Are you looking for ways to engage your online students as the course begins? Have you thought about recording a short video introduction to the course, your expectations, and our new Desire2Learn Learning Environment?
These days I have been learning — metacognitively speaking, especially — about good and bad practices in online teaching as I work on my Online Teaching Certificate from The Sloan Consortium. This is now Week 2 of a nine-week foundations course, and I am excited to share with you one nugget of knowledge about an instructor’s presence in an online course. Our course facilitator has been sharing her expectations and introducing the course topics via a weekly video. The videos, so far, have been easy to watch, highly engaging, and quite instrumental in projecting a strong online presence.
Full Text: Using Video to Welcome Online Students (and Establish Your Online Presence!) « Online Learning @GC :: Greenville College.
What teachers need to consider when preparing students for the 21st Century.
Great video from 3 teachers who changed their modus operandi.
For some people, the thought of poetry makes their blood pump faster with passion, while for others, it conjures up stereotypes of disaffected beat writers. But there’s no doubt that when taught well, poetry can get kids excited about reading, writing, performing, and finding their voice. As we near the end of April, National Poetry Month, I’ve put together a selection of videos about the power of poetry for young people — in the classroom and beyond.
Full Text: Five-Minute Film Festival: Poetry Month | Edutopia.
TED, the non-profit organization famous for “Ideas Worth Spreading,” launched a new online learning platform today as part of its new TED-Ed education initiative (http://ed.ted.com).
Back in March, TED launched a YouTube Channel channel dedicated to educational videos (http://www.youtube.com/user/TEDEducation).
The new education platform launched today, TED-Ed features a suite of tools that allow teachers to create their own lessons based on TED videos or any video found on YouTube.
Full Text: Library News: TED-ED a new Online Learning Platform.
Get rid of written content that no one reads or takes too long to reference and understand. Convert your message to a more dynamic and relevant format such as video or online eLearning, without spending a fortune. Read on if you want to update your plans and procedures or better communicate your message with suppliers, partners, staff, customers, and other stakeholders.
By the end of this article you will have a strategy and solution to converting old documents, plans and procedures to dynamic, content rich and informative videos to be used in isolation or as part of an eLearning suite.
Full article: How to convert plans and procedures to video and eLearning | Tony Ridley-Consultant, Speaker, Author & Advisor.
See Eric Mazur, Physics Professor at Harvard, in action in his flipped class. Great video. Thanks to Online Learning Insights for this link
Online education is growing, not only at the university level, but also in secondary and elementary grades.
Younger Students Join Online Learning Trend | USA | English.
[Great explanation of Creative Commons – even better from right here in Kiwi land 🙂 ]
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I came across these today when looking for material to explain eLearning development to a client.
I like the simplicity of the videos. Well done to J Clark Gardener.
A new software tool will help journalists see breaking news tweets as they are happening. The program, called Seriously Rapid Source Review, is still under development — but will act like a sieve that pull tweets from key sources currently sharing reports, images and video from the ground. Researchers at Rutgers University and Microsoft developed Seriously Rapid Source Review to give journalists access to breaking news like never before. Reporters won’t have to comb the web — or Twitter’s 200 million tweets a day — for sources. Nick Diakopoulos, one of the project’s authors, stated in a blog post that the program was built to deal with how much news is breaking on social media these days. Its features should help journalists distinguish accurate and trustworthy sources. SRSR features include automatic identification of eyewitnesses with approximate 89% precision and will list users in various archetypes — journalists, bloggers, organizations or unaffiliated citizens. To avoid a false tweet problem, such as the preemptive report of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s death in January, SRSR will use context clues to assess the verity and credibility on sources based on their Twitter profiles. The program will determine where a person says they are, plus look at the locations of friends and followers within a source’s network. Another component will look at the top five most mentioned companies, people or places mentioned in someone’s feed. The SRSR culls data from Twitter profiles, user-provided descriptions, data from follower and following lists. A report based on a search term will compile the sources sharing tweets that match the search terms. SEE ALSO: How Whitney Houston News Broke — and Exploded — on Twitter The SRSR is still in its development stage. The researchers have not used been able to use real-time Tweets because of limitations in applying the Twitter API
Twitter Tool Will Help Journalists Break News [VIDEO]
Everpix for iPhone Everpix automatically stores and organizes all of your photos in one spot. As of Wednesday, it has an iPhone app that will automatically add your mobile photos to the same spot. In addition, the app gives you access to all of your photos on the go. Free. With about 500,000 apps in the Apple App Store and an estimated 300,000 apps in the Android Market, finding the gems among the virtual haystack can be full-time job. The good news is that it’s our full time job. We’ve trekked through the overly frivolous, the ugly and the downright impractical in our search for these five recently launched apps worth downloading in the slideshow above. We hope you enjoy this week’s top picks. They include new takes on mobile video, food searching and children’s books. There’s also an app that lets you access your entire photo library from your phone and another that will automatically tag your photos with the subjects’ names. More About: apps , Everpix , Everything Butt Art , face.com , foodspotting , Klik , showyou
The 5 Best New Apps This Week