3 Simple Ways to Find the Resources You Need to Build E-Learning Courses Rapid elearning design is made up of three core functions: rapid authoring, rapid assets, and rapid instructional design. One thing common to many rapid elearning developers is that while their organizations will fund the purchase of rapid authoring tools, they do little else to fund the development of the assets required to make the elearning course look good and be effective. For example, a large part of the course’s construction involves the visual design of the course. It represents building the right look and feel, something we touched on in this previous post where we reviewed a good visual design activity. It also means have the right screen elements to place in the course. In the visual design activity, you learn how to determine what screen elements to use; but you don’t learn how to create those elements. So in today’s post, we’ll look at a few ways to scrounge for some free resources using the tools you do have. Take Advantage of the Free Stuff Visit the E-Learning Junk Yard 1.
21st Century Learning…blah blah blah cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by mrsdkrebs Right now you probably hear as many people talk about how annoyed they are with the term “21st Century Learning” as you will hear people talking about the importance of it. I will have to admit, I am in the “annoyed” camp. We often talk about these ideals of what “21st Century Learning” will look like but I think we can start with something much simpler. I was reminded of this the other day while at a conference and the presenter started the session by saying, “I would like to start by asking everyone to put away their mobile devices.” How many educators could sit through 4-6 hours of lectures daily, with worksheets, for 180-200 days of the year? The more I go to conferences, I often see many people skipping sessions to talk and connect the material. Now I really do not believe that you can just switch schools to this more “adult” way of learning overnight. How do we like to learn? Thoughts?
What is Cloud Computing - The Cloud? Webopedia By Vangie Beal Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications. In cloud computing, the word cloud (also phrased as "the cloud") is used as a metaphor for "the Internet," so the phrase cloud computing means "a type of Internet-based computing," where different services — such as servers, storage and applications — are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet. A Simple Description In its most simple description, cloud computing is taking services ("cloud services") and moving them outside an organizations firewall on shared systems. Cloud computing is comparable to grid computing, a type of computing where unused processing cycles of all computers in a network are harnesses to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine. Recommended Reading: Cloud Computing Explained How it Works Cloud Computing Standards Common Cloud Service Models
Integrating Online Tools to Motivate Young English Language Learners to Practice English Outside the Classroom (2155-7098)(2155-7101): Shelly Sanchez Terrell: Journal Articles Abstract Recent research shows that online tools such as: games, wikis, speaking avatars, and interactive stories can be a positive force for English Language Learners (ELLs). It also shows that when ELLs have access to online tools, they are motivated to practice English outside the classroom (Aydin, 2007; Colombo & Colombo, 2007; Son, 2007). Most of this research is undertaken with older learners. This case study attempts to determine if young learners are motivated to practice English outside the classroom if provided with access to various online tools managed via a wiki. A wiki is a free educational web space, which allows a number of people to work together collaboratively on documents with embedded elements and linking. Article Preview Motivation For The Study Teachers struggle with motivating young learners to use the new vocabulary they learn even in the subsequent classes.
25 Unmissable Social Media Articles Worth Reading This Weekend - 6th May Every week, we have a look at some of the biggest social media stories that are out there, sift through the thousands of articles on offer and bring you 25 stories that you simply have to read. These are never breaking news stories but rather some of the deepest thinkers and smartest minds from the world of technology and social media, offering their thoughts and views regarding the biggest stories of the week. You won't make it through them all in one sitting but it'll bring you up to speed with this week's happenings. So just sit back, grab a coffee and enjoy. - Why traffic from social outposts is an overrated metric. - The secret to Facebook's success. - Why developer success on iOS is nothing more than a lottery. - Why Google is making a huge mistake shoehorning G+ into all its products. - Klout is evil, but it can be saved. - From social TV to better TV: Will the 'second screen' deliver for networks, brands and users? - Don't underestimate the power of (social) collaboration.
Help! » Anne Fox I spend a great deal of time facilitating courses helping teachers learn how to integrate ICT into their everyday practice. Although I have facilitated such courses in blended format with a great deal of face to face input, most of the time now I find myself facilitating 100% online. There are worries of course about what happens when a course participant meets technical problems but most of these can be solved quite quickly with relevant screenshots and a careful description of what has been done up to that point. The printscreen button on the keyboard is invaluable in producing ‘photos’ of error messages or whatever else may be giving a problem when using a specific tool and I make increasing use of screencasting tools such as Screenr which help me to demonstrate how to do something on the screen quite easily. Of course this requires a little learner training as well in the use of the PrintScreen button for example.
Hypocrisy in the Profession of Education June 12, 2012 by tomwhitby Whenever I think of a teacher, I also think of a scholar. It has always been apparent to me that if one is to be an effective teacher, one must continually learn. I brought up topics like authentic learning; project based learning, the flipped classroom, and connected educators. I clearly understand that teachers are under attack, both locally and nationally. As educators, we strive to create life-long learners in our students. As educators we must be learners first. With technology today teachers can be connected to the information, sources and other educators to maintain relevancy. Like this: Like Loading...
Cloud computing Cloud computing metaphor: For a user, the network elements representing the provider-rendered services are invisible, as if obscured by a cloud. Cloud computing is a computing term or metaphor that evolved in the late 1990s, based on utility and consumption of computer resources. Cloud computing involves application systems which are executed within the cloud and operated through internet enabled devices. Purely cloud computing does not rely on the use of cloud storage as it will be removed upon users download action. Clouds can be classified as public, private and hybrid. Overview Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network. At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services. Cloud computing, or in simpler shorthand just "the cloud", also focuses on maximizing the effectiveness of the shared resources.
100 Excellent Open Access Journals for Educators Just like physicians, the best educators stay informed with the latest developments in their field. Luckily, it doesn’t take anything more than time to have access to quality journals for educators whether they teach at the pre K-12, college, or graduate level. The following open access journals provide top-notch scholarly information available at no cost. Most of these journals are published just once or a few times a year, so subscribe to several so you can keep up-to-date on the latest research coming out of the field of education. Education Research, Practices, and Approaches These journals focus on research, practices, and specific approaches to education on all levels including pre K-12, college students in bachelor degree programs, and graduate students. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction. Education Policy and Issues Find out what is being researched and discussed when it comes to educational policies and issues when you read these journals. Education Next. Leadership Language Arts
About DIAL | DIAL The DIAL project Digital Integration into Arts Learning The DIAL project, partially funded by JISC Developing Digital Literacies Programme, is a two-year project (ending December 2013) at the university of Arts London. The project set out with a broad aim of exploring UALs digital literacies landscape, past, present and future, its key aims being cultural change and improve graduate employability. DIAL is a change programme and will strive to continue beyond the life of the project and support a sustainable and long-term future for UALs Digital Literacies Programme. The project method Support a number of self-identifying and mutually supportive communities of staff and students within the university (based on courses, disciplines or other naturally occurring communities) who identify goals for improving their collective digital literacies. Within the community, individual and collective aims and anxieties will be identified. Please see DIAL year 2 objectives.
learning, networks, knowledge, technology, community Digitization is deceptive in that the deep impact isn’t readily observable. Remember when MOOCs were going to transform higher education? Or when personalized learning was going to do away with instructors? Yet, change is happening, often under the radar of enthusiasts because it’s harder to sell a technology product or draw clicks to a website when being nuanced and contextual. In 2004, I tried to respond to the network/digitization alpha trend by describing the new actions and experiences that were available to learners: Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age. Connectivism was presented as a theory that described how learning happened in networks, complex ambiguous information spaces, digital environments, and the increased opportunities of the participative web. Enter the artifact… One aspect of connectivism that has great potential for development is the role of the artifact in learning. Then the internet happened. All of this is obvious.
JISC Digital Literacies programme: A history of Digital Literacy in UK & EU #JISCDigLit — Digital Fingerprint Sarah Payton & Tabetha Newman The EU describes it as digital competency. Lots of debate about what it is, but if we’re talking policy at institutions, it’s important to know what you are seeking to implement. Recommended books: Great (simple) definition of digital literacies: Arguments against “digital natives”: Students often get disheartened when they search the web. Students need to move beyond practitioner training, and into being strong independent learners, who are confident to go off and try for themselves. We have to accept that ‘new’ is here to stay, and that we will no longer be ‘masters’. Assessment needs to change, to ensure that students will NEED to remix the information that’s available, rather than the “digital parrot” [my words!] Mentioned in the chat: Majority of support available is processes. European Union – recognized the need for more training for a knowledge economy (rather than a production economy), see