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This fun little Flash video gives a quick overview of SCORM which is possibly the most mind-numbingly boring subject possible. This is really what elearning ...
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E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program Infographic
Here's an infographic I've been working on to give you all a sense of the E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program at UW-Stout.
I will take a look at this program. If I could start Monday that would be perfect! I'm probably too late which would be sad because it seems to be relatively inexpensive.
As a student, I had great difficulty concentrating during lesson time and consequently didn't retain much knowledge. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and had the symptoms of attention deficit disorder.
As a classroom teacher I taught Tony Buzan's memory building methods to my Middle School Students. Not only do they work, more importantly they break down the 'I can't do this".mindset so common in young teens.
Memory work is good work. Investigate this!
Tony Bates: I was 75 yesterday and as I’ve tried to do each birthday for the last 25 years, I spent the day skiing at Whistler. (A wonderful day: sunshine and still tons of snow, and a lot of terrain to cover). How to spend yesterday was an easy decision. The hard one is how to spend the rest of my life (yeah, welcome to the club). In particular, I have decided to stop (nearly) all professional activities from now onwards. I want to go through the reasons for this, because the reasons are as much professional as personal. Also this change has implications for my blog in particular. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/04/15/time-to-retire-from-online-learning/#sthash.DscyKoXi.dpuf
Tony Bates remains a great mind and a visionary thinking. His teaching has always been part of my universe.
Congratulations on 'retiring with style'!
Google Webmaster Tools, Google Analytics, and Google Tools - Free Course
This course gives an overview of several powerful Google tools that are free to web site owners. It focuses mainly on Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. Webmaster Tools helps web site owners track the health of their website. Google Analytics helps web site owners track conversions and visitors.
Use E-Books and Videos to get stared with Google tools.
Great place to start your journey into the world of Google tools for education!
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.
The infographic style of presentation sit atop a deep set of resources.
By Larry Ferlazzo: An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival Guide, and Building Parent Engagement In Schools.
Seeking ways to differentiate instruction in your classroom? Look here for quality outsources on a complex topic. Ferlazzo's "power-packed line-up" of guest responders speak to the issue. Additionally you'll find a compilation of Best Resources on the subject.
I find it challenging to work out how to differentiate (or whether I am differentiating) lessons in secondary school classes where everything is driven by the needs of an examination system. This idea, that there are multiple incarnations of differentiation, I find quite helpful.
But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe.
I started with BRS searches and Bulletin Boards. How about you?
Qui peut prédire la suite?
Breve historia de los Medios de Comunicación Social
More a timeline than a history. Useful, anyway.
Elearning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate information. Learn how to teach and improve online and blended classes.
Eight-week intensive online courses Expert facilitation by veteran online instructors Small highly interactive classesProfessional quality projects for an e-portfolio to aid in job searches Career mentoring and job placement assistanceHighly competitive tuition Credits may also apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program
I highly recommend this program. It's been my passion for over a decade. Join us, change your future.
Tim Robinson: If our students think that the discussion posting is useless and not at all entertaining. It likely means that it is useless and not at all entertaining. We know this because we often feel the same way when we have to make contrived discussions posts. It’s not that our jobs are about entertaining students, but we do need to do what we can do make it at least tolerable.
If we can expand our understanding of the tool to get beyond just ‘discussions’ but see it as a platform for other creative ways to explore a topic, we’ll find a much richer level of learning. We can, maybe, even have some fun with it.
Tim Robinson gives examples on how to make online discussions more engaging and interactive, how to encourage students to participate and how to make discussion posting more entertaining.
Online discussions can be awesome or a pain. I think we've all experienced that. Here's a way to help ensure that they are awesome.
I think this is from the Blackboard people; nevertheless it has some guidance on using Discussion boards which was helpful to me.
Good advice here - very timely!
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is used to design curriculum, lessons and instruction based on the diversity of the learners in their classroom.
How can UDL guide personalize learning to meet the Common Core?
When a teacher understands his/her learners through the UDL lens, he/she creates a flexible learning environment and provides opportunities for learner voice and choice. When lessons are designed using the UDL model, the lesson includes goals, methods, materials, tools, and assessments to reach and support the maximum amount of learners in the classroom.
Learners can use this model to help them understand how they learn best and what learning path they can take to become an independent expert learner, leveraging their natural abilities in the process. This process helps the learner create their personal learning profile that is understood by both teacher and learner.
The importance of this strategy is that both the teacher and the learner understand who the learner is and how they learn best. The learner and the teacher uses the UDL lens to personalize learning. So what does that look like?
An example of an 8th Grade unit on the Civil War serves as an example along with two students who can meet a number of CCSS when they choose and use the tools to support their learning.
Explore our new website, Personalize Learning (www.personalizelearning.com), to learn more about the research, models and educators who are personalizing learning.
Éducation / Exemplarité /Peace / Change thé World / Solidarité
UDL Guides Personalizing Learning to Meet the Common Core
Personalized learning is what 21st Century Learning is all about
Doctopus is truly the educator’s virtual personal assistant.
Teachers don't have an office or a secretary (or they share the overworked front office staff with 100 other teachers).
Along comes a set of add-ons that make Google Docs more useful for classroom teachers. Since all teachers are basically broke, these free tools help good people do a tough job.
Dear “Nervous To Try Something New With EdTech”: You know when you spoke with me the other day and told me that that introducing more tech into my class was fine for me because I was ‘into it’ and ‘understood’ it? That you were not going to try a new way of doing things (edtech-wise) …
I've done edtech training for nervous teachers since the days of the Apple ll and the Commodore 64. Some things never change. I think it's not so much the fear of tech as it is the fear of losing control of a class when the tech fails (as it always will).
The cure? Perhaps being flexible enough to have multiple fall back positions when the tech crashes and accepting the role of teacher as learner as you learn the ropes along with your students.
A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. Kristen Purcell, report author, explains these findings and the reasons behind them. For the full report, visit www.pewresearch.org. Follow the Pew Research Center on Twitter: @pewresearch
Yesterday the Google Drive team announced one of the biggest updates to Docs and Sheets that we’ve seen in a long time. The new Add-ons feature for Docs and Sheets makes it really easy to bring some advanced functionality, or just some missing features, to your most important Drive files.
Google Drive just keeps getting better.
Rich Kiker, the director of online learning at Palisades School District (PA), talks about how he helped build an online learning environment that offers expanded choice for students and plenty of professional development and support for teachers.
Does your classroom have an online component? If so, you've dipped a toe in the ocean of blended learning. Learn more with this article THE journal.
Creating Collaborative Learning Experiences with VoiceThreadDiscover the multiple uses of VoiceThread in flipped and traditional classrooms, and explore how this versatile tool can increase motivation and assess learning.
Help your students speak from the heart.
Here's a fresh list of VoiceThread resources compiled by Karen Franker, editor of The Tech Tips Newsletter from UW-Stout.
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"When you come to a fork in the road... Take it!! - Yogi Berra
It is not free! But for those who may be interested, here you go :)
As many of you will know I am a bit of a map nerd and have always enjoyed peering down at the Earth through a map or using tools like Google Earth and Maps.
Use the tools, open the minds, teach from the heart.
add your insight...
Using Google Maps is Good if done effectively.
love google maps
Mobile learning is becoming increasingly popular in the workplace. There are a variety of reasons for this, but many have to do with the accessibility of mobile devices, the savings associated with a mobile enabled learning program, and the convenience mobile learning affords the learner.
Interested in grabbing the mobile learning brass ring? Want to understand how to design content for mobile learning? Take Ann Bell's new course at UW-Stout E-Learning:
EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design(with Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, and tablets)
What is the best way to stay connected in a connected world?
If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you've come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider.
Great to see UW-Stout's Online Instructional Design Program recognized in this article!
A teacher in Massachusetts who has spent more than a quarter century in the classroom is drawing attention after she quit her job over her growing frustration with the school system’s emphasis on standardized testing.
Because of “so many things that pulled me away from the classroom and fractured my time with the children,” kindergarten teacher Susan Sluyter quit last month.
“It takes the joy out of learning for the children," she told TODAY. "It takes the joy out of teaching.”
I left the classroom at the end of the 'Nation at Risk' era. I was fed up with top down mandates that put kids learning low on the priority list.
I dodged the NCLB freight train and have retained my teaching spirit while working online for more than a decade.
Unfortunately this is the style of learning in China, where my teachers come from. I have been told to take the fun out of the learning to concentrate on giving only useful information. It has taken the joy out of my teaching...or can I be subversive???
Have a very similar mindset but short of opening one's own school we are stuck with it. I have just published a book leading teachers to the more fertile ground for real progress, in literacy acquisition, of analysing student work, giving them an authentic voice, and goal setting. It puts listening and speaking at the centre.
Will we ever learn in America? uhmmm...that is a rhetorical question, btw. ;-)
Guidelines for effective online discussions This resource will help you, as an instructor, consider many factors that contribute to a successful implementation of online discussion in your course. Variation and incremental development Not every suggestion provided in this resource will fit every situation. You’ll need to find what works best for your students in the context of your course; an iterative approach will likely be necessary in order to meet your learning goals. Variables like class size and personality, scheduling, and topic might require adjustments. A group with a sense of community established through in-class interaction might seamlessly continue discussions online, while another groups might require more attention.
Solid guidelines backed up with a good works consulted list from Chad Shorter at UW-Madison.
...cutting-edge learning environments that allow learners to be self-directed are where it is at. I sense a mountain of resentment when I'm told to learn something, to use ONE technology (e.g. paper-n-pencil, computer, iPad, whatever) but when I'm invited to explore, to make my own connections with a text, with ideas, I'm inclined to blog it, to curate content, to do more with various devices.
I can learn anything I want to learn... Pinned on the wall above my computer.
Using Google Drive, teachers and students can exchange digital work seamlessly. Teachers create and share (view only) a folder or class...
Base your workflow on this foundation and you'll save yourself some painful trial and error. Teachers build on other teacher's work... all free on the open web. Drive that Google Drive!
Workflows on top of frameworks...