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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

eSchool Top News and Site of the Week

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Tapscott: Digital natives need tech-rich education
By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor

Educators should change the way they view technology’s role in everyday life in order to understand students’ educational needs, said Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight, during a Jan. 19 Consortium for School Networking webinar on the digital generation.
The nation is at a turning point, Tapscott said, and many institutions that have served us well for decades or even centuries—including education—have come to the end of their life cycle and must be “rebooted” or reinvented for a new age.


Related links
Consortium for School Networking
Grown Up Digital

Interest in hybrid courses on the rise
Several colleges and universities say they’ve seen double-digit increases in the number of students taking online courses in recent years. Increasingly, some of the online offerings are what’s known as “hybrid” courses, which mix an online experience with traditional classroom learning.
Scott Pilgram is working on his business management degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. Last semester, Pilgram took his first hybrid course.
The class, Linguistics in Society, alternated between classroom work one week and online work the next.
“It was pretty neat. I liked it,” he said.


Related links
“Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning”
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Current Site of the Week

Educational video project helps students learn from their peers

In that spirit, Mathtrain.TV is a free educational “kids teaching kids” project from sixth-grade math teacher Eric Marcos and his students at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, Calif. Lincoln students create math video lessons that are used for classroom instruction and also posted to Mathtrain.TV and other web sites, such as iTunes, YouTube, TeacherTube, and Google Video. The students use a tablet PC and screen-capturing software from TechSmith, called Camtasia Studio, to create the math tutorials.

Source: eSchool News