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CanPlan App for iPhone & iPad-Schedule and Planning app with Photos and Audio & a reminder- FREE!

Simple Sequencing for Accomplishing tasks for those who need assistance with planning, scheduling, task management and completion. 


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Wow this is great - wish their was an android version too!

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, September 11, 2013 9:17 AM

CanPlan is a phenomenal App for Students and Adults who benefit from scheduling/accomplishing tasks with supportive pictures, instructions, and audio. In addition, set a reminder so it gets done! For students in school, the community, or at home, as well as aging adults who need this support...and it's currently FREE in the itunes store!

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart - InformED

How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart - InformED | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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Free eBooks at Planet eBook - 80+ Classic Novels and Literature

Free eBooks at Planet eBook - 80+ Classic Novels and Literature | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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With Planet eBook, teachers can access more than 80 free eBooks to download and use in the classroom. Students can access these books on their tablets and use them inside and out of the classroom. -education world

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Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX recently commissioned a study of nearly 1,000 videos, segmenting them out by by video type and production style, and discovered this among their other findings:

Shorter videos are more engaging. Engagement drops after 6 minutes.Videos with a more personal feeling are more effective than high-fidelity studio recordings.
Videos in which the instructor speaks quickly and with high enthusiasm are more engaging.Khan-style tablet drawings are more engaging than power point slides.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 3, 2:30 AM

Research: How Video Production Affects Student Engagement

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, September 4, 4:23 PM

An interesting study from the EdX people on using videos in an online course. 

KB...Konnected's curator insight, September 6, 12:49 AM

Good to know.

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Getting Started with Google Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk

Getting Started with Google Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
When we first heard about the new LMS that Google was developing there was a widespread state of excitement – hoping that those who use Google Apps for Education and Google Drive would be rejoicing in the seamless integration of their services with a learning management system interface. Well, now that people are getting access […

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 23, 12:44 AM

Lean and free, will Google give you a course management system with legs? Take it for a walk and see. 

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 4, 1:31 AM

Google Classroom - Introduction

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Infographic: 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn

Infographic: 4 Ways Educational Technology Is Changing How People Learn | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
This infographic illustrates how EdTech changes the way people learn.

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Denis Lundie's curator insight, August 8, 8:30 AM

Really? 'Disruptive ELearning' - cool! I hope some substance follows soon ...

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

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Ruby Rennie Panter's curator insight, August 1, 5:16 AM

Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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How We Zoomed Past 10 Million Participants - Zoom

How We Zoomed Past 10 Million Participants - Zoom | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Zoom's Head of Product Marketing, Nick Chong, discusses our growth tactics.
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This is seriously one of the easiest and best videoconferencing desktop solutions I have used.  It has a mobile app and works on every platform.  It is easy to use and it just works.  You can do content sharing, desktop sharing and videoconferencing.  If you are looking for ease of use and great quality - try Zoom.

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Survmetrics - Online surveys with analytics to match

Survmetrics - Online surveys with analytics to match | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Survmetrics-Beautifully crafted online surveys with analytics to match

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Wow!  This goes way beyond SurveyMonkey!

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 9, 9:18 PM

This easy to use mobile survey tool looks cool. The phone is a natural "game console" sitting there waiting to "play games". Survmetrics looks like it makes the process of creating mobile surveys easy, fun and beneficial. 

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Introduction to Google Classroom - Edudemic

Introduction to Google Classroom - Edudemic | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharingto advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for.


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Sue Walsh's curator insight, July 23, 9:07 PM

Mmmmm. What an interesting environment it is!!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, July 24, 8:43 AM

Here is the summit of the mountain for educators who are committed to the excellence of Google products. Use the "down" hours of summer to check it out.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 27, 4:29 AM

the more we know the more we understand that we don't know.

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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult lear
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12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop.  We… (All education is self-education.  Period...

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Katelm's curator insight, August 16, 7:03 AM

Liste de site pour trouver des formations gratuites (en anglais).

Robin Yu's curator insight, September 10, 6:29 PM

Lots of familiar sites and some new ones too.

Donna Meehan's curator insight, September 13, 8:11 PM

Did you ever wish you had a chance to learn something new?  Here is a list of FREE top-notch self-education resources.  Have a look, I couldn't believe some of them myself.

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FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time

FingerReader: MIT finger device reads to the blind in real time | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words.

 

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user’s finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living, especially away from home or office.

 

Reading is as easy as pointing the finger at text. Special software tracks the finger movement, identifies words and processes the information. The device has vibration motors that alert readers when they stray from the script, said Roy Shilkrot, who is developing the device at the MIT Media Lab.

 

For Jerry Berrier, 62, who was born blind, the promise of the FingerReader is its portability and offer of real-time functionality at school, a doctor’s office and restaurants.

 

“When I go to the doctor’s office, there may be forms that I wanna read before I sign them,” Berrier said.

 

He said there are other optical character recognition devices on the market for those with vision impairments, but none that he knows of that will read in real time.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 10, 11:39 AM

This is extraordinarily useful!

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Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs - Knowledge@Wharton

Disruption Ahead: What MOOCs Will Mean for MBA Programs - Knowledge@Wharton | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
New Wharton research examines the impact that massive open online courses (MOOCs) will have on business schools and MBA programs.
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This is one of the most exciting interviews I have read/watched about education in a while.  I read the original article and may have even posted it.  But they are talking about an entire new model of online education - of education really.  It is what we were talking about when I started elearning in the late 90's and then everyone started re-creating traditional education online.  They expose the high drop out rates of MOOC's as the "red herring" they are - measuring new inovations with old measurements.  They talk about new models of delivering education on-demand.  It is exciting stuff!  Well done!

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Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC

Empathy: The Big Reason College Professors Should Take A MOOC | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A common joke among college teachers is that our students “get younger every year.” This fall we will marvel that our students were born in the year Bill Clinton ran for a second term, Madeleine Albright was appointed the first female secretary of state, the Unabomber was arrested and Dolly the cloned sheep was born. …

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The best point being that we rarely consume what we offer after we are done with our own education.  Good to put ourselves in our students shoes to learn something outside of our comfort zone again.

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Louise Oksholt's curator insight, September 4, 7:00 AM

What we must never forget, when scoping online courses.

 

Kirsten Wilson's curator insight, September 4, 10:55 AM

Understanding our students and the world they live in is imperative.  As we are using technology as a platform to deliver content it is more important than ever we be able to empathize with the students who utilize the courses we provide.

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Social Censorship

Social Censorship | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Leave it to NPR to get me thinking. I recently heard a story that asked whether some images or videos, like that of the recent execution of journalist James Foley, should be censored by media outlets such as social media sites. The New York Post was vilified for running a picture taken of Foley just before he was murdered, while Twitter and YouTube both scrambled to remove videos of the event and suspend user accounts. Should social media sites have the right to censor content like this or any content at all?
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Super interesting thoughts on censorship - especially on reviews.  Working in education we are always looking for ways to add reviews to classes and people are always terrified of the bad review.  Interesting thoughts on handling poor reviews and censoring them as well.

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The Moodle Lesson Activity truly is an amazing content creator

The Moodle Lesson Activity truly is an amazing content creator | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

OK, so we can’t compete with Storyline or Captivate’s simple tech-free authoring, but these products cost money, and Moodle certainly has tools that can produce stunning learning packages .


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 29, 2:01 AM

If you are a Moodler, this article will get your lesson design juices flowing.  Create interactive learning experiences that plug right into the Moodle Gradebook. 


A good place to invest some assessment invention hours!

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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 25, 10:41 PM

How do we learn? This post explores this issue and provides some suggstions on some best practices for studying. 

The author of the post provides three "take-aways" from the book.

* "Forgetting isn't always bad."

* "The brain is a foraging learner."

* "We can be tactical in our learning."

A number of suggestions on best ways to study are also included.

* Rather than cramming study material for a shorter period of time everyday. You will retain more.

* Studying in different locations may be beneficial.

* Taking breaks after intense studying is good. It provides a break for your brain. This is called diffuse learning.

* Rather than rereading material quiz yourself on it to see how much you recall.

Additional suggestions are included in the post and there is more information. 

If this is an area of interest to you Coursera will be running another session of Learning How to Learn, beginning in early October. The course is free unless you want to receive a Certificate. I can vouch for this course as I am currently enrolled and at some point in the near future I will share more information about it. To learn more about the course go to Learning How to Learn

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Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities

Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A 2013 ruling by the Department of Labor established a baseline for federal contractors to have 7% of their workforce be individuals with disabilities. Additionally, passage by the U.S. House and Senate of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) demonstrates a growing emphasis on hiring more individuals with disabilities. However, for this trend to be successful for businesses, they must improve their recruitment and retention of these individuals.

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Fantastic information here - really a topic everyone in training should be learning more about.

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, August 11, 7:15 PM

Excellent Article in Forbes! Access4Employment provides access to Employment and the Workplace using Assistive Technology. See our website:

http://access4employment.com/


Read the article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2014/07/30/using-technology-to-mitigate-cognitive-disabilities/


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What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education

What 6.9 million clicks tell us about how to fix online education | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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This is really interesting stuff - the information we have waiting for from MOOCs and all their data.  Although even though they said the videos should be shorter than 10 minutes and they said the average was 6 - I was surprised it was that long.  When I see an hour or two of lectures just divided into 10 - or even 6 minutes - segments it is hard for me to push through.  But I am optimistic that as MOOC's mature there will be a move away from the lecture format.  Interesting stuff here and a link to the paper as well!

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New Simulation Curriculum Saves Lives

Virtual driving simulation curriculum saving lives
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"Save a life, perhaps even yours. Virtual driving simulation curriculum, complete with accident consequences, such as having to visit a judge or pay for a    ticket, are taking student driver’s education to a whole new level. "

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Using the Remind App in the Online Classroom

Using the Remind App in the Online Classroom | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
As of January 2014, nine out of 10 Americans own a cell phone, with almost half using a smartphone (Pew Research, 2014). Given the ubiquity of mobile devices, it makes sense for instructors to leverage this technology to improve communication with students.
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This is a pretty cool idea, I may try it with my next class!

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Formative Assessment: The Secret Sauce of Blended Success

Formative Assessment:  The Secret Sauce of Blended Success | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, a colleague emailed me about some trouble she was having with her first attempt at blended instruction. She had created some videos to pre-teach a concept, incorporated some active learning strategies into her face-to-face class to build on the video, and assigned an online quiz so she could assess what the students had learned. After grading the quizzes, however, she found that many of the students struggled with the concept. “Maybe,” she wondered, “blended instruction won’t work with my content area.”
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This is a great article about formative assessment - all kinds, not just tests and quizzes - and it's role in blended learning.  I really like how the author asks what do YOU learn from your students that is missing when you take a blended approach?  In their excitment to "flip" a classroom people forget so much of what they know about good teaching.  This is a great reminded not to leave steps out!

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A Great Collection of Web Tools for Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Collection of Web Tools for Researchers and Academics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software. [ Link at: http://dirtdirectory.org/ ]


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Great Resource!

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Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, July 21, 9:36 AM

What a great resource!

Anita Vance's curator insight, July 25, 8:32 AM
A great aid in targeting the best starting point for specific searches!
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Special Report: Blended and Flipped


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 11:40 PM

Fresh information about Blended and Flipped online education. 

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 22, 9:44 AM

Another collection of very practical articles from Faculty Focus.

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Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World

Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

One “dog year” supposedly equals seven human years. But does one year feel like seven years to a dog? Evidence suggests that distinct species do indeed experience passing time on different scales. A recent study in Animal Behavior reveals that body mass and metabolic rate determine how animals of different species perceive time.

 

Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal's nervous system processes sensory information. To test this ability, researchers show animals a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals (and humans) perceive it as a solid, unblinking light. The animal's behavior or its brain activity, as measured by electrodes, reveals the highest frequency at which each species perceives the light as flashing. Animals that can detect the blinking at higher frequencies are perceiving time at a finer resolution. In other words, movements and events will appear to unfold more slowly to them—think slow-motion bullet dodging in an action movie.

 

The scientists who ran the new study gathered data from previous experiments on the rate at which visual information is processed in 34 vertebrates, including lizards, birds, fish and mammals. The scientists hypothesized that the ability to detect incoming sights at a high rate would be advantageous for animals that must perform the equivalent of bullet dodging—responding to visual stimuli very quickly to catch elusive prey or escape predators, for instance. These animals tend to be lighter and have faster metabolisms. The data bore out the hypothesis: species that perceived time at the finest resolutions tended to be smaller and have faster metabolisms.

 

These findings show that differences in how a mouse and an elephant sense time are not arbitrary but rather are finely tuned by interactions with their surroundings. A link between time perception, body structure and physiology suggests that different nervous systems have developed to balance pressures from the natural environment with energy conservation. Rapid perception might be essential for a hawk but would waste a whale's precious energy. As for Fido, a year really does seem longer to him than it does to you, but probably not by a factor of seven. Dogs can take in visual information at least 25 percent faster than humans—just enough to make a television show look like a series of flickering images.


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As a cat lover I found this interesting ...

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