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Monday, March 26, 2012

25 Female Scientists to Celebrate This Month

Carol Brown has been in touch to remind us about this recent published article below.



The Teslas and Newtons of history have already received enough attention, thank you very much. Ever since science started being a thing, the ladies have always played an integral role in keeping human knowledge marching forward, they just lacked the same social and political standings as their male contemporaries, therefore ranking far lower on the public relations hierarchy. Every March marks Women’s History Month, which honors the oft-marginalized demographics within math, science, technology, engineering, and (obviously) disciplines beyond. When wanting to rock some theorums and hypotheses, turn to some of the following females for inspiration.


Photo: Online College.org

1 Ada Lovelace
Charles Babbage may have given modern computing its body, but Ada Lovelace contributed the voice. This eagerly intellectual countess invented the world’s very first computer program and translated numerous game-changing mathematical and scientific publications into English.
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Teachers Learning Center offers teacher recertification courses online by Pat Williams

The Teachers Learning Center is pleased to announce the launch of its website at OnlineClassesForTeachers.com.


The Teachers Learning Center offers independent study graduate course programs for K-12 teachers and educators that want or are seeking teacher recertification courses online or graduate courses for professional development and pay scale increases from their local school district.

Courses at the Teachers Learning Center can be started at any time of the year and must be completed within one year. Unlike regular online programs, where students get all materials, have to read them online, and receive and complete assignments online, Teachers Learning Center uses books and assignments mailed by first class mail, creating a more comfortable and trouble-free learning experience. Educators also have just one point of contact throughout their studies – their instructor.
Find out more about teacher recertification courses online by visiting Teachers Learning Center.
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Source: The Australian Eye


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E-learning and evolving intellects

AN expert in computer-based education strategies says students need to be taught the concepts behind technological innovations to allow them to properly prepare for a rapidly changing workforce and information-based world.

Photo: Science Network Western Australia

UWA Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Associate Professor Shannon Johnston recently delivered a workshop, aimed at improving awareness of computer based technologies in an education context.

Prof Johnston says it is important that students today focus on understanding the concepts behind technological innovations rather than mastering any particular form of technology.

“The importance is not on learning every individual piece of technology but to understand that different softwares have different purposes and different benefits, (because) the workforce is forever changing and students will need versatility after they graduate,” she says.

Prof Johnston says one of the best examples of e-learning she has witnessed in her career was in architecture.

“Students were having difficulty reading maps, which is a major aspect of an architect’s work. So we created a series of flash based tutorials in which they were able to navigate through the eyes of an architect and see how that building was designed and why it was designed in that particular way,” she says.

“When educators consider what is the intended learning outcome and what is the best means to achieve that, sometimes you realise that, simply reading an article or discussing it is not sufficient and they actually have to do it. That’s where computer based learning can make a real difference”.
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Source: Science Network Western Australia


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"Old-new" Version of the App for Kids - Safari Album with SmarTots

SmarTots provides learning reports and mobile education app reviews that help parents understand what their children are learning. Signing up for SmarTots also gives parents access to fun activities that enhance the educational value of mobile education apps like this one. Click the Parent Button inside this app to get these great features.


Visit iTunes to buy and download apps

Safari Album 1.0 is an entertaining, colorful game for kids, aimed at building their familiarity with animals from 3 habitats and developing motor skills.

iPad App for kids "Safari Album" 



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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Engaging Video

What do corporate training and entertainment have in common? Both industries spend billions to produce content that will capture our undivided attention and influence our behavior.

Combining the best of both industries may encourage organizational improvement. After all, we are a culture that is captivated by TV and film: Supernanny taught us how to raise our children, CNN helped us decide how to vote, and Star Wars taught us how to use the force.

Utilizing engaging video is an effective way to empower and encourage employees to adopt behaviors or skills that benefit your organization. But what is engaging video?

VictorPrime exclusive excerpt for Training Mag, issue March 2012

VictorPrime exclusive excerpt for Training Mag, issue March 2012 from Victor Prime on Vimeo.

Tips for providing engaging video training within your organization.
  1. Relate. Provide current and culturally relevant content that appeals to your learners. Avoid dated content they would deem irrelevant. This requires assessing the generational gap between your learners.
  2. Resonate. The content should inspire an honest conversation among learners that leaves a lasting impact. The most effective training extends well beyond the initial session and throughout the learner's career.
  3. Reinforce. Sustain your video training with ancillary content and post-assessments. Suggest that learners engage in refresher conversations about the training both online and offline.
To learn more or see more training videos, visit www.VictorPrime.com.
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Source: www.trainingmag.com/


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Raptivity eLearning Software to Let Instructional Designers and Corporate Trainers Create and Share Interactive Course Content on the New iPad

Harbinger Knowledge Products announced today that teachers and corporate trainers will now be able to use its eLearning software Raptivity on the iPad to present interactive content to students. Raptivity now offers the world’s largest library of eLearning interactions for the iPad as well as other cutting-edge mobile computing products.



Harbinger Knowledge Products, a global leader in interactive eLearning, presentation and website software, announced today that its Raptivity software has been enhanced to enable instructional designers, course creators and corporate trainers to easily create and present interactive course material to students with the new Apple iPad.

Harbinger has been gearing up for the worldwide rollout of the new iPad, which the company said is likely to create more demand from course creators for Raptivity. The software was one of the first interactive eLearning platforms to be developed for mobile computing devices using HTML5 technology, such as the new iPad.


With its award-winning Raptivity eLearning software, Harbinger now offers the world’s largest library of educational interactivity templates that will work on not only the new iPad and previous models, but also the iPhone and all other mobile devices using HTML5 technology.

Raptivity's Himalaya pack includes the industry's most extensive library of 170+ eLearning interactions for mobile devices like the iPad that do not support Flash, helping course designers develop exciting interactive content that truly engages students – something that previously was available only through devices that used Flash.

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About Harbinger Knowledge Products

Harbinger Knowledge Products is recognized as a global leader in interactivity solutions for knowledge-sharing applications including learning, presentation and web development. Harbinger Knowledge Products is a part of Harbinger Group, which serves customers in over 57 countries through its offices in Pune (India), Redmond (WA, USA), Pleasanton (CA, USA) and through its partner network worldwide.

For three consecutive years, Deloitte has named Harbinger Knowledge Products among the fastest growing technology companies in its Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific and Technology Fast 50 India programs. Red Herring named Harbinger amongst world's top 100 private technology companies. Harbinger’s patented technology and sound thought leadership have resulted in groundbreaking products, including market-leading Raptivity®, innovative YawnBuster, and cutting-edge SiteJazzer and TeemingPod.

For more information on Harbinger Knowledge Products, please visit
http://www.harbingerknowledge.com.

Source: PR.com 


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How the developing world is using cellphone technology to change lives

In Nigeria, a young girl can ask questions about sex discretely through SMS and get accurate information.
After the earthquake in Haiti, survivors in remote towns could receive money for food straight to their cellphone.
In Senegal, election monitors sent updates on polling stations through their mobile phones, revising an online map in real time with details about late openings or worse.

Photo: Toronto Star

Projects like Learning about Living in Nigeria, MercyCorps in Haiti and Senevote2012 in Senegal are just a few examples of how the rapid spread of mobile technology has changed life in the global south.

Many places are jumping straight from paper records to mobile information because they are getting cellphone towers before Internet connections or even traditional phone lines. This means that for the first time it’s possible for a doctor in Guatemala City to monitor a newborn baby in a rural part of the country.

“People who never had access to information can get to a telecentre or a computer at their church or they have a mobile phone even if they share that mobile phone with their whole family and everyone just has their own SIM card,” said Revi Sterling, director of Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Source: Toronto Star


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Free video lessons offered by leaders in innovation, thinking




Photo: Laura Devaney
Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "In today’s story, we highlight a new resource that educators and students should find very helpful: TED-Ed, which makes enlightening videos and lessons available to classrooms across the globe. The videos aim to spark student interest and boost engagement. Teachers are invited to submit their lessons for inclusion – check out our story for more details."

In the vast realm of dogs hugging baby deer and toddlers laughing hysterically, it’s not always easy finding online videos that have a deeply profound impact—that is, until Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) entered the market, providing “ideas worth spreading.” Now, TED is venturing into education with TED-Ed.

TED, a global set of conferences owned by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation, usually gives speakers 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Malcolm Gladwell are just a few notable speakers who have presented at TED.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED launched TED-Ed on March 12 with the intent of making available the “mind-altering lessons that happen in classrooms every day” to everyone in the world.

In this interesting video, this one part of the Inventions that Shaped History series, the origins of globalization—a key concept every student should understand (especially for future job markets)—are explained through containerization.

How Containerization Shaped the Modern World


Source: eSchool News and TED-Ed Channel (YouTube).


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50 Web 2.0 Sites for Schools by David Kapuler



Photo: David Kapuler
David Kapuler writes, "Recently I've been experimenting with a number of curation sites that are beneficial for creating and sharing lists. While exploring these tools, I've been "fine tuning" my Web 2.0 list for schools. I created a list of 25 Web 2.0 sites for education over a year ago -- but a lot has changed since then. More sites have been developed and more tools are available to students and educators than ever before. This list is in alphabetical order."

Photo: Tech & Learning 

50 Web 2.0 Sites for Schools

1 19 Pencils - 19Pencils is the easiest way for teachers to discover, share and manage web-based educational content with students. A teacher can create quizzes, websites, track students, and more.
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About David Kapuler
He is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at dkapuler@gmail.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.

Source: Tech & Learning


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Perak to offer free e-learning modules by EDMUND NGO

Perak is the first state in the country to provide topical e-learning modules in additional mathematics and physics for SPM students for free.

http://www.ezlearn2u.my/

Funded by the state government's welfare arm, Yayasan Perak, the sponsorship would allow 61,000 students in the state to access a total of 453 instruction and tutorial videos by The Star Education columnist Sunny Yee at www.EzLearn2U.my and gooroo.my.

Sunny Yee Sample Video 



”It is the first time such videos have been produced to teach additional mathematics and physics." said  Dr Zambry.
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Source: Malaysia Star


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Friday, March 23, 2012

Online learning puts revenue first by Mark Jones, Professor

Photo: Mark Jones  
"I recently submitted two questions for Provost Alan Harrison for the March 27 meeting of Senate. One is: why do we already have a financial exploration, or “business case,” for expanding online learning, and not a word on the subject in our new Academic Plan? The other is: why won’t you let us see it?" summarizes Mark Jones at the Queen’s department of English.

I know the business case exists because our 2011-12 Budget Report boasts about it: “As part of its planning exercises (in the face of the need to balance the budget), Queen’s has been exploring various revenue-generating ideas,” including, the report says, “the feasibility of offering Queen’s degrees and certificates through distance on-line learning.”

The business case for online learning is also mentioned in a February 2011 memo from Continuing and Distance Studies (CDS) to Queen’s departments. The memo states, “The Business Case will include an examination of what programs we can offer online, whether there is a market, what it will cost, and whether it will be profitable in terms of additional tuition revenue.”
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Source: Queen's Journal


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Azimuth Launches Online Soft Skills Courses for Students, Job Seekers & Young Executives

Azimuth a specialist of online professional education and training, today announced the launch of its online eLearning soft skills courses aimed at college graduates, job seekers and young corporate executives.



Azimuth online courses seek to develop concrete job skills such as communication, presentation, leadership, time management, team and job interview techniques to significantly improve candidates’ prospects during recruitment.

Better job interview skills would significantly improve candidates’ prospects during recruitment.

The soft skills courses have been designed by an experienced team of corporate HR specialists and educationists to improve the soft skills of learners and bring them on par with corporate standards. They contain simulated corporate scenarios that provide realistic working situations to help candidates clearly visualize and prepare for actual situations. The course is rich in user-friendly features such as engaging content, clear voice over, pleasing graphics, interactive course material and self paced assessments.

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ABOUT AZIMUTH
Azimuth is a specialist of online professional education and training based in Pondicherry and Chennai, India. It was created in 2000 and has many clients in countries such has US, Canada, France and India. Its eLearning expertise includes content creation, instructional design, graphic animation, and learning management systems.

Azimuth Academy is the professional training arm of Azimuth and sells its content through its website and distributors who resell the course under their own brands.

Azimuth’s strategy includes acquisition of content, collaboration and partnering with other eLearning companies. Its content development expertise comprises medical sciences, healthcare, engineering, English, life and soft skills and basic computer courses.

Web site address:
www.azisoft.com www.azimuthacademy.com


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Growing opportunities that stem from mobile learning

Carina Paine Schofield, research fellow and Trudi West, research assistant at Ashridge Business School writes, "Our mobile phones have become an integral part of our existence. Where would we be without one? But they've become far more than a tool to talk or text and are now an adjunct for our work, our research and as a useful aid when it comes to L&D programmes."

Advances in mobile technologies and high levels of mobile phone penetration are changing the way that learning can be adopted and accessed in education. It has evolved into more than e-learning with a phone. Mobile learning offers easier access to learning materials so students can be more productive with their time. It can empower executive education providers to serve up learning in multiple formats - audio, visual or text - to suit individual learning styles.

Going mobile in executive education (PDF)

That indeed was apparent in the research we conducted recently on behalf of UNICON (International University Consortium for Executive Education), entitled 'Going mobile in executive education,' which explored the impact of mobile technologies on the executive education learning landscape around the world. In particular, how portable technologies - smartphones, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), tablets and personal media players - can support and extend the reach of teaching and learning.

The report looks at practice beyond the business education market and highlights examples of learning providers embracing mobile learning within business schools, universities and the private sector around the globe. The examples are outlined in case studies that demonstrate innovative applications and new approaches to learning and include Harvard Business School, Seton Hill University, Abilene Christian University in the USA; Ashridge Business School, The Open University, EPIC in the UK; IMD in Switzerland and University of Cape Town in South Africa. Whilst there are some examples from business schools included, the report concludes that executive education providers are yet to exploit the benefits of using mobile devices to support learning, despite them being tools that most senior executives bring with them to the classroom.
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Source: HRmagazine.co.uk


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The 10 Most Common Teacher Complaints Against iBooks

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

Photo: Online Universities

The recently announced update to Apple’s iBooks app has been lauded as an incredible change for education, reinventing the textbook as we know it, and allowing teachers to become content creators like never before. The upgraded app has its fair share of fans, but there are many teachers who just aren’t buying the hype. Common complaints include the cost of investment, closed software, and even the idea that students are in need of a bigger change than just multimedia books. Read on, and we’ll expand on some of the biggest problems teachers are finding with the new iBooks app.

1 The idea that public schools can afford iPads is laughable:
To iBooks, many teachers are saying, in much kinder words, "Are you freaking serious? We have to make kids buy their own hand sanitizer. How are we supposed to find room in the budget for iPads?" But seriously, even though the books seem to be a steal at $14.99 or less, the hardware is the killer here. Plenty of schools are laying off teachers because they can’t pay them, so it’s laughable to think they might be able to find million dollar budgets with which they can purchase textbooks. According to CNET, a small school of just 700 students would need a grant of $350,000 just to buy iPads, and in order to fill those iPads with all the necessary books, it would be more like half a million dollars.

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Source: Online Universities 


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10 of the Highest-Paid Professors in the U.S.

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


Like CEOs of sputtering companies receiving enormous salaries, the men and women steering the Titanic that is higher education in America could use a little pay scrutiny. After all, with many colleges cutting department budgets across the board, the only thing left to cut might just be (gasp!) faculty salaries. To get the ball rolling, we’ve lined up 10 of the most highly compensated professors in America who could give up a few hundred grand a year and still be able to mold young minds just fine.

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YouTube Gets a Facelift for School by Angelita Williams

Today I have Angelita Williams guest blogging. Please be sure to check out her unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me.

The popular video-sharing site YouTube is well known for its cutesy kitten videos, how-to tutorials, and serves as an outlet for aspiring singers and performers to showcase their talent—Justin Beiber ring a bell? It's a site that can entertain and "distract" users for hours. No wonder so many school districts have decided to ban the site from their facilities entirely.

But restricting the use of YouTube also has its drawbacks—some teachers can't use the free videos that would make teaching lessons oh-so-much easier. Even classics like School House Rock videos (which are often hard to find on DVD due to their age) cannot be easily used because YouTube is inaccessible on school grounds. This also means that it's hard for teachers to share resources found on the site to other teachers in the building. Some teachers go to great lengths in order to share some of these videos—generally requiring students to watch them at home or must buy hard copies of the videos out of their own pocket. But thanks to a few alterations, teachers and students may just be able to use YouTube on school grounds again.

Google, YouTube's parent site, is currently in the works of perfecting a newer version that is exclusively used for educational purposes. It will take obscene and brain killing "distracting" content and will leave in all of the good, free educational channels like the famous Ted Talks, Khan Academy, and other instructional webinars and tutorials that can be used by both students and teachers.

Officially called YouTube for School, the student-friendly site was launched in late December but just recently started earning more recognition and is being adopted by more schools. Not only does this YouTube version only offer educational videos, but it also grants administrators the rights to get rid of any other videos facilitators find unfit as well as the permission to remove "comments" that can get really vulgar and explicit, even on an educational channel. As a bonus the links offered on YouTube for School only links to other educational videos and directs users to YouTubeEDU—an educational library dedicated to primary and secondary education. YouTube for School is an excellent way to allow students to roam the site freely while simultaneously helping teachers come up with better class lessons.

Do you think this is the humbling beginnings of what's to come? Do you think other popular sites should reformat themselves to enrich the growing minds of students?

Related link
Take a closer look at Online Courses blog 

This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses.
She welcomes your comments at her email.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Students teach computer skills to older generation


"Thirty senior citizens squeezed around a long table designed for about 20, the crush made tighter by canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. As late arrivals wriggled between others in search of a seat, snippets of conversation floated from the chatty crowd." summarizes eSchool News.

Photo: eSchool News

Before the one-on-one tutoring sessions begin,
students are put through what program creator Jean Coppola calls "sensitivity training."

“I don’t have a computer. I don’t have any of that Google stuff,” one exasperated woman said. “Facebook? What’s that?” another asked loudly, to no one in particular. “It’s a program. It’s a computer program,” a man responded knowingly, displaying a confidence rarely seen in the 75-and-over age group when talk turns to laptops, PCs, iPads, smart phones and all that comes with them.

That’s why these seniors had gathered at the Hallmark, their assisted-living facility in Lower Manhattan. They wanted to begin the task of catching up with a technical world whose rapid-fire evolution has left much of America’s oldest generation isolated from its children, grandchildren, and tech-savvy friends.

“It’s so hard to do. But at least I’ve stopped crying,” said Roz Carlin, 92, speaking for many as she described breaking down in tears when she first tried using a computer. Like most of the students, Carlin initially resisted the technology until her daughter forced the issue by giving her an iPad.

Now, after mastering eMail, she was back to learn more.

Their teachers were students from New York’s Pace University, who earn credits participating in a program to bridge the gap created by the computer age.

“Let’s face it—20 percent of the population is going to be over 65 by 2050,” said Jean Coppola, a gerontologist and information technology professor at Pace who started the program after officials in Westchester County, north of New York City, asked the university to conduct a computer seminar for senior citizens in 2005.
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Program teaches computer skills to older generation

Source: eSchool News


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

As schools mix online instruction and face-to-face learning, educators are identifying promising hybrid approaches by Katie Ash

Educators are identifying promising models for mixing online learning and face-to-face instruction that emphasize a more personalized approach to education.

Katie Ash writes, "As blended learning models, which mix face-to-face and online instruction, become more common in schools, classroom educators and administrators alike are navigating the changing role of teachers—and how schools can best support them in that new role."

Video: Students and teachers at Mott Hall V Middle School in New York City experience a blended learning environment, which combines online learning and face-to-face instruction.

"This is a whole new world for education," says Royce Conner, the acting head of school for the 178-student San Francisco Flex Academy, a public charter school.

In the grades 9-12 school, students spend about half the day working on "the floor"—a large open room of study carrels where students hunker down with their laptops to work with online curricula provided by K12 Inc.—and the other half of the day in pullout groups with teachers. Which students are in pullout groups, when the groups meet, and how often they meet depend on the progress each student is making in his or her online classes, says Conner.

Focus on Graduation

Last summer, the Prince Georges district ran a pilot blended learning program called On Track to Graduation for 200 students from five high schools.
"Students came in to take one credit," says Camella Doty, an instructional technology specialist for the Prince George's County district. "[Students] stayed for four hours per day, working with a mentor or a teacher."

Each lab provided mentors to help students with the online curriculum, provided through the Seattle-based Apex Learning, as well as teachers who divided the students into small groups for extra instruction. In the end, 89 percent of the students passed their courses.
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Source: Education Week


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Monday, March 19, 2012

Recorded Books Partners with Atomic Training

Recorded Books, the world's largest independent producer of audiobooks, has announced that it will begin distribution of Atomic Training for Libraries, a comprehensive online database of how-to training tutorials covering popular Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and Google software programs.


Libraries will be able to choose from over 45,000 on-demand video training tutorials arranged on over 550 courses, 24/7 from a library's internal computers and anywhere the library patron has internet access. Atomic Training's Library Package includes training on popular software from Microsoft, Adobe and Apple on applications including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, iPad/iPod, Social Media, Google, Photoshop and more. The Atomic Training Library Package also provides access to four workshops including Facebook for Students Workshop, Google Custom Search Workshop, Podcasting & Vodcasting Workshops, and Searching the Web Workshops.
Atomic Training for Libraries is in development now and Recorded Books anticipates that it will launch this new service to public libraries in the 2nd quarter of 2012.
For more information regarding Recorded Books' Atomic Training for Libraries service, please contact on the web at www.recordedbooks.com.
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About Atomic Training

Atomic Training provides on-demand software training and support tutorials to help businesses and organizations fulfill staff technology training and development goals. Atomic Training was established in December 2010 as a division of its parent company, Atomic Learning. Atomic Learning has been providing high impact e-Learning solutions for more than ten years to 16 million users in 45 countries. For more information, visit www.atomictraining.com.

About Recorded Books

Recorded Books, LLC, a Haights Cross Communications company, produces and distributes unabridged audiobooks and other audio products to public and university libraries and schools on CD, Playaway digital players and via a downloadable service. Over 10,000 titles are available for adults, children, and young adults in English and Spanish languages narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Packaging is designed for high circulation. One-year warranty, cataloging, processing, and free MARC records are available. Recorded Books also distributes several education and entertainment database services, educational lectures, and independent films on DVD. For more information, visit www.recordedbooks.com.
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About Haights Cross Communications

Founded in 1997 and based in New York, NY, Haights Cross Communications is a premier educational and library publisher dedicated to creating the finest books, audio products, periodicals, software and online services, serving the following markets: K-12 supplemental education, public and school libraries, and consumers. Haights Cross companies include: Triumph Learning, Buckle Down Publishing and Options Publishing, and Recorded Books. For more information, visit www.haightscross.com.
Triumph Learning is HCC's test-preparation and intervention business and is comprised of its Coach, Buckle Down, and Options brands. Recorded Books is a leading publisher of unabridged audiobooks and other audio media for libraries, schools, and consumers, with operations in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Source: Citybizlist 


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Sunday, March 18, 2012

High school teacher creates new educational app

eNotebook™ App for the iPad -
the digital notebook for the 21st century
A Maryland high school math teacher has launched an educational app for the iPad that allows students to add their own notes and markups to teachers’ Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files without the need to convert those files to another format.

Kevin Giffhorn had the idea for the eNotebook app, which he says is the first app of its kind, roughly a year ago—around the time he saw iPads starting to make their way into education.

eNotebook™ - Reader/Writer Modes


Struck by the possibilities of an app that would allow for quick and easy access to a variety of files, as well as note taking, Giffhorn founded WeLearn Educational Software and commissioned the Silicon Valley company IndiaNIC to develop his idea into a working app.

“It’s just really neat working with them and seeing something that I wrote down on paper and had in my head … become a workable, usable app,” Giffhorn said. “It’s kind of amazing still that no one’s done it yet, but it’s nice to be first.”

After three months of beta testing by K-12 and college students, the app went live in Apple’s App Store last month for $4.99.
For more information about the eNotebook app, visit www.enotebookapp.com
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Related links
Educational apps for early learners see huge jump
10 educational apps recommended by Explore Knowledge Academy
An encyclopedia on your iPad
10 of the best apps for education

Source: eClassroom News and WeLearnSoftware's channel (YouTube).


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Friday, March 16, 2012

What robots can teach us about learning



Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "Can robots help educators better instruct and engage students? Yes, according to a new study that asked children for their drawings and stories about robots inside and outside of school. Check out our story for the fascinating results."

It’s common knowledge that many kids love the idea of robots, but does asking them to describe their dream robots lead to useful insight into how kids learn? According to a new study, the way kids view robotics can help schools design better 21st-century lessons and create more productive classrooms.

Download the full report (PDF)

The study, titled “Robots @School,” was conducted by international research consultancy Latitude, and it asked children across the world to write and illustrate a short story answering this question: “What if robots were a part of your everyday life—at school and beyond?”

The goal, said Latitude reps, was to provide educators, entrepreneurs, technologists, and interactive content creators with insights about the close relationship between learning and play for today’s children, to “identify common frustrations in the learning process, and to suggest possible solutions—both high- and low-tech.”

While it includes some young students’ very cute robot drawings, the study also reveals a potential shift in kids’ “social and learning psychologies.”
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http://latd.com/2012/01/16/robots-at-school-findings/

Source: eSchool News


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Students should explore online learning style by Matthew Davis

"Many college students seek online classes because they need a more flexible academic schedule. I have done a great amount of schooling online and, although there are tremendous difficulties that go along with it, I have to say it is pretty rewarding." summarizes Matthew Davis.


Students who cannot afford to go to school and simultaneously work a full-time job often seek classes that will fit around their busy lives. My first year of college I worked 40 hours a week in a factory, headed home to do my schoolwork, then went to sleep and repeated this process for two semesters.

I would not recommend taking an entire load of online classes because they are a lot of work, but having the option to take a class here and there without having to worry about traveling to and from the school is always beneficial. Most people, when they find out I took online classes, always ask if I really learned anything or if it is just another way schools can take money from students.

I always tell them that you get what you put into it just as if you sat in class every day. If you do not pay attention to the teacher in front of you, then you cannot expect to get the full experience of an in-class setting.
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Source: TCU 360


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