New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. The reason quite simply was that when we crammed computers into existing learning models, they produced begrudging or negative results. As Harvard’s David Dockterman recounts , the blackboard was reportedly invented in the early 19 th century.

A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Edsurge

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. Tara Gilboa, Online Learning Experience Designer at Colorado School of Mines The LMS Checklist #1: Is the platform straightforward and user-friendly? It affects whether or not the LMS supports student learning. But there is a greater lesson to be learned. Education Technology Blended Learning Learning Strategies

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

LMS & CMS Discussion - #TECSIG Fall 2013 Breakout Session

EdTechSandyK

Some CMS/LMS systems districts are using: Moodle Schoology Edmodo Project Share Epsilen iTunes U Blackboard Collaborate Blackboard - U of H Clear Lake Desire2Learn Administratively difficult to use multiple systems at university level. Teachers may not have all of the skills they need to do online instructional design. Is there a need for dedicated online course instructional designers in K-12 education? Teaching online courses is a lot of work.

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Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

The ultimate learning experience for students is both highly collaborative and extremely personalized, supported by mobile devices and digital content, reports Project Tomorrow in their latest Speak Up report. Elementary schools may also be exploring various types of blended learning.

Can Foreign Language Immersion Be Taught Effectively Online?

MindShift

Learning to speak a second language often starts with memorizing words and phrases like colors, numbers and salutations. Middlebury Interactive Languages is trying to flip that model on its head with an online program that expects a lot from beginners.

The 2013 Reform Symposium This Week - Online, Free, and with Amazing Speakers and Presenters

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The fourth annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON) starts this Friday, October 11th, running for three days and in conjunction with Connected Educator Month.

20 years in e-learning

Mark Smithers

In June of this year it was twenty years since I set up my first web server for delivering e-learning courses. We’ve found out a lot about how people learn in higher education and the technology has allowed us to try things that just weren’t possible before. Other highlights of the last twenty years are the growth of open education, open courses, connected, social and rhizomatic learning. As an aside, I think we have massively overcomplicated online learning.

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