The 2015 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs The world of educational technology can be intimidating. Bloggers help make sense of this ever-changing industry with wit, insight and tactical advice. EdTech is proud to recognize this latest crop of the top K–12 IT bloggers. This year's 50 entries are a mix of veterans from years past, fresh picks by our editorial staff and nominations from readers. One of our goals for this year's list was to highlight blogs from a wide range of educators and experts. How to Record Your Screen and Create Engaging Screencasts With the right tools basic screen recording is relatively easy. If you're just starting out and wondering “How can I record my screen?”, are searching for a screen recorder or are already a screencast pro, this post offers some ideas on how to make your screen capture videos more engaging, and tips to help you produce screencasts with professional quality audio and video. Powerpoint videos, recorded presentations and lecture capture videos have become popular additions to educators' toolkits.
Bigfoot, Goldilocks, and Moonshots: A Report from the Frontiers of Personalized Learning (EDUCAUSE Review The creativity of higher education innovators has produced three categories of solutions with the potential to break the "iron triangle" of cost, quality, and access. Josh Jarrett is Deputy Director for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For a conversation with Josh Jarrett, please see this video. More than four years ago, a report from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and Public Agenda noted: "In the view of many college and university presidents, the three main factors in higher education—cost, quality, and access—exist in what we call an iron triangle. These factors are linked in an unbreakable reciprocal relationship, such that any change in one will inevitably impact the others."1 In other words, every positive improvement comes with an equal, but negative, trade-off. Unfortunately, that "iron triangle" remains strong, encapsulating a challenge that continues to face higher education today.
Great Free Websites for Learning Jump to navigation Donate Check out what's new in: Save Page 6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture Teaching and Learning | Feature 6 Innovative Uses of Lecture Capture Lecture capture is no longer merely a safety net for students who can't make it to class. Here are 6 ways faculty are using it to make their courses more engaging, flexible, and imaginative. You've come a long way, lecture capture. A decade ago, the technology offered little more than a stodgy record of the sage on the stage--a viewing necessity only for students unwilling, or unable, to get out of bed in time for class. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports This afternoon someone emailed me asking for some suggestions for tools for creating book trailer videos. It has been two years since I last wrote about the topic so I created a new list of tools for creating book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer's interest in a book.
How to Take a Screenshot on an iPad and Annotate it How to Take an iPad Screenshot This is easier than you might think, but it might take you a few tries to perfect the technique. All you have to do is press and hold the home button and the power button at the same time for about a second, and then let go of both buttons. Digital Promise Puts Education Research All In One Place As technology becomes an accepted tool in many classrooms, teachers and administrators are looking for the best ed-tech tools to advance their goals around student learning. Unfortunately, there are so many tools on the market claiming to be the best option, it can be hard to sort through the noise and make an informed decision. Digital Promise, the congressionally authorized nonprofit charged with “accelerating innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn,” has developed a tool to help educators and ed-tech developers sort through relevant research.
Education World: Screen-Capture Software in the Classroom Screen-capture software produces a shareable image of a person’s computer screen. These snapshots may encompass the entire screen, or only a small portion. In either case, whatever is viewable within the frame of the virtual camera will appear in the digital image.