"Although smartphones are verboten in many schools, when used properly they may become powerful learning tools. When Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative, an effort aimed at bringing internet access to families that can not afford it, put smartphones into the hands of low-income students, the students’ standardized test scores improved — sometimes by as much as 30%."
"What do teachers want? A new study from PBS Learning Media details (in a highly visual manner) exactly what teachers want these days. From budgets to technology to web tools to increased engagement, it’s all here. The following infographic is definitely worth printing out and posting around your school. If you’re in the middle of determining what teachers, students, and parents want in your district, use this as a jumping off point to start the discussion."
"Yes, let's give students iPads so they can be smarter and learn better. It sounds so easy. The reality is that there are many unknowns, like how do you hand out 800 iPads and keep track of which student has which iPad, and how do you get 800 students to register with iTunes so they can use their iPads on the school system?"
"It feels like we're on the precipice of a more common, universal implementation for blended learning, but for a while still, blended learning is still dependent on teachers knowing what to teach and how to teach it. It still feels still like a grassroots movement from key teachers who are looking ahead to the future. We know that being able to function online is a 21st-century skill, but for some teachers, it's still as futuristic as Logan's Run."
"In "Only Disconnect," Andrew Reiner, writing for The Chronicle of Higher Education, lamented the state of American youth, particularly their preoccupation with social media. By the end of his article, Reiner advocated for social media Sabbaths, in which students would disconnect from their networks in order to more deeply engage with each other and their academic pursuits. While there are certainly negatives that can be associated with social media overuse, it is also a valuable part of the way our society functions."
"Educators love Twitter: some 90 percent of teachers have used social media in the classroom or for educational purposes. But how exactly are these educators connecting to each other and their students?"
"While plenty of their parents might see using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and blogs as a leisure time activity, students today know better: These days, those web portals can be some of the best places to find information on the subjects they’re covering in school. In fact, professors have been integrating these tools into their curriculum with positive results."
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"Online learning divides opinion like few other issues in the world of higher education. But regardless of whether you think this is a good or bad thing, there is no escaping the fact it is here to stay. Despite claims about the democratisation of education through free online university courses and open educational resources, some potential students are being left on the wrong side of the digital divide."
"In the vast and messy education landscape, where does Open Course Builder fit? According to GigaOm, 'Universities are increasingly partnering with online education startups like Coursera, Udacity (which was co-founded by Thrun) and 2tor but, as more schools look to expand their presence online, Google's new tool could be a way to help them do that.' Google's model has already inspired Stanford, universities in Spain, and the developers of Udacity and Coursera to re-conceptualize learning online and learning technology. If nothing else, Google has shown how its suite of technologies can be coherently integrated into a learning experience that definitively belongs in the 21st century."
"No doubt about it, online learning at every level for every purpose is the flavor of the moment, and everyone is scrambling to offer a feast. Investors are salivating at the prospect of getting into an education market with an estimated global value of $54 billion; social and academic entrepreneurs want to provide free education opportunities for the poor; and at the same time, media organizations are falling all over themselves trying to come up with the right model to replace the textbook and other print materials. Before we pick up too much speed to stop, we need to consider the educational future we are aiming for in higher education, technical education, and especially in the early years of K-12 education, when it really counts."
"So where do maps fit in the storytelling realm? I recently spoke with Allen Carroll, who left National Geographic about a year ago and is now ArcGIS Online Content Program Manager at Esri, about Story Maps—a new initiative he’s working on with David Asbury, Lee Bock, and Stephen Sylvia to integrate storytelling and maps."
Can you tell stories with maps? Yes you can!
OK -- I love maps. I'm a geographer at heart. I love reading them and finding all the tiniest back roads to travel.
Here is a terrific interview with Exec. VP & Chief Cartographer at National Geographic Maps about their story and map initiative. He explains what they are doing and how storytelling through maps can happen. It is another creative twist on visual storytelling and infographics.
Is it classic traditional storytelling? Well.....it's kind of borderline. But does it work? Oftentimes yes.
Now what the heck can this do for a business? Well, think about your biz stories and how they could be charted on a map. Add a map to your About Page to visually represent your journey. Add a map to your Founding Story so we can see it visually.
I bet you will come up with several more ideas!
Go read the article and check out the examples and let me know which ones you like best :)
"Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age, a new report from the State Education Technology Directors Association is calling on schools to make plans to transition from traditional textbooks to digital texts in the next five years. The paper looks at the benefits that districts might gain from using digital resources in the classroom and examines the progress made by states that have already taken steps to shift to the new medium — and the challenges and successes they’ve encountered along the way."
"Given that the iPad is intended to be a mobile device it is easy to call any learning happening on it to be mlearning. However, it’s not that simple. Of late there have been some interesting conversations on the web discussing categorization of tablet learning.... Tablet Learning is not mlearning. iPad has shaped a new category of learning, i.e ‘Tablet Learning’. "
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