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Roland Gesthuizen

When the Computer Takes Over for the Teacher - The Atlantic - 9 views

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    When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do? The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher is something we need to discuss amongst each other now.
Sasha Thackaberry

E-learning on the rise - 28 views

  • ​E-learning is a growing trend at community colleges, according to survey results from the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Hewlett-Packard (HP).
  • E-learning is already used at 47 percent of community colleges and is expected to increase to 55 percent within two years. The survey of 578 community college faculty was conducted by Eric Liguori, an assistant professor at California State University.
  • Eighty-four percent of respondents believe e-learning is a valuable educational tool.
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  • The top five benefits of e-learning identified by respondents are: It increases access through location and time-flexible learning. More resources and information are available to students 24/7. Teachers can use a wide variety of tools and methods for teaching. It is a good supplement to face-to-face curriculum. It can lead to a richer learning experience if integrated correctly, freeing up class time for more engaging activities. This experience is often referred to as “flipping the classroom.”
  • When asked about the barriers to adopting online learning, faculty cited such concerns as doubt about its capability and reliability, acceptance by students and teachers, and lack of resources, such as time and technical support.
  • Twenty-three percent of respondents said the effectiveness of e-learning depends on the resources available, including the format and features of courses. For example, e-learning is best when teachers are adequately trained to use it, there is high-quality content and curriculum design, it’s used in conjunction with real-world situations and there is opportunity for student-teacher interactions, discussion boards and collaborative projects.
  • “Our survey looked at how community college faculty members are using e-learning as a cost-effective means” to increase completion rates and ensure that “students walk away with credentials that are meaningful in the workplace and that they are prepared for the careers they hope to pursue, including, for many, the start of entrepreneurial endeavors,” said NACCE President and CEO Heather Van Sickle.
Roland Gesthuizen

6 trends that will accelerate the adoption of technology in higher education | Features... - 50 views

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    "We take a look at the six "key trends" picked out in the NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Higher Education Edition"
Roland Gesthuizen

DERN - 49 views

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    "Welcome to the Digital Education Research Network (DERN) for 2014. At the start of each school and academic year teaching subjects and courses for the coming year are often reviewed and resources allocated. Questions invariably arise about the benefits of learning with digital technologies and the best ways to deploy digital technologies; that is, what are the current technology trends?"
Roland Gesthuizen

Robert Scoble slams Microsoft's lack of vision - 1 views

  • He said the company suffered from an ingrained "consensus culture" built to "serve" the desktop PC. Because of it, Microsoft had not been able to catch up to a world in which smartphones, tablets and wearable devices were now the main ways of using computers.
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    "Tech giant Microsoft has a leadership and cultural problem that is preventing it from being as innovative as Apple and Google, according to former Microsoft evangelist Robert Scoble.  "
Roland Gesthuizen

A Critique of Technocentrism in Thinking About the School of the Future - 33 views

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    "So we are entering this computer future; but what will it be like? What sort of a world will it be? There is no shortage of experts, futurists, and prophets who are ready to tell us, but they don't agree. The Utopians promise us a new millennium, a wonderful world in which the computer will solve all our problems. The computer critics warn us of the dehumanizing effect of too much exposure to machinery, and of disruption of employment in the workplace and the economy. Who is right? Well, both are wrong -- because they are asking the wrong question"
Roland Gesthuizen

Are books becoming an endangered species? (infographic) - EdTech Times - 88 views

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    "Are books becoming an endangered species? (infographic)"
Roland Gesthuizen

Prophetic 1995 Student Internet PSA - YouTube - 69 views

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    "This Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced in 1995 by the 5th grade students at Ray Bjork school in Helena Montana. All the Internet possibilities mentioned in the script are today a reality. The production won a local ADDY Award in 1996 for Best PSA."
wcnesmith

My Reflected Life - 1 views

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    I am a passionate philosopher searching for meaning and greater understanding in a world where these topics are overlooked - only ever finding the absurd. Take a seat, relax, and let us discuss the most important topics of human existence.
Roland Gesthuizen

The Future of Ed-Tech (Infographic) | Blog | eClassroom News - 63 views

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    "In a recent post, Edudemic introduced us to a very intricate, color-coded visualization by Envisioning Tech on what to expect in education technology in the next 30 years or so. And these concepts are not broad generalizations- Envisioning Tech takes topics like digitized classrooms and tangible computing and segments them into practical ideas to produce a well-organized, cohesive diagram"
Roland Gesthuizen

IT: Becoming less about tech skills, more about integration | TechRepublic - 1 views

  • Increasingly, working in IT is becoming less about technical skills and more about integration.
  • While there are still roles requiring deep technical experience, for most corporate IT workers their role will shift from implementation to architecting.
  • your staff are going to require new skills, modes of thinking, performance monitoring, and rewards structures. Essentially, facilitating your staffs’ transition is simply too important to leave to HR.
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  • Old vendor relationships may no longer be as critical, and you might end up dealing with anyone from Amazon to Apple, players who only recently began to play in the enterprise space.
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    "Patrick Gray talks about a seismic shift going on in IT where knowledgeable technicians no longer rule the roost."
Roland Gesthuizen

CISPA: An Alternate Future Where Your Personal Privacy No Longer Exists - rgesthuizen@g... - 32 views

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    "(fictional story) Last week the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a follow-up bill to SOPA that wants to erode your personal privacy. The bill, itself, is palatable enough that Facebook and Microsoft gave it their seal of approval, and it's already got a kick start towards passing into law. So what would life be like if CISPA were part of our reality?"
Roland Gesthuizen

Audrey Watters: How Technology Will Disrupt Learning for a Lifetime, Not Just in the Cl... - 3 views

  • That's a key piece of lifelong learning -- the learning is self-funded. These are people who want to learn something and are willing to pay to do so.
  • As more content, more communities, and more marketplaces spring up online to support these alt-edu endeavors, we may begin to rethink what it means to spend so much time focusing on the classroom when in fact, learning is lifelong.
  • the Internet is doing far more than opening doors for K-12 and higher education students. It's also a huge boon for "lifelong learners,"
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    Much of the buzz around the educational benefits of Internet technology has focused on the potential for the classroom -- or perhaps, if we add to that, the boom in mobile technology, the potential to bridge the classroom and the home.
Roland Gesthuizen

How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn [INFOGRAPHIC] - 163 views

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    Over the past decade or so, the Internet has become a huge source of information and education, especially for those who might be short on time, money or other resources. .. Check out this infographic from OnlineEducation.net about how the world of online learning has changed and grown over the years.
Roland Gesthuizen

E-Book Sales Rise in Children's and Young Adult Categories - NYTimes.com - 28 views

  • now that e-readers are cheaper and more plentiful, they have gone mass market, reaching consumers across age and demographic groups, and enticing some members of the younger generation to pick them up for the first time.
  • Kids are drawn to the devices, and there’s a definite desire by parents to move books into this format,” Ms. Vila said. “Now you’re finding people who are saying: ‘Let’s use the platform. Let’s use it as a way for kids to learn.’ 
  • I didn’t buy it until I knew that the teachers in middle school were allowing kids to read their books on their e-readers
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  • the family used the local library — already stocked with more than 3,000 e-books — to download titles free, sparing her the usual chore of “lugging around 40 pounds of books
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    "Ever since the holidays, publishers have noticed that some unusual titles have spiked in e-book sales. The "Chronicles of Narnia" series. "Hush, Hush." The "Dork Diaries" series. At HarperCollins, for example, e-books made up 25 percent of all young-adult sales in January, up from about 6 percent a year before - a boom in sales that quickly got the attention of publishers there. "
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    Interesting to read how children are now increasingly choosing to buy eBooks and a role for schools.
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