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StACC - Collaborative Research in Cloud Computing StACC (pronounced like 'stack') is a research collaboration, launched in April 2009 (Press Release) focusing on research in the important new area of cloud computing. Unique in the UK, StACC aims to become an international centre of excellence for research and teaching in cloud computing and will provide advice and information to businesses interested in using cloud-based services. Our StACC white papers are geared to providing accessible information to businesses about cloud computing. The School of Computer Science at St Andrews is providing start-up funding for StACC of more than £0.5 million which will provide research studentships, an experimental hardware facility, technical support and support for short-term experiments in cloud computing. Over the summer of 2009, we set up one of the first private clouds in the UK based on Eucalyptus open-source software. To get involved send an email to stacc$cs£st-andrews£ac£uk (replace $ with @ and £ with . to form email address). Prof.

Social media Social Media Made Simple By Emma Chadband Found In: advice & support Thanks to physics teacher Michelle Gould Burgess’ seamless integration of social media into her lesson plans, her students are busy launching marbles out of a catapult instead of listening to a lecture. For last night’s homework, they read Gould Burgess’ blog, watched her lectures via podcast— including a “bonus trigonometry podcast”—and they’ve stored their assignments in Google Docs. Gould Burgess teaches in a “flipped classroom,” so her students complete their “lower-level thinking” for homework, and engage in “higher-level thinking,” like the marble and catapult lab, in the classroom. After watching the podcasts at home, students come to class ready to work on more advanced exercises that build on what they learned from the lectures. Gould Burgess said her system is especially helpful because students have no excuse not to do their homework. Classroom-friendly Social Networking with Edmodo It also helps McDonald speed up the grading process.

JISC Legal Cloud Computing and the Law Toolkit (31/08/2011) We're pleased to present our free Cloud Computing and the Law toolkit for FE and HE professionals. Whether you work in a teaching, research, management or support capacity, our aim is to help you to make confident, informed decisions about implementing cloud computing solutions in your institution. Below is a brief introduction to the toolkit presented by our Service Manager, Jason Miles-Campbell. Introduction to the JISC Legal Cloud Computing and the Law toolkit from JISC Legal on Vimeo. What’s in the toolkit? Compiled by our team of ICT law experts, the toolkit contains accessible, up-to-date information about cloud computing in an FE and HE context. · Report on Cloud Computing and the Law for UK Further and Higher Education - An Overview (Access in Word, PDF and HTML) · User Guide: Cloud Computing and the Law for IT (Access in Word, PDF and HTML) · User Guide: Cloud Computing and the Law for Senior Management and Policy Makers (Access in Word, PDF and HTML) Funding information

ShowMe Pew data on technology & student writing A survey of middle and high school teachers finds that digital technology impacts student writing in many ways. 78% of the 2,462 teachers surveyed by the Pew Research Center say digital tools “encourage student creativity and personal expression.” Teachers surveyed for The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing Overview (July 2013) believe that exposure to a broader audience and more feedback from peers encourages student investment in the writing process. Despite some challenges, 50% of teachers across all subjects say the internet and digital tools make it easier for them to teach writing (chart at right). In terms of student writing skills, most teachers rated them “good” or “fair” (not “excellent” or “very good”). Like this: Like Loading... Related Edutopia guide features ten tips Edutopia is offering a free document with dozens of ideas and resources for integrating technology into your teaching. In "News"

The Downside Of Cloud Computing In Education The Downside of Cloud Computing in Education Cloud computing, in recent years, has become the focus of intense educational debates and arguments. Basically, cloud computing is one of the top products of the latest internet technology. As such, just like much of the products of the era, this technological breakthrough carries with it so much potential. However, there have been some questions about the overall effect of the technology to the educational system. In this article, we are going to talk about some arguments of some important educational and IT experts regarding their view on the total impact of cloud computing on education. According to Scheiener, the most important advantage of the cloud computing in the field of education is the fact that educational institutions can save a great deal of monetary resources with it. Cloud computing needs a constant and fast internet connection. Well, how serious is this threat? By Cenon Gaytos

Moodle Obama, tech firms to announce software donations to U.S. schools Watershed School The Watershed School selects Google Apps Education Edition to manage its cutting-edge curriculum The institution Located in Boulder, Colorado, Watershed School was founded in 2004 as a cutting-edge, experiential middle and high school. Driven by a growing number of researchers who argue that students learn best when coursework is relevant and instruction is immersive, Watershed’s curriculum strives to draw connections among disciplines, integrating student work with real-world context. At the heart of the school’s curriculum are so-called “Learning Expeditions”, semester-long, in-depth investigations of broad topics that engage students through fieldwork and service. Approach Finding technology solutions to support a Watershed School's unique curriculum is not an easy task. The mismatch came to a head less than 48 hours before mid-term assessments in 2006. Solution Results Google Apps has had a tremendous impact on both students and faculty at Watershed. About Google Apps Education Edition

Online classroom communities Y Combinator's New Nonprofit Helps Tech Companies Teach Kids To Code Y Combinator nonprofit CodeNOW aims to teach high school students, especially minorities and girls, programming skills with its in-person coding workshops. While the organization has taught more than 300 students the fundamentals of programming, it hopes to have a bigger impact, and on Thursday launched a product that it says could potentially reach hundreds of thousands of students. Called CodeNOW in a Box, the program will enable tech companies to host their own programming training sessions. "CodeNOW's success comes from people responding to our idea and taking action," founder and CEO Ryan Seashore told Fast Company. The program is set up so students attend three days of training over four weeks, and students are assigned about five hours of homework in between. This weekend, campaigning platform Causes will be hosting a CodeNOW workshop in San Francisco.

Google Apps for Education UK User Group | Research Staff @ Lboro On February 15th the Google Apps for Education UK User Group will convene for the first time at Loughborough. @LboroResStaff will be there to keep an eye out for anything eyecatching from a research staff perspective, and may well tweet using #guug11 if anything interesting pops up. Research e-Resource Officer at Lboro, based in the Research Office with responsibilities in the Graduate School, and close collaboration with the e-Learning Team (Teaching Centre) and the Library.

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