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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Breaking The Disability Cycle Through Education by Christine Kane

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

You would think that the goal of any government welfare program would be to get people off of it. With the economy the way it is, and the deficit the way it is, you would think that the United States government would want to promote healthy living and a self-sufficient population.
But no. No, the disability generation creeps by on monthly checks, forever making it from one paycheck to the other without getting ahead. Why do people stay on social security disability, especially psychiatric disability, even when they feel better? Because it is a cycle- one that they cannot escape.

Okay, so first you get on social security disability. Let’s say you had a bad auto accident. You were already a semi-unstable person, but this throws you over the edge. You make your living in some active field- construction, etc, and now you’re hurt. Not only are you hurt physically, but the accident has tipped you over your emotional edge and you are hurt psychologically too. What do you do? You have no money, no job, and no way to get one. So you apply for disability and get on. Great, you think, that’ll help me until I get back on my feet.

Well, it takes you longer then you think. Your bones don’t heal exactly right, everything hurts, and you just can’t stop crying randomly. You sign up for medical help through social security disability and start seeing a psychiatrist. It takes a while, but with the combination of anti-anxiety meds and counseling, you begin to think about looking for some part-time work. Just to see if you can make it. You know your aching bones and still-brittle psyche won’t let you jump into a 40 hour workweek, besides, what high-paying job are you going to get after being out of the workforce for a few years?

But wait! If you get a job, not only will they take whatever amount you make out of your disability check, but they will also question if you are really disabled. If they take you off, you won’t have any access to your doctor or medication. Should you risk it? How will you survive? You barely make it from paycheck to paycheck now, and you’ll make even less working part time- and no healthcare. And what happens if you can’t make it? What if you break down one too many times at work and they fire you? What if you just can’t perform? You know that social security disability won’t take you back. You’ll have to fight to get back on, and that means lawyers, which means even less money. Why risk it? It would take a miracle job to get you out of the hole, and that’s not looking hopeful.

This is the cycle that many ‘disabled’ people go through. How do you transition between disabled to a part of the workforce? How do you break the grip of a system that’s all or nothing? Some say education is the answer; just go back to school and learn a new trade.

Thankfully, community colleges offer opportunities now that were never dreamed of in the past. Financial aid is available for almost anyone, and online classes offer a convenient and apt method for disabled learners to further their education. Through online learning, the disabled can look forward to a future brighter than living paycheck to paycheck. They can pursue a career, get a certificate, or specialize in one of the hundreds of fields that community colleges offer. Their life opens up when education is within their grasp, and they don’t have to stop there. Scholarships and grants will allow them to pursue a graduate or post-graduate degree, ensuring them better paying, less physically strenuous jobs. They can break the cycle and live a successful, productive life.

Author Bio
This Guest post is by Christine Kane from internet service providers, she is a graduate of Communication and Journalism. She enjoys writing about a wide-variety of subjects for different blogs. She can be reached via email at: Christi.Kane00@gmail.com.

Many thanks to Christine.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Current Site of the Week: Tips to address school bullying

Photo: Laura Devaney
Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "A federal bullying resource can help students, teachers, and parents define bullying and confront a problem affecting so many young people across the nation. Plus, six STEM schools receive awards and recognition for their hard work, and virtual schooling broadens its scope."

Photo: StopBullying.gov

Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the Obama administration are making school bullying a priority. In addition to setting up an informational website, www.stopbullying.gov, the administration is working on developing a uniform definition of bullying that aims to help schools confront the problem.
In the wake of the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Amherst, N.Y., Duncan and other education experts said schools must confront the bullying problem head on, lest they risk more young lives. Rodemeyer was the victim of several hateful anonymous comments left on his Formspring blog.
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Source: eSchool News 


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10 Scenarios Where I’d Pay $1000 to Access the Internet

Christine Kane has been in touch to remind us about this recently published below.

Photo: Internet Service Providers

Access to the internet, on average, is less expensive than it was a few years ago, although there are notable exceptions. The fierce competition among providers served to put a virtual ceiling on rates to access a virtual world. Now, however, in tougher economic times providers are trying to come up with ways to maximize revenues, and use-based fees are becoming popular with ISP’s.

There are times when internet access needs to provide more than basic functions, as when privacy and security concerns are at a premium, and these features can cost dearly. Other places where internet access is expensive are in countries where internet service is extremely limited and/or controlled by monopolies, government or private.
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Who’s doing what with mobile learning right now? Part 3 by Andrew Jackson

In the third part of his series on mobile learning, Andrew Jackson looks at using mobile to improve performance support.

Photo: TrainingZone.co.uk

If you work in learning and development, you’ve probably been faced with the following dilemma more than once in your career.
Your organisation needs people to have specific skills and knowledge - right now. But it can’t afford lengthy, formal training to provide the level of knowledge desired.

The performance support solution
In response, it’s likely you would have turned to performance support to help plug that knowledge gap. Instead of extensive training, it’s likely you would have found ways to make key information available to your learners at their moment of need.

Some worry that performance support is just training on the cheap. As our introductory dilemma illustrates, sometimes performance support does replace formal training completely, but in many cases it is used to complement the learning that goes on elsewhere.

"Mobile makes it possible to get your hands on support information moving around the office, waiting for meetings to start, even during meetings."

In fact, many experts in the field recognise performance support is not just about providing for the moment of need (sidekick support), it can also be used for more reflective learning - just before and just after completing a task (planner support.
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Who’s doing what with mobile learning right now?
Who's doing what with mobile learning right now? part 2

Source: TrainingZone.co.uk


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Learning Tree International Introduces a New Course: Developing Applications for Android(TM) Devices

Learning Tree International has announced the introduction of a new mobile application development course--Developing Applications for Android(TM) Devices .
This course offers the skills to build professional mobile business applications using Java and the Android SDK.

Photo: Learning Tree

"In this course, participants learn to design engaging Android applications that work seamlessly with a range of the most popular phones and tablets," said Jennifer Urick, Vice President of Product Development for Learning Tree International. "This new course offers the skills to design user interfaces, store and retrieve data and integrate Android applications with location-based services."

Through hands-on exercises, this course gives participants practical experience developing Android applications.
Exercises include:
  • Creating an Android application from scratch 
  • Building the UI using the ADT Visual Designer 
  •  Adding event handling to the Graphical User Interface 
  •  Integrating applications with the SQLite database
  •  Developing a content provider and binding to a list 
  •  Leveraging Honeycomb to create tablet applications 
  •  Packaging applications for publication
Learning Tree will begin presenting Developing Applications for Android(TM) Devices at its Education Centers in October, 2011.
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About Learning Tree International

Learning Tree International is a leading global provider of highly effective hands-on training to managers and information technology professionals.
Since 1974, over 65,000 organizations have relied on Learning Tree to enhance the professional skills of more than 2.1 million employees. Learning Tree develops, markets and delivers a broad, proprietary library of instructor-led courses focused on people and project management, leadership and business skills, Web development, operating systems, databases, networking, IT security and software development.
Courses are presented at Learning Tree Education Centers located globally, on site at client facilities, and are available via Learning Tree AnyWare(TM) (patent pending), our proprietary live, online instructor-led training delivery option that connects online participants to actual classrooms.
For more information about our products and services, visit www.learningtree.com follow @LearningTree on Twitter or visit Learning Tree International's Facebook fan page.

Source: MarketWatch


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ePals Introduces LearningSpace 2.0: A Social Learning Platform Bringing Safe Social Networking and Online Collaboration to K-12 Educators and Students

ePals Corporation ("ePals"), an education technology company and leading safe social learning network ("SLN"), today announced the launch of LearningSpace 2.0, the next generation of its social learning platform.

LearningSpace Brochure (PDF)

ePals' LearningSpace 2.0 combines the best features of consumer collaboration and social networking platforms -- such as Google +, Facebook, and Twitter -- with SchoolSafe(TM) technology-enabled safety and privacy controls to manage online social interaction.
In addition, LearningSpace 2.0 contains substantial enhancements that optimize the platform for educator-mediated and peer-based learning, not merely social interaction. LearningSpace 2.0 lets schools and districts create online learning communities of any size -- within a classroom, across a district or across a network of classrooms worldwide.

Broad Range of Social Learning Capabilities In this release, LearningSpace ships with more than 40 customizable apps for communication, collaboration, moderation and site formatting, which gives district administrators and educators the ability to modify the platform to suit their needs -- including combining apps to create both private and public-facing school pages. Other collaborative features include enhanced grouping functions for classes, organizations and team projects; integrated assignment and project support; multi-level blogs, wikis, forums, and media galleries; and dynamic events and calendars.

More About LearningSpace 2.0
  • Enhanced Groups - Streamlined ability for educators to create, organize and navigate hierarchies of safe, Web 2.0-enabled groups for classes, projects, collections, school clubs, special interest groups and local and global collaborations;
  • Advanced Web 2.0 Tools - Ability to add and remove multiple Web 2.0 features such as blogs, media galleries, wikis and forums within each group for multi-model teaching and learning;
  • Assignments and Project Support - Assignment and homework dropbox features for teachers to easily manage, assign and send updates about school work;
  • Dynamic Calendars and Events - Event management tools and dynamically populated calendars for students, parents and educators to track events, due dates and deadlines across the groups and classes relevant to them;
  • School and District Websites - Ability to create externally facing school-branded pages from easy-to-use templates to manage public communications
For more information on ePals' LearningSpace, visit www.learningspace.epals.com
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LearningSpace 2.0 Preview
Source: Marketwire and ePals


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Stanford Advanced Project Management Introduces Blended Learning Approach to India

Stanford University’s Center for Professional Development is extending to India a new blended learning approach for delivering project management education.
Stanford Advanced Project Management in India launched in September and the first cohort roll-out will take place in December 2011.

 Stanford Advanced Project Management brochure (PDF)

Stanford’s Advanced Project Management certificate program provides executives and professionals with advanced tools and techniques to strategically execute projects, programs, and portfolios. The program in India will deliver courses in a blended learning mode—consisting of instructor-led sessions, online courses, live virtual sessions, and program end evaluation. Stanford has partnered with the Straxium Corporation, which has offices in India, to interface with participants and host the on-site lectures and virtual discussions. Participants will learn from and network with other professionals in India. 
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About the Stanford Center for Professional Development


The Stanford Center for Professional Development connects working professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of Stanford University faculty in the School of Engineering and related academic departments. Qualified individuals may study for master of science degrees on a part-time basis, pursue graduate and professional certificates, take individual graduate and professional courses, and view free online seminars and more. Courses are delivered online, on the Stanford campus in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and at the work site.

About Straxium Corporation

Straxium assists transnational companies transform existing local delivery and execution teams into global innovation leaders, by identifying globalization strategies, developing organizational and individual capabilities, influencing leaders and processes, and measuring the ability to innovate.  

Source:  EON: Enhanced Online News      


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Monday, September 26, 2011

TOMORROW: Harrowing Tales of Lecture Capture: Why Blended Learning Scares Instructors

TOMORROW: A webinar event not to be missed!


Harrowing Tales of Lecture Capture: Why Blended Learning Scares Instructors

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Blended learning can be a dirty word among some members of your faculty. The fears of embarrassing technical snafus, poor student attendance, and job insecurity often enter the discussion when it comes to using lecture capture in a blended learning model. This web seminar will explore why blended learning and lecture capture may make your faculty nervous and how to help them to overcome their fears and increase their effectiveness.

Join our panel of faculty who have survived and thrived using class capture and hear their accounts of the positive, negative and humorous aspects of teaching in a blended learning environment, including:

  • How to bring faculty on board with blended learning
  • Why lecture capture isn’t the equivalent to a nanny cam
  • How to interact with the digital student and gain new insights into study habits and comprehension
  • What to do when class attendance rises and no one shows up during office hours
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Transition launches new Lectora training courses to transform e-learning newcomers into proficient developers

Transition, a leading provider of e-learning products, services and solutions, is launching a new Lectora training course - designed to enable organisations to develop their own e-learning in-house.

Photo: Transition

Transition is launching a Lectora training course, Lectora Fundamentals and Lectora Intermediate. The two-day course is aimed at newcomers to both Lectora and e-learning - students only need a basic understanding of Windows. The goal is to take learners 'from zero to hero' in just a couple of days. Those with a basic understanding of Lectora can attend the Intermediate course for one day, to hone their skills even further. 

Day 1: Learn the fundamentals

  • Lectora core concepts
    • Book Metaphor - how Lectora structures a course
    • Inheritance - save time by inheriting objects
    • Modes - preview a course in a variety of ways
  • Save time with wizards, tools and templates
    • Background and button wizard
    • Page numbering tool
    • Pre-designed templates
  • Working with Objects
    • Add text, images, buttons and other objects
  • Basic interactivity
    • Hyperlinks, rollovers and hotspots
    • Create tests with a range of question types
    • Multiple choice, fill in the blank, true/false and more
    • Grade the test and send the results to an email, back-end database or learning management system
  • Publish a course to different formats
    • Run an error check and fix errors
    • Html, SCORM, CD, single file executable, CourseMill®

Day 2: Intermediate level

  • Create a custom template
    • Design your layout
    • Add your own branding and navigation
    • List your templates in Lectora's template wizard
  • Add more Interactivty
    • Modify variables within the title
    • Combining Actions and Variables
    • Glossary and pop ups
  • Navigation
    • Conditional Branching e.g. Pretests
    • Menus and Table of Contents
  • More wizards and tools
    • Create personalised Course Certificates
    • Translating courses
  • Simple Forms and Surveys
    • Course feedback page
  • Hints and Tips
    • Working efficiently
    • Organising content
    • Optimising performance
Transition also offers training courses in the CourseMill Learning Management System (LMS). CourseMill is a powerful LMS from Trivantis (the company which also created Lectora). Transition's course focuses on the latest version of CourseMill, allowing people to make the most of its new features and enhanced reporting - all of which are designed to help businesses refine their learning strategies.
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About Transition




Transition
is an award-winning provider of Lectora and IBM Lotus e-learning products and services. Founded in 1996, the company's customers include ACCA, Baker Hughes, BT, EMCOR, HP, IBM, Rank Group and Royal & SunAlliance. Transition has won international e-learning awards in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2005. Based in Kent, Transition provides e-learning solutions worldwide.

Source: Training Press Releases


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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Occupational Therapists Renew Lost Art Of Handwriting

Occupational therapists from across Indiana gathered at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Saturday to teach young students how to better use their hands and fingers to write.



Educators said that handwriting has become overshadowed and somewhat outdated by the technology of laptops and smartphones.

Handwriting expert Kathleen Wright said learning to write by hand stimulates the brain.

"Studies show the importance of handwriting on early reading and writing, and how it affects the portion of the brain that the child needs to have activated for oral language development,” Wright said.

Wright said there's currently a ground-swell of renewed interest in the subject, especially among occupational therapists who assist teachers in Indiana classrooms.
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Source: WRTV Indianapolis


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Internet start-up Bizmunky taking on big three by Scott Reid

FACEBOOK, LinkedIn and Twitter will be joined this week by a Scottish internet start-up with designs on taking on the big three by combining the worlds of social networking and e-learning.

Photo: Bizmunky.com

Bizmunky.com is the brainchild of Ross Hardie, a sales and training professional and Ed Cochrane, who works in the University of Edinburgh's business school.


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App Wrap: 'UNFoundation,' 'Google Wallet' by Adam Balkin

Learn more about an app which could change the way you make your purchases in this edition of "App Wrap."

Photo: YNN Austin

UNFoundation
The first step towards helping to solve a problem is learning as much as one can about the problem. At least, that's what the United Nations Foundation hopes as it launches its first mobile app called “UNFoundation.”

At its core, the app hopes to serve as a one-stop location to find out all the news and information happening through or related to the UN, from world health issues to climate change. There are straightforward articles, pictures and even some videos.

Google Wallet
Google sees all these cell phones in the world and has decided to let people pay for things with them in face-to-face transactions, much like how credit cards are used. To that end, the tech giant has just launched “Google Wallet.”


It uses “Near Field Communication,” which is a wireless technology that works over very short distances. Quite simply, once the cashier rings up a purchase, the buyer merely waves their phone in front of a sensor to pay.
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Source: YNN Austin


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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions


A new book titled "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions" by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana proposes a six-step process for teaching students to formulate their own questions and take ownership of their learning.


The authors preview their book in a helpful article in the Harvard Education Letter Volume 27, Number 5, September/October 2011.

Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana's six steps:

Step 1: Teachers Design a Question Focus.
The Question Focus, or QFocus, is a prompt that can be presented in the form of a statement or a visual or aural aid to focus and attract student attention and quickly stimulate the formation of questions. The QFocus is different from many traditional prompts because it is not a teacher’s question. It serves, instead, as the focus for student questions so students can, on their own, identify and explore a wide range of themes and ideas. For example, after studying the causes of the 1804 Haitian revolution, one teacher presented this QFocus: “Once we were slaves. Now we are free.” The students began asking questions about what changed and what stayed the same after the revolution.

Step 2: Students Produce Questions.

Students use a set of rules that provide a clear protocol for producing questions without assistance from the teacher. The four rules are: ask as many questions as you can; do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer any of the questions; write down every question exactly as it was stated; and change any statements into questions. Before students start generating their questions, the teacher introduces the rules and asks the students to think about and discuss possible challenges in following them. Once the students get to work, the rules provide a firm structure for an open-ended thinking process. Students are able to generate questions and think more broadly than they would have if they had not been guided by the rules.

Step 3: Students Improve Their Questions
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Students then improve their questions by analyzing the differences between open- and closed-ended questions and by practicing changing one type to the other. The teacher begins this step by introducing definitions of closed- and open-ended questions. The students use the definitions to categorize the list of questions they have just produced into one of the two categories. Then, the teacher leads them through a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of both kinds of questions. To conclude this step, the teacher asks the students to change at least one open-ended question into a closed-ended one, and vice versa, which leads students to think about how the phrasing of a question can affect the depth, quality, and value of the information they will obtain.

Step 4: Students Prioritize Their Questions.

The teacher, with the lesson plan in mind, offers criteria or guidelines for the selection of priority questions. In an introduction to a unit, the instruction may be, “Choose the three questions you most want to explore further.” When designing a science experiment, it may be, “Choose three testable questions.” An essay related to a work of fiction may require that students select “three questions related to the key themes we’ve identified in this piece.” During this phase, students move from thinking divergently to thinking convergently, zero in on the locus of their inquiry, and plan concrete action steps for getting information they need to complete the lesson or task.

Step 5: Students and Teachers Decide on Next Steps.

At this stage, students and teachers work together to decide how to use the questions. One teacher, for example, presented all the groups’ priority questions to the entire class the next day during a “Do Now” exercise and asked them to rank their top three questions. Eventually, the class and the teacher agreed on this question for their Socratic Seminar discussion: “How do poverty and injustice lead to violence in A Tale of Two Cities?”

Step 6: Students Reflect on What They Have Learned.

The teacher reviews the steps and provides students with an opportunity to review what they have learned by producing, improving, and prioritizing their questions. Making the QFT completely transparent helps students see what they have done and how it contributed to their thinking and learning. They can internalize the process and then apply it in many other settings.
Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 20, 2011).
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Source: Education Week


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Friday, September 23, 2011

Elements of Connectivism by Stephen Downes

Don't miss this Keynote presentation delivered to Empire State College Centre for Distance Learning, Online to Saratoga Springs, NY via Elluminate, September 22, 2011 by Stephen Downes

Stephen Downes summarizes, "Presentation to the ESC Creativity and Multicultural Communication course on the topic of connectivist pedagogy. The argument made is that this pedagogy is based on principles related to what makes networks successful."


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Online learning and education by Bryan LeBeau

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Bryan LeBeau, historian and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Saint Mary writes, "As an educator, I am often asked for my thoughts on the future of online learning in higher education. As I commonly find that those who ask have already formed an opinion on the subject, I usually keep my response brief."

I think online education is a valuable tool. It is not the “silver bullet” that many think it is. Neither is it likely to replace more traditional forms of education. But when used appropriately – in conveying information appropriate to that medium to that segment of the population best prepared to learn from it – it will add value to our educational efforts.

But why take my word for it, when we now have two comprehensive surveys of more than 1,000 college presidents and more than 2,000 adults.
To begin with, more than three-quarters of college presidents report that their institutions offer online courses – varying from nearly 90 percent of four-year public colleges (slightly higher for two-year public colleges) to 60 percent of four-year private colleges.


Further, they predict substantial growth in online learning; 50 percent predicting that 10 years from now most of their students will take classes online.
College presidents and the general public do not see things quite the same when assessing the value of online education, but then neither do all college presidents. Half of the college presidents surveyed said that online courses provide the same value as courses taken in the classroom.

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The Digital Revolution and Higher Education

Source: Leavenworth Times


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Future Workplace and Kaplan University to Host 2011 Social Learning Boot Camp

Future Workplace and Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, are teaming up to present the 2011 Social Learning Boot Camp, an exclusive two-day event designed to provide talent development executives with the tools to design and launch social learning platforms.
The boot camp is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 at the IESE Business School in New York City.


Talent development and training is evolving from the classroom-based model to a more collaborative and social media-based approach. During the Social Learning Boot Camp, participants will address the benefits, myths and barriers of social learning, while experiencing the power of social and mobile learning. Participants will be provided with an iPad2 as well as the opportunity to tweet their questions to #slbootcamp during live presentations from early adopters of social learning. The boot camp will culminate with participants developing a social learning strategy for their own organizations. 

"As online education and social media have become commonly used tools for learning and information sharing, it's not surprising they are being incorporated into innovative talent development practices," said Bror Saxberg, the Kaplan Inc. Chief Learning Officer and a presenter at the upcoming Boot Camp. "Kaplan, a pioneer in online education, harnesses the power of the Internet to enhance educational opportunities for students worldwide. The Social Learning Boot Camp prepares learning officers to provide this same power to employee learning platforms."

For more information on the workshop or to view a program agenda, visit www.sociallearningbootcamp.com
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About Future Workforce

Future Workplace is an executive development company that works with the human resource function of the Fortune 1,000 to provide continuing education, peer networks and leadership development. Future Workplace runs the 2020 Workplace Network, which is an ecosystem of innovative Chief Learning Officers, Chief Talent Officers, Directors of Global Human Resources and select partners who are re-thinking, re-inventing, and re-imagining the role of human resources, corporate learning and talent management to drive business results.
For more on Future Workplace or the 2020 Workplace Network, visit futureworkplace.com.

About Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission ( www.ncahlc.org ) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kaplan University serves more than 53,000 online and campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Florida.

Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 78,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company /quotes/zigman/245763/quotes/nls/wpo WPO 0.00% and is its largest division.
For more information about Kaplan University, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.

Source: MarketWatch


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LINE to speak on mobile learning at Wolce

LINE Communications will be exhibiting at this year's World of Learning Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham on the 27th and 28th of September and will be speaking on the subject of mobile learning in both the conference and the exhibition seminars.

See one our latest projects on the iPad for the UK Army:


LINE's CEO Piers Lea will be speaking in the main conference at 14.55 on Tuesday 27th, sharing the slot titled, "Effectively using mobile technology in learning" with Tim Drewitt, elearning Specialist at Eversheds. During the session Tim and Piers will look to the potential of mobile learning; what content is most suitable; what are the technological considerations and how to engage users with mobile learning. They will share also share some real life examples.

More details on the session can be found at: 
http://www.learnevents.com/world-of-learning-conference-programme-2011.php

Steve Ash, LINE's Sales and Marketing Director will also be speaking on mobile learning at 12.45 on Wednesday the 28th of September in the main exhibition hall. Steve's seminar slot, "Mobile learning: three views of a multi-platform world" will be a case study based presentation which will explore what is possible with mobile learning and discuss some of the challenges.

Further details of the session can be found here:

http://www.learnevents.com/free-seminars.php
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About LINE
LINE is one of Europe's leading learning and communications providers and the market leading provider of bespoke e-learning solutions in the UK*. A results-focused company that works with clients to bring about change and transformation in their organisations. LINE provides an end-to-end, integrated service from initial research and design to implementation and evaluation.

Based in London, Sheffield and Zurich, LINE has a prestigious client base built up over two decades spanning both corporate and public sectors, with particular strength in Defence. Current clients include BP, Credit Suisse, Ford, Royal Bank of Scotland, the Home Office, MOD, IKEA, Novartis, Swiss Re, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the BBC.

LINE's highly talented, industry-leading team is known for its creativity and leading-edge expertise in advanced learning techniques and technologies. As the market leader in its space, the company has the scale and capabilities to take on large, strategically-focused initiatives, and the partnerships in place to act as a 'one-stop shop'.

The company has consistently won awards for the innovation and effectiveness of its solutions, including most recently, the UK National Training Award for Partnership and Collaboration, E-learning Award for Excellence in Production of Learning Content and a Brandon Hall gold award for Best Custom Content.


Source: Training Press Releases


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Mobile learning has revolutionary potential by Johanna Absalom

A study to identify and explore how mobile technology can be used as a step towards providing high-speed learning, is being conducted by a Namibian student.

Photo: The Namibia Economist
Tutaleni Asino, a PHD candidate in Instructional Systems and Comparative International Education at Pennsylvania State University in the USA, is conducting a study entitled “Adopting mLearning applications in education: The experience of Namibian students and teachers.”
According to Asino, the research focuses on the many ways in which mobile devices including phones, tablet computers, iPods and MP3 players can be used for learning as well as to improve education.


“Technology is changing at a rapid pace and many small portable devices are as, or more powerful, than some of the computers that sit on desks at schools or in offices. It’s exciting for me to imagine what type of things we can do with that power and how we can re-envision education to include some of these technologies for the betterment of our country,” he said.

He is also conducting a complimentary study titled “Exploring students’ experience with the iPod” that involves using a phone to learn science concepts.
The study is funded by the Africana Research Centre Department and the Comparative International Education programme at Penn State.
Asino plans to present the research results during May and August 2012 at some of the schools in the northern part of Namibia.

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Source: The Namibia Economist


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tikatok announces free ‘Writing Across the Curriculum’ content for educators

Laura Devaney, Managing Editor summarizes, "In recent news, Tikatok.com has released the first item in a nine-part series of free content, called "Writing Across the Curriculum." Designed for K-8 educators, the series contains writing guides with suggested activities, project ideas, student worksheets, and tips for teachers to promote the inclusion of writing across a variety of subject areas."

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Tikatok.com, a children’s publishing platform owned by Barnes & Noble, has released the first item in a nine-part series of free content, called “Writing Across the Curriculum.” Designed for K-8 educators, the series contains writing guides with suggested activities, project ideas, student worksheets, and tips for teachers to promote the inclusion of writing across a variety of subject areas, including math, science, social studies, history, and art.
Check back every month to download a new set of ideas and activities for a complete guide to writing across the curriculum.
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About Tikatok

Tikatok is an award-winning site endorsed by educators, and an interactive platform where students have fun creating and publishing their own books. This innovative platform is an excellent cross-curricular tool from writing, reading, math, science, social studies, art and more. Students publish their writing as real books, building confidence and motivation in writing and reading.
Learn more at
www.tikatok.com/classroom.       

Source:
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Conference: In blended learning pilot, teachers watch progress in real time, quickly respond to struggling students by Dave Murray

Photo: Dave Murray
Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press writes, "Teacher Kelly Rafferty moved through her fifth-grade classroom at Santa Rita Elementary, carrying an iPad as students worked on math problems on laptops."

Photo: MLive.com

With a few swipes of a finger, Rafferty was able to look at each student's progress in real time, seeing which programs they were getting wrong, which ones they spent the most time figuring out and on which problems they sought extra help through an online video.

That allowed her to sit down alongside the struggling students to assist them, while other students could move ahead to more challenging problems.

Experts said the Santa Rita teachers – partnering with the online Khan Academy – is an example of effective blended learning, and could be a glimpse into the future of education.

I spent Tuesday in Silicon Valley learning about digital learning with other education writers through a conference hosted by the Innosight Institute and the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media.
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Source: MLive.com


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Ipad slår bøger i folkeskole af Steffen Lübbert Terpling

Steffen Lübbert Terpling skriver, "Ipads i stedet for bøger er en sucess for femte og sjetteklasserne på Bredstrup-Pjedsten fællesskole. Skolen uddelte Ipads efter sommerferien, og den beslutning er der stor tilfredshed med. Eleverne deltager simpelthen mere aktivt i undervisningen nu."

Foto: Lars von Magius - DR Vejle

Og ipaden kan bruges til andet end opslagsværk i undervisningen eksempelvis i matematiktimerne .
- Hvis læreren laver et regnestykke på tavlen, kan eleverne optage forklaringen på deres Ipad, så er det nemmere at lave lektierne, og de kan hjælpe hinanden elektronisk, når de kommer hjem de.
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Apple - iPad 2 - TV Ad - Learn 


Kilde: DR Trekanten og Kanal tilhørende Apple (YouTube)


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Best education apps for iOS devices by Samir Makwana

A combination of great apps meant for toddlers as well as teens to make the best of the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and for having fun while learning something new.



Apple's iOS based devices — iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — are gaining popularity in India thanks to the wide variety of applications the company offers on its app store. Besides the number of productivity and utility apps there are several educational apps available in the Apple App Store that could aid in educating young people around us.

Multi-touch devices such as iPad, iPhone and iPod can be used as good educational tools for toddlers and even for pre-teens for that little extra fun while finishing homework quickly.

TeachMe: Toddler
This is a perfect app to get your toddler hooked to your iOS device for learning about letters, numbers, pronunciation, shapes, colours and counting. These are the very basic and fundamental things taught to kids as soon as they step into kindergarten. Topics can be chosen by parents and they can review performance for each topic to see where the toddler needs inspiration to improve.
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A Piano for Kids
All work and no play could make anyone dull. Kids need to play and learn at the same time as they are easily distracted. That's where A Piano for Kids could help. It promises to teach alphabets and numbers using music. Because it has colourful keys kids also love playing around and tapping the different keys to compose their own symphony.
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Drawing Pad
Drawing Pad is the perfect eco-friendly replacement for kids and teens who love to draw. Users can create sketches and pictures using their fingers with different colour crayons, paint brushes, colour pencils, stickers, and more options.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

SkyView — Explore the Universe
Little do kids and teens know that the night sky has several cool stories, factoids and interesting things in it, waiting to be discovered. SkyView's augmented reality based application is a classic example of technology put to good use. By simply pointing the camera at the sky anyone can learn about the several mysteries of outer space and learn cool things with the help of amazing 3D graphics.
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Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant
Most math geeks might have heard of the Wolfram Alpha search engine. This is the perfect application if you want to ace your algebra tests.
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Source: The Mobile Indian


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