Here’s some ammunition for what often turns into a pitched, take-sides verbal brawl as well-intended teachers try to come to a compromise on using Twitter (in fact, many of the new Web 2.0 tools–blogs, wikis, websites that require registrations and log-ins, discussion forums. You can probably add to this list) that works for all stakeholders
"OverDrive is a leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital content. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers--serving millions of end users globally."
his autumn more than a million students are going to take part in an experiment that could re-invent the landscape of higher education.
Some of the biggest powerhouses in US higher education are offering online courses - testing how their expertise and scholarship can be brought to a global audience.
Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have formed a $60m (£38m) alliance to launch edX, a platform to deliver courses online - with the modest ambition of "revolutionising education around the world".
Microsoft is expected to announce Office apps for the iPad and Android tablets in November, according to tech news site Boy Genius Report. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving, since there is no shortage of options for getting Microsoft Office software on your tablets. Here’s a quick look at the top three contenders.
"I have jumped onto the Flipped Classroom craze to take the opportunity to propose and discuss an experiential model of education (ala John Dewey and Kurt Hahn), one that has experience at its core and provides learning options for all types of learners. In this model, the videos, as they are discussed in the flipped classroom. support the learning rather than drive it.
My series on the Flipped Classroom – The Full Picture includes the following posts:
The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education Flipped Classroom Full Picture: An Example Lesson UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture"
Earlier this week, Google introduced Knowledge Graph, the company's new search technology that understands "things not strings" and adds rich and relevant details about your query in the sidebar of your search results.
Much interest was shown in yesterday's post iPad or iFad? It focused on whether schools should provide iPads for all their students. In the UK several schools are already doing this, and all have received great criticism from pressure groups who claim that it is an expensive gimmick. All down through the history of technology, as each new tool is introduced, there are those who will resist and complain, usually without any real evidence to justify their complaints. The main objection against one iPad per child projects is that there is little evidence to show that the new devices actually improve learning gain. The schools counter this argument by saying that with projects in their infancy it does take time to set up research and gather data, interpret it and discover whether an affect is in evidence.
Google Docs is one of those things that we tend to use daily but don’t get the full experience. I know that I personally don’t use all of its capabilities, especially when it comes to collaboration. I end up using it like a flat Word document.
Google has pushed out a pretty cool demo, which invites you to collaborate with some of the greatest writers of all time. Kind of.
A “famous writer” will start typing and then it’s your turn. Once you’ve typed in the next line, the writer takes over. It’s kind of fun.
"The 3M Cloud Library is a flexible, easy-to-use e-book lending system. Now your patrons can browse, check out and read the titles they want. Using the latest mobile technology, the 3M Cloud Library offers a seamless experience that lets readers explore and borrow e-books in your library, at home and on-the-go."
This guide focuses on innovative applications of new or existing technologies to support learning, in further education.
The case studies featured in this publication show how staff at further education colleges sought innovative ways of using technology to enhance learning; they aimed to engage learners and help them achieve their goals, and to help deliver high-quality learning efficiently.
BigBlueButton enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students.
An open source web conferencing system for distance education.
It supports sharing of slides (PDF and any document readable by OpenOffice), webcams, whiteboard, chat, voice over IP (using FreeSWITCH), and presenter's desktop. It can record and playback sessions (slides, audio, and chat), runs on Mac, Unix, and PC computers, and is supported by a community of developers that care about good design and a streamlined user experience.
Recently I was asked to showcase at the eACH Conference 2012, some free elearning tools that can be used for deigning/developing elearning. I presented just a few of my favourites out of the hundreds that are available within this 20 minute session.
With some incredible inspiration from Jane Hart's Top 100 Tools for Learning (2011) resources, my personal PLN, including various blog writers that I connect with (like David Kelly), and items that I have used in my own development I put together this brief collection of tools.
Inspiration and resources for more free tools/articles/ideas are found on the last 8 slides of this presentation.
A few years ago, Charlene Lee from Forrester said social networks will be like air. We are now in 2012 and social media had never been this important. I regularly talk to people referring to social media as the web, the whole web. Indeed, the web as became social, and it is hard to find non-social websites. This being said, how can you explain social, when anything is social? It’s simple: you draw a chart with the most emblematic social platforms.
As I have been doing it for the last four years (2008, 2009 and 2011), let me introduce you to my latest social media landscape to help you understand the big picture of who is doing what.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.