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Tony Bates: Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments

Tony Bates: Daniel’s comprehensive review of MOOC developments | On education | Scoop.it

"Daniel, J. (2012) Making sense of MOOCs: Musings in a maze of myth, paradox and possibility Seoul: Korean National Open University

This is the most thorough, comprehensive and balanced overview and analysis of MOOCs that I have read. This is not surprising since Sir John Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in open and distance learning, including being President of the Commonwealth of Learning and Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University. He is currently a visiting research fellow at the Korean National Open University and an Education Master at DeTao Masters Academy, China. He thus knows of what he speaks."


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I wholeheartedly agree, this was the first paper I ever read on MOOCs and it was very clear and beautifully presented.  A clear and informed outline of what the impact of MOOCs will be.  Highly recommended. 

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great New Feature from YouTube: Add Quizzes to your Videos

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A Great New Feature from YouTube: Add Quizzes to your Videos | On education | Scoop.it

YouTube is working now on a new feature which would be great for us in education. The current project is called " Video Questions Editor Beta " which is a way for " multiple questions to be displayed on top of your video during playback that a viewer can answer."

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Education Nation: The Corporatized Charter School In Arizona Called “Carpe Diem” | WiredAcademic

Education Nation: The Corporatized Charter School In Arizona Called “Carpe Diem” | WiredAcademic | On education | Scoop.it
Over 200 cubicles — not desks — fill this modern version of a one-room schoolhouse on a quiet side street here in Yuma, a desert city near the Mexican and California borders.

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Critical Technology: Integrating with Open Badges

Critical Technology: Integrating with Open Badges | On education | Scoop.it

I have been thinking about how best a project or organization can integrate with open badges. This isn't the bits and bytes type of thinking, but the technical project management thinking required for the near-term (6 -12 months) success of the OBI and all projects that integrate with the OBI. Keep in mind this is a list of what I would focus upon as you work toward success. It is my approach as a technical architect and senior project manager and not Mozilla's or the OBI teams. I see these tasks as a benefit to the Open Badges project, as they will bring further insight into the design of the project, provide further requirements, and put the OBI through is paces before it is considered a production release.

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5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have

5 Ways To Have A High-Tech Classroom With What You Already Have | On education | Scoop.it
There are a host of ways to use the technology you already have at your fingertips to create a Classroom 2.0.

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Authors discuss new book on cheating in college | Inside Higher Ed

Authors discuss new book on cheating in college | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

A scandal at Harvard University has many educators talking about cheating and whether anything can be done about it. Experts say that many students arrive in college already skilled at and not morally troubled by cheating, and scandals at top high schools back up this point of view. What, if anything, can professors and colleges? These issues are explored in a new book.

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Where is Technology Leading Higher Education?

Where is Technology Leading Higher Education? | On education | Scoop.it

By Doug Ward 

The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionary now pop up in descriptions of the challenges that higher education faces in the coming years.


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Codecademy After-School Club

Codecademy After-School Club | On education | Scoop.it

By Terri Eichholtz

 

"Some of you may already be familiar with Codecademy, which offers free on-line courses in programming and web-site authoring. Now, the site is offering a free after-school program that it states can be used with students as young as 7. During the first semester, the students learn how to build a website. The second semester teaches how to build an adventure game with JavaScript.

 

"According to Codeacademy, even teachers who have little experience with programming can facilitate the after-school club. There is a free, downloadable curriculum, and Codecademy also provides a mailed kit to the first 250 teachers to sign up, which includes stickers and “other stuff for your club”.


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The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) – a new visualization tool to measure marginalization

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) – a new visualization tool to measure marginalization | On education | Scoop.it

"To coincide with the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Education First initiative, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Team will launch a new interactive website tomorrow – the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE). In an exclusive preview for this blog, the Report’s director Pauline Rose explains what WIDE shows and why it is important."


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Facebook Opportunity Pyramid: Facebook Opportunities in Admissions

Facebook Opportunity Pyramid: Facebook Opportunities in Admissions | On education | Scoop.it

We wanted to propose a Facebook Opportunity Pyramid to help admissions offices think about how best to leverage Facebook.


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Jeremy Knox - The Limitations of ‘Access’: opening up education technologies

"‘Openness’ has emerged as one of the foremost themes in education, within which an open education movement has enthusiastically embraced digital technologies as the ultimate means of participation and inclusion. OER and MOOCs have emerged at the forefront of this development, claiming unprecedented educational reform. "


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Survey examines how prospective students use social media to research colleges | Inside Higher Ed

Survey examines how prospective students use social media to research colleges | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

These days, it’s not uncommon for a university to have at least a Facebook page, a Twitter handle, and a YouTube account – maybe even a Pinterest page and a Tumblr, too. But a recent survey shows that for recruiting purposes, the number of social media accounts might not be nearly as important as what colleges and universities do with the technology.

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Sites offering to take courses for a fee pose risk to online ed | Inside Higher Ed

Sites offering to take courses for a fee pose risk to online ed | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

The growth of the online education market appears to have spun off another,  more surreptitious market – one that goes beyond the paper-writing services long  available to less than honest students – and online educators are taking  note.

A handful of websites have sprung up recently offering to take a student’s  entire online class for them, handling assignments, quizzes, and tests, for a  fee.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/09/21/sites-offering-take-courses-fee-pose-risk-online-ed#ixzz27Cc8oiCE Inside Higher Ed


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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | On education | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


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Sarah Cargill: Saylor.org Partners With Google Course Builder to Offer More MOOCs

Sarah Cargill: Saylor.org Partners With Google Course Builder to Offer More MOOCs | On education | Scoop.it

"Google’s massive open online course (MOOC) Power Searching with Google this fall gained traction and buzz on the power of online learning to reach a mass audience as well as the importance of content curation in the information boom of the digital age."


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How to make an omellette without breaking eggs: innovation and open-ness in university teaching

How to make an omellette without breaking eggs: innovation and open-ness in university teaching | On education | Scoop.it

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It has been impossible for me to blog about online learning over the last four weeks because I have been on holiday for most of the time, in places deliberately chosen because there were no Internet connections.
The EFQUEL Innovation Forum
However, the first week away was spent at a very interesting forum organized by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL). The focus was in the interface between open learning and innovation in post-secondary education. There were about 120 participants from all round Europe, including Russia and Serbia, as well as the usual suspects from the UK, Spain, Finland, Germany, Italy and Belgium.


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5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad

5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad | On education | Scoop.it

Some people love making fun of teleprompters and those who use them. But these tools can be quite helpful in improving your public speaking skills.


Via Naomi Harm, Lisa Johnson , Aki Puustinen, Lynnette Van Dyke, Jim Lerman
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Open Knowledge Foundation - Stadt Land Code : An incubator for civic tools in Germany

Open Knowledge Foundation - Stadt Land Code : An incubator for civic tools in Germany | On education | Scoop.it

"Today is the launch of OKFN-De’s new project ‘Stadt Land <Code>’ (‘City State <Code>’), an incubator to create digital tools for Citizens. This project is aimed at getting developers to create and implement applications to make the life of citizens in Germany easier and better."


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Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open

Geoff Cain: Keeping Open Education Resources Open | On education | Scoop.it

"What does the "open" in "open education resources" mean? What it should mean is free to reuse, remix and share. If your open education resources are locked up with a proprietary platform, they are no longer open. If they are converted into "supplements" for a "free" text, they are no longer open. This is the fear behind those who choose a license that says "not for commercial use." That does not make it less open because you are not free to lock down someone else's work and make a profit off of it."


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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck | On education | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Haiku Deck enables anyone to create beautiful slide presentations. It's so easy to use that when I was describing the app to someone last week I said it was like "Animoto for slide decks." Like other slide presentation apps Haiku provides templates for creating your presentation. But there are some significant differences between Haiku Deck and other presentation apps.

 

"There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out. First, Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations. When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook."


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20 Blogs About Mobile Learning Worth Following

20 Blogs About Mobile Learning Worth Following | On education | Scoop.it
Not even one decade ago, educators considered cell phones and laptops a most egregious classroom distraction. These days, though, many tech-savvy teachers actively try to incorporate them into engaging lessons rather than snatching them away.

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Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf

Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf | On education | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"For many advanced computer users, Dropboxis the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices. Similar and equally useful free services include Google Drive and Box.com.

 

"We’ve already covered some awesome uses for Dropbox, including How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts Simultaneously [Mac], how to send send files to your Dropbox without using Dropbox, how to upload files faster and easier with Dropbox, and even how to host a WordPress blog on your Dropbox account. The following are a handful of other ideas for new and maybe more experienced users of Dropbox."


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Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | On education | Scoop.it
Companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors.

By Hugh Gusterson
When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in anthropology, and get my advice on applying to graduate school? We spoke for about 45 minutes in my office, at the end of which she asked, "How much do I owe you?"


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Historians' organization issues statement calling for caution on 'open access' | Inside Higher Ed

Historians' organization issues statement calling for caution on 'open access' | Inside Higher Ed | On education | Scoop.it

The movement toward "open access" publishing -- in which scholarly journal articles are available free -- is taking off without consideration of the impact on humanities scholarship, says a statement being released today by the American Historical Association.
The statement notes that there are many frustrations with the current system of journal publishing, in which high journal subscription prices limit access to scholarship. But the AHA statement says that proposed solutions such as open access may do more harm than good.

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Education Technology - theory and practice: Evernote for Teachers

Education Technology - theory and practice: Evernote for Teachers | On education | Scoop.it

Next tool to focus in our iPads in high school project is a use of Evernote with iPads.
This post is basic resource collection af first, i get back results later on.

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