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180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?)

180 MOOCs to Start the New Year (Is This the Crest of the Wave?) | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.

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Very little of this do I find this surprising.

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gustavo salazar's curator insight, January 7, 7:50 AM

180 mooc's para empezar el año en la cresta de la ola

MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 10:44 PM

The insights revealed through the previous studies serves to codify what many educators, and even more marketers knew intuitively; free always begs the question of quality. Don't hear what I'm not saying. I'm not saying ALL MOOCs are low quality, I'm merely saying that without academic rigor and effective management, even the best intentions can slide off the rails.

 

I too had noted a number of previous MOOC supporters distancing themselves from the initiatives. Was there ever an identified demand for MOOCs, or were they simply a result of benevolent thinking? Regardless, it is interesting that the 'target audience' for MOOCs are apparently the ones taking least advantage of them. Perhaps the age old marketing rendition of supply and demand has merit still has merit.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, January 8, 7:43 PM

Food for thought.

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Interesting facts about Linux - Linux FAQ

Interesting facts about Linux - Linux FAQ | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Today, August, 25th, is the 23rd birthday of Linux. The modest Usenet post made by a student at the University of Helsinki on August 25th, 1991, marks the birth of the venerable Linux as we know it today. Fast forward 23 years, and now Linux is everywhere, not only installed on end user desktops, smartphones …Continue reading...

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Linux turns 25 years old today!! Just some little know facts about Linux.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Share Lesson Outlines in Google Calendar

Free Technology for Teachers: Share Lesson Outlines in Google Calendar | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 21, 1:18 AM

Google apps for education are fantastic but there are also numerous uses for their everyday tools that teachers may not be aware of. Richard Byrne shows here how to use the calendar to create lesson plans.

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After #BlueScreenOfDeath reports, #Microsoft says to uninstall #recent #patch | ArsTechnica | # ! #msft no #thanks ;)

After #BlueScreenOfDeath reports, #Microsoft says to uninstall #recent #patch | ArsTechnica | # ! #msft no #thanks ;) | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Company quietly revises a security bulletin and opens an investigation.

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Yet another reason I use Linux, and I'll leave it at that!

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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s curator insight, August 19, 4:26 AM

# ! #Forget #BSOD #forever:
# ! #Migrate to #FLOSS
# ! ;)

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. 

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Great tips for all my teaching and professional friends. 

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 27, 4:28 AM

We do need to create one of these if we want to go forward.

Елена Полякова's curator insight, July 28, 5:06 AM

е-портфолио

Pamela Schield's curator insight, August 2, 4:32 AM

A digital portfolio helps organize the artifacts that may otherwise fall by the wayside forgotten. I can appreciate the business card analogy.

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#OpenSource #Replacements for #Popular #Small #Business #Software | Datamation | # ! #2014, The #Year of...

#OpenSource #Replacements for #Popular #Small #Business #Software | Datamation | # ! #2014, The #Year of... | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
The best open source applications for office productivity, accounting, collaboration, ERP, security and more.

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For education or business, you can literally save thousands of dollars with some of these Open Source replacements for high dollar proprietary programs and their expensive license agreements. And upgrades? No problem there either. they generally are available at no charge as well!! Security fixes and bug patches are released much quicker than any proprietary programs also!!

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# ! ...The #Migration
# ! Towards #FreeSoftware

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11 Ways to Help You Focus ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Ways to Help You Focus ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
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Great techniques!!

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Calibre 1.34 eBook Reader and Editor Features More Improvements for Kindle Devices

Calibre 1.34 eBook Reader and Editor Features More Improvements for Kindle Devices | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Calibre, an eBook reader, editor, and library management software, is now at version 1.34 and features a number of important changes and improvements....

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A wonderful tool for anything and everything you may need to do concerning eBooks!!

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How some colleges are offering free textbooks

How some colleges are offering free textbooks | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
College student Caitlin Ryen works two jobs to support herself and pay tuition at South Florida Community College.
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An idea to lower the cost of education.

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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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If you want/need to do ANYTHING with a video, here are 100 great suggestions of the different tools to "gitt'er done"!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 16, 9:20 PM

What an excellent list of video tools and resources from Robin Good. highly recommended 9.5/10.

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, August 19, 10:49 AM

Thanks to the collector, Robin Good, of this great list.  I'm sure many people will be interested to learn about all these sites

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, August 30, 1:49 PM

Excelente recopilación

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Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 12, 8:55 PM

Students need to be taught academic honesty. If they know how to cite sources correctly there is less of a chance that they could plagiarise someone else's work. It does not need to be complicated. there are many sites now that help students to cite correctly. Here are a few recommended by Educator's Technology.com.

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NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov

NASA's Eyes on the Solar System | NASA.gov | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Eyes on the Solar System is a 3-D environment full of real NASA mission data. Explore the cosmos from your computer. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager spacecraft. See the entire solar system moving in real time. It's up to you. You control space and time.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 17, 5:09 AM

WOW! This is so very cool to add to your STEM-based learning environment.

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The 6 Types of Creative Commons Licences Students (and Teachers) Should know about

The 6 Types of Creative Commons Licences Students (and Teachers) Should know about | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

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"Creative commons" is not the same as "public domain"!! This infographic goes through the definition of the 6 different license available under Creative Commons.

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Tracy Shaw's curator insight, March 31, 11:02 AM

Helpful summary!

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5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 7

5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 7 | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Continuing my series on extensions for Google Chrome that are helpful for teachers. Highlight Keywords for Google This handy extension helps you to filter information more efficiently. when the ext...

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More Teaching Resources!!

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, February 6, 12:22 PM

Some great tools here! 

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How to turn any YouTube video into a GIF - Digital Trends

How to turn any YouTube video into a GIF - Digital Trends | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
How to turn any YouTube video into a GIF
Digital Trends
If the Internet is made of cats, then the YouTube videos which broadcast those furry felines are the foundation of that structure.

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Nice little tool for short animated gif images. No coding or experience with gif images needed. Very easy to use interface.

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Google Drive in Class: 38 Ideas by Sean Junkins

Google Drive in Class:  38 Ideas by Sean Junkins | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

August 11, 2014
This is the third post in a series of posts aimed at helping teachers and educators make the best out of Google Drive in classrooms. This series comes in a time when teachers are getting ready to start a new school year and hopefully will provide them with the necessary know-how to help them better integrate Google Drive in their teaching pedagogy. The two previous posts featured in this series were entitled consecutively "New Google Drive Cheat Sheet" and "Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing". Today's post covers some interesting ideas and tips on how to go about using Google Drive in your classroom. This work is created by Sean Junkins from SeansDesk.


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With a bit of imagination, some of these can be altered to fit business needs as well!!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 11:28 AM

Spark your thinking and get in gear for a new school year. Grab an idea and delve deeper using the resources developed by Sean Junkins. 

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 11:17 PM

Are we using Drive in our classes? We shoudl be.

Judith Edwards's curator insight, August 16, 2:39 PM

Just found this great Scoop by our own Sean Junkins.

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All The New Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

All The New Google Drive Updates Teachers Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

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If you use Google Drive, here's an overview of some recently added features

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If You're Designing eLearning for Adults Take Advantage of These 4 Tactics

Most of adult learning strategies are based on the idea that adults learn differently from non-adults. The term that often comes up is “androgogy,” which Malcolm Knowles coined to describe how adults learn in contrast to “pedagogy” or on how children learn. The fact is, we already know a lot of t... http://elearningfeeds.com/if-youre-designing-elearning-for-adults-take-advantage-of-these-4-tactics/


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For my teacher friends that are involved in teaching adults. Some good tactics! 

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Questions That Get Answered: The Construction of Instructional Conversations on Online Asynchronous Discussion Boards


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Interesting findings from this relatively well laid out study. There are a few questions this study does not address, such as the quality of interaction, or lack thereof, when the discourse ends at #2. What about when the student demonstrates the knowledge and critical thinking with their initial response? These would be an interesting study to address what happens with that initial student reaction.

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Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, April 30, 11:03 AM

This is an excellent research study that supports specific methods of instructor presence that create engaged discussions in an online asynchronous environment.

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Khan Desktop 0.9.4 Beta Freeware | Free Software Downloads

Khan Desktop 0.9.4 Beta Freeware | Free Software Downloads | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Khan Academy viewer and explorer Khan Desktop was created as an open source educational software that makes use of resources made available to the (Khan Academy viewer and explorer Khan Desktop was created as an open source educational software...
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For all you Khan Academy lovers out there!!

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IFTTT automation service is coming to Android, app on its way soon

IFTTT automation service is coming to Android, app on its way soon | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
The IFTTT (If this then that) automation service is making its way over to Android thanks to the impending arrival of a native app, later today.
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The possibilities are nearly endless with IFTTT!!

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Open Source Gets A Security Patch, With A Little Help From Its Friends

Open Source Gets A Security Patch, With A Little Help From Its Friends | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Heartbleed bug, 12 tech giants back a new initiative to ensure the security of critical open-source projects.
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I'm not totally convinced these are all "friends" to open source, but the initiative should be a great step in the right direction.

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We're approaching the post-Internet age. You need to learn about mesh networks

We're approaching the post-Internet age. You need to learn about mesh networks | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
It's State Department-sponsored, but it's also spy-proof. It's used in emergency situations, from earthquakes to censorship. This could be the tech to connect us all, one device at a time.

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While not strictly "open source", this is a very interesting means of decentralizing the internet that creates a network that can not be easily taken down or "controlled/censored" by anyone, anything or any government.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 23, 10:01 PM

So, will the face of eLearning change as MESH networks develop?

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Provensec - Heartbleed test - (CVE-2014-0160)

Provensec - Heartbleed test - (CVE-2014-0160) | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it

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Before you go changing all your passwords, make sure the site has fixed the security bug and is no longer vulnerable to the heartbleed bug.

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Six Clicks: #2014's #top #Linux #desktops | Page 7 | ZDNet | * Tastes aside, #enjoy the #choice

Six Clicks: #2014's #top #Linux #desktops | Page 7 | ZDNet | * Tastes aside, #enjoy the #choice | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
After years of talk about the Linux desktop becoming important, it finally is. But thanks to Chromebooks and Android PCs, it's not the Linux desktop we expected. - Page 7

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For those that have tried Windows 8 and do not like it at all, the suggestions here make for great replacement OS with a very familiar look and feel!!

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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.'s curator insight, February 17, 4:00 AM

* Tastes aside, #enjoy the #choice

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook

20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools | Ditch That Textbook | Open Source Resources for Education | Scoop.it
Google Apps are collaborative, which makes them highly powerful. They offer opportunities for students to engage unlike ever before. Here are 20 ideas.

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Love Google Apps! You're only limited by your own imagination as to how you can use them! Here's some great ideas! 

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, February 13, 7:47 PM

These are great resources to use in your 21st century learning environment!

Rosa Delia Acosta's curator insight, February 13, 9:31 PM

Great, I just want to learn and use these interesting tools in my classes.

JordiMarínba's curator insight, February 14, 6:27 PM

Essential tools to build a creative PLE