Friday, June 28, 2013

UDL Guides Personalized Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the process to personalize learning using the UDL principles.

Preparing to go to College?

Find out about preparation for college, identify programs to assist in preparing for tests such as the GED, SAT, PSAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT ...


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Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning

Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning’ presents a range of research projects which aim to explore how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate. This interactive and experimental resource discusses innovations which pave the way to open collaboration at scale. The book introduces methodological and technological breakthroughs via twelve chapters to learners, instructors, and decision-makers in schools, universities, and workplaces.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Masters Teaching Programs

If you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you can take a masters teaching program that satisfies teaching licensing requirements.  In this way you obtain your teaching license and also enhance your career prospects by having the higher degree. 

This page provides details of online masters teaching programs, where they can be found, what the career and salary prospects are, and more ...


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Sir Ken Robinson On Discovering Your Passions | NPR OnPoint

Interview with Tom Ashbrook


How education is jeopardizing creativity:


"I’m not blaming teachers for it. I’m not blaming school principals for it. I’ve worked in education my whole life and I work a lot with teachers in schools and I know they’re as concerned about this as I am and everbody else is. I think it’s to do with this culture of standardization. There is a view that the way we improve education is to make it more and more standardized. Many people in schools — particularly in this country, I’d say — are laboring under this sort of dead culture of continuous testing. And one of the results of it has been to reduce the curriculum, to narrow it. So a lot of the things that people, who may be be in their 40s or 50s, will remember from school — things like band and orchestra, putting on plays, lots of interesting after school activities — a lot of those things are being pushed out by this culture of standardized testing. It’s all done with an honorable purpose, I think — the intention is to raise standards, but the irony is it’s really not doing it. And more and more kids are pulling out of school. There’s more and more teachers, I feel, demoralized by it. And I know parents are very concerned about it too."


“While Shanghai is trying to be like America, America is trying to be more like China.” 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Open Source and Open Educational Resources

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  


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Mind-Boggling 3D Drawings on Flat Sheets of Paper

The illusionary work of Dutch artist Ramon Bruin, aka JJK Airbrush, will leave you wondering what's real and what's just a clever illustration. The artist's s…

Online Courses Have Reached A Turning Point That Should Scare Colleges

MOOCs (massively open online courses) have become better than many traditional college courses at a fraction of the cost.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Students See Hope for the Future of Online Education- 78 % of students say it's easier to learn in person than online.

A new study shows that students think traditional classes are easier now. But online education offers a good option for the future.

50% say they don't need a physical classroom

-they want choice

'Dumb Ways to Die' Wins 2 Grand Prix Awards at Cannes

Dumb Ways to Die, a catchy public service announcement from Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, won the Grand Prix in the public relations and direct marketing categories at the Cannes Lions festival, representing a world conquest for the little PSA.

The video, which features various animated characters singing a catchy tune warning of the dangers of acting unsafely around trains, was expected to pick up at least one prize at Cannes. The film may end up winning a third Grand Prix since it is favored to win in the Films Lions category later this week. The PSA beat out contenders including Dove's "Beauty Sketches" campaign and Oreo's Blackout Tweet.


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Grading Apple's digital textbook technology | Macworld

Last year, Apple announced a new focus on education and digital textbooks. Now that school's almost out, we take a look at what's happened so far with iBooks and iBooks Author.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tips for Learning Online

Tips for learning online - Here are three things you should make sure you do, two things you shouldn't do, and one thing that is absolutely forbidden, if you are wanting to learn online.


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Where to Study Elementary Education Online Degrees

elementary education online degreesThis page is about elementary education online degrees.  This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study online elementary education degrees, what's studied in the programs, what the career prospects are, and more.  

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Friday, June 14, 2013

June 13, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about ICT for education and development.


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Sugata Mitra TED 2013 winning talk

Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.


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Will the future of Education be Online, Open and Massive?

A massive shift is occurring in education. We have gone from analog to digital, from isolated to connected, standardized to customized, and fixed to mobile.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Feedly No Longer Dependent on Google Reader

Feedly launched its own cloud-based backend service and is no longer dependent on Google Reader, which will be shuttered by the end of the month.


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June 11, 2013: Online And Distance Learning Weekly is out

"Online And Distance Learning Weekly", by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning - for students and professionals in the field.


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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Take a Dental Assistant Degree or Diploma to start a remarkable career

dental toolsIf you are interested in having a career in dental assisting then you need to get a dental assistant degree or diploma. This page provides information about these programs and helps you to find a school and training that suits you.

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About Teaching Online

Find out about the range of Internet technologies available for teaching online and enabling exciting online classroom activities to be developed at all levels.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Still wondering about the value of teaching coding in schools? - Treehouse launches job board for its 35K coding students

While the job board will have a mix of positions at entry and management levels, Treehouse founder Ryan Carson said it speaks to his main passion: serving the underserved and marginalized.

Obama's Speechwriter Gives A Graduation Speech. Not Surprisingly, It's Badass.

Words of wisdom: When an elite speechwriter does his own graduation speech, you get this (skip the intro by going straight to 1:19). VIDEO. 

Adam Atodl's insight:
Brilliant :-)

Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  

Find out more about open source software and open educational resources (OER), so that you can use them in your teaching and learning.


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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

See the world with a Masters in TESOL

With a qualification in TESOL you may not necessarily become rich, though there are roles that offer intensely attractive benefits like tax-free income, or at least income taxed at a very low rate. But a Masters in TESOL can help you to have a career in exciting places. Find out more about these programs, where to take them, what the prospects are, and more ...


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Should Africa beware tech companies bearing gifts?

When Erin Hayba began a project to bring computers to solar-powered schools in the world's biggest refugee camp, there were plenty of sceptics. 

Two years later, there are 215 computers spread among 32 primary, seven secondary and four vocational schools in the Dadaab complex in north-east Kenya, home to more than 400,000 people, mostly from nearby Somalia. Each school has a solar panel.

But the intentions of the world's leading tech companies came under scrutiny during last week's eighth conference on ICT for development, education and training, attended by 1,500 participants. Efforts to close the gap between California's Silicon Valley and the specific needs of millions of African children were not always successful.

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‘Digital natives’: An Asian perspective for using learning technologies


D.M. Kennedy, James Cook University Australia, Singapore Campus
R. Fox, The University of Hong Kong


Students entering universities in the 21st century have been described variously as digital natives, the millennial generation or the net generation. Considerable study has occurred around the world to determine the knowledge, skills, understanding and the purposes to which this group of individuals makes technology work for them. A number of researchers have begun to question some of the claims made for this group in terms of their ability to engage with and use technology for learning. To date there has been little information specific to the Asian learner and their use of technology. This paper begins with a description and analysis of a survey that examined the knowledge, skills and understanding of students entering first-year undergraduate studies at the University of Hong Kong. This description is followed by a discussion of the potential impact this has for the design of learning environments in higher education. 


Published in the International Journal of Education and Development using ICT - Vol. 9, No. 1 (2013)


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