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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Er du afhængig af din iPhone? af Henrik Føhns




Foto: Henrik Føhns
Henrik Føhns skriver, "Den amerikanske journalist Susan Maushart trak stikket ud på hele familien i et halvt år. Ingen computer, ingen mobiler, ingen elektroniske spil, intet fjernsyn. Kun fastnettelefon og bøger."

Og så skrev hun bogen “The Winter of Our Disconnect” om det. Harddiskens Henrik Føhns har mødt kvinden, der sov med sin iPhone – men i dag sover alene.


A Life without everyday gadgets

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6 måneders digitalt cølibat af Henrik Føhns

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Er du afhængig af din iPhone? af Henrik Føhns

Foto: Henrik Føhns
Henrik Føhns skriver, "Den amerikanske journalist Susan Maushart trak stikket ud på hele familien i et halvt år. Ingen computer, ingen mobiler, ingen elektroniske spil, intet fjernsyn. Kun fastnettelefon og bøger."

Og så skrev hun bogen “The Winter of Our Disconnect” om det. Harddiskens Henrik Føhns har mødt kvinden, der sov med sin iPhone – men i dag sover alene.


A Life without everyday gadgets

A Life without everyday gadgets from dantv on Vimeo.
 
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Susan Maushart
6 måneders digitalt cølibat af Henrik Føhns

Kilde: Harddisken (DR)


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P4You Cuts Out the Costs of Classroom Training

Traditional classroom-based training costs businesses unnecessary time and money, but there is an alternative. Productivity4You (P4You) can help you provide bespoke elearning courses to develop staff and students by bringing professional, efficient and cost effective online learning direct to the desktop.






Photo: Productivity 4

A highly-focused elearning and knowledge management company, P4You have developed a range of innovative and cost-effective e-learning software that is helping some of the world’s leading businesses and educational establishments to create their own bespoke elearning training courses, engaging and educating their learners whilst reducing wasted time and training budget.

The final step to cutting out classroom-training costs is to provide a fully integrated Learning Management System (LMS) which will provide a familiar and intuitive online environment for your users to access and use their online training. P4You’s eLearning management system Learn Track allows you to customise and brand your elearning environment, making it secure and friendly for users, whilst also providing invaluable feedback as to how individual learners are progressing and which of your elearning training courses are the most popular and effective.
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P4You Cuts Out the Costs of Classroom Training

Traditional classroom-based training costs businesses unnecessary time and money, but there is an alternative. Productivity4You (P4You) can help you provide bespoke elearning courses to develop staff and students by bringing professional, efficient and cost effective online learning direct to the desktop.



Photo: Productivity 4

A highly-focused elearning and knowledge management company, P4You have developed a range of innovative and cost-effective e-learning software that is helping some of the world’s leading businesses and educational establishments to create their own bespoke elearning training courses, engaging and educating their learners whilst reducing wasted time and training budget.

The final step to cutting out classroom-training costs is to provide a fully integrated Learning Management System (LMS) which will provide a familiar and intuitive online environment for your users to access and use their online training. P4You’s eLearning management system Learn Track allows you to customise and brand your elearning environment, making it secure and friendly for users, whilst also providing invaluable feedback as to how individual learners are progressing and which of your elearning training courses are the most popular and effective.
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LearnNow: How to Integrate Informal, Social, and Mobile Learning

ASTD offers new interactive conference focused on latest trend in learning and development.


Forward-thinking learning professionals are integrating informal, social, and mobile learning into their learning strategies. Now ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the learning and development field is offering a new conference – LearnNow – that will equip cutting-edge practitioners with the knowledge and tools needed to take the learning function to the next level.
LearnNow will be held in Chicago, Illinois on October 24-25, 2011.





Photo: Bob Mosher
Attendees will join lead facilitator Bob Mosher for a game-changing event, where they will learn how to:
  • Get in front of trends and technologies that are changing the learning landscape. C


  • Craft a LearnNow strategy which includes informal, social, and mobile learning elements.


  • Gain executive buy-in.


  • Adapt design approach to leverage the latest trends and technologies.


  • Measure results and show return on investment.


  • Identify and implement the first LearnNow project for their organization.

Registration for the conference is now open.
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About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 125 U.S. chapters and with 20 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.
For more information, visit http://www.astd.org.

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LearnNow: How to Integrate Informal, Social, and Mobile Learning

ASTD offers new interactive conference focused on latest trend in learning and development.


Forward-thinking learning professionals are integrating informal, social, and mobile learning into their learning strategies. Now ASTD, the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the learning and development field is offering a new conference – LearnNow – that will equip cutting-edge practitioners with the knowledge and tools needed to take the learning function to the next level.
LearnNow will be held in Chicago, Illinois on October 24-25, 2011.

Photo: Bob Mosher
Attendees will join lead facilitator Bob Mosher for a game-changing event, where they will learn how to:
  • Get in front of trends and technologies that are changing the learning landscape. C
  • Craft a LearnNow strategy which includes informal, social, and mobile learning elements.
  • Gain executive buy-in.
  • Adapt design approach to leverage the latest trends and technologies.
  • Measure results and show return on investment.
  • Identify and implement the first LearnNow project for their organization.
Registration for the conference is now open.
Read more...

About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 125 U.S. chapters and with 20 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.
For more information, visit http://www.astd.org.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

GYLO Launches Enhanced Version of Their Best-Selling Education App

GYLO (GetYa Learn On, LLC) today announced the launch of the enhanced version of their best-selling iOS app, "Statistics 1."
The popular introductory statistics course supplement app has expanded lesson content and quiz questions as well as a design overhaul for the lesson content.

Statistics 1 for iOS and Android 


"Using the word 'eTextbook' to describe our Statistics 1 app simply does not do it justice," said Dr. Michael Mayrath, GYLO Chief Executive Officer. "Most eTextbooks available today are merely simple conversions from printed text to a static digital representation. Statistics 1 is unique because it was built using GYLO's proprietary Mobile Learning Platform which includes everything a student needs for a course all in one convenient app."

Statistics 1 is available for the iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch and Android devices.
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GYLO Launches Enhanced Version of Their Best-Selling Education App

GYLO (GetYa Learn On, LLC) today announced the launch of the enhanced version of their best-selling iOS app, "Statistics 1."
The popular introductory statistics course supplement app has expanded lesson content and quiz questions as well as a design overhaul for the lesson content.

Statistics 1 for iOS and Android 


"Using the word 'eTextbook' to describe our Statistics 1 app simply does not do it justice," said Dr. Michael Mayrath, GYLO Chief Executive Officer. "Most eTextbooks available today are merely simple conversions from printed text to a static digital representation. Statistics 1 is unique because it was built using GYLO's proprietary Mobile Learning Platform which includes everything a student needs for a course all in one convenient app."

Statistics 1 is available for the iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch and Android devices.
For more information about GYLO, visit GYLO.com, follow us on Twitter, or be our friend on Facebook.

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Super Star Learning Company Launches ProjectBasedLearning.Com

Super Star Learning Company, the leading online provider of 21st Century Skills for students, today announced the official launch of ProjectBasedLearning.com, the new online learning website specifically developed to arm students, teachers, parents and administrators with the ability to think, create, collaborate and succeed in the era of Project Based Learning and the new Common Core State Standards. 




Photo: ProjectBasedLearning.com

ProjectBasedLearning.com is available for immediate use by all education stakeholders in the classrooms, both live and virtual, around the world.  

ProjectBasedLearning.com was developed based upon research by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student; and will enhance the "four C's" among students: critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.

Students and using ProjectBasedLearning.com will be offered a specific technology platform to learn and to create new projects, which will immediately be transformed into online social learning communities, which enhance students' skills in the following areas:
  • Information gathering and interpretation


  • Critical Thinking


  • Independent essential content knowledge and comprehension


  • Collaboration and other key forms of communication.


  • Feedback, revision, sharing and peer review

ProjectBasedLearning.com also provides educators with their own professional social learning platform. Teachers can create, upload and share classes, lesson plans and digital content, which will be available for immediate use by other educators. These tools allow teachers to engage in collaboration and peer review with their colleagues from around the world.
ProjectBasedLearning.com is the latest in a series of cutting-edge and groundbreaking online social learning technologies introduced by Super Star Learning Company this year. Other offerings (which are available inside ProjectBasedLearning.com) include:
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ABOUT SUPERSTAR LEARNING COMPANY

Super Star Learning Company is committed to providing innovative and powerful technologies that are simple and easy to deploy and become the source of education transformation for students, teachers, and administrators.

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Super Star Learning Company Launches ProjectBasedLearning.Com

Super Star Learning Company, the leading online provider of 21st Century Skills for students, today announced the official launch of ProjectBasedLearning.com, the new online learning website specifically developed to arm students, teachers, parents and administrators with the ability to think, create, collaborate and succeed in the era of Project Based Learning and the new Common Core State Standards. 

Photo: ProjectBasedLearning.com

ProjectBasedLearning.com is available for immediate use by all education stakeholders in the classrooms, both live and virtual, around the world.  

ProjectBasedLearning.com was developed based upon research by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, the national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student; and will enhance the "four C's" among students: critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation.

Students and using ProjectBasedLearning.com will be offered a specific technology platform to learn and to create new projects, which will immediately be transformed into online social learning communities, which enhance students' skills in the following areas:
  • Information gathering and interpretation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Independent essential content knowledge and comprehension
  • Collaboration and other key forms of communication.
  • Feedback, revision, sharing and peer review
ProjectBasedLearning.com also provides educators with their own professional social learning platform. Teachers can create, upload and share classes, lesson plans and digital content, which will be available for immediate use by other educators. These tools allow teachers to engage in collaboration and peer review with their colleagues from around the world.
ProjectBasedLearning.com is the latest in a series of cutting-edge and groundbreaking online social learning technologies introduced by Super Star Learning Company this year. Other offerings (which are available inside ProjectBasedLearning.com) include:
Read more...

ABOUT SUPERSTAR LEARNING COMPANY

Super Star Learning Company is committed to providing innovative and powerful technologies that are simple and easy to deploy and become the source of education transformation for students, teachers, and administrators.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

StudyBoost Launches Education Industry's First Interactive Studying Solution for Text (SMS) Messaging or Popular Instant Messaging Platforms

StudyBoost(TM) today announced the launch of its StudyBoost.com mobile learning (mLearning) platform, the education industry's first solution to allow studying via interactive SMS text or instant messaging (IM) platforms.

Study Using Instant Messaging

Study Using Instant Messaging from StudyBoost on Vimeo.


Previously in beta mode, StudyBoost.com already has a large following of teachers and students. The official launch of StudyBoost.com brings a variety of new features including open-ended questions, a comprehensive statistics page and more.

StudyBoost.com is enabling interactive mobile studying for any grade-level or higher education students that have access to any SMS-text capable cell phone, smartphone or an instant messaging client. A student or teacher first adds StudyBoost as a friend for their IM account or as a contact in their phone and then sets up a batch of questions and answers, all on StudyBoost.com. There is also a library of batches that can be used. Batches can be individualized or shared among many, such as an entire class.

StudyBoost is available via www.studyboost.com where users can currently sign up for a free account or access their existing account.
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About StudyBoost


StudyBoost(TM) provides the education industry's first interactive social media studying platform to enable learning beyond the classroom. StudyBoost allows students to study by answering self- or teacher-prepared questions, at home or while on the go, via two of the most highly used technologies amongst students: SMS text messaging and instant messaging.

For teachers, StudyBoost empowers them to use popular technology to further engage their students beyond the classroom or to integrate technology for learning into their plans. For students, StudyBoost makes true mLearning a reality by leveraging technology they are intimately familiar with and that they carry around everywhere. StudyBoost is a privately held company based in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit www.studyboost.com.

Source: Marketwire


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StudyBoost Launches Education Industry's First Interactive Studying Solution for Text (SMS) Messaging or Popular Instant Messaging Platforms

StudyBoost(TM) today announced the launch of its StudyBoost.com mobile learning (mLearning) platform, the education industry's first solution to allow studying via interactive SMS text or instant messaging (IM) platforms.

Study Using Instant Messaging

Study Using Instant Messaging from StudyBoost on Vimeo.


Previously in beta mode, StudyBoost.com already has a large following of teachers and students. The official launch of StudyBoost.com brings a variety of new features including open-ended questions, a comprehensive statistics page and more.

StudyBoost.com is enabling interactive mobile studying for any grade-level or higher education students that have access to any SMS-text capable cell phone, smartphone or an instant messaging client. A student or teacher first adds StudyBoost as a friend for their IM account or as a contact in their phone and then sets up a batch of questions and answers, all on StudyBoost.com. There is also a library of batches that can be used. Batches can be individualized or shared among many, such as an entire class.

StudyBoost is available via www.studyboost.com where users can currently sign up for a free account or access their existing account.
Read more...

About StudyBoost


StudyBoost(TM) provides the education industry's first interactive social media studying platform to enable learning beyond the classroom. StudyBoost allows students to study by answering self- or teacher-prepared questions, at home or while on the go, via two of the most highly used technologies amongst students: SMS text messaging and instant messaging.

For teachers, StudyBoost empowers them to use popular technology to further engage their students beyond the classroom or to integrate technology for learning into their plans. For students, StudyBoost makes true mLearning a reality by leveraging technology they are intimately familiar with and that they carry around everywhere. StudyBoost is a privately held company based in Brooklyn, New York. For more information, visit www.studyboost.com.

Source: Marketwire


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The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

"As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value. Just three-in-ten American adults (29%) say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom. By contrast, fully half of college presidents (51%) say online courses provide the same value." summarizes Pew Research Center.  


More than three-quarters of the nation's colleges and universities now offer online classes, according to the survey of college presidents, and about one-in-four college graduates (23%) have taken a course online, according to the general public survey.

These findings are from a pair of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in spring 2011. One is a telephone survey taken among a nationally representative sample of 2,142 adults ages 18 and older. The other is an online survey, done in association with the Chronicle of Higher Education, among the presidents of 1,055 colleges and universities nationwide.
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The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

"As online college courses have become increasingly prevalent, the general public and college presidents offer different assessments of their educational value. Just three-in-ten American adults (29%) say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom. By contrast, fully half of college presidents (51%) say online courses provide the same value." summarizes Pew Research Center.  


More than three-quarters of the nation's colleges and universities now offer online classes, according to the survey of college presidents, and about one-in-four college graduates (23%) have taken a course online, according to the general public survey.

These findings are from a pair of Pew Research Center surveys conducted in spring 2011. One is a telephone survey taken among a nationally representative sample of 2,142 adults ages 18 and older. The other is an online survey, done in association with the Chronicle of Higher Education, among the presidents of 1,055 colleges and universities nationwide.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Interactive books can enhance child's learning experience by Jinny Gudmundsen




Photo: Jinny Gudmundsen
"All parents know that reading books aloud is a fun and exciting way to introduce young children to the world. By starting to read to kids at an early age, parents help them build their vocabularies and start them on the path of being lifelong readers.", writes Jinny Gudmundsen.


With the invention of the iPad, parents can now broaden their book resources by easily downloading digital book apps. But book apps have been evolving, and many special ones are creating a new medium: interactive books.
With interactive books, kids are still being read to, but now they too become a part of the story. Here are three exciting and fabulous new book apps that let kids become part of a rich literary adventure.
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Interactive books can enhance child's learning experience by Jinny Gudmundsen

Photo: Jinny Gudmundsen
"All parents know that reading books aloud is a fun and exciting way to introduce young children to the world. By starting to read to kids at an early age, parents help them build their vocabularies and start them on the path of being lifelong readers.", writes Jinny Gudmundsen.


With the invention of the iPad, parents can now broaden their book resources by easily downloading digital book apps. But book apps have been evolving, and many special ones are creating a new medium: interactive books.
With interactive books, kids are still being read to, but now they too become a part of the story. Here are three exciting and fabulous new book apps that let kids become part of a rich literary adventure.
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BEST PRACTICES IN ONLINE EDUCATION: Online Instructors, Courses, and administrators

Don't miss this article from Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education TOJDE.
This paper describes the roles of teachers and administrators in online learning, and discusses the rules of best practices for both.




Photo: Ziad D. BAGHDADI
Ziad D. BAGHDADI writes, "There is no universally accepted definition of what a best practice is. However, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describes best practices as having four common characteristics: they are innovative; they make a difference; they have a sustainable effect; and they have the potential to be replicated and to serve as a model for generating initiatives elsewhere (UNESCO, n.d). When applied to a particular condition, a best practice must ensure the delivery of the most effective outcome, based on repeatable procedures or activities that have been proven they over time for large numbers of people.

The best practice in education is the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way by which society transmits its accumulated knowledge and skills from one generation to another. The use of computers and the Internet in transmitting knowledge and skills is blossoming, and new technology is increasingly being used to complement established education practices and develop new ways of learning such as online education. For technology to offer powerful learning tools for engaging students, online curricula must be developed based on best practices principles and taught by highly qualified teachers using principles of effective online teaching. An academic curriculum is composed of several coherent courses related by themes, enabling the learners to move from the basic foundation of knowledge to more advanced, sophisticated levels of critical thinking and mastery of skills. The attention devoted to each and every course composing the curriculum will lead to a powerful teaching tool, ending with a recognizable scientific degree.

Similarly, the traditional role of teachers is being challenged as a reflection of changing teaching philosophies. Online learning, with its steady increase in popularity and acceptance, exerts more strain on teachers to change their tools and concepts of teaching and evaluating. As an online teacher, close adherence to instructor best practices and expectations ensures a successful outcome of the learning process, which is rewarding to both the teacher and learner alike."


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BEST PRACTICES IN ONLINE EDUCATION: Online Instructors, Courses, and administrators

Don't miss this article from Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education TOJDE.
This paper describes the roles of teachers and administrators in online learning, and discusses the rules of best practices for both.

Photo: Ziad D. BAGHDADI
Ziad D. BAGHDADI writes, "There is no universally accepted definition of what a best practice is. However, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describes best practices as having four common characteristics: they are innovative; they make a difference; they have a sustainable effect; and they have the potential to be replicated and to serve as a model for generating initiatives elsewhere (UNESCO, n.d). When applied to a particular condition, a best practice must ensure the delivery of the most effective outcome, based on repeatable procedures or activities that have been proven they over time for large numbers of people.

The best practice in education is the most efficient (least amount of effort) and effective (best results) way by which society transmits its accumulated knowledge and skills from one generation to another. The use of computers and the Internet in transmitting knowledge and skills is blossoming, and new technology is increasingly being used to complement established education practices and develop new ways of learning such as online education. For technology to offer powerful learning tools for engaging students, online curricula must be developed based on best practices principles and taught by highly qualified teachers using principles of effective online teaching. An academic curriculum is composed of several coherent courses related by themes, enabling the learners to move from the basic foundation of knowledge to more advanced, sophisticated levels of critical thinking and mastery of skills. The attention devoted to each and every course composing the curriculum will lead to a powerful teaching tool, ending with a recognizable scientific degree.

Similarly, the traditional role of teachers is being challenged as a reflection of changing teaching philosophies. Online learning, with its steady increase in popularity and acceptance, exerts more strain on teachers to change their tools and concepts of teaching and evaluating. As an online teacher, close adherence to instructor best practices and expectations ensures a successful outcome of the learning process, which is rewarding to both the teacher and learner alike."


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Award-winning children's magazine StoryBox finally available on iPad

Bayard has announced, winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award, StoryBox 1.0, its first iPad app. StoryBox is originally a monthly paper magazine for young children to share with their parents.

Read, learn and play with StoryBox iPad app! 

 
 
In every issue, readers find: an original book-length illustrated story, subjects on science and nature, picture-stories, games, nursery rhymes and much more. The magazine has been published for more than 15 years and is proven successful in helping children with their reading and learning development.
The first issue of StoryBox on iPad includes the same features than the paper magazine, with the same quality and variety of content, but topped with the audio and interactive touch.

In this first issue, users will enjoy:

* An book-length animated story: How about a Mooh
* An introduction to science: Why do aeroplanes leave trails in the sky
* Animal world: Humpback whales
* 2 animated picture stories: the cosmic adventures of SamSam and the dreamy world of Polo
* Interactive and fun games: join the dots, coloring, maze, find the one odd out

Related links
StoryBox 1.0
Purchase and Download

About Bayard
Bayard is a European Media company. Bayard has been committed to creating innovative publications of high quality for young readers of all ages. To meet this ongoing challenge, editorial teams work closely with world renowned authors, illustrators, journalists and photographers who have something truly important and exciting to share with young people. Today, Bayard children's magazines are published in many countries, in 13 different languages, reaching a widespread and multicultural community of young readers. 3 magazines are published in English: StoryBox (ages 3-6), AdventureBox (ages 6-9), DiscoveryBox (ages 9-12). Copyright (C) 2011 Bayard All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Source: prMac


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Award-winning children's magazine StoryBox finally available on iPad

Bayard has announced, winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award, StoryBox 1.0, its first iPad app. StoryBox is originally a monthly paper magazine for young children to share with their parents.

Read, learn and play with StoryBox iPad app! 

 
 
In every issue, readers find: an original book-length illustrated story, subjects on science and nature, picture-stories, games, nursery rhymes and much more. The magazine has been published for more than 15 years and is proven successful in helping children with their reading and learning development.
The first issue of StoryBox on iPad includes the same features than the paper magazine, with the same quality and variety of content, but topped with the audio and interactive touch.

In this first issue, users will enjoy:

* An book-length animated story: How about a Mooh
* An introduction to science: Why do aeroplanes leave trails in the sky
* Animal world: Humpback whales
* 2 animated picture stories: the cosmic adventures of SamSam and the dreamy world of Polo
* Interactive and fun games: join the dots, coloring, maze, find the one odd out

Related links
StoryBox 1.0
Purchase and Download

About Bayard
Bayard is a European Media company. Bayard has been committed to creating innovative publications of high quality for young readers of all ages. To meet this ongoing challenge, editorial teams work closely with world renowned authors, illustrators, journalists and photographers who have something truly important and exciting to share with young people. Today, Bayard children's magazines are published in many countries, in 13 different languages, reaching a widespread and multicultural community of young readers. 3 magazines are published in English: StoryBox (ages 3-6), AdventureBox (ages 6-9), DiscoveryBox (ages 9-12). Copyright (C) 2011 Bayard All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Source: prMac


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Articles released by The CITE Journal

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




Photo:CITE Journal  

Professional Development for Elementary Teachers Using TPACK
By Beth Bos
Texas State University

AbstractTeacher preparation for the 21st century deserves a front-end approach to addressing the use of technology in the learning environment. To study the effect of instructing with technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK), teachers were asked to apply pedagogical, mathematical, and cognitive fidelity to technology used in an instructional unit they were designing. Initial results indicated that teachers were conflicted by a conceptual approach to technology use. Through clarifying and defining pedagogy, mathematics, and cognitive fidelity within the TPACK framework, teachers became more aware of the misuse of instructional technology, what attributes of technology lead to conceptual development, and integration of meaningful technology into instructional units. TPACK, with fidelity carefully defined, creates a research-based model by adding the qualifying features needed to maximize the potential of technology in the classroom. The purpose of this study is to look at the knowledge structures of TPACK and examine them in designing instruction units.
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Preservice Social Studies Teachers’ Historical Thinking and Digitized Primary Sources: What They Use and Why
By Cinthia Salinas and M. Elizabeth Bellows
University of Texas and
H. Leonard Liaw

Abstract
In this qualitative case study the authors explored secondary social studies preservice teachers’ abilities to discern the digitized primary resources available to them for historical thinking instruction. The emerging analysis highlights the development of these young teachers’ knowledge and understandings of digitized resources as they relate to historical thinking via a pragmatic meter and their pedagogical content knowledge. Using the teacher cognition scholarship of Shulman (2004), the study suggests that the preservice teachers’ enumerated knowledge sources are vital in tracing teachers' decisions.
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Examining Data Driven Decision Making via Formative Assessment: A Confluence of Technology, Data Interpretation Heuristics and Curricular Policy
By Gerry Swan and Joan Mazur
University of Kentucky

Abstract
Although the term data-driven decision making (DDDM) is relatively new (Moss, 2007), the underlying concept of DDDM is not. For example, the practices of formative assessment and computer-managed instruction have historically involved the use of student performance data to guide what happens next in the instructional sequence (Morrison, Kemp, & Ross, 2001). Like many of its sister fields, such as knowledge management, DDDM implementation is reliant on technology, but requires many other components to be successful. This article reports on an exploratory study of preservice teachers’ use of a web-based online tool designed to collect and display student level data. A primary purpose of the data displayed is to facilitate just-in-time formative assessment for instructional decision-making. Findings illuminate the barriers to implementing DDDM in actual classroom practice: a confluence of curricular policy as well as technology and teacher heuristics that result in variations in data interpretation that involve issues with both skill and perspective-taking on the data sets. Recommendations for school leaders and teacher educators alike include the need for the coherent alignment of pedagogy, policy, and supports.


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