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New research offers advice on how to optimize video length for ...

New research offers advice on how to optimize video length for ... | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
We've found some interesting new research which suggests the optimal video length for student engagement is six minutes or less. It's no big surprise that students lose interest in videos that are too long; however, what's ...

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I totally agree and think student can be K12 or adult. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 23, 2013 1:56 PM

I love it when research confirms the hands on knowledge I've acquired while teaching online.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:48 AM

"Several Studies published recently show similar results; students lose interest in longer lecture videos and become distracted. If lectures are short or broken up by some kind of interaction (such as quizzes), then engagement is far higher."

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Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it

Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Two-thirds of Americans believe robots will soon perform most of the work done by humans but 80% also believe their jobs will be unaffected. Time to think again.

 

Many of us recognize robotic automation as an inevitably disruptive force. However, in a classic example of optimism bias, while approximately two-thirds of Americans believe that robots will inevitably perform most of the work currently done by human beings during the next 50 years, about 80% also believe their current jobs will either “definitely” or “probably” exist in their current form within the same timeframe.

 

Somehow, we believe our livelihoods will be safe. They’re not: every commercial sector will be affected by robotic automation in the next several years. For example, Australian company Fastbrick Robotics has developed a robot, the Hadrian X, that can lay 1,000 standard bricks in one hour – a task that would take two human bricklayers the better part of a day or longer to complete.

 

In 2015, San Francisco-based startup Simbe Robotics unveiled Tally, a robot the company describes as “the world’s first fully autonomous shelf auditing and analytics solution” that roams supermarket aisles alongside human shoppers during regular business hours and ensures that goods are adequately stocked, placed and priced.

 

Swedish agricultural equipment manufacturer DeLaval International recently announced that its new cow-milking robots will be deployed at a small family-owned dairy farm in Westphalia, Michigan, at some point later this year. The system allows cows to come and be milked on their own, when they please.

 

Data from the Robotics Industries Association (RIA), one of the largest robotic automation advocacy organizations in North America, reveals just how prevalent robots are likely to be in the workplace of tomorrow. During the first half of 2016 alone, North American robotics technology vendors sold 14,583 robots worth $817m to companies around the world.

 

The RIA further estimates that more than 265,000 robots are currently deployed at factories across the country, placing the US third worldwide in terms of robotics deployments behind only China and Japan.

 

In a recent report, the World Economic Forum predicted that robotic automation will result in the net loss of more than 5m jobs across 15 developed nations by 2020, a conservative estimate. Another study, conducted by the International Labor Organization, states that as many as 137m workers across Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam – approximately 56% of the total workforce of those countries – are at risk of displacement by robots, particularly workers in the garment manufacturing industry.


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Gracee Scaff's curator insight, January 17, 10:22 AM
Robots are becoming more advanced. Jobs that used to be for people are now going to robots. That means the industry does not have to pay humans resulting in a lot of lost jobs if this continues. I think if this continues to be more common a lot of people will be out of a job.
Katie Wilkinson's curator insight, January 18, 8:25 PM
Robots are taking over the world's work force, machines/computers are now able to do common jobs, meaning companies have less of a need to employ people. This relates to Human Geography by, the work force is apart of industries and all around the world people are losing their jobs or not being hired, which makes them unable to provide for themselves and their families needs. In my opinion there is a positive and a negative side to robots. On the positive side, robots can make things run faster and more efficiently but, on a negative note, robots can literally take over our world faster then we can imagine. 
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Those 100,000 Jobs Amazon's Creating Are Exactly What Blue-Collar Workers Need

Those 100,000 Jobs Amazon's Creating Are Exactly What Blue-Collar Workers Need | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
They're far from permanent, but at least the e-commerce giant is giving its new workers a way to prepare for the work force of the future.
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I think this is a great idea and it is EXACTLY what the people demanding a $15/hour minimum wage missed and have now increased the speed of automation.
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Why the digital divide still lingers, and why it matters

Why the digital divide still lingers, and why it matters | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
If the next president intends to improve American infrastructure and expand economic opportunities, there’s no better place to start than with the millions of people who still lack broadband access and computer skills.

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This continues to be an issue for distance education to allow people to gain equal access.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 29, 2016 4:28 PM
Digital tools are tools. Do people know how to use them well? Are they thoughtful in communicating with and through their tools? As well, there are social justice and economic implications.
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Google My Business tests a messaging feature to chat with your customers

Google My Business tests a messaging feature to chat with your customers | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
New pilot feature in Google My Business lets you do live chat with your customers directly from the Google search results.
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Wow!  I could think of lots of cool ways this could be used in #elearning
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Six Things Great Bosses Constantly Remind Their Teams

Six Things Great Bosses Constantly Remind Their Teams | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Whether you’ve just started training your first hire or you’ve been managing scores of people for decades, you’re in the position of being a leader. And if there’s one aspect of leadership that holds true, regardless of staff size or industry, it’s that being one isn’t for the thin-skinned or the faint of heart.
 

So much of your job isn’t about hitting goals, but rather about being rooted in reality, constantly striving to bring perspective and empathy to whatever situations you encounter. Sometimes, finding the right words can be the biggest challenge of your day. But other times, you’re overthinking it, and it’s as simple as saying these six tiny sentences.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 8, 2016 5:22 PM

Great leaders tell their team members over and over again to speak their minds and to say no to the right things.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 9, 2016 1:35 PM

Leadership is a very important topic and often overlooked by companies. For those who speak the Spanish or Portuguese, more about leadership can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ

Why Attitude Is More Important Than IQ | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
New research shows that your attitude is more important to how you do in life than your intellect.
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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:17 AM
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Without a doubt, EQ is at least as important as IQ. Add a growth mindset and you are nearly unstoppable!
 
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Without a doubt, EQ is at least as important as IQ. Add a growth mindset and you are nearly unstoppable!
 
Carlos Fosca's curator insight, March 26, 2016 10:26 AM
Without a doubt, EQ is at least as important as IQ. Add a growth mindset and you are nearly unstoppable!

 






 


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Is online learning the future of education?

Is online learning the future of education? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
In a recent survey, almost 80% of young people said they've taken an online course. Is this the future of education?

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The power of distance education is in the access and opportunity.

"Instead of worrying whether or not online education can ever be as good as more traditional formats, perhaps we should instead focus on how we can use it to deliver quality education for people all over the world, particularly the poor and underserved."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 7, 2016 8:27 PM

Yes, it is. Get with it! Thanks to Juan Doming.

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10 Essential PowerPoint Hacks For Exciting Presentations

10 Essential PowerPoint Hacks For Exciting Presentations | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Besides practicing a lot, great presenters have picked up smart PowerPoint hacks (i.e., clever tips and tricks) that work well and make their job easier.

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Cathia Gaïta's curator insight, August 30, 2016 8:25 AM
Toujours bon à savoir.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, November 26, 2016 11:26 AM
Great tips!
 
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, November 28, 2016 9:53 AM

These are amazing hints and tips.  Thank you Presentation Panda @pandapresents for making our lives easier when presenting!

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Skype Announces Free Video Meetings With “PowerPoint Collaboration & Screen Sharing”

Skype Announces Free Video Meetings With “PowerPoint Collaboration & Screen Sharing” | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Skype just announced Skype Meetings, which lets up to ten users participate in a free video call and, unlike the “personal” Skype version, also lets you share screens and PowerPoints. Y…

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This is great!  Makes Skype function more like other desktop videoconferencing software.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, July 7, 2016 9:29 AM
A new tool for collaboration. 
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 8, 2016 2:40 AM
a useful improvement of Skype 
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15 Ways to Create Effective PowerPoint Presentations

15 Ways to Create Effective PowerPoint Presentations | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Want your next Powerpoint presentation look like it was constructed and delivered by a pro? Here are 15 ways to create effective PowerPoint presentations.


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Orlando Delgado's curator insight, July 6, 2016 8:04 AM
Better PowerPoint presentations!
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 6, 2016 11:37 AM

Useful!

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, July 7, 2016 1:59 AM
It could help: reiterate and go back to the basics... good summary...
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Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox

Use This Awesome Web App to Make the Best Videos on YouTube #Showbox | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Ever felt the urge to launch a YouTube channel, only to find that the results don't quite pass muster? A new web app called Showbox is the answer.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 6, 2016 5:58 AM

Showbox is a new web app (in Beta stage) for creating videos. You will need a Chrome browser to use it.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 2016 7:39 AM
This is an excellent resource for your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
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Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I

Comparing the Effectiveness of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra I | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
This brief compares educational outcomes through the second year of high school for students who took an online credit recovery course and those who took a face-to-face credit recovery course. The authors conclude that online courses must continue to improve to meet the needs of high-risk students seeking to recover credits.
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Both face-to-face and online credit recovery did not seem to have great results.  Lending interest in the blended learning approach for credit recovery.
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This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success

This Inspiring TED Talk Celebrates Imperfection as the Key to Success | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

True innovation starts with ditching the ideal of perfection.

 

Studies have shown that self-doubt can potentially be a major hurdle to women's success. There's evidence we might not ask for a promotion, apply for a job we're absolutely qualified for or execute on a big idea because we're not as confident in our abilities as men.

 


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Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Dané Davis's curator insight, March 10, 2016 5:43 PM

Are we still teaching our girls growing up to avoid risk and failure, while their counterparts are taught to play rough, swing high, and crawl to the top of the monkey bars just to jump off head first?  Are we perpetuating habits that stiffen women in their future success? 

june holley's curator insight, March 14, 2016 8:14 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

Melissa Ness's curator insight, March 15, 2016 9:12 AM

Most girls are taught to avoid risk and failure. We're taught to smile pretty, play it safe, get all A's. Boys, on the other hand, are taught to play rough, swing high, crawl to the top of the monkey bars and then just jump off head first.

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Study of MOOCs offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior

Study of MOOCs offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A new study of MOOCs from MIT and Harvard offers insights into online learner engagement and behavior. The report, based on four years of data from edX offerings on MITx and HarvardX, represents one of the largest surveys of massive open online courses to date.
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Ten rules of etiquette for videoconferencing

Ten rules of etiquette for videoconferencing | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Ten rules of etiquette for videoconferencing. Video-chat services and other products that enable videoconferences are flooding the workplace ..."


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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, March 15, 2016 3:37 AM

Your guide to global video conferencing trends and etiquette. Videoconferencing comes with its own code of behavior that takes the place of yesterday’s manners for meetings.

Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 15, 2016 4:28 AM

Your guide to global video conferencing trends and etiquette. Videoconferencing comes with its own code of behavior that takes the place of yesterday’s manners for meetings.

The Twinkie Awards's curator insight, March 15, 2016 5:42 PM

Your guide to global video conferencing trends and etiquette. Videoconferencing comes with its own code of behavior that takes the place of yesterday’s manners for meetings.

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A Dozen Things You Need to Know about Adult Learning | Tomorrow's Professor Postings

A Dozen Things You Need to Know about Adult Learning | Tomorrow's Professor Postings | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The posting below, a bit longer than most, describes a dozen tips for working with adult learners. It is from Chapter 4 – A Dozen Things You Need to Know about Adult Learning, in the book, Teaching Adults: A Practical Guide for New Teachers, by Ralph G. Brocket. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company. One Montgomery Street, Suite 1200. San Francisco, CA 94104-4594 www.wiley.com All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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DocBiodiv's curator insight, December 5, 2016 6:25 AM
Blog Tomorrow's Professor Postings de l'Université de Stanford, accès libre au chapitre 4  de l'ouvrage.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, December 5, 2016 2:01 PM
Great article form Tomorrow's Professor.
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Freek Kraak's curator insight, December 8, 2016 4:06 PM
Goed om te signaleren op 'Een Leven Lang Leren'.
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This is a great list of 16 characteristics of a leader based on an article of an interview with Tony Francona, manager of the Cleveland Indians. 
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IT Educator: Not My Job?

IT Educator: Not My Job? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
CIOs are responsible for translating technology into everyday language and communicating the benefits and limitations of technology to the president and other members of the institution management team.
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"I determine who the audience is and what my purpose is for communicating. "

This is such an important thing to remember - even when training teachers.  We are not training them to be Instructional Specialists or Technology Experts - we are trying to help them find ways to meet their instructional goals for their students.  Focus is on the learning not the tool.

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Will Online Learning lead education by 2025?

Will Online Learning lead education by 2025? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Andrew Graley, Polycom’s director of healthcare, education and government for EMEA, believes that technology is the catalyst for improving the education landscape. “By allowing an engaging, accessible, and cost-effective approach to education, technology opens up the prospect of higher education, personalised courses, and teacher-training to a much broader population,” he says.

The respondents predict that the future learning environment will break free from the classroom: 64% of respondents believe students in 2015 primarily engage with content in the classroom, but only 25% predict it will still be the leading way for learning in 2025. Alongside this, the use of remote learning technologies in teaching is expected to rise significantly: 53% of education professionals believe real-time video collaboration and mobile devices will be the primary way students engage with content by 2025.

58% of EMEA respondents expect to see greater collaboration between schools and corporations by 2025, and the majority of respondents believe there will be a more defined career pathway through the schooling process. The majority of EMEA respondents predict that the role a teacher plays in education will become less important in coming years, with the role of thought leaders and educational outreach programmes becoming increasingly important to education.

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Stanford scholars untangle the science of learning | Stanford News

Stanford scholars untangle the science of learning | Stanford News | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Stanford education researchers distill learning theories into practical solutions for classrooms.
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This has some really interesting insight.
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Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule

Why Constant Learners All Embrace the 5-Hour Rule | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

At the age of 10, Benjamin Franklin left formal schooling to become an apprentice to his father. As a teenager, he showed no particular talent or aptitude aside from his love of books.

 

When he died a little over half a century later, he was America's most respected statesman, its most famous inventor, a prolific author, and a successful entrepreneur.

 

What happened between these two points to cause such a meteoric rise? Underlying the answer to this question is a success strategy for life that we can all use, and increasingly must use.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, July 14, 2016 6:58 PM

Benjamin Franklin did this 1 hour a day, 5 hours a week. Why you should do it too.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, July 15, 2016 9:03 AM
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Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.'s curator insight, July 15, 2016 4:30 PM
Succinct article about the power of consistent learning. Great examples of role models and their approach.
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How to Make Beautiful and Effective Infographics via  Jeff Rum

How to Make Beautiful and Effective Infographics via  Jeff Rum | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Jeff Rum

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Sherif Shook's curator insight, July 7, 2016 9:19 PM

INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS
An interactive whiteboard (IWB) is a large interactive board that connects to a computer. A projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device. The board is typically mounted to a wall or floor stand.


They are used in a variety of settings, including classrooms at all levels of education, in corporate board rooms and work groups, in training rooms for professional sports coaching, in broadcasting studios, and others.


The first interactive whiteboards were designed and manufactured for use in the office. They were developed by Xerox Parc around 1990. This board was used in small group meetings and round-tables.


The interactive whiteboard industry was expected to reach sales of US$1 billion worldwide by 2008; one of every seven classrooms in the world was expected to feature an interactive whiteboard by 2011 according to market research by Future source Consulting. In 2004, 26% of British primary classrooms had interactive whiteboards. The Becta Harnessing Technology Schools Survey 2007 indicated that 98% of secondary and 100% of primary schools had IWBs. By 2008 the average numbers of interactive whiteboards rose in both primary schools (18 compared with just over six in 2005, and eight in the 2007 survey) and secondary schools (38, compared with 18 in 2005 and 22 in 2007).


Uses for interactive whiteboards may include:


• Running software that is loaded onto the connected PC, such as a web browsers or other software used in the classroom.


• Capturing and saving notes written on a whiteboard to the connected PC


• Capturing notes written on a graphics tablet connected to the whiteboard


• Controlling the PC from the white board using click and drag, mark up which annotates a program or presentation


• Using OCR software to translate cursive writing on a graphics tablet into text


• Using an Audience Response System so that presenters can poll a classroom audience or conduct quizzes, capturing feedback onto the whiteboard


• An interactive whiteboard (IWB) device is connected to a computer via USB or a serial port cable, or else wirelessly via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz wireless. In the latter case WEP and WPA/PSK security is available


• A device driver is usually installed on the attached computer so that the interactive whiteboard can act as a Human Input Device (HID), like a mouse. The computer's video output is connected to a digital projector so that images may be projected on the interactive whiteboard surface.


• The user then calibrates the whiteboard image by matching the position of the projected image in reference to the whiteboard using a pointer as necessary. After this, the pointer or other device may be used to activate programs, buttons and menus from the whiteboard itself, just as one would ordinarily do with a mouse. If text input is required, user can invoke an on-screen keyboard or, if the whiteboard software provides for this, utilize handwriting recognition. This makes it unnecessary to go to the computer keyboard to enter text.


• Thus, an IWB emulates both a mouse and a keyboard. The user can conduct a presentation or a class almost exclusively from the whiteboard.


• In addition, most IWBs are supplied with software that provides tools and features specifically designed to maximize interaction opportunities. These generally include the ability to create virtual versions of paper flipcharts, pen and highlighter options, and possibly even virtual rulers, protractors, and compasses—instruments that would be used in traditional classroom teaching.


Interactive whiteboard inside classrooms
In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards have replaced traditional whiteboards or flipcharts, or video/media systems such as a DVD player and TV combination. Even where traditional boards are used, the IWB often supplements them by connecting to a school network digital video distribution system. In other cases, IWBs interact with online shared annotation and drawing environments such as interactive vector based graphical websites.


Brief instructional blocks can be recorded for review by students — they will see the exact presentation that occurred in the classroom with the teacher's audio input. This can help transform learning and instruction.


Many companies and projects now focus on creating supplemental instructional materials specifically designed for interactive whiteboards. Electrokite out of Boston, MA, for example, will have the first complete curriculum for schools and districts.


One recent use of the IWB is in shared reading lessons. Mimic books, for instance, allow teachers to project children's books onto the interactive whiteboard with book-like interactivity.


Dixons City Academy in the North of England was the first non college or university learning environment to make use of interactive whiteboards after the school's then principal Sir John Lewis showed a keen interest in the developing technology. An interactive whiteboard can now be found in every classroom of the school.

Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, July 8, 2016 8:55 AM
I struggle with translating words to images. This helps!
Sue Alexander's curator insight, July 8, 2016 11:53 AM
Helpful for my visual communicators:
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Presentation Tips For Delivering an Amazing Webinar

Presentation Tips For Delivering an Amazing Webinar | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Understand the presentation secrets to creating engaging webinars that will have your audience glued to their screens. These webinar presentation tips will help

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crowhopsuggests's comment, August 5, 2016 12:15 AM
Extremely good...!!
Giuliano Deledda's curator insight, August 6, 2016 2:57 AM
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"Understand the presentation secrets to creating engaging webinars that will have your audience glued to their screens. These webinar presentation tips will help."

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10 Tools for More Interactive Videos 

10 Tools for More Interactive Videos  | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Forget about PowerPoints with voice-over — that's old school. These "new school" apps can help you engage your students while they're learning from your lectures.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 8, 2016 3:30 PM
La vidéo n'est plus uniquement pour les spécialistes ! C'est à la portée de tous. Vous pouvez surtout demander aux étudiants de créer des films au lieu d'une présentation en classe.
Janette Planck's curator insight, June 13, 2016 5:49 AM
Technologies to assist

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, August 12, 2016 5:55 AM
Useful for blended or online courses
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MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report

MIT releases Online Education Policy Initiative report | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A new MIT report on online education policy analyzes the current state of higher education and consider how advances in learning science and online technology might shape its future.
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I have heard the term "learning engineer" used before - maybe in the early 2000's when #onlinelearning was really beginning to boom.  But I like the way they use it here: "would have expertise in a discipline as well as in learning science and educational technologies, and would integrate knowledge across fields to design and optimize learning experiences."  I feel like an elearning specialist with knowledge in educational technologies and optimizing learning experiences, people seem to doubt my content expertise.  Either they want me only to design courses with a SME or the teacher wants to put their own course together because they don't believe I have the content knowledge and want me to come in at the end and "fix it up."  And let me tell you - that is not easy to do when you were not in on the design.  I find this report interesting.
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