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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The 2012 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million. Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines.

"The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely robust," said study co-author Jeff Seaman, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "This is somewhat surprising given that overall higher education enrollments actually declined during this period."

"Institutional opinions on MOOCs are mixed, with positive views of their ability to learn about online pedagogy and to attract new students, but concerns about whether they represent a sustainable method for offering courses," stated his co-author I. Elaine Allen.

Key report findings include:

Over 6.7 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2011 term, an increase of 570,000 students over the previous year.Thirty-two percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.

Only 2.6 percent of higher education institutions currently have a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), another 9.4 percent report MOOCs are in the planning stages.

Academic leaders remain unconvinced that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses, but do believe that they provide an important means for institutions to learn about online pedagogy.Seventy-seven percent of academic leaders rate the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face.Only 30.2 percent of chief academic officers believe that their faculty accept the value and legitimacy of online education - a rate is lower than recorded in 2004.The proportion of chief academic leaders that say that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy is at a new high of 69.1 percent.

A majority of chief academic officers at all types of institutions continue to believe that lower retention rates for online courses are a barrier to the wide-spread adoption of online education.
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Steve Baker: VirtualHighSchool.com

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From the website

 

"This video from TEDxBayfield features Stephen Baker, principal of Virtual High School Ontario. The mission of Virtual High School is to provide students with the opportunity to achieve success according to the students’ own interests, abilities, and goals. By providing a quality online education within the student’s greater educational community, Virtual High School can offer the student more choice. "

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t | Mind/Shift

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t | Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"Azul Terronez, who teaches at High Tech Middle, a public charter school in San Diego, Calif says that when an educator teaches a unit of study, then assigns a project, that is not project-based learning because the discovery didn’t arise from the project itself. And kids can see through the idea of a so-called “fun project” for what it often is – busy work. “They don’t see it as learning; they see it as something else to do,” said Terronez. “They don’t see the value.”

 

“If you inspire them to care about it and draw parallels with their world, then they care and remember.”

 

For Terronez, the goal is to always connect classroom learning to its applications in the outside world. He’s found that when the project is based in the real world, addressing problems that people actually face, and not focused on a grade, students are naturally invested. “If you inspire them to care about it and draw parallels with their world then they care and remember,” he said.

It takes a lot of diligent planning by the teacher to design projects that give students space to explore themes and real-world resonance to make it meaningful for them. And it takes trust in the students, as well.

 

"When Terronez assigns a writing project, it’s rarely just for a grade. Rather, the goal of the assignment is to be published in an anthology or in some other way relevant to the world around them.

 

"Here are just a few examples of some the innovative things Terroniez has tried."

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MathCast

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MathCast is an equation editor, an application that allows you to input mathematical equations. These equations can be used in written documents and webpages. The equations can be rendered graphically to the screen, to picture files, or to MathML - today's leading standard language for describing mathematics. 

MathCast is a free and open source application. Feel free to use it to help your studies, to add mathematics to your website, etc. 

 


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BBC - Teachers: Teaching resources from the BBC

BBC - Teachers: Teaching resources from the BBC | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Teaching resources and classroom activities: lesson plans, worksheets, classroom games and video clips for all curriculum school subjects.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:34 PM

Great resources...

 

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How to Create an Interactive Infographic With a Presentation

How to Create an Interactive Infographic With a Presentation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There's no denying infographics are great to communicate data in an engaging, easy to understand way.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 7, 2013 9:15 AM

Very interesting and easy to follow...

 

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Very interesting and easy to follow...

 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:28 PM

Very interesting and easy to follow...

 

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When Computers Are Free--Next Month--What is K-12 Going to Do? -- THE Journal

When Computers Are Free--Next Month--What is K-12 Going to Do? -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A new era in mobile devices is dawning: Acer has announced the $99 Android 7-inch tablet. Is BYOD still relevant?

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Skoffer - One Click Screencasting

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With Skoffer you can build in a screencast-recorder, that runs without installation directly from the browser, into your website.
You can install a ready to use plugin for your website-software or build your own applications based on the simple Skoffer API.

Skoffer is the API version of the ScreenCastle.com screencast recorder.
If you only want to record and host a screencast as fast as possible ScreenCastle.com is for you.
If you are a developer, and want to build in the screencast recorder into your website you are right on this site.


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How To Create Presentation Videos Using FREE Software Online

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Watch this short 8:00 video to learn how easy it is to create presentation videos using FREE software available online!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 30, 2012 10:07 AM

A video tutorial on how to create an online presentation combining the use of Jing software and GoogleDrive (Presentation). Suitable for students as these tools are free and easy to use.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, December 30, 2012 10:40 PM

Requires Dot Net framework to be installed in your local machine!

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15-Year-Old Builds App To Help High School Debate Team. It Could Do Much More Than That | Fast Company

15-Year-Old Builds App To Help High School Debate Team. It Could Do Much More Than That | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Zax

 

"Tanay Tandon, high school sophomore, put out a Flipboard-like app last week called Clipped. What’s it like to be a teen prodigy hacker juggling the demands of high school?

 

"Tanay...apologized for not being able to meet in person for our interview. “I don’t have a ride,” he explained.Tandon is 15. He can be forgiven for not even having found time to get a learner’s permit this year."

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New Webinar | Educational Games for Girls: Collaboration and Context

New Webinar | Educational Games for Girls: Collaboration and Context | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Thursday, January 10 at 4pm ET

 

Presenters: Victoria Van Voorhis, Founder & CEO, Second Avenue Software, with Jayne C. Lammers, Assistant Professor, University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

 

How do girls' preferences in computer games vary from those of boys? Girls value the opportunity to collaborate with others in solving problems in non-violent, non-competitive contexts. These factors should be considered when designing or evaluating games for the classroom. Join Victoria Van Voorhis and Jayne C. Lammers for our community's new webinar to learn how to incorporate games into your curriculum to engage all of your students. Join these two experts who have studied girls and gaming from diverse perspectives for the insight you need to make smart choices about games for learning.  

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iPad Apps and Resources for Teachers

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TCEA is a member-based organization devoted to the use of technology in education.

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Hundreds of personally selected apps

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Making Good Technology Choices - The Tempered Radical

Making Good Technology Choices - The Tempered Radical | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Bill Ferriter

 

"Good technology choices start with a firm understanding of the skills that you want your students to master.

 

"Once you understand just what those skills are—and why they’re important to the kids in your classroom—you can start to find digital tools that make the work around those skills more efficient.

 

"The good news is that choosing skills is a heck of a lot easier than choosing tools."

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5 Apps To Keep You Better Organized - Edudemic

5 Apps To Keep You Better Organized - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

"If your resolution for 2013 was to be better organized, these apps are recommended for you by the fine folks at Apple. They’ve assembled a sort of toolkit for teachers that aim to make you a better, more informed, and connected educator.

 

"Before you start being an even better teacher, you should take some self inventory and figure out when you’ll have time to take on this task. That means it’s time to get organized. These 5 apps will help you do just that."

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Omnifocus

Flipboard

Instapaper

Evernote

Clear

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Field Guide: Google Earth for Location Based Case Studies

Field Guide: Google Earth for Location Based Case Studies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jessica Sullivan

 

"The benefits of the project were noticeable almost immediately.  After the initial lesson on basic skills to get started with Google Earth, the students were so engaged that before their first planning class period was over I had invited the high school administrators to visit to see what we were working on in room 407.   

 

"The next class period, students eagerly explained what they were working on to our Assistant Principal, a former Marine Ecologist and IB Biology teacher, while taking him on the tour they had built thus far.

After two class work days, other benefits became apparent.  Google Earth tours can be made with a recorded narration of the stops along the way.  This was a huge benefit for non-native English speakers who felt less intimidated by being able to practice and re-record their voices as opposed to speaking “live” in front of the class."

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A teacher's journey with her class into use of Google Earth for a highly motivating project that produced extensive learning. Great job.

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Kimai - Open Source Time-Tracking

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Kimai - the free and easy Time-Tracking software application.

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12 Free Quiz Makers to Create Online Quizzes

12 Free Quiz Makers to Create Online Quizzes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I often receive a lot of questions about how to make online quizzes for free. Here is a collection of 12 free online quiz making applications I collect after

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MATHIEU's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:04 PM

Desoutils d'évaluation à essayer

Dico Krommenhoek's curator insight, May 23, 2013 8:05 AM

12... Ik vind kiezen al zo moeilijk.

GERARD CASANOVA's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:09 AM

quelques (12) outils de quizz en ligne gratuits

a tester !

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Teacher Ideas, Teaching Resources, and Lessons for PreK-12 Teachers | Scholastic.com

Teacher Ideas, Teaching Resources, and Lessons for PreK-12 Teachers | Scholastic.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Teaching ideas and themes, lesson plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other teaching resources for teachers of K-12 grades.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 5, 2013 4:45 PM

One of my favorite sites...

 

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Handy New Diigo Browser Extension

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Yesterday, Diigo released a new version of their browser extension. The updated extension includes some features that are quite handy.

The most significant of the updates is a streamlined screenshot process.


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Junita Lyon's curator insight, January 7, 2013 5:33 PM

Always like seeing whats new with Diigo

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DocsTeach: Activities: Create

DocsTeach: Activities: Create | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the US National Archives

 

Each activity-creation tool helps students develop historical thinking skills and gets them thinking like historians. Choose one of the tools below to begin. Then find and insert primary sources and customize the activity to fit your unique students.


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BookChook's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:54 PM

Variety of tools useful in education

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Visual Recording on the iPad

A brief overview of how to use the iPad for visual recording/notetaking. Includes things to consider when doing this; how this is different from traditional ...


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SALG - Student Assessment of their Learning Gains

SALG - Student Assessment of their Learning Gains | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The SALG instrument focuses exclusively on the degree to which a course has enabled student learning. In particular, the SALG asks students to assess and report on their own learning, and on the degree to which specific aspects of the course have contributed to that learning. The instrument has since been revised to include five overarching questions, each of which an instructor can customize to a course through sub-items. These questions are:

 

How much did the following aspects of the course help you in your learning? (Examples might include class and lab activities, assessments, particular learning methods, and resources.)

 

As a result of your work in this class, what gains did you make in your understanding of each of the following? (Instructors insert those concepts that they consider most important.)

 

As a result of your work in this class, what gains did you make in the following skills? (A sample of skills includes the ability to make quantitative estimates, finding trends in data, or writing technical texts.)

 

As a result of your work in this class, what gains did you make in the following? (The sub-items address attitudinal issues such as enthusiasm for the course or subject area.)

 

As a result of your work in this class, what gains did you make in integrating the following? (The sub-items address how the students integrated information.)

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This tool comes highly recommended by Dr. Peggy Maki, a noted consultant in teaching, learning, and assessment at the collegiate level.

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Plus-One This: Proof That Google Plus Will Prevail

Plus-One This: Proof That Google Plus Will Prevail | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Dvae Llorens

 

"Remember when Google Plus “flopped"? Well, it didn’t.

 

"I'm willing to stake my reputation on the following statement: If Google Plus doesn’t have a staggering number of active users by the end of 2013, you can all come over to my office and pie me in the face."

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Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you use PowerPoint lectures in your face-to-face classes, you can use those same lectures as jumping-off points for creating narrated animations for your online students to watch. That’s the good news.
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9 Ways to Generate Your Best Ideas

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Idea generation is often seen as the magic side of creativity, and although I love the magic of it, I also feel like I have learned there is a practical side to it as well.

The great idea spirit seems as unpredictable as the weather. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that idea generation has a mystical side, I just think we have more power to be the catalyst of this spirit than many creatives believe.

Here are 9 ways to flip your own idea generation switch:


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, December 14, 2012 11:34 AM

I agree that we have more control over generating great ideas than we think. We have to train ourselves to be more conscious of those thoughts and questions that crawl just beneath the surface of our conscious mind. We need to pay attention to the little things. And, in my experience, we need to take more showers--and have a pen and paper handy in the bathroom!

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 5, 2013 8:54 PM

Yes!