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Research Digest: Blended Learning Discussions 

Shroff, R. & Vogel, D. (2010). An Investigation on Individual Students’ Perceptions of Interest Utilizing a Blended Learning Approach. International Journal on E-Learning, 9(2), 279-294. Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Article Review Little is known about the impact of a blended learning approaches on individual student interest and whether combinations of online and face-to-face learning activities significantly …

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Avatars in Education 

80% of the worlds active Internet users will be in a virtual world by the end of 2011 (Gartner,2007). According to analyst firm Gartner, by 2013, 70% of companies will have issued their employees guidelines on how virtual avatars involved in company business should act and dress. Avatars and virtual interactions are becoming more and …

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MEGs Multi Player Educational Game Tournaments 

Tabula Digita, an educational game design company, responsible for the DimensionM online multiplayer math game series, has been hosting MEGABOWL events bringing elementary and middle school students against their classmates and students from other schools to compete in game tournaments. Tabula Digita has staged tournaments in New York City, Austin, Texas, and other locations where …

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Common Craft Videos For Ed 

Common Craft, where the product is explanation delivered in short animated videos, have unsurprisingly acquired a following of educators that are putting their videos to use. The following results are of a case study published byCommon Craft, around how one school district, containing 30 schools that serve over 16,000 students, 1200 teachers and 2100 …

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Super Cool School 

Opportunities for online education are changing the way we consider how to 'go to school'. A company called Supercool School has announced its plans to reinvent online education by allowing people to quickly and easily start their own web-based schools. The video below offers more specific details about the platform. This this article describes the …

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NARST News III: Inquiry 

More highlights from the sessions I have been attending included design based research in science education and developing inquiry-based curriculum materials. The strand around design based research featured a collaborative National Science Foundation grant funded project with the University of Michigan. They are designing an inquiry science environment based on CAST's Universal Design principles. This …

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Home & School 

What does the relationship between school and home look like today? Traditionally, the parent-teacher conference has been the accepted model for relations between a student's family and their teacher. For years that process has been the norm, but now it is changing. In more and more schools, students are leading the conferences, and technology is …

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HS in 2 years? 

High School in two years? Eight US states (Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont) are set to be apart of a pilot program commencing in the 2011-2012 school year to allow a new track for completing high school. It involves 10 to 20 high schools in each of the …

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Trade School 

TRADE SCHOOL = 30 DAYS OF CLASSES, CO-WORKING AND BARTERING. I found this great article in GOOD describing a new project called Trade School, opening on the Lower East Side of Manhattan from now until the first of March. There are a range of class offerings from grant writing to making butter, but the interesting thing …

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Searching Appropriately 

Searching for information on the internet, as a primary or secondary age student, can be overwhelming based on the amount of results as well as being able to distinguish what sources are valid. If teachers are looking to gain some comfort the sources their students are using for their work such search engine sites as<a …

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Poll of the Future of Online Learning 

Over the past 10 years online learning has taken off. According to the U.S. Department of Education e-learning, or virtual school instruction, is now offered by about 25 percent of all K-12 public schools, it is even required for graduation in Michigan and Alabama. Currently, the results of the poll, 'What Will Online Education Look …

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Trends of Game Play Effects on the Brain 

This article features the multi-institutional study, from the journal Cerebral Cortex where researchers found they were able to predict performance in a video game simply by measuring the volume of specific structures in the brain. This study tells us a lot about how the brain works when it is trying to learn a complex task. We …

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Q2L After School Program: Mobo 

After school programs for enrichment have become a common occurrence offered by schools today. Quest to Learn (Q2L), the school created by members of the Institute of Play and which promotes a game-based, systems perspective on learning opened its doors this fall in NYC. Not surprisingly, they offer an outside program called Mobo The Mobo …

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Virtual Classroom Redesign 

Adding to the debate of the schools of the future and specifically, how to (re)design classroom spaces I found this article about the application of virtual worlds toward school and classroom design. It offers the ability for teachers and students to 'test' out the spaces before they are actually built by being immersed as an …

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Motivating STEM Students 

"If the U.S. is to maintain its economic leadership and compete in the new global economy, the Nation must prepare today's K–12 students better to be tomorrow's productive workers and citizens. Changing workforce requirements mean that new workers will need ever more sophisticated skills in science, mathematics, engineering and technology."- National Science Board (NSB) A …

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Winkball ;) 

Do you want a new reason to wink at someone? A project called Winkball has re-purposed the classic eye wink in a way that could have some interesting applications. The new set of video tools created by Winkball offers a forum to communicate easier using video. Specifically, the Winkball wall features fields of short fields …

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Win $25,000 Creating a Facebook Learning App! 

A non-profit organization called Hidden Agenda has started another round of a development competition of creating online facebook games for learning. Win $25K in cold hard cash by creating a better way to teach a high school subject - on Facebook! Get creative. Blow away the competition! The best example of fun and effective "social …

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Notes on Allan Collins’ Talk at TC 

Last Thursday Dr. Allan Collins spoke at Teachers College about his newly released book, Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: He opened his talk with stories of students who are excelling in ways outside the traditional bounds of school. He advocated that this outlet of learning is where technology is having most impact, in …

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DiGra Conference Recap 

OVERVIEW & TRENDS I was able to attend the DiGRA '09 (Digital Games Research Association) Conference in London and wanted to post a recap of some of the events. DiGRA is an association for academics and professionals who research digital games and associated phenomena. As it was a games conference, game play during the event was …

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Breakfast of Champions at G4C 

The first event of the second day of the Games for Change (G4C) conference featured two giants of academia. The James Gee and Henry Jenkins conversation was dubbed the ultimate breakfast and they were the bacon and eggs of the AM. The main focus of their conversation revolved around technology enriched learning communities. Some of …

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