Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Free Tool Designed To Connect All Schools In The U.S.

Connecting classrooms around the globe is a project that a number of different groups have tackled, and this one is no different. Connect All Schools is an group of many organizations that is focused around the goal of connecting all schools in the US with the world by 2016.

This large group of participating organizations has a long list of goals and reasons why connecting students across the globe are important. They hope that by connecting students, they can:

Build understanding and global competencyIntroduce global issues curriculum, new World Languages, online collaboration, youth and teacher exchanges, professional development on international education, and video-conferencesEnable schools to indicate how they are connected to the world and for new teachers, school administrators and parents to work with consortium partners on building new linksAllow for online language practice with native speakers around the worldAllow students to learn WITH the world instead of just about itTo create a student citizenry that is aware of and comfortable with interaction with peers worldwide Read more at:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Teachers Don't Need Convincing, They Need Training to Use Ed Tech

States and school districts should stop trying to convince teachers to employ educational technology and start helping them overcome barriers to using it well, say a husband-and-wife research team.

"We don't give teachers enough credit," said Loredana Werth, an assistant professor at Idaho's Northwest Nazarene University."Most understand the benefits and impact of technology. What folks want is training and access."

That conclusion is based on findings from a survey of 200 Idaho teachers about how they use and perceive more than 30 different kinds of tech in the classroom. Loredana and Eric Werth presented their as-yet unpublished findings at the International Society for Technology in Education's 2013 conference here.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Social Media and Social Softwarw

Find out more about social media and social software, including: blogs, podcasts, photo-sharing, video-sharing, making internet TV, and other social media.


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Preparing to go to College?

Find out about preparation for college, identify programs to assist in preparing for tests such as the GED, SAT, PSAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT ...


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Open Source and Open Educational Resources

Open source software (OSS) and open educational resources (OER) share a common heritage and philosophy - they are both about giving everyone access and permission to use, change and re-use material.  


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Friday, June 21, 2013

"I'm going back to the start" - What is a MOOC?

Written and Narrated by Dave Cormier;

Video by Neal Gillis;

Researchers: Dave Cormier, Alexander McAuley, George Siemens, Bonnie Stewart.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

NYU professor Jay Rosen on news curation in the digital age.

From a "Adapting Journalism to the Web," a conversation between Jay Rosen and Ethan Zuckerman held April 5, 2012. Full video at

Social Content Curation for Learning Communities

An infographic I created for a MOOC at Stanford: Designing New Learning Environments. Made with too little space, too little skills, too little time and too little research. Lots of fun though.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The University Unbound: Transforming Higher Education

It is time to consider a redesign of the university system in a way that takes advantage of recent Internet technology developments and addresses some of the social and economic problems surrounding higher education.

Studying a Masters in Secondary Education online

If you have obtained a Bachelors degree and passed the required examinations to begin teaching, you may be beginning to explore options for expanding your teaching opportunities and earning a greater income.  Getting a secondary education masters degree can open doors that lead to more challenging educational or administrative positions in the subject area for which you are most passionate.

Find out about masters in secondary education online programs, where you can take them, the career and salary prospects, and more ...


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book Domino Chain World Record

The Seattle Public Library launched the 2013 Summer Reading Program by setting a new world record for the longest book domino chain!

The books used to make this domino chain were either donated or are out of date and no longer in the library's collection. They are now being sold by the Friends of Seattle Public Library to help raise money for library programs and services. 

No books were harmed during the filming of this video.

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Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language Online Course

This ALISON Free Online Course - Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language - is ideal for fluent English speakers who wish to teach the English language in an English-speaking country. It will also be of interest to people who are considering teaching English as a foreign language or anyone who wants to know more about teaching and learning theories.


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Tablets help Hong Kong students learn

A middle school is blazing a trail in e-learning to create a more dynamic teaching environment, write Linda Yeung and Richard James Havis.

It's morning assembly, and Form One students at Pui Ching Middle School, have their iPads ready. It's the same story in their English and Chinese classes. As they listen to the news, read poems or watch other media on the screens in front of them, the students are preparing to put forward their thoughts via projector linked to their devices.

They are a pioneering group in a school already at the forefront of e-learning. From this autumn, the use of iPads will be rolled out to Form Two and Form Four classes. The school already has its own online learning system with various teaching materials and activities, and its students chat with one another on Facebook or the online course management system Moodle.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Education Edition

The New Media Consortium, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with the support of HP, produced the "NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition".
This fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within the environment of pre-college education.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Take the lead in Elementary Education with an online Masters degree

A masters in elementary education online is often necessary for a position as an administrator, curriculum developer, or education program director.
This page provides information on what is studied and where you can study these programs.

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What is involved in studying an Elementary Education degree online?

An elementary school teacher needs flexibility to be able to teach across several systems/modes.  They also need to be able to teach a range of areas and ages.
This page provides information on elementary education online degrees, what is studied in them, where you can study them, the prospects, and more ...

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Smile! Hackers Can Silently Access Your Webcam Right Through The Browser (Again)

You know those people who put tape over their laptop's webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? They're not crazy.
A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required.
We tested the proof of concept on the latest build of Chrome for Mac, and it pulled from our webcam without issue or any visible prompt. Others have found the exploit to work on IE10, but it seems to be patched on the most recent releases of Safari and Firefox. When it works, the only evidence that the camera was ever accessed is a near instant and oh-so-easy-to-miss blink of the LED indicator.

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Stewart-Marshall's insight:
Tested it - and it's true - it works on Chrome. Scary :-(

Thursday, June 13, 2013

June 13, 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 ICT for education and development.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 11, 2013: Online And Distance Learning Weekly is out

"Online And Distance Learning Weekly", by Natalie Stewart: A free online newspaper with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos about online and distance learning - for students and professionals in the field.

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MOOCs, Hype, and the Precarious State of Higher Ed: Futurist Bryan Alexander

Does it continue to make sense to go to college when the sticker price of a college education is soaring, the amount of debt college students are taking on – even for the non-elite universities and what were formerly affordable public universities – is severely constraining their choices post-graduation, and job prospects for new graduates are dismal?
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How To Make Sure Professional Development Is Not An Oxymoron - Edudemic

Let’s face it, most people do not look forward to Professional Development (PD) Days in their school district due to the fact that most of these are created with someone else deciding what is most important for the learners.
From my standpoint, we could change PD dramatically for the better if we focused our professional learning efforts on just two qualities: choice and learning with others.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

11 Must Have iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

A list of some "must have" apps  that teachers should have access to. All of these apps are great for organizational tasks such as:  task management, bookmarking, note-taking...and media storage.

Progress your career by taking an Education Management degree online

This page provides information on what is studied in Education management online degrees, where you can study them, prospects, and more ...

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Monday, June 10, 2013

What Is Web 3.0 And How Will It Change Education? - Edudemic

We'll reach a new state of web skills when we reinvent technology tools to better enhance our personal learning. We'll be at 3.0 when schools are everywhere and not viewed as daycare.
So what is Web 3.0 and how will it change education? What does that even mean?

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Be special leader with a Special Education Doctorate

Special education programs at doctoral level provide an excellent means to obtain the requisite knowledge and skills, and to qualify for any aspect of this rewarding area.
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.

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Online Masters and PhDs

Online and Distance Learning