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Visual Aesthetics in E-Learning

Title: Visual Aesthetics in E-Learning

Author: Anastasia McCune

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Genre: eLearning | Level: Intermediate | Language: English

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Good design can lend value to an elearning project by boosting the impact of the content, and making it easier for viewers to interact with the piece and retain information. In this course, Anastasia McCune briefly introduces the principles and elements of visual design that are most relevant to elearning, showing practical examples along the way. She offers ideas for improving not only the process of designing the visual aspect of an elearning piece, but also ideas on what you could do today to improve the visual appeal of individual screens. For example, bullet points are simple and straightforward, but can quickly become tedious during a long training. She offers a variety of visual treatments that provide the same information in a more appealing manner. In addition to explaining how to break away from bullet points, Anastasia shares a number of easy-to-implement techniques that help grab the viewer, keep the eye moving, and keep interest up.

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* Why you should pay attention to aesthetics
* Power design principles for elearning
* Contrast, repetition, alignment, unity, and simplicity
* Selecting colors and a typeface
* Working with type technically
* White space
* Tips and tricks you can use today
* Using grids, style guides, and templates

Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Organizations · Teaching

ISTE Digital Learning Pathways

ISTE is now offering courses (pre-order for June 1st 2017) to facilitate digital learning for teachers and students. Currently there are three courses, but more are scheduled. The courses cost about $25 each but group rates are possible.

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ISTE and Metiri Group bring you direct personalized professional learning to support the ISTE student standards and digital age learning. When ISTE launched the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students they made a strategic shift from technology standards to learning standards. These new standards are organic, from the field, expert informed, human focused, and aspirational. Serving as a foundational resources for learning and teaching in a digital age the standards promote student agency, choice, and deep learning. To achieve any impact these standards necessitate a foundational knowledge base, research-backed instructional and technology integration strategies, and assessment tools that can inform teacher practice. We strategically partnered to provide you with relevant, just in time, professional learning where at least 80% of the course content can’t be found anywhere else. These rich materials, real-life examples of digital learning, and practical approaches will help any teacher in any school move the needle for their students as they shift from traditional to transformative practices that empower and engage today’s digital learners. Get started… 

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Handbook of Research on Global Issues in Next-Generation Teacher Education

Title: Handbook of Research on Global Issues in Next-Generation Teacher Education

Authors:  Jared Keengwe and Justus G. Mbaeglob
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1466699485 | 446 Pages


Teachers, students of education, administrators, and policy makers will find this publication offers a number of innovative solutions.

There is no question that all aspects of modern life have been imbued with technology. In education, students are becoming increasingly savvy in their use of the myriad technologies and virtual tools and must be taught adequate complimentary skills to be effective in the 21st century workforce. To answer this call, teachers’ education must reflect modern demands by integrating the use of these tools as part of their teaching practices.The addresses this need with precise, comprehensive research and case studies. With strategies and emerging research on the empowerment of tomorrow’s inspirational educational leaders, this handbook of research outlines the challenges, benefits, and opportunities of engaging teachers with the 21st century skills their students require. Teachers, students of education, administrators, and policy makers will find this publication offers a number of innovative solutions.

Wearable Technology and Mobile Innovations for Next-Generation Education

Title: Wearable Technology and Mobile Innovations

Author: Janet Holland
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1522500693 | 388 Pages

Focusing on technical considerations, lessons learned, and real-world examples, this book is ideally designed for instructors, researchers, upper-level students, and policy makers interested in the effectiveness of wearable applications.

Advances in technology continue to alter the ways in which we conduct our lives, from the private sphere to how we interact with others in public. As these innovations become more integrated into modern society, their applications become increasingly relevant in various facets of life. is an authoritative reference source on the development and implementation of wearables within learning and training environments, emphasizing the valuable resources offered by these advances. Focusing on technical considerations, lessons learned, and real-world examples, this book is ideally designed for instructors, researchers, upper-level students, and policy makers interested in the effectiveness of wearable applications.

Title: Art and Technology

Authors: Luisa Menano and Patricia Fidalgo
English | 2017 | ISBN: 9463008616 | 157 Pages 41oHqGW8OTL

 

The challenge of how to integrate art and technology in education faces educators all around the world. Approaches for addressing this challenge in ways that enhance the learner’s educational experience can be found in different cultures and in different disciplines. Embracing the idea of collaboration among art and technology educators and practitioners, was what Menano and Fidalgo proposed to the authors of the chapters in this book. This book presents ideas that help educators to re-evaluate and re-think how to approach art and technology in the educational setting and offers solutions to develop new experiences for students and communities.

Each chapter presents teaching practices and successful activities that address the challenges facing art and technology education professionals. Along with descriptions of the learners, the settings, the schools and the communities in which they work, the authors share their thoughts and concerns about the changing educational landscape around them. The authors are respected and experienced instructors who are engaged with the use of art and technology and each chapter reflects the authors’ diverse practices, their students at different educational levels, and the different educational and socio-cultural contexts in which the learning and teaching takes place. The authors hope that the varied approaches presented in this book will motivate educators to connect beyond the classroom as well as to embrace new strategies and think more creatively and broadly about educational practices.

Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · ICT · Organizations · Teaching

Shifting Minds: C21 Canada

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Two leading documents are a sequel to Shifting Minds 3.0 Redefining the Learning Landscape in Canada. They are designed to help leaders continue to seek evidence and growth of innovative system cultures that promote competencies needed in a digital economy.

Click to download full documents:
Shifting Minds Imagine A New Generation

Shifting Systems Imagine the Possibilities

Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Organizations

GELP – Global Education Leader’s Partnership

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Over six years the Global Education Leaders’ partnership has created the most powerful alliance of global education leaders committed to transforming learning systems to meet the needs of learners.

As we hurtle through the second decade of the 21st Century, the pressure for radical change to mainstream education is urgent and images for what that future might look like are emerging. But, there is a problem. There is no version of this complex, exciting new world of learning that can arrive ready to open for business on Monday morning. GELP shares the journeys of cities and countries around the world as they travel from the education systems they have to the education systems they want and need – and highlights the tools and processes they are using along the way.

The partnership is a community of thought leaders and consultants from world-class organizations, collaborating in a global community with teams of key system education leaders who are seriously committed both to transforming education in practice and to developing the personal skills they need to lead the changes required.  At the heart of GELP’s vision is the fostering of new pedagogies, curricula and assessment methods that enable every student to develop higher order capabilities. For this to be realised, appropriate technology, leadership, professional development, policies and governance also have to be in place.  The three key aims of the Partnership are to:

  1. radically transform education for the future; it is for others to pursue the important work of improvement in the existing paradigm.
  2. set aside competition and league tables, preferring instead to collaborate to learn with and from each other.
  3. focus on education systems and system conditions and understanding how these affect learners and learning at scale.

GELP is the ‘network of networks’.

GELP already includes participation from education system leaders from Finland, South Korea, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica, South Africa, USA, Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, China, India and New Zealand.

GELP brings together education leaders, social entrepreneurs, business, politics and civil society. It works with likeminded international organisations including Centre for Education Research and Innovation (OECD), Brookings Institute (Washington DC), The World Innovation Summit on Education (Qatar), Asia Society and the Global Cities Education Network (New York), New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning (Toronto), the Centre for Curriculum Redesign (Boston), Global Education Futures (Russia) and the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (OECD/Education International) to name a few!

GELP is an initiative supported by the Innovation Unit and generously partnered by the Ellen Koshland Family Fund.

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Education World April 2017

educationworldEducation World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content. We update the site daily, offering:

  • Carefully curated news briefs on topics that matter to educators;
  • Lesson plans, printables, worksheets and thousands of other classroom-ready resources;
  • EdTech tips and ideas as well as reviews of apps, websites and tech products; and
  • A huge library of professional development articles and columns.

The Education World team, including a network of skilled content providers, have maintained this free resource for educators since 1996. In order to keep the site free, Education World is funded by corporate sponsors and advertisers. The site is also part of The Educator’s Network, which simplifies educator-targeted media buying and offers efficient, optimized campaigns across multiple teacher sites via a single point of contact.

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Google Classroom like a Pro

GOOGLE CLASSROOM LIKE A PRO: The Guide for students and teachers

Title: Google Classroom Like A Pro

Author: Michael Redcar

2017 | English | ASIN: B06XXZ2VVT | 176 pages

Welcome to a world of paperless education!
Google Classroom is the new and highly innovative service from Google, which aims to help you to deliver the education ideas of the future.
Now, with this great new book, teachers and students have the opportunity to find out what Google Classroom can do for them in their schools and other learning institutions.
With an in-depth look at the features of Google Classroom, you will learn how this amazing product can:

  • Help to streamline assignments
  • Give you options when it comes to grading
  • Ease communication between teachers and students
  • Cut down on wasted time
  • Store assignments for the future

This how-to-use manual is simple and easy-to-follow, is the next step in the future of learning and is set to become a sensation.
Get your copy of Google Classroom today and see what difference it will make to the way you teach and the way you learn!

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Building School 2.0

Title: Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

Authors: Chris Lehmann, Zac Chase
English | ISBN: 1118076826 | 2015 | 304 pages

 

Ninety-five propositions for creating more relevant, more caring schools
There is a growing desire to reexamine education and learning. Educators use the phrase “school 2.0” to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spacescan—and should—change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies.

Well known for their work in creating Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a technology-rich, collaborative, learner-centric school in Philadelphia, founding principal Chris Lehmann and former SLA teacher Zac Chase are uniquely qualified to write about changing how we educate. The best strategies, they contend, enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society. Their model includes discussions of the following key concepts:

Technology must be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible
Classrooms must be learner-centric and use backwards design principles
Good technology can be better than new technology
Teachers must serve as mentors and bring real-world experiences to students
Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators to examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of school, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.

Education 2.0: The LearningWeb Revolution and the Transformation of the School
Title: Education 2.0: The LearningWeb Revolution and the Transformation of the School

Author: Leonard J. Waks
English | 20 Aug. 2013 | ISBN: 1612050360, 1612050352 | 256 Pages
Thirty years of spirited school reforms have failed to improve our schools and instead have left our public school systems in disarray. Meanwhile, employment prospects for high school and college graduates are fading, and the public is losing faith in its schools.

Title: The Secret Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Using Web 2.0 Tools and What School Librarians Can Do about It

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Author: Peggy Creighton Ph.D.
English | 2012 | ISBN: 1586835327 | 71 pages


Web 2.0 and its associated tools have the power to substantially increase student achievement. This book has two straightforward primary purposes: to detail the research-based reasons classroom teachers fail to incorporate Web 2.0 tools into their instruction and collaboration with other educators; and to provide actionable strategies to rectify these omissions.
The Secret Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Using Web 2.0 Tools and What School Librarians Can Do about It provides authoritative definitions of Web 2.0, explains the types of Web 2.0 tools suited for use in educational settings, examines the research-based reasons they are underutilized, and offers strategies for school librarians to model the use of technology-enabled tools—and for teaching others to do so. This book will benefit anyone wishing to effect a positive social change in improving student achievement: practicing K–12 librarians and educators, K–12 school and district administrators, and researchers in the field of K–12 education.

Educational Philosophy · Higher Ed · Organizations · Teaching

The False Promise of Higher Education

Title: Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

Author: Charles J. Sykes

Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education

ISBN: 1250071593 | 2016 | 288 pages

The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978•four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion. Nearly two thirds of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. Many college graduates under twenty-five years old are unemployed or underemployed. And professors•remember them?•rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities, instead handing off their lecture halls to cheaper teaching assistants.
So, is it worth it? Thats the question Charles J. Sykes attempts to answer in Fail U., exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrative jobs, the grandiose building plans, and the utter lack of preparedness for the real world that many now graduates face. Fail U. offers a different vision of higher education; one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students•and one that will actually be useful in their future careers and lives.The False Prove.

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Title: Ivory Tower  (2014)
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Language: English
Duriation01:30:41
Genre: Documentary | Family | History | News

A documentary that questions the cost — and value — of higher education in the United States.

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Partners in Education

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REL Pacific offers a variety of technical assistance resources and tools available to the Pacific educational community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part I: Building an Understanding of Family and Community Engagement
The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education is designed to guide school staff in strengthening partnerships with families and community members to support student learning. The Regional Educational Laboratory for the Pacific (REL Pacific) developed the toolkit in response to a request from the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, whose members include K-12 school staff and college faculty who work with K-12 schools. This toolkit offers an integrated approach to family and community engagement, bringing together research, promising practices, and a wide range of useful tools and resources with explanations and directions for using them. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 2: Building a Cultural Bridge
The tools in Part 2 focus on tapping into the strengths of families and community members and helping families to establish active roles within the school community in support of student learning. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 3: Building Trusting Relationships With Families and Community Through Effective Communication
Part 3 tools focus on cross-cultural and two-way communication as ways to enhance family and community engagement. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education, Part 4: Engaging All in Data Conversations
The tools in Part 4 help school staff understand what data are important to share with families and community members and how to share such data. Each part can stand alone or be used in conjunction with the other parts for a more comprehensive approach to family and community engagement, depending on the varying needs of the staff and school community.

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Five Steps for Structuring Data-Informed Conversations and Action in Education
This guide provides a framework and the skills and language needed to support an informed conversation around data. As a facilitation guide, the document contains leading questions and blank activity forms to walk users through each step of the process.

To view the webinar on the guide, please visit the events page.