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August 3, 2016

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Results of 2016 Professional Learning Survey The SIIA Vision K-20 Project promotes the best uses of technology to ensure that all students have access to a learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation. The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment hosted on SIIA’s Vision K-20 […]

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Major barriers for participating in online teaching in developing countries from Iranian faculty members’ perspectivesAlthough higher education systems in developing countries such as Iran have embraced the online education approach, they are confronted with significant challenges in this transition, one of which is lack of instructors’ participation in online teaching. Therefore, this research is aimed at exploring barriers and influential factors for this lack of participation. The researchers developed […]

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The nature of collaboration and perceived learning in wiki-based collaborative writingWiki-based collaborative writing has been widely adopted in education to facilitate collaborative learning. However, research shows that students adopt different collaboration patterns during wiki-based collaborative writing, and that collaboration patterns may vary in how they enhance learning. It is thus critical to understand the relationship between the nature of collaboration and learning. This study examined […]

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A Critical Look at a Blended English Language Teacher Education Program with an Emphasis on the PracticumThe aim of the present study was to explore what types of difficulties student teachers enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language Teacher Education program offered in a blended format and their cooperating teachers encountered during the student teacher practicum. The participants were 21 fourth grade student teachers and 12 cooperating teachers. […]

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Meeting Teacher Expectations in a DL Professional Development Programme – A Case Study for Sustained Applied Competence as Programme OutcomeMeeting teacher expectations for a professional development programme (PDP) is expected to strengthen sustainable applied competence as programme outcome since teachers will be more motivated to apply the programme content in practice. A revised distance learning (DL) programme was augmented by a practical component comprising a work-integrated portfolio and audio-visual material, aimed to support the […]

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New NetRef 3.0 Software Allows Teachers to Manage Web Access in Real-time and Produce Online Activity Reports by Student, Class and School with No Device InstallationDULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NetRef has rolled out their latest upgrade, NetRef 3.0, which gives teachers complete control of the 21st century classroom. Enhancing an already comprehensive technology that allows personalized Internet access for every classroom, the new NetRef 3.0 update provides timeframes of when students have gone off task, allows customization of websites, and offers detailed […]

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Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve LearningAshish Aggarwal wants to help students taking online classes by creating a digital teaching assistant to answer questions. To help turn his idea into reality, Aggarwal needed to learn about data and software. So, he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative LearnLab Summer School, which teaches participants about the leading tools that merge education, […]

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Stanford students create tools to enhance teaching and learningEmpowering teachers. Closing educational gaps. Coping with stress. Getting good feedback. These familiar challenges will soon be getting some new attention.

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Francis Ford Coppola tests concept of live movie-making at UCLAMore than 75 students and faculty from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television participated in a monthlong experimental workshop with five-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker and alumnus Francis Ford Coppola that culminated Friday with a live broadcast of a production based on Coppola’s concept of Live Cinema. University of California Los Angeles

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