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Thursday, August 30, 2012

New Video: The Latest on Interactive Projectors

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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.

 
Source: Tech & Learning


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Taking Your First Online Course? Here are Some Basic Tips to Help You Succeed

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

While the world of online education has been booming for the past few years,  it’s important for us to remember that there are still people who have yet to venture into this vast world of virtual learning. I'm not saying it's not easy to get wrapped up in all of the new-fangled, technological advances available to virtual students, we just needn't forget those who are still new to the whole thing.
Each semester more and more give it a try, if for no other reason than to see what all of the fuss is about. So, for those of you preparing to embark on this path for the first time, I thought I'd offer a few tips, tricks and things to consider to make the experience a positive one.

Print Out the Syllabus
This might seem like such a simple, obvious step that it shouldn't be listed, but I think it's important enough to be first. After all, the syllabus is the foundation of any course. So, as soon as it's released, I recommend printing out a hard copy and posting it somewhere near where you plan to do most of your work. This way, you will always have it within arm's reach for quick reference should you need it. Plus, you never know when the class's system might randomly go down, so having a copy easily accessibly can really come in handy and possibly even save your grade!

Establish a Regular Schedule for Yourself
Or as regular as your current priorities will allow. Part of the beauty in online learning is the flexibility it allows. Depending on your course, you may have specific times you HAVE to be online and participating, but for the most part you are allowed to come and go as you please.

But be aware, don't take this as an opportunity to let your procrastination take over. Having the leisure to make your own schedule and deadlines makes it a bit tempting to put stuff off, but this isn't advised unless completely necessary. You want to stay on top of assignments almost more so than in an ordinary face-to-face course because you never know when technology will turn against you and delay the chance you have to turn in an assignment.
Make a List of Important Phone Numbers

Speaking of technology backfiring, you need to prepare for that happening to you at the worst possible time. The one drawback to online learning is during crucial times like test taking or project submission, you are at the mercy of your machines. So, should the unthinkable happen and you lose your connection, or data or whatever the technical emergency you'll want to instantly contact either your professor, the technical support line or both.
If you have their numbers written down somewhere nearby, you will speed up the process, especially if the issue is that your machine is unresponsive and you now can’t look up their information even if you wanted to. If you happen to know someone else in the course, you should write their number down too, just in case. Although it might be easy to forget given the method of teaching, this is still a class with other humans, so if you have a problem sometimes a phone call is the best solution.

Overall, if you are taking your first online class, just approach it like you would any new course. Sure the methods of interacting and communicating might be a bit different than more traditional courses, but the goal of learning remains the same. Just give it your all and you're guaranteed to be fine.
Karen Smith, a former newspaper reporter and globe trotter, now freelances for various publications and websites. She hopes to bring her readers the latest in business education at onlinebusinessdegree.org, as well as up-to-date, informed advice on everything from careers to parenting to health and more.
Karen welcomes your comments below!

Many thanks to Karen.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Online training: Stretch your resources 10 times further

According to a recent QLM survey, organisations pay nearly 10 times more per attendee for in-person events than for online training.
 
Working Smarter: The ROI of Online Training in 2012 (PDF)


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Source: Citrix Online


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Sign up online for Vanderbilt Osher Lifelong Learning fall classes by Ann Marie Deer Owens

Contemporary debates in criminal justice, the impact of rhythms and music among different cultures, and democracy in America are among the diverse classes offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Vanderbilt this fall.
 
Photo: Vanderbilt University
 
Other courses will focus on social media and digital technology, the Big Apple from 1870 to 1910, the Book of Psalms, German Expressionism and recent medical advances from doctor and patient perspectives.
 
Meet the faculty and learn more about the Osher classes at the fall kickoff Sept. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt’s Central Library. A cocktail reception on Library Lawn will follow the program. The cost is $20 per person.
 
For the first time, online registration is now available for Vanderbilt’s Osher Lifelong Learning courses. The non-credit classes are open to all adults 50 and older who want to pursue lifelong learning through lectures and discussions in a relaxed, supportive environment. Deadline for fall registration is Sept. 14.

To sign up for classes and/or the fall kick-off, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/olli.
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Source: Vanderbilt University News 


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Free Online Courses for All: An Effective and Sustainable Education Model? by Kaitlin Louie

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.

Photo: City Town Info Education Channel

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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avVenta Touts Top App for National Geographic

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.”

Related link
Visit iTunes to buy and download apps


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


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Blackboard Learn implementation hinders learning?

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.

Photo: Purdue University

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.
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Source: PUC Chronicle


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8/28 webinar: The Modern Student’s Mindset

Check out this Upcoming free Webinar.

Back to School: Understanding the Mindset of Today’s Modern Student


Tuesday, August 28, 2012
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Central (
convert to your time zone)

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
Whether you’re in front of a classroom of college freshmen, or work behind the scenes on the facilities and technologies they’ll use on campus, we guarantee you’ll gain new insight of the next generation of students. And maybe even get a good chuckle in the process.

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New site offers help with shift to digital education

Photo: Laura Devaney
Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "A new community featuring expert tips, discussions, and frameworks aims to help school leaders and all stakeholders successfully navigate the digital education transition."

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.

Photo: eSchool News
The U.S. Department of Education, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) partnered to create the online community of practice.

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.

Photo: Epic-ed

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.
Each section is accompanied by a video and numerous web resources to support each phase of the digital transition cycle.
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Source: eSchool News and Epic-ed


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Technology in hands of the students by Cara Townsend

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."


Photo: FreeDigitalPhotos.net 


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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Source: Dailyrecord.com


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Career tip: Is a part-time MBA worth your money and time?

Photo: Business Today
Five years ago, Neeraj Arya, now a deputy manager with a telecom company, enrolled for a short duration, distance learning management programme being conducted by arguably the most prestigious business school in the country, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

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.

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Source: Business Today


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Internet Business Entrepreneur Gives Away Business Blueprint Online

Internet business entrepreneur gives away his business blueprint online through BringitonMarketing.com. A successful Internet businessman is now offering his exclusive streaming video business training found only at the BringitonMarketing.com website.

Photo: PRWeb

Internet business is extremely strong according to Forbes economic data. While some offline industries struggle to meet profit projections, many online companies are experiencing rapid growth and high sales conversions. The marketing website, Bring it on Marketing, has released a business blueprint that is accessible online that details the success of an Internet businessman. This blueprint is the exact formula that is used each day to exceed sales of over one million dollars annually. Online business owners that are struggling to find a target group could learn how to increase profits virtually overnight using this detailed online blueprint. Those interested in earning higher online profits can click here to access the streaming video business training.

The e-commerce industry has quadrupled in size since 1999 according to business data. Many offline retail chains have either closed up permanently or have organized bankruptcy protection to help reorganize offline business strategies. Companies that have a website that is e-commerce enabled are able to reach consumers around the world that are ready to make a purchase. While billions of dollars are spent annually online, some companies could benefit from a change in strategy to shift the focus to areas that are proven to bring in more customers.

According to the Internet entrepreneur business training, there are untapped markets that are being used by a select few companies that are bringing in steady monthly income worldwide. While a person can spend thousands on business training at a seminar, learning Internet business training online is one way that some website owners are changing their income models. The training offered by Bring it on Marketing has been reviewed for accuracy and has been judged by the internal panel of experts to be worthy of presentation from the BringitonMarketing.com website.

The streaming video training series can be accessed 24 hours a day by going to this link at the Bring it on Marketing website.
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About Bring it on Marketing

Internet marketing training programs are a sample of what is offered at the Bring it on Marketing website. This team of Internet experts has inside information that few have access to about building a successful online business from the ground up. Businesses that are struggling to find a source of continuous profits often use the information that is provided by Bring it on Marketing to apply to daily business strategies online. With unbiased reviews and expert training offered, Bring it on Marketing is quickly becoming an in-demand resource online.

Source: PRWeb


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Low-decile e-learning project a world leader by Simon Collins

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.

Photo: New Zealand Herald

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.
"People from all over the country are interested in replicating this. As the school results come through, we are constantly getting feedback saying we'd be really keen to put this in our area."
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SELF-MOTIVATION

Learn
A teacher assigned Year 8 students to watch Mt Roskill Grammar student Joshua Iosefo's inspirational speech "Brown Brother" on YouTube.

Create
Students wrote reviews of the speech, which were checked by their teacher.

Share
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'."


ON THE WEB
manaiakalani.org

Source: New Zealand Herald


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Enthusiasm, Hesitation and Stress: The Faculty and Technology by Steve Kolowich

Professors are excited about many of the trappings of digital teaching and scholarship. Other effects increase professors' work loads, stress them out, and scare them, a survey by Inside Higher Ed and Babson Survey Research Group.
 
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.”
 
However, other technology trends are more likely to make professors break into a clammy sweat. These include the proliferation of scholarship outlets operating outside the traditional model for peer review, the growth of for-profit education, and the intensity of digital communications. The digital era has brought to the surface other tensions as well, particularly differences in how professors and academic technology administrators perceive how broader technological changes are affecting their campuses and how they should feel about it.
 
These are some of the findings in the second of two reports from surveys conducted by Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group. The first report, focusing on faculty views of online education, was published in June.
A PDF of the new, second report can be downloaded here; the text of the report can be viewed here.
 
The survey relied on the responses of 4,564 faculty members, composing a nationally representative sample spanning various types of institutions; and 591 administrators who are responsible for academic technology at their institutions.
 
The faculty members’ net-positive outlook on several tech-related pedagogical trends suggests that student performance feedback loops and “flipping the classroom” are durable enough to outlast their current buzz. “The increasing collection and analysis of data on teaching and learning on a course-by-course basis” garnered the most enthusiasm of any of the excitement/fear questions in the survey, with 74 percent of professors saying it is, on balance, a good thing.
 
Using the LMS

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.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed 


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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."


Photo: TabTimes

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.”
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Source: TabTimes


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Online learning in higher education is no panacea by ROBERT J. STERNBERG

"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.


Photo:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net 

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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Source: NewsOK.com 


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General Assembly: Learn To Talk Like A Mobile App Genius In Just One Hour (Or Less)

Photo: Anthony Wing Kosner
Anthony Wing Kosner, content strategist, designer and developer writes, "These days, everybody’s got an idea for an app, and every app is a potential startup business. And yet, for the 755 apps that get submitted to the Apple app store a day, there are probably thousands that never get built.
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.
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.”
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.

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!
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Related link
Lean Startup Pitch - General Assembly - Peter Bell (Vimeo)

Source: Forbes and General Assembly (Vimeo)


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

MyMathBook App (iPad version) is Now Available in the Appstore

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+ Interactive Resources for your IWB by Danny Nicholson

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"I’ve written about the Interactive Resources by TES iboard in the past, but they’ve been updated and improved since then, so I thought I should mention them again." summarizes Danny Nicholson.

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”.
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http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Comparing-Circuits-58

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Back-to-School Questions Asked and Answered by Caroline Knorr

"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.
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