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UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning: Latin America. Mark West These Working Papers are part of a UNESCO Series , introduced on EduTechDebate here , and examine mobile learning in Latin America.

UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning: Latin America

Learning Objects: Resources For Distance Education Worldwide. Stephen Downes Abstract This article discusses the topic of learning objects in three parts.

Learning Objects: Resources For Distance Education Worldwide

First, it identifies a need for learning objects and describes their essential components based on this need. Second, drawing on concepts from recent developments in computer science, it describes learning objects from a theoretical perspective. Finally, it describes learning objects in practice, first as they are created or generated by content authors, and second, as they are displayed or used by students and other client groups. The Need for and Nature of Learning Objects Some Assumptions and a Premise Before launching directly into a discussion of learning objects, it is important to examine some assumptions and a premise.

Now for the premise: the world does not need thousands of similar descriptions of sine wave functions available online. Suppose that just one description of the sine wave function is produced. The economics are relentless. Recent Projects by Release Date. Horizon report 2011 (resumen español): Tecnología, tendencias en conocimiento durante los próximos años. Os dejo la novena edición del Informe Horizon Internacional, tradicional diagnóstico y pronóstico del uso de tecnologías y tendencias educativas de futuro, liderado por el New Media Consortium y Educause y en el que tengo el honor de haber participado este año 2011.

Horizon report 2011 (resumen español): Tecnología, tendencias en conocimiento durante los próximos años

Destaca el mobile learning y surgen por primera vez el aprendizaje basado en juegos (serious games) o la aplicación de las posibilidades de análisis de datos que nos ofrecen las herramientas TIC para valorar el progreso académico. Queda prometida presentación en castellano. De momento y en primicia antes de su presentación oficial en el ELI meeting en Washington, DC, el 14 de febrero durante la sesión plenaria, aquí tenéis el Informe completo, con un resumen – valoración en castellano que he elaborado a partir de la experiencia. Se presenta este año, como novedad, el Horizon Project Navigator, una plataforma de social media dinámica con un conjunto de herramientas inteligentes y una colección comprehensiva de recursos. READ Magazine: Fiction, nonfiction, and reader’s theater for grades 6–10. Language Arts Grades 6–8 | 5 issues | $8.99 A compelling mix of classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for grades 6–8.

READ Magazine: Fiction, nonfiction, and reader’s theater for grades 6–10

Organized into two main sections—literature and writing—each issue focuses on a specific theme and contains excerpts from well-known fiction and nonfiction works as well as original literature, including read-aloud plays and short stories. Plus, every issue examines a literary element as part of our LSI, or Literary Scene Investigation, series. Also includes grammar exercises, writing prompts, and author interviews. NEW! Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens. Social networking sites, chat rooms, virtual worlds, and blogs are how teens and tweens socialize online; it's important to help your child learn how to navigate these spaces safely.

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Tweens and Teens

Among the pitfalls that come with online socializing are sharing too much information or posting comments, photos, or videos that can damage a reputation or hurt someone's feelings. Applying real-world judgment can help minimize those risks. Remind Kids that Online Actions Have Consequences The words kids write and the images they post have consequences offline. Some of your child's profile may be seen by a broader audience than you — or they — are comfortable with, even if privacy settings are high. Even if you delete the information from a site, you have little control over older versions that may exist on other people's computers and may circulate online. Tell Kids to Limit What They Share Tell your kids why it's important to keep some things — about themselves, family members, and friends — to themselves.

Creating a Sense of Time in Online Courses. April 25, 2011 By: Todd Conaway in Online Education One of the most useful elements of online courses is that they’re available anytime.

Creating a Sense of Time in Online Courses

But along with the timelessness, there is also an absence of time in many activities and pieces of content in the course that can that can lead to feelings of disconnectedness. How closely do we connect actual time to our students’ online experiences? While we all agree that the five-year-old unnarrated PowerPoint is a dangerous and ineffective piece of content in an online course, we would also all agree that we can’t redo each narrated piece of content each semester. An open letter to administrators… As he says, “Don’t take this open letter as us trying to tell you how to do your job.

An open letter to administrators…

As Educators we must all be open for suggestions and advice…” And the reality here is that each one of his points are ones well worth both being reminded of and/or reflecting on. I’ve never met Justin, but I feel like he is one of my teachers (in more ways than one). He is a digital colleague and I hope that like me, you’ll appreciate the value of some of the things he shares below: Dear administrators, We have a lot of respect for what you do. 1) – When making decisions that are going to affect our classes or our students, we would really appreciate it if you would ask for our opinions and feedback first. 2) – Will you please come to our classrooms more often. 3) – It would really mean a lot to us if you would participate in our professional development days.

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