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Free Turnitin Webinar: Grading the Top 100 Student Sources

Based on a recent Turnitin analysis, nearly 50% of student sources come from sites with content of questionable educational value. What are these sites and how do they rate in terms of appropriateness, quality of content, and value?
This webcast will explore the top 100 student sources that secondary and higher education student use, including the top questionable and creditable sites. We also provide suggestions on how to better guide students in conducting appropriate research online.
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Time: 10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00 noon CT / 1:00pm ET
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Cost: Complimentary
Please Click Here to register for the live webcast.

10 Places to Learn for Free Online

Learning is a treasure *
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Everyday, more resources are becoming available to any one who spends time online. Colleges and universities are opening up and letting everyone access some of their best courses and learning material. Teachers and experts are creating amazing content and hundreds of thousands of people are taking advantage of it. In the past few years there has been an explosion of companies and organizations that are trying to make all of this material available online. Here are some of the most notable places to find amazing free material online today.
Read more: 10 Places to Learn for Free Online.

Free Webinar: Effectively Managing Mobile Technology in Your School

Enhancing Education with Mobile Devices

Date and time: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Panelist(s) Info: Caitlin Cahill is the Technology Integration Specialist for the Orono School District in Minnesota, where she coordinates the online learning and mobile device initiatives. She has previously presented at the TIES Technology Conference and SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.
Duration: 1 hour
Description: There are many ways to implement mobile technology in education, each with benefits and challenges. Get an overview of various models and learn how to use the Atomic Learning mobile device planning tool to choose the best model(s) for your school. Examples, success stories, and tips will also be shared.

Via: Smartbrief WebEx Enterprise Site.

Audio Book Resources

Children listening to books

There are so many benefits of using children’s audio books. With new advances in technology it is good to understand what resources are available and what devices you can use these with.
There are many resources for children’s books that can be read online or transferred to a portable on-the-go type system.  Audio books are great in the car, in the evening when children are going to bed, to support that book report that needs to be completed for struggling readers…   As The Story Home puts it, “you will find all the ways to bring stories to your active lifestyle, allowing you and your children to access quality listening entertainment during cross town errands, vacation trips, commutes, in waiting rooms and that very special quiet time before sleep. Whether you need a soothing journey, a magic moment, or a bit of wisdom, The Story is always just a click away.”
Children can actually “read” audio books online, in many cases, at no charge. The activity helps develop listening skills and can increase comprehension and reasoning ability, not to mention increasing site word recognition when accompanied by the text. Think how powerful it could be if parents listen with their children. Parents can provide questioning to help their kids learn to predict what will happen next, review the sequence of events in the plot, and examine the reasons a character acted the way he/she did. All of these skills are valuable academic skills.
Stories are accessible online through free downloads or streaming audio. Free audio downloads can be burned to a CD and played in the car, or on personal CD players. Free MP3s can be downloaded to iPods/iDevices to be taken anywhere.
Read on to find places for free audio books for kids online: Glenda’s Assistive Technology Information and more…: Audio Book Resources.

Google launches free Course Builder

Course Builder packages the software and technology Google used to build our Power Searching with Google online course (www.powersearchingwithgoogle.com). The first time we offered Power Searching, 155,000 students registered and over 20,000 students completed the course.
Course Builder is our experimental first step in the world of online education. We hope you will use it to create your own online courses, whether they’re for 10 students or 100,000 students. Course Builder contains software and instructions for presenting your course material, including student activities and assessments and instructions for using other Google products to create a course community and to evaluate the effectiveness of your course. To use it effectively, you should be an experienced course designer, with some familiarity with HTML and JavaScript. Start creating your course at code.google.com/p/coursebuilder.

8 Great Free Google Posters for your Classroom


So you want to start your next school year with a great new look for your classroom ? A look that will be technology enhanced ? Well, we have suggestions for you: [Google] posters. Posters are a great way to catch students attention  and stimulate their learning drive . When used on the classroom wall for everyone  to look at whenever they are at your class, then you can have better chances that students will grasp what those posters communicate to them.
[Provides links to the posters in PDF format]
Full Text: Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 8 Great Free Technology Posters to Hang in your Classroom.

Here’s a Bucketful of Free Office Themed E-Learning Templates & Media Assets

Bucket full of templates

I get a lot of questions about how to move past the PowerPoint look when building rapid elearning courses. My first suggestion if you’re working with PowerPoint is to step away from the original content. Start with a blank screen and then based on the context of the course, build the look and feel that’s appropriate for the content.
With that said, sometimes you can get away with a pre-built template. A good example is with office-themed templates. They work because they’re generic and can fit the look required for a lot of corporate elearning. The template isn’t a replacement for analyzing the appropriate design needs for your course, but if you do determine that this type of template is appropriate, it’s a good head start, especially for those who have no graphic design expertise or access to graphic design resources.
Here are some free office-themed templates and assets. The first is a new one and the rest are ones I’ve given away in previous posts.
[Some interesting themes to ring the chnages]
Full Text: Here’s a Bucketful of Free Office Themed E-Learning Templates & Media Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog.

Free webinar: Learning the 21st century way: Making sense of how to use social media for learning

In this one-hour webinar, I’ll share exactly how I incorporated social media (and in particular, Twitter) into one of my classes. I’ll share what worked, what didn’t and what you can do in your own teaching or training practice to effectively integrate social media ‐ and why you might want to.
Over the past decade social media has changed how individuals connect online and share information and how organizations interact with stakeholders and customers. Did you know that social media is now being incorporated into learning programs from Kindergarten right on up through adult education? Does it really add any value to the learning process?
By the end of the webinar you will:

  • Have a basic understanding of how social media can add value to your learning programs
  • Gain insight into how to incorporate social media into a lesson plan
  • Get ideas on how to assess activities using social media
  • Get ideas on how to incorporate social media into your own learning programs

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
This free webinar is sponsored by Essential Skills Ontario. Here are the details:
Date: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (Vancouver, BC)
11:00 a.m. Mountain Time (Calgary, AB)
1:00 p.m.  Eastern Time (Toronto, ON)
2:00 p.m. – Atlantic Time (Halifax, NS)
6:00 p.m. – British Summer Time (London U.K.)
7:00 p.m. – Eastern European Time (Cairo, Egypt)
It’s free for you to join in, but you must register, since there are only 100 spots available.  Click here to register.
Full Text: Free webinar: Learning the 21st century way: Making sense of how to use social media for learning « Literacy, Languages and Leadership.