A Web 2.0 Class Christopher Columbus was wrong when he reported to the King and Queen that the world is round. In fact, the world is flat and so are many of our classrooms in this great nation. For years, students learned within the parameters of a building, which then separated them into rooms. Students would attend class daily and the teacher would present the daily lesson. Students in Van Meter, Iowa, Burlington, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are experiencing education in a new room. A Flat Classroom Led by the efforts and collaboration of Patrick Larkin (1) , Principal of Burlington High School (2) , Shannon Miller (3) , Librarian at Van Meter High School (4) , and William Brannick (5) , Principal of Monsignor Bonner (6) & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School (7) these three schools are collaborating weekly through various technology mediums. Last year Mrs. The Virtual Classroom The critic in all of us may say this is simply using the tools and distracting from learning. Mr.
www.saylor.org Prepare Students for the Workforce – Microsoft Live@edu See more See availability, contact info, and social networking updates in your Outlook contact cards, so you have what you need to connect, all in one place. Save time by previewing documents on your team site and simply dragging files to add them. Connect the way you want fast with Lync. Start a chat, review agendas, and join meetings with a click. Stay connected to your learning community Simplify the way you work together with powerful communication tools. Keep people connected. Manage all your Office 365 services simply with the easy-to use, web-based admin portal. Moodle Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is a free software e-learning platform, also known as a Learning Management System, or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). As of June 2013[update] it had a user base of 83,008 registered and verified sites, serving 70,696,570 users in 7.5+ million courses with 1.2+ million teachers. Moodle was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution. The first version of Moodle was released on 20 August 2002. The Moodle project comprises several distinct but related elements, namely Features Moodle has several features considered typical of an e-learning platform, plus some original innovations (like its filtering system). Moodle is a learning management system (LMS). Some typical features of Moodle are: Moodle users can use PHP to write and contribute new modules. Origins
Bloom’s Taxonomy: Bloomin’ Peacock Tomorrow I am doing a training on the Treasures Supplement that I created over the summer. Most of the supplemental suggestions fall into the bottom two tiers of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Remember and Understand). I want to show teachers that just because these activities help students practice basic skills and remember and understand, there are SO many more options that will reach the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy! Below are the tools listed in my Bloomin’ Digital Peacock Bloomin' Digital Peacock Remember: BBC Skillwise- Spelling City- Starfall- Discovery Streaming- Lexipedia- YouTube- Gamegoo- PBS Kids- Understand: Into the Book- Skype- Treasures- Book Adventure- Apply:
EdTech in the Third World: Distance Learning In this series on ed tech in the third world, we’ve explored the growth of online and mobile access for third world students, as well as great educational technology tools that connect students to learning. These are excellent advancements for education in developing countries, but there’s another important part of third world ed tech that we haven’t explored yet: distance learning resources. Distance learning resources, including massive open online courses (MOOCs), open textbooks, and mobile learning tools, bring first-world education to the third world at a very accessible price: free. With available connections and the tools necessary to use them, distance learning can bring quality education within the reach of every student in the world. The Growth of Distance Learning Distance learning is experiencing new excitement and possibilities with the growth of online learning, but many developing communities have been using distance learning for a long time. University Learning Resources
Elluminate Live Elluminate Live! was a web conferencing program developed by Elluminate Inc. Elluminate "rented out" virtual rooms or vSpaces where virtual schools and businesses can hold classes and meetings. Elluminate has been acquired by Blackboard Inc. Uses While Elluminate is primarily designed and used for educational purposes, it is also used by training organizations and corporations. K12 Inc., Desire2learn  and several other schools and businesses use Elluminate live as part of their curriculum and meetings. Tools A screenshot of the Elluminate Live program Elluminate Live! System requirements To use Elluminate, the user needs Java Web Start or Java SE by Sun Microsystems. References External links
e-Learning Social Center for Applied Linguistics The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is a private, nonprofit organization that describes its mission as “working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture” (www.cal.org). CAL is headquartered in Washington, DC and provides a wide range of services, information, and resources related to language and culture. Its current President and Chief Executive Officer is Terrence G. The organization carries out its mission by working in the fields of bilingual education, English as a second language, literacy, foreign language education; dialect studies; language policy; refugee orientation; and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children (Peterson, 2004). History At the close of the 1950s, issues of language diversity, interest in language policy, and the emergence of English as a world language created a demand for information about world languages and for expertise in linguistics and language training. See also
Evaluating Learner Autonomy: A Dynamic Model with Descriptors | SiSAL Journal Maria Giovanna Tassinari, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Tassinari, M. G. (2012). Evaluating learner autonomy: A dynamic model with descriptors. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 3(1), 24-40. Download paginated PDF version Abstract Every autonomous learning process should entail an evaluation of the learner’s competencies for autonomy. The model ( has been validated in several workshops with experts at the Université Nancy 2, France and at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and tested by students, advisors and teachers. Keywords: learner autonomy, self-assessment, evaluation, awareness raising, advising, self-access What are the aims of language learning advising for learner autonomy? But how can this be tangibly achieved? The aims of this paper are to describe the dynamic model and to illustrate how it can be used in language advising. The Context and the Methodology of my Investigation Figure 1. Figure 2.
Language school A language school is a school where one studies a foreign language. Classes at a language school are usually geared towards, but not limited to, communicative competence in a foreign language. Language learning in such schools typically supplements formal education or existing knowledge of a foreign language. Students vary widely by age, educational background, work experience, and language proficiency. Structure Organization Most language schools are private and for-profit. Teachers Teachers are expected to possess native speaker fluency or acquired competence in their target languages; formal qualifications to become a language teacher, however, vary by school, region or country. Accommodation Many language schools offer various kinds of accommodation to their students: host family (homestays), campus residences, shared housing, or even hotels. Host families may live close to the selected school and students can go there walking or by public transport. English
The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model Four Stages Of A Self-Directed Learning Model by TeachThought Staff Self-Directed Learning is not new, but is perhaps misunderstood. Studied in terms of adult education and vocation for years, self-directed learning is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons, including growing dissatisfaction with public schooling, and the rich formal and informal learning materials available online. The four stages–very similar to the gradual release of responsibility model–appear below. The Four Stages Of The Self-Directed Learning Model Learner Teacher Stage 1 Dependent Authority, Coach Stage 2: Interested Motivator, Guide Stage 3: Involved Facilitator Stage 4: Self-Directed Consultant, Delegator Theories of Teaching and Learning: The Staged Self-Directed Learning Model, G.Grow. from Barbara Stokes; Four Stages Of A Self-Directed Learning Model
Language education Language education is the teaching and learning of a foreign or second language. Language education is a branch of applied linguistics. Need for language education Increasing globalization has created a large need for people in the workforce who can communicate in multiple languages. History of foreign language education Ancient to medieval period Although the need to learn foreign languages is almost as old as human history itself, the origins of modern language education are in the study and teaching of Latin in the 17th century. In this work, Comenius also outlined his theory of language acquisition. "Grammar schools" from the 16th to 18th centuries focused on teaching the grammatical aspects of Classical Latin. 18th century The study of modern languages did not become part of the curriculum of European schools until the 18th century. 19th–20th century Innovation in foreign language teaching began in the 19th century and became very rapid in the 20th century.