15 Useful Online Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Concept mapping and Mind mapping software are used to create diagrams of relationships between concepts, ideas or other pieces of information. It has been suggested that the mind mapping technique can improve learning/study efficiency up to 15% over conventional note taking. It is also a popular planning technique with applications across all business sectors and industries. It is used by individuals, corporate teams, students and teachers alike for various purposes. It is also great way to add structure to brainstorming sessions and visualize your ideas. Advertisement 1. SpiderScribe is a user friendly, free and online collaborative mind mapping tool for project management and brainstorming. 2. MindMeister is by far the most simplistic mind mapping tool in the top five, but its simplicity is definitely an asset. 3. Zoho is web based software that helps you create online database apps to organize your business information. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. iMindMap 15.
Research Roundup: Online Learning A quick reference on the science behind virtual schooling. Multipurpose Room: A computer lab at the back of a regular classroom serves as the online-learning center at Notus Junior/Senior High School in rural southwest Idaho. Credit: Grace Rubenstein Online learning is a strategy aimed at closing achievement gaps, improving student achievement, increasing graduation rates, and expanding the availability of high-quality teachers to all students, regardless of distance and location. The primary reason school districts offer online courses is to expand what they can offer their students and provide them with classes that would otherwise be unavailable. Growth and Trends Today, 45 of 50 states and the District of Columbia have a state virtual school or online initiative, full-time online school, or both, according to "Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning," ( 3M) a 2009 report sponsored by ten schools and organizations across the country. What the Research Says In May 2009, the U.S.
Second-Level Digital Divide: Differences in People's Online Skills | Hargittai Much of the existing literature on the digital divide - the differences between the "haves" and "have nots" regarding access to the Internet - limits its scope to a binary classification of technology use by only considering whether someone does or does not use the Internet. To remedy this shortcoming, in this paper I look at the differences in people's online skills. In order to measure online ability, I assigned search tasks to a random sample of Internet users from a suburban county in the United States. My findings suggest that people search for content in a myriad of ways and there is considerable difference in whether individuals are able to find various types of content on the Web and a large variance in how long it takes to complete online tasks. A Great Cities Initiative of the University of Illinois at Chicago University Library.
Online Learning Quiz Great! You’ll need to be able to download course material, get assignments and communicate with other students and your instructor. Fabulous! Contact a college advisor or counselor to help with other options. Good. It’s good you understand these basic skills and it would be wise to have a backup plan in case you have technology problems. Beware! Good. Consider how important this is to your learning and decide whether or not you are currently willing to challenge yourself to learn in a new way. Stop here! Great. Great, it’s good that you realize when it is important to speak up. It is important that you contact your instructor if you’re having any sort of problem. Super! Good. Reconsider. Just what you need to succeed! Keep sharp! If you tend to procrastinate, watch out; online classes often require you to regularly participate in discussions and assignments in the classroom. Learning and communicating in online courses requires much reading and writing; these skills are essential. Great!
6 Online Education Features You May Not Know About The following is a sponsored post by TenMarks , a free and easy solution to teaching math online. TenMarks is effective, easy to use, and designed to work in any classroom for all students. Click here for more information . Online education isn’t just about increasing the reach of education so anyone on the planet can benefit. Cost & Benefit Analysis I’ll get to those in a moment (or you can just scroll down if that’s your thing) but first I thought it would be helpful to cover the costs and benefits of online education. It takes awhile to find the best online education resources that fit your needs. Now, the benefits for students. These two big costs and benefits are obviously not exhaustive. Response to Intervention Most online education tools should provide teachers and administrators with the tools for assessment and instruction for all 3 tiers of Response to Intervention (RTI). Like A Flipped Classroom Online education tools constantly remind me of the flipped classroom model.
Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, US Department of Education, 2009-May A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. The difference between student outcomes for online and face-to-face classes--measured as the difference between treatment and control means, divided by the pooled standard deviation--was larger in those studies contrasting conditions that blended elements of online and face-to-face instruction with conditions taught entirely face-to-face.
Am I Ready to Take an Online Class? The topics covered in this lesson are as follows: 2.1 What computer skills will I need? 2.2 What computer equipment will I need? 2.3 What personal qualities or motivation will I need? 2.4_Readiness_Quiz 2.5 Helpful Links 2.6 Keys to Success Since an online class meets, well, online, you will need some basic computer skills and equipment to be successful. Today, anyone who graduates from college needs to know how to use a computer and navigate the Internet. If you do not currently possess any of these skills, don’t panic. First, in an online class, all your communication with your teacher and your classmates happens in writing. Since writing in English is so important to an online class, you may be wondering whether or not you should take an online class if you are an ESL student. Not only will your class communication take place in writing, it will take place electronically. You will need to know how to: Name documents with logical and useful titles. Bright Idea! Bright Idea!
OnLine Learning with VLACS Why Do Students Like Online Learning? By Lori Martone Why do students thrive in an online learning environment? With the all the opportunities in the world today, learning takes all forms. It’s everywhere from the internet to ipods, from television to video games, from texting to mobile advertising. Students can “attend” a course at anytime, from anywhere. Offering over 90 classes taught by more than 100 instructors, VLACS provides students to learn at their own pace and on their own time. What drives a successful e-Learning? An empirical investigation of the critical factors influencing learner satisfaction E-learning is emerging as the new paradigm of modern education. Worldwide, the e-learning market has a growth rate of 35.6%, but failures exist. Little is known about why many users stop their online learning after their initial experience.
Skills Requirements – Are You Ready for Online? – Online Learning – – Minnesota State University, Mankato Computer Literacy You need to have a basic knowledge of computer and Internet skills in order to be successful in an online course. Here are some of the highlights: Knowledge of terminology, such as browser, IMHO, application, etc. Strong reading and writing skills You need to have strong reading skills and be able to communicate effectively through writing. Self-motivated and independent learner While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Time commitment Online classes take as much time as regular on-campus classes. Time management: log-in frequently and develop study schedules Even though you may not have to "be" in class on some specific day and time, you still have to follow the course schedule provided by your instructor. Since online courses are asynchronous, they will continue developing and changing even if you are not online. Never wait until the last minute to complete your assignments.
Students’ Perceptions of Online Learning: A Comparative Study Abstract In search of better, more cost effective ways to deliver instruction and training, universities and corporations have expanded their use of e-learning. Although several studies suggest that online education and blended instruction (a “blend” of online and traditional approaches) can be as effective as traditional classroom models, few studies have focused on learner satisfaction with online instruction, particularly in the transition to online learning from traditional approaches. Citation Smart, K. & Cappel, J. (2006). Keywords Online Drop Rates Revisited Note: This article was originally published in The Technology Source ( as: David P. Diaz "Online Drop Rates Revisited" The Technology Source, May/June 2002. Available online at The article is reprinted here with permission of the publisher. Critics of online distance education have alarmed the public recently with reports of severe drop rates and attrition in online classes. Drop rates are among the characteristics that have routinely prompted distance education studies (Cookson, 1990; Dowdall, 1991; Parker, 1999). Though higher drop rates may accurately reflect a fundamental difference in outcomes between online and traditional educational environments, the mere fact of high drop rates is not necessarily indicative of academic non-success. Differences Between Online and Traditional Students The demographic differences between online and traditional students have been duly noted. Performance Differences Conclusions
Digital-course law changes schools’ lessons LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — A new law requiring all high school students to take at least one digital course leaves the decision about what to offer up to school districts. The Arkansas Department of Education recommends that superintendents and principals give the same scrutiny to digital courses that they do any other course offered, said Debbie Jones, assistant commissioner of learning services for the department. Jones recommends that courses also involve some face-to-face interaction, even if that interaction is through a Web camera. “We have posted suggestions,” Jones told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ). “It’s not required.” Computers are increasingly used in schools. Act 1280, passed in 2013, mandated public school districts and charter schools to offer at least one digital learning course this school year. New Mexico requires students to complete either a distance-learning course, an honors course, Advanced Placement course or dual enrollment course, she said.
Arkansas « « Keeping Pace back to map Arkansas has one main supplemental program, one fully online school, and a digital learning graduation requirement.Arkansas’ state virtual school, Arkansas Virtual High School (AVHS), relaunched in SY 2012-13 as Virtual Arkansas, serving online supplemental courses to member districts of the Arkansas Distance Learning Consortium (ARDL) and one full-time, statewide charter school, the Arkansas Virtual Academy (ARVA). Act 1280 (2013) implements a new digital learning provider approval process and puts in place a statewide online learning requirement beginning in SY 2014-15. The ADE and the Arkansas Distance Learning (ARDL) content providers (including AVHS) have combined resources to form the ARDL Consortium beginning with the 2011-12 school year. Fully online schools ARVA is an open enrollment public charter school and is overseen by the ADE (prior to 2013 legislation, oversight was from the Arkansas State Board of Education). State virtual school District programs