The National Literacy Trust have teamed up with Pearson to do an annual survey - results of year 1 are out now.
Key factoids I found interesting:
- On average people have 90 children's books at home out of a total of 300. This seemed excessively high to me as a non-parent but after doing a quick unscientific straw poll amongst parents I know that figure seems about right apparently.
- Three quarters of kids have access to a smartphone/tablet at home (usually their parents') - but only a fifth of settings provide access to them.
- There's a 7% difference in positive outcomes for kids that read both print and mixed media stories with their parents compared to kids that read only print books.
This invaluable resource can help transform online courses into exciting, meaningful, and active e-learning experiences. 75 e-Learning Activities is filled with scores of e-learning activities and games that offer trainers and instructors a handbook for creating interactive and engaging online courses. Much like the activities and games used in traditional classroom training, these e-learning activities can be used to increase interactivity, engage learners, accomplish learning objectives, develop online relationships, promote active learning, and create learning communities. With many examples available on the CD-ROM for easy online transfer, the activities can help elaborate on course content through the use of online technologies such as chat rooms, email, or discussion boards.
Olaf Raetzel's insight:
75 practical activities to use with students in discussion boards to provide variety and increase engagement. Highly recommended reading if you want to get away from the "and now go to the discussion board and have a chat amongst yourselves about what you just read/watched" type of activity.
It's April - which means that over the big pond it's National Poetry Month. Please do shelve books back in the right places afterwards - your friendly neighbourhood librarian will thank you for it. :-)
With as many PowerPoint questions that I get, it’s a good thing that over the past year or so the elearning community has created about 300 PowerPoint tutorials. For this post, I decided to pull a bunch of them together so that you have them in one easy list. I also included a free PowerPoint [...]
Olaf Raetzel's insight:
Good grief... a learning technologist that isn't against using PowerPoint? Yes - there are such people. :-)
Nothing wrong with it as a piece of software - it's just that not many people have ever managed to go beyond the bullet point stage. Here's a well useful list of tutorials that will teach you how to do a lot more with it. I was reminded of the list when a friend of mine was looking for help with creating a sellatape effect for a project this week.
Who'd have guessed it? Students do still want to talk to each other and their tutors. Social learning is still a face-to-face activity for many of us it seems. What's more popular - a virtual meeting via Lync or Skype or a chat in Water's Edge over a coffee?
Has this happened to you? You’re building an elearning course on site safety and need a woman in a hard hat? Yet when you search your clip art, all you can find is the same people you’ve used in your previous courses. Now you’re left with the only clip art you haven’t used–a man in [...]
Olaf Raetzel's insight:
I'm updating a PowerPoint at the moment that I want to use in a Collaborate student induction in a couple of weeks time. And for that I've been inserting the odd bit of clipart on a couple of slides. It always amazes me how few people know that you can ungroup clipart and create your custom images by combining bits from old images into new ones.
The second edition of this best-selling text has been fully updated and addresses the many technological changes that have taken place in the field of online learning since 2002, such as Web 2.0, mobile learning and virtual worlds. Practical, accessible and written for those teaching on any topic, Gilly Salmon maintains her exceptional reputation and delivers another useful resource for practitioners who are looking to keep online learners motivated, active and engaged. The question remains, how do you really deliver worthwhile learning online? This professional book, based on action research, provides a simple answer to this fundamental question by exploring a key technique that enables teachers and learners to use available technologies most effectively. E-tivities are purposeful online activities that have proven to keep learners engaged and motivated while participating in interactive online e-learning environments. New topics and updates to this revised edition include: Loads of new examples from the world of "designing for learning" Fresh new examples for how the 5 stage model has been successfully used around the world New e-tivities such as wiki-tivities, pod-tivities and second life-tivities Wider range of examples from different disciplines and levels of education New student assessment techniques Fully updated teaching strategies and a refreshed Resources for Practitioners Section Higher Education teaching professionals, trainers and educational developers will find this step-by-step, updated edition of e-tivities is a wonderful resource on its own or as a companion to the author "s best-selling e-moderating: The Key to Teaching and Learning Online. It is also an appropriate text for students enrolled in Educational Technology and Distance Education Masters and PhD programs. * Please visit the author "s website (http://www.atimod.com/) for additional supplementary material and useful links.
Olaf Raetzel's insight:
Discussion boards are tricky things to get right. It can be quite a struggle to get students to participate. While many may be using Facebook or Twitter they may not see the benefits of participating in course related discussions. That's where Gilly Salmon's book may help you get some new innovative ideas about improving your use of online discussions. Highly recommended reading.
Apart from endless marking, a few days off work and an excess of chocolate Easter this year also sees the arrival of a new learning technologist to the Edge Hill family - me!
Hailing from Germany originally, from Bristol more recently this is my second week in the new job and so far loving every moment of it!
I'm based in the FoE Annexe - so pop by for a chat about all your learning technology needs, worries and wishes. Alternatively, call me on 7844 or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org if you want me to come to you or one of your team meetings.
The law relating to copyright is changing - for the better. There's a lot more that you are allowed to do now as an educator - especially when it comes to digital content. But beware - it's not a digital free for all!
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