutely fascinating people, places and events that came to shape its many guises. As with any passion, most especially one as broad and encompassing as jazz, there exists a plethora of blogs and other online resources for exploring every corner, however tiny or obscure. This is by no means a comprehensive list, nor is it one ranking entrants in any particular order. It merely provides a valuable sampling of the ideas and insights available to professionals, amateurs, hobbyists and students."

1. A Blog Supreme/NPR Jazz:: National Public Radio keeps jazz aficionados updated on the latest relevant news and opinions on their dedicated, frequently-updated blog. Be sure to visit the accompanying website as well, most especially the featured recordings by established and future greats.

Source: Accredited Online 

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10 Latest E-Learning Trends in K-12 Education

Emma Taylor has been in touch to reminds us about this recent published article below.


E-learning, like most aspects of the applied sciences and education, is a rapidly growing and changing field. New technologies are constantly being implemented that let students and teachers better interact both in the classroom and outside of it — not only at the college level, but in K-12 schools around the world. If you’re an educator trying to keep up or a college student who wants to emerge on the market well-versed on the latest educational technology trends, here are some things you should certainly keep your eye on today (and in the coming years).

iPads in the classroom
Apple’s tablet computer, the iPad, has proven to be popular with not only everyday consumers but educators as well. Grants from both public and private sources have allowed schools across the nation to provide them to students. These tablet devices are easy-to-use and perfect for classrooms involving a wide variety of learning styles. Students can complete assignments on the iPad, share their work with teachers and peers, read textbooks, take notes, blog, play educational games, write papers and much more. Teachers are also able to easily monitor progress and even grade papers right through their device, saving time, paper and allowing for better feedback. Students who take classes outside of the school setting, or who are homeschooled, may also find the gadget useful in learning, as it is incredibly portable and powerful. There are some who criticize the use of iPads in the classroom, but with hundreds of thousands of them available to students, they’re unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon.

Many thanks to Emma Taylor.
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Free Mobile Learning guide: Will I get my money back?

It's about choosing the best type of mobile learning for your organisation, thinking about how to measure and evaluate it and so helps to answer the big question on ROI.

Image: Pacific Blue Solutions
The answer to that question, sadly, is not a simple one. But this guide helps you towards an answer by looking at the following:

• What kind of mobile learning might work for you

• How you might evaluate mobile learning

• What can we learn from the success of others

Mobile Learning. You’re enthusiastic. Your learners want it. You’d love to try it out. But can you make the business case?

Download Pacific Blue's free guide

Source: TrainingZone 

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When is Technology Most Useful in Education? by Brianna Davis

Today I have Brianna Davis as guest blogger. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post.
Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

There’s no doubting that technology has myriad uses in the world of academia – it has revolutionized education in the span of just a few years, and we can’t imagine going back to a world of just books and paper. It allows us to do much more in less time, it provides us with easy and instant access to information, and it makes learning much easier and more interesting. However, much of technology’s lure lies in the way it is used, and when it comes to education, technology is most useful when:

It is understood: Not everyone gets technology, and some folks are just plain reluctant to use it because they’re afraid they don’t know how to. So when you introduce technology in such situations, it’s not going to be used because it is not understood. Efforts must first be made to get those who will use the technology on a regular basis to understand it, before investing time and money in introducing it into an academic setting.

 • It is not distractive: Technology is a hindrance at times because of the disruptive power it wields – what with all the options that it offers, it’s not easy for students to resist the temptation to use it for reasons that are not academic. Social media, online games and other distractions prevent technology from being put to the most effective use in education, so unless filters and other technology are used to keep out these distractions, or unless learners are disciplined and mature enough to avoid them on their own, technology is not going to augment education in any way.

 • It is used: This may sound like a no-brainer, but how many of us actually utilize the full power of technology? We may tap the tip of the iceberg, but most of the time, the rest of its potential is ignored. We revert back to the old way of doing things, or we use the technology but do so less effectively than optimal; whatever the reason, when technology is unused or used half-heartedly, it serves no purpose in the world of education. 

• It makes a difference: Very often, you hear stories of how much time, effort and money have gone into bringing technology to an academic institution, but in spite of the sophisticated and innovative new system, there’s not much of a difference or improvement in the way things are done. In this case, efforts must be made to include technology as part of everyday life at the institution, and only then can you actually gauge if it is making a difference or not.

For technology to be useful in the field of education, it has to make learning easier and more accessible to many more people, and also minimize the disturbances and distractions that are an integral part of it.

This guest post is contributed by Brianna Davis, who writes on the topic of bachelor of arts online .
Brianna welcomes your comments at her email id
Many thanks to Brianna Davis.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Improving Science Education Using Video Skills

"Making a video about a scientific experiment rather than writing up a presentation poster leads to better learning and clearer understanding of the concepts underpinning the experiment according to science educators in Australia." reports ScienceDaily. 

Writing in the International Journal of Innovation and Learning, the researchers explain how preparation and rehearsals for video production also helped with learning.

Geoff Hilton of the School of Education, at the University of Queensland in Brisbane asked two groups of year 7 students (one class with 21 students, one with 22) of mixed ability and mixed gender to complete a science investigation. One group was asked to record their findings in a written format to produce a science poster as the final part of the work. The second group was asked to produce a video instead. Hilton found that the completion of these two types of task once the science experiment was completed, elicited from the students a number of different behaviors that influenced their learning.

"Educational technological innovations such as in-class video production, combined with appropriate teacher pedagogy, can enhance students' science learning," concludes Hilton.

Source: ScienceDaily 

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Kineo shares Virtual Classroom insights in new free guide

In a "Free Guide: Virtual Classrooms" published this week, Kineo explores the market and guides you to the right ones to explore.

Kineo look at open source and commercial virtual classroom options and present you with all you need to know about why you should be considering virtual classrooms, how to make the most of them, and which ones are the top ones to consider in our view.

In an independent review of the market, Kineo looks at the options for virtual classrooms and webinars, and with so many newcomers, updates and takeovers since we last did a review, there is plenty to talk about.

The free guide looks at at:

• why you should consider virtual classrooms
• how to make the most of them in your blended learning approach
• which are the top tools to consider - both commercial and open source

This free guide and many more are available from the Kineo Free Thinking e-learning reports area of Kineo's website.

Related link
Download the latest Virtual Classrooms Guide here (PDF)

Source: Training Press Releases

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Alphabytes – iPad App for Kids

Whether you have the iPad or iPad 2, most parents load at least a few educational apps on their device for children. If you’re interested in kids apps, Alphabytes is a new one that helps kids master the alphabet, practice writing, test their memory and learn to spell.

Photo: Alphabytes

Start Alphabytes and pick one of the four activities. Tap the letters in the left corner of the screen and a bowl of cereal appears. Kids can then select different letters in the bowl to get interactive examples related to each. Hammer a few nails, draw with a pencil, strum the zither and much more in this great app.

✓ Cute and professional illustrations
✓ Fun animated interactions
✓ Adorable voiceovers and sound effects
✓ 4 types of engaging learning activities
✓ Helpful hint options
✓ Easy accessible navigation

Source: PadGadget

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Revolutions in higher education: how many dimensions of openness?

Check out Stephen Downes post today.

Stephen Downes summarizes, "Sir John Daniel strikes me here as the one who sees himself as holding the fort for the university against the unruly masses." 

"The world of academia is a rigid hierarchy, a world of titles and peerage, of appointments to positions of authority for life, of slow reflexes, impervious to change, and little regard for the needs of the of common people. That there is so little value in teaching, so slight heed to the barriers of rising tuition and limited access, such slowness to adapt to technology, ought to be seen as damning arguments against its continued existence, to be seen as evidence that they are not qualified to evaluate for knowledge and grant credentials. There may be some ceremonial value in traditional academia. But it's time they handed over the keys to the fortress to the people who, quite rightly, own it."

Related link
Revolutions in higher education: how many dimensions of openness? by Sir John Daniel

Source: Stephen Downes

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Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education-TOJDE, Volume 12, Number 1, January 2011

TOJDE is appeared on your screen as Volume 12, Number: 1

Don't miss these articles.

This is the first issue of the year 2011.
In this issue it is published 4 notes for Editor, 13 articles, 2 book reviews. And this time, 34 authors from 11 different countries are placed. These published articles are from Cayman Islands, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, USA and Zimbabwe.

Source: Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education

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International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies Vol 5, No 1 (2011)

International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM) has published its latest issue.

Review the Table of Contents below and then visit the website to review articles and items of interest.

Table of Contents

Laptops vs. Desktops in a Google Groups Environment: A Study on Collaborative Learning  (PDF)
By Steven Lopes Abrantes, Luis Borges Gouveia
Innovative Secure Mobile Banking Services  (PDF)
By Mousa T AL-Akhras, Rizik Al-Sayyed, Marwah Alian and Doaa Qwasmi
Towards Development of Web-based Assessment System Based on Semantic Web Technology  (PDF)
By Hosam Farouk El-Sofany
Managing BTSs to Solve Handover Problem in Mobile Network  (PDF)
By Wael Etaiwi, Haitham Almhairat, Mujahed Jarad and Laith Batarseh
Client-Server and Peer-to-Peer Ad-hoc Network for a Flexible Learning Environment  (PDF)
By Ferial Khaddage and Christoph Lattemann
Using Concept Mapping for Needs Analysis for a Social Support System in Learning Network  (PDF)
By Danish Nadeem, Slavi Stoyanov and Rob Koper

Source: International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies

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Special issue of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL)

George Siemens and Gráinne Conole writes, "This special issue of IRRODL provides an opportunity to step back and reflect on how these dramatic social and technological changes impact education. In 2004, connectivism was presented as a new theory of learning that addresses learning in complex, social, networked environments."

Since that time, numerous articles, open online courses, and online conferences have explored connectivism’s application in education. As articles in this issue reflect, sharp criticism and support have been offered. We hope this issue will help to advance the discussion, to clarify areas of needed research, and to contribute to ongoing debate about the influence of the Internet on teaching and learning.

Just look at this interesting line-up below.

Interconnecting networks of practice for professional learning
By Julie Mackey and Terry Evans
The challenges to connectivist learning on open online networks: Learning experiences during a massive open online course
By Rita Kop
Emergent learning and learning ecologies in Web 2.0
Roy Williams, Regina Karousou, Jenny Mackness
EduCamp Colombia: Social networked learning for teacher training
By Diego Ernesto Leal Fonseca
Three generations of distance education pedagogy
By Terry Anderson and Jon Dron
Connectivism: Its place in theory-informed research and innovation in technology-enabled learning
By Frances Bell
Frameworks for understanding the nature of interactions, networking, and community in a social networking site for academic practice
Grainne Conole, Rebecca Galley and Juliette Culver
Dialogue and connectivism: A new approach to understanding and promoting dialogue-rich networked learning
By Andrew Ravenscroft
Proposing an integrated research framework for connectivism: Utilising theoretical synergies
By Bopelo Boitshwarelo

Source: The international review of research in open and distance learning

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The European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning – EURODL

Take a look at these articles, appears in EURODL.

E-Learning in Science and Technology via a Common Learning Platform in a Lifelong Learning Project
Publishing 16.03.2011

This three-year Virtual Measurements Environment curriculum development project for higher education within the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union is the result of intense collaboration among four institutions, teaching applied sciences and technology. It aims to apply the principles and possibilities of evolved distance and e-learning in originally traditional course materials and laboratory experiments during all the stages of the learning and assimilating process. One of the challenges for the consortium was the use of a common electronic learning platform. By filling in questionnaires the students at the partner institutions could contribute to the usefulness of the developed outcomes. Some students even volunteered to go abroad to a partner institution for a short time to execute and evaluate some tasks and laboratory experiments, and thus creating added value to the e-learning possibilities.

The project outcomes are diverse, ranging from physics to electronics. Subsequently, they can be integrated into a broad spectrum of topics. When taking all the developed modules and laboratory experiments the student is awarded a maximum of 20 ECTS credits.

On the whole, this Erasmus project was fascinating not in the least because of the possibilities of the blended problem-based learning model and the difficulties raised by the common electronic learning platform – both technically and pedagogically.
Read more... 

Technology Enhanced Learning: Virtual Realities; Concrete Results
Case study on the impact of TEL on learning
Publishing 12.03.2011

Technology Enhanced Learning is a feature of 21st century education. Innovations in ICT have provided unbound access to information in support of the learning process (APTEL, 2010; Allert et al, 2002; Baldry et al, 2006; Frustenberg et al, 2001; Sarkis, 2010). LMS has been extensively put to use in universities and educational institutions to facilitate the management of learning at more than one frontier (Weber et al, 2001; Kraemer et al, 2001). The second wave of computer mediated communication (CMC) made continuous communication possible and unrestricted to space or time (Simon et al, 2002; Nejdl et al, 2002).
With this surge, brought about by advances in technology, concerns relating to pouring resources into unpredictable venture (Baldry et al, 2000; Sykes et al, 2008), necessitated a review of the educational experience and outcome (Jonassen et al, 2003; Richards, 2004; Kress, 2003, Barab et al, 2004) to assess the direct impact of technology enhanced learning on learners.

The study examines the outcome of pedagogic practices in the digital age, in pre and post technology supported applications (Al-Khatib, 2009). The aim is to identify quantitative and qualitative indicators that relate to applying technology enhanced learning. Participants are senior students of linguistics doing project research and utilizing virtual forums to facilitate dialogue and debate on set tasks. Learners' performance was recorded quantitatively and qualitatively for the period of two consecutive academic semesters.

The outcome of the study identifies cognitive, reflective, analytic, synthetic, dialogic, technical and sociocultural benefits for the participants using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) practices.
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Key Influencing Factors Behind Moodle Adoption in Irish Small to Medium Sized Higher Education Colleges
Publishing 12.03.2011

This research investigated Irish Small to Medium Sized Educational Institutions (SMSEs) involved in Higher Education (HE) that adopted Moodle, the OSS (Open Source Software) course management system (CMS). As Moodle has only been adopted in the Irish HE sector in the last 5-7 years, this research crucially studied the attitudes of the SMSEs that have invested in it to uncover the influencing factors (lessons learned, rationale) concerning OSS adoption in HE from the view point of the smaller colleges. A full population of Small and Medium Sized Educational Institutions, large colleges and universities in HE operating in Ireland that utilize Moodle were included in this research. A variety of Open Source Moodle service providers (large and small) operating in Ireland were also included in this research.

This research found a high degree of improved confidence in additional Open Source core system adoption and integration in SMSEs resulting from Moodle adoption. This confidence has been a direct result of the Moodle experience and the supportive community that has been found to encapsulate it. The Moodle experience in Ireland has, without doubt, challenged traditional preconceptions and fears concerning core OSS adoption. In addition, proactive SMSEs have benefited greatly in Moodle assistance from other colleges, particularly the universities. Quality external Moodle support service has been viewed very positively. This research also suggests that Moodle has helped to realize long term Managed/Virtual Learning Environment (M/VLE) aspirations of SMSEs as they continuously strive for competitiveness as the most financially vulnerable players in Higher Education.

This research adds to the advancement of what is known about OSS expansion in education that importantly extends beyond the Irish HE domain.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Product Review: Pearson digits by MaryAnn Karre

Pearson's digits is a comprehensive middle grades math curriculum program that is completely written to the Common Core State Standards, and which integrates lesson planning, homework management, intervention, and assessment, all within a user-friendly design that encourages class collaboration via interactive whiteboards.

Designed to be used in a technology-rich middle grade environment, digits could successfully replace traditional math instruction, and enable teachers to easily blend data-driven instruction, assessment and intervention into an effective teaching tool. It is aligned to the Common Core Standards, and meets state requirements for on-level content in classes made up of students of widely varying abilities. 

  • Having digits in the classroom is like having personalized textbooks for each student, which assess the individual's progress, support deficiencies, and extend learning for those who excel.
  • Personalized study plans and homework assignments which are auto-corrected and reported provide an effective school-to-home-to-school connection which streamlines teacher preparation and allows for increased and more targeted instruction time.
  • Digits allows teachers and districts to adapt to revisions of the Common Core Standards as they move towards implementation; digits will be able to roll out content updates, and andwill offer standardized test practice appropriate to each state’s assessment system.

Source: Tech & Learning and Pearson Education

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Nominations for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Due April 1

Do you know an outstanding 7th through 12th grade math and science teacher?

Each year, the President recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers for their work in the classroom with Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Nominations for this year’s awardees are currently being solicited.
Since 1983, more than 4,000 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. If you know great teachers, nominate them to join this prestigious network of professionals.

The deadline for nominations is April 1, 2011.
Visit the PAEMST site for nomination forms.

Source: OESD Learning Community 

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New Bersin & Associates Research Shows Mobile Learning Finally Goes Mainstream

Bersin & Associates, the premier research and consulting firm empowering HR organizations to drive bottom-line impact, today announced that mobile learning finally has gone mainstream, driven by consumers in both the developed and developing worlds, and by mobile- technology oriented industries including high-tech, business services, and healthcare.

Consumers are spearheading the adoption of mobile technologies in the workplace and around the developing world -- spurred by the explosion of easy-to-use and relatively inexpensive smart phones, eBook readers, netbooks, tablets, and user-friendly applications, according to the research study, m-Learning: Mobile Learning is Finally Going Mainstream – And It Is Bigger Than You Might Think.

Major companies, including Bersin & Associates Learning Leaders®, have adopted and demonstrated the efficacy of mobile learning. For example:

  • Accenture created a uPodcast program that enables subject-matter experts and the organization's leaders to share knowledge at a minimal cost. To date, 180 podcasts have been created and more than 20,000 employees – 11 percent of the total workforce – have accessed them.
  • Coca-Cola turned to Kelley Executive Partners to create an alternate reality game that combines social and mobile technologies – including GPS and smartphones – along with collaborative and competitive team problem-solving. The game was designed to drive understanding of how millennial consumers use Web 2.0 technologies (and avoiding television) to help Coca-Cola develop a more effective marketing strategy.
Mobile learning is ushering a new era – one of unprecedented speed, scale and reach that can connect employees to the knowledge and expertise they need, when and where they need it," said Josh Bersin, chief executive officer and president, Bersin & Associates.

The new Bersin & Associates report, m-Learning: Mobile Learning Is Finally Going Mainstream – And It Is Bigger Than You Might Think is available for $495 for a PDF and $625 for a print copy.
For more details go to

Two Bersin & Associates reports, including m-Learning: Mobile Learning is Finally Going Mainstream and Virtual Classrooms: Facts, Practical Analysis, Trends and Provider Comparisons are available in a single downloadable PDF package for $795 for a PDF and $925 for a print copy.
For more details on this package go to

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Table of Contents (PDF)

Source: Digital Journal 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Survey: Teachers want more access to technology, collaboration

Photo: eSchool News
Jenna Zwang, Assistant Editor writes, "Today's story discusses a national survey in which teachers discuss the different areas they think have the most impact on different learning needs. Teachers stressed collaborative learning, access to online and teaching resources, and better tools for understanding students' learning strengths and needs given limited resources."

MetLife’s “Survey of the American Teacher: Preparing Students for College and Careers” looks at student differences, how teachers are addressing them, and how well students feel their needs are being met.
The first part of the survey, “Part 1: Clearing the Path,” released earlier this month, examines what college- and career-ready means for different stakeholders.

MetLife’s 2009 study found that girls have higher expectations for their education and more confidence about achieving their goals. This year’s survey finds that a gender gap in college aspirations emerges in high school.

“While girls and boys in middle school do not differ in their aspirations for college, high school girls are more likely than boys to say it is very likely they will go to college (83 percent vs. 71 percent) and to say that they plan on getting a bachelor’s or higher-level degree (83 percent vs. 72 percent),” the report says.

The survey “reveals some troubling gaps in perceptions and differences on priorities that will need to be better understood and addressed if the nation’s educational aspirations are to be realized,” the report says. “While students and adults in the survey agree on the importance of being prepared, students’ expectations for college-going on average are higher than the expectations their teachers and potential employers have for them.”

Source: eSchool News

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

eSchool Current Site of the Week Online

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

Site of the Week

Photo: Qwizdom

Qwizdom launches game-based platform for learning and practicing K-8 skills

Qwizdom has developed a free online learning platform for students in grades K-8, called Qtopia, with thousands of ready‐to‐use practice materials—including educational activities, games, and homework—that are accessible from any internet-connected computer. “What we have created is an online community for students and teachers that makes learning successful, measurable, and fun,” said Darin Beamish, CEO of Qwizdom.

Students can personalize their own account with customizable avatars, called Qtopians, who grow with each student as they overcome challenges and earn rewards. The site’s activities feature automatic grading, instant feedback, and data tracking, allowing educators to save time and paper when assigning homework, and online messaging and reporting tools make it easy for teachers to keep parents informed on their student’s progress and assignments.

In addition to games and self-paced online activities, Qtopia provides:
  • Classroom practice materials and "thousands" of learning objects for use by teachers;
  • Student progress tracking;
  • Online homework delivery and automatic grading;
  • Lesson planning;
  • Notifications for parents and students; and
  • Remediation tools and instant feedback.

Source: eSchool News 

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Live Video Webcasting to Mobile Devices Extends Reach of Online Learning

Today Peach New Media, Inc. (PNM) announced that its live video webcasting service will soon reach viewers on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. The Webcast to Mobile feature of the company's content distribution platform, Freestone™, is now in private beta and will be released throughout second quarter.


The release will first be available to existing Peach clients, then to new clients.
Webcast viewers on the iPad or iPad2 will see split-screen interface with synchronized PowerPoint slides, resizable streaming video, or full-screen video. Additional interface features such as attendance verification, pop-up announcements, and supplemental materials will also be available for iPad viewers.

"It's an exciting time for Peach and our clients," said PNM co-founder Johnson Cook, "with the ability to reach millions of mobile devices with real-time video content, our clients are now able to engage learners on a totally new level. Social media, knowledge sharing, and video are changing the world around us faster than ever before, and Peach is energized by the fact that we are empowering the storytellers and educators of the world."

Peach New Media, Inc. (PNM) is a leader in online knowledge sharing for associations. The "Peaches" at PNM believe that telling stories, providing access to experts and mentors within an industry is a key calling for associations. Serving associations and continuing education providers since 2001, Peach has worked with over 250 professional associations to provide on-going support, professional services, and technology to enable these associations to reach "more people with more content."
For more information, visit

Source: PR Newswire

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Don't miss these Education Week Live Chats

Don't miss these Education Week Live Chats below tomorrow.

Live Online Chat

Title: Technology Counts: K-12 Seeks a Custom Fit: Schools Test Individualized Digital Learning

Date: Thursday March 24, 2011Time: 3:00PM EDT

As schools and districts turn to digital tools to personalize teaching and learning based on students' strengths and weaknesses, many are finding that this approach requires quite a bit of trial-and-error to determine what works best. And they say that the more innovative use of digital devices and curricula needs to be balanced by a strong commitment to maintaining academic rigor. Our guests will discuss the approaches they are using and how they are working to find that perfect balance between innovation and accountability.

Penny Bishop, the director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont
Brent Truchon, social studies teacher, Edmunds Middle School, Burlington, Vt.
Kevin Bushweller, executive project editor, Technology Counts 2011
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Title: Response to Intervention—In Theory and In Practice

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 2 p.m. EDT

Response to intervention involves early identification of students’ learning problems and the use of focused lessons, or interventions, to address those problems before they became entrenched. Though primarily linked with special education and early reading, the method is now used at all levels of schooling and in a variety of subject areas. Educators use “tiered intervention” models—of which RTI is one type—to improve school discipline. RTI models are also used to improve instruction for English-language learners, with preschoolers, and as a lever for districtwide improvement. In a time of constrained resources, response-to-intervention materials are one of the few areas where school districts are increasing spending. Ask questions of practitioners and researchers about how RTI works and its effects.
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David Putnam Jr., Ph.D., director, Oregon Response to Intervention, Tigard-Tualatin School District
Darren Woodruff, Ph.D., co-director, National Center on Response to Intervention
Kathryn Tackett, Ph.D., coordinator of state technical assistance, National Center on Response to Intervention

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Architects for learning by Clive Shepherd

Clive Shepherd summarizes in this related article, "An architect is someone who creates the plans from which others build. An architect of buildings designs environments for living. Only rarely will they be designing an environment in which they themselves will be living. More typically they will be responding to a very specific brief that reflects very particular requirements."

To coincide with the release of his new book, 'The New Learning Architect', Clive Shepherd explains about his theories of learning design.

Before they put pen to paper, the architect simply has to know the following:
  • What type of building is required – a home, an office, a factory, a school, a hospital? What functions must this building perform?
  • How many people will be using this building? What activities will they be carrying out? What are these people like?
  • What constraints are placed on the design of the building in terms of budget, time, quality, regulations?
A learning architect designs environments for learning. Like the architect who designs buildings, the learning architect will be responding to a specific brief:
  • What is the nature of the learning requirement? What knowledge, skills and attitudes is the employer (the client) wishing to engender in the employees working within the business, division or department in question? How will this learning contribute to effective performance?
  • What jobs are carried out in the target area? How many people are doing these jobs? What are these people like in terms of their demographics, prior learning, ability to learn independently, their motivation and preferences?
  • Under what constraints must this learning take place? How geographically dispersed is the population? How much time and money is available? What equipment and facilities can be deployed to support the learning?

New recommended book

Buy this Book
The New Learning Architect provides an easy to read guide to the new learning technologies from a man with a wealth of experience as a practitioner in the field. Clive Shepherd is well respected for his knowledge and forward thinking approach to the subject. This book provides something for the beginner seeking to find their way in the maze that is now learning technology - and at the same time the book is a useful reference text for the more seasoned and experienced professional.

About Clive Shepherd
Clive is a consultant specialising in learning and communications technologies. He is widely acknowledged as one of the UK's foremost experts on e- and blended learning, with more than one hundred published articles and four books to his name. He speaks regularly at major international conferences and contributes regularly to his blog, Clive on Learning.
He was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Training Industry at the World of Learning Conference in 2004 and is currently chair of the eLearning Network.

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50 Intelligent LinkedIn Tips That Could Change Your Life

Liz Nutt has been in touch to reminds us about this recently published article below.

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LinkedIn is sometimes referred to as Facebook for grown-ups. That may be true, as LinkedIn is a much more respectable site on which you can network, share information, and build relationships that can grow and support your career. Check out these tips to find out how you can use LinkedIn to make a change in your life and career.

Pay attention to your manners, be a real person, and follow these tips to do well on LinkedIn.

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