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Teaching Online Courses – 60 Great Resources

I received an inquiry about resources that would help instructors who are about to move into teaching online courses. It made me immediately think back to my first experience with an online session. It was the first ever public session for Placeware - a virtual meeting software company that was much later acquired by Microsoft and became Microsoft Live Meeting. After that experience, I vowed to try to stink up virtual presentations less in the future. So, what I thought I would do is go back and see what resources I could find some good resources that would help me and could be used by instructors be better prepared to teach online. As always I do this by looking through eLearning Learning and related sites like Communities and Networks Connection. Books By going to one of these on Amazon – you can easily find a TON of additional books. Teaching Online Online Discussions Social Networks Effective Online Conferences Related:  elearning

Online Learning: More Than Just a MOOC « TechKNOW Tools As a life-long learner, I have appreciated engaging and interacting with a wide variety of educators in a few Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The concept of a MOOC is has been around for a while. In previous blog posts, I have shared the definition of a MOOC and my participation and experience. I have appreciated learning from the #eci831 and #CCK09 MOOC facilitators, such as Alec Couros, George Siemens & Stephen Downes. Image c/o Flickr user guilia.forsythe In a recent CBC radio interview and blog post, George Siemens discusses more about the good and bad aspects of Massively Open Online Courses are for online learning. Current Learning & Development = #AltProDev If there is an interesting alternative professional development (#AltProDev) opportunity available – I’m there! Teaching locally but accredit widely. Sustainable model? Types of MOOCs As the online learning trend grows there will be various types, targets and tiered offerings of MOOCs. Incomplete = Failure? Like this:

Personal Learning Environments and the revolution of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development Developmental psychologist Lev Vygotsky defined what the person or a student can do — or the problems they can solve — as three different stages: What a student can do on their own, working independently or without anyone’s help.What the student can do with the help of someone.What it is beyond the student’s reach even if helped by someone else. He called the second stage the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) which had, as said, two limits: the lower limit, which was set by the maximum level of independent performance, and the upper limit, the maximum level of additional responsibility the student can accept with the assistance of an able instructor. This reaching beyond one’s capabilities can be pictured as the student entering their Zone of Proximal Development. The Personal Learning Environment and the Zone of Proximal Development: a static approach The Personal Learning Environment and the Zone of Proximal Development: a dynamic approach The future of educators?

Google What is digital literacy? Digital literacy is the topic that made the ETMOOC learning space so irresistible to me… I think as educators we spout off about wanting our students to be digitally literate, but not many of us (myself included) have a firm grasp about what that actually means, and quite a number of us are still attempting to become digitally literate ourselves. Whatever that means. It turns out, defining digital literacy isn’t such an easy task. The etmooc community was fortunate enough to hear Doug Belshaw speak on this topic in a recent webinar. I’ve followed Doug on Twitter for quite some time, and it turns out his dissertation investigates just what is digital literacy… and his TED talk can be viewed here. Doug explained that digital literacy is quite ambiguous, and he doesn’t have all of the answers when it comes to defining these terms. 30 definitions of digital literacy represented in one of the first texts about the topic (from Gilster, published in 1998!!)

ipad childrens education iPad Family has reviewed HUNDREDS of iPad Education Apps for children. NOT ALL OF THEM MAKE IT TO THIS SITE. We're only happy to shre the best, highest quality educational Apps. When evaluating an app, we consider it's educational value. If it enhances their educational development... good. These educational apps have all been thoroughly tested and ARE USED - and we think they're all worth having on your child's iPad! Book Apps Reading "to" and reading "with" our children is an important area of cognitive development which can be overlooked in all the fuss of homework and schoolwork. Geography Apps You gotta know where you are in the world. Mathematics Apps Children's Numeracy Apps for iPad & iPad Mini changes Math's education, for good! Music Apps Children's Music Apps for iPad & iPad Mini are very important to a developing child. Puzzle Apps Let's face it, you've got to use your brain to put puzzles together. Reference Apps Science Apps Give your child a head start! Speech Pathology Apps

Here’s how a former kindergarten teacher approaches app development - iPhone app article - Brad Spirrison There is no prototypical background for app developers. The beauty of working in the app world is that it is so new, you find individuals from all walks of life creating applications we could not have fathomed just four short years ago. After spending more than 25 years helping to develop young minds as a kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Francis Judd switched gears to become an app developer. Her company, Mrs. Judd’s Games (which is a unit of KBooM! Games), develops early-stage education games. In many ways, Judd’s mission as an educator hasn’t changed all that much. “I realized,” she explains, “that I had not so much retired from the classroom as I had expanded the scope of my classroom.” Download the Appolicious Android app In this edition of Meet The Makers, we get a first look at Left Right Pup, learn how Judd transitioned from teaching to app development, and find out if there is anything else on this earth that can compete with the iPad as an educational tool. FJ: Just after Mrs.

wikiforpersonalinquiry - iPad Apps for Early childhood Keslie's TopicWatching and Wondering: How Did I Choose This Topic?I became interested in this topic after watching a two year old effectively use and interact with apps on an iPad. The child was able to turn on the ipad, scroll through the pages, find her personal folder, and choose a game to play. I was amazed by this process and was very impressed with how she was able to independently use the iPad. This article, "Toddlers and Technology: Teaching the Techniques" by Lisa Luna DeCurtis and Dawn Ferrer outlines how speech therapists and parents can use iPad apps to help children with their language and social skills development. This mother has created a blog that includes an entry about her top ten picks for iPad apps to use with toddlers. This article, “Using iPad and iPhone Apps to Promote Speech and Language Development” by Tonya A. As a future educator, I was so excited to find this website. These websites provide wonderful apps for infants through second grade.

Early Childhood Education and the iPad I was fortunate enough last weekend to receive an invitation to the Sydney Catholic Schools Early Years Conference. I was interested because the conference was centred around creating a clear and coherent vision around Early Years pedagogy. I was also intrigued to see how the iPad fitted in with this vision. One of the sessions I attended was Technology in the Early Years - Apps and iPads by Kate Highfield a Lecturer in Early Childhood from Macquarie University Sydney. Kate suggested that we could plot apps on a educational continuum depending on where the different apps contribute to cognitive development. Instructive Apps:The first type of apps that were identified (Instructive) were those apps that were drill and practice. Manipulable Apps:The second category (Manipulable) are those apps that allow multiple responses to the app. Constructive Apps:The category that Kate was most excited about was the last. PuppetPals: FREE Create your own animated stories. StoryKit: FREE

tech | design | education See on – tech | design | education Get a bird’s-eye, real-time view of student activity across Docs, Sites, Blogger, Picasa, Gmail and Google+; plus configure class Calendars. Improve student outcomesIncrease online safetyIncrease ease of use and adoption Thomas Adam Johnson‘s insight: The teacher dashboard is intuitive and fast. It is too bad that this is a paid solution and not something that Google has created for educators for free. See on Like this: Like Loading...