Powerful Online Tools Hosted By: Arfah Farooq from Spark+Mettle, Louise Kavanagh from Catch 22, Sam Sparrow from vInspired and Katie McPhee from EventBrite. Friday 16th May, Ground Floor, 14:30 “A whirlwind overview of the latest online tools supporting organisations and young people to become more socially active and aware. In this session you’ll hear mini talks about, and see demonstrations of, those tools, including Spark+Mettle’s Up tool for young people that tracks and enables young employees to match what they’re doing with their personal career goals and soft skills development. Learn about Catch22 and their Plan.Do tool which is the first ever social action app that helps young people to make a difference in their community and gain employability skills.
Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning The evolution of the web from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0 can be used a metaphor of how education should also be evolving, as a movement based on the evolution from Education 1.0 to Education 3.0. I discussed this in Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. Many educators are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post compares the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education. The Internet has become an integral thread of the tapestries of most societies throughout the globe.
eXe The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup. Resources authored in eXe can be exported in IMS Content Package, SCORM 1.2, or IMS Common Cartridge formats or as simple self-contained web pages. eXe grew out of the New Zealand Government Tertiary Education Commission's eCollaboration Fund and was led by the University of Auckland, The Auckland University of Technology, and Tairawhiti Polytechnic. Shoes! The easiest little GUI toolkit, for Ruby. In case you’ve just arrived: Shoes is a graphics toolkit for writing colorful apps using the Ruby programming language. Ruby is built into Shoes. Shoes wants to fit in.
Interactive ICT resources for schools What2Learn provides a wealth of resources for teaching ICT as a separate subject. It will also help you to integrate ICT right across the curriculum. Designed by a winner of three national teaching awards and based on quality educational materials provided by the Pearson Publishing Group, What2Learn provides a resource that can be used in ICT lessons throughout the year and intensively at revision times. At Key Stage 4 we have many general resources to develop student understanding of ICT hardware, software, applications and theory. We have also added content to support the OCR Nationals ICT Level 2 and resources for the new GCSEs which were launched in 2010.
CSS Galleries: Free Web Designs for Download A visually appealing website design will not result in lots of recurring visitors if you don't have good content. In contrast bad, old-fashioned, or boring designs may well be accepted by a loyal readership if you have good content. To have both good content and a good design is invaluable. People who want to publish on the web do not need any knowledge of HTML, CSS and the like to get a site up and running. Talking Digital Literacy with Howard Rheingold Yesterday I attended an event with Howard Rheingold as the keynote speaker. Rheingold is best known for his work at The Well (one of the first virtual communities) and his 2002 book Smartmobs, a forecast of the always-on era. Rheingold talked about Digital Literacy at the University of Utrecht, who organized this event together with the main Dutch platform for media literacy called MediaWijzer. Of course his theories from his latest book, Net Smart, feeded most of the talk and discussion. Rheingold on his book: “Instead of confining my exploration to whether or not Google is making us stupid, Facebook is commoditizing our privacy, or Twitter is chopping our attention into microslices (all good questions), I’ve been asking myself and others how to use social media intelligently, humanely and above all mindfully.
Learn to Code with Harvard’s Intro to Computer Science Course And Other Free Tech Classes I’ll confess, when it comes to computers, I’m pretty much strictly a user. And these days, with the potential freedom and creatively afforded by open access software, the endless hacks for virtually everything, and the availability of free online computer classes, that seems like kind of a lame admission. So I’m tempted to rectify my programming ignorance by pushing through what promises to be a rigorous intro to computer science, CS50, Harvard’s introductory course for both majors and non-majors alike. The course offers a broad knowledge base to build on, as you can see from the description below: Topics include abstraction, algorithms, encapsulation, data structures, databases, memory management, security, software development, virtualization, and websites.
Best tools and practices for concept mapping Last summer my interest in concept mapping was renewed when I read How Learning Works by Susan Ambrose et al.. At several points in the book they encourage higher educators to use concept maps. It has taken me a while to follow up but, with a little help from the POD List, here we go. Concept map or mind map?
Top 10 Template Generators for Blogs and Websites If you are not satisfied with ready-made blog and website templates and want to build your own design, having a bare-bone structure might make it easier. We've created a list of top ten tools to help you create that basic structure to kick-start your creativity. CSSEZ is an online template generator for Wordpress and Movable Type blogs. You need to register at the CSSEZ site in order to use the tool. There are some good features with which you can choose between one to four columns for your blog, define the column width, padding, margin, border, font and link styles. 20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education Josie Fraser, social and educational technologist, Leicester City Council First define what you mean by digital literacy: The definition I most frequently use is this one: digital literacy = digital tool knowledge + critical thinking + social engagement. Then it's worth knowing its main characteristics: • It supports and helps develop traditional literacies• It's a life-long practice• It's about skills, competencies and critical reflection on how these skills and competencies are applied• It's about social engagement
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