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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 educatorto 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.
Enjoy your reading! 


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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.
Enjoy your reading! 


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Get a rich collection of daily warm-up exercises for grades K-3

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.
Read more...

Source: Education Week and Stenhouse Publishers Channel (YouTube)


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Get a rich collection of daily warm-up exercises for grades K-3

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.
Read more...

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.
Read more...

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Welcome to exT1D

Source: Mosman Daily


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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.
Read more...

Related link
Welcome to exT1D

Source: Mosman Daily


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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.
Read more...

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Source: PRWeb


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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.
Read more...

Related link
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps.


Source: PRWeb


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Monday, July 30, 2012

Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools

Photo:
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.
Read more...

Source: eSchool News


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Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools

Photo:
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.
Read more...

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.

Expert presenter:


Photo:
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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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.

Expert presenter:


Photo:
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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Registration includes on-demand access for 6 months!
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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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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy by Catherine Gewertz

Photo:
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.
Read more...

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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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).

Related link
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.
  • And more…
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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.
  • And more…
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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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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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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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