Spotlight on E-Learning Education Week's Spotlight on E-Learning brings together a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on: Understanding different models of online learningChoosing the right e-learning companyIncreasing access and equity in digital learningHow elementary schools incorporate e-learningParental involvement in online educationWhat works best for classrooms that blend face-to-face and virtual learningNew standards outlining online-course design Elementary school online students need remediation or acceleration at junctures in their development some say are more crucial than any in high school. January 7, 2011 - Education Week Distinguishing between the wide variety of virtual schools and online-learning programs available involves understanding the type of operational control. April 23, 2010 - Education Week Even advocates concede that full- time virtual education might not be a good fit for students with both parents working outside the home.
Música libre de derechos de autor Free Music Projects es una tienda online de música libre de derechos de autor para proyectos audiovisuales y publicitarios. Permite elegir entre diferentes tipos de licencias según las características del proyecto en el que se vaya a utilizar la música. Ofrece también servicios adicionales como cuñas de radio, locuciones corporativas, producción de audiolibros, documentales... siendo así una interesante fuente de recursos musicales a consultar. Jamendo es una comunidad que aloja música libre bajo licencia Creative Commons, donde los músicos pueden subir sus creaciones y los usuarios descargarlas de forma gratuita. www.jamendo.com/es Musopen es un proyecto sin ánimo de lucro que promueve el acceso a música clásica de dominio público mediante la creación de recursos y materiales educativos: grabaciones, partituras y libros de texto. Free Music Archive es una fonoteca interactiva de música libre y legal que puede ser descargada sin coste.
Free Open Source Textbooks Growing in Popularity in College Classes Though paying for tuition and housing eat up more money, textbook costs are among the most groan-inducing expenses incurred by college students. With tools like Amazon and chegg.com, only the least resourceful of freshmen are blowing $200 for a brand new textbook these days. But a new type of textbook is threatening to disrupt a $4.5 billion industry that has so far avoided the media upheavals experienced in music, movies and trade publications. Open-source textbooks, free for students to use and for professors to modify, are being developed by more companies and adopted in more classrooms. They may work hand-in-hand with the rise in free online courses to revolutionize the way we view—and pay for—higher education. “There’s a crisis of access in this country,” says Richard Baraniuk, a computer and electrical engineering professor at Rice University. Baraniuk thinks that cost should be reduced to zero. (MORE: Why the Online Education Craze Will Leave Many Students Behind) (MORE: A U.S.
35 Best Websites for Free Educational Videos What are the best websites to watch educational videos? Here are over 35 websites to watch thousands of educational videos covering business, science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts and more. Please bookmark this page or share it if you find this article useful. 1. 5min Offers short, practical how to videos, instructional videos and DIY solutions. 2. A large collection of educational video lectures from the world’s top scholars. 3. Blogs, articles and videos from the world’s top thinkers and leaders. 4. Animated science, health, technology, math, social studies, arts & music videos. 5. Offers thousands of free math and science videos. 6. Features interviews with America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and more. 7. 30,000 video segments from Discovery Education. 8. Provides video lectures, courses, documentaries, books, quizzes, lecture notes and much more. 9. 10. 11. 12. Professional and user-generated how-to educational videos.
The Cape Town Open Education Declaration Tools for sharing thinking Teachers and students have access to an impressive set of tools for sharing ideas and making thinking visible. The old model of calling out answers to questions has certain limitations and while it remains the mainstay of many classrooms new options allow for a mix of options. Some of our goals are to provide our students with appropriate wait time or think time and to ensure the voice of even our most introverted students is heard. Fortunately there are a number of free tools that do these things and they are available for use on any technology platform as they require nothing more than access to the internet. One of the simplest to use and set up is “Answer Garden”. Padlet is a well known tool for gathering responses to a question or issue together. Lino is in many respects similar to Padlet and could be used in exactly the same way. For linear conversations or back-channeling with media resources “Today’s Meet” remains an excellent choice. By Nigel Coutts
160 Free Textbooks: A Meta Collection Free textbooks (aka open textbooks) written by knowledgable scholars are a relatively new phenomenon. Below, find a meta list of 200 Free Textbooks, and check back often for new additions. Also see our online collection, 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities. Art History A Textbook of the History of Painting by John Charles Van Dyke, Rutgers Biology Anatomy and Physiology - Edited by various profs at OpenStaxBiology - Edited by various profs at OpenStaxBiology Pages, John W. Business and Management Business Ethics by Jose A. Chemistry Chemistry, Grades 10-12, Created by the FHSST Project (Free High School Science Texts)Chemistry Virtual Textbooks by Stephen Lower, Simon Fraser UniversityCK-12 Chemistry (Grades 9-12) by multiple authors. Classics Computer Science & Information Systems Earth Science CK-12 Earth Science for Middle School by multiple authors.Earth Systems, an Earth Science Course (Grades 9-10). Economics & Finance Education Electrical Engineering Engineering History Languages
Printables4Kids - free coloring pages, word search puzzles, and educational activities for kids Open education Open education is a collective term to describe institutional practices and programmatic initiatives that broaden access to the learning and training traditionally offered through formal education systems. The qualifier "open" of open education refers to the elimination of barriers that can preclude both opportunities and recognition for participation in institution-based learning. One aspect of openness in or "opening up" education is the development and adoption of open educational resources. Institutional practices that seek to eliminate barriers to entry, for example, would not have academic admission requirements. Open education and flexible learning History Even before the computer was developed, researchers at public universities were working at educating citizens through informal education programs. The ability to share resources on the web at little cost compared to the distribution of hard copy means that it can be used to facilitate Open Education. Drawbacks
Collaborative Learning with Google Docs The ultimate version of this style of collaboration are the “Coding Journals” the students are producing as they learn to programme robots to deepen and demonstrate their understanding of geometry. Each student is producing their “Coding Journal” using a Google Slides document as an initial template. Various slides have been created by their teachers to frame their initial thinking and provide some structure. Students add to this and make adjustments to suit their needs. All this online collaboration could be imagined as cold and impersonal compared to face to face discussions. The final piece of this collaborative effort is that as a group of teachers we have started using Google Docs for our programming and our annotations. As always I thank the team of teachers that I work and learn with. By Nigel Coutts The poem below was produced by a Year Six student using the collaborative process described here. The Right to FightMalala Yousafzai By Sophie of 6C
About Moodle Moodle is a software package for producing Internet-based courses and web sites. It is a global development project designed to support a social constructionist framework of education. Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software (under the GNU General Public License). Moodle can be installed on any computer that can run PHP, and can support an SQL type database (for example MySQL). The word Moodle was originally an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, which is mostly useful to programmers and education theorists. Come moodle with us!
CristinaSkyBox TumbleBlog See on Scoop.it - Permamarks The value of quality curation is only going to increase exponentially. The trend will be to create long term value. People will want to keep their own record – from their Point of View. These are the curators who will build authority. Permamarks's insight: Permamarks appreciates being included on our views for the future of curation for the new Curatti project! See on curatti.com
Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook? Electronic Textbooks | News Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook? By Dian Schaffhauser02/16/11 Students are taking the battle against high-priced textbooks into their own hands. The research effort was undertaken as part of the Digital Bookshelf Project, the University System of Ohio's effort to make textbooks more affordable. For the latest research project, which took place in fall 2010, the students compared the value and educational quality of two current textbooks with the draft of a new textbook they found free online, along with what they could find through online search engines. "For our generation raised on the Internet, online searches for class materials often replace purchasing the textbook," said Libby Cates, one of the student researchers. They found that materials from Wikipedia were accurate and thorough, though "perhaps excessively thorough for an introductory course," they reported. About the Author