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The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom
Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls. So how do you use Skype effectively with your class? Hopefully this will help! Here’s our educator’s guide on every thing you need to know about Skype from…… 1. A. 2. A. 3. A. Alternatively, here’s The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom PDF version — for you to download and print off. About Skype Skype is a free application that allows you to call people from all over the world using the Internet. When you contact another person that uses Skype you talk or chat for free. Best of all you can tell when another user is online and what their status is so you know if they are available. Setting up your Skype account: A. 1. 4. Related:  e-learning

A Design Research Methodology for Online Learning Course Design (#edumooc) For all the #edumooc'ers out there, I apologize that most of the references in this piece are of academic nature, and therefore are not in the public domain. Below are key excerpts from a synthesis paper I wrote about design research. I see now that the methodology that I propose would also easily apply to the development of online learning – in fact, I actually use this methodology somewhat informally as I design and re-design various iterations of one of the online courses that I teach. If you find this useful, or plan to use this methodology, please leave me a comment. Thanks. Wang and Hannafin define design-base research as “a systematic but flexible methodology aimed to improve educational practices through iterative analysis, design, development, and implementation, based on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real-world settings, and leading to contextually-sensitive design principles and theories [underline added]” (2005, p. 6). References Brown, A.

Skype Virtual Guest Speakers and Collaboration wiki <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic.<div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> A few weeks before Christmas, I watched and blogged Dr. Z’s (Leigh Zeitz) webinar for ISTE on web 2.0 tools. Dr. Today, via a tweeted reference to a recommendation from Angela Maiers, Dr. The wiki has a directory, a want-ads page, and an experiences page for educators to share brief stories about their virtual guest speaker experiences with Skype in the classroom to date. Many thanks to Dr. On this day..

A Framework for Teaching with Twitter Faculty are increasingly experimenting with social media, and it’s exciting to find more and more courses incorporating Twitter, a ProfHacker favorite. Just last week on ProfHacker Ryan provided an excellent introduction to Twitter, while earlier in the summer Brian reflected on his use of Twitter in the classroom during Spring 2010. As we gear up for the Fall 2010 semester, I wanted to revisit the idea of teaching with Twitter. I’ll address my own pedagogical use of Twitter in a future ProfHacker post, but for today I want to share a general framework for Twitter adoption in the classroom, originally sketched out in late August 2009 by Rick Reo. In the process, I adapted Rick’s original matrix, re-imagining the vertical axis as a spectrum of conversation, ranging from monologic to dialogic, and redefining the horizontal axis as a measurement of student activity, ranging from passive to active. How about you?

Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design July 6, 2011 By: Elizabeth St. Germain in Online Education Much of what passes for an “online course” these days could more accurately be described as the electronic version of class hand-outs. Perhaps this suffices to replicate the classroom experience for students who are participating at a distance, but is this the best way to use the capabilities of a computer to support learning? Online Course Design Pitfall #1: Upload your course materials, then call it a day. Online Course Design Pitfall #2: Let the course management system drive your thinking. Online Course Design Pitfall #3: Insist on being the “sage on the stage.” Online Course Design Pitfall #4: Expect your students to consume knowledge rather than create it. Online Course Design Pitfall #5: Ignore the ways students learn from each other. The “online” in online course does not mean uploading Word documents into a course template rather than printing them out. Elizabeth St. Tags: online course design, Online Course Development

How to Use Google Search More Effectively [INFOGRAPHIC] Among certain circles (my family, some of my coworkers, etc.) I'm known for my Googling skills. I can find anything, anywhere, in no time flat. My Google-fu is a helpful skill, but not one that's shrouded in too much mystery — I've just mastered some very helpful search tricks and shortcuts and learned to quickly identify the best info in a list of results. Sadly, though web searches have become and integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. That search process also included determining when to rely on Google and when to utilize scholarly databases, but on a fundamental level, it appears that many people just don't understand how to best find the information they seek using Google. Thanks to the folks at HackCollege, a number of my "secrets" are out. Infographic via HackCollege Image courtesy of iStockphoto, LICreate

MSN Tecnologia - Techguru 2.2 beta Destaque » 4 de julho de 2011 – 8:00 Sim, você leu certo, a Coréia do Sul pretende substituir todos os livros didáticos que as crianças utilizam nas escolas por modernos e belos formatos que podem ser acessados por tablets já em 2015. O país pretende investir 2 bilhões de dólares para passar todo o conteúdo que está armazenado em livros que são utilizados atualmente, para a tela digital dos tablets ou notebooks. Os estudantes terão acesso aos livros que estarão disponíveis em um servidor que estará disponível na nuvem e que podem ser lidos a partir de um tablet, principalmente. Via: Engadget .

Using Social Networking to Build 21st Century Skills - Finding Common Ground "Good people know that high stakes testing has limited value and they keep operating anyway. They don't let testing get in the way of doing the good work they want to do to get kids prepared for life." Todd Whitaker In education we have a habit of using terms so often that we push staff to a place where they do not want to use them anymore, which means they are in jeopardy of not being engaged in the process. The tendency to dislike a term after it is used too often happens because many educators are concerned that it's merely a new twist on an old idea. The race to nowhere is paved in countless mandates and new ideas. However, are they really new ideas? In addition, one of the best 21st century skills that we can teach students is the art of reflection. Social Network Generation As adults, we grew up in a time when we had to work as a team, think critically and communicate with others, at the same time that we were all being creative. Great conversations force us to think deeper.

Online learning: Wave of the future or demise of the academy? View 3 photos » University of Phoenix student Trevor Hansen studies at his Salt Lake City home Thursday. Mike Terry, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — Trevor Hansen plops down in front of his small oak desk, flips open his silver laptop and starts emailing his classmate about a project due Monday. There's a motocross poster on the wall, a snowboard in the corner and a framed picture of him pushing his niece on a swing on the top of his desk. The 25-year-old Salt Lake City resident just got home from an eight-hour workday and will be leaving for a softball tournament in about an hour, but he has a little bit of time to work on his online class. "It's really convenient," Hansen says of finishing his bachelor's in finance degree online. Over the last several years, more and more students are taking the same route. Yet some students and professors are still leery of online classes. Yet Fowler believes online education will continue to grow because it allows anyone, anywhere to take college courses.