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SlideSnack | Upload & Share Presentations Online E-Learning Curve Blog Winter Solstice at Newgrange, Ireland 5,000 years ago, an extraordinary people lived in Ireland. They were farmers, hunters and builders. Newgrange – exterior (image courtesy SacredSites.com) I don’t spend all my time involved in learning and development. No, no, no. Among my more arcane, but nevertheless very satisfying interests is in the culture of the Neolithic (New Stone Age), and particularly the culture of the Beaker People of Western Europe. At ten minutes to nine on the morning of the shortest day of the year, a pale and weak sun slowly rises above a ridge in the Boyne River valley in County Meath, Ireland. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Light Enters the Tomb at Newgrange (image courtesy Irish Times) At dawn, from 19th to 23rd December every year, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage. The senior civil servant elaborated:
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. 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
The Best Websites On The Internet The internet is a big place, with a lot of content. Over one billion websites at the time of writing. With the web constantly changing, it’s hard to keep track of which sites have the best content and resources. To help make things easier, we’ve compiled this enormous list of the best websites on the internet, split into their relevant categories. The websites on this list are those that we consider to be the best: genuinely useful, top-of-the-line sites (not apps) where you’ll find what you need. Categories: Movies | Music | News | Shopping | Productivity | Learning | Social | Search | Online Privacy | Browsing | Finance | Books | Software | Files Movies Netflix Currently around a third of all internet packets sent are Netflix packets. Hulu TV streaming service Hulu isn’t appreciated as much as it should be. Amazon Prime Instant Video Amazon’s video streaming service isn’t as elegant as Netflix’s, but if you have Amazon Prime, it comes as part of your package. Rotten Tomatoes IMDb ScreenRant
Online Learning Update Employers like MOOCs — if they know what one is April 15th, 2014 By Jake New, Editor, eCampus News MOOCs-employers-studentsEmployers are fans of massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a new study by researchers at Duke University and RTI International. Share on Facebook An E-Portfolio With No Limits By David Raths, Campus Technology Students at the University of Mary Washington build their academic identities on their own personal Web domain. Share on Facebook Is Google Eyeing a Satellite Startup? By Zacks.com Rumor has it that Google Inc. is looking to acquire Skybox Imaging, a startup that manufactures satellites and deploys data analytics services to companies. Share on Facebook In conversation with: Sebastian Thrun, CEO, Udacity April 14th, 2014
The Growth of Content Curation Sites Content Curation Sites became huge in 2013. Buzzfeed, Distractify, UsvsTh3m, Worth a Share and many more provide curated content of the trending web stories, images and videos. For a number of years, niche blogs have been publishing curated topics that help with inspiration and education; Art blogs, design blogs, software blogs and now the most inspiring, funny, shocking, cute and plain odd internet content has been curated into carefully themed blog posts. The Rise What fuelled the growth of these sites, especially Buzzfeed? Social Media The growth of Facebook and Twitter enables more sharing of our own content and content that users have found across the internet. Smartphones and Tablets Without the mobile device revolution these websites may not have made it big. Video and Photo Hosting Much of this media is posted to Facebook but sites like YouTube, Flickr and other photo hosting sites allow for more content to be published on the web. Demographics The Positives Engaging Content Huge Reach
Harold Jarche Pinterest is now more useful for sharing articles Pinterest has been enhancing its pins with more and more contextual information since earlier this year, and today the company is adding even more detail into the mix. Pins that link back to full stories will now include context about the linked article, including its headline, author, and description — rather than just an image and little more as they did before. Not all articles will work at launch, but so long as the source article has the right data attached to it, Pinterest says that it'll be able to pull it in. More details could mean more interest Though pinned articles already include a link out to their source, Pinterest's users have tended to stay within the site, rather than clicking through to stories that pique their interest. This new update could begin to change that.