Tuesday, April 30, 2013

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).
The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...

Web 2.0 e-Publishing Tools: A Quick Guide

A collection of 10 e-Publishing tools...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Integrating problem-based learning with ICT for developing student-teachers’ content knowledge and teaching skill

Mehdi Karami, Shahid Madani University of Azerbaijan, Iran
Zohreh Karami, Farhangian University of Hamadan, Iran
Mohammad Attaran, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The aim of this research was studying the effect of integrating problem-based learning with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) on developing content knowledge and teaching skill of trainee teachers. The research design was a quasi-experimental one, and the participants were elementary education trainee teachers of Shahid Bahonar teacher training center of Hamadan, Iran. Two groups were given tests of theory and practice on teaching mathematical concepts at elementary school, and then a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) was conducted to compare the pretest-posttest scores. There was a significant difference, in both multivariate and univariate analyses, in scores. The findings suggest that trainee teachers who integrate problem-based learning with ICT in solving a problem may develop more professional content knowledge and teaching skill than those who merely employ ICT.

Read more at:  http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu//viewarticle.php?id=1578

MOOCs do not represent the best of online learning

Thus far little attention has been paid to the quality of MOOCs. Quality in online learning can be defined in many ways: quality of content, quality of design, quality of instructional delivery, and, ultimately, quality of outcomes. On the face of it, the organizing principles of MOOCs are at odds with widely observed best practices in online education, including those advocated by my organization, the Quality Matters Program. Many of the first MOOCs are providing quality of content, but are far behind the curve in providing quality of design, accountable instructional delivery, or sufficient resources to help the vast majority of students achieve a course’s intended learning outcomes.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/04/25/moocs-do-not-represent-best-online-learning-essay#ixzz2RvFIy3ZL ;
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to Make Awesome GIFs

Now that GIFs are more popular than YOLO, you might feel overwhelmed by all the search results on how to make your own.
Take a deep breath — it's okay. By the end of this comprehensive guide, you will have become the Karate Kid of GIF-making. Now go wax my car.
Read more at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/18/how-to-make-gifs/

Saturday, April 27, 2013

David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips

Tech columnist David Pogue shares 10 simple, clever tips for computer, web, smartphone and camera users. And yes, you may know a few of these already -- but there's probably at least one you don't.

Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoT0-2vu9m4

Be a special leader with a Doctorate in Special Education

Want to work as a special education leader to advocate and change systems, or as a superintendent to lead an institution. or as an academic or a researcher in special education?
Find out about special education doctoral programs online and how they can prepare you for a most rewarding career. This page provides more detail about the programs and where you can take them.

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/special-education-doctoral

Friday, April 26, 2013

Interactive whiteboard for primary schools in Mauritius: An effective tool or just another trend?

Goonesh Kumar Asvin Bahadur, University of Mauritius, Mauritius
Deorani Oogarah, Primary School, Mauritius

Mauritius is among the few African countries where the interactive whiteboard has been implemented in all primary schools. This has been possible thanks to the Sankoré project, an initiative of Franco-British Summit and the Government of Mauritius.
The interactive whiteboard is an important tool in the classroom as it changes the mode of instruction.  In this research project, an educational learning tool was designed and mounted using XERTE which is an Open Source Authoring tool, to test whether interactive whiteboard can improve learning in schools.

Read more at: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu//viewarticle.php?id=1559

He Kupu eJournal: Vol 3, Issue 2 is out

He Kupu (‘The Word’) is a fully-refereed early childhood education e-journal. It provides education students, teacher educators and related professionals the opportunity to share research and practical knowledge across a wide variety of early childhood education-related disciplines.
Subscription to He Kupu is free of charge.
We welcome contributions to He Kupu from academics, practitioners and students in all disciplines related to early childhood education, such as philosophy, sociology, psychology and anthropology.

Read latest issue of journal at: http://www.hekupu.ac.nz/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 25, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: A free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about using ICT for education and development.

Read and subscribe free at: http://paper.li/f-1325685118

On the Move: Mobile Learning for Development

This book integrates research, action research, best practice and case studies detailing how some educators have embraced the opportunities afforded by mobile learning. In particular, it brings together a range of scenarios, solutions and discussions relating to mobile learning in development and other resource challenged contexts.

Read more at the IAP site: http://www.infoagepub.com/products/On-the-Move

Studying Education Management Online

This page provides information on what is studied in Education management online degrees, where you can study them, prospects, and more... 
Read more at:  http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/education-management-online

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

European Commission laments education sector's lack of ICT skills

Many teachers are ill-equipped to teach students IT-related subjects, according to a survey by the European Commission.
The study featured 190,000 responses from 27 European countries and concluded that access to skilled and confident ICT teachers is more important than being able to use the latest equipment.
However, across the countries surveyed, teacher training in ICT is rarely compulsory, meaning many teachers have to use their spare time to develop these skills.

Read more: http://www.itpro.co.uk/staffing/19662/european-commission-laments-education-sectors-lack-ict-skills#ixzz2ROj4hDPI

Online IT Programs and Jobs

online IT programs for a careeer at the forefrontOnline IT programs and courses help in providing the knowledge and skills required for jobs in this challenging field of IT and computer engineering.  This page provides more details of the programs available, the schools where they can be taken, the career prospects, and more ...
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Online IT Programs and Jobs

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Supply Chain Management Degree For A Rewarding Career

cargo deliverySupply chain management degree programs are ideal for people interested in obtaining supply chain management certification for enhancing their careers in business, government, nonprofit, or military settings.
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Supply Chain Management Degree For A Rewarding Career

Are Massive Open Online Courses Massive Opportunity or Massive Hype?

Do MOOCs offer massive opportunity to move past the limited physical constrains of the developing world's universities?
Or are MOOCs just the latest fad in moving from the tried and true in-person relationship between professor and student? Do they replace in-depth analysis and learning with superficial glances at complex topics? Will MOOCs dilute the university degree even more, reducing higher education to just another certificate of perseverance instead of an indicator of intelligence?

Read more: http://www.ictworks.org/news/2013/04/19/are-massive-open-online-courses-massive-opportunity-or-massive-hype/

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Education Management PhD

Education management PhD online degrees are particularly useful if you want to progress in a career in school or college management. This page provides more details ...

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/education-management-phd

NBC Education Nation

Education Nation is a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving education in America.
Read more at: http://www.educationnation.com/

Thursday, April 18, 2013

How to Protect Your WordPress From Attack

An ongoing brute-force attack on WordPress-based websites has compromised more than 90,000 blogs, but there are simple ways to make sure your blog won't be next to fall.
Brute-force attacks, as their name would suggest, are some of the least sophisticated hacks out there, rapidly cycling through common directory names, passwords and IP addresses in order to access private files through sheer dumb luck.
The bad news is that such attacks happen to WordPress blogs tens of thousands of times per day; the good news is that stopping them cold is simplicity itself.

Read more at:  http://mashable.com/2013/04/18/protect-wordpress-from-attack/

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

PBL & Web 2.0 Tools

Choosing the appropriate Web 2.0 tools to support project based learning can be a daunting task. However, integrating the use of these tools into a project c...

Bookboard Streams Kids' Books to the iPad; But Are E-books Good For Your Children?

Bookboard is a new digital subscription service that streams children’s books to the iPad.
My boys and I have been testing it for about a month. Bookboard provides us with a steady supply of new storybooks at bedtime. It employs gamification elements to keep my seven year old son motivated to keep reading on his own. And it has caused me to reflect on the experience of reading to my kids on a tablet.

Read more at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jordanshapiro/2013/04/17/bookboard-streams-kids-books-to-the-ipad-but-are-e-books-good-for-your-children/

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Studying Educational Psychology Online

Educational psychology is very often of interest to those wishing to work as school psychologists, but is also of interest to those wanting management jobs or specialist positions in education, training, testing, or research.  It is also of interest to those wanting to work in academic positions in universities or colleges.
Find out more about studying educational psychology, what the job prospects are after graduating, and locate educational psychology online programs at suitable schools.

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/educational-psychology-online

Friday, April 12, 2013

April 11, 2013: IJEDICT Weekly News is out

"IJEDICT Weekly News", by Stewart Marshall: a free, online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about using ICT for education and development.

Read and subscribe at: http://paper.li/f-1325685118

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taking A Securities Course - What It Entails And The Prospects

stock marketA securities course can lead to many career options with positive outlooks. This page helps you find out more about what the courses are, and what you can expect to earn in jobs in securities.

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Taking A Securities Course - What It Entails And The Prospects

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Educational Leadership Administration Doctorate

Find educational leadership administration doctorate programs. This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study such programs online.
These PhD programs (and variants such as an educational management and administration PhD programs) are designed to enhance your expertise and career potential in school and college administration.

Read more at: http://onlineanddistancelearning.com/educational-leadership-administration-doctorate

Why Everyone Wants a Piece of Ed Tech

The growing field of educational technology, or ed tech, is much more than putting tablets into classrooms. It’s changing the very way that students learn and teachers teach and it’s the hot investment of the moment. Venture capital in the industry is spiking and even the big players are launching their own incubators trying to get in on the action. We take you inside Socratic Labs, an ed-tech accelerator in New York City for a lesson in what makes this industry so hot.

Read more and view the video at:  http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/226228

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