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September 30, 2014 e-Newsletter – 9/29/14

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Higher Education in 2024: Glimpsing the FutureA conversation about possible futures and multiple present trends could help those of us involved in higher education and technology to think more clearly about how what comes next emerges from what is now. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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Implementation of a mobile peer assessment system with augmented reality in a fundamental design courseThis study proposes a framework that incorporates mobile peer assessment and augmented reality (AR) technology to enhance interaction and learning effectiveness. According to the framework, a mobile AR peer assessment system has been developed to facilitate students to improve work interpretation, frequently interact with peers, represent their thinking and reflect upon their own works anytime […]Keep Reading

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A quantitative analysis of learning object repositories as knowledge management systemsLearning Object Repositories (LORs) are a core element of the Opening up Education movement around the word. Despite, the wide efforts and investments in this topic, still most of the existing LORs are designed mainly as digital libraries that facilitate discovery and provide open access to educational resources in the form of Learning Objects (LOs). […]Keep Reading

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Layered Approaches to Educational TechnologyThis case study provides a glimpse of the layered approaches to university-wide educational technology training and course development (including online and blended course development) instituted at Western Washington University. The array of opportunities for faculty professional development at WWU span formal campus-wide training to spontaneous peer-to-peer mentoring, crossing institutional layers to support integrated technology. On-demand help or impromptu sharing of information led to […]Keep Reading

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Class blogs as a teaching tool to promote writing and student interactionBlogs are a useful teaching tool for improving student writing and increasing class interaction. However, most studies have looked at individual blogs rather than blogs maintained by a whole class. We introduced assignments involving participation in class blogs to four science communication classes with enrolments of between 15 and 36 students. We administered paper-based surveys […]Keep Reading

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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutralityEducators, ed-tech companies ask for stronger net neutrality rules to protect innovation and preserve the democratizing power of the web eSchool News Full ArticleKeep Reading

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The Evolution of Time Measurement through the AgesThe Time and Frequency Division, part of the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory, maintains the standard for frequency and time interval for the United States, provides official time to the United States, and carries out a broad program of research and service activities in time and frequency metrology. The Physical Measurement Laboratory Visit the siteKeep Reading

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San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) and the Council for Normalization and Certification of Labor Competencies of Mexico (CONOCER) have signed a historic international cooperation agreementDr. Carlos Leon Hinojosa, distinguished Director General of CONOCER, and Dr. Miguel A. Cardenas, Founder and President of SDGKU, in representation of their respective organizations, have formalized a strategic alliance. The purpose of which is the promotion, development, and certification of global competencies in education, business, government and civil society sectors in Mexico as a […]Keep Reading

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  • The early-bird registrations for ascilite conference close on 3 October 2014. For more information
  • A new eBook has been released by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron of Athabasca University: Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media from Athabasca University Press. The complete book (and individual chapters) are available now in PDF format and will be for sale in paper, Kindle and epub by the end of this month. The book discusses ways to understand and to develop learning activities for three social aggregations – groups, nets and sets. It then explores how collective knowledge and tools provide new affordances and adjacent possibilities for each of these social aggregations.

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A digital migration is upon Bay District Schools as it moves toward compliance with a federal grant awarded to prod along innovation in public schools. “It’s a transition time,” said Tamra Hogue, supervisor for instructional technology and media services…
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Every student comes to school with a unique set of skills, abilities, needs, and aspirations. But in the traditional classroom environment, even the best educators are challenged to reach every child in a way that meets her or his personal needs…
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Poor internet connections in rural schools mean that children are missing out on the education opportunities of their city peers, a report has said. This morning’s report by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) surveyed more than 1,200 ICT…
Sajan George, founder of Matchbook Learning, kicked off a rapid fire email exchange that produced some incredibly helpful ideas about how to tell parents for the first time that their child is on a different academic level than their grade level. Sajan’s original…
One student’s completion of a section of Algebra II was cause for celebration at Muskegon’s newest charter school recently. “Attention everybody,” retention manager Mia Clark shouted in the hallway of Muskegon Covenant Academy. “Megan has…
During my thirty-five years as a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur, I’ve seen multiple technology revolutions occur, many of which have given rise to dozens of mega companies from Microsoft and Oracle to Google and Facebook. Education, however…
Five teenage girls faced each other, composing a “Dear John”-style letter detailing the reasons why the U.S. wanted to break off from England in 1776. Near the door, on the other side of Susan Burritt’s classroom, students sat in a row, facing laptops and…
The buzz around games and learning has mostly focused on how educators can learn from game structure to create engaging learning experiences. Or else, educators are experimenting with video games meant to help students practice academic skills…
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Nearly 7m students began their courses at Chinese universities at the start of a new academic year this month. In line behind them, a new cohort is already cramming for next year’s university entrance-examination, the notorious gaokao. But some young…
The MOOC was The Next Big Thing – and then it was written off for dead. But for Anant Agarwal, one of the founding fathers of this online reboot of university education, it’s only just getting started. Agarwal is an MIT computer science professor and the CEO…
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Three years ago, this headline appeared in The New York Times : “Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course.” We all know the rest of the story. When the artificial-intelligence class at Stanford University started that fall, 160,000 students in 190…
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“Higher education is now ground zero for disruption,” said Todd Hixon in a Forbes column, questioning the value, cost, and the antiquated business model of higher education. That said, there are a number of brilliant CIOs in higher education…
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CEM T-2: Apple, Edutopia, Adobe, NAESP/NASSP, SIIA/Texas Instruments, Educator Innovator/MacArthur, EdSurge/Google, Discovery, More…

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Hello again CEM supporters!

We’re almost there.  A lot of buzz about Connected Educator Month at the Bammys this weekend and we heard from many groups about exciting plans that have not yet hit the calendar (we also know a lot of great groups, like Discovery Educator Network, are having discussions about what to do in October too).

We hope you’re helping us spread the CEM word, and getting your friends/colleagues signed up for all the latest news and updates (here’s the CEM signup link–  You’ll not only be doing us a solid, but also helping support all the great groups putting in many hours to create and run CEM events this year.

SIIA, Texas Instruments, edWeb: PD In The Middle East
11 AM ET, Sept 30 Professional Development and Teacher Training in the Middle East The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Texas Instruments, and edWeb help kick off the global CEM and our Diversity & Inclusiveness theme with a special discussion of teacher professional development in one of the world’s most critical and troubled areas, the Middle East, led by Haif Bannayan of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy…

Apple Joins CEM: Using Social Media — Amazing Professional Development
8 PM ET, September 30  Using Social Media — Amazing Professional Development  Apple is joining Connected Educator Month this year with a number of events and activities, the heart of which will be a series of Twitter chats led by Apple Distinguished Educators taking place every Tuesday during the month at 8 PM ET, all at hashtag #ADEchat.  The topic of the first session is “Using Social Media — Amazing Professional Development.”  More soon on the rest of the slate…  (hashtag #ADEchat)

Edutopia: Guide To CEM 2014
Charter CEM supporter Edutopia has launched its own contributions to the month with a 2014 edition of its Resources For Connected Educator Month guide, which includes their recommendations for the best ways to get started, best ways to get more connected, best connected education resources, and more–including a vehicle to continue to get updates with additional guidance and tips throughout the month…

PS The fully updated CEM Starter Kit with 31 days worth of ways to get more connected has been released as well.  And districts will continue to find 2013’s evergreen district toolkit chock full of great CEM information, including self-assessments, embedded videos and more…

PLP: Wikis 101–Last Day To Sign Up
Sept 29-October 10.  Wikis have long been one of the most powerful connected formats in the right hands–make them yours, and your students’–in this timely short course led by CEM core partner Powerful Learning Practice. You’ll learn how to create and collaborate in the format, create engaging wiki-based lessons and activities, and more… (details, registration)

First Theme Kick Off: Student Agency, Student Voice
7 PM ET, October 1 Making Space And Time For Student Agency And Voice  (direct link) Led by Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project with support from the MacArthur Foundation/Connected Learning Alliance, CEM’s Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement theme officially kicks off on CEM’s opening day with a panel focusing on how we can create opportunities, space, and time for all youth to be agents in their own learning.

Panelists will include Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Paul Oh, Laura Bradley, Kim Douillard, Jo Paraiso, and special guests, including you!  Reserve your seat (and/or get a link to the archive if you can’t make it) today… (registration–to get reminder and archive) (direct link)

Adobe: Student Newsletter Webinars
CEM 2014 sponsor Adobe also helps kick off CEM’s Student Agency, Student Voice theme with two discussions on how to use InDesign to create awesome student newsletters:

11-11:30 AM ET, Oct 1 Create A School Newsletter with InDesign Make a great-looking school newsletter with Adobe InDesign! Learn a set of simple tasks that help you and your students create a publication for your class, club, or team.

6-6:30 PM ET, Oct 1 Adding Polish to Your Newsletter with InDesign Build your Adobe InDesign skills! Learn some advanced techniques for creating newsletters, including how to reuse settings from other InDesign files. (create newsletter webinar) (adding polish to your newsletter webinar)

Adobe will have a full slate of events & activities this month–we hope you’ll be able to attend as many as you can, and spread the word about them all; we want to support groups like Adobe who are stepping up financially to support connected education.

NAESP/NASSP/Connected Principals: Supporting Tech Integration In Schools
8 PM ET, Oct 2 How Principals Can Best Support Technology Integration In Their Schools The popular CEM CPChats, a collaboration between the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and Connected Principals, are back every Thursday at 8PM throughout the month.  These events were among the highlights of CEM 2013, and all educators are welcome–principals are key to the connected education movement, and we know you all have ideas to help.

The first discussion, on how principals can best support technology integration, will be led by Jason Markey, principal of East Leyden High School (IL) and winner of NASSP’s 2014 Digital Principal Award, and Rosie Vojtek, principal of Ivy Drive Elementary School (CT) and president of ISTE’s special interest group for administrators (SIGADMIN)

EdSurge/Google: Engaging Students In Computer Science
3 PM ET Oct 1 A Fresh Perspective On Engaging Students In Computer Science: Google’s CS First Program  Join Google’s Kate Berrio and EdSurge Associate Editor Mary Jo Madda for a discussion of Google’s new CS First program, designed by a team of educators and computer scientists to get students, particularly those in underrepresented groups in technology, interested in coding through afterschool and summer programs, with a fun, engaging and collaborative curriculum, of course.

Get all the details on free tools for coding, outcomes from the CS First initial pilot, and how you can bring this program to your school or district (and as with all sessions on the edWeb platform, you’ll automatically be emailed a CE certificate for attending live)
Create A Calendar Profile
The new CEM calendar offers many enhancements over last year’s version.  One is that you can create a free personal account for yourself that will allow you to create a custom CEM calendar that you can integrate with your own calendar system–it’ll automatically send you reminders for events you’re interested in too!  Learn more here (including how to videos)

Thanks, as always, for all you do to support CEM!

The CEM Team

To get regular updates on all the latest CEM developments sign up for the CEM newsletter, subscribe to our blog, or check in with Connected Educator Radio. For more information on CEM, see our reports on the 2012 and 2013 events, and/or this post by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan…

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Join Us For A Free K-12 Ed Tech Conference – 100% Online!

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FETCV Virtual Fall 2014: October 23, 2014

Join Peers and Colleagues at FETC Virtual Conference—Free Registration!

Dear Michael Barbour,

On October 23, FETC Virtual Conference will launch and be available to all those who have registered to attend. Join us for a full day of informative—and fun—sessions presented by education technology experts, demonstrations of the latest technology, and real-time networking with educators just like you, at no charge!

Our free, virtual event offers educators with limited professional development resources free access to essential industry, peer and vendor information that can help them excel! There are no travel expenses. No lines. No substitutes to schedule. No funding approval needed!

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Register today to assure your place at this high-tech online event. Invite your entire department, staff and faculty to take advantage of this professional development opportunity—all at no charge!


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