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How The Internet Has Spread Around The World [Infographic]

How The Internet Has Spread Around The World [Infographic] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The world wide web has become significantly more worldwide over the past two decades. By 2010, more than 2 billion people--or about one-third of the global population--had access to the internet, up from something like .05 percent in 1990, and less than 10 percent of users worldwide now reside in the U.S.
As seen in this visualization two big trends are evident: the geographical diversification of the web, and China's sudden expansion and global dominance as an internet presence...

Further information explaining these trends comes from Google's public data tool. Take a look at the additional charts at the link--the first shows the relative proportion of internet users by country, and the second shows each country's total number of users.


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Anthony Burke's curator insight, December 13, 2012 3:15 PM

Two big trends are evident: the geographical diversification of the web, and China's sudden expansion and global dominance as an internet presence...

Thierry Bodhuin's curator insight, December 14, 2012 3:58 AM

Internet Evolution in different countries...

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, December 28, 2012 9:05 AM

Those Great Infographics

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New research & maps provide a detailed look at how the brain organizes visual information

New research & maps provide a detailed look at how the brain organizes visual information | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

How does our brain organize the visual information that our eyes capture? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, used computational models of brain imaging data to answer this question and arrived at what they call “continuous semantic space” – a notion which serves as the basis for the first interactive maps showing how the brain categorizes what we see.The data on which the maps are based was collected while the subjects watched movie clips. Brain activity was recorded via functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a type of MRI that measures brain activity by detecting related changes in blood flow. In order to find the correlations in the data collected, the researchers used a type of analysis known as regularized linear regression...


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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, December 28, 2012 7:53 AM

Excellent articple about neuroscience - visual mapping.

Understanding our minds is important on all types of management tasks;)

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 4:10 PM

Good points to make about why going visual is important

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Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years

Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.

 

They range from the serious to the fanciful, from the exciting to the petrifying.

And to get a gauge on how likely they are to happen, we asked the special bets department at British betting firm Ladbrokes to give us their odds on each prediction coming true.

 

[View more at the link]

 


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:23 PM

Be prepared for the future...

Anthony Burke's curator insight, January 29, 2013 3:12 AM

How many of these will come true,,,ha...ha I remember some of the great predictions in the past that never made it, whilst the unpredicted did. Anyone remember the "atomic" egg that would fit in a box to power all your household power needs? Anyone remember all the free time we were going to have to manage because robots and AI would be doing all the work?

Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 30, 2013 12:33 AM
And flying cars for the year 2,000? ;-) Great infographic nevertheless. Thanks for sharing!
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WATCH: Sir Ken Robinson’s New Talk | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization

WATCH: Sir Ken Robinson’s New Talk | Education Revolution | Alternative Education Resource Organization | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Building a Culture of Innovation Sir Ken Robinson delivers a brand new, insightful and entertaining talk to educators at the 9th Annual AERO Conference, “Finding the Catalyst for the Education Revolution"

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David Hain's comment, January 28, 2013 2:13 AM
As always, entertaining and valuable insights - a true thought leader!
David Hain's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:14 AM

As always, entertaining and valuable insights - a true thought leader!

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Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test

Op-ed: Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Garfield teachers believe students should be evaluated based on what they are learning in the classroom, writes guest columnist Jesse Hagopian.

 

By Jesse Hagopian

 

"Garfield teachers voted last week, without a single “no” vote, to refuse to administer the Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP, test on ethical and professional grounds. Our student government and PTSA both voted to support us. "

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The week university (as we know it) ended | The Globe and Mail

The week university (as we know it) ended | The Globe and Mail | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Don Tapscott

 

"For many years I’ve been writing about how the Internet and new models of pedagogy will bring an end to the university’s monopoly on higher education.

 

"Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.

 

"It’s happening right now. We may even remember this week as the turning point. If there is one issue that is buzzing through Davos like a prairie fire among thoughtful people, it’s that the time has finally come to reinvent higher learning."

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Preparing our students for Web 3.0 learning

Tomorrow's novelty is today's norm.Are you prepared to lead learning with...

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, February 15, 2013 10:39 AM

add your insight...Il est grand temps de s'y mettre!

 

 
Faouzia Messaoudi's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:14 AM

On y est déjà !?

Designing for Learning's curator insight, June 17, 2013 12:54 AM

Get ready for Web x.0, a smarter, aware internet of things. Even now, the variety of data available can make new connections, construct new knowledge, and solve future problems.

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Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance

Six [totally awesome] Web Presentation Tools for Teachers at a Glance | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Below, you will find a link to a table I’ve made that puts information about these sources into an “at a glance” format. You’ll be able to easily reference what the tool is, what it does, and how it could be used in the classroom. You will also get access to links for the actual websites so that you can sign up and start creating! Before you do that, though, I’ve also got links to some examples on the final page for your perusal. (Keep in mind that these are just samples, not Pulitzer or Golden Apple material.) It is my hope that my own hours of time narrowing the field of free web tools will help others in their teaching, and help some new surfers to get up on that wave. Try to learn and implement one new thing this year… even that is a huge accomplishment. Come on in, the water’s fine! At the live session, you even get me to come around, assist you, and personally answer your questions about how these contraptions work…


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Charlotte's comment, August 3, 2012 10:33 AM
May I also add Present.Me that allows you to attach a video of yourself presenting to your powerpoint presentation. I use it to send to my class when I cannot be there for their lessons. Genuis.
Baiba Svenca's comment, August 3, 2012 12:01 PM
I agree Charlotte! Present.me is awesome, I use it too. And Prezi, and many more tools.... But that was the author's choice. I like the annotations and tips very much!
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 28, 2013 8:36 AM

Must try SPICY NODES !

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7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios » The Rapid eLearning Blog

7 Tips for Better E-Learning Scenarios » The Rapid eLearning Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

As always the challenge for many instructional designers is that as you have to work with time and resource constraints. Many times it’s just a lot easier to build an information-based course than it is to build a scenario. Scenarios can take more time to develop and not everyone is a Hollywood scriptwriter (not that it means anything considering most of the movies that are released nowadays).

The good news is that pulling together scenarios is not as hard as it might seem. In today’s post I’ll offer some ideas to help you get started.

1. Focus on the desired result. What do you expect from the learners after they’re done with the course? How do you know that they’ve met those expectations? Many courses aren’t clear in the performance requirements after the course. Without those expectations it’s hard to build scenarios that are relevant.
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2. Tap into the learner’s motivation. Most elearning courses are about the information in the course and not how the information is relevant to the learner. We take a cookie cutter approach to elearning as if all information is equally important to the learners or all learners are equally ignorant of the information. What you want to do is figure out how to connect the information to the learner.
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4. Have the learners uncover information by challenging their understanding. Don’t give the learners any upfront information. Just throw them into the pool so to speak and let them learn to swim. This is a great way to test their assumptions and possible misunderstanding.
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5. Keep it simple. Scenarios don’t need to be overly complicated. Avoid something like this:

“It was a dark and unusually quiet night when a woman’s distant screams could be heard piercing the quiet that normally sat on the small town like a night time mist. And just as soon as it started the screams subsided and were replaced with a newborn’s cries. And so started the life of Mary, the finance manager of Primento…”

Instead, just jump into the scenario. “Mary the finance manager has to….”
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6. Ask learners how the course content is relevant. Somewhere in the instructional design process you will connect with your learners. Ask them HOW they’d use the content or WHEN they’d use it? They’ll give you all sorts of ideas that you can use as fodder for your scenarios ...
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7. Confirm that the scenarios are accurate and realistic. Make sure that your customer, subject matter experts, and learners all agree that the content and scenarios are accurate and realistic. Some other considerations are how they work with the rest of the course and with the various learners. This is especially true if your courses are available to different ethnic groups or cultures.


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Top eLearning Tips Straight From the Experts [INFOGRAPHIC]

Top eLearning Tips Straight From the Experts [INFOGRAPHIC] | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
To help you master eLearning course development, we gathered some of the top quotes by different experts in the industry.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 26, 2013 7:09 AM

This is an important starting point infographic for eLearning. More important is the beautiful and informative .pdf download that you can download for free (email)

Two Pens's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:03 PM

These tips work for any online experience, whether teaching a class, presenting to colleagues, or creating content or web sites.

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Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
You've probably heard people tell you should back up your computer, or you should have more secure passwords.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:39 AM
This is a helpful framework. Thanks for sharing.
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160 Live Concerts

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Sometimes you've just got to take a break. Great collection of a very diverse assortment of artists.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:38 AM
I'm bookmarking this. Great resource!
Rogério Rocha's comment, January 28, 2013 7:43 AM
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Kyleen Blunt's curator insight, October 9, 2014 1:31 AM

These videos offer a different perspective for "concert goers" I'm way that you can actually see the artist, up close and personal, and actually see what is going on. At an actual live concert, many people that are not fortunate enough to make it to the front row are stuck looking at the back of someones head for three hours. In this perspective I can understand why having a recording of a live concert is justifiable. 

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How Do We Measure a Competency?

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Recently, I participated in two excellent Twitter chats on the #21stedchat hashtag. The first was about Assessing 21st Century Competencies and the second explored Marks and Grades in the 21st Cent...


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:26 AM

A MUST read!

 

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 23, 2013 2:04 PM

Recently, I participated in two excellent Twitter chats on the #21stedchat hashtag. The first was about Assessing 21st Century Competencies and the second explored Marks and Grades in the 21st Cent...

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 25, 2013 5:27 PM

21 st century learning skills.

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The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012

The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

2012 might be the year which we reached 'peak infographic'.

You can’t have an issue or a piece of data without putting it into a picture so it’s easier for people to understand. While this has mostly resulted in a glut of ugly graphics that don’t actually do anything with data (and you’ll see some of these below), it’s still an incredibly simple way to get information to you fast. And this year, some of our most compelling content has appeared in the format.

These are some of our favorites.


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, December 21, 2012 5:40 PM

A curated infographic gallery from FastCompany...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:09 PM

How do you tell a story with statistics?  How to you make visible the hidden and complex ideas hiding in the numbers?


Infographics is a solid answer for these questions. 


Take a look at some of the best!

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 11:49 AM

A voir ... rapidement 

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100 Diagrams That Changed the World

100 Diagrams That Changed the World | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.


Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even decorate abstract concepts like consciousness and love.

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.

But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:20 PM

So often when we understand a concept or the relationship of big ideas, we say "I see!" .  Infographics help us see, and be seeing help us think.  This collection of diagrams have impacted the world we live in.  Take a look, perhaps you'll see...

Patrizia Bertini's curator insight, December 30, 2012 5:59 AM

I see! - goes together with embodied cognition? It seems so... Infographics as a key?

bancoideas's curator insight, December 30, 2012 9:28 AM

Ideas acerca de las ideas que tenemos sobte nosotros/as mismos/as y el mundo que co-construimos

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 26, 2013 9:40 PM

Nurture YOUR genius.

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Revolution Hits the Universities | NY Times

Revolution Hits the Universities | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Thomas L. Friedman

 

"I can see a day soon where you’ll create your own college degree by taking the best online courses from the best professors from around the world — some computing from Stanford, some entrepreneurship from Wharton, some ethics from Brandeis, some literature from Edinburgh — paying only the nominal fee for the certificates of completion. It will change teaching, learning and the pathway to employment. “There is a new world unfolding,” said Reif, “and everyone will have to adapt.”

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High School Graduation Rate at Highest Level in Three Decades | ED.gov Blog

High School Graduation Rate at Highest Level in Three Decades | ED.gov Blog | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Cameron Brenchley

 

"A new report from the Department of Education shows that high school graduation rates are at their highest level since 1974. According to the report, during the 2009-10 school year, 78.2 percent of high school students nationwide graduated on time, which is a substantial increase from the 73.4 percent recorded in 2005-6. The report shows that graduation rates were up for all ethnic groups in 2010, and that the rate for Hispanic students has jumped almost 10 points since 2006. "

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Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery

Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

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Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 4, 2013 4:46 PM
As always, thanks for the reScoop, Anne!
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thanks Mike !!
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thanks Mike !!
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Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine

Why You Truly Never Leave High School | New York Magazine | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.

 

By Jennifer Senior

 

"In the past couple of decades, studies across the social sciences have been designed around this new orientation. It has long been known, for instance, that male earning potential correlates rather bluntly with height. But it was only in 2004 that a trio of economists thought to burrow a little deeper and discovered, based on a sample of thousands of white men in the U.S. and Britain, that it wasn’t adult height that seemed to affect their subjects’ wages; it was their height at 16. (In other words, two white men measuring five-foot-eleven can have very different earning potential in the same profession, all other demographic markers being equal, just because one of them was shorter at 16.) Eight years later, Deborah Carr, a sociologist at Rutgers, observed something similar about adults of a normal weight: They are far more likely to have higher self-esteem if they were a normal weight, rather than overweight or obese, in late adolescence (Carr was using sample data that tracked weight at age 21, but she notes that heavy 21-year-olds were also likely to be heavy in high school). Robert Crosnoe, a University of Texas sociologist, will be publishing a monograph with a colleague this year that shows attractiveness in high school has lingering effects, too, even fifteen years later. “It predicted a greater likelihood of marrying,” says Crosnoe, “better earning potential, better mental health.” This finding reminds me of something a friend was told years ago by Frances Lear, head of the eponymous, now defunct magazine for women: “The difference between you and me is that I knew in high school I was beautiful.”

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:37 PM

Quite an interesting and well-written article...and it certainly feels, from personal experience, to be quite accurate.

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PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Online Learning

PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Online Learning | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The success of online courseware such as that offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (http://ocw.mit.edu) and now by many other institutions, together with a plethora of recent announcements of major new initiatives in this arena such as Coursera (https://www.coursera.org), Udacity (http://www.udacity.com), and the Harvard-MIT partnership edX (http://www.edxonline.org), have made it clear that online learning has reached a tipping point. Many signs point to the possibility in the near future of getting a quality, university-level education at a distance, and for free. As exciting as this prospect may be, it behooves online students to follow a few simple rules for getting the most out of the experience, while being realistic in their expectations, as outlined below.


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How We Learn What We Learn

From the big thinkers of the previous century that have influenced our own understanding of learning, to the strategic implementation of those pricnciples in designing pedagogy, this text sheds light on the great heritage that we draw upon in our...

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:57 AM

Beautiful design and concise description of big thinkgers, their theories and applied skills to help connect students with the skills and knowledge that they need.  

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Gamify to Tighten up Relationships and Create a Close-Knit, Highly Engaged Tribe

Gamify to Tighten up Relationships and Create a Close-Knit, Highly Engaged Tribe | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The following post is an entry by one of our spectacular finalists in our Awesome Engagement Strategies Contest. Finalists showcase their ideas, and whoever gets the most traction (i.e. comments an...

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Can, or how can, this strategy be applied in education. Do you know anyone who is doing it?

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 26, 2013 7:03 AM

This is an interesting pseudo-step-by-step blog of how one company used gamification as a marketing step to improve relationships with Facebook followers.

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Network Theory - Marc Samet

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From social media to massive financial institutions, we live within a web of networks. But how do they work? How does Googling a single word provide millions of results?

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:16 AM

A nice #TedEd annimation on network theory.

Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:17 AM
I appreciate the helpful animation and clear explanation. Thanks for sharing
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New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School

New Wordpress Plugin Lets You Build Your Own Online School | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Ever wanted to build your own online school? A new Wordpress plugin called Sensei by WooThemes might be a good place to start.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 7:48 PM

WOW, looks interesting...

 

Idea: Why not using it for "Teachers helping Teachers on their Professional Development"!?

 

 

Gust MEES's curator insight, January 21, 2013 8:12 PM

Idea: Why not using it for "Teachers helping Teachers on their Professional Development"!?

 

 

Gianfranco D'Aversa's curator insight, January 23, 2013 2:01 PM

Ever wanted to build your own online school? A new Wordpress plugin called Sensei by WooThemes might be a good place to start.