And then there’s MOOCs. I can’t express adequately just how pissed off I am about MOOCs – not the concept, but all the hubris and nonsense that’s been talked and written about them. At a personal level, it was as if 45 years of work was for nothing. All the research and study I and many others had done on what makes for successful learning online were totally ignored, with truly disastrous consequences in terms of effective learning for the vast majority of participants who took MOOCs from the Ivy League universities. Having ignored online learning for nearly 20 years, Stanford, MIT and Harvard had to re-invent online learning in their own image to maintain their perceived superiority in all things higher educational.
According to a recent ITU report, the European Union calculates that in ten years, there will be 700,000 more Information Communication Technology (ICT) jobs than professionals to fill them; globally, that shortfall is estimated to be closer to two million. But access to the internet and tech careers continues to remain unequal and even in high income countries women only make up 20% of ICT specialists
A free online Talking English Pronunciation Dictionary - simply mouse over your entry to hear it pronounced. American and British spellings, with alternative pronunciations. Sounds are fast, clear and completely natural, pre-recorded by native speakers. Answers the question "How do you say...?".
Now that 2013 is officially in the books, I can’t think of a better way to reflect than with a flashback into the Top Ten Most Popular Posts of the last 12 months! Check ‘em out by hovering over the interactive image shown below. There’s sure to be a useful “cool tool” or two to help you kick off the new year with a new tech crush—like Thinglink, my all-time fav!
"ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! There is not a day that goes by in our classroom where we don't pop on the site for at least five minutes. The children enjoy the games so much.
The site is perfect for any elementary grade level. There is truly so much to offer. I especially love that the website is free to use and super simple to navigate."
Insured people are all alike, but uninsured people are uninsured for their own reasons.
It can be tempting to think of 'the uninsured' as the poorest of the poor. But that's not entirely the case. While people living below the poverty line are the most likely to be without health insurance, 28 percent of people who make between 100 and 200 percent of poverty level (up to about $23,340) lack coverage, as do 15 percent of those who make between 200 and 400 percent (up to about $46,700).
These maps, created by Kevin Johnson and used here with permission, show where people not covered by either private or public insurance live in each city. Johnson used the 2012 American Community Survey; higher uninsured rates are represented by red and orange colors.
Watch a video that explains Ukraine's crisis in two minutes or read this quick article that covers the same material.
Ukrainians have been protesting since Nov. 21, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for closer integration with the European Union, instead drawing the country closer to Russia. They are still in the streets in huge numbers and have seized regional government buildings in several parts of the country. In Kiev, the capital, clashes between protesters and security forces have become violent, killing several people. On Tuesday, the prime minister resigned. No one is quite sure what will happen next.
On Monday I published a short guide to digital storytelling with comics. This evening I gave a free webinar presentation based on that free guide. More than 200 people registered for the webinar in less than 48 hours. If you wanted to join and missed it, the recording of the webinar, sponsored by Storyboard That, is now available here and as embedded below.
Somewhere between a PowerPoint presentation and a full-fledged video is the audio slideshow. Creating audio slideshows can be a good way to add meaning to slides that otherwise might not mean much without a presenter. Here are some ways that students can create audio slideshows.
"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life. Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.
How to instantly identify toxic narratives. Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."
Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:
Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attainGet objective about your terrible storyPick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)