Category Archives: Technology

Mixlr – Online Broadcaster

From a quick conversation with a new member of staff wanting to launch a online radio show for the school I work at, from a post on twitter I came across Mixler at www.mixlr.com. Tagged as Social Live Audio, I created a free account and set about playing. Literally with 10 mins I have the first test stream online and playing.

I embedded the code and away we went. Early stages, but with the autoplay function, it allows me to embedd this in the digital signage system, and allows for previous shows to be recorded on the fly for listening later. Both desktop and ipad/pod compatible its easy for students and staff to start producing radio streams.
You can use 3 audio feeds, which should be ample for the basic of production, adding to playlists and great social interaction with your listeners, I would strongly recommend a download and get broadcasting.
I am even tempted to create a elearningsite channel podcasting show, if anybody would be interested in working on a show, producing podcasts on their elearning activities, drop me a line.

iPad Be Nimble, iPad Be Quick

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One of the most challenging lessons for schools to learn in implementing iPads is that the iPad is not a laptop. The conversation can sometimes get bogged down around the device, trapping schools in these definitions as they lose sight of the central reasons to use technology:

  • To enhance teaching and learning
  • To differentiate instruction
  • To personalize the learning experience
  • To solve authentic problems where technology must be used to solve those problems

This is not an easy lesson. It requires a paradigm shift in teaching and learning.

iPads vs. Laptops

It’s worth noting the different features of laptops and iPads and to see the benefit of both devices.

While the laptop is heavy, takes a long time to boot up, and is often used as a word processing tool with typing and keyboarding being paramount, it’s also a powerful device for computer programming and accessing Adobe Flash-based simulations, particularly in the sciences. And the laptop is not bound by the app store. Many adults often prefer using a laptop over an iPad. And many students feel the same way. The laptop is often the default go-to device, full of power and possibility.

The shift to iPads over laptops does not have to be a zero sum game. The ideal setting, being adopted by many schools, is moving to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs to allow for flexibility and for students to work on their own devices. And BYOD also shifts the conversation away from the device and toward the learning experience. In other words, based on the learning experience, which device will best allow students to achieve the learning objectives? It might be a laptop or a tablet — or even a smartphone.

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Heartbleed – What it is and what you need to do about it

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the Heartbleed bug. This article gives you the low down on what it is, how it affects you and what you need to do about it.
The video below is fairly typical of what came out inthe news this week:

So as you can see the issue is not on your computer but in Open SSL, a piece of  software which sits on servers on the Internet.
By now most of the sites which this affects will have installed the fix.
Once a site has the patch (fix) in place you need to go and change your password. This is laborious, but essential for any site where you might lose money or anything important. So start with your bank accounts and work out from there.
Many of us use the same password over and over of different sites. After all who can remember 100 plus highly secure passowrds? I know I can’t.
What I do is use a password manager. I only need to remember one very secure password to access my password manager and then it remembers all the others. Password managers can usually generate secure passwords for you as well.
There are a number of password managers around and many web security packages also include a password manager. They can be accessed from any browser and oftern have mobile versions as well.
Here is a round up of the ones I have used at some time.

Just Google It: How Google Has Changed Research for Grad Students

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Source: GradSchoolHub.com
94: percentage of U.S. students who equate research with using Google, or other search engines.
75: percentage of students who use Wikipedia and online encyclopedias.
87: the percentage of all US adults using the Internet who also use search engines.
2 billion: Or nearly 30 percent of all humans, use the Internet
A history of online research
1962: J.C.R. Licklider of MIT has “Galactic Network” concept, a globally interconnected set of computers where everyone could access data from any site.
1989: Demonstration of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.
1990: Public release of the World Wide Web.
1990: First search tool for the web (Archie) was created.
1993: First web crawler (Wanderer) was created.
1993: First graphical browser (Mosaic).
1994: Netscape browser launched.
1994: Development of first popular search engines (Alta Vista, Lycos, Excite and Yahoo)
1995: Internet Explorer launched.
1995: First public video-conference took place.
1996: Instant messaging services launched.
1997: Google released
1997: First weblog (blog) is attributed to Jorn Barger’s Robot Wisdom Web site.
1997: SixDegrees.com is launched. Often seen as the first social networking site.
Paid placement ranking: Goto morphed into Overture and Yahoo. Ranking depended on how much you paid.
1998 +: Link based ranking pioneered by Google
• Blew away all search engines except Inktomi; meanwhile, Goto/Overture’s annual revenues were nearly $1 billion.
2000: 400 million people across the globe use the internet.
2001: First commercial launch of 3G (Third Generation) mobile phones.
2001: First Access Grid developed at the University of Manchester.
2003: Myspace launched.
2003: Yahoo acquires Overture (for paid placement) and Inktomi (search)
2004: Mozilla Firefox web browser released (the 2nd most popular current browser after Internet Explorer).
2004: Facebook launched.
2006: Twitter launched.
2007: iPhone launched.
2008: Google Chrome browser launched.
2010: iPad launched.
2011: Number of internet users estimated as 2 billion world wide.
Percentage of people who go online, then use a search engine:
Millennials, age 18-33: 92 %
Gen X (34-45): 87
Younger Boomers (45-55): 86
Older Boomers (56-64): 87
Silent Generation (65-73): 82
G.I. Generation (74 plus): 72
All online adults (18 plus): 87
The battle of the Search Engines (as of 12/13)
Google: 66.7 percent of all searches
Microsoft sites (Bing): 18.2 percent
Yahoo: 11.2
Ask: 2.6
AOL: 1.4
Number of searches (worldwide: 18.3 billion in Dec. 2013)
Google: 12.3 billion of the 18.3 (or 66.7 % see above)
Microsoft (Bing): 3.3 billion
Yahoo: 2 billion
Ask: 452 million
AOL: 234 million
Online research tools used by students
• Google or other online search engine: 94% of those surveyed
• Wikipedia or other online encyclopedias:75 %
• You Tube, or other social media sites: 52%
• News sites of major news organizations (i.e. NY Times): 25%
• Textbooks, electronic: 18%
• Databases, such as EBSCO, JSTOR: 17%
Google Research tools
Google Scholar (www.scholar.google.com) : for search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts and articles.
Google App Engine: Google funds projects that create tools, applications and curriculum that can be used by other educators in their own teaching environments.
Google Book Search: (www.books.google.com) Search the latest index of the world’s books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free.
YouTube EDU: Resources for learning, from English lessons to real-life math.
Chrome’s FlashCards extension: to learn languages faster, prep for exams
Google Earth: with thousands of aerial and satellite photos, dozens of layers of information: city names, country borders, airport locations, road maps.
Google Play: has millions of FREE books readily available
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Sources:
https://theconversation.com/us-study-shows-google-has-changed-the-way-students-research-and-not-for-the-better-3087
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/08/22/erial_study_of_student_research_habits_at_illinois_university_libraries_reveals_alarmingly_poor_information_literacy_and_skills#ixzz2pd2IXJBX
http://searchengineland.com/teachers-say-students-equate-research-with-using-google-138542
http://searchengineland.com/search-number-2-online-activity-58927
http://www.stanford.edu/group/mmds/slides/raghavan-mmds.pdf
http://www.lightspeedaheadnewsletter.com/?p=317
http://www.bloomsburyacademic.com/view/What-Is-Online-Research/chapter-ba-9781849665544-chapter-002.xml?print
http://www.comscore.com/Insights/Press_Releases/2014/1/comScore_Releases_December_2013_US_Search_Engine_Rankings
The Pew Reseach Center’s Internet and American Life Project Online Survey of Teachers
http://www.teachthought.com/technology/52-google-tips-for-college-students/
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcards/diejjofgldkjkhmfjagdjdodjebpglhb?utm_source=en-social-na-us-social-gplus-post
http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2012/08/back_to_school_with_google_earth.html

10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners

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Feeling outdated, not connected, or even totally lost in the digital age? Well, let me assure you, droning on and on about grammatical structures is a surefire way to quickly lose student interest in the world language classroom. Instead, embrace something which truly interests the millennial student: social media. Utilizing it in the classroom will give your students practical, engaging ways to communicate in the language you teach. The 21st century learner is not wired to memorize; instead, her or she is inclined to create, connect and collaborate. Social media is the perfect medium for us, their teachers, to reach them.
Here are ten ideas to get you started on your journey toward not becoming the classroom dinosaur you have always feared becoming.
more 10 Social Media Tips for Reaching World Language Learners | Edutopia.

eLogic Learning Recognized in the 2014 “Top Five” LMS List by eLearning 24/7

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eLogic Learning (http://www.elogiclearning.com), is pleased and honored to announce they have been selected as one of the Top 5 Learning Management Systems by eLearning 24/7 in their annual listing of the Top Learning Management Systems. eLogic’s “eSSential” LMS moved up in the listing from 2013 and 2012 based on several factors including a current configurable functionality set, exceptional features on the administrative side, nice user interface options and dashboard with metrics, reporting capabilities, high quality support and overall ease of use. Each year, eLearning 24/7, an industry leading e-learning analyst, reviews the top performing Learning Management System (“LMS”) providers in the industry and reports on the leading edge providers.
“In just three short years this system has gone from ho-hum to elite status. How? Robust feature sets, intuitive user interface, forward thinking and superior service and support. The eSSential platform can do it all. I would highly recommend this system to anyone who wants affordable, feature rich LMS and a solid company behind it,” says Craig Weiss of eLearning 24/7.”
To view the eLearning 24/7 press release, click here: http://www.ereleases.com/Associated-Press/189880.pdf
To Learn more about eSSential LMS, click here: http://elogiclearning.com/home/quick-tour-video/
“Once again, it is a great honor to be recognized by eLearning 24/7 as one of the Top LMS solutions 3 years in a row. Being in the Top 5 LMS’s out of over 580 providers is quite an accomplishment. Our attention to the core technology demands of our clients and this industry have gotten us here and our roadmap for the future enhancements going forward will keep us here. But the real difference is the eLogic Client Support Team guiding the design and implementation process and backing our clients up with support responsiveness when needed. What we do is very visible in internal and extended enterprise clients so responsiveness and resolution to clients is priority. This is in our DNA. With the scrutiny, objectivity and independence that eLearning 24/7 applies in this review, this recognition really means something. We intend to remain good and responsive listeners to eLearning 24/7” says Mark Anderson, CEO of eLogic Learning.
About eLogic Learning:
eLogic Learning, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is an award-winning industry leader in web-based Learning Management Systems and corporate training products and services. Currently, there are millions of licensed users of “eSSential”, eLogic’s Learning Management System (LMS). Clients include Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (parent of Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, etc.), Primerica, Sage Software, Vitera Healthcare, Cobb Energy, MetLife. Massage Envy, and many others. The eSSential Platform has been independently reviewed by the ADL to be SCORM-certified Tin Can Partner, ensuring their clients benefit from all SCORM functionality. eLogic Learning is a Microsoft Certified Partner and ISV.
In addition to its Learning Management System, eLogic Learning develops custom e-Learning content and courses as well as providing an extensive third-party courseware library. eLogic Learning also offers professional services in content strategy and business process change in the development of corporate training programs. eLogic Learning offers its clients a comprehensive turnkey approach to implementing learning strategies.
About eLearning 24/7
Craig Weiss, CEO of eLearning 24/7, recognized as the 2nd most influential person in eLearning (http://www.trainingpressreleases.com/news/bob-little-press-pr/2014/the-fifth-annual-top-ten-e-learning-movers-and-shakers) , is an e-learning analyst, expert, author, speaker and thought leader who has been in the industry for over 15 years. His knowledge and insight in e-learning, mobile and social learning, as well as emerging technology for e-learning, has established him as one of the key voices in online learning. Craig’s forecasts in the e-learning industry since 2010 (when he launched operations) have achieved over a 90% accuracy record. Weiss is the author of E-Learning 24/7 blog and written for numerous publications around the world. He also regularly speaks at conferences, events and companies around the world. His recent presentations included speaking at DevLearn Las Vegas, NV, Online Educa Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Learning@Work, Sydney Australia.

UK Government is considering using MOOCs in classrooms

* Michael Gove

Massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, could soon be used to augment the depth and variety of the curriculum taught in British schools, said education secretary Michael Gove speaking at the BETT conference in London today.
The key to introducing new opportunities provided by developments in technology and the free, open courses now offered by universities around the world into the classroom will be to leave schools in charge of deciding how they will respond to the changes, Gove said.
“Precisely the wrong way to react to the transformative opportunities offered by educational technology would be for government to try to dictate, from the centre, every last detail of how schools should respond,” the education secretary acknowledged.
More Government is considering using MOOCs in classrooms, says Gove (Wired UK).

School expands technology use to give teachers instant feedback

Immediately after answering four questions about fractions, Gabriella Martin knows she has the first, third and fourth right but the second has an X next to it, showing it is wrong.
“There are X’s and checks. If you get an X, you try to do it again and see if you get it right,” said the 10-year-old fifth-grader.
Her class is one of four at Anna Barry School that is using new technology to give teachers and students instant feedback on what children have learned and what concepts they need extra help to comprehend.Each child is given a device that looks like a remote control with numbers and letters.
Each child has a password, and every response they key into the devices are sent electronically to the school’s interactive white boards.
via Chicopee schools expand technology use to give teachers instant feedback | masslive.com.

A Simple Way Teachers Can Learn To Make Apps

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If you wish to create a multi-touch iOS app for the iPhone or iPad, then you will need to know how to use xCode Apple development software and the programming language Objective-C. While this is a bold endeavor, it is a massive time and learning commitment that most teachers can’t make.
The average teacher with a creative idea for an app that supports learning may never see it come to fruition due to lack of know-how or lack of resources to invest in its development. Enter iBooks Author.
iBooks Author is Apple’s standard for e-publishing. It is free in the Mac app store and is everything but ‘standard’ when it comes to delivering a polished interactive iBook. The WYSIWYG interface makes it easy to drag and drop text, images, media, and interactive elements on to it’s pages and export a multi-touch book with a push of a button.
While digital books may not be the app envisioned by the teacher, they offer an ‘app-like’ feel of interaction and hold great potential for creating a dynamic learning experience that fosters multiple styles of learning.
more A Simple Way Teachers Can Learn To Make Apps – Edudemic.