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InstaGrok | A new way to learn. E-learning quality assurance standards, organizations and research. I am surprised how often academic colleagues argue that there are no quality standards for e-learning. Well, hello, I’m sorry, but there are and some of them are damned good.

However, I was surprised to find while doing some research for a client that there is no single source where one can go to compare different quality standards for e-learning. So I’m starting a list here, and would appreciate it if readers could direct me to ones that I may have missed. (For more detailed information on some of these, see comments below). Canada Barker, K. (2002) Canadian Recommended E-learning Guidelines (CanREGs) Vancouver BC: FuturEd/CACE (also available in French) Barker, K. (2001) Creating quality guidelines for online education and training: consultation workbook Vancouver BC: Canadian Association for Community Education BC Ministry of Education (2010) Standards for K-12 Distributed Learning in British Columbia v3.0 Victoria BC: BC Ministry of Education Europe Sweden New Zealand Marshall, S. (2006). New Zealand schools use BYOD programmes to boost learning. Skip to main content Browse All Briefs by Topic New Zealand schools use BYOD programmes to boost learning Forward to a friend 01/28/2014 | Stuff (New Zealand) Some schools in New Zealand have adopted bring-your-own-device programmes -- allowing students to use their personal tablets, smartphones and other devices in the classroom.

Some schools say they are also providing technology for students who do not have personal devices. View Full Article in: Stuff (New Zealand) Education | Educational Leadership | K-12 Published in Brief: ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief SmartBrief Job Listings for Education View More Job Openings ©2014 SmartBrief. How Educators Are Using Social Media for Professional Development | StateImpact Ohio. Every month, more than 230 million people log onto the social media site known as Twitter.

According to the company’s website, 500 million tweets are sent every day. And a growing number of those messages are being sent by teachers and educators. Many are using social media as a way to learn from their educational peers. “Social media’s not just for sharing what you’re doing,” said Stacy Hawthorne, a Educational Strategist with Evergeen Education Group, said recently on WCPN’s daily call-in show The Sound of Ideas. “It’s for opening that dialogue to get feedback on what your ideas are or how to improve those and that’s when you really find the value in it.”

Joe Clark, another guest on the show and the superintendent of Nordonia City Hills School District, said he frequently uses his social media outlets to connect with educators. “We have great discussions,” he said, adding that social media offers a “24/7 free professional development” outlet. Bring Your Own Device Toolkit. A Quick Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Professional Development.

Building a presence on social media is a great way to build your PLN. Getting started with Twitter, finding interesting people to follow, and taking in all of the information is step one. Interacting is step 2. You get a hundred times more out of Twitter when you begin to interact with other users. Aside from replying to a Tweet and hoping to spark a conversation from that, how do you get users to interact with you? How do you ignite the ‘conversation’ that Twitter is so well known for? It’s All In The Hashtag There are a bunch of different ways to optimize, streamline, and compartmentalize your Twitter experience in an attempt to get the most out of it.

Hashtags Get You Noticed Hashtags are sort of like tequila. Summary of Learning for EC&I 831 – Share More!!!! | Live and Let Learn. I decided to look back at my very first blog post before sitting down to write about what I have learned during my time taking EC&I 831. I mentioned that I was quite comfortable with social media but always felt a step or two behind when it came to technology in general.

I have always been very open to technology but have found it difficult to incorporate it into my teaching practices as a senior mathematics teacher. I still struggle to find interesting and practical ways to integrate technology into math but after taking this class I have an even deeper appreciation for the power of connected learning and open education. I have always known how powerful social media can be but my experiences in this class have only confirmed this belief and even expanded it through learning about new social media outlets and tools.

The first new experience in the class was the introduction to Blackboard Collaborate. The next experience was becoming a part of the EC&I 831 Google+ community. Like this: Learning with 'e's. A Simple Comprehensive Guide on The use of Personal Learning Networks in Education. Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around for a long time. Originally they were your family, relatives and friends, or probably other educators and fellow teachers you work with in the same institution, but now and thanks to the development of web technologies and wireless connections, the concept of PLNs has been expanded to engulf people you have never met before in real world. Much of the learning nowadays takes place online and via a network of interconnected relations. PLNs are basically based on the concept of a learning community. Teachers who are passionate about developing their learning experiences recognize the value of sharing their knowledge and expertise with others.

They constantly seek out other learning venues that could be experts in their field or other professionals with whom they can exchange information.They, in short, become a part and parcel of a learning community of like-minded people. Outline : What is a PLN ? What is a PLN ? Why PLNs in education ? A dozen basic guidelines for educators. D.C. teacher Vanessa Ford and student (By Amanda Voisard / The Washington Post) Do we really need education policies and practices to cover everything that goes on in the classroom? Author Alfie Kohn says “no” and, below, offers basic guidelines that can really help teachers. Kohn is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education… And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at

By Alfie Kohn To create the schools our children deserve, it’s probably not necessary to devise specific policies and practices for every occasion. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 'Effective Teaching' Study Seen as Influential,