Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten Guiding Principles for Designing Online Modules that Involve International Collaborations - Masters and PhDs

This paper looks at ten guiding principles that are shaping the work of an online module development project for training inservice teachers in Jordan. These principles for designing online modules can be effectively applied to a variety of cross-national collaborations for a wide range of settings.

Greater Reach and a Greater Audience with Empire Avenue #empireavenue

#empireavenue  Getting greater traction for your business is all about content marketing these days. And that means lots of sharing on social networks. But the problem for small businesses is that their own social networks can be rather small. So how can you get a greater reach and a greater audience for your content – and hence for your business?

Of course, you could pay to get Facebook or LinkedIn to promote your posts, or you could pay for Twitter to promote your tweets. But as I found to my cost, your limited budget is soon exhausted by each of these options. A far better proposition is to run “missions” on Empire Avenue in order to get greater exposure for your content.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

During the summer the IT department at your school may have been working to update the technology infrastructure in your school. At the same time, the developers of many of your favorite apps and services were working hard to update what you can do with technology in your classroom. Here are ten popular services that were updated over the summer.:

Remind 101



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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Effect of Using XO Computers on Students’ Mathematics and Reading Abilities - Masters and PhDs

This paper presents the results of a study conducted to evaluate the impact of using XO computers on students’ literacy and math skills in Mongolia

Personalized Learning: Schools without Classrooms - Masters and PhDs

Vittra runs 30 schools in Sweden and wants learning to take place everywhere in its schools, so it threw out the “old-school” thinking of straight desks in a line in a four-walled classroom. They eliminated all of its classrooms in favor of an environment that fosters children’s “curiosity and creativity.” The schools are non-traditional in every sense: there are no letter grades and learners learn in groups at their level, not necessarily by age. Admission to the school is free, as long as the child has a personal number (like a social security number) and one of the child’s parents is a Swedish taxpayer.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

All education is self-education.  Period.  It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. 

If you’re interested in learning something new, this article is for you.  Broken down by subject and/or category, here are several top-notch self-education resources I have bookmarked online over the past few years.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Education Administration Masters - Masters and PhDs

In the US, educational administration is often taken to include both management and leadership, whereas in the UK it is taken to be a separate activity – usually supportive of management and leadership. Education administration master’s degrees, (and variants such as education management master’s or educational leadership master’s) are designed for careers in elementary and secondary school administration, college administration, and educational supervision, management and leadership. Many colleges and universities offer these masters programs online. This page provides information on what is studied in these degrees and provides links to where you can study them online.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionals, so here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning."

What is it that help students pay attention?

* Problem solving

* Comparisons

* Visuals

* Questions

* Emotions

* Stories

* Contrast

* Controversy

* Brevity

* Lists

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Planning and Evaluating ICT in Education Programs Using the Four Dimensions of Sustainability - Masters and PhDs

This paper presents the findings from a program evaluation of an ICT in education project within the USAID-funded Girls Improved Learning Outcomes (GILO) program. The evaluation uses a framework of four dimensions of ICT sustainability to examine the appropriateness of the design and implementation of the project, which provided simple, relevant technology to 166 schools in Upper Egypt. 

The e-textbook transformation

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.

“Think of it as making the textbook a hands-on activity,” says Andrew Miller, an ASCD faculty member and technology expert. “It’s making the content come to life in a way that meets the needs of different learners—auditory learners, visual leaders, text-based learners.”

The latest e-textbooks, developed by traditional publishers as well as new players like Discovery Education, are powered by a host of adaptive features, such as adjustable levels of difficulty and instant translation into other languages. And in some districts, teachers are using platforms like Apple’s iBooks to create their own digital course materials.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Beyond assessment - recognizing achievement in a networked world

ePortfolios and Open Badges are only the first wave in what will emerge as a wider network-based form of assessment that makes tests and reviews unnecessary. In this talk I discuss work being done in network-based automated competency development and recognition, the challenges it presents to traditional institutions, and the opportunities created for genuinely autonomous open learning.


Do Social Signals relay SEO Scores for Website Rankings

Social signals are like inbound links, more links a site has linking to it, more it is seen by search engines as an authority for higher rankings. #plbkkt
Social signals are similar to the concept of inbound links wherein the more links a site has linking to it, the more it is seen by the search engines as an authority and the higher it will be ranked.Authority of these social signals are determined by sharing quality content in the form of updates, tweets,check-ins, pins, likes & +1sof high influence so that content weight is catalogued by the search engines after fine tuning big data clusters of social indicators that are deemed spam. SourceOfficially no, there is no official proof released or otherwise available that can guarantee or be held as proof to approve the warranty of website rankings determined by social signals.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tweet from @AnimaILife

It's called a Quokka. It lives in Australia, is endangered, & considered one of the happiest animals on earth

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules.

Resource created by Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership -  but relevant outside Australia.


Monday, July 7, 2014 - A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems

Smallpdf - the platform that makes it super easy to convert and edit all your PDF files. Solving all your PDF problems in one place - and yes, 100% free.

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

Convert Any Video File Into MP3, WAV, Ogg, WMA and More with

Convert Any Presentation Into a Talking Video in Your Preferred Language:

A slidetalk video is a video made by playing a Powerpoint file or a sequence of still pictures (slides) each with a description that is read out aloud by a text-to-speech engine. Slidetalk videos are a great way to publish and share your presentations including your own comment to the slides, but without the hassle of needing to speak the comments yourself into a microphone or hire a voice talent.


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Online Masters and PhDs

Online and Distance Learning