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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Online Education: The Path to Critical Thinking

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

Contrary to popular belief, education is about more than just learning—it's also about conducting critical thinking. Any student can memorize lists of facts and reproduce them for an exam, but this isn't the ultimate goal of schooling. The true purpose of education is to encourage students to become independent learners who are able to think critically, analyze situations and solve practical problems on their own. One of the best ways for students to develop this type of educational independence is through effective online learning

The Importance of Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a skill that students can use throughout their lives. Individuals with solid critical thinking abilities are able to solve practical problems effectively, make wise decisions and set appropriate goals for themselves. Such individuals are also more likely to be successful in school, as well as in their careers. However, few people possess the ability to think critically from birth. Instead, it's the job of the educator to make sure that students develop and practice this skill over time.

The Role of Online Education

Though education in any setting can help students develop critical thinking skills, online education is especially effective when implemented properly. Below are some advantages of online education for teaching students to learn and think independently.

  • Self-paced learning. When students participate in online learning programs, they must set their own schedules and complete required tasks at their own pace. This teaches students to analyze the amount of work they need to do, develop appropriate goals and take initiative on a daily basis in order to meet them.
  • Less dependence on instructor. Students learning online don't have an instructor constantly explaining topics or answering questions every step of the way. Instead, students must think independently and figure things out on their own. As a result, students learn to question their assumptions, identify inaccuracies and draw valid conclusions.
  • More interactive activities. When learning takes place online, educators can create a variety of interactive activities for students to complete. As students work through these activities, they hone their problem solving and critical thinking skills while simultaneously learning important subject matter.
  • Ongoing discussions. Even online classes involve social interaction. In fact, online learning is uniquely suited for collaboration because students can communicate with one another at any time and from any location with an Internet connection. Instructors can post discussion prompts, and students can ask questions, respond to one another and debate important topics.
  • Fewer distractions. Depending on where a student chooses to study, there may still be distractions in his environment. However, online learning allows students the option to learn their material and complete their assignments in areas free from auditory and visual distractions. In such environments, students are able to think more clearly and hone their analytical skills.
In today's world, critical thinking skills are essential for a successful life. Because students don't naturally possess these abilities, it's up to teachers to help students develop them as they move through school. Using online education, educators can encourage students to take control of their education, collaborate with one another and polish their analytical skills.

About the author:
Matt Herndon (@Just_Matt_) lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife and children. He recently completed his graduate work, studying communication and leadership development.

Many thanks to Matt.
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Number Sense Routines helps all students build number sense. Dozens of classroom examples illustrate step-by-step how the routines work and how they can easily be incorporated into your current practice.

http://www.stenhouse.com/emags/0790n/index.html

Students with strong number sense understand numbers, ways to represent numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems. They make reasonable estimates, compute fluently, use reasoning strategies (e.g., relate operations, such as addition and subtraction, to each other), and use visual models based on their number sense to solve problems. Students who never develop strong number sense will struggle with nearly all mathematical strands, from measurement and geometry to data and equations.

Jessica Shumway: Number Sense Routines


Teachers will gain a deeper understanding of the underlying math -- the big ideas, skills, and strategies children learn as they develop numerical literacy.
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Source: Education Week and Stenhouse Publishers Channel (YouTube)


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A sporting chance for diabetics

A MOSMAN exercise physiologist's online tool to help type 1 diabetes sufferers could be rolled out in hospitals across Australia.

Photo: Mosman Daily

Allan Bolton's "world first" e-learning tool is now being examined by researchers from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and University of Sydney.

RPA Diabetes Centre manager Marg McGill said the site could teach people with diabetes about the metabolic effects of exercise and how to better integrate exercise into their lives.

TYPE 1 DIABETES:

* An estimated 140,000 people in Australia have Type 1 diabetes, which often occurs in children.
* Unlike Type 2 diabetes, caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices such as poor diet, obesity and inactivity, Type 1 sufferers suddenly stop producing insulin for unknown reasons.
* Without insulin, the body's cells cannot turn glucose (sugar), into energy and the body burns its own fats as a substitute.
* People with type 1 diabetes need up to four insulin injections every day and must test their blood glucose levels several times daily.
* Allan Bolton has developed an e-learning tool aimed at helping people with Type 1 diabetes lead healthier, more active lives.
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Turn It 2 Learn It Releases “Tickle Stomp!” Children’s Story For the iPad

Mother and daughter team, Sue and Kirsty Lovell are excited to announce the launch of their first digital children’s book, “Tickle Stomp!” This release is the 1st of a hopeful many educational and interactive tales and games for children by Turn It 2 Learn It.

Turn It 2 Learn It, child education and entertainment company, officially launches their long awaited digital debut, Tickle Stomp!” for the iPad.

Mother and daughter team, Sue and Kirsty Lovell are excited to announce the launch of their first digital children’s book, “Tickle Stomp!” This release is the 1st of a hopeful many educational and interactive tales and games for children by Turn It 2 Learn It. The iPad application will offer an educational alternative to the many games available on mobile devices for children. “Our goal is to bring strength back to the education system while supporting the value and morals of young individuals as they grow.”
Turn It 2 Learn It will take children though an interactive story book, with or without narration, adapting to the child’s reading abilities as they progress. “Turn It 2 Learn It hopes to inspire and ignite the joy of learning that Kirsty and I experienced in her childhood” says cofounder and mother, Sue Lovell.

Also to be released alongside Turn It 2 Learn It’s “Tickle Stomp!” is the Miss Moo Turner. The Turner is a finger puppet in the exact likeness of main story character, Miss Moo. What makes this finger puppet so unique is its ability to be used with the digital book to literally turn the page. Made with a conductive fabric, the Miss Moo Turner can be worn by child or parent to even further capture the attention and imagination of the young reader. Having the Miss Moo character as a tangible / wearable item and toy keeps reading fresh in the minds of children, creating a connection between the puppet, reading and learning. The rest of the Turner Crew characters are on deck to be released as well, says the Turn It 2 Learn It team.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools

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Dennis Pierce, Editor.
"In this week's news, we've announced the results of our 2012-13 Readers' Choice Awards, which recognize fifty of the best ed-tech products and services that have had the biggest impact in our readers' schools." summarizes Dennis Pierce, Editor.

Photo: eSchool News
Here are the results of our 2012-13 Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the educational technology products and services that have had the greatest impact in our readers’ schools.

This past spring, we asked readers to give us their top picks for school hardware, software, websites, and services. Nearly 1,300 readers responded via one of our three websites: eSchoolNews.com, eCampusNews.com, and eClassroomNews.com.

In nominating their favorite ed-tech products, we asked readers to tell us how they’re using these products to improve teaching, learning, or school administration—and to what effect. We then chose the 50 best responses, which appear alphabetically by product name and grouped into two categories: K-12 and higher education.

The result is a list of educational technology products and services that have proven to be effective, as noted by our readers—your colleagues—in schools and colleges nationwide.

We hope you’ll find this information useful as you consider how technology can help transform education in your own schools. And watch for our call for nominations for the 2013-14 Readers’ Choice Awards in print and online early next year.
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Source: eSchool News


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Discover Detailed Strategies for Promoting A Growth Mindset for Students


CAROL DWECK on Changing Mindsets, Motivating Students

Live Rebroadcast: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 2 p.m. ET


Renowned psychologist Carol Dweck discusses how teachers can use new discoveries in cognitive development to improve student motivation and engagement. Hear about the most common mistakes teachers make in trying to motivate students and discover detailed strategies for promoting a "growth mindset" rather than "fixed mindset" in the classroom.

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Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., author of Mindset: The New Science of Success, is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. She has held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities and has lectured and worked with schools and other organizations all over the world. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently won the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association—the highest honor in psychology.

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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy by Catherine Gewertz

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Catherine Gewertz
Catherine Gewertz writes, "For years, bands of educators have been trying to free history instruction from the mire of memorization and propel it instead with the kinds of inquiry that drive historians themselves. Now, the common-core standards may offer more impetus for districts and schools to adopt that brand of instruction."

Photo: Education Week

A study of one such approach suggests that it can yield a triple academic benefit: It can deepen students’ content knowledge, help them think like historians, and also build their reading comprehension.

The Reading Like a Historian program, a set of 75 free secondary school lessons in U.S. history, is getting a new wave of attention as teachers adapt to the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts. Those guidelines, adopted by all but four states, demand that teachers of all subjects help students learn to master challenging nonfiction and build strong arguments based on evidence.

Searching for ways to teach those literacy skills across the curriculum, while building students’ content knowledge and thinking skills, some educators have turned to that program. Designed under the tutelage of history educator Sam Wineburg, it has been downloaded from the website of the research project he directs, the Stanford History Education Group, more than 330,000 times in the past 2½ years.

“It completely changed the way I teach history, and my students are getting so much more out of it,” said Terri Camajani, who teaches U.S. history and government at Washington High School in San Francisco. “They get really into it. And their reading level just jumps; you can see it in their writing,” she said.
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Source: Education Week


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The Amazing Mathematical Object Factory

The Amazing Mathematical Object Factory allows you to review many combinatorial objects by producing lists of mathematical objects.

http://www.theory.cs.uvic.ca/~cos/amof/
  
Combinatorial objects are everywhere. How many ways are there to make change for $1 using unlimited numbers of coins of all denominations?

Each way is a combinatorial object. AMOF is part encyclopedia and part calculator, a teaching tool that generates mathematical permutations for such combinatorial objects as subsets and combinations, partitions, magic squares, and Fibonacci sequences by allowing the user to define the parameters of discrete objects.

The Object Factory returns a list of all objects that satisfy those parameters. The site can be used to learn more about many types of discrete mathematical structures; descriptions of objects progress in complexity for students at different levels. For more advanced materials, see the Combinatorial Object Server (COS).

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This searchable and annotated library gives you quick and easy access to thousands of the best math and math education-related resources on the web.
Internet Math Library

Source: The Math Forum


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24 hours left to register: Preparing for the Future of eLearning

Attend This Free Webinar "5 Key Virtual Learning Trends".

Date: Tuesday, July 31
Time: 11 AM (UK)
Duration: 45 mins (plus Q&A)


New technologies like social media, virtual classrooms and mobile learning ask us to create blended learning that takes advantage of all the future has to offer. But which of these are fads and which are here for the long run?

David Smith, managing director (EMEA) of InSync Training, will discuss key trends anticipated by T&D leaders and provide strategic advice on how, when and why they are important.

Join this live interactive webinar to learn how to:

  • Identify trends and their impact on the design, delivery and consumption of training.
  • Be seen as a thought leader in your organisation.
  • Manage objections concerning the adoption of new techniques.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

New eBook: 62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning

The eLearning Guild announces the release of a free eBook, 62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning.
Contributing Editor, Karen Forni. Published 7/25/2012.

Read 62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning…

These 62 tips come from the 12 presenters of the upcoming August 2012 eLearning Guild Online Forum, “Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning.” The tipsters have a diverse mix of backgrounds and share expertise on topics including illustrating with still images versus animations, on-screen navigation, and design considerations for virtual keyboards.

62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning presents useful ideas and inspiration in three categories:
  • Highlighting Learning. Follow these 18 tips to make sure your audiences get everything possible out of their learning experiences.
  • Aesthetic Considerations. Marrying your art and instructional ideas is key. Learn from the experts with these 21 ideas.
  • Tricks and Tools. Sometimes you just need a little practical know-how to get the job done, and these 23 tips are sure to add a boost to your personal design toolkit.
If you want to learn more about the art and science of using visual design, download 62 Tips on Graphic Design, UI/UX Design, and Visualization for eLearning for free today to build your knowledge and enhance the quality of your eLearning initiatives.

Source: The eLearning Guild


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Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile by Fritz Nelson,Vice President, Editorial Director InformationWeek Business Technology Network

Photo: Fritz Nelson
Fritz Nelson writes, "I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well."

Armed with your mobile phone you are now a mobile sensor, careening along your footpath, reading your email, consuming your information, enriching your journey with timely recommendations as you dodge passersby. Tap. Swipe. Pinch. Zoom. Learn of the world.

And the world quietly learns about you, at least as organized by Google.

Don't be frightened. Soon you won't be wondering what else you can do with your phone, you'll be amazed by what it does for you.

At least that's the promise of GoogleNow.

Google Now is more of a mobile experience than an application, more of a search service than a search action. It could well redefine mobile search.

Certainly its name betrays its ambition.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. For starters, Google Now is still learning. It gets some things right, and some things oddly wrong. In that sense, it's more like Google Soon than Google Now.

Google Knowledge Graph

I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Google Now is part of Jelly Bean, the newest version of Google's mobile
Android operating system.

Introducing the Knowledge Graph



It’s powered by Google's Knowledge Graph, unveiled a few months ago. As Google puts it, the Knowledge Graph creates connections between objects (entities) based on observed relationships and patterns--observed, that is, through Google Search.

(Fast Company offers up some insight into Google Knowledge Graph, while Mashable has some excellent insights into how Knowledge Graph could change the future of search.)
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Source: InformationWeek and The Google Channel (YouTube)


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Spending for E-learning Soars

Mobile Learning, E-Learning Development and Social Learning Networks Lead Adoption.

Photo: Elearning! Magazine

U.S. corporations appear to be spending loads more for enterprise-wide e-learning initiatives and implementation this year. Total expenditures per company extrapolate to $3.50 million versus $1.46 million in 2011 — an increase of 240 percent.

This anomaly presents itself even though average learning budgets in the corporate sector remain relatively flat at $4.75 million versus $4.90 million in 2011. The message is clear that organizations are being asked to do more with the same dollars, and learning executives in the corporate sector are rising to that challenge.

Statistics come from a June, 2012, Web-based survey conducted by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines. More than 600 organizations responded, including 145 from the public sector — all of which have an active or planned e-learning initiative.

Conversely, the public sector records a 19 percent drop in total learning expenditures over 2011 levels (but an increase of more than 233 percent from 2010).

In the public sector, organizations reported annual e-learning investments of $7 million, down 19 percent from 2011 but still up 233 percent from 2010 investment levels. The average organization size grew to 33,990 from last year’s 30,421, which means that less is planned to be spent on individual learners: approximately $205 per learner in 2012, down from $274 per learner in 2011.

The net result is that public sector organizations had to shift their programs to
concentrate more on internal initiatives, in lieu of the extended enterprise. Of course, in the public sector, a lot of change can enter the system quickly, based on new administration directives and congressional mandates, all of which will intensify as we turn into 2013.

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Source: Elearning! Magazine


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peter Leeds Announces Free "Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks" E-Book

Penny stock professional Peter Leeds is pleased to announce the free availability of his e-book, "Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks."

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Peter Leeds, the publisher of the world famous Peter Leeds penny stock newsletter, and author of "Invest in Penny Stocks," is pleased to announce the free availability of his latest e-book, entitled "Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks." The e-book is a concise 26 page document designed to get new penny stock investors and traders up to speed quickly, and lead them to the best in low-priced shares.

"Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks" is available for free at Peter Leeds' newsletter's website. (PDF)

According to Leeds, "Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks" is focused on quickly helping penny stock investors to avoid the common pitfalls. Along with pointing out the main causes for concern, and methods to avoid them, the e-book also indicates several strategies for profiting from the best types of fundamentally solid penny stock.
"There are many penny stock traders in America and worldwide," mentions Leeds. "The e-book is designed to best protect them first, then to lead them to finding the best penny stocks out there. Penny stock concepts like 'The 3 Don'ts of Penny Stocks,' and 'Secrets of Penny Stocks,' quickly bring penny stock traders to the best of the best from among the universe of low-priced investments."

"Rapid Learning in Penny Stocks" is available for free at Peter Leeds' newsletter's website. The e-book can be read online, printed, downloaded, or shared, as individuals best see fit.
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Peter Leeds, The Penny Stock Professional (Facebook)

Source: PrWeb and Peter Leeds Penny Stocks Channel (YouTube)


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Distance learning online 'has many benefits for students'

"E-learning courses could have a number of benefits when compared against traditional classroom education." summarizes Virtual College.

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The Southeast Missourian reports that soon after Southeast Missouri State University began allowing students to take classes over the internet, people began to ask if they could complete a degree entirely through distance learning online.

Associate dean for online learning at the university Allen Gathman told the publication that the facility's e-learning courses have been continually in demand from students.

For example, two-thirds of all credit hours undertaken in the university are now performed over the internet, he explained.

Many different people wish to take part in online training, including those who move away during the summer and cannot get to campus to take part in traditional education.
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Source: Virtual College


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Teaching and learning in the Cloud by Latala Payne

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Latala Payne writes, "When teachers and students in Rockingham County move to a predominately digital workplace after the 1:1 Mobile Learning Initiative rolls out, they will need a tool to stay organized. Technology specialists have found a solution."

Canvas LMS (learning management system) will be used to give students and teachers a universal place to meet in the classroom and digital world. Around 60 teachers from across the district had a refresher on the program during a three-day training session earlier this summer.

Get to know Canvas from Instructure on Vimeo.


Dennis Frye, director of media and instructional technology, said they have this program in place for one simple reason.

“Any time students or teachers do digital work, they need a place that they can both go and have that work organized,” he said. “The sole purpose of that is to provide a way for teachers and students to collaborate in a very efficient manner and keep student work organized, help them meet deadlines and help them meet teacher expectations.

Photo: GoDanRiver.com

He said the program also allows for teachers to be flexible in their curriculums and to easier facilitate outside learning. It was in the schools last year as a pilot program but will be fully implemented this upcoming school year.

“There are some traditional practices that we want teachers to still have, but there are some innovative practices like project-based learning that we want our teachers to have,” he said.

“Canvas can do all of those things. It has the ability to do rubrics, other than just traditional assessment, and it can actually set up a rubric system to allow and facilitate more project-based learning approaches.”
To find out more about Canvas LMS, visit http://www.instructure.com/.
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Source: GoDanRiver.com 


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Five Calls to Make When Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy

With smartphones becoming commonplace and new mobile devices such as tablets skyrocketing in popularity, the interest in mobile learning has begun to heat up as well.

Five Calls to Make When Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy (PDF)

Many organizations see the promise of mobile learning, but actual implementations are still rare. Is now the time to take the plunge into mobile learning or should you wait for a more stable mobile landscape to emerge?
It's important for organizations to focus on some basic issues before making this decision.

Source: InfoWorld and Skillsoft
 


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FourQuants.com releases interactive iBooks for iPad on Risk, ALM, Investment and Treasury Management.

Fourquants.com today announced the release of two new interactive iBooks for the iPad. Aimed at risk, investment and treasury management professionals the titles integrate lessons, video lectures and self assessment in an easy to use, take it home with you, affordable package.

Photo: Fourquants.com

The team behind FourQuants.com manages the popular FinanceTrainingCourse.com reference site for computational finance users, designs risk and treasury apps for the enterprise, Android and iOS users. It also delivers risk and treasury training workshops for banking customers in the Middle East and Far East under the Alchemy brand.
The sprint from live training to books on iPad.
The problem is that like all other fields of professional practice finance operates in layers of specialization. Each level of expertise lays the foundation for the next level of practice. Without deciphering the code that opens the door on the ground level you can't progress to a higher level of awareness.

Hence, the need to create a series for risk and treasury professionals on the iPad covering the very basics to the exotic in the field of Computational Finance.

The team's first shot in teaching computational finance was an in-house resource. A free training site for Quants launched in 2010, today receives traffic from over 7,000 cities and 190 territories.
The second effort led to the FourQuant iPad application allowing customers to directly purchase and view more than 40 Quant training videos.
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About FinanceTrainingCourse.com and FourQuants.com 

FinanceTrainingCourse.com and FourQuants.com are risk and treasury e-learning sites created for financial institutions and retails customers by Alchemy Software (Pvt.) Ltd. The two sites attract very high quality traffic (US$ 150K+ income, graduate education, two income households) searching for risk and treasury domain training.

Alchemy Software (Pvt.) Ltd.is a digital publisher focused on risk consulting and training solutions that works closely with banks and financial institutions in the Middle East and Far East.


Photo: Fourquants.com

A mix of technology, subject matter experts and content specialists, while we come from very diverse backgrounds we all share a passion for teaching, reading, travel, exotic food, cross functional roles and being recognized as leaders in our fields.
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Source: DigitalJournal.com 


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40,000 sign up for online learning by CHRIS GARDNER

Thousands of New Zealand and UK school children are learning to write computer programs and build websites thanks to the efforts of a Waikato University student.

Photo: Stuff.co.nz
Michael Walmsley, 27, has developed the online Javascript and HTML/CSS courses to follow recently released NCEA standards which will have the discipline taught in New Zealand schools.

He has had 40,000 students sign up since he launched the website, codeavengers.com, in September.

Mr Walmsley, who completed his computer science degree at the university in 2008 and is now near the end of his PhD, developed the courses to encourage his younger siblings, who he tested them on before releasing them for general use.

In the first Javascript lesson, for example, students are shown how to write code to display a pop up box with a greeting.

He tailored them to the New Zealand syllabus because while there were resources available there was little for the New Zealand syllabus.
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Code Avengers blog

Code Avengers is a free interactive online tutorial that will teach you the basics of web develoment. If you want to learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript: Code Avengers is for you!
Learn JavaScript now

Source: Stuff.co.nz


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UC Berkeley Joins edX

UC Berkeley joins Harvard and MIT not-for-profit online learning collaborative; edX broadens free course offerings into public health, computer science and solid-state chemistry; opens registration.

Photo: EdX

EdX, the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and launched in May, announced today the addition of the University of California, Berkeley to its platform. UC Berkeley, ranked No. 1 among public universities in the United States in 2012 by US News & World Report, will collaborate with edX to expand the group of participating “X Universities” – universities offering their courses on the edX platform.   
Through edX, the “X Universities” will provide interactive education wherever there is access to the Internet and will enhance teaching and learning through research about how students learn, and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. EdX plans to add other “X Universities” from around the world to the edX platform in the coming months.

UC Berkeley will offer two courses on edX this Fall, and the university will also serve as the inaugural chair of the to-be-formed “X University” Consortium.

Robert J. Birgeneau, chancellor of UC Berkeley, announced: “We are committed to excellence in online education with the dual goals of distributing higher education more broadly and enriching the quality of campus-based education. We share the vision of MIT and Harvard leadership and believe that collaborating with the not-for-profit model of edX is the best way to do this. Fiat Lux.”
Meanwhile, edX announced two new courses each from HarvardX and MITx to be launched on edX this fall, along with MITx’s 6.002x Circuits & Electronics. All of the courses will be hosted from edX’s website, www.edx.org.
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About edX

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web.
Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new distance-learning experience. Anant Agarwal, former Director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, serves as the first president of edX. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning—both on-campus and worldwide. EdX is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is governed by MIT and Harvard.

Source: Virtual-Strategy Magazine


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Free Online e-Learning Webinar: Lectora Refresher Training - Tips & Tricks

Register to attend a free, live online webinar on July 25 to review the fundamental concepts and functionality of Lectora e-Learning software. Hosted by Lectora experts, this training session will help attendees refresh their e-Learning development skills so they can create the most successful and effective online courses with Lectora.


“This session is a great learning opportunity for Lectora users of all levels,” said Peter Bray, Chief Marketing Officer at Trivantis Corporation. “From those just starting out to experienced developers who want to freshen up their skills, a review of the essential functionality of Lectora provides developers a solid foundation for sound, effective e-Learning courses.”

Attendees of this free, live webinar tutorial, “Refresh Your Lectora Skills,” will learn the following:

   • Key concepts for Lectora development such as the “book” metaphor
   • Core functionality including capabilities, wizards and more
   • Tips for quick, efficient development
   • Tricks to engage learners with interactivity   
   • Best practices for course development with Lectora

This session is part of the Lectora Inspiration Wednesdays free online series to 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-4).

For more information about Lectora free e-Learning webinars and to register, please visit:

Source: PRWeb  


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Student to start taking tablets… to lessons by Bongekile Macupe

"Could iPads in schools end textbook dramas?
This is the debate raging in education circles as technology enters the classrooms and universities prepare to enrol the first batch of techno-savvy “Born-frees” – people born after 1994 – next year." summarizes Bongekile Macupe.   

Photo: Independent Online

And parents must prepare to fork out for their kids to benefit from the iPad revolution in class. How this cost will be added to tuition and other fees remains to be seen.
Some private schools have already jumped on the technology bandwagon and integrated iPads into their teaching.

But while some pupils and teachers look forward to this brave new world in schools, some experts say SA is not ready for the technological overhaul of the education system, and that it may take a long time before it is fully implemented.
One of them is education specialist Michael Rice, who said teachers were indispensable, adding: “If the teacher is useless, the technology will be useless.”


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