Lenovo -- youtube space lab


From DSC:
My thanks for Mr. Steven Chevalia for this resource.

The academy in hard times

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From DSC:
I’m interested in trying to take pulse checks on a variety of constantly moving bulls-eyes out there — one of which is new business models within the world of teaching and learning (in higher education, K-12, and the corporate world).
I have no idea whether the courses that this site/service offers are truly great or not. To me, it doesn’t matter right now. What matters is whether this model — or this type of business model — takes off. The costs of obtaining an education could be positively impacted here, as competition continues to heat up and the landscapes continue to morph.


The Great Courses -- online lectures from across the lands

Cathy Davidson on Learning in the Digital Age -- on 9-13-10

From DSC:
Perspectives from an English professor at Duke University, who has also studied biology and neuroscience, and who has been working for years on a variety of items surrounding this topic.

Wordnik has a new thesaurus

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iPad app: Shakespeare in bits -- Romeo and Juliet


Developer Website: www.shakespeareinbits.com or Mindconnex Learning Limited

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shakespeare-in-bits-romeo/id370803660?mt=8

Reviewer Name: Elisabeth LeBris who blogs at lebrisary.blogspot.com

Make Me a Story
Teaching Writing Through Digital Storytelling

Make Me a Story


“Just as writing can be a process of discovery, so can digital storytelling, where images, words, and music all work together to create meaning.” — Lisa Miller


Excerpt of contents

Chapter 1: Stories That Matter
Chapter 2: How Do Writers Tell (Digital) Stories?
Chapter 3: Taking Students Through the Writing Process, Part 1
Chapter 4: Taking Students Through the Writing Process, Part 2
Chapter 5: Learning Through Digital Storytelling: Standards and Assessment

About the author

Lisa C. Miller is an associate professor of journalism at the University of New Hampshire and has worked on digital stories with elementary school teachers and students.

Review of “Moodle 1.9 English Teacher’s Cookbook”

The great thing about “recipe” books like the  Moodle 1.9 English Teacher’s Cookbook is that they spark off ideas in you and motivate you to  try them out with your own classes. I found that here from the very first chapter: suggested activities flow fast and freely from one page to the next, enthusing you with the desire to go off and personalise them. The author, Silvina P Hillar is an  English teacher with a passion for technology and her technical reviewer,  PHM Ben Reynolds is an award-winning fictionist and teacher of Writing. A lot of expertise has gone into tailoring the activities to the English classroom. You can read a breakdown of all the chapters here, but I’ll take them one at a time…

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In Education Journal

Some examples:

Systemic Changes in Higher Education
Author(s): George Siemens | Kathleen Matheos

A power shift is occurring in higher education, driven by two trends: (a) the increased freedom of learners to access, create, and re-create content; and (b) the opportunity for learners to interact with each other outside of a mediating agent. Information access and dialogue, previously under control of the educator, can now be readily fulfilled by learners. When the essential mandate of universities is buffeted by global, social/political, technological, and educational change pressures, questions about the future of universities become prominent. The integrated university faces numerous challenges, including a decoupling of research and teaching functions. Do we still need physical classrooms? Are courses effective when information is fluid across disciplines and subject to continual changes? What value does a university provide society when educational resources and processes are open and transparent?

The Net Generation’s Informal and Educational Use of New Technologies
Author: Swapna Kumar

Harnessing New Technologies to Teach Academic Writing to the Net Generation
Author(s): Sean Wiebe | Sandy McAuley

While the ubiquity of Web 2.0 technologies disrupts conventional notions of schooling and literacy, its impact on learning is idiosyncratic at best. Taking the form of a dialogue based on the fifteen-week collaboration of two colleagues implementing an innovative first-year university writing course, this paper documents some of the successes and challenges they faced as they sought to create a space for those technologies in their classrooms.

Zooburst — from eduTecher

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books. This is a wonderful way to practice and teach writing as well and it is incredibly cool as well. All you need is a web cam to turn on the augmented reality features that are really awesome. A great site for young writers.


Final Version of Common Standards Unveiled — from EdWeek.org by Catherine Gewertz

The final set of common academic standards was released today, capping months of closed-door work to write them and months more to revise them with feedback from state education officials, teachers’ unions, and other education interest groups.

The project is an attempt to address the uneven patchwork of standards that results in differing expectations among schools, districts, and states and leaves many students unprepared for work or college.

Organizers of the Common Core State Standards Initiative scheduled a press event at a Georgia high school for this morning and invited a high-profile list of guests, including governors and education commissioners, to speak in support of the standards.

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