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I finally got the chance (read time) to take the new product Articulate Storyline for a spin. Now this product has generated a remarkable buzz in the industry and according to many people it’s the third best thing in the world after chocolate and red wine. Articulate Storyline has been called a Game Changer and the question is if it can win a die-hard Adobe Captivate fan like me over. I own Articulate Studio ´09 and that was more of an impulse purchase to be honest. I only really used it once or twice, because I found it to be limiting and not really suited for my purposes. Articulate Storyline vs Adobe Captivate | CP Guru - Adobe Captivate Widgets Articulate Storyline vs Adobe Captivate | CP Guru - Adobe Captivate Widgets
The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far Stealth Flipper’s class, Fall 2012 (blur purposeful) Won’t students skip my class if my lectures are available online? This is a question that comes up often in the world of higher education, where class attendance is usually not compulsory. One fine day early Fall of 2012, I took this question with me on my walk from my office in the University of Texas at Austin tower to one of the largest auditoriums on campus. I was visiting Stealth Flipper’s class, a large enrollment (n=400) Humanities course for non majors, called Introduction to Ancient Rome. The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far
30 Innovative Ways To Use Google In Education As the search engine that’s become its own verb, Google’s success is difficult to frame. One of the most telling examples of their gravity in search is how few legitimate competitors they have. (Some would say they have none.) 30 Innovative Ways To Use Google In Education 30 Innovative Ways To Use Google In Education
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: ED Tech Cheat Sheet Every Educator Should Know about

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: ED Tech Cheat Sheet Every Educator Should Know about One of the perplexing things that teachers and educators encounter when trying to understand educational technology and leverage it to their classrooms is the abundance of those baffling techy terms. Blended Learning is different from Differentiated Learning, Educational Technology might not be necessarily Instructional Technology, a Virtual Classroom is different from an Electronic Classroom or Flipped Classroom; There is also asynchronous, synchronous, and personalized learning, these and many more are but some examples of the growing terminology in this field. Edudemic has recently featured a great infographic that was originally created by Boundless. This infographic is dubbed Ed Tech Cheat Sheet and is a fabulous guide to help you learn about the important trends in educational technology.
OpenUCT’s Guidelines on Academics' Online Presence Released | openuct OpenUCT’s Guidelines on Academics' Online Presence Released | openuct Blog post by Sarah G12 December 2012 After successfully presenting several seminars (see examples here and here) about online visibility and working with a number of academics at UCT to take control of their online presence, the OpenUCT team has decided to develop a Guidelines document which might be useful to academics both at UCT and beyond. The Academics' Online Presence Guidelines document takes you through four steps, starting to assess the information about you and your outputs online and then going on to suggest a variety of ways to start building on and shaping your current online presence so it is more representative. The four steps to assessing and shaping your online presence

Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models

DML (a “Digital Media and Learning” project), believes in the “the power of participation.” And they’ve created a learning model overview to prove it. We recently published our Inside-Out Learning model, an attempt to return the learning to the families, organizations, and communities authentic to the learner. DML’s model is similar in philosophy, underscoring the role of interdependence. Connected Learning: The Power Of Social Learning Models
Free resources to support designing learning the digital age Free resources to support designing learning the digital age Free resources from the 2012 Designing Learning in the Digital Age program are now available online. This program recognises that technology continues to rapidly impact and change our world. This, coupled with the roll out of the National Broadband Network (NBN) and improved digital literacy, is seeing an increased demand for online learning and new ways for delivering education and training (Environment Scan 2012: Training and Education Industry, IBSA, 2012).
Social Media in Learning and Education (SMILE) - 1 of 6: What is Social Media? Sponsored by Facebook I did some work recently for the EUN where we looked at the role of Social Media in Learning and Education (SMILE). One of the outputs of my contribution to the project was a professional development eLearning course for European Teachers and Head Teachers on the use of Social Media in Schools. As this part of the course has now finished (and we have gone into the community development phase) I am re-posting a version of the materials here so others can benefit from them. This is part 1 of 6 - What is Social Media? What is Social Media? Social Media in Learning and Education (SMILE) - 1 of 6: What is Social Media?
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Break out of the loop and see the helix Break out of the loop and see the helix I was reminded by the writings of King Solomon of an idea I had a few years ago but neglected to write down. In Ecclesiastes he draws a picture of the never-ending cycles of life which could be seen as having a beautiful balance and harmony but perhaps more commonly as acting like a monotonous cage. The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
A Checklist For Using Google's New eLearning Course Builder Google has entered the increasingly crowded eLearning fray with their new Course Builder software, an open source software that will allow educators to create courses of their own on any topic. Their first course, Power Searching With Google released in July 2012, saw 155,000 students register for the course–and 20,000 complete it (a little less than 8%). Wasting no time, the software is now Open Source, and has been released into the wild to see what will happen. Background In the introductory video, Scientist (and Director of Research at Google) Peter Norvig explains who the course building software is intended for (those who want to host a course, and have intermediate technical skills “at the level of a webmaster), and what prior experience can be helpful (experience with HTML, javascript, and python helpful but no required).
Naturally, as author of EmergingEdTech, I’m always keeping an eye out for education and instructional technologies that are emerging from the seemingly endless array of tools and concepts that are out there – which applications and ideas are rising to the fore and best positioned to enhance engagement and impact learning? This year I’ve also been working with constituents at The College of Westchester to develop a Strategic Technology Plan for the next 3 years, so it’s never been more important for me to be aware of those impactful education technologies and concepts that are on the horizon or are already in use and pulling ahead of the pack. Since this listing is more pointedly focused on emerging technologies and looking out over the next few years than the list I published at this time last year, it should not come as a surprise that there are a lot of new entries here (edging out six technologies that remain prevalent and potent, but are more ‘established’ than ‘emerging’).

10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012)

Half an Hour: New Forms of Assessment: measuring what you contribute rather than what you collect Once again, as we do at the start of every school year, we are hearing about the rampant cheating that goes on, especially online, but in fact, everywhere, and without remorse or regret. As Nikhil Hoyal writes, "Cheating is an epidemic in schools across the nation. A 2010 survey of 2,000 Stuyvesant students revealed that more than 72 percent of students copied their homework from others and about 90 percent of seniors cheated on tests." In the past I've commented on the likelihood that students will emulate their role models, and so if there is a cheating epidemic in schools, it is likely the result of a cheating epidemic in society in general.
Getting Started: Social Media for Academics Twitter has a definite image problem. It first penetrated the public consciousness in a way which has left it defined by celebrities and, particularly for academics, this is unattractive. If you want to persuade academics to use it, it’s important to illustrate that the academic twittersphere (I hate the term but have yet to come across a better one) has some quite specific characteristics. Perhaps by demonstrating some of the varied kinds of high-quality interaction you get on there e.g. #phdchat discussions, the feeds of high profile academics who are engaged users, the possibility for crowd-sourcing.
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