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Saturday, June 30, 2012

What are these tablets good for? by Cosima Marriner

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Cosima Marriner writes, "Parents are pressuring schools into buying iPads for the classroom, despite a lack of evidence about their educational benefit, no guidelines for teaching with them, and confusion about the best apps to use."

Schools across the state are purchasing ''significant'' numbers of iPads without any real idea of their true value in the classroom, a NSW Department of Education study has found. The department is now playing catch-up, conducting research trials in public schools to better understand the educational benefits of the devices.

Use of Tablet Technology in the Classroom  (PDF)

''This is uncharted territory and we've gone in like a bull at a gate,'' said Dr. Kristy Goodwin, lecturer, Institute of Early Childhood, Macquarie University, who is evaluating the trials for the department.
Three Sydney primary schools involving 90 children and five teachers participated in the first trial last year. Teachers found the iPads enhanced learning, as students were more engaged, more motivated, better able to collaborate and could personalise their learning.

However, serious concerns emerged about the quality of educational apps available. Three-quarters of the top 100-selling educational apps on iTunes are ''drill and skill'', encouraging rote memorisation of facts, which is useful for spelling and maths.

But teachers involved in the trial found ''content creation'' apps had much greater educational benefits, because they fostered ''higher order thinking'' in students and enabled them to demonstrate what they had learnt.
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Source: Sydney Morning Herald 


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More Students Looking to Study Online

With people leading increasingly busy lifestyles, more and more people are turning to online education. Online education allows students to fit study around their busy life - not fit their busy life around studying.


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More students than ever before are choosing to get their education online. Studying online is practical and affordable. There are no boarding or meal fees and no transportation costs. Studying online also saves time. You don't lose valuable studying time walking or riding to school. You can earn virtually any degree or certificate online. You can even get your MBA online!

More students studying online
More students are studying online than ever before. Younger and younger students who grew up with their computers and iPods are finding more comfort with the online learning model. The UK's Open University serves more than 263,000 students in 23 countries. Over a quarter of the university's students are now under age 25. The university has broken records with its use of iTunes U's digital library. Students have downloaded more than 31 million lectures and materials from Open University. More than 90 percent of these students are from outside the UK. Students are comfortable accessing lectures from the convenience and comfort of their iPods.


Studying online improves performance
When online classes were first introduced, many were speculative. How could studying online replace face-to-face classroom instruction? Today, some of this speculation remains. Doubts about online education are unfounded. According to a 93 page report by SRI International for the Department of Education, students learning online actually outperform those receiving traditional classroom instruction. One possible reason is that online instruction tends to be more tailored to the individual.

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Source: Technology Digital


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The Sloan Consortium’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks Shares Research on Student and Faculty Experiences and Perceptions of Online Courses

Latest issue of JALN probes the quality of online interaction and learning.


The Sloan Consortium’s (Sloan-C’s) Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (Volume 16, Issue 4) brings together scholars and practitioners who share practical advice, specific approaches, and illuminating examples about using analytics to help improve learning in postsecondary contexts.

Contributors represent University of Toronto, Texas Tech University, University of Memphis, Purdue University, Northern Illinois University, Open University of Israel, DeSales University, University of Central Arkansas, University of North Florida, Long Island University and the University of Texas.

Highlights from JALN Volume 16 Issue 4

In “Blended Course Design: A Synthesis of Best Practices,” Patricia McGee and Abby Reis analyze common principles for the design process, pedagogical strategies, classroom and online technology use, assessment strategies, and course implementation and student readiness, highlighting disconnects and areas for closer research.

In “Multidimensional Assessment of Blended Learning: Maximizing Program Effectiveness Based on Student and Faculty Feedback,” Orly Calderon, Amy Patraka Ginsberg and Liz Ciabocchi share results of an assessment designed to gather feedback from faculty and students and administrators on multiple aspects of blended courses. The sufficiency of university resources for blended learning emerged as the strongest predictor of student satisfaction.

In “Using a Generalized Checklist to Improve Student Assignment Submission Times in an Online Course,” Terence Cavanaugh, Marcia L. Lamkin and Haihong (Helen) Hu find that students who receive checklists turned in their work two to five times earlier than those who did not. This paper discusses improvement of assignment submission timeliness related to higher course satisfaction for students and instructors.

In “No Significant Difference in Service Learning Online,” Sue Y. McGorry compares traditional and online delivery of service learning for developing awareness of civic responsibilities, leadership and management skills, and social responsibility.
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About JALN
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), published by the Sloan Consortium, is a major source of knowledge about online education. The aim of the JALN is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. It is available online and in print. For more information,

visit http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/jaln_main.

About Sloan-C
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. For more information, visit
http://www.sloanconsortium.org.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Survey: School and University Progress in Technology and E-learning Encouraging

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) released the preliminary results of the 2012 Vision K-20 Survey, its fifth annual national survey to measure U.S. educational institutions’ self-reported progress toward building a framework that embraces technology and e-learning.


The comprehensive report surveyed more than 1,600 educators and education administrators and suggests that K-20 institutions are maintaining current levels of technology growth despite difficult budget conditions.

This year the report included new questions asking educators to assess their ideal level for each of the Vision K-20 benchmarks. The findings show that of those surveyed, their ideal levels are much higher than the current implementation. Also, overall postsecondary institutions were further along in all technology goals and ratings than K-12 institutions, the survey said.

The 2012 Vision K-20 Survey was developed to provide benchmarks against which educators and administrators can measure their institutional progress in using technology to provide 21st Century tools, anytime access, differentiated learning, assessment tools and enterprise support.

The final 2012 report will be available in mid July. The 2011 final report is available online.
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2012 Survey Reflects Desire for Growth in Vision K-20 Goals

Vol. 11 No. 7, July 2012
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Source: Chier Learning Officer


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amaROCKS Group Launches M-LearnOntheGo - a Robust, Flexible, Integrated Mobile and Desktop Content Authoring Tool with 1000s of Pre-Built Bite Size Courses

M-LearnOntheGo, an integrated mobile and desktop content authoring tool which will transform Smartphone/Tablets into classroom on the go, offer on-demand content via text, audio, video, PowerPoint*, Blog, infographics, assessments and quizzes.



Photo: M-LearnOntheGo

amaROCKS Group, a leading workforce training and innovative learning solutions company, has developed M-LearnOntheGo, an advanced, state-of-the-art dynamic integrated mobile and desktop learning tool with pre-built courses and skill assessments to address today's fast paced hard-to-reach, global field and on-the-go busy workforce.

M-LearnOntheGo allows you to co-brand your own site, author multi-media mobile courses, assessments and performance support, sell courses via built in ecommerce module, engage with users via comment, share, post, rate and interact via answer or ask module in Text, Audio, Video, and infographics format.

The tool allows admin/facilitator to analyze the learners progress and activities in near real-time, manage content via built-in Content Management System (CMS), manage certificates by storing them in centralized environment, support performance by offering platform where product information, inventory lists, job aids, checklists, motivational quick tips, just-in-time guides, how-to manuals, reference material and make it accessible anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Print or E-books: Which Are Better for Early Learners? by Julie Rasicot

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With the growing popularity of electronic readers, parents and preschoolers may be tempted to curl up with one of the devices for story time.
But which is better for helping kids learn to read, print or e-books? summarizes Julie Rasicot. 

That's one of the questions that the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop set out to discover through a recently released study exploring the differences in the way that parents and young kids interact when reading print, basic e-books, or enhanced e-books together.

The so-called "Quick Study" by the independent research lab involved 32 pairs of parents and kids, ages 3 to 6, who together read a print book and either a basic e-book, which is a digital version of a print book, or an enhanced e-book, which offers interactive media that may include videos and games. Kids were then tested on their story comprehension and parents were interviewed about their reading practices.

That's one of the questions that the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop set out to discover through a recently released study exploring the differences in the way that parents and young kids interact when reading print, basic e-books, or enhanced e-books together.

Print Books vs. E-books (pdf)
The so-called "Quick Study" by the independent research lab involved 32 pairs of parents and kids, ages 3 to 6, who together read a print book and either a basic e-book, which is a digital version of a print book, or an enhanced e-book, which offers interactive media that may include videos and games. Kids were then tested on their story comprehension and parents were interviewed about their reading practices.
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Source: Education Week


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Get started with mobile learning


Attend this GoToTraining Live Webinar below.

The World in your pocket

Date: Thursday, July 5
Time: 11 AM (UK)
Duration: 45 minutes (plus Q&A)


Organisations are often held back from implementing mobile learning because they are not sure where to start, how much it will cost or whether they have the right audience for it. However, reasons like these should not keep organisations from looking into mobile learning in greater depth.




Join Learning Solutions Consultant Craig Taylor as he takes you through an interactive exercise designed to identify your learners and challenges and show you what (often free) mobile technologies already exist that can help meet your needs.

Join this interactive webinar to learn:
  • How to get started with mobile learning
  • What mobile technologies exist
  • Common challenges organisations face
  • How to gain quick wins
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myCME medical education app launched

Healthcare professionals can now access medical education on the go with the launch of an app from GP's sister website, myCME.

myCME.com/mobile

Developed in response to the increasing demand for mobile medical education, and complementing the highly successful MIMS app, the myCME app provides trusted, practical medical education at your fingertips.

The app is available on iPhone, iPad and Android, and is free of charge to all healthcare professionals who register.

Key features of the myCME app include:
  • Earn CPD credits right on your device
  • Collect and email a certificate of learning
  • Search or browse by disease or specialty
  • Stop, save and start activities at any time
  • Learning fully synchronised with the myCME.com website.
The app offers hundreds of exams covering all specialties and therapeutic areas, with educational content from GP, MIMS, MIMS Dermatology and MIMS Conferences.

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Source: GP online


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Email Excellence Posts Free Writing Tools

Salient's email samples help business professionals upgrade their writing. For managers, they meet a critical need: tools for coaching staff on a core business process.


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EmailExcellence.com has begun posting business email samples to support companies and individuals wrestling with email writing challenges. Over the next several months, it plans to continue building an entire catalog of writing tools, email examples, and what it calls "eLearning nuggets"—brief clips of interactive content, each focused on a particular writing situation or challenge.

Most surprising: It's all free. And unlike many websites posting free content, Email Excellence doesn't require visitors to register or otherwise surrender personal information.

The company behind Email Excellence is Salient, Inc., and Salient founder Roy Speed says his company's ambition is to fill a costly gap in business today: the need for email writing standards. "In many professions and small businesses," he says, "email has come to dominate critical functions, like sales and customer service. Yet no one's quite sure whether they're doing it well or doing it poorly."

Individual business people, in other words, have nothing to measure themselves against—no models that might point the way to simple improvements, no documented standards, no established best practices.

Email Excellence aims to fill this void.
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Source: PRWeb


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Learn How to Program Mobile Apps in a Month

Mobile development training experts On The GoWARE create new course to get total beginners started quickly developing apps for iPhone, iPads, and Android devices.

mobile software development certification

Careers in software development on mobile devices is and is expected to be one of the most highly demanded and highly paying occupations in the years to come, but getting started is a really giant hurdle to overcome for a complete beginner.

The problems are that the software development tools are nearly impossible to learn (or even install) through self-teaching, and most computer training classes intimidate students with information overload. Software development is certainly an enormously vast field, with its nasty seven-syllable words and countless confusing acronyms. Developers don’t often make good teachers because they have a tough time “unlearning” what they know in order to relate to a rookie’s limited understanding.

When a carpenter teaches a pupil the trade, it’s not necessary to teach about the breeds and qualities of every type of wood in the world, or the purpose and techniques of using every tool. Pupils don’t need to memorize all of the technical jargon and mumbo-jumbo specific to the industry. Instead, a master carpenter simply begins by showing the apprentice how to build a table. All of the details and background knowledge come in time from the experience of doing. Creating mobile apps is a craft just like any other.

On The GoWARE’s new FastTrack course is designed specifically for the person who has never written nor perhaps even seen a computer program. Using development tools that work with both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android devices, students learn how to make apps for both platforms at the same time using JavaScript – the most widely-used programming language in the world today. The classes are held online by a live instructor who can answer questions, and students tune in remotely from their home computers. By attending class on one Sunday each week for four weeks (and doing the homework of course) students can begin making their own apps within a month of training.

Mike Newman, CEO of On The GoWARE, commented that “learning mobile development is a lot like learning to ride a bike. The total beginner requires lots and lots of hand-holding, not to mention encouragement when they fall and get frustrated. By the time they finish our FastTrack training course they are still wobbly but they’re riding on their own and then can get better and better. We’re getting folks going in less than a month and for less than $1,000.”

Naturally the technology industry is changing all the time, and a developer can always keep improving their skills, which is why On The GoWARE offers many continuing education paths for their students, including their mobile software development certification - the coveted MDICD (Mobile Development Institute Certified Developer) credential.

Source: PRWeb


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E-books for Educators

http://blog.learningtoday.com/ebooks/
The e-books for educators brought to you by Learning Today are excellent for personal or professional development.


Web-based instructional activities have an enormous potential to enhance and entice learning. However, integrating the internet into your curriculum in a way that has a positive impact on students' learning can seem like a daunting process. This e-book, created to make this process easier, is meant to serve as a starting point for 21st century teaching and learning.It, like 21stcentury teaching and learning, will continue to evolve. Check back regularly for updates.
The Beginner's Guide to 21st Century Teaching and Learning

If you need a more in depth discussion on the who, what, why, and how of podcasting in education, check out blog 1 and blog 2 of the podcasting series.
Podcast Made Simple

Today, with advent of the real-time social web, teachers are networking globally in ways never possible. These are the top 3 types of Professional Learning Networks every educator should join.
3 Professional Learning Networks Every Educator Should Build

Source: Learning Today 


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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands of Students by Jeffrey R. Young

"What is it like to teach a free online course to tens of thousands of students? Dozens of professors are doing just that, experimenting with a format known as Massive Open Online Courses. And there are more providers than ever, some working with elite universities, and others that allow any professor to join in." writes Jeffrey R. Young.

The Chronicle asked four professors, teaching on different platforms, to share their thoughts on the experience so far. The responses are based on e-mail interviews, which have been condensed and edited for publication.








Source: The Chronicle


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eSN Tools for Schools: Collegewebeditor.com is an authority on all things marketing

Photo: Dennis Carter
Dennis Carter Assistant Editor, eSchool News writes, "Our site of the week is Collegewebeditor.com, launched and run by internet marketing expert Karine Joly. The site updates educators and IT professionals on the latest in how to attract prospective students and engage current students, alumni, and parents with the latest in web technology."

Collegewebeditor.com is an independent, popular,
and influential blog about the Web, marketing, and PR in higher education.
Photo: Karine Joly

Joly invites guest bloggers to consider the long-term marketing impact of free online courses, how to use Twitter during campus controversies, and the latest trends in Facebook usage.

http://collegewebeditor.com/blog/

Collegewebeditor in April drew IT staffers' attention with a post about Notre Dame joining an exclusive club of colleges and universities that have made a single school site that adapts according to which device it appears on, keeping the website an appropriate size with no need to scroll or zoom in and out to adjust to the differences between an iPhone screen, an iPad screen, or a MacBook screen, for example.
Source: eSchool News 


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Articles released by The CITE Journal

I hope you would like to read these three interesting articles released by CITE Journal.

Photo:CITE Journal 

Editorial: Implementing the Teacher Education Initiative
By Glen Bull, Marshall George, Melanie Shoffner, Cheryl Bolick, John Lee, Janice Anderson, David Slykhuis, Joe Garofalo, Robin Angotti, Michael McKenna, Elizabeth West, Sara Dexter, Mary Herring, Mark Hofer, and Abbie Brown.

Representatives from ten specialty professional associations affiliated with the National Technology Leadership Coalition (NTLC) are collaborating with Microsoft Corporation to develop an innovative professional development opportunity for teacher educators—the Teacher Education Initiative (TEI). The goal of the initiative is to enhance preparation of future teachers to use technology in effective ways to teach students across grades and academic disciplines. This effort builds upon initiatives such as Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) and Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PIL) program.
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Providing Professional Support to Teachers Who Are Implementing a Middle School Mathematics Digital Unit
By George J. Roy, Charles Vanover, and Vivian Fueyo,University of South Florida St. Petersburg and Phillip Vahey, SRI International

Abstract
Middle school teachers’ use of digital curricula incorporating dynamic technology has been found to support student learning of complex algebraic concepts. This article reports on pilot research involving collaboration among faculty from a public university’s college of education, educational researchers from a nonprofit research organization, and school district leadership from a large, urban school district. The purpose of this paper is to document a series of inquiry-based professional development sessions provided to middle school teachers on the implementation of a digitally based mathematics replacement unit emphasizing algebraic concepts. The professional development experiences allowed the participating teachers to implement the digital unit successfully using a variety of instructional approaches
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Integrating Educational Technology into the Secondary Science Teaching
By S. Selcen Guzey and Gillian H. Roehrig, University of Minnesota

Abstract
The integration of technology in teaching is still challenging for most teachers, even though there has been a historical growth of Internet access and available educational technology tools in schools. Teachers have not incorporated technology into their teaching for various reasons, such as lack of knowledge of technology, time, and support. In this study, three beginning science teachers who successfully achieved technology integration were followed for 3 years to investigate how their beliefs, knowledge, and identity contributed to their uses of technology in their classroom instruction. The findings demonstrate that the participating teachers were all intrinsically motivated to use technology in their teaching and this motivation allowed them to enjoy using technology in their instruction and kept them engaged in technology use. The major findings of the study are displayed in a model, which indicates that the internalization of the technology use comes from reflection and that teachers’ use of technology in classroom instruction is constructed jointly by their technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge; beliefs; identity; and the resources that are available to them. The study has implications for teachers and teacher educators for successful technology integration into science classrooms.
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Source: The CITE Journal 


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Top 10 applications and websites used with MathType


MathType 6.8 for Windows extends our Equations Everywhere and Anywhere™ initiative to over 600+ applications and websites. While many people use MathType with Microsoft Word or Apple Pages '09, we thought you'd like to see the other applications and websites people use with MathType.

Top 10 other applications and websites:

1. Mathematica
2. Gmail
3. Blackboard
4. InDesign
5. Mathcad
6.
OpenOffice
7. Posterous
8. Maple
9. PowerPoint
10. Moodle

Over 600+ applications and websites

Check out our
"works with" web application to get up-to-date information and instructions on how each of the 600+ applications and websites work with MathType.

MathType 6.8 is now available

MathType 6.8 for Windows works with Microsoft Office 2010 and is available in English, French, and German!

Source: Design Science


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Reading Rainbow’ resurfaces as an app by Sarah Edwards, CNN

"(CNN) - Butterfly in the sky I can go twice as high. . . Remember those lyrics from the once popular children’s show “Reading Rainbow”? Well, it’s back, but this time not on TV – on iPad." summarizes Sarah Edwards, CNN.


Last week, Reading Rainbow host, executive producer and actor Levar Burton, launched the Reading Rainbow app through his for-profit company RR Kidz Inc. Burton says he hopes the app will have the same impact on a new, more “digitally-native” generation as the show had on kids in the ‘80s.

Reading Rainbow App Trailer



The app, like the show, is aimed at children ages 3-9, who are just learning how to read. Like the show, Burton plays host, this time calling himself “Curator in Chief.” He, along with digital animations named Jane and Austin, guides children on a hot air balloon ride through the chosen story. Burton said, “The child will be able to navigate islands in a hot air balloon . . . a metaphor for a journey, a literal way to transport yourself from one place to another. The islands are themed and a child can go to these islands and find videos as well as books. Reading Rainbow was famous for giving you a backstage tour, giving you an experience that was based in the real world that was related to the literature and the featured book in every show and so the video field trips are a key component.”

In the not-too-distant future, many schools throughout the country may be equipped with handheld devices, and companies like Burton’s will be right there to deliver content. Content which Burton hopes will reinsert what he believes has been lost in the education process – the art of storytelling.
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We love teachers! You know educators have always been at the center of the Reading Rainbow family. As the most utilized television resource in our nation's schools, we have have strived to enhance the education process and support teachers, librarians and administrators. We are working on creating a dynamic and exciting Reading Rainbow educational community in time for Back To School 2012. If you are intersted in keeping up to date on our progress, just sign up for the newsletter.
 
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Governor John Kasich recognizes the future of learning during bill-signing ceremony in Cincinnati

The legislation, Senate Bill 316, resulted in the definition of digital and blended learning, making explicit the ability of Local Education Agencies to create or convert traditional schools, all or in part, to blended schools.

Gov. John Kasich recognized the future of learning Monday as he signed legislation in Cincinnati that welcomed digital and blended learning into the official lexicon of education in Ohio.

The legislation, Senate Bill 316, resulted in the definition of digital and blended learning, making explicit the ability of Local Education Agencies to create or convert traditional schools, all or in part, to blended schools.


Photo: Andrew Benson
KnowledgeWorks Vice President Andrew Benson attended the event held at the Fifth-Third Madisonville Operations Center. KnowledgeWorks subsidiary, Ohio Education Matters, has been an advocate of digital and blended learning, and as its executive director, Benson said the governor’s ceremonial signing of the bill represents an important step for education in Ohio, advancing an approach that helps students gain a measure of autonomy for their learning.

In legislation championed by Ohio Education Matters, the ODLTF was created in 2011 and began meeting last October to develop a strategy to expand digital learning in the state.

Over the past year, KnowledgeWorks has spearheaded several events to promote understanding of digital learning, including 2020 Learning: Digital innovation; sponsorship of national Digital Learning Day; and recently Digital Learning: The Future of Schooling? which took an in-depth look at the role digital learning should play in Ohio and the nation.


As a non-partisan entity, Ohio Education Matters acts as a catalyst of an education transformation in the state by conducting research, advocacy, engagement and policy development that inspires others to make the system changes needed today to prepare Ohio’s children for the future.


KnowledgeWorks is bringing the future of learning to America’s high schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of high school approaches includes New Tech Network high schools, EdWorks high school redesign, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Early College High Schools. Our Strive subsidiary is catalyzing a national movement focused on the success of every child from cradle to career.

Source: PRWeb


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Online learning in schools 'could learn from businesses'

Virtual College writes, "E-learning in academic settings can learn from the successes online training courses have had in the world of business."

http://uniconexed.org/2011/research/Blended_Learning_Report-Eiter-Woll-Nov-2011.pdf

This is according to chief executive officer of software consultancy Intertech Tom Salonek, who wrote in the Star Tribune that so-called blended learning, wherein "the best of traditional classroom instruction" is supported by the "ease and cost-saving" mobile and internet tools provide, could be the best way to deliver education.

Distance learning online can be bolstered through high-tech academic environments led by professional educators, providing dialogue, opportunities for students to ask questions and expert, dynamic teachers, he argued.

The specialist highlighted a recent International University Consortium for Executive Education study, which found modern-place blended learning - involving combining traditional education with virtual learning environments - is significantly improved when compared with the "click-and-learn" products of the 1990s.

It also found e-learning courses are becoming key elements in the strategies of many universities, he added.
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Online educators can learn from business

Source: Virtual College


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5 Mistakes Online Students Make

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

Online courses are convenient and a great way to further any student’s education. However because of its different format, it’s easy for students to get lost in the mix. In order to be successful there are 5 mistakes students want to avoid:

Procrastinating:
Procrastinating is no stranger to the education world. Students and teachers alike are very familiar with the evil ‘p word’. Many online students believe that since they have more control on when assignments and studying are to be completed, students tend to get behind. Once a student gets one or two assignments behind, they start to put off work because they know it’s going to be more difficult. Do not procrastinate! Set enough time each day to log on and complete what is needed.
Not buying the material suggested:
Too often enough, students ignore what the teacher suggests the student needs for the course. Many think because the course is online that the actual physical textbook is not needed. Some courses may require you to get a specific software or internet speed for your computer. The best rule of thumb to follow is: to get everything your teacher suggests. If money is an issue, consider purchasing used textbooks and software programs.
Not building a relationship with peers:
Always think of your online class as a real on campus class. Just because you can’t see your fellow peers, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out to them for help. Create groups online with the students and get to know each other. Consider setting a Facebook group for everyone to meet on when there are projects or questions.
Not building a relationship with professor:
Forming a relationship with your online instructor is just as important as the relationship with your peers. Online courses can be difficult at times and your instructor is the number one person to contact when you start to have problems or questions. You can’t always rely on your peers for answers. Send an email to your instructor, introducing yourself, when the time comes for help the professor will remember your name, making communication easier.
Not logging on enough:
Logging in every other day is never enough, especially for that much needed letter grade. Log on daily if not twice a day. Logging in often will help you stay abreast of any new assignments and news. The more you log on, the more you will know. Even if you just log on to the course to for a minute, it counts.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada.

She can be available at her email.

Many thanks to Heather.
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