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Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps

Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"This simple technique is an easy way to turn those PowerPoint Slides into flipped course content... The presentation tool in Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used slide presentation applications available today. While PowerPoint has plenty of detractors and is often the butt of jokes (“PowerPoint has no power and no point …”, you’ve probably heard a few like this), there is no denying that slides produced with this application are central to countless educational lectures across the world every school day."

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Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D.

Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D. | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Educational Technology News site. I have been involved in technology and distance education for over 30 years. Research interests include best practices in elearning and mobile learning. I am currently researching effectiveness of social media for enhancing social presence and teacher immediacy in elearning environments.

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Drora Arussy's comment, June 6, 2013 1:31 PM
This is really helpful in helping me stay on top of what's out there and how people are using it. Thank you
Surapon Boonlue's comment, July 5, 2013 5:11 PM
Well i want to know to research in social media in your country
burlysand's comment, September 24, 2013 3:45 AM
Thats amazing...
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Next Stop, Ubiquity? The Benefits of Wi-Fi on Wheels

Next Stop, Ubiquity? The Benefits of Wi-Fi on Wheels | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"More schools should consider extending the benefits of mobile learning to the bus."

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Osmond Pipe's curator insight, January 30, 7:13 PM

Every interesting piece of reading. Never thought of that one before, maybe it might reduce some of the conflicts that happen on school buses. Not a bad idea, could be something for those in authority to think about.

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What students think of their blended learning teachers

What students think of their blended learning teachers | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"A recent survey reveals that teacher training may impact student opinion in blended courses. With blended learning, the computer may provide much of the learning fundamentals and students must be more self-regulated than in a traditional industrial model classroom, but the teacher still plays a vital (albeit different) role."

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9 Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2015

9 Ed Tech Trends To Watch in 2015 | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The New Year is a time for both reflection and resolution. We've channeled a little bit of both with our annual look at the hottest tech trends in higher education: In the following virtual roundtable discussion, five IT leaders from around the country share their thoughts on everything from analytics and personalized learning to badges and gamification."

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The Top eLearning Statistics and Facts For 2015 You Need To Know

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Google Translate App Adds Real-time Conversation Mode

Google Translate App Adds Real-time Conversation Mode | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The Google Translate App recently saw an impressive update: users can now have a real-time conversation with someone who speaks another language. The feature included in the update, referred to as “conversation mode,” not only acts as a real-time translator for conversations, but also comes with a “camera translation” mode that allows users to decipher words found on signs."

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Turn snow days into e-learning days with these 6 simple steps

Turn snow days into e-learning days with these 6 simple steps | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"With some pre-planning, schools and districts can turn snow days into learning opportunities. The latest winter storm to pound the Northeast left a foot or two of snow in its wake, in the process shutting down much of the tri-state region, limiting access to roads, flights, and, of course, preventing schools from opening.

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Study Reveals that Adding Frequent Tests to Online Learning Improves Retention

Study Reveals that Adding Frequent Tests to Online Learning Improves Retention | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Ever wonder how to improve attention within an online lecture and how to improve an online learner’s ability to learn? One method might be to quiz them frequently."

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Yeah, but will they remember the content after 2 weeks, a month, or longer?

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Deepak Motiramani's curator insight, January 30, 9:32 AM

Lets face it. We are talking about Adult Learning......

hypernet.us's curator insight, January 30, 12:01 PM

hypernet Learn allows teachers to create Summative and Formative assessments for their students.

Check it out at hypernet.us/learn

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How a GoPro got my students excited to learn

How a GoPro got my students excited to learn | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"One teacher recounts the transformation in learning, collaboration, and creativity he’s seen after adding a GoPro"

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 29, 8:46 AM

I've got one! A lot of students have one too! 

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Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad

Khan Academy Releases All Classes for iPad | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"For the first time ever, Khan Academy has released all of its classes specifically for the iPad. This is great for anyone interested in getting some free education, but it’s much more than that. In fact, Khan Academy’s decision is big news for human civilization."

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Jason Robert LeClair's curator insight, January 28, 10:56 AM
A good resource for math, science, and the humanities!
Ula Rutter's curator insight, January 28, 2:26 PM

I've been recommending this resource to a number of students recently; it has lessons in many subjects now, but was originally started by a mathematician who posted explanations of maths topic.

 

Anita Vance's curator insight, January 29, 2:20 PM

Point your patrons in new directions...

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Why online learning needs to get serious about apps

Why online learning needs to get serious about apps | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Last month, New Oriental Education, China’s largest provider of private educational services, and Tencent, the leading texting provider in China with nearly 500 million users on its WeChat app, agreed to launch an integrated, chat-centric education service. The question every university should be asking is: What does this mean for online learning?"

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 29, 8:45 AM

Interesting stuff.

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Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning

Virtually There: 5 Best Practices for Designing Virtual and Blended Learning | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Designing for the face-to-face delivery is hard enough; how do you transfer those skills to the virtual and blended delivery environments?"

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Facebook Addiction and GPA

Facebook Addiction and GPA | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Facebook is a tempting distraction. I have it open as a tab in my browser as I write this. And look, it’s showing that I have a new notification! I must see it, immediately. Facebook designed the site to make me feel that way.


This doesn’t bode well for college students. If professionals, and even some professors,have a hard time resisting the lure of Facebook, then what chance do 18-year-olds have?"

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Is Facebook the New School Web Page?

Is Facebook the New School Web Page? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The popular social media site has revolutionized how some schools communicate with students and parents."

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Not a bad idea... It would probably get more views than a traditional web site. Besides, most school web sites only post static information.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 8:02 AM

Now this is interesting! ;)

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Texas approves Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook for statewide use

Texas approves Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook for statewide use | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Adoption of interactive social studies material demonstrates nationwide shift to digital learning. Following a rigorous evaluation, the Texas State Board of Education has approved the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process."

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How Apple wants to remake the classroom

How Apple wants to remake the classroom | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Steve Jobs saw technology as an amplifier for our intellect" recalls John Couch, who first met Jobs in the early days of Apple.


Apple's vice-president of education remembers the then 20-year-old Apple co-founder comparing computing to a bicycle, referencing its power to augment humans' natural abilities."

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Rachael Holly's curator insight, January 30, 3:39 PM

#MUSPED 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 8:05 AM

Good stuff! 

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How To Encourage Continuously Interactive Online Discussions

How To Encourage Continuously Interactive Online Discussions | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Ever get tired of grading posts at 11:00 pm on a Sunday night as the last students desperately try to finish the week’s discussion question with just minutes remaining? Looking for ways to keep a more even flow of posts and better interactions among your students? This article shares two techniques to develop better learning communities with more and better interactions among students in online discussions."

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Gates Foundation Bets on Online Education to Improve World

Gates Foundation Bets on Online Education to Improve World | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary by announcing its intentions to improve the lives of people in poverty-stricken countries through technological advancements and betting on online education to extend to billions worldwide."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, Today, 8:03 AM

Safe bet, but thanks, Bill! 

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Are digital textbooks worth it?

Are digital textbooks worth it? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"It has been nearly three years since the FCC and Education Secretary Arne Duncan rolled out the Digital Textbook Playbook and challenged schools to go digital within five years. It’s safe to say schools are not there yet. While going digital looks certain, arrival in two years looks doubtful."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 30, 11:13 AM

Absolutely! Only problem is with the MEATware. ;)

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Amazon launches e-textbook publisher for educators

Amazon launches e-textbook publisher for educators | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Amazon is rolling out a new e-textbook publishing service specifically for educators."

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Managing Cognitive Load is a Delicate Act of Balance

Managing Cognitive Load is a Delicate Act of Balance | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Cognitive load. What's that? You may not be aware of the jargon, but you are up to your neck in it! Try searching for information on the Internet. Kudos to you, if you can manage to find what you need right away in the midst of spammy websites and pop-up ads. An hour of your favorite animal show on TV instructs you more on detergent brands and car makes than animal trivia. We have to be on top of the cognitive load aimed at us in our daily lives, else we would be lost in the maze of useless information."

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John G Kelly's curator insight, January 30, 11:50 AM

A bit wonky and technical but some good insights that you could put into place. 

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How Mentors Can Improve Online Graduate Student Attrition Rates

How Mentors Can Improve Online Graduate Student Attrition Rates | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"In the United States, the rate of attrition for doctoral programs is alarmingly high. Half of the students who begin a doctoral program fail to complete their degree [1]. One of the major issues causing such high rates of attrition and poor retention of students is the culture of blaming the student for dropping out rather than looking to the school, faculty, or administrators [1]. Efforts to improve this rate should be focused on financial support, professional development, academic preparation, and mentoring relationships."

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Game Changers: How game mechanics and social media motivate healthy change

Game Changers: How game mechanics and social media motivate healthy change | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"The formula for losing weight is no secret: the calorie burn rate needs to be higher than the calorie intake. The same goes for quitting smoking. Just quit. Easy. Everyone who has tried to change behaviors like these knows that in reality it is not so straight-forward. Motivating people to establish healthy habits and make significant changes is — yes — rocket science."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 29, 8:47 AM

Teachers/administrators: Please read this! 

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Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education

Nano-Degrees as a New Model to Integrate into Higher Education | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Last year, AT&T and the online educational organization Udacity teamed up to offer a “nano-degree” that directly trains students for a job with AT&T. This move is in line with a new government report that suggests that more cooperation between universities and businesses is the key to economic success in the future. However, Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, is skeptical of nano-degrees. The degrees, he claims, are no substitute for a liberal arts degree."

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What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like?

What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"We asked a young innovator, a futurist and the CEO of the One-to-One Institute to imagine what students will be using for learning one day. Here are their predictions, from the fantastical to the practical."

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 28, 5:15 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! 

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen?

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? | Educational Technology News | Scoop.it

"Writing useful comments on students’ work can be a fine art. And for instructors who put a lot of effort into crafting a critique, there’s always a substantial risk students will skip the written feedback and go right to the grade."

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 28, 2:08 PM

Is this more or less time consuming than typing comments? Does it lead to better student outcomes? 

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, January 30, 6:37 AM

My initial response is "maybe." I stopped using a red pen years and years and years ago. The red is distracting, especially if there are a lot of comments. I also stopped putting a grade on the paper years and years and years ago. Yes, students went straight to the grade and if they liked the grade, that was that: they never read the comments. So they had to read the comments to do any revisions of the paper and no, they didn't know the grade until the final version of the paper. But by then there'd been conferences to discuss their papers and my comments.

Trent Online's curator insight, January 30, 9:49 AM

For online courses, this is a personalized touch that helps improve the sense of instructor presence and build community. And, it is not difficult or time consuming with current technology