Monday, September 30, 2013

Laptop U: Has the future of college moved online? | The New Yorker

Many people think that massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are the future of higher education in America.

Connectivism as a Digital Age Learning Theory

George Siemens and Stephen Downes developed a theory for the digital age, called connectivism, denouncing boundaries of behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Their proposed learning theory has issued a debate over whether it is a learning theory or instructional theory or merely a pedagogical view.

8 Must Have iPad Apps to Boost Students Learning

Now that your students have settled back in and the learning process started gaining momentum, you might be thinking of some powerful apps to boost your students learning. There are in fact hundreds of selections to choose from and this overabundance of apps makes it even difficult for one to get their hands on the good ones. I have already shared several reviews of educational apps to use in your classroom but in the list below , I am  sharing sort of  reminder list of 8 important apps you should definitely try with students. This is a follow up to my list of " my favourite apps as a teacher".


Personalize Learning Newsletter - September 2013

Find Out More About Online Learning

Find out more about online learning or elearning - using audio and video-conferencing, email, chat, and completing an online degree or certificate by distance.


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Has the NSA hacked your Facebook? - Edward Showden, 29 year old contactor for the Nation Security Agency (N.S.A.) leaked a lot more than previously thought. New stuff just keeps coming out. So what are the latest revelations? T he New York Times recently reported that the NSA has been making extensive graphs of some individuals created out of metadata collected from their phone calls, emails and social media connections. With this data, they can tell who a person travels with, where they go, who their friends are and other relevant social connection information.

Friday, September 27, 2013

List of Open Educational Resources Websites

COL book on OERThis page provides an annotated list of websites with OER (Open Educational Resources) for education teaching materials.  It is not a definitive list - please let us know of sites that you think should be included.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

An MBA Human Resource Management Can Get You That Promotion

hands togetherAn MBA human resource management degree provides a basis for a leading role in the business world, and in government and non-government organizations.   This page tells you more about these programs, where you can find them, and what jobs are open to you after graduation.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

IICD at Global Digital Innovation and Investment Summit in NY - Amid high-level meetings and special events taking place in New York in connection with the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, specialists in the fields of communications, technology and global development were summoned to the ‘Global Digital Innovation and Investment’ Summit.

Monday, September 23, 2013

How Colleges Plan to Use LinkedIn University Pages - On September 12, LinkedIn opened its doors to students 14 years and older, marking the first time the professional networking site allowed membership from those not yet in the working world. This move came a few weeks after the site introduced University Pages , which are college-specific profiles that offer features tailored to a school’s community. With these Pages, LinkedIn aims to help educational institutions woo new students and stay connected with their alumni.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scientists take big step towards universal flu vaccine - Scientists say they have made a significant leap towards creating a vaccine that would protect against every form of flu.The influenza virus is a constantly shifting target so seasonal flu vaccines rapidly become useless and new ones are needed each year.A team at Imperial College London say they have made a "blueprint" for a universal flu vaccine.Their discovery is published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation - Mobile technologies are opening new channels of communication between people and governments, potentially offering greater access to public information and basic services to all. No other technology has been in the hands of so many people in so many countries in such a short period of time (World Bank 2008). In fact, globally, more people now have access to a mobile device than to justice or legal services (UNDP 2008).

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Do Air Pollutants Play a Role in Bowel Disease? - The impacts of air pollution on the lungs and the heart have been widely documented for decades. But until now, few researchers have paid attention to the gastrointestinal tractBy Lindsey Konkel and Environmental Health NewsNew Answers for Bowel Disease Causes: Scientists are beginning to look beyond the human genome to the environment for causes of bowel disease. A small but growing number of studies now suggest that air pollutants may play a role in diseases of the gut.

Preventable harm associated with at least 210K deaths in U.S. hospitals annually, NASA scientist’s study shows - Preventable harm contributes to between 210,000 and 440,000 deaths in American hospitals, a new literature review in the Journal of Patient Safety finds. It divides these lethal mistakes into errors of commission, omission, communication, context and diagnostic errors. The smaller estimate, gleaned with help from the Global Trigger Tool , doesn’t include errors where the patient should have been treated but wasn’t.

Facebook 'likes' are protected free speech. I'll give a thumbs up to that - A US court has ruled that Facebook likes should be protected free speech. Photograph: Thierry Roge/ReutersMost of us have moved beyond the tired debates about whether interactions online are the same as ones in person. Now the legal system is finally catching up on what constitutes free speech in the digital age.Facebook's "Like" button got some key support as an expression of speech when an appellate court overturned a perverse lower court ruling that had ruled clicking a button wasn't the same as saying something out loud.

Helpful tips and tricks for iOS 7 - You’ve been reading about Apple’s new platform for a while now. Our iOS 7 review covered some highlights and low points. Assuming you’ve already figured out how to upgrade to iOS 7 and it’s running on your device right now, you might be interested in unlocking some of the less obvious features and getting to grips with some iOS 7 tips. Apple’s good at ensuring most things are intuitive, but there’s no harm in getting a little help.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Doctors Use Social For Continuous Medical Education -  There are serious medical conversations going on every day on Twitter, squeezed in between the celebrity news and the millions posting what they had for lunch. To find them, just search for #FOAMed.The hashtag refers to the concept of Free Open Access Meducation (medical education), or FOAM , first promoted at the 2012 International Conference on Emergency Medicine in a lecture by Mike Cadogan, an emergency medicine physician, educator and digital media enthusiast from Australia.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autoplay Might Be The Problem With Facebook's Video Ads - It looks like Facebook Facebook is experimenting with autoplay on videos in the news feed. This will work better in some mobile environments than others of course: but the real problem could be what it portends. For we already know that they intend to introduce video ads to the service. And it’s possible that there will be considerable consumer resistance to those being on autoplay.The basic story is here :

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Google + for Schools and other tips

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Programs in TESOL | Online and Distance Learning

Find out more about programs in TESOL, especially TESOL online and distance learning certificates and TESOL masters programs online.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Twitter Literacy (I refuse to make up a Twittery name for it) ~ Howard Rheingold

by Howard Rheingold


"Twitter is one of a growing breed of part-technological, part-social communication media that require some skills to use productively. Sure, Twitter is banal and trivial, full of self-promotion and outright spam. So is the Internet. The difference between seeing Twitter as a waste of time or as a powerful new community amplifier depends entirely on how you look at it – on knowing how to look at it.


"When I started requiring digital journalism students to learn how to use Twitter, I didn’t have the list of journalistic uses for Twitter that I have compiled by now. So I logged onto the service and broadcast a request. “I have a classroom full of graduate students in journalism who don’t know who to follow. Does anybody have a suggestion?” Within ten minutes, we had a list of journalists to follow, including one who was boarding Air Force One at that moment, joining the White House press corps accompanying the President to Africa."

Study a PhD in Elementary Education and Take a Leadership Role in Education

This page is about PhD elementary education programs. It provides information on what is studied and where you can study these programs.


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2013 Middle School iPad Orientation

This is the Middle School iPad Orientation video for both Hill Country and West Ridge Middle schools in the Eanes Independent School District. If you are a s...