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EPSON BrightLink Interactive Projectors un-tether teachers and make it seamless to move from computer, to document camera, to DVD, to simple on-board annotation and back again. That makes class time prime time for learning.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
|Working Smarter: The ROI of Online Training in 2012 (PDF)|
"Virtual events for training purposes are becoming the standard way of delivering training of all types."
This Quantum Leap Marketing brief explores this key finding and more, drawing out the 6 best practices for increasing your online training ROI.
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- The most important factor in getting prospects to a training event
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Source: Citrix Online
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To sign up for classes and/or the fall kick-off, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/olli.
Source: Vanderbilt University News
Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are internet-based classes available to the global public, have received a great amount of publicity in recent months, and with good reason.
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These online educational services have garnered millions of followers, as well as donations and venture capitalist funding in some cases. They have also begun to reshape the models of both online and in-person education through their ability to build a worldwide community of web-based learners.
Examples of MOOC providers include companies such as Coursera and Udacity, as well as online universities like the University of the People. Coursera offers free classes from campus-based institutions such as Stanford, Princeton, Penn, and Johns Hopkins.
“We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions,” it declares on its website. Udacity is an online education provider that focuses on technology and science-related courses. The organization states that its students “learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors (not by watching long, boring lectures).”
The University of the People is an institution whose aim is to be “the world’s first tuition-free university dedicated to the democratization of higher education.” These and other MOOC-providing organizations are having a profound impact on how both students and educators approach the methods and accessibility of higher education.
Smithsonian.com reports that Coursera is shifting the online course model from a standard lecture series to a more interactive experience for students. Instead of providing traditional, uninterrupted videos of professors’ lectures, Coursera has broken up these lectures into 10-minute segments, and requires its students to pass a quiz before moving on to the next section.
Internet-based classes also enable educators to gather valuable information about students’ learning styles and practices. For example, MOOC professors can now see what sections of their lecture students had to rewind most frequently, as well as quiz questions that were commonly answered incorrectly, in order to make corresponding improvements in their lectures and course materials.
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On Monday, avVenta Worldwide got on the horn to toot its own horn (and rightfully so) over the company’s success in helping launch a hugely popular mobile app with National Geographic.
AvBenta’s iOS mobile application Look & Learn: Animal Alphabet was made in collaboration with National Geographic.
“Within hours of its launch the mobile application shot up the ratings and made the iTunes App Store’s top 10 Top Paid Apps list and was selected as a featured app by Apple,” avVenta says.
The mobile application takes learning the alphabet to a new level by using digital media to help advance education of children at an early age.“I’m very proud of the product we were able to develop with National Geographic,” says avVenta’s Chief Creative Officer David Matt. “avVenta’s creative and development team executed a first class mobile application for a great partner. I couldn’t be more excited to watch the success of the app. It’s all very cool to see.”
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About avVenta Worldwide
Founded in 2005, avVenta Worldwide is a privately held, digital marketing production partner, headquartered in New York City with offices in Charleston, Los Angeles and a production "center of excellence" in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The company specializes in Digital Production, Marketing Operations and Platform Support for over 130 of the world's leading brands. Today, avVenta provides services to a host of Fortune 500 clients, including the top pharmaceutical companies, major technology leaders, and leading travel brands.
For more information, please visit www.avventa.com.
Source: Mobile Marketing Watch
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The issue: PUC’s new technology implementations have not been well-communicated
Our stance: Students need training, too
We’re all a week in now. Students should be starting to get back into the swing of things around PUC. And perhaps they are.
However, this semester brought a few new and not quite well-communicated items to the table.
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The transition from Blackboard Vista to Blackboard Learn is in progress.“Blackboard makes the mobile move” by Richard Chambers. Most students probably didn’t think much of this before classes started, and overall it is a positive move for the campus. The new Learn platform is much more modern looking and so far seems to have generally user-friendly functions, without mentioning the mobile application which has been a much-needed addition.
The problem with the whole thing is that communication has been lacking in the department of training for students on Learn. Perhaps the thought was that students may be more technologically savvy than instructors, who did receive training. Either way, some students could not even find their classes on Blackboard because of the mixture of classes using Vista or Learn. The Learn login link is buried within PUC’s website, as well.
By the way, to find it, go to mycourses.purduecal.edu.
Students are not completely innocent on this issue; there has been some information given out by professors of specific classes that are using Learn. Also, it is possible to find Learn’s tutorial videos at webs.purduecal.edu/oit/learn/support-tools. Most students were not informed of these tools, though.
Hopefully, there will be some kind of communication about this issue soon. It just seems a little late in the game.
Source: PUC Chronicle
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It happens every year. You face a lecture hall full of college freshmen and feel how cavernous the generation gap has become. To you Amazon is a river in South America; to them it’s an online shopping giant. You understand what ‘don’t touch that dial’ means; they’ve always had a remote control. You wanted to be like Mike; their NBA heroes are Kobe and LeBron.
Ever wish you could get inside their minds to really understand where they’re coming from? Here’s your chance. On Tuesday, August 28 at 1 p.m. Central, you’ll have a rare opportunity for live Q&A with the authors of the Beloit Mindset List.
Ron Nief and Tom McBride, the men who literally wrote the book on what generations of Americans think is normal, will present, “Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student.” They’ll cover:
- How technology has accelerated the widening of the generation gap
- What they’ve learned over the 15 years they’ve been creating the mindset list
- Their favorite “Mindset Moments” and how you can leverage them to keep relevant
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A new online community that launched Aug. 22 aims to help schools and districts as they move toward digital education and implement corresponding policy changes.
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Epic-ed aims to empower digital transitions at all stages of development, including school leaders who are thinking about moving to ubiquitous computing environments, those who wish to implement ed-tech pilot projects, and those who are ready for full-scale implementation.
“Epic-ed will provide K-12 educators, district leaders, and other community participants with a unique channel to get connected and develop strategies for navigating the digital transition,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “With increased peer-to-peer interaction and greater connectivity, epic-ed members will have an opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas, and ultimately implement effective plans to help ease the transition and maximize the benefits of technology-enabled learning environments.”
On the community’s website, users will see a depiction of the digital transition cycle, a framework that epic-ed uses to help stakeholders begin or evaluate their progress toward digital education.
That cycle consists of four phases:
- Vision: Helps leaders define goals, guiding principles, and reasons for the transition. This cycle features a Readiness Assessment and guiding questions that focus on identifying stakeholders and outlining goals and strategies.
- Plan: Guides stakeholders as they explore resources and helps leadership teams use data-driven decision-making. Users will find a Master Plan and Mapping Document to help them find resources and create detailed guidelines.
- Implement: Leadership teams have a chance to update their goals and progress as they move through implementation. The Implementation Plan helps leaders as they move toward deployment.
- Assess: In this phase, digital transition teams evaluate which policies, assessments, and technologies are right for their particular initiative. A Technology Integration Tool and a School Technology Needs Assessment offer guidance.
Source: eSchool News and Epic-ed
Monday, August 27, 2012
Cara Townsend writes, "Morristown, Harding schools embrace iPads for their classrooms.
All seventh-grade students in the Morris School District will be issued iPads this year as will all students in grades five through eight in the Harding School District."
When Morristown High School introduced a limited number of iPads into the classrooms of the Classics Academy last year, the tablet became a research tool and a way for students to continue discussions outside of class.
“The iPads opened the exploration into the creativity of the human mind and allowed for a novel approach to the study of classical thought in the western world,” Morris school board President Nancy Bangiola said. “Conversations in class became so rich they went on beyond the length of the school day. The iPad became a great tool to create and to discuss.”
Over the past four years, the district has rolled out “technology infusions” for different age groups of students through the district’s operating budget, school district Business Administrator Christine Kelly said.
In science class, students can watch virtual dissections and in social studies can take a world tour on Google Earth.
“There are a variety of educational apps that students can use to deepen and expand their access to the solid curriculum we already offer,” Frelinghuysen Principal Mark Manning said. “It’s a more engaging and broad-ranging way of accessing curriculum.”
Every classroom will also receive an Apple TV box. Superintendent of schools Alex Anemone says the funding came from a $100,000 grant from the Parent-Teacher Organization. Each classroom is also equipped with SMART Boards. For the past year, administrators, parents and teachers have been involved in the planning of the One-to-One iPad initiative.
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He had hoped it would open up new career options for him. But after attending a few interviews once he had completed the course, he realised to his shock that it would do no such thing.
"As soon as my interviewers heard I had done a distance learning course and not the regular postgraduate programme, they were no longer interested," he says.
Thousands of young people who are already employed, but who, for various reasons, missed out on traditional management education, take such part-time courses - often conducted long distance, using satellite - hoping to improve their career prospects.
Though IIM-A has stopped them, many other leading management schools such as IIM, Bangalore and Lucknow, XLRI, Jamshedpur, and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi, persist with these courses.
Why are employers unimpressed? It is primarily because, unlike in a regular MBA course, where the selection process is rigorous, almost anyone who wants to - and pays the fee - can enrol for part time courses.
"There is a lot of competition to get into the MBA programmes offered by reputed schools. This is not perceived to be the case with executive MBA courses," says Ruchi Bajpai, senior HR consultant with Elixir Consulting, a recruitment and search firm.
Source: Business Today
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A world-first "e-learning" project which is transforming children's lives in some of Auckland's poorest suburbs is looking for partners to expand throughout the country next year.
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Children as young as 5 in nine schools in the Tamaki-Glen Innes area are publishing their work on the internet and attracting feedback from around the world - with extraordinary effects on their motivation.
"It's so affirming," says project manager Dorothy Burt.
Two-thirds of the students are from Pasifika families where often the main language at home is not English. Another quarter are Maori.
They start school two years behind the national average but at Pt England School, the first to use the new technology, they now catch up with the average in reading and maths by Year 5.
Pat Snedden, the chairman of the Manaiakalani trust that manages the project, says it is attracting worldwide attention.
"People from Google say no one in the world is using our tools like you are," he says.
A teacher assigned Year 8 students to watch Mt Roskill Grammar student Joshua Iosefo's inspirational speech "Brown Brother" on YouTube.
Students wrote reviews of the speech, which were checked by their teacher.
They published their reviews on their online blogs. Joshua's mother, Fetaui Iosefo, came across them and posted a comment saying "how very proud I am of you all for showing great understanding of Joshua Iosefo's 'spoken word'."
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Source: New Zealand Herald
Sunday, August 26, 2012
|Download Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education, 2012 and Digital Faculty: |
Professors, Teaching and Technology, 2012.
Professors occasionally get lampooned as luddites responsible for the famously slow pace of change in higher education. But in truth the majority of professors are excited about various technology-driven trends in higher education, including the growth of e-textbooks and digital library collections, the increased use of data monitoring as a way to track student performance along with their own, and the increasingly popular idea of “flipping the classroom.”
The learning management system, or LMS, is the nexus of traditional and online education. Not all colleges hold courses online, but virtually every college has an LMS. And since the online platforms can serve as a vehicle for other digital teaching tools, the ways the LMS are being used on a particular campus -- and the ways it is not -- are a pretty good indicator of technology buy-in of an institution and its faculty.
But fewer professors are using the LMS than administrators think.
Source: Inside Higher Ed
Apple’s iPad Mini could be a hit in education, but its business appeal is more of a mixed bag by Doug Drinkwater
Doug Drinkwater writes, "A smaller iPad is bound to have success with consumers, but could well attract use in business, healthcare and education, according to market observers."
The iPad Mini rumor mill is in overdrive, and lips are salivating at the prospective rivalry between Apple, Amazon and Google in the lower end of the consumer tablet space.
If reports are to be believed, the iPad Mini will have a 7.85-inch display, 16GB of memory, run iOS 6 and will debut at $299 when announced alongside the iPhone 5 on September 12 (other reports say later next month).
Apple will most likely pitch this tablet as a consumer device, but given the enterprise success of its bigger brother, is it wrong to assume Apple won't attract business users once again? A number of industry experts think the iPad Mini might just have a chance.
Smaller iPad could be big news in education
The consensus seems to be that of all the markets, a smaller and cheaper iPad could have significant impact in education.
“It would clearly have some traction in education based on a low price and small size. It might also have some applications for field worker for whom an iPad is too large to hold”, said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at the NPD Group.
Ben Bajarin, TabTimes columnist and principal at Creative Strategies, thinks the tablet may appeal to young children, but reckons that success may be limited as schooling invariably becomes more serious.
“I could see 7-inch working in K-5 for example but once you start getting into text books I am not so sure.”
"Online learning is useful for helping students master a body of declarative (factual) knowledge — for example, to learn basic facts of geography or biology." summarizes Sternberg, Oklahoma State University.
It also helps provide an environment to simulate procedural knowledge, such as operating the instruments in the cockpit of a plane. Its usefulness ensures that online learning will continue to play an important role in supplementing face-to-face instruction.
For people at a great distance from a college campus or whose responsibilities preclude study on campus, or whose finances won't permit face-to face instruction, exclusively online learning provides a useful option. For others, a hybrid of online learning with face-to-face learning provides a better option. Online learning can't fully provide five major functions of higher education:
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And even for apps that get built, most never become actual businesses. Why not?"
That is the question that General Assembly was designed to address. Based in New York City, GA defines itself as “a campus for technology, design, and entrepreneurship, [that provides] educational programming, space, and support to facilitate collaborative practices and learning opportunities across a community inspired by the entrepreneurial experience.” GA has active campuses, as well, in London, Sydney, San Francisco and Melbourne with upcoming locations in Toronto, Berlin, Philadelphia and Boston and more to be added in the future.
How to Build a Mobile App
What GA has done is to create a truly flexible, responsive—and affordable—professional education platform that supports all aspects of tech startups. The free-form curriculum itself clues you into all of the things you need to consider to make a startup work (there are no degrees, or at least, not yet). But beyond learning what you need to know, students also learn about the startup community of their own city (each location has a course dedicated to the subject) and meet others with similar or complementary skills. Similar to a co-working space, the General Assembly campuses are like co-learning spaces.
I had heard that Alexis Ohanian was an early investor, so I interrupted his work on his upcoming book, Without Your Permission, to ask him about the uniqueness of GA:
It was clear from everything going on that they were on to something and the timing couldn’t have been better — more and more people are seeing the opportunity a tech education provides for employment (or entrepreneurship!) and there aren’t many campuses that deliver both the actionable education and vibrant community that General Assembly does.
I went to a pretty great school, UVA, but even there you have a normal distribution of people where a standard deviation or two from the mean you get the overachievers (guilty as charged) spending a ton of time researching, studying, really trying to get the most out of their four years. A bunch are just having a good time and making sure to pass in four years.
The learning opportunities are structured by commitment level, 60-90 minute classes, 2 hour–2 day hands on workshops, 8–16 week, twice weekly courses plus various events and online classes.On a campus like GA, there is a much higher concentration of people who are there not just to learn, but to make something people want (love) with others who do, too. That density of ambition and camaraderie isn’t just good for the education, but it builds a network and a community that continues to thrive long after “graduation.”
If you happen to live in any of the cities that General Assembly has campuses in, show up and take classes. The single classes are generally $30, workshops $50-200 and full courses $3,000-5,000. The flexibility, quality and relevance of instruction can’t be beat. And, even better, they have a roster of eight upcoming online classes (including the mobile app class described here) coming up in the next month FOR FREE!
Lean Startup Pitch - General Assembly - Peter Bell (Vimeo)
Source: Forbes and General Assembly (Vimeo)
Saturday, August 25, 2012
The wait is over! MyMathBook (iPad version) has
finally been released and is available in the App Store. Innolance, a leading
Mobile apps development company, has put together an innovative, fun-filled,
educational app for young children. Innolance’s MyMathBook app is designed to
create a foundation for children’s learning while also introducing new
technology into their lives.
MyMathBook is retina display optimized, which gives the app stunning visual effects to the users with retina enabled devices. The beauty of the app is that each child will be able to learn at their own pace. MyMathBook has two versions available in the Appstore. There is a lite version that can be downloaded for free as well as a full HD version available for purchase for $1.99. The full, HD version of MyMathBook offers a wide variety of learning features including: learning numbers, learning to count, tracing numbers, finding missing numbers, addition, subtraction, and many more. The lite version of MyMathBook offers limited functionality compared to the HD version. Innolance is continuing to add more features to the app and the updates will be available to all users.
Bestselling author and consumer products expert, Scott Steinberg, will be speaking on behalf of MyMathBook on the ION Network on Auguest 30th between 5:30-6:30AM. Hailed as a top voice for today’s high-tech generation by dozens of publications from USA Today to Forbes and NPR, he’s covered the field for 400+ outlets from The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly and Wired. A frequent on-air expert and analyst for all major TV networks including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CNN.
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TES iboard+ has over 1,000 resources, complete lesson plans, units of work and printables for Key Stages 1 and 2. The resources are designed for use by the teacher on their interactive whiteboard but many are also suitable for pupil use, usually responding to a task or challenge set by the teacher.
Resources are available for literacy and numeracy – packaged into units of work, and also interactive resources for Science, History, Geography and RE. The user-friendly layout ensures that either teachers or children can easily navigate through the site, searching either by activity or by work unit. You can also arrange resources into your own “activity folders”.
Photo: The Whiteboard Blog
Source: The Whiteboard Blog
"School seems to start earlier every year. One minute you're packing for a week at the beach, the next you're wondering whether your kid really needs a spiral-bound notebook for every single subject, including PE. This year, back to school will bring another big surprise: more technology -- both in and out of the classroom -- than ever before." summarizes Caroline Knorr
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Navigating this territory will be a fresh challenge to all involved. Teachers and administrators want to use tech to reach out and relate to students, without disrupting class or skimping on lessons. Parents want to make sure that kids maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks. And kids? They mostly just want to have fun -- and that often means hours spent online, texting friends, or playing games.
Added to the mix is a 24/7 pipeline that can be both a boon (homework help, research, current events) and a bust (hours-long texting marathons, Facebook drama, age-inappropriate content). Managing kids' schedules to provide enough time for schoolwork and activities with a reasonable amount of screen time is a delicate balance.
Here are some of the top concerns we've heard from parents trying to figure it all out.
Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids
Source: Common Sense Media