Looking at There.com

Nik Peachey

There are things to do there and it has the potential to be quite accessible because the makers’ claim that it can run on much lower spec computers without broadband. For a while now I’ve been a fan of the virtual 3D world There.com.

Interactive multiple choice activities

Nik Peachey

Dropdown tutorial movie Students access the ‘help text’ by clicking on the dropdown field and pressing F1 on the computer keyboard. This is the third part in a series that I’m writing on how to use word processors to create computer-based materials. This one looks at how we can create interactive multiple choice activities using 'dropdown' menus. Multiple choice must be one of the most common question types in the history of education.

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3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

Get your students to create their own collection of study bookmarks as a project to share with other students Create rooms based on materials from Flickr and get students to meet virtually to discuss the images Students can work together to create a 3B room or village which represents their town or country Students can visit a 3B city and write a report on it, plan a visit to that place based on the resources they access there.

Creating a mobile phone website

Nik Peachey

type start ups that are offering free (at the moment at least) services for setting up websites and web based communities to be accessed on mobile phones and other mobile devices. The sites that Winksite creates comply to all the established standards for mobile site, so that’s great too and also means that the site can be accessed through other mobile devices. With the growth in interest in mobile and handheld learning, I thought I’d investigate one of the many new Web 2.0

Phonology can be fun and free

Nik Peachey

Basically it is a collection of interactive multimedia Flash based games and resources that can be accessed through the CEO website at [link] What is it? In all there are almost 20 different interactive tools all accessible through the one page. Phonetics Focus is a really wonderful new free resource produced by Cambridge English Online Ltd.

Interactive presentations

Nik Peachey

It also allows the creator to add audio or written text to the images and give access to other people to leave audio or text comments on the presentation. If they have access to digital cameras, you could get the students to work in pairs or small groups to produce a story together. I’ve just been looking at a really interesting on line tool called Voicethread. What's Voicethread? Voice thread enables users to create online presentations using their own images.

Creating an Online Classroom

Nik Peachey

The tutor has access to administrative functions that will allow them to configure the degree control they retain over these features. It’s very safe as only registered users have access. It enables teachers to create a forum for online communication even for younger learners who don’t have access to things like email. Because the VLE is text only, it makes it very quick to move around within the environment even if users are accessing the site through a dial-up connection.

Creating audio-visual monologues

Nik Peachey

You could easily email the file to students with some instructions so they could listen at home or in a self access lab. Flipz TV is a really useful piece of free software for creating entertaining audio-visual materials. The software enables you to record your own audio monologues and lip-sync them with a choice of animated talking heads. It then turns them into small Flash files which can be run in a web browser.

UNICEF: Top 10 Cartoons for Children’s Rights

Nik Peachey

You could actually use some bits of it even if you can't give your students access to the site. This is a site I spotted a while back and was really impressed by. UNICEF are creating lots of rich media to get their message across and the whole of the site is worth exploring if you are looking for materials to help you tackle some more controversial issues. What's on the site? This is one page I found really useful.

Want to expand student access to opportunity? Design to expand their social capital

The Christensen Institute

Half of all jobs come through personal connections and access to warm relationships is a key predictor of longevity and happiness. College students access virtual connections with near peers who offer critical inspiration and support.

A Growing (But Controversial) Idea in Open-Access Textbooks: Let Students Help Write Them


It was 2007, and Larsen was teaching a physical chemistry for life sciences course at the University of California at Davis. There are a handful of professors like Facciotti, who are motivated to try open-access textbooks for pedagogical reasons, and the cost becomes an added bonus. Coppola toyed with other open-access resources, but most were too advanced for her students. The textbook that Delmar Larsen assigned his students was full of errors, and he knew it.

A semester of trauma, sickness and death at a New York school

The Hechinger Report

I’m worried we’re going to have a whole lot more,” said Gauthier, who has been the school’s principal since 2007. By April, Odalys Garate, 18, was supposed to have made it through the hard part. She, her mother and her two older sisters ? everyone she lives with ?

How the last recession affected higher education. Will history repeat?

The Hechinger Report

million undergraduate students in the fall of 2007 to a peak of 18.1 Legislation raised the amounts that students could borrow in 2007 and again in 2008. Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

Accessing Knowledge and Expertise

Connecting 2 the World

This is a continuation of my dissertation: The last two themes dealt with how the group and members accessed, created, and used knowledge and expertise. In the one theme, knowledge and expertise of perceived value often was used as currency within the power structure, with study participants sharing, accessing resources, or withholding their knowledge and expertise based on their analysis of situational factors within the environment. 2007).

Tears, confusion and financial woes as colleges abruptly end semesters and send students home

The Hechinger Report

As she answered surveys from Temple about her ability to teach online, she also worried about the students who can’t access the internet where they live and may not end up finishing the semester. “It’s

Would Kids Play Outside More If They Had Access to School Playgrounds?


School districts control a lot of open space, but getting access to play areas outside of school hours can be tricky. Farrell investigated and found an unfunded pilot program to reopen schoolyards, created under then-mayor Gavin Newsom’s leadership in 2007, largely sitting dormant Space is always an issue in cities, but for families with children, finding safe places to play can be particularly challenging.

Research on early college high schools indicates they may pay for themselves in the long run

The Hechinger Report

Three classes of students (those who started ninth grade in 2005, 2006 and 2007) were followed for six years after high school. Columnists Higher Ed Jill Barshay K-12 News Data and research Funding high school Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The Hechinger Report

In late 2017, a research project led by the Harvard Business School, a workforce organization called Grads of Life and the consulting firm Accenture concluded in a report, “Dismissed by Degrees,” that employers “appear to be closing off their access to the two-thirds of the U.S.

Economists find free community college can backfire

The Hechinger Report

The assumptions here are derived from research findings that previous scholars have calculated on smaller groups of people around the country and then applied to this larger national database of students who graduated high school in 2007.

Americans don’t realize state funding for higher ed is falling, new poll finds

The Hechinger Report

State appropriations per full-time student have fallen from an inflation-adjusted $8,489 in 2007 to $7,642 in 2017 , the last period for which the figures are available, according to the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, of SHEEO.

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Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.”

What the College-Admission Scandal Should Teach Parents About Success


Scandals aside, this dynamic was widely evident in 2007 when I co-founded Challenge Success , a research-based, nonprofit out of the Stanford School of Education that champions a broad definition of success and partners with families and schools to promote student well-being and engagement with learning. Education Technology Student Success Community Access and Affordability

After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

The Hechinger Report

They are struggles that Jack, an assistant professor at Harvard, knows well from his own experience as an undergraduate scholarship student at Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he prodded his classmates to understand being dependent on food stamps, before he graduated in 2007.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

Western Michigan, a suburban public university with more than 18,000 undergrads, started the Seita Scholars Program after some of its faculty and staff attended a conference in 2007 on the educational challenges facing foster youth.

Automation is remaking Mississippi jobs: Are workers ready?

The Hechinger Report

Experts and educators point to a few strategies — some of which are already being explored by leaders within the state: Increase access to post-secondary education. But not all Mississippi students have access to high-quality career education programs.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap


All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not. Equitable access should be a part of a larger discussion about how the schools are serving their students’ needs.

Even at elite colleges lauded for their generosity, some students take on debt

The Hechinger Report

Even if her calculations hold true, Gonzales will owe less than the $28,650 in debt with which the average undergraduate who borrows emerges from public or private nonprofit universities and colleges, according to The Institute for College Access & Success.

With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

The Hechinger Report

The number of bachelor’s degrees conferred in history has fallen 25 percent since 2007 alone, English language, literature and composition 22 percent, and philosophy and religious studies 15 percent, the research firm Burning Glass Technologies calculates. Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

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Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

The Hechinger Report

For in-person instruction, students will go to classes at designated spaces easily accessible from their jobs and provided by the college’s corporate partners. Sorrell took over as president of Paul Quinn in 2007 and is its longest serving president.

Worried about enrollment and judged on success, some colleges boost support

The Hechinger Report

Around the time that colleges like these were casting around for ways to solve their problems, researchers were touting the results of an experiment begun in 2007 at CUNY.

New study shows more degrees earned at colleges and universities that serve minorities

The Hechinger Report

For example, the federal graduation rate for four-year public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) was 34 percent, but the study found a rate of 43 percent for students who enrolled in 2007.

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OPINION: Five ways colleges can enroll more low-income students

The Hechinger Report

When these students attend selective institutions, they graduate at very high levels, which Joshua Wyner, John Bridgeland, and John DiLulio showed in the 2007 study, The Achievement Trap: How America Is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families.

University bureaucracies grew 15 percent during the recession, even as budgets were cut and tuition increased

The Hechinger Report

Those are questions that have come up in Hawaii, too, for which the federal data show that the number of central system office staff rose 33 percent between 2007 and 2014. Higher Ed News Data and research Higher education access Higher education affordability Investigations Solutions

Sharing Tools for Measuring Impactful Technology Use

Digital Promise

As access to technology becomes increasingly commonplace in schools, discrepancies continue to emerge concerning not whether technology is being used, but how it is being used. 2007).

A hidden, public internet asset that could get more kids online for learning

The Hechinger Report

Leverenz and other critics have singled out two educational nonprofits — Mobile Beacon and Mobile Citizen — both of which rake in millions of dollars a year from their national holdings of EBS licenses, while using just a fraction of the revenue to supply much-needed broadband access to students.