Interactive multiple choice activities

Nik Peachey

Multiple choice must be one of the most common question types in the history of education. 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. I’m sure we all answered them when we were at school and we have all given these question types to our students.

3B Village 3D browser

Nik Peachey

I spotted 3B Village about a year ago and initially I was impressed, but some recent developments have, I feel, put this on the map as a really useful educational tool. For anyone involved in distance education or any kind of online courses, I think 3B Village could make a really valuable contribution. What is 3B Village? 3B Village is an amazing cross between a 3D virtual chat room and a web browser.

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Exploiting two computer-based RPGs

Nik Peachey

Can computer games like these educate people and change their opinions? What other political or educational computer games do they know about? In this article I’d like to look at how we could use two computer based RPGs (Role playing games) as the basis for language development. The two RPGs that I’m suggesting you use are both very similar and very different.

Machinima with Moviestorm

Nik Peachey

Machinima and education An interesting article from Futurelab on the uses and benefits of including machinima in education A site designed to help machinima creators within the virtual world of Second life to upload and share their creations. I recently came across a very impressive piece of software for making Machinima. It’s still in Beta at the moment, and it’s free, so I’ve spent a bit of time looking at it and seeing how it works.

Interactive presentations

Nik Peachey

It’s been specially created for educators and so it has some really nice features. 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. 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.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon, Global Education Conference co-chairs, talk about the Global Education Conference 2017 that runs from November 13-16. Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon for Global Education Conference. Vicki: The Global Education Conference is here, November 13-16! What is the Global Education Conference ? What is the Global Education Conference? He has an organization that he’s looking to network with people about in terms of global education.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

My Own Chapter: M oving From Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0. Self-determined learning or heutagogy is fast gaining interest from educators around the world interested in an evidence-based approach to learning. It consists of an introductory chapter explaining the main concepts and principles of this exciting approach to educational practice. Moving From Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0:

To Weather The Storms of Higher Education, Remember Why You’re There


Higher education is heading into the eye of the tornado. Now, more than ever, as educators and institutions, we need to recenter ourselves on our why —not on how we get through this or when this storm will be over. Why am I in education?

Lockheed Martin Gives $800,000 to Denver Public Schools to Expand STEM

The Journal

Lockheed Martin is investing $800,000 in Denver Public Schools (DPS) to expand STEM programming and education. Since 2007, Lockheed Martin has committed $6 million to expand Project Lead the Way programs in school districts nationally

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How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation

Digital Promise

To learn how educators can help students develop intrinsic motivation, we spoke with Dr. Christina Hinton, faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Founder and Executive Director of Research Schools International (RSI) , and Dr. Tom Callahan, Director of the Merck-Horton Center for Teaching and Learning, and educator at St. 2007). 2007). Theory and research in Education, 7(2), 133-144.

Why decades of trying to end racial segregation in gifted education haven’t worked

The Hechinger Report

Buffalo educators hoped Eve’s new program would give more children — particularly children of color — a chance at enrichment and advanced learning. Black students, in contrast, made up 9 percent of students in gifted education, although they were 15 percent of the overall student population.

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

The Hechinger Report

One of the peculiar things about higher education is that it runs in the opposite direction of the economy. million undergraduate students in the fall of 2007 to a peak of 18.1 Ironically, funding for education plummeted. Legislation raised the amounts that students could borrow in 2007 and again in 2008. Student loans soared from $110 billion a year in 2007 to $132 billion a year in 2010 — an historic record for annual college borrowing.

mindSpark Learning Expands Grad-level STEM Certification Program to Educators Nationally

eSchool News

2021 marks STEMpath’s third year of providing K-12 educators with a 24 credit graduate-level STEM certification course, which gives them the skills to better prepare the future workforce. Since launching STEMpath, it has been our goal to bring this program to educators nationally.


Catching education’s white whale: school improvement

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes it feels like education is pursuing white whales. But when we look at how far we still have to go to create the education systems we hope for, a reasonable person can easily wonder if the noble vision of “education as the great equalizer” is just a wisp of mist in the air. To truly transform education systems that are rife with achievement gaps and chronically underperforming schools, we need a new map for navigating the seas of reform.

Why Music Education Is More Than Learning How to Play


If you were fortunate enough to have music education in school, what were those classes like? Musicians and music educators alike say that learning music is so much more than just playing an instrument, or learning about your favorite artists. Murray and van Zandt are our guests on this week’s EdSurge podcast, and they share their different approaches to music education. Education Technology Arts and Humanities EdSurge Podcast

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How to Design Educational Technology Products to Motivate Students

Digital Promise

Given students’ interest in technology, educational technology tools are a promising way to motivate them to learn. 2007). Journal of Educational Psychology, 1975, 67, 776–783. Motivating children to learn effectively: Exploring the value of intrinsic integration in educational games.The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 20(2), 169-206. But how can ed tech developers make sure their products deliver on this promise?

The Magic Number for Any Successful Education Technology Acquisition


Bencivenga, who will be coaching entrepreneurs on acquisitions at EdSurge Immersion NYC in September, founded DataCation (later named CaseNEX DataCation) in 2007, and made his first acquisition in 2011, buying the assessment business DataDriven Classroom. In September 2015, the private equity firm LLR Partners acquired Bencivenga’s company and merged it with another, Longleaf Solutions, to form IO Education, where Bencivenga served as the chief academic officer.

What hotels and higher education have in common

The Christensen Institute

For a long time, we didn’t see it in higher education. . But with the rise of online technology, the nature of competition is shifting: disruptive innovations now pose a viable threat to traditional higher education institutions. To understand why, and to gather insights on what is driving disruption in higher education today, we can look to a familiar part of the economy that is only recently been on the receiving end of disruption: the hotel industry.

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group


An educational coding platform for grade school students with the cheeky tagline, “Write code. Save the world” said today that it has been acquired by Beijing-based TAL Education Group. Schor, one of the three co-founders, made the announcement this week at the Global Education Summit (GES), in Beijing. We tried to start CodeMonkey for the first time in 2007,” he recalled—but found little support. But figuring out how to reach educators was also critical.

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An Onboarding Course to Help Your New Edtech Hires Empathize With Educators


The most effective educational tools and services are ones developed and informed by those with firsthand experience in schools. Having that prior experience has been a huge advantage in building products for educators. But that isn’t always the case for some of my colleagues, who didn’t have that perspective or prior experience working in education. One of the sessions is dedicated to examining education standards.

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mindSpark Learning Announces mSL futureS, Next-Generation Fellowship for Educators

eSchool News

mindSpark Learning (mSL), a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, today announced the launch of mSL futureS, a dynamic, 10-month next generation educator fellowship program. With so many unknowns, especially in the era of COVID-19, educators are expected to pivot quickly to adjust to fast-changing societal needs.

Whole Child Education Has Come Far. It Still Has a Long Way to Go.


What does a “whole child education” mean to educators? So it is no surprise that EdSurge would publish a research article centering around this question, given the various definitions and perceptions among educators. While different understandings of the term need to be addressed, we are pleased that the focus on developing each child holistically has now become a standard part of the educational conversation. Education Technology Whole-Child Learning

Game-Based Learning Gains Steam in Higher Education: Triseum Raises $1.43 Million to Transform Educational Experiences for Students

EdNews Daily

Student graduation and thruput of students is dropping and our educational delivery method for our mobile, digitally driven next generation is failing. “This combination is enabling us to expand course subjects and grade levels throughout educational systems around the world.”. When Education Game Development Is Done Right, It Works. In 2007, André joined Electronic Arts and worked on over 15 shipped football games.

mSL CAPITA Introduces the Nation’s First Esports Fellowship, Making Esports More Accessible for Coaches and Educators

eSchool News

mSL CAPITA , a professional development program by mindSpark Learning specifically designed to support coaches and sport organizations, launched its inaugural CAPITA COLab Esports Fellowship for coaches and educators to shape the convergence of traditional sports, esports, industry and education.

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley wrote the heads of each of the nation’s state departments of education to formally invite them to apply to the federal government to receive newly appropriated federal funds under the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 to “help every child in every school utilize technology to achieve high standards by the dawn of the 21st century.” Department of Education or other federal agencies) in and out of inclusion.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

The following three sections detail the range of best practices found by researchers to be critical for ensuring educator growth and success: Effective Administrator and Teacher Leadership. 2004; Alliance for Excellent Education, 2011 ). When teachers receive well-designed professional development, an average of 49 hours spread over six to 12 months, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points ( Yoon, Duncan, Lee, Scarloss, and Shapley, 2007 ).

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Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality


In his latest EdSurge column , Michael Horn laid out how Google Maps offers an aspirational metaphor for what the future of educational tools could look like. But as he also noted, locating where people are geographically is one thing; pinpointing where they are educationally is another. Yet there are several initiatives, some of which I’ve had the privilege of working on, that aim to support the educational data ecosystem necessary for learner navigation.

Here’s How Head Start Parents Are Building Careers As Early Childhood Educators


Until then she had never heard of the federal program, which provides high-quality early childhood education to more than one million children from low-income families each year. It’s in keeping with Head Start’s larger mission to serve two generations, empowering parents to pursue education and careers, often within Head Start facilities. She says she lacked the confidence to pursue higher education. They gave me the courage to pursue a career in early childhood education.”

16 Education Podcasts to Check Out In 2017


It’s a golden age of education podcasts. Teachers, professors, education innovators, and tech skeptics have switched on their microphones to share their insights and analysis—and you’ll find plenty of lively characters and fresh voices via your earbuds. Other education podcasts take a more Socratic approach, drawing out their guests through dialogue. Professor of the Year ) and creativity (he scored a 2007 Rave award from Wired magazine for his viral videos).

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October is Connected Educator Month!

edWeb is delighted to be part of the continuing celebration and recognition of educators who connect with colleagues for professional learning and collaboration. Educators who join in quickly enjoy the benefits and the fun of meeting in a virtual world to share ideas for improving teaching and learning. edWeb has been part of this movement since our founding in 2007, and we now have 100,000 members! The post October is Connected Educator Month!

5 Essential Things Teachers Need to Know About UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

She talks about what we need to know and also the common mistakes educators make when starting to use UDL. is an internationally recognized educational consultant in the area of Universal Design for Learning and is the podcast host of UDL in 15 Minutes ( ) , heard by educators in over 25 countries. from the University of Kansas and is a former special education teacher.

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From Silos to Sharing: Why Are Open Educational Resources Still So Hard to Find?


For over a decade, plenty of time and dollars have been poured into encouraging the use of open educational resources (OER). In 2007 the Hewlett Foundation’s funding helped create OER Commons. Department of Education spearheaded the #GoOpen movement, a collection of efforts to spur educators, publishers and technologists to make OER more available and easily accessible. Yet many teachers still ask: “Why can’t I find the open educational resources I’m looking for?”

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The Role of Open Educational Resources (OER) in Making Education Available to All

A Principal's Reflections

I recently had the honor of traveling to the MIT campus in Boston and participating in a panel discussion on Open Education Resources (OER) at The Sixth Conference of MIT''s Learning International Networks Consortium (LINC) with three illustrious advocates of these open resources: Nicole Allen, Philipp Schmidt, and panel moderator Steve Carson. Open educational resources” (OER) here refers to the many free learning resources now populating the Worldwide Web.

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Sharing Tools for Measuring Impactful Technology Use

Digital Promise

Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan (2017) calls for “thoughtful intervention and attention” to close this digital use divide, namely by enabling educators to “design highly engaging and relevant learning experiences through technology.” Studies suggest that instructional coaching is one such thoughtful intervention, providing a critical form of professional development to improve teacher practice (Kraft, Blazar, & Hogan, 2018; Knight, 2007).

Science Interactive Group Acquires Another Company to Grow Its Lab Education Kits


At least, that’s the idea for Tim Loomer, CEO of science education holding company Science Interactive Group. Science Interactive claims it will be the largest lab products and services provider to the distance education market, servicing more than 650 higher education institutions following the acquisition. We want to bring equitable, high quality education to all students—to do that, we have to think out of the box,” says Allan.