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Across My Desktop: 3 March 2011

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What Caught Our Attention: 25 February 2011

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What Caught Our Attention: 23 February 2011

  • Educational Leadership:Teaching Screenagers:Teaching the iGeneration
    Our children and youth are immersed in technologies that give them opportunities no previous generation has enjoyed. How will schools respond?
  • News: Blackboard’s Next Phase – Inside Higher Ed
    Blackboard built its e-learning empire on its learning management system, trading legal blows with some competitors and gobbling up others as it raced to satisfy demand for a technology that had rapidly become de rigueur in higher education. 
    That period of conquest is now over. Last fall, close to 95 percent of institutions had some learning management system in place, according to the Campus Computing Project. Accordingly, Blackboard’s business strategy is changing: with the company adding four new, separately licensed products to its menu in the last three years, Blackboard expects that it will soon no longer rely on Learn, its popular learning management system, to bring home the bacon.
  • How Will Technology Change Learning — and Teaching? | Edutopia
    I am excited about the possibilities that technology can provide to facilitate and manage student learning. I’m also always hopeful that we can devise a technology tool that will make teachers and principals’ jobs easier. What do you think? What will be the technology or the “killer application” that will revolutionize education? 
    I’d like to share with you where I think we will find it and where we will not.
  • Educational Leadership:Teaching Screenagers:Transforming Education with Technology
    The U.S. Department of Education recently released Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. Here, Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology, talks with Educational Leadership about the highlights of that plan and the national vision for schools.
  • Twitter can SAVE You Time – The Tempered Radical
    Crazy, isn’t it?  Who would have ever imagined that complete strangers connecting through streams of public instant messages could add so much value to one another’s lives? 
    But it’s true—and it’s all waiting for you if you’re willing to give Twitter a whirl.

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What Caught Our Attention: February 20, 2011

  • Directory of Learning Tools
    Over 2,000 tools for learning and working in education and the workplace
  • The eLearning Site: Jobs Forum
    Add your eLearning jobs or post info about yourself for potential employers to find.
  • Delicious Bookmarks Extension (Beta) – Google Chrome extension gallery
    Delicious Bookmarks is the official Google Chrome extension for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service (formerly It integrates your bookmarks with the Google Chrome browser and keeps them in sync for easy, convenient access. Access your bookmarks in Chrome or anywhere in the world by going to
  • AddThis – Bookmarking addon
    Make sharing easy.Get more traffic with the most popular sharing platform in the world. Help your users share your content everywhere. It only takes seconds to get AddThis, and it’s free!

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IEEE Offers Tutorials in Multiple Languages

IEEE logoIEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association, has launched 11 tutorials in 7 languages as part of the organization’s online training and support program for the IEEE Xplore® digital library. The self-paced tutorials are presented on the IEEE client services Web page as voice-narrated Flash videos with complete downloadable transcripts in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
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Leading Publisher Offers Electronic Books to UN Program Providing Research Access to the Developing World

Elsevier, the publishers of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that 780 of its science and technology electronic books will be added to Research4Life ( Elsevier Science & Technology Books provides award-winning, leading-edge books and education resources to information professionals worldwide.
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Earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand

You may or may not know that The eLearning Site is based in the North Island of New Zealand.
Thus we are greatly relieved that none of our friends and families have been injured in the recent earth quake which started on Saturday morning.
There is still much to do with thousands of homes and other buildings in need to demolition or repair. A great deal of infrastructure will also need to be replaced or repaired.
If you would like to make a donation to the Canterbury Appeal please visit the New Zealand Red Cross Online Donation Page.
Many thanks

How to … Improve Your Online Course Next Year

Online teaching is no different to face-to-face teaching with regards to ongoing improvements. There are things we can do better next time, or things we want to change.

The problem is, as time hurtles by, that we often forget what it was we wanted to change when review time comes round. 

So I suggest this simple solution to staff I work with.

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