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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How to Join the Digital Disruption with Progressive E-Learning Design | Technology - Techworm

Sylvia Vorhauser-Smith, Senior Vice President of Global Research at PageUp and co-author of the book 'CLIFFHANGER: HR on the Precipice in the Future of Work' writes in a Forbes article that the future of e-learning platforms will be making learning “easier to find, more engaging to digest and accessible on-demand.” So how does progressive e-learning design fit into all of this?

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It’s long past time that students only had access to the family PC for lessons. Today, 70% of e-learners use their smartphones. And, as we’ll see, progressive design adapts content to suit the device, which is crucial for those who learn on their phones or tablets.

HTML5 is the golden ticket that allows e-learning developers to create online solutions that can automatically morph content to suit varying screen sizes. The crucial part here is to not only adapt the size of content but also make it easily digestible. Shrinking content from desktop to mobile devices isn’t enough; the writing becomes all but illegible and frustrates the user...

Progressive Design vs. Apps
E-learning website platforms have the edge on apps. There is a backlash on apps, as people are frustrated with the memory that these take up on their phone. Storage that they’d much rather give to their Spotify playlists. According to comScore, 66% of Americans download on average zero apps per month. This issue makes selling e-learning apps a tough sell.

You may have heard of responsive design within e-learning, which was the new kid on the block a few years ago. Progressive design is much more fluid. Grids and images are much more flexible and need less direction on where to be positioned.

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Ten reasons teachers can struggle to use technology in the classroom | Other Sciences - Phys.Org

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.The Conversation

Somewhere in a school near you, a teacher is struggling to handle a query from a student whose laptop has a flat battery or another who's watching a funny cat video on a phone. 

Integrating technology into the classroom can have huge benefits. But it’s not always straight forward.
Perhaps the wireless internet connection is dropping in and out, or the electronic whiteboard is playing up.

While teachers are expected to integrate technology into the classroom, the reality can be very different.

Some of the issues teachers can face relate to the technology itself. Others relate to or parent expectations, or whether there's enough of the right to help teachers become proficient in digital technology.

Without addressing these concerns, we risk creating a generation of students ill-prepared for a digital future.

The pressure to become digital experts
No doubt digital technologies can enhance learning through accessing information and improving communication, as well as providing self-directed and collaborative learning opportunities. ICT skills can also help develop capable, future-ready citizens.

So over the past decade, teachers have been expected to integrate digital technologies...

In practice, many teachers struggle
Despite significant resources allocated to integrating technology in the classroom, many teachers have struggled with disruptions that devices can bring, had their work negatively impacted or have not used technologies effectively. And many pre-service teachers perceive introducing new technologies as a future teaching barrier.

Here are ten reasons teachers can struggle to use new technologies in the classroom.

Source: Phys.Org

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

A beginner’s guide to enjoying classic music. No snobs allowed | Music - Washington Post

“Hallelujah”: A primer for everyone who wants to learn about what they’ve been missing, as Washington Post reports.

Few art forms offer such a grand scale as a symphony orchestra. Here, Belgium's National Orchestra performs on stage during a rehearsal at the Henry Le Boeuf Great Hall at the center of Fine Arts .
Photo: AURORE BELOT/AFP/Getty Images

Classical music aficionados: Go away. This article is not for you. Instead, it is for everyone who sees classical music as a private club and who feels they’re standing outside the clubhouse. It’s for those who have been to one or two orchestral concerts but are still not quite sure what they’re supposed to be getting out of the experience. It’s for those who like the sound of a few classical pieces but want to move beyond Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the flower duet from “Lakme” — trust me, you’ve heard it; look it up — and take a deeper dive into the repertoire. 

But concert programs list unfamiliar names, without much guidance into how to choose between them, and when you type Mozart into Spotify you get a wall of tracks, many of them different versions of the same thing. For anyone who relates to any part of this description, here’s a field guide with a few points to keep in mind as you exercise your classical muscles and seek out which territory, in this wide-ranging field, feels most like home.
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If you love to read, you'll get lost in these 11 charming books about books | Books - HelloGiggles

"Our love for reading can’t possibly be contained to just one day. Every January 28th, we pose with our bookshelves on National Shelfie Day. In April, we observe National Library Week. And on August 9th, we celebrate National Book Lovers Day" inform Elizabeth Entenman, Books and Weekend Editor for HelloGiggles.

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A whole entire day devoted to shouting our love of books from the rooftops? That’s our kind of holiday. So today, we’re honoring National Book Lovers Day by diving into our favorite books about books.

I know, I know: For bookworms, every day is National Book Lovers Day. But today, we’re making a conscious effort to take a break, curl up in our favorite reading place with a good book, and get lost in the pages for a while.

What’s more enjoyable than reading a book? Reading a book about books. These charming titles are all about bookstores, libraries, and bibliophiles just like you. So when you observe National Book Lovers Day, do so with one of these books about books. It’s time to sit back, relax, and read.
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8 New Books You Should Read This August | Vulture

Looking for some reading? Check out this from Boris Kachka, contributing editor for New York magazine.

Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible.

Ling Ma’s Severance, Sam Anderson’s Boom Town, and more.

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.  

Literary culture can be as guilty as the rest of American society when it comes to favoring the young, both as characters and as authors — when’s the last time anybody released a list of fashionable old writers, an annual tally of (say) “Five Over 65”?

That’s our loss. Age, after all, often brings exactly the ingredients most crucial to literary success, including experience, wisdom and perspective. The proof is in a handful of books we recommend this week, among them “A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety,” by the former poet laureate Donald Hall (who died in June); “Clock Dance,” Anne Tyler’s latest novel, about a retiree who shakes up her placid existence in service of others; and “The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela,” by the legendary civil rights activist who earned his law degree at the tender age of 70, while still incarcerated, and became president of South Africa after his release. Let the young try to keep up.
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Striking photos of readers around the world | Photography - BBC

"A new book brings together Steve McCurry’s photos of readers, spanning 30 countries. From a steelworks in Serbia to a classroom in Kashmir, they reveal the power of the printed word" says Fiona Macdonald, Associate editor, Culture at BBC.

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2014 '
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“Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment,” writes Paul Theroux in the foreword to the new Phaidon book Steve McCurry: On Reading. “This wisdom is sometimes visible. It seems to me that there is always something luminous in the face of a person in the act of reading.”
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Steve McCurry: On Reading
"Young or old, rich or poor, engaged in the sacred or the secular, people everywhere read."

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Tsundoku: The art of buying books and never reading them | BBC

Do you have a habit of picking up books that you never quite get around to reading?

If this sounds like you, you might be unwittingly engaging in tsundoku - a Japanese term used to describe a person who owns a lot of unread literature.

Does this sight look familiar to you? 
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Prof Andrew Gerstle teaches pre-modern Japanese texts at the University of London.

He explained to the BBC the term might be older than you think - it can be found in print as early as 1879, meaning it was likely in use before that.

The word "doku" can be used as a verb to mean "reading". According to Prof Gerstle, the "tsun" in "tsundoku" originates in "tsumu" - a word meaning "to pile up".

So when put together, "tsundoku" has the meaning of buying reading material and piling it up. 
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Additional resources
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Where the world’s memory is stored by Cameron Laux.
A new book celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, with many of its entries in Europe. Cameron Laux looks at how they have carried knowledge through the ages, surviving 10th-Century raids – and looting by a 21st-Century crime ring.  

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How I Tricked Myself Into Reading More Books | Books - Lifehacker

I love books. I can’t leave a bookstore without at least one. But I also have a tendency to buy books and not actually read them, notes Patrick Allan, Staff Writer,

Photo: Patrick Allan.

Somewhere along the way reading fell by the wayside in favor of other forms of entertainment. To get back on track, I made some simple changes that have helped me with my reading habits thus far—no speed reading necessary.

I Made My Environment More Reading Friendly 
My first priority was to make reading easier in general. I am like electricity; I want to take the path of least resistance. If there are any obstacles in my way, I’m just going to give up and do whatever is easier to access and equally as satisfying in the moment. In my case, that usually means turning on the TV, messing with my phone, playing a video game, or eating until I fall asleep.

To fix this, I drew from a quote I once heard about software piracy. It goes something like “To combat piracy, you have to make your content easier to buy than downloading it illegally.” Basically, I realized I wasn’t buying into reading because I had made it difficult to access it. My reading light was in a bad position where I couldn’t comfortably reach the switch from my bed. I would have to get up out of bed to turn it on or off. Also, my bed was too tall and against a window sill so I couldn’t prop myself up when I didn’t feel like holding a book above my head. And worst of all, I had a giant TV in my room. Why read when I can fall asleep to Bob’s Burgers every night instead?...

I Carry My Books With Me Wherever I Go 
I’ve talked about carrying books around with you before—like when you have a reading deadline—but I hadn’t really made a habit of it myself until I read a story Neil Pasricha at Harvard Business Review shared about author Stephen King:
...Stephen King had advised people to read something like five hours a day. My friend said, “You know, that’s baloney. Who can do that?” But then, years later, he found himself in Maine on vacation. He was waiting in line outside a movie theater with his girlfriend, and who should be waiting in front of him? Stephen King! His nose was in a book the whole time in line. When they got into the theater, Stephen King was still reading as the lights dimmed. When the lights came up, he pulled his book open right away. He even read as he was leaving.
It reminded me that there are usable minutes hidden in every nook and cranny throughout the day. 

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

It's Time for a Change | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning - Faculty Focus

"About 10 years ago, the Teaching Professor Blog found a good home on Faculty Focus which provided a fitting forum for reaching a large contingent of college faculty beyond the monthly print newsletter" says Maryellen Weimer, PhD.

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But nothing stays the same and changing environments create new opportunities and call for new responses. That’s why you’ll begin noticing changes to the Teaching Professor and Faculty Focus.

New Teaching Professor website.

One of the first things you’ll see is that we’re retiring the Teaching Professor Blog name and recasting it as weekly column aptly named For Those Who Teach. It will no longer be a part of Faculty Focus, but is moving to an entirely new Teaching Professor website. The purpose and style of For Those Who Teach will be the similar to what you’ve come to expect from the blog—I’ll be offering new and interesting instructional ideas, summarizing relevant research, raising questions, making suggestions, and sometimes telling you (gently and constructively, I hope) that teaching improvement is for everyone. So yes, I will still be writing each week, and I sincerely hope you will still be making comments in response. I’ve loved the conversations we’ve had on the blog and look forward to them continuing.
I retired from Penn State in 2007, but one of the questions I often get is, why are you still working so hard?

One of the reasons I’m still working (besides hating to clean house) is that we have yet to discover the best ways to keep faculty informed on teaching and learning issues. We have lots of evidence that they don’t read books or read journal articles on it. . .yes, some do, I know, but not all that many. And yes, I know Teaching Professor readers are the exception—you do read more than most, thank you very much. But there’s still lots of reasons why we should explore different ways of presenting ideas and information on teaching and learning...

Magna needs and deserves your continued support. So, check out my column at its new home and see what the next-generation Teaching Professor looks like.
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Source: Faculty Focus

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