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Kids eating as much salt as adults - Medical Observer LARGE quantities of salt in bread and cereal are contributing to Australian children consuming almost as much salt as adults, according to new research. Australian dietitians sampled urine from 238 children aged 5–13 years old and found 69% had sodium levels that exceeded the upper limit. “This is really setting your kids up for this trajectory of hypertension, increased stroke and increased cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Caryl Nowson, lead author of the study and chair in nutrition and aging at Deakin University. Professor Nowson will present her data at the LEAP: Leadership, Evidence & Advancing Practice dietetics conference, held in Sydney from September 5 to 8. According to Professor Nowson, 40% of the salt in a child’s diet comes from breads and cereals, foods not traditionally considered as salty. “Some of the cereals that kids like, like Coco Pops or Rice Bubbles, have 0.5g of salt, and kids only need up to 2g of salt a day,” she said. 2012; online 31 August

Evernote for Education Android App: I use the desktop version at home and the office, the Android app on my HTC One smartphone, my tablets, web version on my Chromebook. The desktop version sync's all of the data to your computer (good for backup) and you can also export your notes in a variety of formats for backup. You can create new notes via desktop, web, or mobile version. You can upload attachments to your notes in Evernote to keep documents organized with the notes they go with. You can also email notes, clip web pages, record audio notes, and scan papers, receipts and more into Evernote. I love Evernote. Does it Cost Money? Yes and No. All accounts have a limit of 100,000 notes. Free accounts have a 60MB upload allowance per month and Premium accounts have a 1024 MB upload allowance. Evernote Premium gives you bigger upload capacity, offers greater sharing options, gives you access to note history, and more. How Can I use Evernote as a Teacher, Student, Administrator? From the Evernote site: 1. 2. 3.

The Biggest Myths (And Realities) Of Online Learning If you haven’t taken an online course yourself, have you ever wondered what online learning is really like? While the online learning platforms used from school to school may differ slightly, online learning offers more than what most people would think. The handy infographic below takes a look at some of the common myths about online learning, following them up with a more accurate representation, as well as some of the things that online learning offers students, regardless of age or the subject that they’re studying. Myths vs. Reality M: Students don’t take learning seriously R: Students are more engaged with their learning and with their teachers M: Online learning is easy and students are isolated R: Online learning is challenging, and many students participate in in-person meetings with their peers M: Online students just play games and have little interaction R: Students engage with challenging content and frequent interaction Advantages of Online Education

Six Ways Cloud Technology Will Impact Learning Enhance video and mobile learning access. The launch of mobile computing has generated a demand for content that’s available anywhere, anytime. As a result, developing learning content for mobile technology is quickly becoming a top priority for CLOs. The cloud is suited for global, 24/7/365 delivery of learning content via numerous technologies — laptops, mobile devices, tablets and more. “We are still trying to figure out the mobile aspect of learning,” said Randy Hugie, program manager, certification and skills assessments at Novell. Improve management costs and efficiency. “There are many generic (learning) functions that can be performed efficiently and inexpensively in the cloud. “EMC is a technology company, and through virtualization and using a cloud service model for some of our newer education offerings and programs, we’ve reduced costs significantly,” Clancy said.

Top Web Tools for Enhancing Collaboration 11/1/2010 By: By Özge Karaoglu It’s not news that collaboration is a proven method for effective teaching, and Web 2.0 has enlarged the possibility of peer collaboration to a global scale. What follows is some of the coolest tools you can use to kick-start collaborative projects in your district in any curriculum. ¦ AwesomeHighlighter is the easiest way to highlight texts on Web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link and share it with others. ¦ Board800 is a multi-user-shared interactive whiteboard with simultaneous access and drawing capabilities. ¦ CoSketch is another whiteboard that you can collaborate on to visualize your ideas and share them as images. ¦ Creately lets you create professional-looking online diagrams with your colleagues. ¦ With CubeTree, you can create wikis, blogs, profiles, and feeds for your groups. ¦ DabbleBoard is a whiteboard that enables you to visualize, explore, and collaborate. ¦ DoingText is a Web-based text editor for collaborative writing.

Free eLearning Books - The Ultimate List This article highlights 54 free eLearning and instructional design books from the industry's top talents. The insight and advice offered by experienced eLearning professionals give you the opportunity to create winning deliverables for both private and professional learning audiences. The hallmark of a successful eLearning professional is a constant thirst for knowledge, and always wanting to learn more about how and why learners acquire information. If you have read any of the following books I will highly appreciate if you share your opinion with the eLearning community. How To Become An Instructional Designer published in May 2015 Is there a single path to become an Instructional Designer? With this list of free eLearning books on-hand, you can tap into the invaluable experience and expertise offered by top eLearning experts. Get 2 Free eBooks Get the eLearning Industry's Articles in your inbox.

Internet Etiquette in Online Learning Technology is changing the way we communicate, as well as the way we learn. The Internet has made online learning almost instant: students can interact with each other through e-mail, online chat, and other communication software. For both students and teachers, it is important to set rules for how classmates and instructors interact with each other online, ie, they need to have some kind of “etiquette” in the online learning and teaching process. The rules for online teaching and learning shouldn’t be all that different than those for a physical classroom. Courtesy and attention are essential, but online interaction requires a few specific rules to make the experience valuable—even fun—for everyone involved. Mind your manners. Respect social network boundaries: Twitter and Facebook are excellent tools for online teaching and learning. Keep it short. Stay on topic and on time. Teaching and learning online can be an exciting way to keep students engaged and interested in class material.

Research dispels common ed-tech myths | Research Among the findings: New teachers aren't more likely than veteran teachers to use technology From staff reports Read more by eSchool News Staff June 29th, 2010 Teachers newer to the profession were no more likely to use technology than teachers with more experience. Contrary to popular opinion, newer teachers aren’t any more likely to use technology in their lessons than veteran teachers, and a lack of access to technology does not appear to be the main reason why teachers do not use it: These are among the common perceptions about education technology that new research from Walden University’s Richard W. Prepared by Grunwald Associates based on a 2009 survey of more than 1,000 teachers and administrators conducted by Eduventures Inc., the study argues that the more K-12 teachers use technology, the more they recognize its potential to help boost student learning and engagement and its connection to developing key 21st century skills.

Teaching Online Posted by David Gray in Blackboard, Course Management on Apr 2nd, 2014 12:33 pm | 0 comments As you may have heard, starting with this Summer term Palomar College is changing our Blackboard environment from one hosted on the San Marcos campus to one hosted by Blackboard Managed Hosting. In an earlier post I tried to address faculty questions about this change, but the largest impact to faculty will be when trying to move course content from an older course into a course on the new Blackboard environment. Anyone around back in Fall 2009 may recall the big move from Bb version 8 to 9; that was a similar shift between one environment and another, although then both environments were hosted here... Posted by David Gray in Blackboard, Course Management, Palomar Procedures on Mar 31st, 2014 3:14 pm | 0 comments Posted by David Gray in Blackboard, Course Management on Mar 6th, 2014 7:11 pm | Comments Off Faculty, you can prepare for new classes, even before Palomar provides your course shells!

Technology gives kids constant media access Sharp rise in students' media use challenges educators to make lessons more engaging, experts say By Maya T. Prabhu, Assistant Editor Read more by Maya Prabhu The rise in children's access to mobile technology has enabled them to spend an average of nearly 8 hours per day using entertainment media. Educators face a growing challenge in trying to compete for their students’ attention with near-constant access to entertainment media outside of school, a new study suggests. Today’s technology enables children to have nearly 24-hour media access, and many are choosing to spend an average of close to eight hours per day using entertainment media, according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The study, “Generation M 2 : Media in the Lives of eight- to 18-Year-Olds,” found that children devote an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes to using entertainment media during a typical day. Balkam added that handheld technologies have contributed to the swell.

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch: 8 Free and Easy Ways to B 0 Comments December 14, 2009 By: Tech Learning Blog Staff Dec 14 Written by: 12/14/2009 5:03 AM ShareThis by Lisa Nielsen cross posted at The Innovative Educator I recently attended a conference where I ran into a couple out-of-touch old timers who wanted to explain to me why things are the way they are. Listening to these guys made me want to scream. The two men looked at me and then each other shaking their heads. So, I retorted. People like these old-timers need to hold on to this reality and convince others of it’s truth not only because folks are resist to change, but because it keeps them employed. There is a lot at stake for these old timers and big businesses if educators don't believe their in-the-past reality. 8 Free and Easy Tools Innovative Educators Can Start Using Today The following tools are all free and simple to use. Overview:Educators know that getting audience feedback is important, but how often does a teacher really know what her students are thinking and feeling?