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Open-education partners hope to save students $10 million by 2015 Taking aim at the high cost of commercial textbooks, Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College today announced a partnership with open-education pioneer Lumen Learning that is projected to save students $10 million over the next two years by facilitating the adoption of free, online textbooks by colleges and universities. The new partnership will combine OpenStax College's free textbooks with Lumen Learning's support services to help higher education institutions and faculty members successfully transition to using readily available "open-educational resources" (OER). "Although a growing number of free, high-quality educational materials are available, many instructors and academic leaders are uncertain about how to begin taking advantage of these resources," said David Harris, editor-in-chief of OpenStax College.

10 Great YouTube Channels for Teachers First thank you all for the positive feedback I received in your emails following the publication of "12 Educational Videos your should not Miss". I do feel glad my posts are leaving good impressions on some of you.In the same regard and to provide you with more video resources , I have compiled a list of YouTube video channels that are sepecifically made for teachers and educators. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already featured a couple of posts about such channels in the past but this one here is the most recent an updated list which includes some channels I have not covered before.

strategy: textbook costs to zero Holding a whiteboard, the University of Maryland, College Park students scrawled their complaints and posed for a picture. "My name is Justin and I spent $114 on ONE textbook," a student wrote. "My name is Jeff and I spent $736 on textbooks," wrote another. The images, posted online by the Student Government Association in recent months, are designed to highlight the rapid rise in the price of college textbooks over the past decade. College Textbooks May Become Free at the University of Maryland A successful student campaign in the University of Maryland served as a catalyst for changing the way college textbooks are sold on campus by making them free. Students wrote on a whiteboard explaining the costs of their textbooks some claiming they paid over one hundred dollars for one book while another student paid near a thousand dollars for a semester of books. Stories like this are common across the country where college prices are rising exponentially.

The 101 Most Useful Websites on the Internet Here are the most useful websites on the Internet that will make you smarter, increase productivity and help you learn new skills. These incredibly useful websites solve at least one problem really well. And they all have cool URLs that are easy to memorize thus saving you a trip to Google. Also see: The Best Android Apps Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online Abstract Many ideas and events led to the development of the TEC-VARIETY framework and the 100+ activities for motivating and retaining online learners described in this book. Much of it has its roots in the mid-1980s, long before most educators had ever heard of fully online or blended learning.

30 Old PC Ads That Will Blow Your Processor Posted by admin in technology Mar 31st, 2010 Many people today either are too young to have ever seen some early pc’s or have forgotten what they looked like and how much they cost. Today we complain about the cost of a laptop running 2Ghz with 4GB ram for a cost of $ 400.00, however it wasn’t that long ago that laptops and pc’s were priced quite a bit higher. Here are 30 Old PC ads that will make you laugh and possibly appreciate what you have today. 10MB Drive for $ 3398.00 Today you can get a 1TB drive for $ 85.00 1TB is about 100,000 times larger than 10MB —

16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know Open Educational Resources | Feature 16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know By Dian Schaffhauser07/02/14 20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks We understand that reading is the simplest way for human to derive and constructing meaning in order to gain a particular knowledge from a source. This tendency has been digitized when books evolve into digital media equivalent – E-Books. It would be nice if we’re able to download free e-book and take it with us. That’s why we’ve again crawled deep into the Internet to compile this list of 20 places to download free e-books for your use.

6 Tips for Using Open Educational Resources Open Educational Resources | Feature 6 Tips for Using Open Educational Resources By Dian Schaffhauser08/27/14 1) If you're new to OER, start small, advised Erik Christensen, chair of the Natural Science Department for South Florida State College. Add a supplement, create a new activity, substitute a chapter or a homework set. Then build on that in discrete areas. Picture This: Free Images for Use on the Web By Bonny Clayton, Your Web Chick Navigating the Web for photos to populate your website, company newsletter, or other marketing tools can be like tip-toeing through a minefield. You might emerge on the other side completely unscathed, but one wrong step can blow up into a legal morass.

Affordable Learning at Scale With OER Open Educational Resources Affordable Learning at Scale With OER Open educational resources free students and faculty from the tyranny of the textbook. Here's how to encourage large-scale adoption. By Dian Schaffhauser10/28/15 Dell Releases Statistica Free to Higher Ed Data & Analytics Dell Releases Statistica Free to Higher Ed Dell has launched a free version of its Statistica advanced analytics software for college students and professors in the United States. The company made the announcement at the Educause 2015 conference taking place from October 27-30 in Indianapolis, IN. According to information from Dell, there is a "nationwide shortage of data scientists and other professionals with data analytics skills."

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