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Florida Virtual School Research: Free Webinar 9/16/2014

Florida Virtual School Research: Free Webinar 9/16/2014 | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Florida Virtual School, the nation’s largest state K-12 virtual school, engages in multiple instructional research partnerships each year.  In this presentation, members of the FLVS leadership team will discuss the process of designing organizational research goals and partnering with external researchers, in addition to sharing the challenges and best practices in managing research partnerships—from research methods/design to data collection and security.  Additionally, a summary of ongoing instructional research projects at FLVS will be offered.  This presentation will appeal to both providers and researchers as an opportunity to learn more about working together in the important process of research partnership.
Presenters: Teresa King Instructional Programs Manager Florida Virtual School   Dr. Jodi Marshall Executive Vice President, Business and School Solutions Florida Virtual School
 
*Note: On the day of the event, you will receive a link to the webinar via email. 

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A research sharing webinar on Virtual k-12.  Free.  9/16


Lots of potential for action research, networking, and gaining a deeper understanding of how virtual education works at the k-12 level. (Also good for a back to school brain buzz!)

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Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced "Skype Translator", a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project -- Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

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Ever since Douglas Adams introduced the Babel Fish concept in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I've been fascinated by the implications of A.I. enabled universal translation of languages. 


Here's a step in that direction via Skype. (We all know it will be wonky and buggy at first, but it's another step down the road to cross cultural communication.

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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 30, 10:37 AM

Wow! 

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 30, 11:16 AM

Looks like we are one step closer to Gene Roddenberry's view of the future. Does this remind anyone of a universal translator??? 

terry clarke's curator insight, July 30, 2:54 PM

Although universal communication among people speaking different languages is certainly a worthy goal, I am reluctant to embrace the technology that allegedly allows instantaneous translation during audio/video conferences among speakers of different languages--for many reasons.

  • My ethnic Kazakh daughter and I are bilingual (English & Russian), and I have found that the act, itself, of learning a new language necessarily draws one closer to the customs and practices of the people who use the language in their day-to-day lives (requiring an examination of nearly every aspect of the lives of those who speak the "different language"--allowing, at least the feeling of, adoption of a new and different culture).
  • Language (particularly oral as opposed to written) is an imprecise method of communication, and even experienced translators will attest that different languages have idiosyncrasies that do not allow for an accurate or precise communication of a particular idea, description or opinion sought to be сonveyed. Подвиг (Podvig) is a Russian word used to describe a particular idea in Eastern Orthodox Christianity is an example of one such word--though others may disagree
  • Because of the decline of formal language usage in favor of slang and the explosion of the use of acronyms (SMH, YOLO, WTF), and the multitudes of "figures of speech", I am skeptical that current technology exists that would allow a computer program algorithm to translate accurately and instantaneously the communications between people speaking different languages.
  • Upon reflection, I could not support the widespread use of the technology described in this article. Language, in its many different and beautiful forms, is a reflection of the culture, history and heritage of those who speak it.
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Use Skype to join explorer Mark Wood on his Everest adventure

Use Skype to join explorer Mark Wood on his Everest adventure | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
In March 2013 I will be leading an expedition through the Nepalese side of the Himalayas in an attempt to summit Mount Everest. I am looking for ten schools from ten different countries to connect ...
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Connect with international students, while Mark Wood is on his Everest adventure

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8 Great Tools to Create Webinars Online

8 Great Tools to Create Webinars Online | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
One of the pluses of technology in education is the fact that it liberated the notion of formal instruction and destroyed its confining walls. There is an emerging breed of teachers nowadays who no longer accept the notion that the classroom is necessarily contained within four walls. They use social media and telecommunication technologies to globalize their instruction and extend their teaching to everywhere in the world.
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Google Education Hangout Conference Schedule - EducationOnAir

Google Education Hangout Conference Schedule - EducationOnAir | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
This site provides information for the Education On Air conference convened by Google in Education. The conference will occur on May 2, 2012 from 12 noon- 10pm Eastern.
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Using Synchronous Tools to Build Community in the Asynchronous Online Classroom - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

Using Synchronous Tools to Build Community in the Asynchronous Online Classroom - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Sometimes students in the online environment just need that extra nudge to feel connected in order to truly excel. As instructors, we can facilitate community-building in an asynchronous environment by utilizing synchronous tools, such as Wimba, Skype, Elluminate, and others available to us via our learning management system or outside of the LMS.
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The World Cafe: Synchronous Masters Key Concepts - An Overview

The World Cafe: Synchronous Masters Key Concepts - An Overview | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The World Café is a conversational process based on a set of integrated design principles that reveal a deeper living network pattern.


The World Café is based on a few simple ideas, but those ideas are situated in a complex nexus that includes elements of process itself, philosophical thinking both historic and recent, a lexicon of new language, emergent social behaviors, and many other groups and methods that are exploring similar territory.


Juanita Brown, one of the co-founders of the World Café, wrote her doctoral thesis on the subject, and there is no better place to go to find the deep philosophical roots of the World Café as an experience and social phenomona.

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How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? | MindShift

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? | MindShift | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

As a Skype user,  I've found video conferencing with my students to be an effective connection.  I'm intrigued by the idea of larger hangout meetings with my online students.  I'll be trying this! ~ Dennis


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Google Hangouts opens up another realm of possibilities for educators

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Google Hangouts allows up to 10 people to video chat with one another. Hangouts are free and easy to use (once you download and install a browser plug-in, you’re all set). You can invite specific people to join a Hangout with you, although it’s worth noting that anyone who joins can in turn share the Hangout’s URL and invite others. As being in a Hangout appears in all the participants’ Streams, it does mean that these are public gatherings.


Google’s Hangout technology recognizes who is speaking during a session and that person’s image takes the “big screen” while other participants appear in small tiles below. In other words, there’s no squinting or tracking to try to figure out where the voice in the video conference is coming from.

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How to Teach Online With Screensharing and Screencasts

How to Teach Online With Screensharing and Screencasts | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Sharing ideas visually is no new concept. A hundred years ago, teachers used chalkboards. Then, with the invention of the smelly, dry erase marker, we upgraded our boardrooms and classrooms with shiny whiteboards. Then along came old fashion projectors, and we wrote on clear plastic, shining the ideas up on a pull-down screen. Years later, the projector has gone the way of the chalkboard though, because now we have digital projectors!

But wait!! you say. What about SMART Boards?! 


If you are one of the nation’s benevolent educational leaders who has spent tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars on SMART Boards, you should be swatted smartly on the wrist for wasting taxpayer dollars. Most of the functionality of a SMART Board, especially the functionality that teachers use, can be gotten from a digital projector shown on a dry erase board. And in most districts that have a SMART Board or two in each school, a digital projector could have been placed in 20 classrooms for the same initial cos

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The 10 Biggest Myths About Synchronous Online Teaching (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE

The 10 Biggest Myths About Synchronous Online Teaching (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The 10 Biggest Myths About Synchronous Online Teaching (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE: http://t.co/X9WhWaHW...

 

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Reaching agreement on the convenience of online classes is easy, but arguing in favor of a synchronous learning experience in a virtual classroom is harder.

 

Debunking the top 10 myths about synchronous online teaching helps refute the arguments against it, while the transformational nature of online teaching can convert skeptics into supporters.

 

With adequate support for their online efforts, would-be online educators can embark on their own synchronous online teaching adventures — and fly!

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10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration

10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Collaborating in a virtual workplace is difficult. To help improve the collaboration on your remote team, we've come up with 10 rules to guide your efforts.
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I like these tips.  They make sense and they will make your 'presence' known if you telecommute to work. 


I telecommuted to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora for 8 years. It was a great job with a fantastic team. Much of what is presented in this article I learned the hard way. Save yourself time, and be a telecommuting wizard! Check it out!

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Informative  article  on how to improve the customizable,  transformative, and collaborative environment. 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, August 1, 8:31 AM

I agree with Dennis O'Connor - I've been in a virtual work space for over a decade and for much of the time, it was trial and error. Take a shortcut to how to collaborate with ease and skill. Read on!

Donella Marie Muzik's curator insight, August 6, 10:29 AM

Even in a "regular" workplace, these tips and tricks are useful to keep in mind. Asynchronous projects are here to stay, regardless of "local" vs. "remote" office status!

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Real Time + Time Shifted? Here's a tool to consider: Free Conference Calling

Real Time + Time Shifted? Here's a tool to consider:  Free Conference Calling | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Use our free conference call services for best call quality and conference capacity. Get Free Conference Calling for a great teleconferencing service.
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Here's a way to bring a real time connection to a time shifted online course.  


Elements I like about this system: Free, Conference Call is recorded as an MP3,  This is enough to temp me! 

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elearn Magazine: Using Skype as an Academic Tool: Lessons Learned

elearn Magazine: Using Skype as an Academic Tool: Lessons Learned | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Dr. Martin Sivula is a former Director of Academic Computing and is a Certified Data Educator (CDE).


Several years ago I witnessed a graduate student speaking to person on his laptop screen.

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Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts

Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

If you were waiting for Google to release a screen-sharing feature inside the Hangout real-time collaboration platform, that time has come.

 

In the next 48 hours Google will be rolling out to all Google+ users the ability to screen-share during any hangout session.

 

From Christopher Johnson G+ post: "When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users.

 

We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design ( http://goo.gl/gG1NA ).

 

Highlights include:

 

- Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.

 

- Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements."

Source:  https://plus.google.com/115570939558790629700/posts/h9HHTRBK7CJ 


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Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning | Mindflash

Asynchronous E-Learning Vs. Synchronous E-Learning | Mindflash | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Visually see the differences between asynchronous e-learning and synchronous e-learning practices.

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Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE

Asynchronous and Synchronous E-Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A study of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning methods discovered that each supports different purposes.


By Stefan Hrastinski


My work has focused on the benefits and limitations of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning and addresses questions such as when, why, and how to use these two modes of delivery. Many organizations and educational institutions are interested in using and developing both asynchronous and synchronous e-learning, but have a limited understanding of the benefits and limitations of the two. I began with a view of learning as participation in the social world,which implies that learning is a dialogue carried out through both internal and social negotiation.

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Press Coverage — LearningTimes Online Network

Press Coverage — LearningTimes Online Network | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Some Recent Happenings at LearningTimes.


This is a dynamic online community with a focus on both synchronous and asynchronous online learning. 


If you're looking for a great network where you can meet other online professionals, this is it! 


I personally recommend you tune into the Green Room Podcasts with my colleagues Susan Manning and Dan Balzer!  (Superb practicioners.)

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InSync: Complimentary-Programs: Online and Live

InSync: Complimentary-Programs: Online and Live | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Complimentary Programs


InSync Training Events Calendar


Programs are delivered via Webex Training Center or iLinc. Toll-free teleconferencing is available in the US only. Your confirmation email will provide instructions on how to log on and how to test your software.


Synchronous training opportunities are a great way to 'sample' the art of live real time online learning. Increasingly real-time online presentations are being used to deliver information.  To avoid repeating the inefficiencies of a tradional staff meeting, it takes a skilled presesenter.  Here's a chance to experience a professional caliber real-time training. (For Free... a word all teachers love too hear!) ~ Dennis

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Google+ Hangouts: Six Practical Uses for Online Education by Jeremy Vest : Learning Solutions Magazine

Google+ Hangouts: Six Practical Uses for Online Education by Jeremy Vest : Learning Solutions Magazine | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

“If seeing, hearing, or sharing with your online students could help the learning process, then Google+ Hangouts could be a great, engaging venue for your students. Considering that many students use Social Media as one of the primary ways to communicate, this might be a way to better engage younger generations.”

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