Education (Teaching & Learning)
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December 5, 2011
Synergeia Synergeia is designed to support collaborative knowledge building in classrooms of schools. It provides a shared, structured, web-based work space in which collaborative learning can take place, documents and ideas can be shared, discussions can be stored and knowledge artifacts can be developed and presented. Teachers can structure, seed and guide work in Synergeia to facilitate knowledge building in their classrooms. Synergeia is a software system developed within the ITCOLE research project funded by the European Union in 2001-2003. The Synergeia system combines an asynchronous component named BSCL (Basic Support for Cooperative Learning) and a synchronous component named MapTool .
McGraw-Hill launched its first all-digital, cloud-based textbook for the K-12 market on Monday at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. Unlike the company’s previous digital efforts for this age group, the books are intended to be used as primary texts (other McGraw-Hill digital texts have been sold as a companion of physical textbooks). This is the first time a major publisher has launched such a platform. Grade schools and high schools have been slower to adopt digital textbooks than universities, at least partly because K-12 textbooks are traditionally provided by schools — many of which lack hardware to ensure that all of their students can access them. But textbook makers have good reason to innovate in this area.
Digital learning materials work best when they are constructed on a modular basis. This has a number of significant advantages: The learner can more easily access the content that they want and ignore material that is less relevant for them. Some more advanced learning management systems may even be able to selectively filter out those modules which are not appropriate to a learner’s role or current level of competency. Assuming the modules are kept small, the learner is less likely to be overloaded by an excess of material. Remember that if the learner wants more, they can always open another module.
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