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Monday, October 24, 2011

Leading LMS provider to sponsor webinars by Brandon Hall Research

CERTPOINT Systems provider of LMS/LCMS CERTPOINTVLS and mobile knowledge app K-Tango announced today that it will sponsor a series of webinars by Brandon Hall Research beginning Tuesday, October 25th 2011 and extending through 2012.

The first webinar in the series is "Selecting an LMS: Converging your business needs with emerging learning trends." Speaking at the webinar are Scot Lake, Senior Analyst at Brandon Hall and Kenneth Fung, CERTPOINT Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Among other topics, they will discuss:
  • Key learning trends that could impact your organization in the next three years
  • Award winning approaches to selecting solution providers that meet today's needs and tomorrows challenges

About CERTPOINT Systems Inc.

CERTPOINT Systems Inc. provides the CERTPOINTVLS™ and CERTPOINTVLS Mobile™ all-in-one global learning platforms, which are used by more than 1,000 organizations in over 80 countries and 40+ languages to manage performance, deliver knowledge and track business results.

Global leaders such as L'Oréal, Toyota, Honda and Stanley Black & Decker use CERTPOINT's solutions to arm their employees and partners with the knowledge they need to win and retain customers. The SaaS-based CERTPOINTVLS platform is multilingual and integrates Authoring, Reporting, Mobile Delivery and Web 2.0 Collaboration tools into a single LMS and LCMS solution. It quickly drives productivity across the extended enterprise and deep into sales and service channels. CERTPOINTVLS is easy to use, rapid to deploy and cost effective.

Founded in 1996, CERTPOINT Systems has consistently developed and evolved the CERTPOINTVLS platform to ensure that it provides clients with cutting-edge tools that incorporate the most recent developments in the rapidly changing online learning environment.

Please visit the company at

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10 Ways to Cuss Without Cussing on Twitter

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

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SMS or text-speak has been continually increasing its bounds since Twitter appeared on the scene with its limit of 140 characters per tweet. Since tweets are never totally private, means to keep twitter language free of cuss words are being used to avoid offense or censorship. Here are ten ways that people manage to ‘cuss without cussing’ on Twitter.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Twitter Q&A Tomorrow: Emerging Trends in Ed Tech

View it in a web browser

When? October 25, 2011 at 2 p.m

Join Editor Dennis Carter for a Twitter Hour as he shares his insights on the latest trends in higher-ed, including:
  • Undergrad and Graduate applications go mobile
  • Social Media is no longer optional for colleges and universities
  • How Facebook might become the new college help desk
  • Colleges struggle for students’ data demand
  • and more!
Send in your questions to @ecampusnews and use the hashtag #ecnedchat

Follow along #ecnedchat and join in on the live discussion and Q&A!

Don't miss this interactive session!

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Science Mentoring Research

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has created a website that provides access to their research on science mentoring.

The goal of the site is to "provide guidelines and resources for developing high quality research and evaluation studies for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career and workforce mentoring. " On the site's homepage, visitors can find links to research on these guidelines, resources for STEM mentoring, and announcements about upcoming awards and funding opportunities.

Source: Internet Scout Project

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Don't fear the Reader: how technology can benefit children's books by Sam Leith

New technology, far from tempting kids away from books, promises to add a new dimension to reading.

Photo: Guardian photographer Jill Mead

'Why don't you turn off that TV and read a book for a change?" Such was the traditional teatime war cry of 1970s Middle-Class Mum. Its antiphonal response: "Oh muuum ..." I belong to a generation that was conditioned to see television, and later computer games, as the enemies of childhood reading: rivals for time and attention that could be spent with a book.

Now that computers are a means by which books are transmitted, that distinction is breaking down. We must now set aside the prejudices of our parents and the superstitions we have about books being magical objects imbued with learning.

The internet is putting young readers in touch with each other, too. Some playground crazes are literary, and they can go global.The explosion of fan fiction – much of it by children and young teens – is a vitally encouraging instance of the way creative reading and creative writing can become the centre of an online community. JK Rowling's Pottermore site, which opens to the public this month, looks like is offering a model of how a children's author might engage with readers without compromising the texts.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ion Piano Apprentice learning keyboard for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

The availability of the Piano Apprentice learning keyboard for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been declared by Ion. The compact and lightweight iDevice accessory serves as a personal piano instructor for busy music lovers on the go.

The application which can be downloaded from the iTunes app store helps in the smooth functioning of this slim keyboard and creates a reportedly comprehensive music-learning experience. Through the app, users have to follow Emmy award-winning piano instructor, Scott ‘The Piano Guy’ Houston, who will show them hand positions while the keys on the keyboard light up in sync with the song. The keyboard’s design places Scott’s hands on the screen directly above users’ hands to offer a direct and intuitive learning experience.

“Piano Apprentice is truly a first-of-its-kind music learning tool for iPad, iPhone or iPod. Learning to read and play music has never been easier, more portable or accessible for people of all learning levels than it is with Piano Apprentice,” explained Wendy Mittelstadt, Product Manager Ion.

Operating through CoreMIDI, this iPhone peripheral is also capable of working as a controller for other applications including GarageBand. It will first teach the techniques of playing to users and then enable them to create music with their favorite applications. The touch-sensitive keyboard provides a collection of volumes and expressive music creations. This battery powered device comes with in-built speakers as well.

The Piano Apprentice learning keyboard is priced at $99.99 and is now available at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale Club and online at

ON Audio Piano Apprentice 

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Teaching with technology by CHRISTINA GUENTHNER

Students within Perry Public Schools are experiencing some of the newest educational tools available thanks to a portion of the school improvement bond passed by the community in February.

Photo: The Argus-Press

On Tuesday, students in Margaret Sible’s first grade class were hard at work using iPads to play apps that teach them skills like phonics, counting money and identifying letters.

The teacher said the tablets help keep the students engaged for longer.

“I mean, look at this, we’ve been doing this for 40 minutes already and they’re still interested,” Sible said. “I could never keep my kids involved that long on my own.”

She said the iPads are great because they provide instant feedback to the students about whether they are completing the questions right or wrong — something teachers cannot offer because they have to spread their attention out amongst all the students.

“What better way to keep them engaged than to give them direct feedback,” Sible said.

Source: The Argus-Press

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Study and Face a Brighter Future Is Important in Today's Economy According To Anglia Ruskin University

Distance learning is the key to having a better future if you are not able to attend school traditionally.


In any period of economic difficulty, finding the best job, and hanging on to it, can be exceptionally hard. The relative scarcity of jobs means employers have an enormous selection of applicants to choose from, which thereby cuts the chances of any successful applications being made.

distance learning degrees from Anglia Ruskin University represent an excellent way to study for a universally recognised qualification without having to commit to a full-time course. Any student who signs up to such a course is making a bold statement about themselves, and it’s one which could bring dividends throughout the student’s career.
Via their exceptionally helpful website, Anglia Ruskin offer a wealth of information about
distance learning schemes to both employers and employees.

About Anglia Ruskin University

Main campuses at Cambridge and Chelmsford attract students not only from the East of England and across the UK, but in increasing numbers from mainland Europe and from further afield. An increasing number of students are enjoying the benefits of distance learning and the University has an extensive network of contacts with institutions throughout the world, delivering courses in countries as far removed as Malaysia and Trinidad.

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E-learners perform better, study finds

Students perform better in online courses, a new study has shown.

Despite the constant distractions of social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as emails, online news and e-shopping, the online method of learning seems to be something that keeps a student's attention.

Researchers have found that pupils using e-learning platforms are maintaining their grades or even exceeding their predictions through the flexible, easy access learning.

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning / A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies (PDF)

SRI International, a private research and development company working for the US Department of Education, said in the study: "On average, students in online learning conditions perform better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."
The study was done over 12 years between 1996 and 2008 and focused primarily on colleges and adults who continued education after compulsory schooling. It found 99 studies in which there were quantitative comparisons of online and classroom performance for the same courses.


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Friday, October 21, 2011

As learning goes mobile (slides) by Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, spoke about “As learning goes mobile” at the Educause 2011 annual conference.

He described the Project’s latest findings about how people (especially young adults) use mobile devices, including smartphones and tablet computers. He discussed how the mobile revolution has combined with the social networking revolution to produce new kinds of learning and knowledge-sharing environments and described the challenges and opportunities this presents to colleges and teachers. Technology has enabled students to become different kinds of learners and Lee will explore what that means. 

Learn more about: Education
Learn more about: Mobile
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

10 Reasons Online Tutors Work so Well

Laura Backes has been in touch to remind us about this published article below.

Tutors come in all shapes and sizes: short, tall, round and virtual. That’s right, fast becoming a “most popular” choice for alternative academic instruction is the online tutor. Online tutoring services are springing up like mushrooms, because they fit today’s scholarly needs so well. Youngsters raised on video games and social networking are often right-at-home in an academic environment that has limited interpersonal contact.

Tests are so important today, for students and business professionals alike, that every possible advantage is sought to gain even a tiny advantage over an increasingly competitive field. Online services work for a variety of reasons, and it is likely that they will continue to expand offerings and programs. With so many new choices, it is imperative that prospective students or parents of students carefully check out a company before committing to anything.

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World Statistics Day (October 20, 2011)

World Statistics Day is a day to strengthen awareness about the importance of the work done by statisticians. 
It takes place on October 20 every year, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. The first time it was celebrated was in 2010.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data

Dennis Pierce, Editor writes on eSchool News, "Today's top story highlights a new partnership among the American Association of School Administrators, the Consortium for School Networking, and Gartner Inc. to help schools use student data to improve achievement. Among other things, the project will help school leaders understand the capabilities of various students information systems and learning management systems on the market, so they can make more informed buying decisions."

Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data

Photo: eSchool News
The American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and Gartner Inc., a global information technology research and advisory company, are collaborating to support schools as they move forward in implementing these new systems and practices.

“This is a collaboration that will provide assistance to educators on the front lines,” said AASA Executive Director (and eSchool News contributor) Daniel A. Domenech. “It does no good to talk about data-driven decisions if schools do not have the means to collect reliable data. CoSN and Gartner can provide teachers and administrators [with] tools that are critical to making gains in individual classrooms.”

In the current era of maximizing accountability, school leaders increasingly are asked to make classroom-level student data available in forms that are usable in improving instructional practices. These demands require that schools and districts purchase and become proficient in using increasingly sophisticated software systems.

Two of these tools—student information systems (SIS) and learning management systems (LMS)—have the capacity to store and analyze large amounts of student data, but educators seeking to buy and install these systems are confronted with a bewildering array of products, features, and technical specifications. At the same time, software vendors do not always have sufficient understanding of how school systems work and how such software should best be deployed.

Source: eSchool News

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20 Reasons Why Standardized Testing Is Crap

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


First things first, understand that this article does not call for standardized tests' total obliteration. Clinging to a hardlined, black-and-white perspective in an obvious shade of grey accomplishes nothing. Such exams boast some advantages, like offering a quick glimpse assessing academic strengths and weaknesses. At the professional level, they ensure takers possess the skills necessary for integral, delicate social services, such as law, medicine and construction. So the concept of standardized testing shouldn't be completely dismissed as inherently biased and divisive. It's merely a tool, which can be wielded in positive and constructive or negative and destructive manners based on the users' abilities, resources and intents.

But if policymakers, institutions and educators want to keep using standardized tests in the alleged service of elementary, middle school, secondary and tertiary students, considerable reform needs implementing, immediately. The standardized testing system's current incarnation raises far more eyebrows and ire than bright-eyed, bushy-tailed pillars of future progress. Research reveals some of the damages done thus far, so citizens — children, parents, educators, administrators, and what few politicians actually care — must read, comprehend, discuss and eventually demand and tailor important changes around. Either de-emphasize their importance and analyze student and teacher success through a wider, far more accommodating lens, or allow them to remain the cornerstone after jettisoning the biases and restrictions wreaking more harm than good. As everything stands now, though, most exams just aren't making the grade.

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Attend These Free Webinars!

Delivering Learning Solutions using Smartphones and iPads - Free Live Webinar

Date: Thursday, Nov 10, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM EST

mLearning is one of the fastest growing trends in corporate training. With the recent explosion in mobile usage, a significant number of employees in most organizations are increasingly using their smart phones and iPads for informal education, besides entertainment and communication.

But the question is how do they get started? How does one make sense of the varying perceptions of what mLearning is and what it is not? If you want to get acquainted with this medium of training and would like some quick information on how you can begin to implement mLearning in your organization, do join us in this live webinar
This live webinar will answer the following questions and more:
  • What is mLearning anyway?
  • What are a few basic trends in using this medium?
  • What are the benefits and limitations of mlearning?
  • What kind of trainings can be offered through mLearning?
  • How do you get started with an mLearning solution?
Register Now

Tips and Tricks for Using Lectora - Free Live Webinar

Date: Thursday, Nov 24, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM EST

Lectora is one of the most popular authoring tools used to develop HTML-based courses very quickly. The tool offers many built-in resources to help you rapidly create professional courses. The powerful capabilities of this tool also help you implement a wide range of innovative design solutions. To find out a few tips and tricks to making optimal use of this tool, join our experts in this live event.
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Technology-Enabled Learning: Tips and Tricks to Power Virtual Training
Thursday, November 3,
3PM (UK)

Join us for this live webinar for tips and tricks to help you make the most of learning technologies ranging from virtual classrooms and online presentation tools to social media.

At this session, you will learn:
  • How to focus on the achievable
  • Proven ways to exploit social media – even in highly-regulated environments
  • How to influence your IT department to become your technology partner
  • Tips to identify resources for your continuing professional development 

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Has your organization joined the social media or not?

Take a closer look at these posting below.
How should employers respond to the challenges posed by social networking tools at work?


Ansatte fejler bravt på Facebook af Ulla Gunge Hansen

Hver tredje organisation har været nødt til at give ansatte reprimander for måden hvorpå de bruger sociale medier som Facebook. De ansatte mangler omtanke for, hvad der er i orden at skrive.

Tæt ved hver tredje arbejdsgiver har følt sig nødsaget til at påtale deres ansatte for at komme galt af sted på sociale medier på internettet, såsom Facebook og Twitter. Det viser en undersøgelse, som det engelske advokatfirma DLA Piper har gennemført, skriver
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Facebook giver kreative medarbejdere

Brugen af sociale medier på arbejdet fremmer innovativ og aktiv opførsel, viser hollandsk undersøgelse.

Selv om det er ilde set hos de fleste arbejdsgivere, så sidder en hel del danskere og roder med Facebook, Twitter og blogs i arbejdstiden.

Men nu viser en ny undersøgelse fra det hollandske analyseinstitut, TNO, at de sociale medier rent faktisk kan være med til at få kreativiteten og evnen til at få nye ideer til at spire hos medarbejderne,  skriver Magasinet Arbejdsmiljø.
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Paulien Bongers, Innovation Director at TNO says, "The use of social media stimulates employee creativity and thinking. This creates new ideas that can benefit businesses."

As mentioned above, there are a number of attributes of social networking websites that are both beneficial and harmful to the business, but the question remains, is it beneficial for companies to let its employees use social network sites when they are at work?, summarizes bloghaj.
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Employers ‘fail to keep pace’ with social media

Knowing Your Tweet from Your Trend: Keeping Pace with Social Media in the Workplace

Nearly a third of employers have disciplined staff for inappropriate behaviour on social media sites, according to a report suggesting employers are “failing to keep up” with online developments.

The report Knowing your tweet from your trend: keeping pace with social media in the workplace’ from law firm DLA Piper, found that most organisations recognise the value of a presence on sites like Facebook (86 per cent) LinkedIn (78 per cent) and Twitter (62 per cent).



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Workplaces and Social Networking: The implications for Employment Relations (PDF)

A recent research paper from the Institute of Employment Studies, commissioned by Acas, highlights the difficulties some employers are having in setting standards of behaviour for the use of social networking tools. The report advises employers to take a "common sense stance" to regulating behaviour and to draw on "norms that might apply in non-virtual settings". In other words, treat 'electronic behaviour' as you would treat 'non-electronic behaviour'.

Source: Acas

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Maths Exams Free for iPad

Maths Exams Free is a highly convenient application for children to do mathematics exercises. With a large quantity of different problems and questions, this software aims to help develop and enhance your mathematic logics and ability.

The first time you use this app, you can start to do exercises directly. Ten questions will pop up randomly and after you have answered them, the system will give you useful hints and judge if your answers are true or false. Meanwhile, the number of questions you have answered and the time you spend in answering each question will be recorded. Your final score of all questions will be marked as A+, A-, etc.

Without doubt, if you use it properly and frequently, you will gain a surprisingly wonderful progress in your maths study!

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64 Million American Kids Between 2-17 Are Core Gamers by William Usher

A new research study from the NPD group surveyed a numbered of kids and their parents and found that more than 64 million Americans between the age of 2 and 17 play video games. What’s more is that the numbers correlate to more than 91 percent of that age group being gamers. Do you know what that means?


It means you were right in thinking that all those little brats flooding into Call of Duty has become a larger portion of the gaming demographic than ever before.

The research data from the NPD group was called Kids and Gaming 2011, with the study taking place in early August of this year. More than 4,136 individuals between 2 and 17 participated in the survey, with mothers helping the young ones who were apparently too young to communicate effectively yet had ample enough skills and coordination to play video games.

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Source: Cinema Blend 

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The mystery of how young brains are wired

Lisa Trow, Managing Editor summarizes, "There’s an adorable video going viral on the Internet of a 1-year-old baby girl who “thinks a printed magazine is a broken iPad,” according to a caption under the video."

How does a baby that age convey these rather sophisticated thoughts? And who gives a drooling baby a $600 piece of electronics to play with? I didn’t even give my drooling baby a magazine.

A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work.m4v 

But anyway — what’s adorable about this video is how the baby demonstrates her new school competencies and her confusion with an inferior old school format.

Holding the iPad in her lap, the baby uses her chubby fingers to manipulate images on the screen like a pro. As she does this, you can all but see her little brain wiring itself for the future at a speed our older brains cannot. She makes my 21-year-old obsolete.

Source: Huntsville Item  and UserExperiencesWorks's Channel (YouTube)

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Jim Henderson: E-learning opportunities are only half the equation

Online education is booming. The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning found 5.6 million students enrolled in at least one online class, a 21 percent increase from the prior year.


Online enrollments account for approximately 30 percent of all higher education nationwide. Online and other technology-based education has become an integral component in the higher education delivery system and will inevitably become even more so.

The statistics at Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in Bossier City certainly mirror the national trends. Last fall, some 4,375 "seats" were occupied in online classrooms. Approximately 1,800 of our 7,000 students access online and traditional face-to-face courses.

Offering online and other technology-based learning opportunities is only half the equation. Delivering these services with a focus on student service and support is our focus.

Source: Shreveport Times

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

You're invited to K¹² webinar on how blended learning can improve student outcomes

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Dr. Michael Maslayak, K¹² Vice President invite you to join their free webinar on blended learning—an effective approach to individualized instruction.

One of the hottest topics in education today is blended learning—a powerful instructional model that combines the best elements of online and face-to-face schooling.

An increasing number of schools are turning to this model to personalize instruction and meet the diverse needs of their students. On Tuesday, October 18, I invite you to join me online for deeper insight into this compelling trend:

"Using Blended Learning to Engage Students and Improve Outcomes"

During this online event hosted by K¹² and District Administration, we'll explore two schools that are successfully employing a blended learning approach. We'll also discuss:  
  • How to plan for and implement a blended learning program 
  • How to determine the right mix of instruction
  • Understanding different blended learning models 
  • How to analyze data in order to optimize your program 
  • How to assess your program's effectiveness
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I truly hope you'll join us to learn more about this efficient, effective approach to individualized education.

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Inside a 'Bring Your Own Device' program

"The Hanover High School students walked into their environmental science class, sat at the round black tables, and got out their class materials." reports eClassroom News .

The three-ring binders, notebooks, pens, and pencils were placed out of arm’s reach. Instead, the students placed in front of themselves a laptop and a cell phone.

Photo: eClassroom News
Teacher Jason Suter picked up a remote control on his desk. With a couple of clicks, the first question of the day appeared on a Wiffiti board, a board that allows real-time messages to appear on its white screen.

In what has become a popular trend, Hanover High School just began a Bring Your Own Device” pilot program for 2011-12 that allows students to use their laptops, cell phones, and other technology devices in their classrooms under the direction of their teachers.

“We’ve been looking for different ways to get more technology in the hands of more students,” said David Fry, ed-tech coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Hanover Public School District. “It seemed kind of odd that the students had these devices already, and we were purchasing the same things for them to use.”

Source: eClassroom News

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The books dropped in favor of iPads in schools all over Denmark

Bøgerne droppes til fordel for iPads i skoler overalt i Danmark.  DPU-forsker roser forsøgene.

Foto: Urban 

Thomas Conradsen, Urban skriver, "iPads storhitter i Danmark – flere end 100.000 ejer en. Og uddannelsesinstitutioner fra Odder til København, fra vuggestuen til universiteter implementerer netop nu det lokkende og lette stykke teknologi som fast del i undervisningen.

Foto: Karin Levinsen
Lektor, PhD
Lektor på Danmarks Pædagogiske Universitet Karin Levinsen bakker også op om Rysensteens iPad-forsøg.

"Teknologi kan intet i sig selv – den skal bruges af nogen. Derfor skal der være konstruktive pædagogiske tanker bag, når it tages i brug. For lærerne gælder det om at udnytte iPad’ens muligheder direkte i undervisningen for at gøre eleverne nysgerrige. Så fastholder du fokus, og eleverne holder sig fra Facebook og spil," siger DPU-lektor Karin Levinsen."
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Kilde: Urban

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#Change11: Welcome to week 5: Managing Technology to Transform Teaching

Stephen Downes welcomes you to week 5 of this Massive Open Online Course organized by George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Dave Cormier.

Photo: Tony Bates, 2011
Downes writes, "If you want to participate but haven’t registered with #Change11, please do so now by clicking here. It’s free! 

This week’s topic is Managing technology to transform teaching and looks at how university and college management can bring about changes to transform the institution. A key theme of the discussions will be: Can change come from within, or do we need to re-invent new forms of higher education that are de-institutionalized?"

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Welcome to Change: Education, Learning, and Technology

Enjoy this Massive Open Online Course!

Source: Stephen Downes 

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Monday, October 03, 2011

EDUCAUSE Quarterly Table of Contents---Third Quarter 2011 Released

Please take a moment to review this pertinent issue of EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 34, Number 3, 2011.

Photo: Nancy Hays
Manager, Publishing Operations, EQ Editor Nancy Hays writes, "Finding exciting success stories about collaborative initiatives turned out to be straightforward — they’re everywhere, it seems. Each article in this issue tells a different story around the theme of collaboration, with no overlap. As a result, the authors provide a wide range of ideas and advice to succeed through collaborating at different levels, between different groups, to meet different goals. The consistent message from all of them is that collaboration enables groups from small to large to accomplish things they could not otherwise do as successfully — or at all, in some cases.

To begin your exploration of the success stories in this issue, start with the peer-reviewed articles:
  • Paul Wallace explains how his students at Appalachian State University collaborated with community groups and expert faculty to construct scientifically accurate and entertaining mobile learning games for a local wetlands park.
  • Shalin Hai-Jew sketches the initial development of the Digital Entomology Lab at Kansas State University, and then invites you to explore the online lab yourself and contribute your ideas to the next stages of design.
  • Joe Essid and Fran Wilde take you through the design, development, implementation, and subsequent evolution of a collaborative online literary experience at the University of Richmond called the House of Usher, in which students can attempt to change the outcome of Edgar Allan Poe’s novel.
  • Lisa Stephens and her SUNY colleagues tell the story behind the reimagining and rebirth of an existing system-wide advisory group as FACT2 and its subsequent influence in decision making.

Student-Community Collaboration to Construct Mobile Learning Games
By Joe Essid and Fran Wilde      

Advisory Groups to Encourage Collaboration: A Case Study
By Lisa A. Stephens, Graham Glynn, David Lavallee, Joseph Moreau, Mary Jo Orzech and Harry E. Pence


Source: EDUCAUSE Quarterly

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