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Seven new iPad apps to know about

Seven new iPad apps to know about | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called App of the Week, in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we've featured.

 

All of these apps are for Apple’s iPad, but in the future, some Android apps will be featured as well. These 7 apps include Voice Dream Reader, MathScaled (free), Grammar Wonderland, Virtual Human Body, ASCD for iPad, ClassDojo (also free), and Thud! Presidents.

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Research libraries evolving for new digital world

Research libraries evolving for new digital world | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Welcome to the modern research university library, where new skills and even new spaces are being developed to serve the needs of scholars, scientists, and students working in the digital age.

 

To keep research libraries relevant amid the rapid expansion of web-based information, Tech officials are using architects and student advisory committees to develop spaces and services that draw the campus into the library.

 

More and more print books and journals are shifting out of library buildings and are being replaced by digital classrooms, sequestered study rooms, and open areas for all kinds of group and individual work. Library collections are moving from paper to cyberspace and can be accessed on a growing list of electronic devices, from iPads to Kindles.

 

But moving into the future requires a lot of jumps, among them reconfiguring the library building floor by floor for new uses, diversifying the skills of librarians through hiring and training, and planning for how to curate and preserve traditional print and emerging digital resources.

 

Read more on the implications of these changes to students, scholars and researchers here:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/research-libraries-evolving-for-new-digital-world/?

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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Campus Life | Scoop.it

Editor’s Note: This post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...

 

Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you’re thinking too small. Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences.

 

Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards. The microlearning moment may last a few minutes, hours, or days (if you are absorbed in reading something, tinkering with something, or listening to something from which you just can’t walk away). Socialstructed learning may be the future, but the foundations of this kind of education lie far in the past. Leading philosophers of education--from Socrates to Plutarch, Rousseau to Dewey--talked about many of these ideals centuries ago. Today, we have a host of tools to make their vision reality.

 

Read more here:  http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681507/the-future-of-education-eliminates-the-classroom-because-the-world-is-your-class#.UTYUD2TwjnI.facebook

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This seems right to me: "learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows." 

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A free online classroom seeks to make education accessible to all

A free online classroom seeks to make education accessible to all | Campus Life | Scoop.it

Launched in Malta last week and recently featured in a Malaysian tech newsite, Eliademy is launching its service officially in the Philippines. Eliademy is a free online classroom that supports educators and students, enabling them to create, share and manage courses.

 

The mission of Eliademy is to democratize education with technology by ensuring anyone, anywhere and at anytime is able to access educational content either on the web or on mobile.

 

Read more: http://technology.inquirer.net/23445/a-free-online-classroom-seeks-to-make-education-accessible-to-all

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Filipinos bringing home books, movies, or music from abroad could be violating the law soon

Filipinos bringing home books, movies, or music from abroad could be violating the law soon | Campus Life | Scoop.it

It looks like the Philippine Congress has once again messed with our freedoms as it has passed a law that could make bringing home books, movies, or music from abroad for personal use, against the law..."

 

The new law in question sought to amend RA 8293 (Intellectual Property Code), and has already been sent to President Benigno Aquino III, pending his approval. These new amendments have removed various sections that had protected Filipinos from bringing in works for personal use.

 

With personal use protection removed from the picture, these amendments could be liable to abuse when Filipinos bring in copyrighted material from overseas. What do you think about these new amendments to Republic Act 8293?

 

Read the Intellectual Property Office's statement in response to this issue here:  http://www.ipophil.gov.ph/index.php/20-what-s-new/134-ip-code-amendment-gives-filipinos-better-access-to-copyrighted-works-from-abroad

 

Download the amendments from this related post: http://democracy.net.ph/statement-on-proposed-amendments-to-ra-8293-intellectual-property-code/

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Free digital textbooks surge in popularity

Free digital textbooks surge in popularity | Campus Life | Scoop.it

As college textbook prices continue to climb, a free alternative to traditional textbooks has gathered steam—and its provider claims that students at more than half of U.S. colleges are taking advantage.

 

Boundless produces digital textbooks consisting of reliable, open-licensed online content to match students’ reading material in at least 18 subject areas. It primarily uses academic material from reputable sources such as open educational libraries, government resources, and other free learning sites.

 

Read more about how Boundless has gained popularity and how students are now using the free digital textbooks here: http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/free-digital-textbooks-surge-in-popularity/?ps=311435-00130000011Lj0z-00330000019qFFy

 

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Open Yale Courses

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Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

 

More at the website: http://oyc.yale.edu/

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Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting this spring

Forty public universities will offer free online courses with full credit starting this spring | Campus Life | Scoop.it

"Forty public universities, including Arizona State, Cleveland State, and the University of Arkansas, are planning to offer free online courses that carry full credit in an effort to entice potential students to sign up for a full degree program. ..."


In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program.

 

The University of Cincinnati, as an example, plans to offer, free, its Innovation and Design Thinking course, which can lead to master’s degrees in either business or engineering.


More here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/23/education/public-universities-to-offer-free-online-classes-for-credit.html?partner=socialflow&smid=tw-nytnational&_r=1&;

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Free digital textbooks surge in popularity

Free digital textbooks surge in popularity | Campus Life | Scoop.it
As college textbook prices continue to climb, a free alternative to traditional textbooks has gathered steam—and its provider claims that students at more than half of U.S. colleges are taking advantage.

 

Publicly launched this past August, Boundless produces digital textbooks consisting of reliable, open-licensed online content to match students’ reading material in at least 18 subject areas. Boundless primarily uses academic material from reputable sources such as open educational libraries, government resources, and other free learning sites.

 

Boundless offers multiple customization tools for students to study more effectively. One of its most popular features is SmartNotes, an interactive tool that condenses a full textbook’s content into essential key points so that students can retain the most significant material. Another feature, called Interactive Notebook, allows students to highlight important words and phrases and add notes to personalize study sessions.

 

A feature called Instant Search helps students quickly locate key phrases, so they spend less time thumbing through pages and more time absorbing information. Other tools, such as flashcards, quizzes, and study guides, similarly help students in their studying efforts. All of these interactive, content-based features are available to students free of charge.

 

Read more here:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/featured/featured-on-ecampus-news/free-digital-textbooks-surge-in-popularity/

 

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How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple

How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Aggregation, curation, creation: A step-by-step guide to creating your own textbook -- and involving your students along the way. Continue reading →

 

Apple’s iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks.

 

As the open education movement continues to grow and become an even more rich trove of resources, teachers can use the content to make their own interactive textbooks. It might seem daunting, but the availability of quality materials online and the power of tapping into personal learning networks should make it easier.

 

Here’s how to create a digital textbook and strategies for involving the students in its development in three steps:  http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/01/how-to-create-your-own-textbook-with-or-without-apple/

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Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps

 

 

The presentation tool in Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used slide presentation applications available today. Slides produced with this application are central to countless educational lectures across the world every school day.  This simple technique is an easy way to turn Powerpoint slides into flipped course content.

 

PowerPoint is a piece of software that is pretty easy to use, but at the same time has many features that can elevate your presentations. One such function is the easy ability to supplement a presentation with voice-over (or other audio). Adding your voice to PowerPoint slides is a simple process to accomplish, and doing so can turn a presentation from a plain set of slides into a self-contained instructional asset that stands alone and can be used by students to self-teach.

 

Here is a step-by-step guide to adding voice over to PowerPoint slides (these steps and the video are based on PowerPoint 2007). 

 

This video is a companion to the article of the same title : http://www.emergingedtech.com/2012/12/add-voice-over-to-powerpoint-presentations-in-5-easy-steps/

 

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A tribute to Aaron Swartz, the young hero of freedom for information, driven to his death on Friday by the US Department for Justice

A tribute to Aaron Swartz, the young hero of freedom for information, driven to his death on Friday by the US Department for Justice | Campus Life | Scoop.it

"Aaron Swartz was (amongst many, many other things)the co-author of RSS...He developed RSS at the age of 14, before going on to help create Creative Commons and drop out of Stanford to help build Reddit. While in school, Swartz developed a working free online encyclopaedia that anyone could access and edit, long before Wikipedia was created. Swartz was instrumental in the fight against SOPA that ended almost exactly a year ago.

 

"In 2009, Swartz downloaded and publicly released around 20% of the PACER database of publicly available United States federal court documents. Swartz felt that it was unfair that the public should have to pay for access to public court documents that were paid for by the public at great expense.  He was investigated and harassed by the FBI, but never charged.  Swartz also believed it wrong that scholarly research, often funded by the public should be locked way from the public behind paywalls that academic institutions must pay inordinate sums to access, in spite of the fact that the work is actually created by the same academics who never see a penny of this money. Two years after the pacer hack in 2011, Swartz downloaded the contents of the JSTOR database of scholarly research. The prosecution claimed Swartz aimed to distribute the database over P2P networks, though this was never proved. Swarts was released on bail of $100,000 with charges carrying a potential prison term of up to 35 years and a fine of up to $1 million. This federal prosecution remains bizarre, for no serious crime is alleged by any party as JSTOR announced publicly they did not wish to prosecute. The crime amounted to checking too many books out of a library he himself had access to. Last summer Ars Technica covered the absurd developments in the case that resulted in Swartz facing potentially decades in prison.

 

More of this memorial tribute here: http://bigthink.com/neurobonkers/a-tribute-to-aaron-swartz-the-young-hero-of-freedom-for-information-driven-to-his-death-on-friday-by-the-us-department-for-justice

 

Read a related post here:  http://business.time.com/2013/01/13/tech-prodigy-and-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-commits-suicide/

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5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes

5 Ways Technology Will Impact Higher Ed in 2013 - Forbes | Campus Life | Scoop.it

"2012 was a transformative year in education.   Between the introduction of the MOOC (the ‘Massive Open Online Course’), and the explosive growth in the number of online offerings, all eyes were on higher ed. ..."

After such a dynamic year, the discussion naturally turns to what the higher education environment of 2013 will look like and to what extent it will be impacted by technology.

Based on what we’re seeing at eCornell and in the wider online education eco-system, here are a few predictions for what can be expected in the coming twelve months. Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2012/12/11/5-ways-technology-will-impact-higher-ed-in-2013/

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e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students | OEDb

e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students | OEDb | Campus Life | Scoop.it
The number of resources available online for finding information grows every day. Luckily, we've done a bit of the legwork for you, compiling a list of some of the best Web 2.0 resources out there for academics.

 

These tools that can make finding, organizing, and sharing information a little easier and a lot more productive are sorted out and labelled under "organization", "bookmarking", "notes and markup", "citation", "social", "search tools", and "learning".

More here: http://oedb.org/library/features/e-learning-reloaded:-top-50-web-2.0-tools-for-info-junkies,-researchers-&-students
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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | Campus Life | Scoop.it
  Introduction: This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading

 

.This site divides millions of free ebooks and audio books into subjects and genres (biographies, children, teen and young adult, comic ebooks, culinary, health and fitness, humor and comedy, mystery and thrillers, travel, romance, science fiction,  textbooks, history, religion, math, philosophy, etc.). If you don't have time to look through the site now, why not bookmark it.

 

More here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-ebooks-audio-books

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The best 100 opening lines from books

The best 100 opening lines from books | Campus Life | Scoop.it
There's nothing quite like a book that has you gripped from the very first line. As the first thing the reader reads, it's been said that the opening line sells a book whislt the closing line sells the author's next one.

 

With this in mind, we've put together our 100 best - and, in some cases, the most iconic - first lines from one hundred best works of literature. From classics such as Little Women and Emma and landmark novels such as Virgina Woolf's A Room Of One's Own through to modern day works including Harry Potter and Atonement, these are lines to capture the imagination: http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/the-best-100-opening-lines-from-books

 

Now take a look at the best 100 closing lines (here: http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/the-best-100-closing-lines-from-books)  Because, whilst the beginning of a book may get all the glory, it's the ending that really stays with you. A vague last line casts a shadow over the entire novel, whereas a powerful and poignant one will keep you wondering for weeks to come.

 

Likewise, the Telegraph assembled 30 great opening lines in literature, complete with the author's photo and the cover of the book here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/9817505/30-great-opening-lines-in-literature.html

 

 

 

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The 10 Biggest Trends In Online Education Right Now

The 10 Biggest Trends In Online Education Right Now | Campus Life | Scoop.it
The rise of online education has been meteoric in recent years, spurred on by advances in Internet services, software, and public perceptions toward collaborative learning.

 

Here are ten trends in online education that are currently materializing in the field that we can expect to  continue onward into the near future:

*A shift to open source

*Being considered more valuable by employers

*Hybrid courses are surfacing

*Enrollment growing exponentially compared to brick-mortar-schools—Online education

*Shared data, collaborative functionality

*Shift from books and closed texts to digital content distribution

*Social learning systems to be cloud-based

*Podcasting is on the rise

*Better technology is emerging

*Social media becoming educational

 

Read in detail here: http://edudemic.com/2012/05/the-10-biggest-trends-in-online-education-right-now/

 

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Revolution Hits the Universities

Revolution Hits the Universities | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Nothing has more potential to let us reimagine higher education than massive open online course, or MOOC, platforms.

 

This revolution will change teaching, learning, and the pathway to employment.  Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/friedman-revolution-hits-the-universities.html?_r=1&

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Five Coursera MOOCs recommended for credit

Five Coursera MOOCs recommended for credit | Campus Life | Scoop.it
As massive open online courses (MOOCs) continue to soar in popularity, some administrators continue to assert that MOOCs lack the high quality and credit-worthiness of traditional college courses. But soon, all that may change.

 

On Feb. 7, The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) announced that it is recommending credit for the initial five Coursera MOOCs for students enrolled in those courses.  They could earn college credit toward a degree. 

 

Students who meet all the necessary requirements and wish to sign up for one of the five approved courses can do so through Coursera’s Signature Track, which requires that students create a personalized profile with thorough identification measures. Signature Track profiles will cost students anywhere from $30 to $99, though there is a financial aid option for students who are unable to meet these cost requirements.

 

In order to become eligible for credit, students also must also take an online, proctored final exam once they complete the course. The online proctoring concept is a relatively new one, and Coursera is working with ProctorU to enable worldwide proctoring through webcams.  Coursera plans to charge students $60 to $90 to take the proctored exam.

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Begging, borrowing and stealing: Librarians go to extremes to hook book crooks

Begging, borrowing and stealing: Librarians go to extremes to hook book crooks | Campus Life | Scoop.it

"The "guilt basket" is displayed on the counter at the Belgrade Public Library on Depot Road in Belgrade on Tuesday. Instead of fining patrons for overdue library books, Belgrade Public Library imposes a sort of honor system for late returns."

 

Whether it's tracking down delinquent witches, guiding a small child through feelings of guilt, or calling the police on a book thief, getting people to return their library books is a challenge for local librarians.


The traditional fine system is meant to encourage people to return their books promptly, but there's a point at which it has the opposite effect.


More here:  http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/librarylarceniestaking-their-toll_2013-01-27.html

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Tips for understanding copyright rules

Tips for understanding copyright rules | Campus Life | Scoop.it
With headlines about tough copyright rulings fresh in their minds, educators across the nation might hesitate when it comes to using copyrighted material in their lessons or sharing copyrighted works with students.

 

But according to the American Library Association (ALA), educators should not worry about using such material to boost student knowledge if it falls under the scope of fair use.  The original and intended purpose of copyright law is to promote learning and the dissemination of knowledge,

 

U.S. copyright law includes five exclusive rights, but educators can use copyrighted works under the fair use practice.

 

Fair use guidelines for different types of works include:

Motion media: Up to 10 percent or 3 minutes, whichever is less, of a single copyrighted motion media work.

Text material: Up to 10 percent or 1,000 words, whichever is less, of a single copyrighted work of text.

Poems: An entire poem of less than 250 words, but no more than three poems by one poet or five poems by different poets from a single anthology. In longer poems, the 250-word limit still applies, plus no more than three excerpts by one poet or five excerpts by different poets from a single anthology may be used.

 

Various copyright code exceptions do apply to classroom and educator use. Section 108 allows libraries and archives to make copies for library users, interlibrary loan, replacement, and preservation. Section 109 allows owners of locally acquired copies the right to distribute that copy (library lending, used book stores, garage sales, etc.). Section 110 allows teachers to display or perform works in the face-to-face classroom and in the digital or distance education classroom via digital networks.

 

More tips here: http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/tips-for-understanding-copyright-rules/?

 

 

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Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral

Hiding your research behind a paywall is immoral | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Mike Taylor: As a scientist your job is to bring new knowledge into the world. Hiding it behind a journal's paywall is unacceptable

 

Our job is to make knowledge. If we make it, then brick it up behind a wall, we're wasting our time and our funders' money – which ultimately means we're squandering the world's wealth.

 

Publishing behind paywalls is immoral. More than that, it's oxymoronic: if it's behind a paywall, it hasn't been published.

 

Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/blog/2013/jan/17/open-access-publishing-science-paywall-immoral

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Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher | Faculty Focus

Nine Characteristics of a Great Teacher | Faculty Focus | Campus Life | Scoop.it
Years ago, as a young, eager student, I would have told you that a great teacher was someone who provided classroom entertainment and gave very little homework.

 

Teaching is hard work and some teachers never grow to be anything better than mediocre. They do the bare minimum required and very little more. The great teachers, however, work tirelessly to create a challenging, nurturing environment for their students. Great teaching seems to have less to do with our knowledge and skills than with our attitude toward our students, our subject, and our work. Although this list is certainly not all-inclusive, here are  characteristics of a great teacher regardless of the age of the learner:  http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/nine-characteristics-of-a-great-teacher/

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5 Sources Of Open-Source Textbooks

5 Sources Of Open-Source Textbooks | Campus Life | Scoop.it

There are numerous online sites that host open textbooks. Here are just a few places to start, whether you’re enrolled in college online or you’re an educator looking for books to use in your class:

Collegeopentextbooks.orgCommunity College Consortium for Open Educational ResourcesMERLOTFlat World KnowledgeOpenstax College

Open textbooks are a win-win for both teachers and students. Teachers can get the flexibility they need to ensure that their course materials yield the best educational outcomes, and can students save money — and possibly even their backs, to boot.

 

More here:  http://www.teachthought.com/technology/5-sources-of-open-source-textbooks/

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What Schools Will Look Like In The Year 2020

What Schools Will Look Like In The Year 2020 | Campus Life | Scoop.it
What are the actual ways schools will change and why? A new infographic spells it out in a highly visual sense. What could be better than that?
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