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Monday, January 30, 2012

5 Things: W.E.E. Learning Bus by Kelly Evenson

"By next fall, there will be a computer lab on wheels rolling through the streets of Blue Springs, making stops at area schools and in neighborhoods.", summarizes Kelly Evenson

Photo: The Blue Springs Education Foundation 

The Women Endowing Education Group provided the Blue Springs School District with a grant to create the W.E.E. Learning Bus, the first of its kind of Missouri, said Katherine Barton, executive director of the Blue Springs Education Foundation. She said the idea came from an administrator who heard about a similar mobile technology lab in Brownsville, Texas.

Here are five things to know about the W.E.E. Learning Bus:

1 Mobility.  The learning bus is a 76-passenger school bus being transformed into a mobile computer lab. Barton said it will roll into the neighborhoods of the Blue Springs School District four nights each week beginning in August. Hollis-Miller Architects, as well as the Blue Springs School District’s Transportation Department, are working to transform the bus.

Source: The Examiner

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Top 10 Sites for Educational Apps by David Kapuler

David Kapuler at writes, "The wave of the future is here, especially for education. Terms like 21st Century Computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and Cloud Computing are mainstream. The introduction of mobile devices, iPods, netbooks, and more specifically, the iPad, has brought technology to more students than ever before.

Photo: Tech & Learning

A one-to-one computing environment is not only a possibility, but also a reality in more school districts than people realize. With all that being said, below are my 10 favorite sites for finding educational apps.

1. APPitic - Great site with over 1300 reviews done by Apple Distinguished Educators. These apps have been tested in different grade levels with different instructional strategies.

Source: Tech & Learning

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

An inverted webinar event: Taking the Distance out of Online Learning

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest research on the impact of blended learning!

Taking the Distance out of Online Learning

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
11 am EST, 4 pm GMT

Instructors and students alike may shy away from online learning because they perceive it as distant or impersonal. However, a recent study revealed interesting results when instructors created additional learning opportunities using screencasts. Can utilizing online tools actually offer students a more personal learning experience?

Join us for an interactive webinar spotlighting the results of the aptly named research project, ME2U, conducted by Dr. John Davies and Miss Clare Hardman of the Teaching and Learning Development Unit at the University of Sussex.

The project investigators will explore how screencasts can accommodate a student’s individual learning style as they discuss:
  • How instructors respond to using screencasts in their courses  
  • Student reaction to this mode of online learning   
  • If learning outcomes improved through the use of blended learning 
  • What factors come into play when contemplating the use of screencasts
Register here for the online event. 

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Current Issue — Volume 47, Number 1, January/February 2012

Just look at this interesting line-up in this EDUCAUSE Review below.

Photo: Diana G. Oblinger
Diana G. Oblinger writes, "This issue of EDUCAUSE Review focuses on leadership and celebrates leaders in the higher education IT community. Leadership can exist at all levels of an institution or organization. It does not come from a job title, nor is it self-appointed.

We must take the best from our traditions and our experience so that we can adapt to constantly changing circumstances. Leadership is about more than power or authority. It is about values, experience, analysis, and the discipline to change what we need to change. As Collins notes: "We cannot predict the future. But we can create it.""

Information Technology: A View from Both Sides of the President's Desk
By Michael A. McRobbie   

A university president who was also his institution's vice president for information technology and CIO for ten years answers the questions: "What do you now think about technology? From your point of view as a president, what are the major issues in information technology today? What has changed in your thinking?"
Filling the IT Leadership Pipeline: A Panel Discussion
By Bruce Maas, Brian Paige, Michael Ridley, Theresa Rowe, Bo Wandschneider, and Melissa Woo  

Six CIOs and senior technology leaders talk about their backgrounds, the strengths and skills needed for future CIOs, and the challenges of preparing the next generation of CIOs. They list the most critical competencies for current and future CIOs, and they debate whether these competencies are changing.
Read more... 

Aspiring and Residing IT Leaders: A Legacy for the Future
By Keith W. McIntosh   

The winner of the inaugural EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award talks about becoming a leader and developing future leaders in the IT professional community. He outlines three steps that aspiring leaders can take to cultivate their leadership skills and three steps that residing leaders can take to leave a lasting legacy.
Read more...  

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Source: EDUCAUSE Review

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Hilton Worldwide and Harvard Business Publishing Partner to Develop a World-Class Leadership Curriculum

Harvard Business Publishing and Hilton Worldwide today announced a multi-year agreement to provide Hilton Worldwide University, the company’s global learning resource platform, with leadership content and online learning programs. Harvard Business Publishing will offer a number of programs including Harvard ManageMentor®, the most trusted online resource for management essentials, as part of Hilton Worldwide University’s Leadership College curriculum.  

Harvard ManageMentor brochure

Hilton Worldwide University gives the company’s Team Members access to online and instructor-led workshops to build their job competence and professional development. Leaders will be able to access Harvard ManageMentor online and through mobile devices, supporting quick and effective learning within their fast-paced workdays.
Read more...   

About Harvard Business Publishing

Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning partners with clients to create leadership development solutions for managers at all levels. Our team leverages the management insight, thought leadership, and expertise of Harvard Business School faculty and authors from Harvard Business Review to create tailored leadership development solutions. With more than 20 years of practical experience, our innovative, technology-enabled solutions drive meaningful and lasting business results. Corporate Learning is a market group within Harvard Business Publishing. For more information, visit   

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value.
The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,800 hotels and timeshare properties, with 630,000 rooms in 88 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations.
The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at,,, and

Source:  EON: Enhanced Online News

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AP brings Aakash down to earth

Photo: Deccan Chronicle 
Aakash, the world cheapest tablet, will be available to students in the state for only Rs 1,500. Originally priced at Rs 2,500, the state government has offered a subsidy of Rs 1,000 for students to facilitate e-learning.

The discounted tablets will initially be offered to students in state universities, engineering and polytechnic colleges and the government plans to extend the scheme to all private colleges in the future.
The proposal has been sent to the Union HRD ministry which is monitoring the Aakash project.

The tablets were launched by Union minister for HRD Kapil Sibal in October 2011. Designed especially for students with an aim of bridging the “digital divide” between the rich and the poor, the Centre aims to provide the tablets to 22 crore students over the next five years.

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Aakash (tablet). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Source: Deccan Chronicle 

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The touch-screen classroom by Kate Lunau

How technology can reinvent how and where children learn.

Kate Lunau writes, "At Eden High School in St. Catharines, Ont., students are banned from using their cellphones in the hallways. In Eric Moccio’s classroom, it’s a different story. Moccio, who teaches music and media arts, employs his students’ phones as a teaching tool: he recently had them vote via text message on the topic of an upcoming video project."


Moccio projected a live chart to the front of the class, which “readjusted to show numbers as votes came in, American Idol-style,” he says. Another time, he ran a scavenger hunt, texting clues to students as they searched through the school. (That day, he got special permission from administration, and each student carried a signed note of permission to use their phone.) Today’s smartphones can do much more than just make calls; “they’re computers,” Moccio says, and with so many students carrying powerful devices in their pockets these days, “we’d be fools not to use them.”

Despite the technology-rich environment that surrounds kids outside school walls, most classrooms are lagging. Administrators worry that the use of phones, iPods and tablets could cause distractions, promote the rise of cyberbullying and other bad behaviour, and maybe erode literacy skills, fretting that students might start including textisms like “CUL8R” in their essays. While some school boards have resorted to bans on some technologies, not all educators agree that’s a good idea. In September, the Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest, reversed a rule that personal devices should be turned off and out of sight within its schools, after trustees recognized that smartphones and other devices might actually enhance student learning. Now, teachers like Moccio are experimenting with new ways to use not only smartphones but tablet computers and interactive whiteboards. Indeed, proponents say that, at its best, technology can change virtually any place into a classroom—or transform a classroom into somewhere as remote and different as a Borneo rainforest.

Phones make ideal teaching tools because, unlike laptops or spiral notebooks, students are unlikely to forget them at home. “They have quite a strong emotional attachment to these devices,” says Patricia Wallace, author of The Psychology of the Internet and senior director of information technology at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Mobile phones are portable, especially for elementary school kids, who can’t lug a heavy computer in their backpack. And because they’re easy to carry everywhere, they can be used to take advantage of what she calls “micro time slots,” those spare moments waiting for the bus or a friend, when a teen could complete a quick lesson instead of a game of Angry Birds.


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Thursday, January 26, 2012

How to engage students with wireless tech by Steve Largent

Photo: Dennis Pierce
Dennis Pierce, Editor writes, "In our "Site of the Week,” Dell is accepting applications for the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a program that gives students from around the world the chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life to solve some of the world's most pressing challenges."

Dell is now accepting applications for the 2012 Dell Social Innovation Challenge, a program that gives students from around the world the chance to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life to solve some of the world’s most challenging issues.

For the sixth consecutive year, Dell is partnering with the University of Texas at Austin’s RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service to help fuel the entrepreneurial spirit of the best and brightest minds through this program. During the past six years, more than 3,000 inspiring social innovation projects stemming from 90 countries have been submitted through the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which provides mentoring, tools, and more than $350,000 in cash prizes to teams of student entrepreneurs from across the globe.

The program’s newly developed site allows students to upload their project ideas directly and encourages judges, mentors, and other interested parties to vote for their favorite ideas. Students have until Feb. 14 to submit their project proposals.

Source: eSchool News

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20 Brain-Bending TED Talks for Philosophy Students

Jasmine Hall has been in touch to reminds us about this published article below.

Philosophy may get a bad rap for being an unmarketable college major, but in actuality, the lessons taught in philosophy classes can be applied to just about everything we do, day in and day out. From morality and ethics to free will and aesthetics, philosophical questions surround us in the creative, business, and scientific fields.
Whether you need a reminder of the awesomeness of all things philosophy-related or just want to stretch your brain, check out these amazing TED talks. You’ll hear from a range of scientists, researchers, academics, and yes, even philosophers on issues that have been troubling the human mind for centuries.

1 Michael Sandel: What’s the right thing to do?
Are there ever moral absolutes? That’s one of the questions political philosopher Michael Sandel addresses in this lecture, touching on some of the gray areas in our morality, and asking listeners like you to consider their own positions on right and wrong.


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Going Green with Online Studies by Melanie Slaugh

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

Going green can mean different things to different people. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that saving the environment should be a priority. One easy way for students to go green is to take their classes online. Not only do online classes not use as much paper as regular classes, the students also do not have to commute back and forth to school, reducing their carbon emissions. Also, the energy use from heating and cooling classrooms is drastically cut when students have the ability to learn from home.

Online schools are healthier for the environment than traditional ones, but are you losing quality when you take classes online? With all the new online schools appearing, it is hard to tell which ones authentic and which ones are just diploma mills. Choosing an online school that is related to a brick-and-mortar school is usually a safe choice. But how does the curriculum compare?

Arizona State University is one of the many schools that has both online and on campus curriculum. “Arizona State University (ASU or Arizona State) is a public research university located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area of the State of Arizona. With an enrollment of 70,440 students in the Fall of 2010, it is the largest public university in the United States by enrollment.

Founded in 1885 as the Tempe Normal School for the Arizona Territory, the school came under the control of the Arizona Board of Regents in 1945 and was renamed Arizona State College. A 1958 statewide ballot measure gave the university its present name.

ASU offers programs in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, journalism, business, law, nursing, and public policy. The university is broadly organized into 14 divisions and is spread across four campuses: the original Tempe campus, the West campus in northwest Phoenix, the Polytechnic campus in eastern Mesa, and the Downtown Phoenix campus. All four campuses are accredited as a single institution by the Higher Learning Commission.”

More than that, ASU offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through a completely online program, known as ASU Online. The degree programs you can take online have the same accreditation as the university's traditional on campus programs, and students can obtain most of the same degrees as those who attended courses in person. According to ASU Online’s website, more than 3,000 students are currently enrolled online. ASU Online is headquartered at ASU's Skysong campus in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Not only is the curriculum identical but it is just as demanding and accurate as the on campus curriculum. New tools, such as online video conferencing and cooperative chat rooms permit teachers and students to relate in real time. Online students also have the benefit of being able to complete their work when they have the time, even in the middle of the night. Discussions are logged and saved so that no one misses out. In many ways, there is increased teacher-student interaction online. Additionally, online classes permit more students to enroll per class, thereby keeping tuition affordable.

The advantages of online classes are easy to see and the curriculum is just as good as being taught in the on campus classrooms. As an increasing number of traditional universities offer entirely online programs, it is easy to see the advantages. If you are an environmentally conscious organized learner and want flexibility in your education, online is certainly the way to go.

Melanie Slaugh is enthusiastic about the growing prospects and opportunities of various industries and writing articles on various consumer goods and services as a freelance writer. She writes extensively for
internet service providers and also topics related to internet service providers in my area for presenting the consumers, the information they need to choose the right Internet package for them.
She can be reached at her email.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Educators hope Apple's textbook foray will begin a "learning revolution" by Chris Foresman

Photo: Chris Foresman
Chris Foresman writes, "On Thursday morning, Apple announced a series of related initiatives designed to modernize learning based around its iPad tablet. Apple is hoping to "reinvent textbooks" and change the way we learn with an updated iBooks 2 app, which works with interactive textbooks built with the iBooks Author desktop app, and an expansion of iTunes U that offers course materials and K-12 access. And according to several experts we spoke to, Apple's announcement today could do just that."

Several educators were particularly bullish on the impact that Apple's move into the digital textbook market will have on both teaching and learning. Assistant Professor of Arts, Media, and Design at Boston's Northeastern University Matthew Gray told Ars that iBooks 2 and iBooks Author will be a "fantastic" improvement over what's commonly used in universities now.

Photo: Ars Technica

"A pivotal year for students"
"Personally, I love this development" Gray said. "What was funny to me was the continuous emphasis on the word 'book.' But what Apple's new technology says to me, however, is 'syllabus.' This new kind of ebook acknowledges that we all can Google things, and therefore education needs something to bridge 'fixed' knowledge and 'fluid' delivery systems for knowledge. An e-book can use its unique referencing ability to link a far wider resource library to students."

Abilene Christian Univeristy's director of educational innovation, Dr. William Rankin, also believes Apple's digital textbooks and iTunes U expansion will have a major transformative effect. "Teachers no longer have to have an IT department, digital infrastructure, or really even buy-in from their school," Rankin told Ars. "Apps, notes, syllabi, textbooks—they all integrate. As long as I can get iPads for my students, I can do it all."

Source: Ars Technica

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple Offers Online Courses through iTunes U App

Photo: Jeff Gamet,
Mac Observer’s Managing Editor
"Apple is making its iTunes U online learning service even more accessible as of Thursday with the introduction of its iTunes U app for the iPad.", summarizes Jeff Gamet. 

iTunes U on the iPad

The app links users to iTunes U courses, supports notes, class outlines and assignments, tracks instructor office hours and class credits, and messaging with instructors. Notes from iBooks 2 textbooks sync with the iTunes U app, too.

iTunes U offers more that 500,000 free lectures on a wide range of subjects from schools and institutions such as Stanford, Yale, MIT, the New York Public Library and MoMA.

The iTunes U app is free and is available at Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.

Source: The Mac Observer

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Learning Tree International Introduces a New Course: Designing Web Sites for Mobile Devices

Learning Tree International has announced the introduction of a new course for Web designers and developers interested in learning how to build a mobile Web site. The course is entitled Designing Web Sites for Mobile Devices.
This course is for experienced Web designers and developers who want to learn to create a mobile Web site that fully exploits the sophisticated capabilities of Web browsers on mobile devices.  

Designing Web Sites for Mobile Devices

Participants are taught the skills to create a mobile Web site. They’ll learn best practices, designing for touch and tilt interactivity, how to leverage geolocation, how to generate bandwidth-appropriate video content, how to manipulate layouts dynamically with transitions and animations, and much more.

Exercises include:
  • Architecting modern cross-platform mobile Web sites
  • Enhancing forms with HTML5 extensions
  • Replicating the native platform UI with CSS3
  • Querying device capabilities with JavaScript
  • Presenting optimized graphics and multimedia
  • Geolocating the user with HTML5 and JavaScript
  • Enabling offline access to enterprise data
Learning Tree will begin presenting Designing Web Sites for Mobile Devices at its education centers in January 2012. The current schedule includes the following:

Ottawa, ON — February 15-17, 2012
New York, NY – February 22-24, 2012
Toronto, ON – February 29-March 2, 2012
Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA) – March 14-16, 2012
Washington, DC (Rockville, MD) – March 21-23, 2012
Chicago (Schaumburg, IL) – April 18-20, 2012

There are three ways for participants to attend this course:

1. In-class, at a Learning Tree Education Center
2. Live, online via Learning Tree AnyWare—our instructor-led training delivery solution that allows participants to join this course from their home, office or anywhere there is Internet access
3. On-site as a private, customized event, delivered by Learning Tree at a client facility of choice

For more information and the latest course dates and locations,visit us online.

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, our proprietary live, online instructor-led training delivery option that connects online participants to actual classrooms.

For more information about our products and services, call 1-888-THE-TREE (1-888-843-8733), visit, follow @LearningTree on Twitter, or visit Learning Tree International’s Facebook fan page.

Source: Business Wire

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

eBook: Increasing Your Social Influence

What do Twitter, Facebook and blogs have to do with your training initiatives? Used strategically, social tools help you engage audiences, build emotional rapport and extend your training reach.

This new eBook by training expert Tom Bunzel provides a roadmap and checklist for increasing the effectiveness and scope of your training initiatives with today’s top social tools.
Read the eBook to learn:
  • How social media increases your training reach
  • Tips for creating conversation with video, QR codes and the hashtag
  • 8 simple steps for promoting your online event socially
  • And more...

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eBook: The New Common Core Standards and Emerging Assessments

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

Preparing for Change:
The New Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Emerging Assessments to Help Educators Strategically Transition to New Curriculum

Districts must begin to prepare for the new Common Core State Standards and methods of assessing them. In this ebook you'll learn about the transition toward common curriculum, the new forms of assessments, and some of the best practices for measuring student achievement and evaluating teacher effectiveness in this new era.

What's Inside the eBook:

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New study examines availability, variety of apps for mobile devices by Laura Devaney

As mobile learning devices crop up in classrooms from coast to coast, the market for educational apps appears to be thriving, with educational apps for pre-schoolers and toddlers experiencing a huge jump over the past two years, according to a new report.

Photo: eSchool News

iLearn II: An Analysis of the Education Category of Apple’s App Store,” conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, analyzed the “Education” category in Apple’s App Store in an effort to understand the educational apps market and possible emerging opportunities within that app category.

iLearn II: An Analysis of the Education Category of Apple’s App Store

The report reveals that mobile app revenue is predicted to generate $38 billion by 2015, and Apple’s App Store has paid out more than $2.5 billion to developers. There are currently more than 500,000 apps available on iTunes and more than 300,000 available on Android, although this report examines only Apple’s App Store.

The study included 109 publishers within the sample of 196 apps, and was conducted in July 2011. The report updates a 2009 Cooney Center analysis on the same topic.

When broken down by age category, the mention of apps intended school use is lowest for toddlers and pre-school students and is highest among middle school students.

While both devices follow similar age trends, data revealed that apps for toddlers and pre-school students are more prominent as iPad apps than as iPhone apps. Apps for elementary students peaked among iPhone apps.

The report includes several important recommendations:
  • Address the “app gap”
  • Create standards for products marketed as educational
  • Project children from digital-age commercialism
  • Consider emerging market dynamics in an update to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
  • Enable sustainability and profitability
  • Set a research agenda

Source: eSchool News

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Digital Learning Day Cometh by Michael Horn

Photo: Michael Horn
"With the arrival on February 1, 2012 of the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, the disruptive innovation of K-12 online learning—from in blended-learning environments to remote ones—seems to be taking yet another step toward the mainstream." summarizes Michael Horn 

With the rise of online learning, that began to change. Its growth is rapid and undeniable. Increasingly we’re seeing online learning stretch beyond areas of nonconsumption—where the alternative is nothing at all and where disruptive innovations first take root.

The shift from print to digital, as Tom Vander Ark so succinctly puts it, is upon us. Singapore for some time has had an e-learning week.

Now we have our first Digital Learning Day.

As we approach this day, and as district schools, charter schools, and states around the country participate, we must make sure that this doesn’t become a day that is all about technology for technology’s sake.

Source: Forbes

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Blended learning in classrooms by Arun Nigavekar

Photo: Arun Nigavekar
Arun Nigavekar writes, "We have been struggling, wi­t­hout much s­u­­c­cess, to promote the use of technology in classroom education, from primary to higher education. In early 90s the arguments were focused on cost of hardware; the computers, projection systems and of course, the cost of renting connectivity."


In the past one deca­de these arguments have lost significance as all hardware is getting miniaturised, giving larger memory and speed, becoming cost effective, and us­er-friendly. However, the noti­on of blending various teaching methods to achieve an effective learning experience is still a subject of exploration by academics.

This is mainly because adoption of blended lea­rning is a complex process for educational institutions and academic staff. It is true that adding creative and innovative uses of technology to improve teaching practices has generated new opportunities for learning. Ble­nded learning is envisaged to maximise the benefits of traditional teaching methods and online delivery.

Blended learning is significantly different from courses delivered in a traditional face-to face classroom with a supplemental website. It is not implemented by a simple transfer of teaching materials online, but rather involves redesign of delivery and pedagogy. Technology has had a significant influence on the ways students interact with th­e­ir peers and faculty and has transformed learning and te­a­c­hing inside and outside the cl­assroom.


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Monday, January 16, 2012

Site helps teens make the math grade

Is your teen’s New Year’s resolution to do better at math?

Math Homework Help

A provincial government website can help them make the grade.

Through Homework Help – located at –students in Grades 7 to 10 can access the help they need to learn and pass math. Parents too can access tools to help with their kids’ assignments.

The site has linked about 600,000 students with tutors, who have helped with more than 40,000 last year.

Live tutoring is also available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.

Students can log on at to access more than 250 videos, interactive activities, a math glossary and live tutoring.

Students receive free online homework help 

Source: The Barrie Advance

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e-Learning Authoring Software Hosts Free Webinar

Lectora® e-Learning software will host an upcoming webinar featuring time-saving tips for creating questions in e-Learning content.

As a free webinar in the Lectora Inspiration Wednesdays webinar series, this free session on January 18 will provide firsthand, live instruction on how to use Comma-Separated Value (CSV) question types to create questions in e-Learning courses more quickly and in just a few steps.

Attendees will learn the following skills from this free, live webinar, “Working with CSV Question Files:”
  • How to create uniform questions automatically using a Comma-Separated Value (CSV) question type
  • How to import CSV question files into a Lectora Title
Inspiration Wednesdays webinars inform and educate on valuable e-Learning tips, how tos and insights. Inspiration Wednesdays live sessions take place on designated Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET (GMT – 5).

For more information about Lectora free e-Learning webinars and to register, please visit: Free e-Learning Webinars.
Register Now

Source: PRWeb

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

ITTO: Apps Transforming the Classroom by Margaret Rock

Mobile apps are finding their place in the classroom, as online programs grow in the coming year.


Students and parents can expect to see more digital learning tools -- from organizational and content apps to online study sites -- in 2012, both inside and outside the classroom.

Supplemental educational programs are leading the way in adapting curriculum for the online learner. For example, companies like Kaplan and Sylvan offer online tutoring programs to supplement classroom learning, and forecasters are looking to those projects for clues about what works and can be applied to the nation's classrooms.

In general, these programs assess students to determine skill gaps an individualized curriculum might address. This level of customization allows the student to focus on critical areas and often provides a measurement tool to gauge success. Some of the strategies will likely trickle down to more traditional classrooms eventually.

Increased use of mobile devices with educational apps will also be one of the biggest education technology trends in 2012, according to a September 2011 study by Encyclopedia Britannica, which points out smartphones, tablets, and netbooks lead the pack of preferred handheld devices among K-12 students.

Is This Thing On?, or ITTO, is Mobiledia's Wednesday column showing how everyday people use technology in unexpected ways.

Source: Mobiledia

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Saturday, January 07, 2012

MITx: Revolutionizing Online Education by Marina Salsbury

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

MIT is planning on offering a pilot program, which enhances the features of the already 10 year-old OpenCourseWare (OCW) online learning site. Beginning in the spring of 2012, the project features a prototype class, where upon completion; individuals have the opportunity of obtaining certification. Off-campus students have free access to university online programs, which also aid in the learning experience of university-enrolled individuals.

According to a December 2011 newsletter, (MIT launches online learning initiative - MIT News Office) a blog posted by the MIT news office declared an upgrade to the already popular OCW online software leaning program. Since students are increasingly enhancing their classroom education with online resources that go beyond learning traditional formulas and techniques (such as business-minded students could use MBA Online to gain real-world knowledge of business trends), MITx plans to offer free online classes with advanced interactive features, allowing students to interact by answering questions, sharing ideas and having student-to-student feedback. The self-paced learning system will additionally enable students to take a comprehensive test. Successfully passing the examination entitles students to a certificate of completion. Students taking online MITx classes do not acquire a degree. The university also has not determined whether certification will count toward degree requirements if students later enroll on-campus.

Comparable to the OCW learning center, MITx does not require registration or educational prerequisites before allowing students access to the software. While the university will initially offer one class in the new program, the hope is that the institution will induct more and more of the current online classes into MITx.

There are no charges involved in using the program, but students must submit a moderate fee if desiring certification. Testing fees for the new program are not yet available. The method of testing the university plans to use has also not been disclosed. Certificates will not be awarded by MIT itself, but instead by another governing body located in the facility.

The current OCW program offers over 2,000 courses in 26 fields of undergraduate and graduate study. Each online class features the same lectures and demonstrations offered to campus students. Various courses include online textbooks, a course syllabus, lecture notes and suggested reading material. Unlike “watch only’ programs offered at other universities, or those restricted to K-12 students, OCW, and the future MITx, offer a means of gauging the online learning experience. Present OCW courses offer varied assignments and subject material quizzes.

OCW not only enhances resources for on-campus students, but millions of students around the world have used the program. The university also plans on making MITx available to non-campus students and other learning institutions. The OCW and MITx programs provides all off-campus students the opportunity for obtaining quality higher education. Enrollment limitations, the expense of attending college, and physical location of students, often inhibit many individuals from acquiring an education beyond high school. The ability to attend free classes online through the OCW and MITx programs eliminates financial, geographical and other barriers.

Many applaud the efforts of MIT and other online educators for offering a cost-effective means of gaining an education that is also environmentally friendly.

Some professional educators, however, question the possible certification procedures used for MITx. Robert Talbert, Michigan university professor, ponders the legitimacy of certification and the possibility of deception. Some employers have already voiced acceptance of prospective employees and MITx certificates because of the prestige associated with the name of the university.

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