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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year! Wish You A Great 2012

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my readers and subscribers for your support and I hope that you continue to support my eLearning News with comments, suggestions in 2012.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

6 Cool Apps for College Students by Lauren Bailey

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

Most college courses now have at least some aspects of the course available online. Students frequently communicate with professors, check their grades, receive and submit assignments and work with other students online. Most students now also juggle their social activities, shopping, and most other aspects of life through online media. For students heading to college for the first time or closing out their degree programs, these apps will help you work online more efficiently, save money, and organize your life.

1. Cliqset
Cliqset is the app that all young people have been waiting for. Enter all your social networks or news feeds and Cliqset combines them all into one stream. Rather than clicking around from one site to another, students can quickly follow tweets, get message notifications and view updates all from the same source. This can help students save time and cut back on distractions.
Available here for iPhone.

2. Pulse
Download Pulse and you will automatically be able to see your favorite websites displayed on the same screen in a mosaic of images. This allows you to keep up with current news and stay abreast of new trends all within one browser.
Available here.

3. Kindle
The cost of textbooks is through the roof, and students lucky enough to have a Kindle can save tons of money by buying their textbooks in a digital format. Kindle has over 6,000 textbooks available, and they are viewable on any computer, mobile phones, and tablets. Buying from Kindle will save you an average of $60 per book.
Get it here.

4. Exam Support
Students can use this app to relax and relieve stress during study times or before tests. The app will take you through a guided audio meditation formulated to reduce anxiety. Try it before you leave to take a final or during a study break.
Download the app here.

5. Evernote
This app is one of the best for taking notes on your phone. It is both mobile and web friendly, and students can add audio, photos, and tags to the notes they keep. This allows friends to view your notes by searching tags. It's available for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Palm Pre.
Download the app here.

6. My Homework
Because no one really has room for a planner anymore when all the information we need is online, finding a great planning app is essential to organizing your assignments. My Homework is great because it allows you to color code all the things you need to do and sort them according to date. It will notify you when you have an assignment coming up or when something is late.
Available for iPhone.

This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly writes for accredited online colleges.
She welcomes your comments at her email.

Many thanks to Lauren.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Barron's and Snapwiz Partner to Launch Online Test Preparation Courses With Adaptive Learning Technology

Barron's Educational Series, Inc., the leading publisher of test prep books, today announced a partnership with Snapwiz Inc. to create online courses. The courses will be powered by Snapwiz's patent pending adaptive test prep platform.


Barron's GRE, the first course to be offered by Barron's using the Snapwiz platform, is now available at and in the Apple iTunes store. The course is available now, for a limited time only, for $69 USD.
The personalized GMAT course will become available in January 2012.

Under the partnership, Barron's will launch a series of personalized test prep programs with engaging videos, animations, games, and other learning aids. Students can take these courses online at the Barron's website, on tablets (iPad and Android), and on smartphones. Snapwiz's revolutionary SnapSync technology keeps the learning activities in sync across multiple platforms - the student can start the prep on the Web and finish it on the phone.

ABOUT Barron's Educational Series

Founded in 1941, Barron's Educational Series, Inc. is a world-renowned publisher of study guides that help students prepare for a wide range of standardized examinations, including the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, TOEFL, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, AP examinations, and New York State Regents Examinations, among others. With more than 2,000 titles in print, Barron's has expanded into many other publishing fields in a wide range of categories and is renowned for its commitment to fostering lifelong learning among students and adults of all ages. Barron's is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York.

ABOUT Snapwiz

Snapwiz, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, develops software solutions to personalize learning based on individual skills and preferences. Snapwiz partners with publishers to deliver adaptive test prep courses and personalized enhanced eBooks. The solutions work across a wide variety of platforms and are synched to the cloud, using patent pending SnapSync technology. Snapwiz is backed by Primera Capital.

Source: PR Newswire

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The 20 Best Books of 2011 You Should Read Over Winter Break

Florine Church has been in touch to remind us about this article below.

Bibliophiles, along with pretty much everyone else (except for maybe super harried parents), rejoice once school lets out for the winter holidays. No longer crunched beneath the stress of finals, projects, professors, extracurriculars, and other hallmarks of college-dom, they may now decompress with the simple, satisfying companionship of a hot drink and even hotter new read.

Textbooks give way to something far more voluntary, and the break provides an excellent opportunity to catch up on everything assigned reading precluded. This year saw the publication (or English-language publication) of some truly fantastic fiction and nonfiction works, a few of which may very well enter the realm of the classics in due time. One could certainly do worse when picking out something to snuggle with next to the fire…

1. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

Lovers of the magic realism style might want to spend their winters in Florida's sweltering Everglades, following the noble journey of a teen girl hoping to pull her beloved family from ruin. Their gator park livelihood stands threatened when the matriarch, as its main draw, winds up severely sick and sets off a chain reaction of total uncoolness.

Thanks to Florine.
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Source: BachelorsDegreeOnline

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1x1 MathAdventure - Creepy Castle learning app for school kids

Falkensee, Germany - recreo-kids is pleased to announce the release of their new learning app "1x1 MathAdventure- Creepy Castle" for iPad. Math can be a lot of fun. It all depends on the right packaging.

With "1x1 MathAdventure - Creepy Castle", Recreo-kids, the edutainment brand of jTouch GmbH from Germany, introduces an iPad app that is specifically designed for elementary school students between the ages of seven and nine. It offers a total of 90 math problems. The purpose of these exercises is to solidify the multiplication tables in the minds of the students.
In a nutshell:
  • New app: 1x1 MathAdventure - Creepy Castle 
  •  Educational app for children only for iPad 
  •  90 math problems from multiplication tables 
  •  Two game modes: story mode and practice mode 
  •  Suitable for children between the ages of seven and nine 
  •  Price: $ 1.99

Related link
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Source: prMac

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Five Things Students Want Their Teachers to Know about Online Learning

Photo: Tech & Learning
Kids love having the opportunity to learn online but it’s not merely the medium or the technology that students enjoy. At the recent iNacol Virtual Schools Symposium I listened to high school students who have experience learning this way as well as teachers who have experience with these students, share some advice for making this type of learning even better.

Here is their advice, as well as suggestions for tools that teachers can use to heed this advice.

Advice for Online Learning Educators

1. Socialization is important!
Teenagers value the ability to socialize and they don’t want to lose that online. Provide opportunities for students to meet, get to know each other, work together, and connect deeply in your online classes. Teens want you to make it fun for them. While they certainly enjoy the benefits of working independently, they appreciate opportunities to work in pairs, groups, and with other class members. Help foster this by creating projects and online spaces for them to work this way.

  • Skype or Google Video: Great for projects where students work in pairs.
  • Google+ Hangout: Works well for students meeting and working in groups.
  • Facebook Page: Wonderful for whole class discussion and interaction in a space where other experts and students can participate.
  • Fieldtrips: Give students opportunties to learn together in the world.

About Lisa Nielsen

Photo: Lisa Nielsen
Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Source: Tech & Learning

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MIT To Offer Certificates For Online Courses

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be offering free online courses available to the public, and those who demonstrate mastery of the subjects will be able to earn certificates.

Photo: City Town Info Education Channel

"There are many people who would love to augment their education by having access to MIT content, people who are very capable to earn a certificate from MIT," explained L. Rafael Reif, the school's provost, who was quoted by The New York Times.

MIT has been offering free online education through its OpenCourseWare for the past decade. According to the Associated Press, the school's online courses have been accessed by more than 100 million people throughout the world.

Related link
MIT Now Granting Official Certificates For Their Free Online Courses

Source: City Town Info Education Channel 

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L&D needs clarity in how it communicates: Inside Learning Technologies and Skills December issue

Donald Taylor used his editor’s column in the December issue of Inside Learning Technologies & Skills to call for the L&D profession to get better at presenting itself and at describing to others the value that L&D offers.

In his editor’s comments, Donald Taylor feels that for L&D to be better understood, L&D professionals need to get smarter at how they talk about what they do: “When asked ‘what do you do?’ we often describe what we do in our daily lives - design elearning, manage the LMS, teach leadership, and from there it’s just a short step to 'oh, so you’re in training!'”

Published in digital format, the December issue of Inside Learning Technologies & Skills is now available on the Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills event web sites and contains in-depth articles from leading contributors on the latest trends and developments as well as covering all the major issues affecting organisational learning.

December’s issue includes articles on a new way to distribute content; the next generation of e-learning; creating leaders for the 21st Century; and why L&D should get good at gaming.

 Inside Learning Technologies & Skills

L&D professionals can get the latest issue of Inside Learning Technologies & Skills free-of-charge.

Source: Training Press Releases 

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Music and Toy Experts Develop Groundbreaking Music App for Kids

Leading toy-industry providers Creativity and Funosophy announced today the launch of DoReMi 1-2-3 for iPad, the first in a groundbreaking line of apps focused on musical ear training and its cognitive benefits.

Kids who play DoReMi 1-2-3 learn to distinguish the building blocks of musical pitch and melody, without even realizing it. Pre-launch play testing has already garnered fans.

Julliard alumnus Dr. Joshua Garrett led the development team behind DoReMi 1-2-3.

"We're beyond the idea now that simply listening to Mozart can improve your kid's cognition," said Garrett. "It's been thrilling to see kids have so much fun while they actually learn to play songs by ear."

Do Re Mi 1-2-3 

To commemorate the launch and celebrate the holiday season, Creativity is offering customers who purchase the app two free song worlds until the end of the year—Jingle Bells and The Dreidel Song.

Related link
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps.


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Digital 1 to 1 Offers Fast/Fun Photo Lessons Online

So you finally upgraded to a new point-and-shoot or maybe you even broke the bank and purchased a DSLR. Good for you. But what good is having a fancy new camera if all you ever do is take crummy pictures with it?

The creators of an online photography teaching service dubbed Digital 1 to 1 have introduced what they are calling “the ultimate photo learning app for the iPhone and iPad.” If you fall into the above category, it’s worth a look.
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps. 

Digital 1 to1 is a website designed to give anyone a perfect launching pad to take better pictures.

Source: E-Gear

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Start the New Year by learning about how to use social media in the newsroom

Social media has become a crucial element in the journalist’s daily work today. Do you know how to set up an account? How do you maximize your time when using social media? How can you engage with the community through social media channels?

Photo: Robert Quigley
Robert Quigley can help journalists answer these questions and more with his upcoming distance learning course, Social Media for Journalists which is being offered for a second time in English by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Journalists can start the new year by applying for an online course with the Knight Center on “Social Media for Journalists” that will run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 12. Applications are being accepted now until Jan. 5. Journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean can apply here.

The course will be conducted entirely online and is divided into weekly modules containing video and text lectures, links to online resources and will feature class exercises, quizzes and discussions. Students will be able to study at their own pace but will be expected to complete assignments on deadline. The course is intensive and requires about 10-15 hours of dedication a week.

Photo: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Students will learn the basics and history of social media in six parts:
  1. They will learn to use social media tools effectively and how to measure results
  2. Learn about social networking tools like Twitter and FB.
  3. Learn how to use social media appropriately depending on the news story/circumstances 
  4. Learn live tweeting techniques
  5. Learn how to display, aggregate and search for social content
  6. Learn how to measure success and learn about ethics in a social media world

About The Knight Center
The Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin is a professional training and outreach program for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our training programs have benefited thousands of journalists and journalism professors throughout the Americas.
The Knight Center has also helped to create a new generation of independent journalist organizations. These organizations have created self-sustaining training programs to raise the ethical and professional levels of journalism, thereby contributing to the freedom of press and democracy in the hemisphere.

Source: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

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QNet launches Swiss eLearning Institute

QNet is one of the leading companies in e-learning, that's why they launched Swiss eLearning Institute that helps in improving the individuals skills and utilizes the power of an online platform to immerse the learner in an educational environment, providing the necessary resources and tools to make the learning experience a great one.

Photo: QNet

The Swiss eLearning Institute provide courses aiming at introducing aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs to their most important companion on their road to success: effective communication such as Internal vs. external communication, Oral and written communication secrets, Introduction to persuasion and the Successful communication in teams.

E-learning became the new big thing among youth in Egypt. With the increase of internet users, e-learning became available for more people who are looking for innovative learning methods.

QNet offers courses in Presentation and Communication Skills, Career Design, Marketing 2011 and The Art of Management.
Read more... 

Source: AMEInfo 

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The 10 biggest ed-tech stories of 2011

Laura Devaney
"Each year, the eSchool News editors compile a list of the Top 10 stories of the year. This year's list for 2011 includes "Bring Your Own Device" pilots, 3D research, upside-down learning, and more." writes Laura Devaney, Managing Editor.

The 10 biggest ed-tech stories of 2011

Teachers use video podcasts to turn learning “upside down” … New web-search formulas have important implications for students and society … “Bring Your Own Device” emerges as a top strategy for integrating technology into instruction: These are among the many key ed-tech developments affecting schools in the past year.

Photo: eSchool News

In this special retrospective, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant educational technology stories of 2011. To find out how these stories will continue to affect school stakeholders in 2012 and beyond.

Source: eSchool News  

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Friday, December 16, 2011

When is a course not a course?

We're all used to training courses covering specific topics, but with e-learning, the course can be whatever it needs to be.


Like many training companies, we deliver lots of courses - you only have to browse through our course catalogue. It's a straightforward process - you select what you intend to learn, book on the course and away you go.

But what if you want to learn a lot of related topics which aren't covered within one course? Is the only option to attend more than one course?

Well, it depends on what you're learning. If you need to learn those topics in depth, then it may well be - this is what happens when you take a professional certification track, for example

This is fine when an individual is the learner, but how about when you need to train hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of people? All of those additional learning days really can rack up the cost. The issue is actually bigger than that. Standard training courses aim to be relevant to as many people as possible - so teach a broad range of topics. Yet, your learners may not need to know all of those topics - so a percentage of the learning quite literally wastes time.

Source: e-academy

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The presentation genius of Steve Jobs: Free ebook

10 Techniques Jobs Used to Inform, Educate and Entertain.
Learn how the late Steve Jobs used 10 presenting techniques to become the most celebrated corporate spokesman of our time.

For more than three decades, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs transformed product launches into an art form. Download this ebook and learn the strategies used by Jobs to deliver powerful presentations that informed, educated and entertained.
Download now 

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Merits of online learning unclear

"Many families view K-12 online schools with skepticism.
They question how a computer could possibly replace discussion and debate in a classroom. Or the passion conveyed by a teacher. Or the experience of working in teams.
They doubt their children would learn as much online." writes Anne Ryman and Pat Kossan, The Arizona Republic.


Supporters of online education like to tout a 2009 analysis by the U.S. Department of Education that looked at 12 years' worth of online research from 1996 to 2008. The report concluded that, on average, students learning online overall "performed modestly better than those receiving face-to-face instruction."

The better results showed up in one type of online education: blended learning, in which online is combined with face-to-face instruction in a particular class. Students in blended, or hybrid, learning performed better than those in online-only or face-to-face classes. Online-only appeared to be as effective as traditional instruction, but not more so, researchers said.

The report added a caveat to the blended classes. Researchers said factors such as more learning time in the blended settings than in face-to-face classrooms could have produced the better results.

Source: Arizona Republic 

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The Fall 2011 issue of the Teacher PD Sourcebook is now online!

Photo: Teacher PD Sourcebook
This issue focuses on effective strategies for working with students with diverse learning needs—specifically those who have learning disabilities or limited English, and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
See the complete Table of Contents.

Source: Teacher PD Sourcebook Directory

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Using Twitter in High School Classrooms by Bill Ferriter

"Not long ago, I met a super-motivated team of teachers from Westfield High School (Westfield, Ind.) at my Teaching the iGeneration workshop in Cincinnati.
They were particularly interested in the different ways that Twitter can be used in schools. To help, I turned to the teachers in my own Twitter network for ideas—and while the examples shared were as diverse as the digital peers that I learn from, they seemed to fall into three broad categories:" writes Bill Ferriter, The Tempered Radical.

Twitter can be used as a backchannel, encouraging reflection and conversation among students.
As a guy who needs to speak out loud in order to process information, I love to tweet during workshops and professional development presentations simply because it gives me the chance to interact with ideas without interrupting the people near me who are trying to pay attention.

Twitter can help students develop their civic voices.
Social media spaces are changing how elections are won and lost—and how politicians operate. President Obama has initiated a series of Twitter Town Hall meetings where he answers questions submitted through the microblogging platform. Even Gordon Brown, longtime Prime Minister of the UK, recognized that policy can't be made without listening to people in social spaces.

Twitter can become a place to imagine.
Danah Boyd, a Senior Researcher at the Microsoft Research Center who specializes in studies on the ways that digital spaces are changing today's kids, has noted that Twitter can be a more playful place for teens than Facebook.

Source: Education Week

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Webinar Tomorrow: How to Implement Learning Internationally

Attend This Free Webinars Tomorrow.

Title: Going Global: Do You Have What it Takes?
Date: TOMORROW - Friday, December 16
Time: 11 AM (UK)

Speakers: Donald H Taylor, Learning and Performance Institute
Clare Kemp, Citrix Online

Implementing learning across countries is increasingly a regular part of the learning professional's role. But once you've localised the training materials, what else should you do?

Join Donald H Taylor, chairman for the Learning and Performance Institute, as he explores the gory details of going global with learning.

Join this interactive webinar to learn:

  • Practicalities of providing learning across time zones
  • How cultural differences affect working
  • What to avoid when developing content
  • How to keep learners engaged

If you are not able to attend the live session, then please register and we’ll send you the recording.Register for the Complimentary Webinar

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New eBook: Mobile Devices and Laptops in Education

Here’s the latest Technology & Learning's eBooks below.

Mobile Devices and Laptops in Education

Making the most of today's technology to create collaborative learning environments that benefit students, teachers, and schoolsIn today's 1:1 laptop and BYOD classrooms it may seem ultra-challenging for teachers to maintain control, but thanks to Aerohive Networks, classrooms can remain productive.
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Free virtual learning ebook released from Virtual Communications Leader

ON24, the global leader in webcasting and virtual event solutions, today announced the availability of “Virtual Learning for Dummies,” a free booklet that explains virtual training in a no-nonsense style.

Virtual Learning for Dummies

Available via ON24′s website, “Virtual Learning for Dummies” teaches users how to leverage online platforms for learning applications such as sales training and kickoffs, employee or customer education and professional continuing education accreditation — while saving organizations time and money.

“Virtual Learning for Dummies” can assist organizations in getting “up and running” quickly with virtual learning, providing step-by-step guidelines and best practices. The book also illustrates how virtual learning can bridge gaps in time and distance and enable educators to centralize important materials, obtain immediate feedback and answer questions in real time, facilitating the creation of a more efficient training and education model.

About ON24, Inc.

The recognized global market share leader, ON24 provides webcasting and virtual environments for corporate communications and demand generation. ON24 offers fully integrated, enterprise-wide solutions for applications ranging from partner expos, user conferences and trade shows to training and company town hall meetings. More than 750 organizations, including IBM, Cisco, CA Technologies, Merck, AstraZeneca, Fiserv, Credit Suisse, GE and Oracle, rely on ON24. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout the world.
For more information, visit

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Updated post "We don't need no educator. The role of the teacher in todays online education by Stephen Downes."

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Website connects teachers and students around the world by Jennifer Amato

"About four months ago, physical education teacher Sarah Diller approached Jeffrey Bradbury of the music department at North Brunswick Township High School." writes Jennifer Amato.

She saw Bradbury’s use of an Apple iPad in the classroom, as well as a projector screen and a computer, and inquired about how to use the iPad in class.

Bradbury had already been podcasting last year, asking students to create a 20- minute video on the history of rock and roll, and letting fifth-graders in a summer program interview teachers and principals.

“I’ve always been able to teach with technology and get kids to understand they are not just teaching themselves but they are teaching each other,” he said.

Welcome to TeacherCast 

So began the inspiration for, a website Bradbury created in September as “a place for teachers to help other teachers,” according to his motto. Because there is a growing need for educators to effectively understand and utilize modern methods in the classroom, he included blogs, app reviews, video demonstrations, screen casts, a career center and other resources on a free database for teachers across the globe.

Another part of TeacherCast is the Live- Binders section. Students create digital portfolios that represent a three-ring binder for anyone to see. Content, research projects and assignments are listed in a digital textbook type format. Students can see how many people are viewing their sites, and receive feedback as well.

Source: North Brunswick Sentinel

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A New Visual iPad App For Learning Multiplication Tables

Independent developer Esa Helttula has introduced Multiplication Table 1.0, the 15th of his math instruction apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in the popular iDevBooks series. It provides a unique visual way to learn and study the multiplication tables.

The Multiplication Table app for iPad 

The user can explore the multiplication table in four different ways:
  • Table: Explore the multiplication table in various ways.
  • Groups: See the multiplications as visualizations.
  • Multiples: See how each number has an unlimited number of multiples.
  • Solve: Scramble and solve the multiplication table.
Esa Helttula is an independent developer located in Espoo, Finland. He specializes in apps for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that help teach math skills. He is formerly an algorithm visualization researcher at the university of Tampere in Finland.

Related links
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Source: prMac

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Housing e-Academy's 12 Days of Christmas

Between 13th and 24th December, the Housing e-Academy are pleased to introduce their very own 12 days of Christmas!

Visit their website every day between this period to access their top ten tips for e-learners, as well as special offers and giveaways!

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60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

Kaitlyn Cole has been in touch to remind us about this published article below.

Photo: Online Universities

Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place.

Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool, and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom.

Twitter makes staying in touch and sharing announcements super simple and even fun. These ideas offer a great way to put the tool to good use.

Thanks to Kaitlyn.
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