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The SFA just keeps giving. Nearly 300 colleges unexpectedly receive £23 million to be spent before August 2012.

The SFA just keeps giving

Colleges are sharing an additional £23m in Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) funding, which will need to be spent before the end of this academic year. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has revealed that 284 providers, primarily FE colleges, were given the additional funding last month ahead of their profile payment in April. The extra in-year allocations are the latest in a series of SFA giveaways, which include redundancy packages, the Growth and Innovation Fund and additional funding to target NEETs, reported by FE Week last November. The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of.

Content is a tyrant... Project Glass: One day... Our Tutors. Virtual School Head and Private Tutoring Pilots. Gateshead is one of only 11 authorities nationally to have successfully bid to participate in the DCSF funded virtual school head pilot.

Virtual School Head and Private Tutoring Pilots

It is also one of only four authorities nationally to be included in the accompanying private tutoring scheme funded by HSBC. The aim of the pilots is to test out proposals included in the Government Green Paper Care Matters: Transforming the Lives of Children and Young People in Care. Virtual School Head. 4 Mobile Trends to Watch. Jessica Richards | April 17, 2012 | 1 Comment inShare112 Data capturing, adaptable content, social media, and activation.

4 Mobile Trends to Watch

As a marketing professional, I spend a lot of time learning and educating on digital trends. With the current rate of growth, mobile marketing has been one of the most exciting to monitor. The data on user adoption is changing almost daily, with consumers actively changing the way they consume, share, and publish. Dual-focus contact lens prototypes ordered by Pentagon. 12 April 2012Last updated at 23:06 GMT By LJ Rich Reporter, BBC Click Innovega says the lenses could be released to the public in 2014.

Dual-focus contact lens prototypes ordered by Pentagon

Scenario-based design. Chris Fowler The use of the term Scenarios has a long history.

Scenario-based design

It originated from the Theatre and is frequently spoken of in a military context. It also has been used to support corporate planning and decision making. More recently it has become common parlance in a whole range of e-learning system design activities. Answering the Big Question on New Technology in Schools: Does It Work? (Part 1. Developers see Google as Bigger Growth Area than Facebook. Facebook may have been a hunting ground last year for developers expanding their social mobile programs, but their sights are set on growing with Google in 2012, a new study suggests. According to a new report by mobile platform company Appcelerator and analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC), developers are more interested in using Google products such as Google+, search, Gmail and the Android Market to implement their social strategies.

The survey — which was conducted among 2,173 developers worldwide — found that 39% of participants said the network effects of Google’s initiatives are more important to their social strategies in 2012 than Facebook’s social graph. Bring your own device to be piloted at Cambridgeshire council. Cambridgeshire county council is to launch a bring your own device (BYOD) pilot, which will allow 50 employees to access corporate resources on their own devices.

Bring your own device to be piloted at Cambridgeshire council

The local authority has restricted the BYOD trial to Android and Apple products to give its staff an alternative to GCSx compliant BlackBerrys. Plugged into learning: Computers help students advance. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds, yet are computers helping students progress in their learning?

Plugged into learning: Computers help students advance

Absolutely, says a 40-year retrospective on the impact of technology in classrooms. Published in the journal Review of Educational Research, the findings gathered by Concordia University researchers suggest that technology delivers content and supports student achievement. Teaching Channel: Videos, Lesson Plans and Other Resources for Teachers. iPad Apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy   I felt it was worthwhile to update the Top Post (over 25,000 views) on Langwitches: Bloom’s Taxonomy for iPads I have added links to each app represented on the visual.

iPad Apps and Bloom’s Taxonomy  

Remember: Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts and answers. The history of distance learning [Infographic] The world of snail-mail, shorthand typing and correspondence courses is a far cry from today's range of certified online courses, Skype language lessons and mobile app-based education.

The history of distance learning [Infographic]

Distance learning once meant completing assignments via post, or homework-based lessons in conjunction with weekly or monthly seminars. Now, exams can be taken online, students can communicate effectively through online platforms, and lab sessions can be attended through live streaming. MIT is one of the latest course providers to offer online alternatives, and the concept of digital learning has expanded across the globe -- taking root more recently in China. Research in Learning Technology. Research in Learning Technology is currently indexed/covered by: Scopus, Australian Education Index (AEI); Australian Research Council (ARC) Ranked Journal List; British Education Index; Contents Pages in Education; Educational Research Abstracts Online (ERA); ERIC; ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities, Pedagogical and Educational Research); Google Scholar; National Database for Research into International Education (NDRI) and PsycINFO.

Research in Learning Technology

Learn more. The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in Education 2012. Top 10 Education 01 - Southern New Hampshire University For relentlessly reinventing higher education, online and off. The private, not-for-profit and nonselective university is a favorite of innovation guru Clay Christensen thanks to the hotbed of ideas for reimagining higher learning. President Paul LeBlanc is constantly looking to pilot models that provide the benefits of an SNHU education in different combinations to different people. Khan Academy Is Not The Progressive Model You Are Looking For. There has been a great deal written about Khan Academy just recently and the concept of personalised instruction and how this is somehow revolutionary or some sort of game changer. But why is it engaging at all? Where does this type of instruction lead us? In my opinion the instructional maths videos posted on the Khan Academy are “resources” and the structure surrounding it suggests some sort of recipe for how to best use it.

We might call this the “pedagogy” as this term refers to strategies or styles of instruction – and the full-fat version of Khan Academy use has it’s own style, heavily tilted towards personalised instruction and feedback. Looking at the videos as stand alone resources or items that could be used to support teaching and learning in the classroom – how do you rate them?