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March 22, 2013

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USDLA SPRING 2013 NEWSLETTER

RECENT BOOKS AND STUDIES

The much discussed Pew Internet study on how teachers are using technology at home and in their classrooms:

http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Teachers-and-technology/Summary-of-Findings.aspx

Digital Learning Now! Releases a blended learning implementation guide:

http://learningaccelerator.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/DLNSmartSeries-BL-paper_2012-02-05a-1.pdf

ASTD comes out with a study focused upon the evolution of informal learning:

http://www.researchandmarkets.com/publication/dtkx3y/informal_learning_the_social_evolution

On the job eLearning: workers attitudes and perceptions:

http://distance-educator.com/on-the-job-e-learning-workers-attitudes-and-perceptions/

Online education satisfaction correlated with personality type:

http://cjlt.csj.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/655

The 2013 Global eLearning Salary and Compensation Report:

http://www.elearningguild.com/content.cfm?selection=doc.2736&utm_campaign=research-sal13&utm_medium=email&utm_source=elrnindli

What do public university websites reveal about their support for distance learning initiatives?

http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla/winter154/jones_meyer154.html

REVOLUTIONARY MOOCs…

MOOCs increasingly become a global phenomenon:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/providers-of-free-online-college-courses-add-schools-including-many-foreign-ones/2013/02/20/b2e93832-7b7b-11e2-9a75-dab0201670da_story.html?wpisrc=emailtoafriend

Tom Friedman writes on the revolutionary potential of MOOCs:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/06/opinion/friedman-the-professors-big-stage.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&adxnnlx=1363622575-KXVJ3op6c0iuKpP8aZMCrw

… POTENTIAL REVOLUTION WITHIN COMMUNITY COLLEGES …

California considers a plan to permit community college students to obtain credit for online courses, under certain circumstances:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/conversation/2013/03/13/california-shifts-the-ground-under-higher-education/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en

An open education company looks to develop a text free associate degree:

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/open-education-company-helps-develop-textbook-free-associate-degree/42847?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en

… AND HOW DATA CAPS COULD UNDERMINE ALL THIS REVOLUTIONARY POTENTIAL…

Who exactly benefits from easier online access?

http://chronicle.com/article/Caps-on-Data-Use-Dim-Online/137653/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en

... JUST AS THE DIGITAL DIVIDE COULD UNDERMINE IT

Too many Americans do not have broadband access at home:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Bandwidth-Divide/137633/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

AN ONLINE DATABASE ON LEARNING AND OTHER HABITS OF K-12 STUDENTS SPARKS CONTROVERSY

The database, which already holds files on millions of children, provokes hopes and fears:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/k-12-student-database-jazzes-tech-startups-spooks-133722974.html

SURVEYS

 

An eye opening survey of MOOCs conducted by the Chronicle of Higher Education, focusing on the perceptions of those who offer them:

http://chronicle.com/article/The-Professors-Behind-the-MOOC/137905/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en#id=overview

A survey by the Consortium of School Networking of how school districts are using education technology:

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/03/cosn-2013-what-k-12-it-leaders-really-think

BIGGER BANDWIDTH

Schools seek faster Internet connections to take advantage of new education technologies:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/14/25broadband.h32.html?tkn=ZSDCySpPCjn8pMKn7RRxJi3NncNmmx%2BEDiTz&cmp=clp-sb-edtech

… While Thailand provides faster Internet and government issued tablet PCs to over 27 thousand first year students:

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/mar/11/thailand-cover-27231-schools-internet/

BUT EVEN BIGGER BANDWIDTH CAN’T ALWAYS PROTECT AGAINST CAMPUS NETWORK OVERLOAD

Virtual floods cause Internet outages:

http://chronicle.com/article/Digital-Devices-Invade-http://chronicle.com/article/Digital-Devices-Invade-Campus/137217/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA

The DPLA selects its founding Executive Director, George Mason University Professor Dan Cohen:

http://dp.la/2013/03/13/press-qa-dan-cohen-on-his-role-as-the-founding-executive-director-of-dpla/

POOLED PURCHASING

States join forces to purchase education technologies:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/13/24maine.h32.html?tkn=SSCCaTpo3YZhbdk0R6a1qruULuiZhyUd4wpp&cmp=clp-sb-edtech

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT…

Teacher training should focus on student needs, not on device capabilities:

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/03/14/25priorities.h32.html?tkn=TWCFtdQhgmxWQI2mhnCpC8dXzvhmAGXMG8KC&cmp=clp-sb-edtech

As social media becomes more prevalent, teachers should focus less on controlling it and more on using it to build learning communities:

http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/03/07/controlling-social-media-current-policy-trends-in-k12-edcuation.aspx

… WHILE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES ARE AT A TECHNOLOGY TIPPING POINT

According to Bill Gates:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9237429/Bill_Gates_Schools_are_at_a_technology_tipping_point_

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Gates, Zuckerberg, and Dorsey champion computer programming knowledge as the embodiment of the American dream:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/26/net-us-nonprofit-coding-video-idUSBRE91P16820130226

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY

Some 25,000 teachers participate in Digital Learning Day activities:

http://www.eschoolnews.com/current-issue/?pagenumber=61

THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE K-12 CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Remarks of CoSN CEO Keith Krueger:

http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2013/03/redefining-role-school-cto

FROM TEXTBOOKS TO TABLETS

Why some schools are making the transition:

http://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2013/03/06/schools-shift-from-textbooks-to-tablets

http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/feed/2077170

SHOULD MACHINES GRADE WRITING EXAMS?

No, because they can’t discern context:

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/03/15/professors-odds-machine-graded-essays

Maybe, because they can be programmed to approximate human reasoning:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2011-02-21-automated-grading-essay_N.htm

USING GAMES FOR FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT

The development of SimCityEDU for sixth grade STEM education:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/03/video-games-as-assessment-tools-game-changer/

SOCIAL MEDIA

Does Twitter help students learn?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/mar/13/twitter-transform-learning-higher-education 

How schools are collaborating with social media:

http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/02/07/social-studies.aspx

 

CYBERBULLYING

Ireland attempts a crackdown:

http://www.siliconrepublic.com/new-media/item/31730-napd-calls-for-school-wide/

Apps available to stop cyberbullying:

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/21/3246078/kids-being-bullied-via-calls-and.html

TEXTING

Is “LOL” an evolutionary next step in communication?

http://www.fastcompany.com/3006423/why-texting-lol-may-be-making-you-smarter

E-RATE

Senator Rockefeller proposes expansion of the federal e-rate program:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/technology/fund-that-subsidizes-internet-for-schools-should-expand-a-senator-says.html?_r=0

NATIONAL CENTER FOR INTERPROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND EDUCATION

Announcing the formation of the health care focused Center at the University of Minnesota:

http://www.ahceducation.umn.edu/nexus-ipe/

FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOL

The Florida Virtual School receives the highest award from the Florida Safety Council:

http://www.flvs.net/areas/aboutus/NewsArchives/Press%20Releases/PR%202013%20FLVS%20Receives%20Highest%20Award%20from%20the%20Florida%20Safety%20Council.pdf

UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX

The University’s accreditation is threatened:

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2013/02/25/accreditation-threatened-at-apollo.html?page=all

KHAN ACADEMY

Kansas City area schools tap into the online Khan Academy:

http://www.kansascity.com/2013/03/08/4109734/schools-tap-into-online-khan-academy.html

As do schools throughout Idaho:

http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Grant-helps-Idaho-schools-plug-into-online-classes-194088691.html

CONFERENCES

April 2 – April 4, 2013 — Pearson Cite 2013 (Chicago, IL):

http://pearsonevents.com/cite2013/

April 2 – April 4, 2013 — Early Education and Technology for Children (Salt Lake City, UT):

http://www.eetcconference.org/

April 9 – April 11, 2013 — Sloan-C 6th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning (Las Vegas, NV):

http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2013/et4online/welcome

April 11- April 12, 2013 — Saylor Foundation Digital Education Conference 2013 (McLean, VA):

http://www.saylor.org/2013/01/announcing-the-saylor-foundation-digital-education-conference/

April 23 – April 24, 2013 — Common Ground 2013, Leading and Learning in the Digital Age (Baltimore, MD):

http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab2.aspx?EventID=1143463

April 28 – May 1, 2013 — USDLA 2013 National Conference — A New Era of Openness (St. Louis, MO):

http://www.usdla.org/2013_national_conference/home.html?utm_source=Copy+of+2013+Conf+Keynotes&utm_campaign=2013+Keynotes&utm_medium=email

June 18 – June 20, 2013 — mLearnCon 2013 (San Jose, CA):

http://www.elearningguild.com/mLearnCon/content/2702/mlearncon-2013-conference–expo—home/?utm_campaign=mlc13se&utm_medium=some&utm_source=linden

July 25 – 26, 2013 — Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference — eLearning Horizons: Are We There Yet? (St. Louis, MO):

http://www.modla.org/

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