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Monster Exchange Project, English Writing Project Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World – now available! Catalogue copy from the publisher (Scribner/Simon & Schuster): From a prominent educator, author, and founder of Harvard’s Change Leadership Group comes a provocative look at why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill and what young people need from parents, teachers, and employers to become the innovators of America’s future. I N T H I S G R OU N D B R E A K I N G B O O K , education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. Wagner then looks more widely at the education system and shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. Creating Innovators will not just be a book about innovation. Buy the book Buy the ebook

Blended Learning What is blended learning? Blended learning is not the same as technology-rich instruction. It goes beyond one-to-one computers and high-tech gadgets. Blended learning involves leveraging the Internet to afford each student a more personalized learning experience, meaning increased student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of his or her learning. The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience. What are the most common models of blended learning? The majority of blended-learning programs resemble one of four models: Rotation, Flex, A La Carte, and Enriched Virtual. Blended Learning Universe (beta) May 2013

eTEL Education Week Published Online: February 8, 2012 Published in Print: February 8, 2012, as A Thirst for Research Features Experts say virtual education is largely understudied, and that is a significant problem given the increasing popularity of this form of education A flurry of reports and high-profile news articles over the past year has cast doubt on the effectiveness of online education, and raised concerns about the rapid growth of virtual education across the country. At this point in the maturation of virtual education, the importance of high-quality, objective research is greater than ever. Some policymakers, e-learning experts, and researchers say that K-12 virtual education is understudied, and that studies which can definitively say online learning works, or that it can surpass face-to-face education, or that in certain circumstances it provides the best opportunities for students, remains lacking even as interest in virtual education rises. 'Does It Work?' ... ... ... Florida TaxWatch, 2007

Global SchoolNet: Home Home - Getting Smart Essential Questions Is technology and the internet reducing pupils' attention spans? | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional A growing number of books, including The Shallows, argue that the internet and digital gadgets are making it harder for us to concentrate. The Pew Research Centre in America recently surveyed almost 2,500 teachers and found that 77% thought that the internet had a "mostly positive" impact on students' research work, while 87% felt modern technologies were creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans". But could this simply be the latest variation of 'the Elvis Hypothesis' – because something is new, popular with young people, and challenges existing hierarchies and traditions, it must be bad? Although some UK teachers might be inclined to agree with their American counterparts when faced with a class of restless smartphone-enabled year 10s, there appears to be no conclusive evidence that pupil attention spans are declining. Sue Honoré, an independent learning consultant who co-authored the 2009 report 'Generation Y: Inside Out' with Dr. Resources OpenEd Releases Public API for Common Core Resource Catalog Learning Resources | News OpenEd Releases Public API for Common Core Resource Catalog Ed tech developer OpenEd has released a new API that allows anyone to tap into its catalog of more than 250,000 standards-aligned digital resources for K-12. OpenEd is a free online resource launched last month that aims to be the largest teacher-curated catalog of Common Core-aligned videos and games on the Internet. "While building OpenEd we noticed that there were few tools and APIs available for accessing resources on learning standards," said Lisa Blum, vice president of marketing at OpenEd, in a prepared statement. At present, several education technology developers — including Nutmeg Education, Edcite, uClass, Blendspace and Themeefy — are working to integrate OpenEd into their offerings, according to OpenEd. "Using OpenEd's API is an enormous opportunity for a startup like Nutmeg. The full source code for the API is available now on GitHub.

Επιμορφωτικά Προγράμματα Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου Καλωσορίσατε στα Προγράμματα Δια Βίου Μάθησης του Πανεπιστημίου Αιγαίου! Το Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου προωθώντας την αριστεία σε όλα τα επίπεδα της εκπαίδευσης και της μάθησης, ξεκίνησε να προσφέρει από τον Οκτώβριο 2012 νέα, καινοτόμα προγράμματα επαγγελματικής επιμόρφωσης και εξειδίκευσης σε επιστημονικά πεδία αιχμής, τα οποία απευθύνονται τόσο σε πτυχιούχους, όσο και σε αποφοίτους Λυκείου. Έχοντας έως σήμερα υλοποιήσει με εξαιρετική επιτυχία πολλαπλούς κύκλους Προγραμμάτων Δια Βίου Μάθησης, συνεχίζουμε να διευρύνουμε το φάσμα των γνωστικών αντικειμένων, σχεδιάζοντας και προσφέροντας: Η υλοποίηση των επιμορφωτικών μαθημάτων και προγραμμάτων μας γίνεται: Εμπλουτίζουμε έτσι και προσφέρουμε σε όλους και όλες, με αποτελεσματικότητα, αξιοπιστία, εγκυρότητα και ποιότητα, Πιστοποιημένες Σύγχρονες Σπουδές στην Κοιτίδα της Γνώσης! Σας προσκαλούμε να γίνετε κι εσείς μέλος της κοινότητάς μας, συμμετέχοντας στα προγράμματά μας! Καθηγήτρια Χρυσή Βιτσιλάκη Επιστημονικά Υπεύθυνη Προγραμμάτων Δια Βίου Μάθησης