Beginning this week’s learning, I was definitely an advocate of using virtual worlds in the classroom. I thought it would be difficult to find resources that emphasized the disadvantages of virtual realities. However, there is a lot of research that points to potential pitfalls of using virtual environments.
I found that just about every advantage could be spun into a disadvantage and vice-a-versa. To me, virtual worlds seem to be a matter of opinion. A more liberal educator… Continue
Added by Amanda Galvan on September 27, 2014 at 6:07pm —
Curated links for overseas students considering applying to a USA College.
Added by Shamblesguru (Chris Smith) on August 22, 2012 at 10:30am —
Spaaze is a website that allows for thesimple creation of a virtual cork board. It is extremely dynamic and easy to use. You can add video, images, files, titles, and notes all in one spot so your students can have easy access to unit material. The canvass size of Spaaze is huge so you can add quite a few units to one canvass.
Added by Brian Weir on July 8, 2012 at 12:52pm —
Edistorm is an excellent site for creating and using educational virtual sticky notes. Students can collaborate with the teacher on project ideas. They can vote on those ideas and make comments to eacher other. Use Edistorm as a means of brainstorming ideas.
Added by Brian Weir on February 29, 2012 at 5:00pm —
On 20th September 2011 the iEducate Team presents the tools and resources that were developed during the project lifetime. Furthermore recent developments and technologies that will shape the future of vocational education will be introduced during several break-out session.
On 21st September 2011 a virtual conference will take place at the virtual training island in Second Life for those unable to attend in person on the 20th.
Added by Jana Dobbelstein on August 1, 2011 at 3:26am —
The iEducate project will host a free seminar & information event, taking place 13th July 2011 in Brussels, BIP, Zinneke meeting room, from 14.00 – 17.00. The iEducate team gives an informative insight into fascinating new technologies for learning & teaching in vocational education. The comprehensive program can be found at www.ieducate.eu.
As there is a limited capacity of attendees, we kindly ask you to register for the event… Continue
Added by Jana Dobbelstein on June 29, 2011 at 9:19am —
When i began my study years ago, online e-learning systems were just being introduced. These Learning Management Systems(LMS) promised a new way of learning. Students could now submit there work online, educators could fill the courses with online content, and all would benefit from this new approach; in theory...
In practice this doesn't really work. These LMS are managed top to bottom, and focussed to keep content within the walls of the organisation. This results in unmotivated… Continue
Added by Jeroen van Veen on February 23, 2011 at 2:11am —
I came across an interesting article
recently on a unique approach to teaching called “inverted learning.” According to the author, Meris Stansbury, this instructional model involves “mak[ing] the students the focus of the class, not the teacher, by having students watch a lecture at home and then apply the lesson with the teacher in the classroom.”… Continue
Added by Shawn Roner on January 5, 2011 at 10:18pm —
got an Edusim fan page on Facebook ... If you feel the urge .. jump on over and "LIKE" it
Added by Rich White on August 30, 2010 at 10:15am —
Not all webinars are free, but not all are saleable. Watch this episode of The Webinar Minute to learn what makes people willing to pay for your webinars. Intrigued by webinars?…
Added by Lee Salz on May 6, 2010 at 12:29pm —
This first post is for inviting to all of you to share your valuable professional and teaching experience......so follow me and be happy for ever....
Added by Rubén Almonte Morrobel on March 16, 2010 at 4:56pm —
The Free Technology Academy consists of an advanced virtual campus with course modules that can be followed entirely on-line. The learning materials are Open Educational Resources that can be studied freely, but learners enrolled in the FTA will be guided by professional teaching staff from the participating universities. The full master programme can be concluded at one of the universities.
The Free Technology Academy (FTA), financially supported by the Life Long Learning programme… Continue
Added by Kevin Chilton on January 13, 2010 at 3:01am —
Over the past few years, open curriculum has gained momentum in K-12 education. In the face of difficult economic circumstances, site administrators are finding their budgets squeezed by severe funding limitations. In response to thee challenges, public school throughout the country are building comprehensive online learning environments that present new and exciting learning opportunities for students.… Continue
Added by Shawn Roner on January 12, 2010 at 10:58pm —
Jane Hart (Center for Learning and Performance Technologies) put together a very useful chart comparing the three different ways to build a social learning environment. MORE...
Added by Shawn Roner on January 8, 2010 at 10:45am —
After a very long absence, during which I moved on to a new and challenging position in education; I'm back with a new blog site - the Impetuous Geek on Edublogs! - Alix Peshette
Over winter break, I've been researching virtual field trips in preparation for teaching an online course on the topic. Searching for examples of virtual field trips is a trip in itself through the evolution of this genre of… Continue
Added by Alix E. Peshette on December 30, 2009 at 2:30pm —
A difficult challenge facing educators today is how to effectively utilize technology to improve student achievement. Although the interactive, user-centered, and social-oriented structure of Web 2.0 technology presents wonderful opportunities to improve the way educators teach and students learn, many teachers feel mired in technology overload. Presented with hundreds of different technologies and thousands of approaches to teaching and learning with technology, educators are wondering how… Continue
Added by Shawn Roner on December 28, 2009 at 12:32pm —
According to a new study by the research firm Ambient Insight, the number preK-12 students who will take some or all of their courses online will increase from 2 million to 10 million by 2014. MORE..
Added by Shawn Roner on December 3, 2009 at 2:32pm —
In a recent piece on educational technology, Anya Kamenetz discusses a significant trend that is transforming higher education. According to Kamenetz, Web 2.0 technology is transforming higher education from a centralized and highly organized top down distributive model to a decentralized student-oriented learning model–one that is highly individualized, fairly inexpensive, and accessible just about everywhere.… Continue
Added by Shawn Roner on October 8, 2009 at 11:09am —
In a recent article published in eSchool News entitled "1-to-1 Computing in the Spotlight," Laura Devaney reports on a few interesting findings from a recent study conducted by Project Red. Based on a close examination of nationwide data, the project determined the percentage of schools in each state which provide ubiquitous computer access. More...
Added by Shawn Roner on September 4, 2009 at 11:50am —
Are Webinars truly engaging?
I recently attended a webinar on facilitating interactive, engaging online webinars. Ironically, nearly all the good points provided in the webinar were not actually put in place during the session. There was essentially no interaction; the Q&A was only 5 minutes at the end of the session; there was nothing fun or engaging.
I was neither engaged, nor was I interacting with the system!
The live… Continue
Added by Philip Rocca on July 27, 2009 at 6:32pm —