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How Kids Use Apps to Get a Feel for Digital Learning

August 23, 2013

By Andrews Tipp It’s human nature for children to learn by touch, it helps them associate words with the objects they come into contact with. Many a time you will see a toddler reaching up towards a grownups face mostly out of curiosity for what the object is that is peering down at them. With touch in… Read More ›

You Can #MOOC Yourself

To share the experience learnt from MobiMOOC courses, which are free, open online courses on the subject of mobile learning. Inge Ignatia de Waard published an eBook MOOC YourSelf – Set up your own MOOC for Business, Non-Profits, and Informal Communities. (licensed with CC BY-SA) A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a gathering of participants,… Read More ›

K-12 Distance Learning and Blended Learning Trend

By Maggie Wirtane, Rotational… Flex… Self-blended… Enriched-virtual… What are these terms describing? Apps? Cars? New types of virtual gaming? Actually, these terms describe a nascent form of learning referred to as blended learning or hybrid learning. Indeed, a 2011 report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) indicates that blended learning is on the rise and… Read More ›

99 Resources and Tools for Digital Learning

By Carrie Hopkins, from The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online education has changed the landscape of guided learning for both students and teachers. Professors who once stood in front of classrooms filled with dozens of students now stand in front of webcams in front of thousands or tens… Read More ›

The Internet, Innovation and Learning (#makesummer)

America’s education reform movement gets out of school this summer with a four-month campaign to help redefine learning in the digital age through dozens of activities for youth, parents, and educators, dubbed the “Summer of Making and Connecting.” Education in America needs to be more powerful if we want to prepare all our children for the… Read More ›

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Managing the Good and Bad of Technology in Learning

The serious, up and down sides of play…. How to balance play and learn with technologies? As kids are surrounded by technologies in classrooms and at home, we should take different sides of facts into consideration. As researchers are looking to leverage the engagement of games for learning, should we think seriously about the down… Read More ›

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Enjoy 27 Digital Citizenship “Cookies”

An Ethical Island is a very interesting blog by a university teacher. Compared with all other articles or presentations talking about digital literacy, this infographic from An Ethical Island delivers the ideas in a friendly way. It’s like a plate presenting 27 small cookies which are easy to enjoy!

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(Infographic) Summary from Latest Surveys about #EdTech in K-12 Classrooms

by Constance McKenzie Technology use is ubiquitous in K-12 classrooms across the U.S.  The Pew Research Center (2013) surveyed teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) classes about their use of education technology, or “EduTech”, including cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards (commonly written as “SMART boards”).  They found that these new… Read More ›

(Infographic) How Video Technology and Internet are Changing Education

by Ryan Fontaine Video technology has been used for over forty years to give educational content a little extra punch. Great Britain’s Open University partnered with the BBC back in 1971 to begin televising course lectures over U.K. airwaves. And many former college students likely remember watching at least one Shakespeare film on VHS or… Read More ›

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The NMC, ISTE, and HP Launch the HP Catalyst Academy

What is the HP Catalyst Academy? The HP Catalyst Academy is a fresh approach to accelerate professional learning among STEMx (science, technology, engineering, math and all the other 21st century high-tech disciplines) educators, providing personalized and powerful mini-courses that inspire and transform teaching practices. This exciting development comes from the HP Catalyst Initiative, which focuses… Read More ›

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The Learner as Orchestrator of Personal Learning Network

In modern working life, professionals need to perform flexibly and independently in ever–changing environments (Castells, 2000). To be able to do this effectively, they depend on various lifelong learning skills, among others autonomous and self–directed learning. As they are partly supported in their learning by interaction with their peers, an essential life–long learning skill they… Read More ›

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The 7 Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today

by Terry Heick, : Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today So we’re taking a stand here. This is all incredibly subjective, but so are the VH1 Top 100 Hair Bands Videos and those are fun, am I right? So subjective it is. Let’s make a list. A list of ideas that are… Read More ›

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Originally posted on By Craig Weiss:
Everyone loves lists. Lists for the best books written in 1899 (right?), best products that work under water (summer time) and from the e-learning prospective – the best authoring tools. Authoring tools are always changing – some for the better, others for the worst. Therefore, new rankings are in…


Research Roundup about MOOCs and Online Learning

The rising of MOOCs brings the interest of scrutinizing the effectiveness of online learning. Definitely it’s not a new-born baby, even MIT’s OpenCourseWare is more than 10 years old. But the Web2.0 technologies and new concepts have brought something different and evolving. Journalist’s Resource has put together a roundup on those significant research papers in… Read More ›

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A New Chapter for Libraries

The bookless library – Is that the future of libraries? Question: As physical books go away, and computers and smart devices take their place, at what point does a library stop being a library, and start becoming something else? Our Relationship with Information is Changing Thomas Frey listed 17 primary categories of information that people turn to… Read More ›

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How Can the Internet Help You Learn a Foreign Language?

by Ivana Vitali The internet offers a wonderful way of doing many things but perhaps you have never considered using it to help you learn a foreign language. If you haven’t then you may very well be surprised to see how much it can be of use to you. Join a Community There are some exciting… Read More ›

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It’s the 2nd annual Digital Learning Day, and once again, we’ve compiled a bunch of great resources from within the network to share with you. They are all available to anyone looking for information or inspiration on how to incorporate digital learning practices and pedagogies into their learning spaces. They’ve all been tested in afterschool,…

U of Virginia’s MOOC Connects Students with Real Businesses and Nonprofits

This is a news released from U. of Virginia about its MOOC, a brilliant idea of using MOOC as a platform to bridge opportunities for win-win-win. ***** 05/02/2013 The University of Virginia Darden School of Business today announced that more than 52,000 students have registered for Professor Michael Lenox‘s first Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) for Coursera, “Foundations… Read More ›


Blended Learning Implementation Guide (#DLDay)

Blended learning is not ‘just another district initiative,’ It is a large scale opportunity to develop schools that are more productive for students and teachers. It’s a fundamental redesign of instructional model. In honor of Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Now! (DLN) today released its fifth white paper in the DLN Smart Series, “Blended Learning Implementation… Read More ›

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Originally posted on Honor Moorman:
The Connected Educator Month theme is “Network to learn, collaborate to innovate.” Throughout August, educators have been participating in numerous networked learning opportunities. As this month-long initiative comes to a close, it seems appropriate to ask ourselves, “Now what?” Now that we’ve experienced networked learning for our own professional development,…

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Taking Actions for Digital Literacy

Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action Every persons needs a set of competencies that enable them to use technology, access information, critically analyze media messages, and create using multimedia skills.  In a white paper by Renee Hobbs, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute, ten action steps… Read More ›

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30 Myths About eLearning That Need To Die In 2013

For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning? It’s time for some of these myths to die. 1. The technology… Read More ›

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12 Must Read Papers on Digital Learning(2012)

This post “12 Must Read Papers of 2012” by Tom Vander Ark originally appeared on GettingSmart. Following are the 12 papers I most frequently cite (or plan to cite over the next few months) including a couple I co-authored.  The cover blended learning, online learning, competency-based learning, and edtech.  They come from our friends at SETDA, iNACOL, Digital Learning Now …. Read More ›

Personal learning network

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster. Just this month, a tech news article showcased how Harvard scientists are considering that “sharing discoveries is more… Read More ›

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How Most Ed-Tech Products Went Wrong

Reynol Junco is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He researches the impact of social technologies on college students. (Follow Rey on Twitter and read about his research on his blog.) His recent article deeply resonates with what we believe in educational technology development. Most ed-tech startups suck! Here’s where they’re going wrong (on… Read More ›

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What Does Web3.0 Mean to Education?

This is an interview of EdTech Magazine with Karen Cator, first published here : What Is Web 3.0, Really, and What Does It Mean for Education? (they also interviewed other 2 professionals besides Karen Cator in this post) Karen Cator is the director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology. Follow her on Twitter at @OfficeofEdTech…. Read More ›

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An Ed-Tech Guide for Teachers and Technologists

“Ed-Tech” stands for educational technology, it is about the education-focused technologies or using general technologies for education purposes. Looking back on 2012, a review on Top 10 Educational Technologies of 2012 (from School Library Journal) is a must-read, and Top 100 Tools for Learning from C4LPT (2012) is the comprehensive list of top Ed-Tech tools from C4LPT. Looking forward to next year, MIT Enterprise Forum gave… Read More ›

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A Search Engine for Math and Scientific Equations

Symbolab is a semantic web search engine for math and science. It allows users to search for equations, formulas and expressions using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as full text search. The stated goal of the site is to provide the most relevant search results that are theoretically and semantically similar, rather than visually…. Read More ›

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Converging Trends and Opportunities of K12 EdTech

Seattle-based MIT Enterprise Forum of the NorthWest is one of 28 chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Strategic business reviews are the primary focus of discussion for Enterprise Forum programs. The forum held in Seattle, Washington on November 13th, 2012 focused on educational technologies. Based on the published content of the panel moderator, Frank Catalano, and from background… Read More ›

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Bring Your Own Devices Framework

Oak Hills Local School District in Ohio opened their high school campus to student devices in the fall of 2010.  and they developed a robust “BYOD framework” and set up a strict acceptable use policy before it launched its BYOD initiative in 2010. Oak Hill’s BYOD Framework consists of 10 structured implementation and support steps that they have documented… Read More ›

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Education Data and Evidence Framework

from Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education :  Evidence Framework Change happens big in technology and it happens fast. And when public money is being spent and students’ futures are at stake, it is crucial that changes also happen smart. Our new report, Expanding Evidence Approaches for Learning in a Digital World, calls… Read More ›

Leveraging Digital Learning to Facilitate Deeper Learning

Getting Smart® today launched “How Digital Learning Contributes to Deeper Learning,” a white paper that examines how key aspects of personal digital learning – common standards, next-generation assessments, blended learning, and affordable devices – can provide deeper learning opportunities for students. Check this article and the infographic to learn more! ***** Co-written by Tom Vander… Read More ›

Make Meaning with Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers — not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods. It  aims to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute… Read More ›

Top 10 Educational Technologies of 2012

School Library Journal has listed the top 10 educational technologies of 2012 for our awareness that shift happens. It’s a good time for us to review all the trends at the end of this year. It’s exciting. Let’s examine some of the stickier trends and trends-to-be and see where our opportunities are. (actually there are… Read More ›

History and Technology – A Perfect Pair

Leveraging technologies to teach, learn, and interpret history is becoming inevitable, it empowers us to think and collaborate in different ways. These are a few examples. Master’s Program in History Pilots Mobile Learning Boise State’s master of applied historical research program is the first at the university to fully implement mobile learning across the curriculum…. Read More ›

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30 Storytelling Tips For Educators: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention

Storytelling has been around as long as humankind. It is one of the most effective ways to communicate an important truth to another person. It is a connection point between two people. It gives meaning, context, and understanding in a world that is often filled with chaos and disorder. Because of this, educators must use… Read More ›

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A Gamified MOOC for All High School Students

EmergingEdTech posted an article to raise awareness about a gamified MOOC which is free to high school students everywhere. Badgestack and Longwood University work together to offer this non-credit courses. Can it get much more innovative and community-focused than this? Longwood University in Virginia has worked with one-of-a-kind learning platform creator BadgeStack to offer a MOOC designed to help High School… Read More ›

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10 Reasons Why BYOD is a Good Idea

by Miriam Clifford from informED (commentary from Open Colleges) Education must move with the times. What can be done to reach a technology-savvy generation that relies on media every free second of their time? BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, a trend that is catching on quickly. Bring Your Own Device has transformed the classroom by creating new opportunities… Read More ›

How to Be a Leader in MOOC Space?

Hans de Zwart (bio), Senior Innovation Adviser for Global HR Technologies at Shell, put together some resources about MOOCs. Well worth a look. Curtis Bonk led a session about MOOCs at Learning 2012. His slides are available at TrainingShare, Curtis’ presentation consisted of four parts. (Curtis has created a set of Creative Commons licensed videos about how to teach online.) Part I. Past… Read More ›

Self-Directed Learning for Teachers and Kids

How to create your own self-directed learning environment with free online services. Do you have personal learning network(PLN)? Or, maybe it’s only personal information network. The web has small pieces of loosely joined. How to structure your learning effectively? This is a presentation for all life-long learners. Related reading: The future belongs to those who… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).