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100 Useful Tips and Tools to Research the Deep Web By Alisa Miller Experts say that typical search engines like Yahoo! and Google only pick up about 1% of the information available on the Internet. The rest of that information is considered to be hidden in the deep web, also referred to as the invisible web. Meta-Search Engines Meta-search engines use the resources of many different search engines to gather the most results possible. SurfWax. Semantic Search Tools and Databases Semantic search tools depend on replicating the way the human brain thinks and categorizes information to ensure more relevant searches. Hakia. General Search Engines and Databases These databases and search engines for databases will provide information from places on the Internet most typical search engines cannot. DeepDyve. Academic Search Engines and Databases The world of academia has many databases not accessible by Google and Yahoo! Google Scholar. Scientific Search Engines and Databases Custom Search Engines

Improving student assessment The issue Effective assessment has greater bearing on successful learning than almost any other factor. Increasing student numbers are adding to marking workloads for staff and students express more dissatisfaction with assessment and feedback than with any other aspect of their learning experience, according to the National Student Survey (2011). How technology can help Technology can enable different, new and more immediate methods of assessment, helping to reduce staff workloads whilst improving the quality of assessment and feedback for students. Resources Looking ahead Our new Assessment and Feedback programme, which runs to August 2014, is focusing on large-scale changes in assessment practice supported by technology, with a view to delivering information on tangible benefits and transferable practice.

Lumen Learning – OER Courses, Degree Programs, Adoption Why Schools Are 'Blending' Learning Judy Beard, principal of Whittemore Park Middle School in Horry County SC, was so convinced that she had to implement “blended learning” to help her students achieve the common core that she started implementing blended learning before they had the funds to purchase the technology. “It’s not about technology. It’s about instructional practice,” Ms. Beard told attendees at this year's iNACOL conference in a session entitled Panicked about the transition to Common Core? “Start rotating the classroom” the award winning principal told the audience. Ms. iNACOL 2013 showcased several different blended learning models. Rotational Labs Students at 35 Highline Public Schools in Burien, Wash. rotate through computer labs as part of their daily schedule; students work individually at their own level and pace on adaptive software while the teacher circulates and provides help to individual students. One-to-One Implementations All Virtual

Medicles: Bitesize Self-Assessment in Medicine Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum - Odell Education Each unit focuses instruction and assessment on developing core proficiencies aligned with a limited set of targeted standards. Additionally, the activities of each unit integrate many other standards to support student learning. This two-tiered alignment design builds a variety of literacy skills in an integrated way, while developing core proficiencies through focused lesson sequences and assessment. The design also helps teachers capture precise evidence of student proficiency as they monitor student progress and integrate the series into a yearlong instructional plan. Unit activities have been built to encourage creativity and leadership development with the goal of empowering students with awareness and responsibility of their own learning. The units are strongly focused on deep analysis of texts in ways that encourage the expression and defense of personal thinking. Developing literacy with multimedia and technology are critical to the curriculum.

Webinars Upcoming Webinars See the calendar of our upcoming webinars and conference presentations. Previous Webinars How ClassDojo Gives Your Class Mojo - Graphite Appy Hour February 14, 2014 ClassDojo is a classroom management and task assignment tool that provides real-time feedback for students on how they’re meeting classroom expectations. Watch Video Responsive Teaching with Socrative - Graphite Appy Hour December 16, 2013 Learn about how Socrative is a powerful student response system that helps support responsive teaching. Watch Video Discovering Digital Tools for Learning with Graphite November 13, 2013 (Hosted by BrainPop.) Watch video Teaching Copyright and Fair Use to the Remix Generation Are your students copyright confused? Watch video Empowering Our Students to be Digital Citizens November 12, 2013 Join this session if you're new to digital citizenship or want a refresher on Common Sense Media's resources for digital citizenship. Watch video All Things Edmodo - Graphite Appy Hour October 24, 2013

Classroom 2.0 OER Commons Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) | Talking About… | Frequently Asked Questions | Brochures and Explainers Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds) The following op-eds appeared in newspapers and on websites across northern New England. Champlain Valley Union High School: an op-ed about the school’s re-design efforts by Andre LaChance, English teacher and school advisor. Theordora J. David Theoharides, Superintendent, Sanford School Department in Maine shares his thoughts on proficiency-based graduation requirements. Talking About… Tammy Davis, Superintendent, Winnisquam Regional School District in New Hampshire, talks about systemic reform in the first in a series of newspaper columns. The following documents and links reflect recommendations based on the results of research on how Americans think about education and learning. Talking About System Redesign A set of Talking Points created by the Shaping Our Future Together statewide campaign in Vermont. Frequently Asked Questions Brochures & Explainers

How Technology Supports Self-Directed Learning About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

Case studies in social bookmarking - Empowering learners with social bookmarking Introducing social bookmarking with students Anne talks about the process for her and students to work out what new tools can provide and then how they can enrich the learning experience. Allowing ‘set up’ time initially to help students to familiarise with the tools is an important part of this process. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? The social aspects of social bookmarking Students are using social bookmarking for tagging, collaborative research, sharing resources and some students are embedding the tools within their workplace practice. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? Blending personal, professional and learning with social software The blurring of identities and networks between home, study and work is something that Anne’s students are beginning to acknowledge. <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="applets/audio.swf? Links Back to top © Commonwealth of Australia 2008.

HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework How to Focus Attention in Adult Learning and E-learning Studies show that focus is a key attribute for performance improvement and success in life. Yet today’s modern workplace is full of distractions, from text to tweets. Check out these effective techniques for increasing focus for adult learners participating in e-learning, classroom training, and other learning events. From nano-learning to rewards, learn how to focus attention and improve e-learning outcomes. Daniel Goleman, psychologist and author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence, has just written a book called Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. How can you help learners focus in a workplace dominated by email, IM, texts, and tweets? 5 Effective Techniques for Improving Focus and Attention in Adult Learning and E-learning Keep learning shortReality is, you may only be able to get 15 minutes of someone's focused attention, particularly for e-learning. Are you still with me?