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Looking through previous posts I noticed that I had mentioned the use of net books in the classroom. I admit that post is pretty old so I thought I’d add a few links on the use of the iPad in the classroom. Tech roars forward, waiting for none.

http://edudemic.com/2010/12/the-ultimate-guide-to-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/

http://blogs.forbes.com/elizabethwoyke/2011/01/21/pros-and-cons-of-ipads-in-the-classroom/

http://teacher.ocps.net/groups/ipodsintheclassroom/

http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/2011/01/some-facts-myths-regarding-classroom.html

http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/blogs/the-impact-of-ipads-in-the-classroom

As you can see, tech has its promises and its pitfalls.

Over a year and a half since I last posted here. So busy with the multiple blogs and web sites generated by participation in the Masters program at Full Sail I’ve ignored this blog. I have to pay more attention to it.

My Big New Adventure!

I’ve just started the Education Media and Technology Design Masters Program at Full Sail University and have been so busy with that and learning all the new stuff at my finger tips courtesy of MobileMe and my new MacBook Pro that I have neglected this blog for too long. Look for new posts as I discover through learning!

eLearning Weekly

Instead of adding all this new functionality, LMS vendors should concentrate on better connecting and integrating with open standards and technologies. User data should be 100% portable. RSS feeds should be available both ways: people should be able to subscribe to a feed to monitor when new resources are added in the LMS, and the LMS should be able to import and act on data fed to it. The systems and the data should be mashable. The LMS will need to become one of the building blocks within the enterprise, rather than remain as a standalone system that doesn’t play well with others.

eLearning Weekly

Here’s a great link from eLearning Weekly that I found on Tag  Surfer.

Cath Ellis has a great post outlining her Ten Commandments of eLearning. These basic principles, if adhered to, can make a huge difference in whether or not a project will be successful. These principles apply whether you are designing an eLearning course or introducing a new tool for your learners (ex. a blog, wiki, discussion board, etc.).

Here’s a summary of the Ten Commandments, but be sure to read Cath’s post for detailed information on each of the items:

1. Put the pedagogy (not the technology) first

2. Be aware of workloads and work patterns (yours and theirs)

3. Balance risks with safety

4. Balance obligations with rewards

5. Make ethics a priority

6. Model good practice

7. Make expectations clear

8. Establish patterns and stick to them

9. Keep spaces available for students to use and shape to their own needs

10. Use/develop protocols

Read the full Ten Commandments of eLearning.

Our Favorite Typefaces of 2008

Typographica on April 16, 2009

via Our Favorite Typefaces of 2008 | Typeface Reviews | Typographica.

Here’s a fun one for all you typesetting junkies out there.  The printed word is still a pinnacle of human accomplishment!

Change or Die!

We are in the midst of a sea change in the way instruction is delivered. As an online student myself I am participating in a model of education that I feel is the tip of the iceberg in how the delivery of education is changing. I’m typing this on Google Docs, this allows me access to word processing, presentation and spreadsheet applications that have moved from my hard drive to the Cloud, in the process it has enabled me to share these presentations with anyone I choose. I can allow them to view them or I can allow them to actually edit and modify them, in short production apps have joined social networking. The potential for collaboration is immense. But as I said before this is the tip of the iceberg, change is coming and educational institutions are going to have to change to take of advantage of this change.

2¢ Worth has a link to an article in Deseret News about David Wiley a professor at Brigham Young University who is convinced that traditional Universities and Colleges will be irrelevant because of rapid technological advances.

“Higher education doesn’t reflect the life that students are living, he says. In that life, information is available on demand, files are shared, and the world is mobile and connected. Today’s colleges, on the other hand, are typically “tethered, isolated, generic, and closed,” he says.

To those who would argue that today’s students are spoiled — the “by gum, I wrote my dissertation on a manual typewriter” argument — Wiley points to a YouTube video called “What if.” The video quotes educators from years gone by who were alarmed that chalk, pencils, ballpoint pens and calculators would make students lazy and stupid.

Read the article here.

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