The 21st century is a world in constant change. In A New Culture of Learning, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown pursue an understanding of how the forces of change, and emerging waves of interest associated with these forces, inspire and invite us to imagine a future of learning that is as powerful as it is optimistic. Our understanding of what constitutes "a new culture of learning" is based on several basic assumptions about the world and how learning occurs:
Six Thinking Hats® is a simple, effective parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved. And once learned, the tools can be applied immediately!
You and your team members can learn how to separate thinking into six clear functions and roles. Each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic "thinking hat." By mentally wearing and switching "hats," you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, the conversation, or the meeting.
As more companies implement a socially responsible business model, new approaches are becoming available regarding digital Social Good outreach. This panel discusses how and why leading companies are pursuing these Social Good objectives, and why these programs rely heavily on Social/Digital Media. Viewpoints will be shared from general-industry and program-specific perspectives to give a more holistic view of the issues.
a tool that scans content of web sites and creates a report on some accessibility and SEO related parameters. The application is a PHP script that can be installed in any Apache / MySQL / PHPplatform and can be croned (program its activation in certain dates / hours). The information it harvests for every link he finds in the site is:
Type of link: internal link, external link, CSS file, JS script, file, e-mail address
HTML/XHTML doctype based validation against W3C validator
File where the link was found (very useful to fix these broken links)
Invest In Our Future BuIld On Our strengths Play to Win
At the outset, let me say that America can continue to compete and win in the global economy. The Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is confident of that. But we can’t, as a nation, afford to be complacent. Our ability to pioneer industries, create good jobs and ensure that America’s best days remain ahead of us will be determined by whether
we forge consensus around smart policy changes in Washington, D.C., and galvanize the private sector to help us write the next great chapter in the American story.
Distance Education for Teacher Training: Modes, Models, and Methods builds on EDC’s extensive international and domestic experience in the field of distance education and gathers research and lessons learned from numerous programs in over 100 nations and territories to help distance education policymakers, planners and designers develop distance education systems focused on producing high-quality teachers.
Whether upgrading “un-trained” teachers’ existing skills, providing teachers with enrichment or continuing education opportunities or helping teachers gain advanced degrees or certification, nations across the globe are increasingly turning to distance education as a convenient, flexible and multimodal avenue for teacher education.
Distance Education for Teacher Training focuses on the following areas:
modes of distance education—types of distance-based delivery systems and their strengths and weaknesses from print to digital gaming to online learning to mobile technologies models of distance education for teacher training programs—actual examples of various programs from each continent methods or best practices necessary to develop a high-quality distance education program...
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is pleased to be among dozens of education and technology organizations partnering to promote Digital Learning Day (DLD), 2/1/12, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education. SIIA is promoting DLD to its high-tech member software, digital content and online services companies, and asking them to promote DLD through their networks.
SRI International Report: Missed Opportunities for Innovative Teaching around the World
Study Examined Teaching Practices That Promote 21st Century Skills
Menlo Park, Calif. — November 10, 2011 — A new multinational study led by SRI International finds that innovative teaching practices supported by technology can indeed promote 21st century skills such as collaboration and problem solving. Unfortunately, in classrooms around the world, these important learning opportunities are rare.
SRI's Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) research program, sponsored by Microsoft Partners in Learning and local country partners, examined teaching practices in 159 schools in Australia, Finland, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, and England. The new report, ITL Research 2011 Findings: Evolving Educational Ecosystems, summarizes results of Phase 1 of the ITL program and offers insights into how schools and systems can best support more innovative teaching practices. The studies were conducted in partnership with leading researchers and policy partners in each participating country.
This event takes place on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 2 to 3 p.m. ET. Much of students’ social lives outside of school these days takes place online, through social networking sites. And even though this form of bullying may happen most often after school hours, the impact from online conflicts and negative comments in cyberspace can directly affect a student’s in-school life, including the ability to learn. While cyberbullying is receiving more attention and media coverage these days, school leaders and educators still have few clear-cut guidelines on how to handle it. Should they be monitoring sites like Facebook to police student behavior? Can principals and administrators take disciplinary action against students who misbehave online? When does a cyberbullying situation require school intervention? And how can school leaders create a school culture where bullying is unacceptable among students both in school and online? During this webinar, two nationally-recognized experts on bullying will help educators address these questions and develop strategies for combating bullying and its impact both in schools and online.
Barbara-Jane Paris, principal, Canyon Vista Middle School in Austin, Texas
Nancy Willard, executive director, Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Michelle R. Davis, senior writer, Education Week Digital Directions
If you want to take part in the 8th student blogging challenge then it is now time to register. Hover over the pages in the header to find your registration page.
The first challenge will appear in early March. There will be three sections.
Blogging – this set of activities will relate to setting up your blog, especially if you are new to blogging.Students – these will be activities for students to go on with once they have finished the blogging activities. Most likely students who have taken part in the challenge last year will be doing these activities.Classes – similar to students in that once you have the blogging activities done then choose some out of this section to complete as a class.
If you have any ideas for challenges, please leave a comment on this post. Make sure your name and blog URL are included as you will be given acknowledgement if your activity is chosen during the challenge.
The NMC Horizon Report > 2012 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative(ELI), an EDUCUASE Program.This ninth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.
About Hack Education I created Hack Education in June 2010 shortly after I became a technology journalist. No surprise, I was frustrated by the lack of coverage of education technology -- by both technology and education publications. I did my day job (the freelance writing I get paid for) but devoted as much attention as possible to Hack Education, trying to create the sort of blog that (admittedly) I'd want to read: one that's smart and snarky, one that's free of advertising and investor influence (See:Disclosures), one that's tracking new technologies but not just because of some hyperbolic "revolution." This blog isn't just about how ed-tech changes "the system." This is about the future of learning. (Yes, there's a distinction there.) -AUDREY WATTERS
Closing the Gap gives educators the resources they need to turn data into action to strengthen instructional practices.
Reports based on broad input from the K-12 educational community including up-to-date information on student information systems (SIS) and learning management (LMS) software solutions.Best practices for implementing SIS/LMS software systems.Engaging online Communities of Practice (CoPs) to facilitate the use of project resources, share results and learn from each other.
The Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators begin building rich digital learning experiences for students in districts across the country. The playbook offers information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that have engaged in successful transitions to digital learning.
Change the Equation aligns corporate efforts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to ensure that they add up to real, measurable growth in the achievement and STEM fluency of U.S.