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bContext - present on iPad

bContext - present on iPad | On education | Scoop.it

bContext is an app that actively transforms the way ideas are shared by enlivening static documents with audio, writing, and drawing capabilities.

The app makes it easy for anyone (i.e. designers, architects, consultants, teachers, bloggers, journalists etc.) to add visual and verbal elements to transform complex ideas into engaging communications.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 11, 2013 4:26 PM

Great app for creating and presenting content using iPad. The app is free to download and use.

Get the app here https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bcontext/id515971580?mt=8

Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 11, 2013 8:02 PM

I spent a lot of time checking this app out. It seems to be a really excellent way to create presentations on an iPad and deliver them using a variety of methods -- including screencasting directly from the iPad to any type of device (TV, computer, phone, or other iPads).The demos show uses in dealthcare, education, business, and PR/advertsing. The pricing model is a bit steep for schools, but maybe with enough pressure they will modify that. Looks like an app that offers a great deal of functionality. Do give it a try.

Comment please.

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Texas Instruments Makes A Graphing Calculator Out Of Your iPad | Cult of Mac

Texas Instruments Makes A Graphing Calculator Out Of Your iPad | Cult of Mac | On education | Scoop.it

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 11, 2013 12:05 AM

By John Brownlee

 

"Penultimate for iPad has today received its first major update since it was acquired by Evernote back in May 2012. In addition to Evernote syncing, the app offers a number of nifty new features, the most impressive of which is handwriting search — which uses handwriting recognition technology to allow you to find notes you’ve written by hand. And if that wasn’t enough, the app is now completely free."

 

Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/213611/penultimate-4-is-here-with-evernote-syncing-handwriting-search-and-its-now-free/#b1MVj74aPjuTuxjQ.99
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 11, 2013 9:53 AM

Thanks to Jim Lerman for scooping this first!

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, February 12, 2013 4:08 AM

With clever app designs the ipad really is a do all device.

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Introduction to Slide Design: 7 Rules for Creating Effective Slides

The 7 rules for creating effective slides include 1) slides are not documents; 2) picture superiority effect; 3) slides should be simple; 4) slides must have un

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Kajsa Hartig's curator insight, February 13, 2013 12:53 PM

Useful tips on creating presentations.

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Nadia Paola Mireles Torres - Embracing openness: the challenges of OER in Latin American education

Embracing openness: the challenges of OER in Latin American education
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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | On education | Scoop.it

"Media maps are workflow storyboards for multimedia products. What do you want to create with your students today?"


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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, December 2, 2012 12:00 PM
You're most welcome LuAnne! Glad you find them useful; I do as well :-)
Nancy Jones's comment, February 10, 2013 12:02 PM
This is a gold mine of info. Thanks
Gary Harwell's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:54 PM

Something interesting to pass on ot teachers

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Creating Your Moodle Mix - University of Ballarat

Keynote presentation for the Partner Forum of the Business School, University of Ballarat. December 2013.

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ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit | Inside Higher Ed

ACE deems 5 massive open courses worthy of credit | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

From the moment the American Council on Education announced in November that its College Credit Recommendation Service would assess the creditworthiness of a set of massive open online courses, there seemed to be little doubt that such approval would be forthcoming. And indeed, Coursera's announcement today that five of its courses have earned credit recommendations from ACE felt just a little bit anticlimactic.

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Video-How Youth Learn: A Ned Talk

"If you're a teenage speaker brought in to address a crowd of teachers on the subject of how you and your peers learn best . . . what are you going to say? "I — have no clue," Ned Cephalus nervously says from behind the podium. "I'm just a very average teenage brain"—complete with backpack, zits, and a journal he keeps about school. Yet in this funny and fast-paced "NED talk," Ned knocks out eight powerful conditions of learning that can change everything for students."


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:26 PM

What better way to discover how learners learn best but to ask a learner. This graphically engaging and funny video where Ned Cephalus shares the eight powerful conditions of learning gives "food for thought" and should get you thinking about why it may be important to understand how learners learn best.

Adam Atodl's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:48 PM

Funny, but insightfu - and I love these drawing animations :-)

Andrea Ange's comment, February 8, 2013 8:03 AM
Kathleen thank you so much! People forget that what we do is for our students! :)
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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof | On education | Scoop.it

By Aaron Couch

 

"Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do?

 

"Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones. These range from web-based apps and local software to free and paid. Although some do cost, all have free options and the price you pay for the paid software is a fraction of what you would pay for Microsoft Office. Through this article I will touch upon any unique features such as mobile capability, cost, user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office files."


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Donna Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:28 AM

I have been using Open Office for many years with good results.  Also try

the Ipad app OnLive Desktop which provides access to Office programs free of charge.  It is available free at the App Store. 

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The Perfect Storm for Universities

The Perfect Storm for Universities | On education | Scoop.it
Even if universities may look well on the surface there is an increasing (and justified) concern that all will change soon. New data and analysis increase the anxiety that the current monopoly of h...

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, January 2, 2013 11:05 AM

Interesting perspective:


Michael Sandel, professor of Government at Harvard University and one of the best known intellectuals around the world recently noted:


The most fateful change that unfolded in the last three decades was not an increase in greed. It was the expansion of markets, and of market values, into spheres of life where they don’t belong.”


Universities are set to learn that this is not only true, but see the serious consequences of ignoring implications of this on their sustainability.

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Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed

Coursera forced to call off a MOOC amid complaints about the course | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

Maybe it was inevitable that one of the new massive open online courses would crash. After all, MOOCs are being launched with considerable speed, not to mention hype. But MOOC advocates might have preferred the collapse of a course other than the one that was suspended this weekend, one week into instruction: "Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application."

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Download and Convert Video Clips in Full Resolution From YouTube, Vimeo and DailyMotion with ClipGrab

Download and Convert Video Clips in Full Resolution From YouTube, Vimeo and DailyMotion with ClipGrab | On education | Scoop.it

 

 


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Rob Schneider's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:56 PM

Looks good if you have a Mac

Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:28 AM

Free video capture for Mac.

Dee KC's curator insight, February 9, 2013 5:36 PM

With my mac arriving on Monday I'm glad ths was posted

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Online communities are transforming professional development for teachers

Online communities are transforming professional development for teachers | On education | Scoop.it
From blogging and Twitter to online networks, Fearghal Kelly charts the evolution of professional development and interactions for teachers in the social media age

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sarspri's curator insight, February 10, 2013 9:00 PM

Finding support for talking about teaching and sharing teaching ideas after graduation can take many forms.

Marco Bertolini's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:03 AM

Les communautés modifient profondément la façon dont les enseignants développent leurs compétences professionnelles.

GinikaMbanugo's curator insight, May 10, 2013 6:21 AM

This is Awesome.Go to http://www.unn.edu.ng

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Mark Johnson - Why Openness Matters: From MOOCs to FlashMobs and Shared Spaces

Whilst I've been quite critical of them, MOOCs are clearly 'happening'. If the learning technologists from 10 years ago could see where we have got to with learning technology (some of them can, but they've got short memories!), they'd probably be quite impressed by the emergence of large-scale open courses - particularly the institutional buy-in they have gained. Where my worries begin is that we lose perspective in the MOOC debate: not just from the anti-MOOC crowd, but from the pro-MOOC crowd. There is a need for us to say "What is this really about?"

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New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve

New Social News Reader For Enterprise: Delve | On education | Scoop.it

Excerpted from Official Website:

"Delve is a smart, social news reader for professionals and organizations. We cut through the noise to get you the news that matters to your industry. You share and archive articles and insights on a private, secure network."

 

Here is an excerpt from review article on BetaKit:

"Social newsreaders like Flipboard, Zite, and Pulse have traditionally been aimed at the average reader, and while they have topics like business and technology, they don’t focus specifically on professionals and enterprises looking to stay informed on industry news.

Delve, a New York City-based startup that combines an editorial team with news aggregation, is trying to solve this problem with its social newsreader for professionals.

 

After signing up and choosing their topics of interests, Delve users receive a curated list of articles based on their sector, and what leading commentators are saying about these topics. From there they can participate in discussions with their colleagues using the forum feature, and recommend content to others on their team. Users get a daily roundup of the news and the discussions surrounding it via email.

 

Individuals and teams with up to nine users can use Delve for free, and the company is working with 15 pilot enterprise clients, and will charge companies on a per-seat basis after the test run.

 

The company plans on releasing a mobile app in about a month, which should help it compete with mobile-first newsreaders like iPhone apps Circa and Summly, tablet readers like Flipboard, and others like Prismatic that have a strong mobile presence. Delve doesn’t just compete with social readers though, it competes with the traditional ways employees share articles and discuss news, namely email, social networks, and industry newsletters. In terms of other newsreaders directed at teams, its strongest competition is Flud.it...."

 

Read full review article on BetaKit:

http://betakit.com/2013/02/07/with-a-focus-on-teams-delves-social-newsreader-launching-paid-enterprise-accounts

 

Check out it: http://delvenews.com

 


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Martin Gysler's comment, February 8, 2013 3:15 PM
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Cathryn Brimhall's curator insight, February 10, 2013 3:09 AM

Need to curate a topic with colleagues ?

Trader|OS's curator insight, February 11, 2013 1:06 PM

looks really interesting, has any had a chance to try it

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Understanding Open Licensing - Free online workshop - Tuesday 19th to Friday 22nd February, 2013

Understanding Open Licensing - Free online workshop - Tuesday 19th to Friday 22nd February, 2013 | On education | Scoop.it

  Understanding Open Licensing – Free online workshop Tuesday 19th to Friday 22nd February, 2013 Open access publishing is rapidly growing in popularity, while materials for re-use in education and training are increasingly being sourced free from...

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Free Fonts: Ultimate Collection 2012

Free Fonts: Ultimate Collection 2012 | On education | Scoop.it
Here it is the long-awaited panel of free fonts for the year 2012! We have tried to gather a large collection of fonts for all occasions. You can download them for free, and some can even be used for commercial purposes.

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Toresa Slater's curator insight, January 12, 2013 10:49 AM

Beautiful Free Fonts...

TechWombat's curator insight, January 13, 2013 5:04 AM

Free fonts for everyone!

Katie Frank's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:21 PM

I'll take free fonts everytime! :)

 

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition

NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Education Edition | On education | Scoop.it

- time to adoption: Massively Open Online Courses and Tablet Computing
- 2-3 years: Games and Gamification and Learning Analytics
- 4-5 years: 3D Printing and Wearable Technology

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ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:29 PM

The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

ghbrett's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:33 PM

The NMC Horizon Report has been a most useful document for me since I first found out about it a couple years ago. I contains information that is relevant to many disciplines, K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Government Training / Education or for anyone interested in Information, Computer, and Communications Technologies.

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EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp

EdCamp - The Complete Guide: How to Start and Run Your Very Own EdCamp | On education | Scoop.it
EdCamps are free events organized by groups of educators, specifically designed to create a participant-driven, fun-filled day of professional development.

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 4, 2013 3:33 PM

Thanks to a couple of my great Twitter resource @ipadsammy and good friend @rmom352 for sharing this resource on developing your own edcamp professional development via scoop.it.

Rob Watson's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:00 PM

For participants of #DLDay

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White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses

White Paper: MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses | On education | Scoop.it
MOOCs are on the Move: A Snapshot of the Rapid Growth of MOOCsA White Paper by Dr Lindsay Ryan - January 2013What are MOOCsMOOCs are Massive Open Online Courses and they are rapidly changing the game for higher education, executive education and employee...

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, February 12, 2013 3:33 PM

Los Mooc's o cursos masivos, abiertos y en línea están de moda en los actuales momentos, muchas universidades de reconocido prestigio los están ofreciendo; lea en este artículo sus características y ventajas.

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Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy

Presentation Zen: Lucas, Scorsese: On the need for visual literacy | On education | Scoop.it

By Garr Reynolds

 

"A professional or student in the 21st century needs to have a good degree of multimedia literacy. The term multimedia literacy and visual literacy encompass many things and borrow from many disciplines. However, for at least a generation or more when people speak of the need for multimedia literacy (they may call it different things) they very often focus on the high-tech tools of the day. This is especially true in education. But the tools of the day are for the most part ephemeral. But an understanding of the principles and techniques and "rules" found in the broad field of visual communication are the thing of real and lasting value. Hardware and software are important, of course, but what's of much greater value is the software between one's ears....

"Below, in separate interviews, two legendary American filmmakers — George Lucas and Martin Scorsese — are very direct in their assertions that visual literacy is crucial for people in today's world and that it should be both more highly valued by educators and taught in schools."


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George Siemens: Quality Control in MOOCs | xED Book

Like traditional education institutions, identity and reputation are important in MOOCs. For providers such as Udacity, Coursera, and edX, it means that the end user experience is vital in perceptions of overall quality. If students encounter a poor course (design, video, layout), that experience casts a reputation on the overall course provider. If they can’t offer quality courses, how do we know the assessments will be good quality? Or that plagiarism is being taken seriously?

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Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed

Free online course providers pair up with credit-bearing exams | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

It was last December, and the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay’s holiday break had begun. But Alex Stenner, a sophomore and human biology major there, spent his two weeks off earning three credits from the university. And he did it without attending a single class -- at a total cost of $90.

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Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds

Common Assessments Hold Promise, Face Challenges, Study Finds | On education | Scoop.it

"Tests now being designed for the common standards are likely to gauge deeper levels of learning and have a major impact on classroom instruction, according to a study of the common assessments released today."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:56 PM

The Common Core testing is rapidly approaching and this article discusses a research paper that was just released by UCLA's National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards & Student Testing. 

They state that "the assessments hold a lot of promise for improving teacher practice and student learning" and that "the test-making projects face key financial, technical, and political challenges that could affect their success."

They also reference a variety of resources, including one new to me called the Depth of Knowledge Levels (DOK), which provides four levels (the link to the DOK is at http://dese.mo.gov/divimprove/sia/msip/DOK_Chart.pdf):

* Level One is recall

* Level Two is skill/concept

* Level Three is strategic thinking

* Level Four is extended thinking

The link to this DOK reminds me of Bloom's Taxonomy with verbs to help you understand each section as well as activities based on the level. The question that remains to be answered is if the tests being created by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will reach these levels, and according to this report it appears that will have "the more lengthy, complex performance tasks being crafted by the two groups...seemed likely to assess skills at DOK Level 4."

The post also discusses some of the issues that remain, including cost and time of testing, cost of scoring, dealing with accomocations, and "Managing the "shock to the public and to teachers' instructional practice" that the tests' increased intellectual rigor will demand."

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:59 PM

How do you test creativity and innovation using "set" core standards of evaluation? Creativity and innovation require a certain amount of willingness for failure and risk taking. How does training for common core test "standards" assist that higher level goal?