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Understoodit.com is a new web-based tool for gauging students' understanding in real-time. Instructors pay a small monthly fee; student use is free. Students use their smartphones or laptops to submit an "understood" or "confused" status which is displayed in a graph that the instructor can monitor during a lecture or conference presentation. Instructors can gauge student understanding in real-time and tailor their presentations to ensure that the material is being communicated effectively.
See a demonstration video here: http://vimeo.com/41031546
Socialbrite: Social Tools for Social Change
Updated: January 19, 2011
Virtual meeting smackdown! 15 top Web conferencing services compared
This Socialbrite blog post reviews 15 popular virtual meeting tools.
1. Watchitoo: Multimedia collaboration
2. Infinite Conferencing: Nonprofits are top of mind
3. GoToWebinar: Solid track record
4. Elluminate: Strong in the education market
5. Adobe Connect: Revamped & ready for prime time
6. ReadyTalk: The choice of TechSoup
7. Zoho Meeting: Embed it in your blog
8. Cisco WebEx Meeting: An industry stand-by
9. Microsoft Office Live Meeting: Made for the Enterprise
10. AT&T Connect: Built for business
11. Yuuguu: Share your screen
12. Yugma: Free for 20 participants
13. IBM Lotus Live: Feature-rich & intuitive
14. HearMe: Not keeping up
15. Dimdim: A simple & inexpensive solution
Read the full post here: http://www.socialbrite.org/2011/01/19/comparison-top-web-conferencing-services/
How long does it take to create learning? is a slideshare presentation created by Chapman Alliance based on research into development times and costs to produce four types of learning: Instructor-led training and three levels of eLearning. www.chapmanalliance.com
Check out the Born to Learn website for more information: http://www.born-to-learn.org/
"Larry Ragan discusses the skills that faculty need to teach well in online and blended courses, how to select appropriate content for each delivery mode and the relative strengths and weaknesses of each. The role of instructional design and other support staff in helping faculty be successful teachers online and in the classroom is also covered."
See the Ted Talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/adora_svitak.html
If you'd like to get involved, the first open meeting will be held on Sunday, November 27th, 4PM EST in Elluminate. See http://connectedcanada.org/ for more information and to sign up for the planning meeting.
See the video here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/10/27/alistair-smith-do-lectures/
For the full press release and a list of funding allocation by district, see the following link: http://education.alberta.ca/department/budget/additionalfunding.aspx
Read the full article here: http://the99percent.com/articles/7059/Training-Genius-The-Learning-Secrets-of-Polyglots-and-Savants
Link to the article: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 6:00pm-7:00pm MT
Thinking in Mind blog post by Neil Stephenson
I’m currently working on a ‘field guide to inquiry’. My goal is to create a document (that is somewhat concise and practical) that can assist teachers as they begin to adopt an inquiry-based teaching perspective into their classrooms. I just wrapped up the intro. I’d love thoughts and feedback…
Read the full post here: http://www.thinkinginmind.com/2011/08/what-is-inquiry-based-learning/
Jeff Robin, art teacher at High Tech High, outlines a common misunderstanding of project based learning: http://howtovideos.hightechhigh.org/video/265/What+Project+Based+Learning+Isn%27t
Congratulations to Loretta Bartholomew!
Loretta's name was pulled out of the hat at the AGM as the winner of the iPod Touch draw for folks who participated in the ADETA Community Survey.
ADETA held elections for the 2011-2012 Board of Directors at the AGM on Tuesday.
Please welcome our new board members: Anna Gillis, Ellen Whybrow, Janet Hall, Keith MacMillan, Leon Cygman, Mark Karstad, and Sandy Gough.
The new board will begin work in September 2011.
Janet Sainsbury, John Howie, and Tricia Donovan will be continuing with the board, as will Pattie Mascaro on the Communications Committee.
We'd like to thank outgoing board members Linda Lucas, Val Marshall, Terry Anderson. and James Aitchison for their fine work and enthusiasm over the past year.
Elluminate session available from 3:30pm on June 14 for setup.
In Person Attendance
The AGM will be held in Room T107 at Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta. T107 is on Level 1, the lower level.
For more information see http://www.SpiderScribe.net
Read a summary of the paper or download it here: http://cultureofyes.ca/2011/05/15/technology-and-other-wrong-system-reform-drivers/
- The most common job functions are teachers and managers/directors
- The most common workplaces are K-12 Schools and Post-secondary Institutions
- Participants are actively involved in professional development activities such as webinars, face-to-face conferences in Alberta, and daylong workshops.
- Popular professional development activities ADETA could offer are a face-to-face conference, a newsletter featuring Alberta online activities/ideas, web audio or videoconferences, and real-time web conferences.
- Participants are active in social media (Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter).
Teach Paperless Blog by John T. Spencer (April 8, 2011)
- Question Everything
- Inquiry Days
- Feedback on Questions
- Model It
- Practice It
- Types of Questions
- Multiple Grouping Formats
A full description of the project, with teaching material and examples, can be found here: bit.ly/?eKLSxf
For more information on Bill 18, Alberta's Education Act 2011 see http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx
Friday Feature: Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media ToolsSubmitted by sgough on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 8:48pm
"By forbidding the use of social media sites in 52% of our nation’s classrooms, schools are suppressing a learning revolution that is characterized by several truths: 1) facility with social media tools is critical to learning and working in the 21st century; 2) 75% of online adolescents are already social networking outside of school; 3) many students hack through Internet filters during class; and 4) exploration of social media sites is part of the adolescent identity. Teachers might not value, use, or understand social media tools, but they need to. Not authorizing the use of these new tools will lead students to question teacher’s relevance in helping teens negotiate the 21st century." (Blog post by Todd Finley on Edutopia)
Read the post here: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teen-culture-social-media-tools-todd-finley
Check out: The #edtech Daily
Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to consider flipping the traditional classroom script -- give students video lectures to watch at home, and do "homework" in the classroom with the teacher available to help.
View the TED Talk here http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
Khan Academy website: http://www.khanacademy.org/
See the video introduction at http://voicethread.com
Link to the website: http://tiny.cc/righttools
Link to the presentation: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dgkk8ps7_93sm86rf5
See the etug website for more information: http://etug.ca/2011/04/07/we-want-your-videos
Mark Smithers: Learning and Educational Technology in Higher Education (March 11, 2011)
Is lecture capture the single worst example of poor educational technology use in higher education?
Licensed CC by The Reith Lectures
For more information see the TooFAST website
The TooFAST initiative is committed to providing users with a simple online survey tool for teachers to assess their students' impressions of their courses and their teaching. Using TooFAST does not cost anything and we are offering all our code under the terms of the GPL.
Mashable, May 11, 2010 by Jolie O'Dell
From robotics to space research, from physics to computer science, the Internet is a vast trove of information about the sciences. Resources such as Wikipedia (and its easy-on-younger-minds counterpart, Simple English Wikipedia) and online video make the process of learning about and teaching science subjects much easier than ever before.
Google Fast Flip is a web application that lets users discover and share news articles. It combines qualities of print and the Web, with the ability to "flip" through pages online as quickly as flipping through a magazine. It also enables users to follow friends and topics, discover new content and create their own custom magazines around searches. Check it out here.....
In response to input from those in the educational field, Alberta Education has embarked on an exciting project with sixteen high schools throughout the province. The purpose of the four-year High School Flexibility Enhancement Project is to provide participating high schools with the opportunity to organize their schools with the removal of the current 25 hours of face-to-face instruction per course credit restriction. Read more...
- Office and Design
- Art and Graphics
- Science and Mathematics
- Advanced Internet
Source: The Rapid E-Learning Blog, by Tom Kuhlmann
The Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 20, 1022
"Ms. Juhasz, a professor of media studies, felt that her students needed to participate in this new medium in order to critique it. The same was true of her work: Academic writing on YouTube demands videos, not just words."
"That idea got a major boost this month when the MIT Press released Learning From YouTube, a free "video book" that was written by Ms. Juhasz and grew out of her class. It's the first time the press has published an online-only book, and it helped developers build a new platform for authorship that they hope will be used for more such works. It's also a test of academic waters: Will similar publications, backed by established presses, count toward tenure?"
(Article written by Marc Parry)
MoodleMoot in Edmonton, May 1-5, 2011
To register or for more information see http://moodlemoot.ca/
Diigo is a free tool that lets you add persistent sticky notes and highlights to web pages. You can use Diigo for personal research or class projects.
For information about what Diigo can do and how to use it, watch the Diigo introduction video (about 6 minutes) at http://www.diigo.com/learn_more
K-12 and Post-secondary educators can set up Diigo Educator Accounts with enhanced features here http://www.diigo.com/education
Challenge Based Learning: Take Action and Make a Difference
Students embrace media that presents participants with a challenge and requires them to draw on prior learning, acquire new knowledge, and tap their creativity to fashion solutions. The entertainment networks have capitalized on this formula with shows like The Amazing Race, Top Chef, Trading Spaces, and Project Runway in which participants creatively draw on their knowledge and resources to create appropriate solutions to challenges. To address the need to create new ways of engaging students to achieve, Apple worked with educators across the country to develop the concept of Challenge Based Learning.
This is a website sponsored by Apple that promotes the concept of challenge-based learning and has videos, research papers, and other resources.
Is Social Media a Fad? Fast-paced recap of social media trends in education and the workplace (about 4 minutes)
- instruction and principles of learning that utilize and inform practical, effective ePortfolio methodologies;
- evaluation and assessment methodologies and practices supported by ePortfolio;
- case studies and best practices regarding applications of ePortfolio for learning, assessment, and professional development supported by scholarship of teaching and learning practices and research methodologies;
- theoretically rich accounts of the principles grounding ePortfolio work and its relationship to larger social and cultural phenomena; and
- opportunities to communicate and plan with other teachers and mentors
- opportunities to participate in online learning
- A monthly 90-minute web conference featuring invited speakers, interactive discussions, open educational resources, and course showcases. They are typically scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PDT (20:30 GMT). Open-ended forum discussions allow for follow-on questions and sharing.
- Scheduled, topic-based, facilitated asynchronous seminar discussions that run for a period of 1 - 3 weeks.
- Online conferences, which are theme-based events, and combine several synchronous presentations and interactive sessions with asynchronous discussions over a period of 3 days.
See http://scope.bccampus.ca/course/view.php?id=251 for current and archived learning events.
Teaching with Mind Maps - This is a 5-minute Prezi presentation about how mind maps can be employed in teaching and learning. By Rod Corbett
There is no audio, and you need to advance the presentation manually by clicking the play button for each transition, but it has some great ideas for using mind maps in educational settings.
Trends to watch in 2011. Click on the image to open the slideshare in a new window/tab.
In the spirit of the new year, here's a link to a SlideShare presentation by B. J. Fogg of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab. A simple system for developing new habits presented in 6 slides...
For all you LinkedIn users out there, you can now find ADETA on LInkedIn.
Join the ADETA — Alberta Distributed Education and Technology Association Group
Or follow our company profile page. To find it, login to LinkedIn, select the Companies tab and search for ADETA.
Let me know if you have any problems finding us, or if you have any suggestions for how we could better use LinkedIn.
Sandy Gough, email@example.com
Written from a K-12 perspective, but applicable to all levels and kinds of learning...
Reposted from: http://blog.simplek12.com/education/21-signs-youre-a-21st-century-teacher/
21 Signs You’re a 21st Century Teacher (Lisa, 27 Oct 2010)