Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Janice Wood, Associate News Editor reports, "A new study shows that 94 percent of Israeli high school students accessed social media on their phones during class."
Researchers at the University of Haifa said that just 4 percent of students reported not using their cellphones at all during class.
ITAI BEERI, PhD
About 94 percent of the pupils admitted to accessing social media or file-sharing sites, such as Facebook and YouTube, during class, from time to time or even more frequently.
Some 95 percent take pictures or make recordings during class for non-study purposes; 94 percent send e-mails and text messages; 93 percent listen to music during class; and 91 percent actually talk on their phones during class.
The researchers found that cell phones are used more frequently in humanities classes than in math and science classes, and as the difficulty of the subject matter rises, cell phone use goes down.
Age also influences cell phone use: 10th graders use their phones in class most frequently, while 12th graders use them the least.
94% of High School Students Used Phones During Class
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"Remember when you used to hear those tales from your grandparents in your childhood? Those values and morals are still stamped on your memory aren't they! Such is the power of interactive learning. It allows kids to assimilate various important life lessons and hone their basic logical abilities. And these lessons stay with them for the rest of their lives!" explains Mathias Tonnesson, Creative Head, IMP Interactive. "Now we know we cannot recreate the whole story-telling experience you had with your grandparents, but what we have may as well be the next best thing! Watch your kid learn and grow, improving his/her reading, speaking and counting skills along the way, with IMP's Kids Learning Apps. Learning was never this much fun!"
- Great Bible Adventures, an app that imparts important moral values to kids in an interactive and engaging manner, through fascinating bible stories that make learning important life lessons easy and fun.
- Monsterfacts, that brings nature's scariest monsters thrillingly to life with stunning illustrations and clear, factual text and also promises to teach the kids a thing or two along the way.
- The World of Fairytales that offers a charming series of the much-loved classic fairy tales along with some enchanting surprises.
Free online courses on everything from Microsoft Word to making cookies are a mouse click away thanks to the Wethersfield Library.
Residents can learn the basics or polish their skills in more than 500 subjects through two services offered on the library's website.
The two services, Universal Learning and Learning Express, allow users to sign in and take courses at their own pace. Instruction typically includes written lessons that the user learns and reviews, followed by tests.
Offerings from Universal Learning range from math, science and business courses to lessons on the Civil War, cooking and spiritual growth. Students have six months to complete the course and may sign up for as many as five at once.
To take the online courses, visit the Wethersfield library website at http://www.wethersfieldlibrary.org/.
About Universal Class, Inc.
Universal Class, Inc. [also known as UniversalClass™ or UniversalClass.com™] provides online continuing education courses to schools, libraries, companies, educators, and individuals throughout the world. It aims to advance intellectual exchange in teaching, research, and service with its technology and belief that lifelong learning should be affordable to all people of all cultures. With a growing course catalog of over 500 online classes, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality continuing education.
Over 300,000 students around the world have benefited from Universal Class' unique instructional technologies. With streaming video, website avatars, insightful instructional content, helpful tutors, and a social networking experience, Universal Class offers an engaging and measurable learning experience that helps students master and document their educational goals.
Source: Hartford Courant
Friday, December 28, 2012
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Posted by Helge Scherlund at 28.12.12
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Numbers are integral to our life. In this age of fast automation, there is no escape from them. Numeracy is part of literacy. With each passing day, more and more numbers would enter our life as digitization gains pace.
Years ago, Doordarshan ran a 42-episode serial titled Chauraha aimed at promoting literacy among the rural womenfolk, slum dwellers, the dhaba workers, artisans and peasants.
A Voyage Through Numbers
A Bangalore-based organization, Brainstars has come up with ‘NumberNagar’, a uniquely designed Math Activity Centre for students from 3rd to 7th standard or 8-13 age group. The prototype—in a 15 feet by 15 feet room—is designed to take the children on an imaginative voyage where they experience mathematics.
One enters the NumberNagar through a door at the zero mile signpost. A series of magnetic cards bring to life the history of mathematicians, several among them being Indians. A wall-mounted ‘zero suitcase’ illustrates the most notable contribution of Indian mathematician i.e., zero which enabled the world to crunch numbers that ran unwieldy till then due to use of Roman numerals.
Ratios and the proportions of human body so ably explained by Leonardo da Vinci through his Vitruvian Man enclosed within a square overlapping a circle lets a student explore the wisdom embedded in the diagram made in 1490.
Next comes the piece de resistance: a city map with civic paraphernalia like the lamp posts, jogging tracks, water towers, public taps, a jumble of domes, gopurams, minarets and spires of places of worship, traffic signs, pushcarts, mobile eateries, are etched in visuals. Says Anupama, Prakash, President, communications of the Brainstars, the city map is hoped to inspire students and teachers to the possibilities of mathematics in various concepts in the city.
“The map is not intended to be drawn to scale nor a comprehensive and representative map of urban space. Instead, it distorts distance, size, symbols and scale to facilitate the viewer a deeper, analytical and reflective experience of the city”.
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NumberNagar was launchd on December 22, the 125th birth anniversary of legendary Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam as the dusk settles over 2012, the year dedicated as the National Year of Mathematics by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. Launch will take place at Freedom Park.
NumberNagar – Press Release
BrainSTARS is an organisation dedicated to fostering and nurturing the movement of Science and Maths Education in India. We act as the bridge between the formal education sector and innovative educational research. We continuously explore the demands and conditions of contemporary Science and Maths education in five environments - school, college, professional science/ math education, community science/math literacy and government policies.
Based on our studies we create educational solutions through products and programmes that significantly address and fulfill the Science and Maths education challenges in any environment.
About Number Nagar
- The visual and tactile experience of the city we live in. How does the city animate a child`s curiosity for patterns and happenings, shapes and proportions, measurements and calculations - all conceptual mathematical areas that penetrate our daily urban lives in astounding ways.
- Conceptual learning of Maths by applying it to the familiar and the everyday.
- Enabling the children to communicate their understanding of Mathematical concepts by sharing their works in groups and listening to each other for feedback and insights.
Apple’N'Apps wishes "Merry Christmas to you and yours. We hope you got just want you wanted this Christmas, and perhaps even a new iOS device. If so, congratulations, and it’s time to fire it up."
We have picked the very best apps for your new iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, or iPod touch, and provided them below. Most of the apps are universal for all iOS devices, and they’re all a great place to get started in their respective categories.
Again congrats because that’s quite a present, and we hope you stay tuned to Apple’N'Apps to get the most out of your new gift.
Get Started with These Essential Apps for Kids and Teens today.
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Our editors have combed through thousands of apps and picked their top 10 recommendations for kids ages 2-17 for the iPad, iPhone, Android phone/tablet, and Kindle Fire.
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Enjoy these apps!
Source: Common Sense Media
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Whether you're a developer looking to publish courses or a training director in need of content for your LMS, OpenSesame makes buying and selling e-Learning as easy as downloading a song from iTunes.
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Onvard.com steps out of beta and challenges anyone who would like to learn
new skills in programming, instruments, sports (basically anything) with their
user-generated “Tracks” that answer the question every beginner has: “Where do I
On January 12, 2013, during a year which has been projected to be the biggest year for e-learning, six ASU students will make history.
They’ll be launching the newest online learning solution: Onvard.com, a website designed for taking the guesswork out of trying to learn a new skill for beginners. The website hopes to make self-learning easier by answering the questions every beginning learner asks – Where do I start? How do I begin? Which resources are the best to use?
Onvard provides a starting point that no other e-learning solution currently provides, drawing from the experiences of the team members’ own problems with finding quality resources. The site’s users will finally have a step-by-step collection of resources, known as a “Track” and curated by experts, which will give learners all the resources to become an expert in almost anything.
Simply put, users will spend more time learning and less time trying to navigate the expansive world wide web.
Keith Ryu, the site’s founder and a current finance and computer information systems major at Arizona State University, started building the site with his two friends, after growing frustrated trying to learn the Ruby programming language. “There was no way for us to distinguish the good resources from the bad. Even when we knew what to look for, we were forced to pick the first resources off irrelevant criteria,” Ryu elaborated.
It certainly can be a challenge to improve in any skill, but that's a challenge that shouldn't be passed up. “Online education should be free and easily accessible to everyone,” Ryu said. “Onvard bridges that gap between beginning learners and existing educational content.”
Since its beta launch in February 2012, Onvard.com has had 250 signups and generated 30 tracks, offering the best online resources in Photoshop to basketball.
What is Onvard?
We a curating platform for educational content.
Onvard helps you learn something new when you don’t know where to start. We make self-learning easier by answering the question every beginning learner asks – “Where do I start, how do I begin, and which resources are the best to use?”
Who's Onvard for?
Let’s say you’ve set out to master web development. Or juggling. Or Photoshop. Naturally, you Google “Photoshop for beginners.” And you know what pops up? Hundreds of supposedly awesome Photoshop tutorials. Unfortunately, as a beginner, you have no way of knowing which ones are good and bad. That’s where Onvard comes in.
Onvard takes all the guesswork out of trying to learn a new skill.
Onvard provides a starting point that takes you from absolute beginner to the point where you know enough to start on your own for just exactly what you need. With Onvard, you will find which resources experts really recommend, and follow the same steps that the experts took to get to where they are today. Let us give you all the resources to become an expert in almost anything. We’ve put all the worthwhile videos, best books and quality tutorials into one Track so you can spend your time learning instead of trying to navigate the web.
Experts and Curators
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In an effort to meet virtual training demands, the American Red Cross has developed Blended Learning, a delivery method which incorporates online training with in-person skills sessions with a certified ARC instructor in first aid, CPR, and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage.
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“This will allow us to reach a new audience who normally would not take our training due to time conflicts,” said Kennedy Benjamin, ARC's service delivery manager for Health & Safety. “They can do the majority of their training anytime and anywhere with a computer and Internet access.”
After registering for a Blended Learning course, participants will need to successfully complete the online session, before attending the in-person skills session, Benjamin said. The interactive web-based program is designed to teach participants the skills required to pass the in-person skill session.
“Students can spend anywhere from 2-5 hours doing the online training, depending on which course they register for,” Benjamin said. “And it does not have to be done all at once.”
The virtual training tracks and stores students' progress in the specific course. Students are able to resume the course from where they last left of.
For more information about this program or other Health & Safety training, visit www.redcross.org.
About The American Red Cross
Source: Saipan Tribune
Mike Lesko writes, "Online learning is here to stay.
So says Maureen Haska, the instructional technology specialist for Streetsboro City Schools."
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"If we don't teach our students how to successfully use learning management systems, they will struggle when they go to college and or enter the real world," she said.A learning management system, in which students can participate in a class from anywhere they have Internet access, took a step forward this school year after the Streetsboro City Schools received an $80,000 blended learning grant last spring from ETech of Ohio, which is part of the Ohio Department of Education. Streetsboro was one of only six high schools in the state to receive the grant.
It allowed the district to acquire, among other things, 30 computers for students and 16 laptop computers for the teachers who are participating in the program along with a wall projector and a "distance learning unit," which is a "real-time video conferencing system in high definition, according to Steve Cain, the district's technology director. "It's remarkable technology," Cain said. "Instead of watching something on the Internet, it allows you to interact."
In addition, Cain said 25 percent of the grant money is required to be used on professional development "so we can make it more interesting for the students."
Kent State University Dr. Cindy Kovalik, who is working with the school district on professional development, said blended learning is "any combination of traditional classroom student-teacher interaction coupled with many or few online components."
"Blended learning can be designed so that students do some activities on their own online and some activities in the classroom," said Kovalik, a KSU assistant professor in lifespan development and educational sciences.Read more...
"For example, a teacher may structure a class so that students are in the classroom two or three times a week, and on the other days, students complete what they need to do online," Kovalik said. "If you envision a horizontal line with traditional classroom instruction on one end and a 100 percent online course at the other end, blended learning can be anywhere between those two points."
Source: Gateway News
Monday, December 24, 2012
Gina Jordan writes, "The Florida Board of Governors will enter 2013 with a priority of expanding higher education online."
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Members will meet in mid-January to talk about their options, including the creation of a public university that is online only.
“There could be no doubt that Florida is already a major contributor to the world of online learning,” Chancellor Frank Brogan said. “Now we need to organize our efforts to devise a plan that provides a maximum return on investment in the future.”
Research by the Parthenon Group found that 40% of university and college students in Florida took at least one course online in 2010-11, and students at all degree levels are enrolling in online degree programs.
A March 2011 report outlining an overview of E-Learning for the Board of Governors found those students would be armed with these 21st century skills:
- Improved technology literacy
- Effective Internet research
- Effective online communication
- Effective online collaboration
- Comfort with virtual learning and working environments
- Prepared to be life-long learners
Source: StateImpact Florida
Posted by Helge Scherlund at 24.12.12
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Posted by Helge Scherlund at 24.12.12