Next Generation Learning — from The Great Ideas Conference

Learning is undergoing drastic changes. Access to technology has allowed us to engage in a range of new media activities including blogging, co-creation, gaming, instant messaging, podcasting, social networking, social sharing and video creation. These new forms of media allow us to communicate and collaborate in new ways.

Next Generation Learning at Great Ideas 2011 will look at what the research says in terms of how people learn differently with the use of these new forms of media and how to successfully apply and implement the research in your association. No other time in history has there been this type of convergence for associations providing learning and education. It will also be a learning lab that models unique, innovative education formats including hands-on interactive activities to live-streaming to facilitated Peer2Peer Roundtables. Come experience the content and see new ways to involve others in learning.

Cutting the Pay TV Cord, Chapter 5: Unlimited Internet TVfrom Phil Leigh


In short, often there is no reason why modern flat panel TV screens cannot function as giant monitors for up-do-date computers.

Thus a growing number of us are attaching computers to our TVs.  The trend is especially prevalent for WiFi enabled computers because they can connect over a home network and thence to the Internet. In such configurations computers – commonly dedicated laptops – function as Internet gateways for televisions. They transform TVs into dual function devices normally controlled from a comfortable viewing distance with ordinary TV remote units.

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California Department of Education now on iTunes U — from by Canan Tasci
Teachers can now download educational content from the Apple site at no charge

The California Department of Education is following in the footsteps of Texas by launching an official presence on iTunes U, a dedicated area within Apple Inc.’s iTunes store that offers free downloads of lectures, lab demos, and access to educational content from state agencies and nonprofit groups.

With districts and schools under tremendous pressure to make every dollar count, California teachers can now download top-rated content from the site at no charge, said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010: Final list, presentation and more — from Jane Knight

Yesterday I finalised the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 list.  Many thanks to the 545 people who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning and contributed to the building of the list.   Although this list is available online, I also created this presentation which provides the information as a slideset – embedded below.

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Jane Hart, a Social Business Consultant, and founder
of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

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Back to school: Podcasts & apps for learning – Plus, what’s in your backpack? — from

There’s no more pretending about ever-lasting summer, but there are plenty of inspiring tools and technologies that make returning to the classroom easier for teachers and students alike.

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Writing at Mashable, Alexander Holtz, a multimedia journalist who teaches digital media at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, shares a sampling of “some of the exceptional podcasts that both teach and entertain.”


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The Periodic Table of Videos — University of Nottingham

Interactive Periodic Table — from

Periodic Table of Elements — from

From DSC — Here’s an oldie but goodie:
Vodcasting: The Vod Couple
— from The Journal by Dian Schaffhauser — back from 08/01/09
High school chemistry teachers Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann have overturned conventional classroom instruction by using video podcasts to form the root of a new learning model.

Podcasting: Ideas for teachers — from Learning Objects Community — posted by Nancy Rubin

What is a podcast and how can I teach with it? If you are wondering what a podcast is, that might be a good place to start. Podcasts are basically audio files that can be produced with a standard computer, a microphone, software, and a web site where you will post your completed podcasts. Audio podcasts are usually an MP3 file and are the most common types of podcasts. Enhanced podcasts can have images to go along with the audio. They can also have chapter markers, making it easier to skip to different portions of an episode. Enhanced podcasts are not necessarily supported by all devices. Video podcasts are movies, complete with sound. Video podcasts can be in a variety of formats, but MPEG-4 is the most popular and the only format that will play on iPod and iPad.

Some classroom ideas for podcasting:

  • Record directions for students
  • Record lessons
  • Record supplemental materials
  • Record instructions for a substitute teacher
  • Record classroom rules
  • Interview people at your school
  • Create a news show and discuss current events
  • Record a speech
  • Record student readings so they can hear what they sound like

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The Teaching Palette now has a podcast

The Teaching Palette now has a podcast -- Art and & K-12 related

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Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie – May 24, 2010.
#625 – Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
54,964 Readers – – The MASIE Center.
Host: LMS & Learning Systems Forum – Chicago – June 10 & 11

1. Google Launches Cloud Based, Open Source Learning Platform.
2. Outsourcing Grading of Papers and Assessment.
3. 3D Video Camera for Organizations Announced.
4. Learning Systems Supplier Podcasts Online.

1. Google Launches Cloud Based, Open Source Learning Platform: Google has created an interesting application experiment called CloudCourse. This is an open source, learning platform, running under AppEngine, their Cloud Based environment.  CloudCourse is being used internally at Google for several LMS type functions – from registration to classroom management. It is available as an Open Source codeset and will be evolved as developers experiment and extend the functionality. We will be conducting a test at the MASIE Center Learning LAB and are intrigued by the ability of both learning departments but also learners to create and launch learning activities in the “cloud”. Code and descriptions are downloadable at

2. Outsourcing Grading of Papers and Assessment: A number of colleges are now outsourcing the grading of student papers to a company called Virtual-TA, that uses both offshore and U.S. resources to provide students with very detailed and rapid feedback on their work.  Needless to say, the practice is controversial. One interesting impact seems to be that these graders often provide much more detailed and extensive feedback to learners – and the firm claims that it increases retention and completion in on-line courses. Info at:

3. 3D Video Camera for Organizations Announced: 3D is a major force in video, as films like Avatar have shown a user appetite for the immersion experience of wearing glasses and having objects come right to our eyeballs.  Yet, the cost of equipment has been huge. Panasonic announced a new camera for organizations that will be in the $20,000 range and weigh only 7 pounds – capable of shooting high def 3D content. Take a peek at:

4. Learning Systems Supplier Podcasts Online: I recently recorded podcasts with the CEO’s of several Learning Systems companies about the future of LMS and LCMS systems.  Listen to these short interviews at

Yours in learning,
Elliott Masie

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* LMS & Learning Systems Forum.
* Learning Leadership Academy.
* Learning 2010 – Oct 24 to 27 – Orlando, Florida.
* Membership in The Learning CONSORTIUM
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