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Book: e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook: Resources for Higher Education

By Frank Rennie & Tara Morrison

Digital resources—from games to blogs to social networking—are strong forces in education today, but how can those tools be effectively utilized by educators and course designers in higher education? Filled with practical advice, the e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook, Second Edition  provides a comprehensive overview of online learning tools and offers strategies for using these resources in course design, highlighting some of the most relevant and challenging topics in e-learning today, including:

  • using social networking for educational purposes
  • designing for a distributed environment
  • strengths and weaknesses of delivering content in various formats (text, audio, and video)
  • potential constraints on course design
  • implementation, evaluation, induction, and training

Illustrated by short, descriptive case studies, the e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook, Second Edition also directs the reader to useful resources that will enhance their course design. This helpful guide will be invaluable to all those involved in the design and delivery of online learning in higher education.

$39.95

Pre Order (Dec 2012) e-Learning and Social Networking Handbook: Resources for Higher Education

The 21st Century Principal: Turning Your Classrooms into 21st Century Learning Spaces

“Where a school is located and how it sets up internal structures determine its possibilities”, writes Heidi Hayes Jacob in the book Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. As she argues in this book, we have inherited spaces in our buildings that were designed for learning of another era.

Tearing down and rebuilding our schools is hardly a tasteful option in an era of tight budgets and a total lack of funding. What can we do then? We can start by redesigning our classrooms from places where “knowledge is imparted” to more of place where knowledge is found, discovered in a collaborative manner. We can turn the physical environment into places where authentic learning is the classroom business, not sitting in rows, listening to lectures. This may mean simply getting rid of desks and moving in tables and chairs that are portable and can be rearranged quickly according to the needs of the students and the teachers. It means we can change our physical spaces in our schools into 21st century learning environments without breaking our budgets.

Full Text: The 21st Century Principal: Turning Your Classrooms into 21st Century Learning Spaces.

Going Google: Powerful Tools for 21st Century Learning [Paperback]

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin Press (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412998786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412998789

Editorial Reviews

Review

“This book immediately gets the savvy teacher-educator to begin identifying, exploring, planning, playing and making invaluable and challenging connections that will redefine the curricula experiences of students, teachers, and parents.” (Rose Cherie Reissman Literacy Consultant/Teacher Educator )

Going Google is a must-have for the emerging technology teacher. It addresses the applications students are using in today’s classroom and provides real, authentic ways to effectively emplys these tools to engage the leaders of tomorrow.” (Avis Canty, Special Education Teacher )

“Any educator who wants to be blown away with possibilities on how Google can support 21st Century learning should get this book!” (Sara Stewart, Project Facilitator, Instructional Technology )

“This book is an invaluable resource for a teacher who wants to incorporate more technology in the classroom by utilizing tools that he/she already has available.” (James E. Anderson, K-12 Principal )

“This book is one of the most invaluable publications for teachers today. The author has taken a totally free resource and developed an excellent reference tool which every educator should utilize.” (Karen Canfield, Elementary Principal )

“This is a GREAT book. It addresses a critical issue: how to incorporate technology into our regular classrooms, in a clean and easy style that is very accessible even to educators who are less tech-savvy!” (Rick Yee, Principal )

Going Google provides practical directions with appropriate screen shots that show readers exactly how to use the tools.” (Joan Irwin, Education Editor/Writer )

Review

“This book immediately gets the savvy teacher-educator to begin identifying, exploring, planning, playing and making invaluable and challenging connections that will redefine the curricula experiences of students, teachers, and parents.” — Rose Cherie Reissman Literacy Consultant/Teacher Educator 20111028 “Going Google is a must-have for the emerging technology teacher. It addresses the applications students are using in today’s classroom and provides real, authentic ways to effectively emplys these tools to engage the leaders of tomorrow.” — Avis Canty, Special Education Teacher 20111028 “Any educator who wants to be blown away with possibilities on how Google can support 21st Century learning should get this book!” — Sara Stewart, Project Facilitator, Instructional Technology 20111028 “This book is an invaluable resource for a teacher who wants to incorporate more technology in the classroom by utilizing tools that he/she already has available.” — James E. Anderson, K-12 Principal 20111028 “This book is one of the most invaluable publications for teachers today. The author has taken a totally free resource and developed an excellent reference tool which every educator should utilize.” — Karen Canfield, Elementary Principal 20111028 “This is a GREAT book. It addresses a critical issue: how to incorporate technology into our regular classrooms, in a clean and easy style that is very accessible even to educators who are less tech-savvy!” — Rick Yee, Principal 20111028 “Going Google provides practical directions with appropriate screen shots that show readers exactly how to use the tools.” — Joan Irwin, Education Editor/Writer 20111028

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Blended learning for soft skills development: testing a four-level framework for integrating work and learning to maximize personal practice and job performance

Author: Adams, Jean M.; Hanesiak, Rita; Morgan, Gareth; Owston, Ronald; Lupshenyuk, Denys; Mills, Laura

Abstract:

‘Blended learning’ refers to combining different kinds of instructional approaches, like face-to-face learning and coaching, with a variety of technologies, including discussion boards, e-content, and conference calls. This research study compares the learning outcomes of four different blended learning strategies for developing the ‘soft skills’ that enhance job performance and personal interactions. The four strategies range from a very loose coupling of personal learning with job performance to a very tight coupling. The results showed that some individuals excelled in each of the research groups, and there were no common individual characteristics for those who did well in each group, or across the research study. Learning styles differed, learning preferences differed, and major motivators and major barriers for learning also differed. The authors conclude that while there is no predictable best approach to workplace learning for developing soft skills, blended strategies can make it easier to customize learning to meet specific learner characteristics, experiences, and needs.

Full Text: Blended learning for soft skills development: testing a four-level framework for integrating work and learning to maximize personal practice and job performance | The Tertiary Education Research Database.

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21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

Book Description

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times [Hardcover]

Bernie Trilling, Charles Fadel

Publication Date: October 5, 2009 | ISBN-10: 0470475382 | ISBN-13: 978-0470475386 | Edition: 1
The new building blocks for learning in a complex worldThis important resource introduces a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world. 21st Century content includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness, financial/economic literacy, and health issues. The skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills. This book is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples that help illustrate the framework and provide an exciting view of twenty-first century teaching and learning.

  • Explores the three main categories of 21st Century Skills: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills
  • Addresses timely issues such as the rapid advance of technology and increased economic competition
  • Based on a framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)

The book contains a DVD with video clips of classroom teaching.