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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.

Higher Ed Program > Rubric The Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric, Fifth Edition, 2014 is a set of 8 General Standards and 43 Specific Review Standards used to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. The Rubric is complete with Annotations that explain the application of the Standards and the relationship among them. A scoring system and set of online tools facilitate the review by a team of Peer Reviewers. Unique to the Rubric is the concept of alignment. This occurs when critical course components - Learning Objectives (2), Assessment and Measurement (3), Instructional Materials (4), Course Activities and Learner Interaction (5), and Course Technology (6) - work together to ensure students achieve desired learning outcomes. Specific Standards included in Alignment are indicated in the Rubric Annotations. Download the Standards from the QM Higher Education Rubric**. ** Please note: This document requires you to Sign In using your MyQM account credentials. The Eight General Standards:

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 OPAL | Open Educational Quality Initiative 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 PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"? Everyone thinks that Project-Based Learning has something to do with "authentic" learning. But not everyone agrees what this means. Take this quick quiz. Which of the following projects could be called authentic? a) Students learn about endangered species in their region and take action to protect them, including a public awareness campaign, habitat restoration fieldwork and communication with local government officials. b) Students design and create a calendar with pictures and information about endangered species, which they sell at a pre-winter break community event and donate the money to an environmental organization. c) Students play the role of scientists who need to make recommendations to an environmental organization about how to protect endangered species in various ecosystems around the world. To authenticity purists, a project is not really authentic unless it is in the real world, connected directly to the lives of students and real issues in their communities. Not Authentic

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.

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?

Taking the Learners and Technology Outdoors I began my career as an educator as an outdoor educator. Now I teach educational technology. Given both the ever increasing sedentary and indoor lives of kids and the advancement of technology, the time is ripe to combine the two. Current and recurring themes that guide my ideas about what constitutes a “good” education include: Learning should extend beyond the classroom walls.Outdoor education is good for students and adults.Mobile technology is engaging and interesting; and can create authentic and relevant learning experiences.Mobile learning should be just that – mobile. Moving Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls The Council for Learning Outside of the Classroom provides the following rationale for taking learning beyond the classroom walls: The Benefits of Outdoor Education A report from the National Wildlife Federation, Back to School: Back Outside, shows how outdoor education and time is connected with wide-ranging academic benefits including: 5 Ways to Take Technology Outdoors: