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Sunday, September 30, 2012

How Much Does It Cost to Run an Online School? by Patrick O'Donnell and Molly Bloom

Robert Mengerink didn’t know how much an online school really costs to operate — until he started one.

Photo: StateImpact Ohio

When he learned this summer that the agency he heads, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, could offer a basic online program for less than half of what the state pays online schools per student, he was taken aback.

The county this fall started letting school districts enroll students in an online program that offers a computer, an online curriculum and teachers connected to the students online.

The cost? About $2,980 per student for a full course load all year. Meanwhile, Ohio pays all online charter schools about $5,700 per student, the same amount it gives a standard charter school with a building and classrooms. That rises to an average of $6,337 per student statewide after extra special education funding is added.

"You can do a quality program for less than $6,000," said Mengerink. "That’s key. I was a little surprised that we could do it as inexpensively as this and still have a quality program."
 
TRECA Digital Academy, another publicly operated provider of online K-12 education, says it can do it for about $3,600 per student.
That potential savings highlights questions that critics of online schools have been asking for years: What really happens to that taxpayer-provided money? Is most of it going to educate students? Or are schools pocketing a large profit while cutting corners for students?
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Source: StateImpact Ohio 


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Master Adobe Captivate with Packt's new book

Packt Publishing is pleased to announce Mastering Adobe Captivate 6, a comprehensive guide to creating SCORM-compliant demonstrations, simulations and quizzes with Adobe Captivate.

http://www.packtpub.com/mastering-adobe-captivate-6/book

Written by Damien Bruyndonckx, this book will help readers unleash the true power of Captivate by using widgets variables and advanced actions.

Adobe Captivate software helps to rapidly author a wide range of interactive eLearning and HTML5-based mLearning content. It enables easy creation of product demos in HD, application simulations, and soft skills and compliance training.
 
Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 is a comprehensive guide to creating SCORM-compliant demonstrations, simulations and quizzes with Adobe Captivate. The sample projects demonstrate each and every feature of Adobe Captivate giving readers the expertise needed towards creating and deploying their own professional quality e-learning courses.

Some of the things readers will be taught in Mastering Adobe Captivate 6 include:
  • Capture animated screenshots
  • Use the panning feature and the automatic recording modes of Captivate
  • Convert existing Power Point presentation to Captivate
  • Add interactivity to your demonstrations and simulations
  • Use the templates and the master slides to implement consistent formatting and rapid development
Use Captivate with other applications including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Adobe Flash, Microsoft Power Point and Microsoft Word

Teachers keen on producing high-quality elearning content, in need of a fun and interactive way to produce an FAQ or support site, will find this book to be an essential and interesting read. The book is out now and available from Packt. For more information, please visit: http://www.packtpub.com/mastering-adobe-captivate-6/book

Source: Melodika.net


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With 'Dragon Collection,' Konami Hopes To Learn What U.S. Mobile Gamers Want by Jason Evangelho



Photo: Jason Evangelho
Jason Evangelho writes, "Later this fall, Konami’s Dracolle Studio will bring a localized version of their Japanese hit Dragon Collection for Apples iOS to the United States."
 
Photo: Forbes

The collectible card battling game was a resounding success for both Konami (NYSE: KNM) and mobile social platform GREE, snagging 6.5 million players in Japan. But in a conversation full of transparency, producer Kenichi Kataoka revealed to me that Dragon Collection‘s American release is more about testing the waters.

My chat with Mr. Kataoka began as standard interview fare, but turned refreshing with this rare brush of honesty.

When asked what kind of reception the studio was hoping for in the states, however, I was met with this response:
"Although we are trying to achieve a similar or larger fanbase than we achieved in Japan… We’d also like to learn — because we are new in the U.S. market — what people are thinking and playing, and what kind of devices they are using. By learning the difference between U.S. and Japanese markets, then [we] will be able to develop another game tailored to U.S. market."

The moral of this short story? It’s nice to see mobile game developers eager to learn what separate demographics want, rather than pushing content out and simply expecting it to resonate.
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Source: Forbes


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New Book: Who Owns the Learning?

Take a closer look at Alan November’s New Book below.

 

Alan November's latest book, Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age, shows teachers how technology allows students to take ownership of their learning.
Alan November’s thought-provoking books provide inspiration and practical tips supported by stories of best practices.

Who Owns the Learning?:

Learn how to harness students' natural curiosity to develop them into self-directed learners. Discover how technology allows students to take ownership of their learning, create and share learning tools, and participate in work that is meaningful to them and others. Real-life examples illustrate how every student can become a teacher and a global publisher. The embedded QR codes link to supporting websites.
 
Benefits
  • Read real-life examples that illustrate how technology is revolutionizing instruction and learning.
  • Develop techniques that will enable your students to own and direct their learning.
  • Discover hidden opportunities to create your own Digital Learning Farm communities.
Published on: 2012-05-21
Buy this book

His best-selling book, Empowering Students With Technology, is an overview of various tools and strategies across the curriculum.


Web Literacy for Educators is a practical guidebook that helps teachers and students effectively find, sort, and evaluate information on the Web.

Related link
Alan November did the keynote at the ICTEV Conference 2012 in Australia and recently spoke with the Ed Tech Crew. They spoke about Mathtrain.TV!

About Alan November

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy Alan’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Video er vejen til lærdom af Henrik Føhns

Foto: Henrik Føhns
Henrik Føhns skriver, "Videokurser hitter på nettet. Lige fra kurser der erstatter den gammeldags brugsanvisning til matematik i gymnasiet og avancerede universitetskurser i at programmere robotbiler sammen med Googles topingeniører."

Det hele startede med, at Sal Khan skulle hjælpe sin kusine med matematik lektierne. Det eneste problem var, at han sad i Boston i det nordlige USA, og hun sad langt sydpå i New Orleans. Derfor lagde han sin matematikhjælp ud på YouTube.

Det var der også andre, der opdagede og i takt med at Sal Khan lavede flere videoer med matematikhjælp, så fik han også flere og flere seere. Det endte med, at han kvittede sit job i en hedgefond, flyttede til Californien og stiftede Khan Academy, som en non-profit organisation.

Areal og omkreds


Bill Gates fik lektiehjælp
En af brugerne på Khan Academy var Bill Gates – stifter af Microsoft og USA’s rigeste mand. Han brugte Khan Academy sammen med sin datter og blev så fascineret, at han investerede i Sal Khans virksomhed. Det gjorde Google også, og i dag er der 30 ansatte i Khan Academy, der holder til i nogle ret nedslidte kontorlokaler lige overfor togstationen i Mountain View – en velfriseret, søvnig Silicon Valley by, der også huser Googles hovedkvarter.


Sal Khan er ikke selv på kontoret denne varme junidag, så vi får historien af Shantanu Sinha, der har kendt Sal Khan siden de var skolekammerater. Han forlod for to år siden konsulentfirmaet McKenzie for at blive driftsdirektør i Khan Academy, hvis mål er at bygge en ny form for uddannelse for alle mennesker i hele verden. Og med op mod seks millioner månedlige brugere og en halv milliard løste opgaver – må man sige, at de er godt på vej.
"Den nuværende model for, hvordan vi laver undervisning har for meget samlebåndstankegang i sig," mener Shantanu Sinah.

"Læreren holder enetale for en stor gruppe elever, klokken ringer, og de bliver sendt videre til en ny enetale. For 100 år siden var metoden god nok, men nu har internettet har ændret alt. For en meget lav udgift kan man kommunikere med milliarder af mennesker. Computeren har uendelig tålmodighed til at arbejde med den enkelte elev, der for fuld fokus. I modsætning til læreren – så eksisterer den enkelte elevs sidemand nemlig ikke for computeren."
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Relateret links
Hør udsendelse
ReStudy – det danske svar på Khan Academy
Kahn Mathematics nu på næsten dansk

Kilde: Harddisken (DR) og KhanAcademy Dansk (YouTube)


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OER Workshop at IMU (22-23 Nov)

Zaid Ali Alsagoff invite you to attend this 2 day hands-on workshop below.

Photo: Zaid Ali Alsagoff
Zaid summarizes, "This 2 day hands-on workshop will equip participants with the necessary skills to find, reuse, remix and create Open Educational Resources (OER) for their courses. During the first day, we will explore and discuss together the concept of OER, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Creative Commons (CC), business models, and variety of OpenCourseWare (OCW) case studies and content development tools. During the 2nd day, participants will be required to work in groups (hands-on) to create a course topic/module (of choice) by reusing and remixing OER from a variety of resources. In the final session, we will discuss how to move forward with OER at our institutions."


After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the benefits and challenges of OER.
  • Explore Creative Commons as an alternative to Copyright.
  • Find OER and OCW using a variety of search tools.
  • Identify a variety of web 2.0 and Social Media tools to develop OER.
  • Reuse/Remix/Create OER using a Blog, Wiki or LMS.
Related links
Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop
OER Workshop at IMU (22-23 Nov)

Enjoy your workshop with your coffee breaks and networking!

Source: ZaidLearn


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Edutopia Offers Guide for Mobile Devices in the Classroom

If you’re a teacher curious about this growing trend, this is a must-download.

Photo: Brent Hannify
Brent Hannify writes. "Edutopia and Google Apps for Education have produced a new 10-page PDF guide to mobile learning in the classroom. Teachers can download the guide to learn more about how the use of tablets, e-readers and smartphones are changing the classroom environment and engaging students on multiple levels."

Guide to mobile learning in the classroom (PDF)

The guide is a useful tool for teachers skeptical about embracing the technology or administrators curious about the benefits it can bring to the classroom. There are a number of resources and quick links to the writing of educators and authors who have performed research about BYOD and other forms of digital learning, and recommendations for the best apps to use.
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Source: Technapex


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Upcoming Webinars with the Brandon Hall Group analysts

Join Brandon Hall for their upcoming events, where you can interact with the Brandon Hall Group analysts and their guests discussing the latest trends and insights on improving performance in today’s modern organizations.
 

Oct 2
A Virtual Necessity - Top Trends in Virtual Learning a special webinar with Brandon Hall Group

Join VP of Research Stacey Harris and Senior Analyst David Wentworth of Brandon Hall Group for this Saba sponsored webcast as they take a look at the newest trends in virtual learning and what they mean for the overall learning strategy.
Oct 10
Distance Learning for High-Stakes Applications: Beyond eLearning to Online Learning Institutes

Join us for the final session in this complimentary series of online events aimed at providing organizations with a look at how recent advancements in online learning solutions enable critical training programs to move from the physical classroom to the virtual classroom, while engaging employees and maintaining learning outcomes.

Keep Your Distance Learning Program Running: Avoiding Derailers
Oct 18
Are You Managing Today’s Workforces with Yesterday’s Technology?: Building a Business Case for Upgrading Your HR Technology

Join Stacey Harris as she shares recent research and insights on key practices for small and mid-market businesses moving from manual to automated employee record keeping and talent management support.
Oct 23
Extended Learning Audiences: Understanding the Changing Landscape for Learning

Join David Wentworth, Brandon Hall Group, and John Leh, Meridian as they share exciting new research on meeting the needs of extended audiences.
Oct 24
Join Brandon Hall Group’s Stacey Harris and Redicka Subrammanian, Interakt as they discuss a distinctive training approach called Engaged Learning and how to use storytelling and creative interaction to optimize the learning experience.
Oct 25
Join David Wentworth, Brandon Hall Group and Kathy Cooper, Cisco Systems, as they explore and delve into the differences between simple learning activities and true learner interaction. The session will look at how to effectively use interactions and activities in an engaging and relevant way.
Nov 13
David Wentworth, Brandon Hall, and Laurie Burruss, Lynda.com, explain the key tenets of innovation, and discuss the role and benefits of questioning, experimentation, observation, associating seemingly unrelated concepts, and sharing.
Nov 15
Join Stacey Harris, Brandon Hall Group, and Vinay Nilakantan, Meridian, as they hold an in-depth conversation on the topic of Learning Analytics.


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How to Set Screen Rules That Stick by by Caroline Knorr

It can be hard to know when to ask your kid to shut down a computer or flip off the TV. Here are some age-by-age tips for setting screen rules that stick.


Photo: Caroline Knorr

Caroline Knorr reports, "In many homes, getting kids to turn off their cell phones, shut down the video games, or log off of Facebook can incite a revolt. And if your kids say they need to be online for schoolwork, you may not know when the research stops and idle activity begins."

It may seem counterintuitive, but getting involved with your kids' media is the first step to cutting the cord. Showing an interest, knowing what they're doing -- even playing along with them -- makes it easier to know how much is too much.


Photo: Common Sense Media
Every family will have different amounts of time that they think is "enough." What's important is giving it some thought, creating age-appropriate limits (with built-in flexibility for special circumstances), making media choices you're comfortable with, and modeling responsible screen limits for your kids.
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Source: Common Sense Media


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Friday, September 28, 2012

WebStudy Releases Mobile Application

WebStudy (www.webstudy.com), a technology service and learning management system (LMS) provider, today launched a mobile application that is written in the Apple iOS and Android native languages—making it more interactive than most mobile apps and optimized for WebStudy Learning customers using smartphone devices.

Photo: http://www.collegemobile.com/education/

"We did the mobile app the right way," says Curt Corbi, WebStudy Chief Technology Officer. "Since the application is not 'browser based,' it goes beyond informational to interactive, allowing students to participate in class forums and read/send email while heading to class on the train or waiting for the bus."

WebStudy Mobile is available on Apple iOS and Android smartphones and features:
  • Events Summary: Daily summary that highlights new coursework, exams and forums
  • WebStudy Mail: Mailbox to compose, reply, forward and delete mail
  • Timeline: Structured course timeline to navigate to forums, download course materials, or view upcoming assignments and exams
  • Forums: Course forums for discussions and assignments
WebStudy partnered with CollegeMobile, a leader in custom native mobile app development, to release its mobile technology. The application can be downloaded by students and instructors free of charge at the Apple iTunes store or the Android Play store.

About WebStudy

WebStudy, Inc. is a technology service provider committed to maximizing student engagement and retention in higher education. The company's flagship learning management system (LMS) product, WebStudy Learning, has its roots in a student-professor collaboration and an educational consortium.

Because of its academic origins, WebStudy Learning mimics the way teachers teach and students learn. The WebStudy Learning LMS seamlessly integrates technology both in and out of the classroom to empower faculty, engage students and enrich learning.

About CollegeMobile


CollegeMobile is a leading developer of powerful smartphone and tablet apps for Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. CollegeMobile's highly customizable solutions merge client needs and technology in ways that inform, communicate, and provide efficiency and value to the end-user.

CollegeMobile has published over 40 apps on all of the popular App Stores, including: Carleton University, University of Saskatchewan, Credit Union Central of Canada, itracks, SaskParty, and Affinity Credit Union. To learn more about CollegeMobile custome native mobile application development, visit www.collegemobile.com.

Source: Technology Digital


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Economy of Higher Education

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

Why Elite Universities are Being Forced to Move Forward.

Despite the inflationary costs of higher education, a record number of Americans currently hold Bachelor’s degrees. However, in the midst of the recession, degrees that once opened doors are only opening windows. College graduates are working unpaid internships or accepting low-wage and low-skill jobs, hoping for a better opportunity. To the recent college grad, underemployment is more than a source of dissatisfaction; it is a source of financial hardship.  And there is no comfort in the knowledge that fellow graduates share $1 trillion in student loan debt.

But colleges haven’t been unscathed by the recession. Public universities have taken heavy financial hits as state funding has dropped; and with a consumer base that is looking for cost-effective alternatives, many traditional universities are squirming in discomfort as online competitors garner increasing support and legitimacy.

The time is ripe for revolution in higher education, not because of any advances in technology or society; but because its consumer base is developing new needs for a rapidly changing professional world. In many ways, it is the consumer base – not elite universities – that will determine the outcome of this revolution.  Those who fail to see e-learning and MOOCs as part of an enormous change risk falling behind the curve; and institutions are shedding reservations and myopic viewpoints to help steer the masses.
New Purpose + New Method = New Path

Many colleges have expressed fears that MOOCs and other online learning tools threaten to minimize the college experience; and to an extent, this threat is legitimate. Not only are MOOCs and online universities offering competitive alternatives to degree courses; they are threatening the bread and butter of university profits.
Atmosphere and reputation are two intangible factors that entice students and allow universities to increase tuition. To remain competitive, universities scale tuition to compare to other, similarly ranked universities, which in turn makes the rising rates of tuition largely inflationary. However, students who want to fulfill requirements for most professional positions have no choice but to pay these prices.
New Purpose: Obtain Meaningful Knowledge

The economy is breeding students who seek knowledge and skills that can link them directly to the professional world; but the economy is also merging vocation and education by spurring technological advances that in turn produce a need for engineers and programmers. MOOC providers like Sebastian Thrun’s Udacity are poised to offer an alternative to the traditional degree-seeking student through high-quality STEM courses that deliver immediately applicable skills and knowledge that fit the demands of a job market.
According to Thrun, Udacity has already partnered with more than 20 companies that accept Udacity’s certificates of mastery, and some companies are already hiring graduates of Udacity courses. Thrun has further plans of working with companies to design classes in response to workforce needs with a larger vision of connecting talented students with employers.
Not all MOOC sites are so singularly vocationally minded. MOOCs like Coursera offer a wider variety of classes, allowing students who are interested in business and humanities courses to gain high-quality information as well.  Though it’s not vocationally linked, these courses coincide with an emphasis on gaining knowledge instead of gaining a degree. 
New Method: Crowd-Sourced Teaching

Some critics say MOOCs are poor replicas of the classroom experience that merely substitute video lectures and online homework and tests into a dusty teaching formula. Those who are leading the MOOC revolution, however, are fascinated by communities that develop in response to these massive classes.
Erik Rabkin, who is currently teaching an MOOC course to 39,000 students, described the crowd-sourced educational community as somehow like family. In a first-person narrative, Rabkin explains that the forums of MOOCs serve as the hub of educational dialogue and conversation. Each question receives helpful feedback within an average of 22 minutes – all of which is student-created. Rabkin was able to use the forums to clarify or supplement specific areas of information by creating additional content based on the community’s needs.
The responsive and organic structure of the crowd-sourced community is a defining and revolutionizing element of an MOOC. The next step for universities and other invested parties is to create environments that are even more engaging and individually adaptable while also promoting global accessibility and high educational standards.
 
New Path: To Be Determined

If there is one thing that all educational circles can agree on, it’s that the future of the MOOC is uncertain. While some universities remain skeptical and intimidated, many elite universities are launching experimental ventures and investing millions of dollars into structuring their own massive open online courses. The path is developing, but as of right now, the methods are largely experimental.
While critics may point out that partnerships between elite universities are not foolproof recipes for success –citing instances such as online education ventures Fathom and AllLearn – MOOCs have a potential global consumer base of millions. With millions of people across the world looking for an alternative to traditional degree paths, universities have the opportunity to restructure their institutional models, not only to satisfy utopian educational ideals, but also to satisfy a consumer demand.
This guest post is courtesy of Nancy Wood, a prolific blogger and staunch supporter of global education initiatives. She frequently contributes to www.onlinecollegeclasses.com, and in her free time, she revels in her own geekdom by taking free online classes.
Nancy loves talking about education, and she welcomes your feedback and questions!

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Online education in Europe on the rise

"European institutions have experienced a rapid growth in their advancements of online learning tools." reports Virtual College

Catching up with schools and universities in the US, developments are underway to improve e-learning in Europe and raise awareness of its benefits through a new web portal.

Europe's Erasmus For All programme - introduced by the European Commission - has made funding available to create more opportunities for distance learners on the continent, StudyPortals reports.

These figures indicate a relation between students’ economic perspectives at home and their intent(ambition) to study – and ultimately work – in better performing economies. The correlation can be observed almost perfectly when comparing the latest youth unemployment rate with the number of students looking for an international study.
http://www.studyportals.eu/about/press/233/press-release-study-abroad-embraced-by-eu-students-to-flee-recession.html


Online education in Europe is now moving away from its previous associations with commercial companies and will become more accessible to higher education institutes and schools.

Over the last ten years, US educational institutions have invested massively in online and distance education, expecting to overtake traditional classroom teaching across the nation by 2015.

Currently, educators at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have provided students with a range of online courses for free and have extended their reach to up to 100,000 people across the globe.

Piet Henderikx, secretary general of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), said online learning "has become an important answer to the current educational challenges and will significantly impact our educational landscape".

Short online courses and distance degree programmes are currently provided by around 500 European institutions and have received continued success, with student enrolment increasing last year by between 15 and 20 per cent.

The promise of enrolment further grew by 40 per cent, implying that online educational methods could become a serious alternative to classroom teaching.

According to Sam S Adkins, chief officer at marketing research company Ambient Insight, academic institutions will outspend corporate buyers in e-learning development by 2016, with "major digitisation efforts going on" in a number of European school systems.

The new EU-funded portal will be launched on September 27th at an EADTU conference in Cyprus, designed to clarify the growing study options and support online learners worldwide as they study at home.

Source: Virtual College


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Online game lets students slash, tax their way to balanced budget

Here's what's new on eSchool News.

Site of the Week

Photo:
Dennis Pierce
Dennis Pierce writes,"Our Site of the Week is a new budget simulation game from the nonpartisan Wilson Center that invites players to find ways to trim the nation's debt--while teaching how the government spends money."

University of Maryland (UM) College Park students last week finagled with federal spending and deficit reduction so that, at the very worst, they could delay economic Armageddon in the United States.
 


Budget Hero: Election Edition
 
UM students, most of them majoring in public policy, experimented with ways to get the country’s fiscal house in working order Sept. 19 during the launch of “Budget Hero: Election Edition,” a web-based game that invites players to find ways to trim the nation’s debt by raising taxes, doing away with certain tax deductions, raising the age of Social Security recipients, and reining in the defense budget, among dozens of options.

Even allowing the country to fall off the proverbial fiscal cliff—a combination of economic policies dreaded by both major parties—would keep the government running until well into 2027, according to the game.

But simply delaying the economic Armageddon isn’t the point, said Diane Tucker, leader of the serious games initiative at the nonpartisan Wilson Center, which created the game and introduced the election-year edition in College Park and on Capitol Hill last week.

The game aims to better inform students and the general public of the federal government’s financial obligations reaching into the next few decades—projections based on information from the Congressional Budget Office, the referee of partisan bickering surrounding economic policy in Washington, D.C.
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Source: eSchool News and
Public Insight Network 


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Aileen - True Books or Online Books?

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

In recent years, printed hardbound and soft cover books have been taking a back seat to online books, thanks to the growing popularity of e-readers. The Daily Mail recently reported that this year online retailer Amazon has been selling 114 online books for every 100 printed books.

But will real books ever really go extinct and put brick and mortar book shops out of business? Or do they still have some advantages over their electronic counterparts?

Everyone has their own opinion on what is better and why, so here we’ll take a quick look at the pros and cons of each one and let you make up your own mind.

Advantages of online books:

Take up less space

If you’re going on a long trip and want to take a few different reading materials along, and e-reader is easier, as it allows you to stock up on a wide variety of different reading materials to keep busy.

Can be taken everywhere

You probably don’t think of taking your favorite novel with you on the train to work or permanently have a book in your bag for moments when you have to wait longer than expected. You can keep your e-reader in your bag at all times so it’s always there, full of new reading material whenever you want.

Are cheaper
It’s easy to find affordable e-books from anywhere between $1 to $6, while most quality books will cost you $25 or more.

Font size can be increased
If you have difficulty with small letters, rather than looking for larger letter books, you can simply increase the font size to meet your needs.

Easier to find certain information within a book

You don’t have to flip through pages or scan an index list to find a certain phrase or bit of information, instead, you just search for a keyword or phrase and get it within seconds.
 
Disadvantages of online books:
Could be accidentally deleted or destroyed

If someone accidentally deletes your e-book you’ll have to purchase it again, or if your e-reader or other electronic device is damaged, you could lose your whole collection unless you make backups.

Can only be read on an e-reader or other electronic device

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from technology and sit back with a book and a glass of wine. With e-books this is simply not possible as you’ll need an electronic device to view them.

E-books make it more difficult to remember what you’ve read

Studies have shown that it is more difficult to recall what you’ve just read when using an electronic device. This can be frustrating for casual novel readers who constantly have to go back and reread things, but even more so for students trying to cram for an exam.

Advantages of printed books

Don’t require batteries

With a real book, you’ll never have that sinking feeling as you realize that you forgot to charge your e-reader before you left for the day. You just pick up your book and delve right in.

They are fun to collect and display
It’s fun to go to antique and secondhand bookstores and look for new and old books that will go nicely on your bookshelf. You can collect as many online books as you want, but you won’t be able to display them in your home.

They can be borrowed and loaned

It can be a lot of fun to swap books with friends and family, and talk about them later. This is something that you just wouldn’t do as readily with an e-book.

They are less distracting

E-readers and other electronic devices come with a whole host of other gadgets and can be rather distracting if you are trying to concentrate on your book.

Disadvantages of printed books:

More expensive

Despite all the benefits of real books, one of the main downsides for many readers is that they are more costly, both to make (paper, printing, etc) and to buy.

Are large and heavy
If you are moving houses, taking your big collection of books with you can be rather cumbersome, and when going to a foreign country for a few months, either to study or work, you won’t be able to take your collection with you.

Can’t be read in the dark

You can read your e-book in a dimly lit or completely dark environment, such as outdoors at night or on a dimly lit train, but to read a real book you need plenty of light if you don’t want to risk straining your eyes.

Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges one of Australia’s leading providers of Distance education courses and trainings. When not working, Aileen blogs about education and career.
She is often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.

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Download genius: Einstein's brain is now an iPad app

Carla K Johnson reports, "The brain that revolutionised physics now can be downloaded as an app for $9.99. But it won't help you win at Angry Birds. While Albert Einstein's genius isn't included, an exclusive iPad application launched on Tuesday promises to make detailed images of his brain more accessible to scientists than ever before. Teachers, students and anyone who's curious also can get a look."

Photo: Hindustan Times

A medical museum under development in Chicago obtained funding to scan and digitize nearly 350 fragile and priceless slides made from slices of Einstein's brain after his death in 1955. The application will allow researchers and novices to peer into the eccentric Nobel winner's brain as if they were looking through a microscope.

"I can't wait to find out what they'll discover," said Steve Landers, a consultant for the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago who designed the app. "I'd like to think Einstein would have been excited."

After Einstein died, a pathologist named Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy, removing the great man's brain in hopes that future researchers could discover the secrets behind his genius.

Annese has preserved and digitized another famous brain, that of Henry Molaison, who died in 2008 after living for decades with profound amnesia. Known as "H.M." in scientific studies, Molaison participated during his life in research that revealed new insights on learning and memory.

A searchable website with images of more than 2,400 slides of Molaison's entire brain will be available to the public in December, Annese said.
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About the Harvey Collection
 
Dr. Thomas Harvey was the pathologist who performed the autopsy on Albert Einstein at Princeton Hospital on April 18, 1955.

Dr. Harvey removed the brain for study, segmented the brain into approximately 170 parts, roughly grouped by the various lobes and brainstem, and then sectioned those parts into hundreds of microscope sections. These sections were mounted on microscope slides and stained to highlight both cellular structure and nerve conductive tissue. Harvey’s estate donated the collection to the National Museum of Health and Medicine in 2010. In the spring of 2012, the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago (NMHMChicago) obtained private funding support to begin digitizing this collection.

This app makes available to the public the portion of the collection that has been digitized to-date. Subsequent releases of this app will add additional materials as their digitization can be completed.

Source: Hindustan Times and The National Museum of Health and Medicine


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