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Higher Education’s First Active Learning Platform

Higher Education’s First Active Learning Platform

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Death to the Digital Dropbox: Rethinking Student Privacy and Public Performance Key Takeaways Requiring students to submit work privately using a digital dropbox (or even worse, e-mail) can be a destructive pedagogical practice. Students benefit from public performance and public critique because people have to perform in the "real world" and are regularly subject to critique. Online faculty should strive to incorporate authentic, real-world types of experiences in the online courses they teach — including public performance and the accompanying public feedback. Perhaps one of the most often used, but seldom talked about, vestiges of the past carried over from traditional face-to-face courses into the online environment is the digital dropbox — or more specifically, the practice of having students submit their work privately. The Problem with the Digital Dropbox and Misconstrued Conceptions of Student Privacy

Eaton - How to Use Skype in the ESL/EFL Classroom The Internet TESL Journal Sarah Elaine Eaton saraheaton2001 (}at{) yahoo. University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) This paper discusses how Skype can be used to: 1) empower ESL/EFL teachers and tutors to incorporate a simple and popular technology into their teaching practice 2) give presentations and workshops 3) be a stepping stone to using more sophisticated technology in the classroom. For those who are new to using technology in the language learning classroom, Skype is an effective way to experiment while minimizing the risk of things going wrong. Skype can help ESL/EFL teachers improve their technology literacy and increase their confidence using technology in the classroom.

How to Be More Open to Learning New Technology: 8 Steps Edit Article Sometimes it can be hard to accept that you're behind the times. But it can become frustrating to maintain a stubbornness in the face of changing technology, as you'll soon be left at the mercy of those who do know. Whether you've stopped keeping current or you've just never been particularly interested in technology until now, if you've decided that the time has come to embrace the constant upgrades pay your bills online bill and keep up with friends living afar by internet, then you'll be glad to know it's always possible to learn new technology. All it takes is openness to the experience and willingness to spend a little time learning.

Create Animated Presentations Online Flip your classroom, inspire, engage and delight your students Have fun presenting your assignments with a Wow! Finally, a presentation tool that incorporates an intuitive user interface, super cool comic graphics, is 200% less frustrating than Prezi, and offers a zillion more options than the free version of GoAnimate. I know we just met, PowToon, but I think I am in love.

Three Questions to Consider Before We All Flip It seems like you can't open an education periodical these days without finding an article espousing the wonders of flipping the classroom. Like most initiatives in schools, flipping the classroom does have merit in the right situation. But also like most initiatives it's not a one-size-fits-all solution. Here are three questions that I have to ask before flipping a classroom. Guidelines for media management in higher education A media management strategy and its attendant platforms need to support a policy framework that addresses institutional responsibilities towards student learning, student well-being and personal development, including over-arching accessibility policy objectives. Video is increasingly becoming an essential element at all levels of Education. Four billion Youtube videos are viewed each day. Online media is the underlying technology supporting the highly successful Khan Academy and xMOOC providers such as Coursera, Udacity and EdX. Our students are “prosumers” of video (ie produce and consume). A sophisticated capability for the management, publishing and distribution of online media is essential to the sustainable delivery of online and blended courses demanded by current and future students.

Vallance-The Design and Utilisation of an Internet Resource for Business English Learners(TESL/TEFL) The Internet TESL Journal Michael Vallance Abstract The article details the design of a hypertext decision making activity located on the Internet for business English students wishing to review exponents and vocabulary associated with conducting business meetings ( Statistical data from students who contacted the activity worldwide is discussed and recommendations offered for future development of Internet resources for language learners. Introduction Interest in Computer Aided Instruction (CAI) and Computer Aided Language Learning (CALL) is currently undergoing a resurgence as we approach the new millennium and access to computers by individuals and institutions increases worldwide.

Tech Giants Use Open Source to Get You to Cough Up for Other Products Most open source software projects come to life because someone is trying to scratch an itch. Some group of coders or a team of academics or a fast-moving startup will build some software that solves a very real computing problem, and then they’ll open source the code, sharing it with the world at large. Maybe, the coders are trying to help the larger world of software developers, believing that others will find the code useful too. Snagit Context is everything. Recording a video lets the person on the other end actually hear your voice. So the next time a webpage, PDF, or video edit is sent to you for feedback, consider dropping the red pen and record a video instead. With Snagit, there’s no waiting. You can record your video, and share it within seconds.

The Flipped Classroom I have really enjoyed reading the articles on the Flipped Classroom. I was so fascinated that I found myself following all the links and three hours have passed! My understanding of the flipped classroom or reverse instruction is that information that would normally be shared as a lecture, is presented to students through the use of podcasts, vodcasts, movies, or PowerPoints which are made available to students online or in some other format that students can view ahead of class time. During class time, students work on labs, collaborative projects, etc. while the teacher is free to facilitate learning. For a brief history, read The History of the Flipped Class by Jonathan Bergmann.