By Tag: collaboration

New York Times: Learning Online May Be Better

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computer The New York Times recently reported on the results of a 12-year study by SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute) that examined the effectiveness of online versus traditional teaching methods.

Conducted in some K-12 settings, but mainly in college and adult continuing education-programs from 1996 to 2008, “the analysis for the Education Department found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile.”

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Tech & Education: Is your school using Google Apps for Education? Why not?

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Google AppsImagine how valuable it would be if your entire campus community — students, faculty, and staff — could share information and ideas more easily. With Google Apps Education Edition, you can start bringing that vision to life.

Google Apps Education Edition is a free suite of hosted communication & collaboration applications designed for schools and universities. See the top 10 reasons to switch your school to Google Apps.

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Building a Class Website: Should I use a Blog or Wiki?

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I get this question all the time… usually after one my teacher friends has attended a “tech” seminar where the speaker mentioned something or another about Edublogs (blog) and/or WikiSpaces (wiki), so let’s examine the two platforms.

Blogs Wikis
Management Single Facilitator (teacher) Community (teacher & students)
Collaboration Discussions through commenting system Open editing for all content (depending on privacy settings)
Design Multiple themes available; Complete HTML & CSS access Limited
Expandability Plugins available (YouTube/Flickr integration, Polls, Calendar, etc.) Limited options
Privacy Built-in Built-in
Spam Software Managed Community Managed
Cost Free Free
Setup Simple Simple
Platforms WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, Live Journal, Edublogs (powered by WordPress) WikiSpaces, PBWiki

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Tech & Education: Using Skype in the Classroom

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SkypeSkype has been around since 2003 helping people connect with friends and family all over the world through their revolutionary internet communication service, but only in recent years (with the prevalence of broadband internet) has it become THE method of choice for connecting with people face-to-face whether they’re in the next room or half way around the globe.

Businesses in the US have used Skype to connect with their offices in Japan. Oprah has used it to reach celebrities on location in remote countries. Why shouldn’t you?

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Mindomo: Online Mind Mapping for Everyone

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Mindomo is a versatile web-based mind mapping tool that gives you the power to create, store, edit and share your maps directly through any web browser.
MindomoIf you are unfamiliar with mind maps, Wikipedia defines them as “diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea… as aids in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.”

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