"I’m currently teaching a first year module on Open Source Software, one of the requirements for which is students write their findings up as blog posts. For that reason I thought it might be useful to be able to keep track of how much my students have been writing. Given there are 80 students on the module, some automation here would also be useful!"
Not long after educational providers and students alike clocked on to the fast-rising and game-changing trend of free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) programmes, it quickly expanded to factor in the option of paid MOOCs, otherwise known as MOOC+....
"At the top of my list these days is an app called TouchCast.
How many times have you watched a video where they point out a great resource only to say that you’ll come back to it later and never do? Or, have you ever shared a great resource and wanted to provide a variety of links for someone to choose from to extend their knowledge? It’s happened to me lots of times, and either I forget the links, or get distracted with something else whilst switching from one app to the other. TouchCast solves these issues by creating an app that merges the power of videos and the web into one."
Anthony Beal's insight:
Potentially an excellent app for video projects. Pull in other videos, live polls, web pages, charts etc. to allow interaction with your video.
"Last year I started working with iBooks Author and made my first iBook to use in class. A year later, I now have about 8 iBooks under my belt. At the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2013 in Cork I was lucky enough to spend two times a whole hour with people from the Duarte team (the people behind some great iBook Author Text Books and The Inconvenient Truth Slideshow). Below I will share some tips and tricks that have helped me through the writing and designing process."
The University of Western Sydney embarked on a strategy to blend all its programs in 2012. Within that it decided to provide all students and all staff with iPads. The magnitude and the speed of the iPad deployment provided huge challenges to all sections of the university, especially IT and learning and teaching...
The Open Education Working Group has been established to bring together people and groups interested in open education. Its goal is to initiate global cross-sector and cross-domain activity that encompasses the various facets of open education.
Anthony Beal's insight:
Includes the Open Education Handbook which should answer many of your questions.There are sections on: resources, open licences, practice, policy and open badges.
The British Library has posted over 1000 of its greatest literary treasures online in a new website, Discovering Literature – including the manuscripts of Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Austen, Dickens and Wilde, the largest collection of childhood writings of the Brontë sisters, and other unique artefacts which shed new light on their life and works
The research was carried out in schools and colleges
• Overall, it is clear that there is a desire among English teachers to make their lessons more inspiring; almost three in five (57%) of teachers say that it is difficult to inspire students with the resources currently available. Additionally, they perceive students as struggling to identify with both classic authors of English literature (82%) and engage with older literary texts (83%).
• English teachers perceive that students prefer digital media than books (83%), and that overall, students rely on online resources for research (93%). However, they also tend to say that current resources available to students are uninspiring (57%), and that they appreciate the value of first-hand original manuscripts and historical documents for students (82%).
• Similarly, there is a desire among teachers to have more access to resources (90%), recognition that English literature needs to embrace digital technology (86%), and that access to digital resources needs to be improved (82%). English literature is extremely highly regarded by English teachers, and student access to it is considered to be of enormous importance.
"It’s hard to deny the huge role mobile apps play in our everyday lives. We use them to record our TV programmes, keep in touch with friend, read books and news…this list is endless...
...I want to find out how you’re using mobile apps in teaching and learning to enhance the student experience. My team is inviting staff from across the sector to tell us what they’re doing and how it benefits their learners... "
Anthony Beal's insight:
Tracey Duffy at Jisc wants to hear about your experiences using mobile apps
Jisc Digital Media releases the final episode in a series of three media morsels covering topics surrounding digital media in e-learning. This morsel covers aspects of flipping the classroom using online video. It showcases some examples of web technologies that allow academic staff to build a complete resource or learning object around this content enabling students to assess their knowledge and for tutors to gain beneficial feedback before seeing them in the lecture hall or classroom.
"Dropbox and Evernote are both cloud computing services therefore an initial source of information you may wish to consult is the JISC Legal Cloud Computing Toolkit. The toolkit includes an introductory video, an Overview, and User Guides for (1) IT, (2) Senior Management and Policy Makers, (3) Users and a further User Guide on contracts, SLAs and Terms and Conditions of Use."
Listly List - Book Creator apps for the iPad - Scribble Press - $3.99, Shutterfly Photo Story- FREE, Picturebook - FREE, Bamboo Paper - FREE, Picturebook: School Edition - $3.99, StoryBuddy 2 - $2.99, Paper by FiftyThree - FREE, Mooklet - FREE, My Story - $3.99, Express Books - FREE, TinyTap - FREE, Book Creator- $4.99, Scribble My Story - FREE, StoryKit - FREE, and Story Creator - FREE
Teachers and administrators get a snap-shot view of each student’s most recent work in Docs, Sites, Blogger and Picasa, organized by class and student. Behind the scenes we create a folder in drive for each class for each student, then we give the right teachers access – no more sharing issues for students – student just drop their homework in the right folder for each class.