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January 2010


Learning Ecosystems -- My new home

This will be my new virtual home. Why?

  1. For those familiar with technology and blogging, you have been shaking your head at me for far too long -- and I don't blame you.
    You know that (in addition to numerous other reasons), using something like WordPress to set up and run a blog is much more time efficient than running a website such as this one. With more things continually trying to make their way onto my job/time plate, I need -- no scratch that -- I have to do this.

  2. RSS feeds are not supported on Calvin's personal websites. I have appreciated your patience in continually having to return/check-in here on this site, but it's time to move on to a better way of doing things.

I will keep this site up for reference sake -- as I've worked hard to obtain the information on the various topics located herein. Thankfully, some of this site has been helpful to other people.


See you over at
Learning Ecosystems!

Thanks for your support.


Galatians 6:7-8 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturewill reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

True Multitouch with Adobe Flash -- by Jim Spadaccini

3M Super Close Projection


At-risk students embrace online learning at Metro Detroit cyber school -- from The Detroit News by Marisa Schultz

Bill Gates Starts a Blog -- from
After the mayhem of the arrival of Bill Gates on Twitter yesterday, Gates has announced his next step into the world of social media with the launch of The Gates Notes, his new blog.

If you're kids are awake, they're probably online.

The Convergence of Lecture Capture and Social Media
-- from Edcause Live!


Study shows drop in state support for higher education -- from
''Grapevine,'' in cooperation with the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), just released a survey of state financial support for higher education for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. Across the country, the results were dismal.

Many states cutting funds for higher ed


Envisioning the Future of Higher Education

Imagine a world where higher education doesn't end with a diploma, but starts at 18 and continues through life, as the world changes around us. Imagine a United States where we can dramatically increase the number of citizens who can access higher education in just a few years by combining the full power of technology and the Internet with the best teaching and learning approaches in the world to craft a student-centered educational ecosystem.

Will online education be a future revenue stream for news organisations? -- from Mercedes Bunz

As news organisations struggle to find new revenue models, education offerings seem to be a very good way to extend the brand and earn extra revenue. This spring, the New York Times will start awarding certificates in conjunction with several universities to students who pay to take its online courses.

Two years ago, the New York Times Knowledge Network was started to enter the market of online education providing courses with its editors and journalists as collaborators and participants in shaping the curriculum. However, as online education mainly aimed at adults has become a profit center the aim now is not only to transfer its expertise of the newsroom but to earn money at the same time.

New York Times Knowledge Network

From DSC:
Very iiinnnttteeerrreesssttttiiiinngggg. Hmm...

The future of higher education [UK] -- from
An outward-looking forward-thinking summit stimulating debate and shaping thinking on rising to the challenges facing higher education.

The Guardian's annual summit for higher education leaders returns for the fourth year with a new format and a new outlook. It will be taking place at the America Square Conference Centre, London. The combination of the fiscal crisis and imminent reductions in public service budgets coupled with significant changes in the demands faced by institutions means that the way forward for higher education has become increasingly contested. This year we will bring together higher education leaders for a series of debates that will explore future scenarios for the shape and structure of the sector. Led by key stakeholders and shaped by expert analysis the debates will be supplemented with in-depth panel discussion, focused breakout sessions and insightful keynotes.

The future of higher ed conference

How online learning is revolutionizing K-12 education and benefiting students -- from by Dan Lips; original resource from Ray Schroeder
Abstract: Virtual or online learning is revolutionizing American education. It has the potential to dramatically expand the educational opportunities of American students, largely overcoming the geographic and demographic restrictions. Virtual learning also has the potential to improve the quality of instruction, while increasing productivity and lowering costs, ultimately reducing the burden on taxpayers. Local, state, and federal policymakers should reform education policies and funding to facilitate online learning, particularly by allowing funding to follow the students to their learning institutions of choice.

Florida Virtual School takes courses across state lines -- from The Journal by Dian Schaffhauser
An education organization in Florida has teamed up with a company that develops learning tools to launch a new service that provides online learning for K-12 schools. Florida Virtual School (FLVS), which delivers online instruction to K-12 students in Florida, is working with Agilix Labs in the launch of BrainHoney, announced at FETC 2010 in Orlando. This solution is intended to provide schools, districts, and states a means to deliver accredited online courses to their students.

North American Universities Show Strongest International Online Popularity in 2010 World University Web Rankings, Says -- from

Mobile Learning (mLearning) Applications - An Example

Clickers in the Classroom at U Wisconsin-Madison -- from by Dian Schaffhauser
In an experiment that stretches nearly six years, a psychology professor has found that student response systems ramp up engagement.

Youtube as a learning ecosystem -- from

iMoot 2010 – it’s global! -- from
The world’s first iMoot runs from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th February and it’s going to be global!  Operating 24 hours a day, iMoot will be run as an online e-conference bringing together Moodle practitioners and administrators from across the world.

Snowflake Suite on 100″ multi-touch wall -- from

Learning Score

-- resource from Doug Belshaw

Essential books in the field of instructional design and technology

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 2009, 25(5), 731-747. AJET 25.
Jenelle Ouimette, Daniel W. Surry, Adrian Grubb: University of South Alabama | David A. Hall: Jackson State University

This article describes the results of a study to determine the books that instructional design and technology professionals believed were most important to the field. Participants in this study were 77 professionals from different areas of the field, including education, business, and government. The purpose of the study was to create a snapshot of the books that form the theoretical and practical foundation of the field of instructional design and technology at this time in the field's history. A survey was conducted asking participants to rank the importance of books on a four-point scale from "profoundly important" to "unimportant". The data were then analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results indicate that the importance of a book varies widely, based on factors such as a person's area of interest in the field, degree level, and age. Overall, however, the study found that 10 books were viewed as being among the most important by most respondent groups. This core group of books should be included in every instructional designer's or technologist's personal library.


-- resource from Stephen Downes

U.S. cellphone users donate $22 million to Haiti earthquake relief via text
-- from by Thomas Heath

Content Curation: Why Is The Content Curator The Key Emerging Online Editorial Role Of The Future? -- from Robin Good's Latest News by Rohit Bhargava
What is content curation and why is it so important for the future of web content publishers? The content curator is the next emerging disruptive role in the content creation and distribution chain. In a world submerged by a flood of information, content curators may provide in the coming months and years a new, tremendously valuable service to anyone looking for quality information online: a personalized, qualified selection of the best and most relevant content and resources on a very specific topic or theme.

Guided Homework Help Goes Online -- from by Jennifer Hillner
The New York Public Library's homework program pioneers new ways to connect students with teachers after class is dismissed.
Homework help is just a few clicks away, thanks to the New York Public Library's (NYPL) groundbreaking new interactive Dial-A-Teacher Whiteboard. Four nights a week, the online program connects students and teachers in real time through a secure digital whiteboard, where they can chat about assignments and draw their responses on the shared board. It's the first program of its kind in the United States, and here's how it works.

1. A student logs on to the free, online Dial-A-Teacher service by providing some basic background information and is connected with a certified teacher logged on to the Web site.

2. The student types her question and uses a mouse or a stylus to draw her math problem on the screen, or she imports documents, such as a scanned page of homework, to the whiteboard.

3. The teacher instantly sees the problem and provides feedback by typing a suggestion, adding to the drawing, or pointing the student to other Web sites where she can go for more practice. Students can also call Dial-A-Teacher's hotline and talk directly with the teacher.

CES Trends for Digital Product Designers -- from
Each year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is a cavalcade of new gadgets and product announcements. But among the thousands of gizmos on display, interesting trends about the future of digital product design can be found. In an effort to succinctly outline these trends, I read through CES summaries from Venture Beat, Fast Company, CNN, and more. In a nutshell, a plethora of networked, touch-based devices is set to expand home, mobile, TV, and even automobile Internet application usage. Think Internet everywhere.

Monterey Institute


Living on the Future Edge

Matthew 7:12 (New International Version)
-- from
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Educating for the Future, Not the Past -- from DML Central by Cathy Davidson
Historian Robert Darnton has argued that we are currently in the fourth great Information Age in all human history.  The first information revolution came with the development of writing in 4000 B.C. Mesopotamia.  The second was facilitated by the invention of movable type (in 10th Century China and 15th Century Europe).  The third was marked by the advent of mass printing (presses, cheap ink and paper, mass distribution systems, and mass literacy) in late 18th Century Europe and America. The current Information Age is the fourth such era, marked by the development of the Internet and, more importantly, the World Wide Web in 1991 with its open access structure that makes possible the interconnection of all the world’s knowledge to all the world’s people.  The point of this historical perspective is to remind us that the last decade has seen transformations of a kind notable even from the long perspective of the record of human history.  Our Information Age has been the most extensive and rapid in human history, structurally altering traditional economic and political arrangements on a global level and, at the same time, restructuring communication, interaction, publication, and authorship in all currently available media.  Is it any wonder that many of us are wondering what will happen next—or asking how best to prepare ourselves for what comes next?

Collaboration 2.0 - There's a Shift happening -- from

Colleges Cap Enrollment Amid Budget Budget Cuts -- from; original resource from Ray Schroeder
Competition for college admission intensifies amid state budget cuts, surge in applications

Why podcasting matters


Moodle Meet on Ning

Video: Educational Transformation by Sir Ken Robinson
-- from
From DSC: My notes here:

  • We are living in a time of revolution. Literally. There is no historical precendent for what we are experiencing. The term "paradigm shift" comes close to describing what's occuring. Copernicus asked a different question.
  • People try to make sense of the new model using the old values -- it disturbs people because it doesn't work
  • Television changed the entire culture; happened with printing; electricity.
  • Digital culture is the same. It's transforming. And it hasn't even started to kick in. This revolution is actual and it's in its infancy. We're at the front of the revolution.
  • It changes everything.
  • It has fundatmental and radical implications for education. Can;'t educating people like we are in a pre-digital world.
  • If we're to meet this revolution, we must think differently about ourselves...and what our students are capable of achieving.
  • This is not what I do, it's who I am.
  • Crisis of human resources -- we don't understand our capabilities
  • Extraordinary dropout rate from education -- evidence of wasted talent/abilities. This is a systematic problem -- not deliberate. This system of education is finished, in my view.
  • We have to have different strategies; we have to do things differently.
  • Real change comes from the bottom up. Be the change that you want to see.
  • Hierachies of subjects: math, science, languages, humanities...
  • We need to reinvent education. We need to transform education. We need to re-boot the system.
  • We're in a pre-Copernium system...and we will keep getting "rounding errors".
  • Promote creativity. Be creative. Be creative in transforming education.
  • As our case is new, we must think anew.
  • We must break out of some of our dogmas/ways of thinking.
  • We don't know what we take for granted. Use of wristwatches for example...25+ years old most likely do, but most less than 25 don't
  • Our kids were born into a digital culture and they take many things related to this for granted.
  • Within 5 years, the most powerful supercomputers will have the processing power of a 6-month old human child. Will be capable of learning. Will be able to re-write their programming.
  • Computing power growing on an exponential curve -- not linear
  • Many presumptions...many perceptions.
  • Here's what we take for granted re: education
    • It's a linear process (human life is not linear)
    • We are obsessed with getting people to college; does everybody really want to go to college?
    • We're obsessed with academic ability.
    • Human creativity, communities, economies depend upon diversity; yet we screen people out who don't fit in / don't conform
    • We educate by age group!
    • To be in your element: 1) doing something for which you have a natural capacity...some thing(s) we just "get"; 2) love this thing you are good at (and thus you never "work" again); Example: Bart Connor -- due to his abilities, his mom took him to a gymnasium -- described that experience as intoxicating; amazing; stimulating; he was all over it; he loved it! Later was one of most celebrated gymists in the world.
  • In education we systematically say that these are the things you need to get good at (From DSC: STEM for example); discouraging for many who aren't interested in these things or good at those things
  • Our kids give us signals of what they are really good at
  • Though there is ADHD; "overcalling" it however. Their minds can be moving at a 1000 mph...yet we're penalizing them for getting "distracted" / not concentrating / bad attitude
  • Yet...could it be boring?
  • Nothing is inherently boring.
  • Kids are being anesthetized
  • We need to make the program more interesting.
  • We need to move to an organic, personalized, and customized model of education. Not a linear process.
  • Death Valley in spring 2002 -- sprung to life with several inches of rain
  • More creative -- more energetic
  • We need to do climate control in education. Change the climate. Personalize and energize things.
  • Technologies are giving us the tools and techniques to do this. Technologies can transform things here.
  • Tread softly...because you tread on my dreams. Kids spread their dreams at out feet. Tread softly.

BrightLink from Epson

Articles from November Learning

Blasting Academic Silos -- from
BALTIMORE — A prevalent organizational model designed to strengthen individual colleges on university campuses might be standing in the way of necessary, innovative research collaborations, a team of American University administrators said Friday here at the Mid-Atlantic Educause conference. At a session titled “Bridging the Silos: Creating Sustainable Research Infrastructure with Implications for Digital Scholarship,” the delegation said that while the “strong college” model — which emphasizes the individual brands of different colleges on a campus — empowers those schools to attract talented scholars and funding for important research in their particular disciplines, it can also reinforce insularity and make it less likely that scholars from different colleges on the same campus will come together and tackle a subject from an interdisciplinary angle. And that, they said, is a bad thing — from both a research and an information-technology perspective.

Google Wave Versus the Rest, Feature by Feature -- from

Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?
...brings together leading thinkers from both sides of the hotly-debated controversy about constructivist approaches to instruction. Although constructivist theories and practice now dominate the fields of the learning sciences, instructional technology, curriculum and teaching, and educational psychology, they have also been the subject of sharp criticism regarding sparse research support and adverse research findings. This volume presents:

      • the evidence for and against constructivism;
      • the challenges from information-processing theorists; and
      • commentaries from leading researchers in areas such as text comprehension, technology, as well as math and science education, who discuss the constructivist framework from their perspectives.


In the future, educators will have tools like today's mechanics do.


Developing iPhone apps

-- page 18 of eCampusNews


Read, reflect, display, and do

-- page 20 of eCampusNews

Two sites re: citing

What do employers say about online education? -- from and MSN Careers
“Going back to school is an appealing option for many people, but they can’t afford to quit their jobs to be a full-time student. If this sounds familiar, there might be a solution that allows you to go to school and continue working: an online or distance-learning program.

From DSC:
Believe me, you WANT to hire someone who has proven that they can be successful with online learning. Why? Because they are self-motivated. They don’t need someone looking over their shoulder or strongly encouraging them to do the next thing. They are disciplined. They budget their time wisely. You can give them the assignments and then let them go to it. Coupled with the ability to work well with others…if I were running a business, I’d want some folks like that around.

Indianapolis Public Schools replace textbooks with digital content -- from The Journal by Scott Aronowitz
In a pilot program announced at FETC 2010 in Orlando, 12 schools in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) system will replace traditional textbooks with digital content from Discovery Education. The program also includes curriculum alignment services, professional development, and hardware. The company's curriculum alignment team analyzed the IPS district pacing guides and chose the digital content that it determined was most appropriate for IPS, including audio and video segments, images, articles, games, and interactive resources. "Across the country, school systems are learning that textbooks are not the way to go, but that technology is the way to go," said Gene White, superintendent of IPS.  "To date, we are very pleased with this pilot.  The powerful resources from Discovery Education have brought alive our social studies curriculum in a new way, and we look forward to tracking the results of this effort."

From DSC:
Note the use of a curriculum alignment TEAM. Also, note that textbooks are no longer the answer. They’re slow, (depending upon the subject matter) soon-out-of-date, hard on the environment, and not easy to maintain. Their distribution model pales in comparison to an online-based model.

Education nonprofit intros K-5 math instructional system -- from The Journal by Scott Aronowitz

MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is a neuroscience and education non-profit corporation dedicated to education program excellence and cutting edge scientific research. MIND Research Institute has successfully transferred more than 30 years of breakthrough brain and learning research into applied education programs for K-12 students. MIND Research continually improves its programs through data mining over 50 million student sessions and 9 years of standardized math test results, and publishes its scientific and educational research. Standardized test results have shown remarkable increases for participating students.

Two questions that can change the life of you and students in this video. -- from "Whole New Mind" and, now, "Drive" author Daniel Pink -- resource from The Innovative Educator

The New Smart Devices for Learning

Classroom advice: Turned-off devices equals turned-off children
-- from
Education professor Stephen Heppell has a simple message for schools: embrace technology.
Speaking at the annual BETT educational technology show taking place this week in London, Heppell said schools need to be more innovative and should integrate digital tools that students have adopted in their lives outside of the classroom. “Turned-off devices equals turned-off children. Sensible schools use mobile technology to their advantage, putting up a telephone number about an issue such as bullying and getting pupils to text their views,” said Heppell.

Nation's Largest Labor Union Group Creates Online Degree Program – from The Chronicle by Jill Laster
A new distance-learning program says it is the first accredited, degree-granting, online college open only to union members. The new program, called the College for Working Families, is a joint venture between the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the National Labor College, and the Penn Foster Education Group (now owned by the Princeton Review). The National Labor College already offers in-person training and some online classes as the only accredited higher-education institution specifically for unions. The new online program would combine the college's on-the-ground resources with online tools to offer programs in subjects including health care and business administration.

Graduate Student's iPhone App Gives Voice to Disabled Users -- from The Chronicle by Mary Helen Miller
Not many iPhone applications get reviews that call them life-changing. Samuel Sennott, a doctoral student in special educaton at Pennsylvania State University's main campus, created an iPhone application that helps people with communication disabilities speak. He worked with David Niemeijer, an Amsterdam-based developer, to build the software, called Proloquo2Go.

O'Reilly Insights: Mobility Matters -- from by Joshua Michele-Ross
How mobile devices are revolutionizing business.


2010 Horizon Report -- from the New Media Consortium

Hybrid Education -- from elearnspace by George Siemens

Many aspects of education, training, and development need to be questioned. What has technology (and the internet) made obsolete? How important is space? What can we do at a distance? What does a live lecture add that a good quality recording doesn’t? How can we thin classroom walls and bring in external experts? Or connect with learners in similar courses from around the world? Or what do use from the growing open education pool? Systems are created to serve the needs of an era. When eras change, systems don’t…at least not until they encounter a disruptive force (in education – the financial climate looks like it may serve this role) that causes individuals to question the value of the assumptions underlying the existing systems.

Hybrid Education reviews Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative – a project that relies on virtual tutors to change the role of faculty in the learning process: “The virtual tutor takes care of the basic concepts that typically dominate lectures, leaving professors open to plan the face-to-face component of the course according to what parts of the curriculum the software tells him students are picking up more slowly, and what concepts could bear reinforcement.”

3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology -- from


New book: Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators
Help your students bring storytelling into the 21st century with multimedia presentations that incorporate sound effects, music, and video. Digital storytelling makes this happen. You can build digital storytelling into any level or subject. Teach your students skills they'll need for the rest of their lives and watch their engagement and excitement grow. This latest book from ISTE, Digital Storytelling Guide for Educators, will lead you through preparation, production, presentation, and evaluation of student work. Come away with an understanding of digital stories and the tools used to create them. The book also provides ideas and more than 100 online resources, many of which are free, that enable you to bring this technology to your classroom today. Learn more about this book by listening to an interview with author Midge Frazel on ISTE Casts.

Teaching with Digital Images: Acquire, Analyze, Create, Communicate
Subject-area experts demonstrate how to use digital cameras for data collection, scientific visualization, mathematical analysis, and digital storytelling.

Midwest Moodlemoot

[One person's views on the] Best education blogs for 2010
-- by Jay Mathews at the Washington Post

Going Mobile with the new iPhone App -- from Northwestern University
Artwork from the library's digital collection, campus directory, news, sports, events, maps and more. It's all available on a new Northwestern application launched this week for the iPhone and other mobile devices.

State Now Has Power to Close Failing Mich. Schools -- from Education Week by The Associated Press
[LANSING, MI.] Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Monday signed into law a sweeping series of education bills that give the state new power to close failing schools, dump bad teachers and administrators and measure if students are moving ahead.

50 Free Online Educational Games That Are More Fun Than You’d Think -- from How to E-D-U; original resource from Tony Bates

The Ultimate Style Guide Resources for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE -- resource from Nathan Grimm

Good Science, Great Technology Will Drive Student Engagement -- from The Journal by Chris Riedel
It's up to America's teachers to get the country's youth involved in critical environment issues. But that's not going to happen if teachers aren't delivering the message in a way that engages students, according to Ed Begley Jr., who delivered the opening general address at this year's FETC conference in Florida. "We have to speak in a language young people understand. And that language," he said, "is technology."

From DSC:
It also up to the parents...but teachers and professors can play a major role in engaging the youth. The bar is we're not talking about the cheesy [use of] technology here...we will soon be talking major investments. That's why I stress the importance of pooling resources. In the future, it won't be so much about raising $$ for a new building, as it will be raising money for more professional, interactive, personalized, customized learning materials.


My prayers are with these people...

From DSC:
My prayers are with the Haitian people...I am deeply humbled yet again...
and feel very undeserving of many of the things that I am able to enjoy in life.

State law requires digital college textbooks by 2020
-- by Jean Cowden Moore; original resource from Tony Bates

China's Google dilemma: Soften on censorship or anger millions of Internet users -- from the Washington Post by Steven Mufson

Find, Change, and Install New Moodle Themes -- by Dave Mozealous


European Challenges and Flagships -- 2020 and beyond
-- July 2009 Report of the ICT Advisory Group (ISTAG)
The European Commission formed the ICT Advisory Group (ISTAG) to provide advice to the Commission services regarding the ICT Theme of the Cooperation Specific Programme, part of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. As part of the ISTAG, a working group on Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) has been established with a two year mandate to provide strategic advice and orientations on long term foundational research, in order to strengthen and broaden the science and technology basis of future ICTs.

Moving the ICT frontiers: a strategy for research on future and emerging technologies in Europe


International Networking for Educational Transformation (iNet) an international network of schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to transforming learning through innovation.

BETT 2010
BETT is the world’s largest educational technology event. Use this site to find products and suppliers, and discover the latest ways to use technology for teaching and learning. Last night saw the prestigious BETT Awards ceremony, in association with BECTA and BESA. These awards highlight exemplar digital products intended for the education marketplace. Winners include:

Playing History

From DSC:
Innovation is taking place at a far greater pace within the
online world (vs the more traditional face-to-face world).
What will this mean for student engagement? Choice/preference?

BETT 2010: Friday's seminars

12.30 - Building Learning for the Future: Speaker: Tim Byles, Partnership for Schools 
In this seminar, Tim Byles will discuss the new role for PfS beyond BSF and how bringing the delivery of a range of schools capital programmes together under one roof
15.45 - Schools without Walls: Implementing Learning Technologies: Speakers: Steve Beard, Shropshire Local Authority. Stephen Smith, TANDBERG
An interactive discussion on how video conferencing is enabling classrooms to work over distance barriers and utilise teaching resource. There will be live demonstrations of the technology in action and the chance to ask current users how they are benefitting.
17.00 - MYLO - a new way to learn languages: Speaker:  Joe Dale
An introduction to MYLO (My Languages Online) - a free online learning resource set to revolutionise language learning. It will be launched in March 2010 but they're offering a sneak preview at BETT.

See here for the full seminar programme. Also see:

Supporting Next Generation Learning  | Software | Future Learning Spaces | Training Zone

Vladamir Horowitz

-- from Open Culture

The Generic Reference: When? -- from APA Style blog by Jeff Hume-Pratuch
This post is part of an ongoing series about how references work. It began with an introduction to the generic APA Style reference and the author or “who” element. Upcoming posts will discuss “what” and “where,” as well as adding supplementary information in brackets and mixing and matching elements of example references.

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World -- edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs; original resource from Curriculum Mapping-Launching Pads to the Future

ISTE Announces Its "Top Ten in '10" Education Technology Priorities
As policymakers and educators plan for the future, ISTE has identified 10 priorities essential for making good on this commitment in 2010:

  1. Establish technology in education as the backbone of school improvement. Education technology can serve as a primary driver of excellence in school leadership, student achievement, professional practice, and the culture of learning.
  2. Leverage education technology as a gateway for college and career readiness. Teachers who effectively integrate technology demonstrate the relevance of 21st century education, and keep more students engaged to graduate.
  3. Ensure technology expertise is infused throughout our schools and classrooms. We must substantially increase our support for the federal Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Program.
  4. Continuously upgrade educators' classroom technology skills. To be "highly effective," PK-12 teachers must be able to use the modern information tools, digital content, and assessment strategies that support student learning.
  5. Invest in preservice education technology. By fully funding programs such as Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners (PTDAL), we can ensure that the U.S. produces the most tech-savvy educator workforce in the world.
  6. Leverage technology to scale improvement. Education technology offers one of the best ways to ramp up school improvement, providing immediate productivity and decision-making tools as well as access to the latest instructional innovations.
  7. Provide high speed broadband for all. We must provide high-speed bandwidth to our nation's classrooms through the E-Rate program. Home access to high-speed broadband is critical so that students and parents have access to school assignments, grades, announcements and resources.
  8. Boost student learning through data and assessment efforts. Real-time data, assessment tools, and richer accountability measures help educators tailor teaching strategies to meet students' individual needs and bolster their opportunities to succeed in school and beyond.
  9. Invest in ongoing research and development. Solid investment in education R&D, particularly if focused on innovation in teaching and learning, ensures that we remain a global leader in this strategic domain.
  10. Promote global digital citizenship. Growing competition in a flat world means technology is a great equalizer. It breaks down artificial barriers to effective teaching and learning, and provides incredible opportunities for collaboration across borders.

100 Essential Blog Posts for the First-Year Teacher -- from

Today’s kindergartners, tomorrow’s workforce -- from Microsoft Education

What Comes After HTML5? Just HTML -- from by Scott Gilbertson
The future of the web is fast approaching. HTML5, the successor to today’s HTML 4, the lingua franca of the web, has reached the Last Call stage and is beginning to look like a finished spec. While it will be some time before HTML5 can be called complete, forward-thinking browsers already support much of the spec. HTML5 represents the biggest leap forward in web standards in almost a decade, but what comes after HTML5? HTML6? As it happens, no. The WHAT Working Group, which, along with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is helping to create HTML5 and beyond, has already decided to move to a non-versioned development model after the release of HTML5. That means, in the future, there will simply be HTML. What will this HTML look like you ask? Well, Mark Pilgrim, who works on the WHAT Working Group, has started a new series of posts on the group’s blog entitled What’s Next in HTML?

Children's Book Blogs -- from Educational Book & Media Association


Reminders re: helpful training/education-related resources -- from Capella University

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD’s members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. ASTD started in 1943. In recent years, ASTD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)
Founded in 1962, the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and performance in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and 40 other countries. ISPI's mission is to develop and recognize the proficiency of our members and advocate the use of Human Performance Technology. Assembling THE Performance Improvement Conference and other educational events like Principles & Practices and the ProSeries workshops, publishing books and periodicals, and supporting research are some of the ways ISPI works toward achieving this mission.

The Sloan Consortium
The Sloan Consortium is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education. Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit, member sustained organization. Join with Sloan-C to lead higher education in meeting social needs for affordable access, quality innovations, and teaching and learning excellence. The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) helps learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.  Sloan-C supports the collaborative sharing of knowledge and effective practices to improve online education in learning effectiveness, access, affordability for learners and providers, and student and faculty satisfaction.

Best practices for assignments with clickers -- fror by Bryan Alexander
What are the best ways to create assignments using clickers (or “personal response systems”)? Derek Bruff, author of the book on teaching with clickers, offers a generous helping of resources.

YouTube Direct: Another Brilliant Creation by Google -- from Classroom Next blog
As we become a multimedia society we must teach and train our students to have and use 21st Century skills. However technology changes and evolves so quickly its hard to keep up with standards and infrastructure to support our students learning. What formats should we use: wma, mp3, mwv, mov, mp4, or avi. Once a multimedia creation is made how do we publish it. How can we make sure our audience as the proper codecs to view it?

Google and YouTube have once again created an outside the box idea. Free outsourcing of video content. YouTube Direct lets corporations / educational institutions create their own multimedia hub where they can control their content. It also put a know user interface in the hands of teachers, administrators, and staff so training is minimum. Don't work harder work smarter.

Uses for Education:

  • Record extra-curricular events
  • Outsource video content and storage needs
  • Every teacher and student has the capability to upload content that is monitored then published

YouTube Direct

YouTube Direct

  • Built on the YouTube API, this 100% open-source solution provides you with an easily-integrated audience engagement platform for your website
  • The customizable interface allows you to tailor the look and feel of the tool precisely to your audience
  • Visitors can answer your call for content by uploading their videos to YouTube via your site without leaving the page
  • A moderation panel enables your editors to review and approve/reject all submitted videos, deciding which ones meet your organization's editorial criteria
  • All videos approved by your editors include a link back to your site when viewed on YouTube

2010 Virtual Symposium

Skiff -- the next wave in reading


Kids teaching kids

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (New International Version)
“that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Stanford Releases New iPhone App Development Course -- from Open Culture

Wimba News January 2010 -- from Virtual School Meanderings
Modern Marvels – Top-Ten Unique and Innovative Uses of Wimba Collaboration

Our second annual list of Modern Marvels highlights the versatility and innovation found within the Wimba community and showcases how collaboration powerfully engages communities, facilitates effective instruction, fosters online meetings and offers time and money-saving efficiencies.

  1. Michelle Obama Goes Green with Wimba
  2. Virtual Veterinarians
  3. Serious Fun – Robofest 2009
  4. H1N1 Real-time Updates and Painless Vaccinations
  5. Online Music Instruction – More than Tickling the “Ivories”
  6. Celebrating French Holidays… In North Carolina
  7. Rolling out the Virtual Welcome Mat – Online Student Orientation
  8. “Earn While You Learn” – Full-time Employee, Part-time Student
  9. A Statewide Dialogue on Spending Stimulus Funding
  10. Expanding Educational Access, Improving Global Healthcare

YES Prep Makes Learning Relevant -- from
Ninth-grade English teacher Rachael Arthur makes Shakespeare come to life for her students.

Market for Web Conferencing and Interactive Whiteboards for Use in Education and Training Approaching or Exceeding $1 Billion Annually -- from Wainhouse Research
New study from Wainhouse Research describes the booming market opportunities for use in classroom and training environments.


Items from Steve Knode

  • 'Artificial intelligence' 221b Sherlock Holmes game
    Good example of the use of a chatterbot to mimic human interaction. This chatterbot is based on similar technology to ‘cleverbot’ (see following link).

  • PopSci's Future Of: Cleverbot
    Cleverbot is one of the more ‘intelligent’ chatterbots and continues to learn automatically. Already this agent can hold a fairly stimulating conversation on almost any topic.

  • The Future of Learning Agents and Disruptive Innovation
    Teachers and administrators won't be the only educators in the new learning landscape. Discover new roles envisioned for learning agents in educating our children in the future, and examine ways in which we might prepare today's emerging educators for […]  
    • Executive Summary
    • Section One: Disruptive Innovation Areas: Forces Shaping New Agents of Learning
      • Chapter 1: Open Education
      • Chapter 2: Flexible Public Narratives
      • Chapter 3: Institutions give way to Exstitutions
      • Chapter 4: An Emerging Sociogogy
      • Chapter 5: The Rise of Transliteracy
      • Chapter 6: The Black Box Deconstructed
      • Chapter 7: Educitizens
    • Section 2: Future Roles for Enabling Agency in Learning

The Future of Learning Agents and Disruptive Innovation

  • Scientists discover first evidence of brain rewiring in children
    Carnegie Mellon University scientists have uncovered the first evidence that intensive instruction to improve reading skills in young children causes the brain to physically rewire itself, creating new white matter that improves communication within the brain.

  • Lifelong Memories Linked to Stable Nerve Connections
    Our ability to learn new information and adapt to changes in our daily environment, as well as to retain lifelong memories, appears to lie in the minute junctions where nerve cells communicate.

  • New multi-touch screen technology developed (w/ Video) -- from
    Scientists from New York University have formed a company to bring flexible multi-touch screens using a new technology to a range of devices, from e-readers to musical instruments. The new touch screens respond to all kinds of objects, as well as fingers and hands.

The end of ‘mass universities’ -- from Daniel Lemire's blog (Canada); original resource from Stephen Downes
The stated goal was to make degrees more accessible. We succeeded. Yet, we are now facing an intriguing paradox due to this success. Technology, by making access easier than ever to access educational content, is also shaking the very foundation of the University. As an example of this transformation,  Michael Nielsen was pointing out this morning that you can watch 120 hours of lectures on Physics by Lenny Susskind, for free on YouTube. You are in deep trouble if what you are selling in 2009 are mass-produced lectures. The market price just went through the floor.

From DSC:
Lemire may have been a year or two ahead on this prediction, but he's right on. This is what I've been saying about trying NOT to become a commodity! How will we/you differentiate ourselves? What values do we want to bring to the table for our future students?

CES shows us the Internet of the future -- from by Adam Ostrow
Ten years from now, this year's CES probably will not be remembered for the launch of any one gadget. However, it was representative of what the next 10 years will look like, with the Internet becoming as ubiquitous as electricity and new gadgets and wares being judged largely on the experience they design around it.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy -- from Educational Origami

The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s -- from the New York Times by Brad Stone

Pedagogical Foundations For Personal Learning -- from Stephen Downes

Microvision ShowWX Laser Pico Projector


New Learning: A Charter for Change in Education

The challenges we face today, however, are so large that they demand more than an adaptive response. They require we take a role amongst and alongside society's leaders.
Educators can and should, take a lead as we ...

Matthew 6:19-21 (New International Version)
[Treasures in Heaven] "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Apps: They're not just for your phone anymore -- from by Brandon Griggs

Radio Lingua Network

Boxee Box crowned 'Last Gadget Standing' at CES
-- from by Brandon Griggs
The Boxee Brown, a cube-like device that shares Internet content with your TV, is scheduled to go on sale this spring. Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) -- The Boxee Box, a cubelike device that shares Internet content with your TV, won the annual "Last Gadget Standing" competition Saturday at the International Consumer Electronics Show. Boxee Box plugs into your TV and allows you to search and store Web content | "Last Gadget Standing" pits 10 products against each other in "American Idol"-like competition | Boxee beat out Plastic Logic Que e-reader, Intel Reader and seven other finalists | Show WX Pico Projector, a portable projector the size of a cell phone, wins online contest.

Video conferencing for the masses -- by Ryan Kim, Chronicle Staff Writer

Using RSS readers in 2010 -- from Liberal Education Today by Bryan Alexander
Should we use RSS readers in 2010?  This short article offers five good reasons to do so, including “control over information flow.”  Keeping up with news and social media are also celebrated. That post goes on to recommend evolving reasons.  One is that RSS reader interfaces continue to develop in ways which could expand their value.  Another is the growing use of readers on mobile devices, which are growing in usage.

iPhone and iPod Touch Applications -- for Special Education

Ideas for journalism educators -- from
I gave a couple of presentations to U.S. journalism educators in St. Petersburg, Florida, yesterday and today. For each presentation I made a page of links to resources, examples, etc. The PowerPoint for each presentation is also online.

eLearn Magazine’s 2010  Predictions -- by Jay Cross

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Founded in 1890, CSHL is a private, non-profit institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and bioinformatics and a broad educational mission. (Also see their Biology Animation Library.)

The big question: What makes a teacher effective?

Making Teaching a Profession
WASHINGTON -- After spending much of the fall calling for major reforms to the nation’s teacher preparation programs, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s pleas appear to have begun to encourage action, as a major accreditor begins an effort this week aimed at bringing major changes to colleges of education and school districts alike. More than two dozen teacher educators and education policy leaders will converge here Wednesday and Thursday for the first meeting of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s (NCATE) Panel on Clinical Preparation, Partnerships and Improved Student Learning, charged with recommending scalable ways to improve in-the-classroom training and strengthen relationships between school districts and the colleges and universities that prepare their teachers. The recommendations, in turn, would probably form the basis for revisions to the council’s accreditation standards.

Psalm 118:5-6 (New International Version)
In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Attend a Moodle Moot…. Online!
Just a quick reminder to register for iMoot 2010! What’s iMoot 2010, you ask? iMoot2010 is the first time the Moot has been brought together on a gobal scale. In the past localised Moots have been held all around the world with brilliant speakers from each region. iMoot will bring them together for the first time in one event for an online e-conference with a difference.

Lifelong Learning 2.0 -- from

I found it in the non-academic publication, the AARPBulletinToday, which serves AARP members, a group of people over 50 who may or may not be retired. The article, "How to Learn Just About Anything Online ... For Free," is a good primer about using resources to learn without enrolling, paying tuition or earning a degree.

They list what they call "smorgasbord" sites that offer a variety of subjects and providers. Those include iTunes U, Apple's online “university” of 100,000 educational video and audio files from universities, NPR stations, museums and other cultural institutions all over the world.

There's also Academic Earth with its thousands of video lectures, and YouTube (not so much for the user-generated contents as for the education “channel” called YouTube EDU), and the ResearchChannel with content from a consortium of leading research and academic institutions. One that is new to me is the internationally-flavored Videolectures.Net with lectures from conferences, seminars, and workshops.

AARP also recognizes that not all learning is academic and includes "How To" sites like the Learning Center with topics like mastering Google Desktop, and Hewlett Packard’s online classes etc. and WonderHowTo, Howcast, and Videojug.

Besides the article being a nice list of resources and primer on eLearning for an older, non-traditional student audience, it's also a reminder of what continuing education and lifelong learning probably will look like in Web 2.0.

When rethinking the school itself... -- from SpeEdChange
In December Apple invited me to an 1:1 school computing "event" at Holland Christian High School in Holland, Michigan. I was initially a bit reluctant, Apple - in my "educational demonstration experience" - being one of those "hard sell" kind of firms which tolerates little dissent, and tends to make fun of you if you suggest alternatives to their "cool," but I went anyway. Doughnuts and coffee were promised, it wasn't far, and I wanted to meet Twitterpal @mrlosik who would be attending. Plus, Holland Christian interested me. In my work with students on Assistive Technology evals, few schools had been anywhere near as willing to try new things, to give "disabled" students new opportunities, or to be less "rule bound."

Educational Podcasting - December 2009

Stefaan Lesage's presentation on Educational Podcasting
or podcasting for the purpose of learning and educating
at Podcamp Barcelona 2009

Planning A Video Production
-- from The eLearning Coach by Connie Malamed

Are You Ready for Fun -- from

The Ultimate Plagiarism Resource: Detecting Plagiarism & Preventing It -- from; original resource from Zaid Ali Alsagoff
Plagiarism is one of academia's most common crimes and a constant concern for teachers. While the Web may have made plagiarism as easy as a few simple clicks, it's also made detecting plagiarism just as easy. If a student can find the essay in seconds, so can you—if you know where to look. This comprehensive resource will tell you everything you need to know about plagiarism, from the basic facts to free detection tools to preventing it in both the physical and online classroom.

Learning Conference 2010

Audio + Visual + Apps = Mobile Learning

It’s Not About the Tools. It’s About the Skills. -- by Langwitches
Podcasting Skills | Video Conferencing Skills | Blogging Skills | Wiki Skills

Vint Cerf predicts the future of mobile
The Father of the Internet gives three prognostications for how mobile will evolve in the 5 years

Radio Lingua Network


Redesign Alliance Fourth Annual Conference
Do you know that it is possible to reduce instructional costs while improving student learning? In partnership with more than 150 colleges and universities, the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) has shown how this is possible through large-scale course redesign. There is a way to deal with the budget constraints facing all of us without sacrificing the quality of our academic programs. The Redesign Alliance Fourth Annual Conference to be held March 28 - 30, 2010, in Orlando, FL, can show you how to do it. Participation in this conference is open to the higher education community. Final conference agenda.

Highlights include:

  • Presentations from more than 30 institutions that have fully implemented large-scale course redesigns, all of which improved student learning outcomes while generating cost savings. 
  • Roundtable discussions with NCAT Redesign Scholars and 30 additional institutions that are in the midst of implementing course redesigns in disciplines as diverse as biology, developmental math, economics, Spanish and technical writing about getting started and meeting implementation challenges.
  • Keynote addresses by David B. Daniel, James Madison University, on effective pedagogical techniques; and Dennis Pearl, Ohio State University, on the Buffet Model of course redesign.
  • Opportunities to interact with higher education's major publishers and technology companies whose products and services support course redesign.
  • Networking with 300 colleagues all of whom are finding ways to increase academic quality in difficult financial times.

Items concerning APA:

APA -- Digital Object Identifier (DOI)


PLE Conference 2010

Personal Learning Environments (PLE) include the tools, communities, and services that constitute the individual educational platforms learners use to direct their own learning and pursue educational goals. The idea of the PLE represents a shift away from the model in which students consume information through independent channels such as the library, a textbook, or an LMS, moving instead to a model where students draw connections from a growing matrix of resources that they select and organize [emphasis DSC]. Because they emphasize relationships, PLEs can promote authentic learning by incorporating expert feedback into learning activities and resources. A PLE also puts students in charge of their own learning processes, challenging them to reflect on the tools and resources that help them learn best. By design, a PLE is created from self-direction, and therefore the responsibility for organization—and thereby for learning—rests with the learner. (7 things you should know about Personal Learning Environments, Educause 2009).

The PLE Conference is intended to produce a space for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas, experience and research around the development and implementation of PLEs including the design of environments, sociological and educational issues and their effectiveness and desirability as (informal) learning spaces.

Video Interview with Mizuko Ito -- from Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning
Cultural anthropologist Mizuko Ito discusses research on how young people use digital media and new technologies.

Over at Smart Mobs, Howard Rheingold has posted a video interview with Mizuko Ito, a cultural anthropologist studying how young people use digital media. Ito is the author of “Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software” and a contributor to the book “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.”

Future Of Education: The Best 2009 Articles And Reports From MasterNewMedia -- from Robin Good

MasterNewMedia Trends And Predictions For 2010 And Beyond - Part 2 -- from Robin Good

1. Curation
2. Online collaboration and web conferencing. In 2010, online collaboration needs to be redefined as:

"the ability to make it possible for individuals, engaged in collaborative teamwork with distributed collaborators, customers, and suppliers, to work seamlessly together as if they were all in the same place, while guaranteeing full continuity between plans, assignments and activities as these people link up from different connection devices and continuously move from and to different physical locations."

This is where we are headed. And this is where I think you will see some interesting new unexpected things become available in the near future.

3. Events
4. Learning and education
5. P2P
6. Visual communication
7. Mobile
8. Video publishing
9. SEO search
10. Usability Testing
11. Online Music

College Cost Calculator -- The NY Times
Although grants, scholarships and loans can significantly lower the costs of college, prices have increased faster than the rate of inflation. Use this tool to estimate the future cost of college. -- share what you are reading

Five media forms
-- from Clive Sheperd
Last week I posted on Exploring e-learning in all its forms, which Mark Bethelemy elaborated on in his post From formal courses to social learning. Mark referenced a number of alternative models which somehow led me to Diana Laurillard’s conversational framework. I was particularly taken by Diana’s five media forms (the descriptions are mine):

  1. Narrative media: explain, demonstrate, describe
  2. Interactive media: facilitate reflection, check understanding, encourage exploration, provide feedback
  3. Communicative media: allow exchanges between learners and between learners and tutors
  4. Adaptive media: facilitate experimentation and practice
  5. Productive media: allow learners to articulate, express, demonstrate understanding

From How is the internet changing the way you think? -- from George Siemens
Every year, the Edge asks a few hundred people a provocative question. This year, the question is: How is the internet changing the way you think? (if you're interested in topics from previous years, they are available here). As always, it's a fascinating read. And can take days to work through the major topics and themes. If the Edge wanted to make this service more useful, I'd recommend applying some type of sensemaking activities to the 159 responses. What are the dominant themes that emerged? How are ideas related? What are the key controversies? I appreciate thoughtful, relevant questions, but tinkering with the method of making sense of abundance is where value increasingly lies.

College Cost Calculator -- The NY Times
Although grants, scholarships and loans can significantly lower the costs of college, prices have increased faster than the rate of inflation. Use this tool to estimate the future cost of college.

That Old College Lie -- from Democracy Journal (Issue #15, Winter 2010) by Kevin Carey; original resource from George Siemens
Are our colleges teaching students well? No. But here's how to make them.

  • Comment from George:
    The author recommends more transparency and greater focus on measurement. I think transparency is a good start - universities should be explicit about the data they collect in relation to students, professors, and learning in general. I doubt the solution to education's difficulties will be found in better measurement, however. Higher education faces a significant challenge in demonstrating the value of its teaching role (the other two roles of HE - research and accreditation are still secure). The growth of freely available resources and even a few alternate university models (University of the People) gives reason to pause and ask: "What is it that universities offer today's learners and is the existing model one that needs preservation"?

  • Comment from DSC:
    Here at Calvin College, there truly is an emphasis on teaching. Also, we have 10-20 students in many of our classrooms (though I wonder if this model is sustainable over the long term). The result is that each student gets excellent access to the professor. In my experience at Northwestern, however, I sat with 50-200 other students and the professor never knew me from Adam (and likewise). So I would substitute the word "Universities" for "College" least I would in Calvin's case. Regardless, Carey stresses the need for more accountability/proof of effectiveness via more transparency, data, and measurement.
Amos 5:14-15 (New International Version)
Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.


Ephesians 5:1-2 (New International Version) -- from
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Education Futures -- updated 1-7-10

-- resource from Robert Jacobs

Five ed-tech stories to watch for 2010 -- from
These developments could affect school technology in 2010 and beyond

News from Microsoft at CES:

Feature Story: Delivering Entertainment Across New Screens, Scenes and Interfaces
Ballmer: Consumer electronics industry thrives through “game-changing technologies.”

Natural User Interfaces: Voice, Touch and Beyond
Project Natal and other natural user interface products that Microsoft is working on are helping usher in a new generation of human-computer interaction.

New Video: Protecting Reputations Online in Plain English -- from Common Craft by leelefever

New Directions and a New Decade for E-Learning: 12 Predictions -- from E-Learning Queen

New Realities -- from
Generally, these presidents pointed to successes in the last year, but a lot of concerns looking ahead. Most said that they had met their enrollment targets for the year. But a large majority raised their hands when asked if their discount rates (the average discount on the listed price of tuition and fees actually paid by students and their parents) had gone up this year. Some presidents said that they thought their rate had gone up too much, and a number said after that they believed both that their discount rate had gone up too much and that they didn't have much of a choice this year.

The Year Ahead in IT -- from by Lev S. Gonick
Open Content meets the Open University and the Vision of the Metaversity.
It’s hard not to reflect on the past decade as we say goodbye (good riddance) to the first decade of the 21st century. University CIOs have contributed in important ways to the transformations underway in the university mission over the past decade. The arc and rate of activities on our campuses, as breathtaking as they may seem, are moving at a completely different slope and velocity to the genuine explosion of open education, research, and innovation enveloping the broader Net ecosystem. On a global scale, on a population-wide vector, our institutions are generally ill-suited for addressing the needs and opportunities in 2010 and for the next generation. To be sure, universities are not heading for obsolescence. What continues to be worrisome is our collective ability to remain genuinely relevant to the Internet society in all its complexities and contradictions. While this country has a rather anemic tradition of Open Universities, these organizations all over the world are now engaged in regional and global dialogues on how the Open University platform can contribute to the Internet-scale challenges and opportunities. Former MIT President Charles Vest suggested (as early as 2006) that a meta-university would be “a transcendent, accessible, empowering, dynamic, communally constructed framework of open materials and platforms on which much of higher education worldwide can be constructed or enhanced.” We’re quickly approaching the maturing of all the requisite elements in Vest’s analysis against ever sharper and growing emphatic need for collective response. In a year in which a movie called “Avatar” will likely be the odd- on favorite for a golden boy or two, look for new sources of inspiration and experimentation in framing up the 21st century metaversity project(s).

Digital Storytelling > Important Resources -- from Open Thinking Wiki by Dr. Alec Couros

7 Things You Should Know About Next-Generation Presentation Tools -- from Educause

Taught by a Terrible Disease -- from The Chronicle by Jeffrey Young
Elaine Smokewood, robbed of the ability to talk and even travel to class, learned better ways to reach students through technology.


U Arizona Team Seeks To Construct International Internet Classroom -- from by Dian Schaffhauser
A team of researchers from the University of Arizona is working on a project to develop an "International Internet Classroom" as a way to centralize information and resources that could be of value to teachers. The effort, led by members of the Computer Science department, will rely on artificial intelligence and user-generated data to bring together pertinent educational resources into "unit packages," according to Paul Cohen, head of the department. "We're asking, 'What is it like to be a teacher in the age of information?'" said Jane Strohm, an education informatics researcher working on Cohen's team. "The concept is that we need an easier way to get information and not get lost in the Internet."

etwinning -- in Europe

FLO TV to bring live mobile TV to iPhone


Teachers' digital media use on the rise
-- from by Maya Prabhu
Growing use of digital media among educators could help in teaching 21st-century skills
Teachers are making significant progress in adopting digital media and using the internet for instruction, according to findings from a new survey released Jan. 5 by PBS. The survey, "Digitally Inclined," aims to provide information about instructional needs and trends to education leaders, policy makers, and the media industry.

Music genre table – discover the beauty and diversity of music -- from Touch User Interface

Music Genre Table

The advantages of eLearning
-- by Karen L. Jones
Technology has revolutionized business; now it must revolutionize learning.

In the 21st century, people have to learn more than ever before. Especially for global organizations, live classroom-based training is becoming too costly and cumbersome. Even if employees had the time to attend all the courses and seminars and to read all the books and reports they should to remain up-to-date in their area of work, the cost of such learning would be prohibitive. The need to transform how organizations learn points to a more modern, efficient, and flexible alternative: eLearning. The mission of corporate eLearning is to supply the workforce with an up-to-date and cost-effective program that yields motivated, skilled, and loyal knowledge workers.

Calvin faculty and staff -- check out the Atomic Learning resources that are available to you!

A dark horse emerges in web conferencing - Kim Thai, Brainstormtech
-- quote below and item from Ray Schroeder
Hoopla around Google Wave service, launched publicly in September, has brought resurgence to the idea of unified communications — a single platform that integrates voice, email, fax (really!), chat, and web conferencing. Long a dream of the telecommunications industry, unified communications is gaining some buzz among corporate tech teams as a possible tool for enhancing employee productivity.

Citrix Online

Solving the Problem of Learning Styles -- from Educational Technology and Change Journal

From DSC:
This next item is for those interested in the topic of usability -- from

I can’t think of a better intro to the essential points of usability than this presentation by Steve Krug. I especially appreciate his “least you can do” approach.

Tony Blair -- Faith & Globalization

CIC's College Media Conference 2010


Augmented Reality -- the Future of Education

Our new approach to buying a mobile phone -- Google
Android was developed with one simple idea: Open up mobile devices to enable greater innovation that will benefit users everywhere.

nexus one -- introduced 1/5/10 by Google

Creative Commons Music -- from Classroom Next
Have you ever created a multimedia project and wanted to add music to it but did want to infringe on copyright regulations? Jamendo is your one stop shop. Just make sure you give the artist credit and you can use most of the music on their site for free. This is the best site I have found to find good music for your projects.

Micah 6:8 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

NITLE workshop on emerging technologies for teaching and learning
Today Albion College is hosting a NITLE workshop on emerging technologies for teaching and learning. Most of the materials can be found on wiki pages starting here.

The Case of the Vanishing Full-Time Professor -- from the NY Times by Samantha Stainburn

From DSC:
This continuing trend will tip the power structure within higher ed. Good or bad, we have seen the peak of the level of control and influence that the professor/faculty member has within higher education. The result of all of this may be more pre-designed courses created by teams of specialists.

No Entry -- from
The job crisis for faculty jobs -- especially for new Ph.D.'s looking for tenure-track jobs -- is spreading. -- Data being released this week by the American Historical Association and the American Economic Association reveal sharp drops in the number of available positions in their respective disciplines. Coming just weeks after the Modern Language Association revealed historic drops in the availability of jobs for English and foreign language professors, the data show that while new English and foreign language Ph.D.'s may have a particularly tough time finding employment, they are by no means alone.

Bleak News on the Front Lines -- from
Already down hundreds of job openings, the Modern Language Association discovered, at its annual meeting here, that it was also down hundreds of graduate students. Attendance dropped from the 8,000s to the 7,000s -- and much of the drop appeared to be among those entering the profession. With convention job interviews thin on the ground, many grad students and new Ph.D.'s found somewhere else to go in the week after Christmas.

From DSC:
The above three items are bad news for traditional tenured professors -- but not for the people who have been keeping up with technology. There will be new opportunities and models for making a living.

Index of Learning Theories and Models -- from
Theories and Models of Learning for Educational Research and Practice. This knowledge base features learning theories that address how people learn. A resource useful for scholars of various fields such as educational psychology, instructional design, and human-computer interaction. Below is the index of learning theories, grouped in somewhat arbitrary categories.

So you got an iPhone - now what? -- my thanks to Mr. Andrew Thorburn for this resource

3D TV coming soon to your living room

The decade in business -- from The Guardian [UK]
From dotcoms to the Dubai debt crisis: the biggest business stories of the last 10 years

Reining in College Costs -- from by Michael Bassis
Higher-education costs are spiraling out of control, and quality leaves much to be desired. The surprising solution, argues a college president: online learning.

The "Learning" Paradigm
In the "learning" paradigm, the teacher is not the expert provider of knowledge, but rather a guide who first specifies what students are expected to learn and then lays out pathways they can follow to meet the learning goals. The teacher becomes a supporter, a collaborator, and a coach for students as they learn to evaluate and gather information, test ideas, and explore their application to different issues and problems. Students begin to learn how to develop and pose their own questions and to explore alternative ways of finding and framing answers. So instead of working only to master the subject matter of a course, students are developing the skills to learn on their own. They no longer wait to be taught—they come to realize that, if they are to succeed, they must take a good deal of responsibility for their own learning.

The learning paradigm changes the traditional roles and relationships that have defined higher education for so long. Since technology can provide students with access to more and better learning resources than they could ever get from a lecture, faculty can let go of the full weight of being the "subject matter expert." Freed from the burden of being the sole source of subject-specific information, they can function as learning guides, facilitators, and mentors, placing more emphasis on helping students master those critical intellectual skills and attributes that transcend academic disciplines. And once released from the responsibility to deliver all of the content, faculty can work effectively with more students, thus reducing the cost of the learning experience and increasing its quality.

Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is not optimistic about how traditional higher education in the U.S. will adapt to the mounting pressures for change. He writes, "Higher education is unprepared for a global information economy. …This era will bring increasing competition from for-profit postsecondary educators and international universities. Meanwhile, some of these same competitors are already taking advantage of the gap between our students' extensive use of digital learning technologies and our institutions' continuing reliance on traditional methods of teaching and learning." [emphasis DSC] Clayton Christensen goes a step further. He believes that increasingly sophisticated online learning models will ultimately transform higher education into an enterprise that is much more affordable, convenient, and effective and that many more people will have access to it than ever before. He also claims that these new models will ultimately topple many of the universities that today seem to be so unassailable.

Transforming Academic Culture
To achieve success in this environment, colleges and universities, at least those that have no immunity from the winds of change, will need to begin to develop high-tech/high-touch programs as a means to lower costs and improve quality. To do so, presidents must convince their governing boards and their faculties that change is necessary and that it will require a shift from "teaching" to "learning." This will be no easy task, for shifting from one paradigm to another is to radically transform the academic culture of an institution, an entity that has proven to be remarkably resistant to change.

Assistive Technology -- Technology Predictions for 2010

Balance Your Screen Time with Green Time -- from Out on a Lim
Over the Christmas and New Year’s Break, I read an interesting book, Last Child in the Woods, which advocates for more unstructured free play time in nature for children. Think dreaming, imagining, playing, building, collecting… all in the “woods” or backyard corners that are natural.

Celebrate what's right with the world -- Dewitt Jones
Celebrate What’s Right With The World
...teaches what a powerful force having a vision of possibilities can be for you. Do you have a vision for your organization? More importantly, do you have one for yourself? One that gets you excited every morning and keeps you open to possibilities.

iPhone and robot marimba player. Get your grove on! -- my thanks to Mr. Andrew Thorburn for this resource

2010 Starter Kit For Web Designers -- from by Sheer Ganor

From DSC:

If you want to engage students, have them get into digital storytelling -- have them create things and then watch their level of engagement rise!

Create teams of students whereby some are song writers/audio specialists, others write the scripts, others act out these scripts, others create/paint/sketch the graphics, others shoot video, while others produce/coordinate the production of these projects, etc.

...and choose relevant, real-world projects/subjects.

100 Incredible & Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss -- from

HOW TO GUIDE: 60+ Great How To Sites and Resources -- from

SafeShare TV

10 Ways To Learn In 2010 -- from The eLearning Coach by Connie Malamed

25 User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time --

Skype On Your TV – Video Calls From The Couch Incoming -- from

Apple’s App Store Downloads Top Three Billion
CUPERTINO, California—January 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that more than three billion apps have been downloaded from its revolutionary App Store by iPhone® and iPod touch® users worldwide.

Higher Ed, Higher Costs --- coming soon


Psalm 90:12 -- from Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

K12 virtual learning is taking off!

Notes on Digitization in Higher Education -- from Higher Education Management Group
The emergence of inexpensive and highly efficient information networks has increased the volume of available information. But it has also changed the way in which information is produced and distributed. While the impact of these changes on society is clearly far-reaching, its’ significance to higher education is particularly profound given the fundamental role of information in higher education. Changes of particular significance to higher education include:

  • Information used in education is often now available from sources other than higher education institutions, often at lower costs (or free), and in more convenient forms.
  • It is far easier for individuals to form communities focused on narrow interests and needs, including educational, without involvement of mediating educational institutions.
  • Increasingly sophisticated search technologies make finding relevant information easier, often reducing the value of intermediaries. Forecasts suggest that search capabilities will continue to accelerate in the coming decade.
  • What constitutes current and relevant information changes more quickly, placing great pressures on institutions that produce and distribute information to keep pace.
  • Traditional strategies used for protecting ownership of information (i.e. copyright) have lagged behind the capacity to share/copy information.

More on the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative -- from Tony Bates
Kolowich, S. (2009) Hybrid education 2.0 Inside Higher Education, December 28. An interesting article that provides more information about the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative, particularly the instructional design behind the initiative.

2010 Tech And It Predictions -- from Trendsspotting

Digital Magazines
From DSC: An amazing way to show a prototype!

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2009: No. 1
-- from
Digital textbooks open a new chapter in the history of U.S. education

Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2009: No. 6 -- from
Online learning becomes a true "disruptive innovation"… Also see this piece, which has the following quote in it:

Online learning already has disrupted providers of traditional education to some extent, but a new movement that began this year could really shake up higher education: A few online startup universities are charging little or no tuition for access to a wealth of college curriculum, and advocates say these free web-based programs could help expand higher education to the developing world.

RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources -- original resource from Free Technology for Teachers
...for finding and viewing educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and without registration.


Next Vista for Learning -- original resource from Free Technology for Teachers
An online library of free videos for learners everywhere - our goal is to gather a set of resources to help you learn just about anything, meet people who make a difference in their communities, and even discover new parts of the world. Next Vista for Learning wants to post your educational videos online, too. Everyone has an insight to share and yours may be just what some student or teacher somewhere needs!

Trends and technology timeline 2010 -- from