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                                           July 11, 2011

A few random thoughts and articles at the beginning

      Guest Blog: A Glimpse of the Future
      WCET Learn
             Myk Garn, SREB, and Hae Okimoto, University of Hawaii, have been thinking up an
             exciting new addition to the WCET Annual Conference. WCET asked them to share
             their idea with you.

              The future is relatively hard to predict. But, future possibilities are easy to imagine.
              Knowing what we should do (or not do) today to be successful tomorrow is hard…and
              high risk. If you predict (okay, guess) wrong…and commit too many resources you
              could lose. If you guess right, and commit too few resources…you may not be able to
              capitalize on your prescience. Getting the balance right makes all the difference. Read
              more to examine some heuristics that could help achieve this balance. Your thoughts?

      In Lean Times, Schools Squeeze Out Librarians
      Fernanda Santos, New York Times, June 24, 2011
              This front-page NY Times article describes a pervasive practice in school districts
              across the county. Budget belt-tightening threatens to send school librarians the way of
              the card catalog.
              The article has spawned lots of discussion responses about whether school librarians
              are expendable. Here are a couple of responses:

                       Teaching research and information literacy without a librarian is like teaching
                       football by handing the kids a football and pointing out where the field is.

                       It will be a very sorry mistake to continue to view librarians as dispensable when
                       they are so desperately needed to navigate the information explosion. As we
                       have more and different types of tsunamis of information, we need more
                       technologically advanced librarians to get us through it.

              When I was a school librarian not so long ago, I was the come-to person by students
              and faculty in my school for answers on how-to questions about using and
              understanding information technology. As important as information literacy and critical
              thinking skills are and even touted as vital to students‘ success in the work-world, the
              concepts are not fully understood. There is also a lack of understanding on how
              important the librarian is to help students and faculty wade through and evaluate the
              vast sea of information.

              Of course, it goes without saying that it is incumbent on librarians to continue to be on
              the cutting-edge of information technology — quite a challenge, I‘d say, and not one that
              can be taken lightly. Nor can the task be left to teachers to inform.

      Project Information Literacy
               Project Information Literacy is a national study about early adults and their information-
               seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting
               research in the digital age.

             Based in University of Washington's iSchool, the large-scale research project
             investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course
             work and how they conduct "everyday research" for use in their daily lives...

     Committee Approves Second Education Reform Bill
     The Education and Workforce Committee
     H.R. 2218 Will Expand Access to High-Quality Charter Schools
     WASHINGTON, D.C. | June 22, 2011 -
            The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce today approved the second
            in a series of education reform bills designed to overhaul current elementary and
            secondary education law. The Empowering Parents through Quality Charter Schools Act
            (H.R. 2218), sponsored by Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and
            Secondary Education Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), passed by a strong bipartisan
            vote of 34 to 5.

     PLAYBACK: Games Have Changed the World ... Can the World Change Games to Save Itself?
     Christine C., Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, June 24, 2011
             The 8th Annual Games for Change festival convened in mid-June in New York City and
             big names in politics, the gaming industry and academia discussed, played and
             celebrated games that have a social impact.

     Why Schools Need Wi-Fi
           Schools need wireless networks to make the most of today's learning opportunities. This
           Ebook provides insight on how to choose and use technology to create a better learning

Social Media
     Web 2.0 and Social Media in Education 2.0
     99 Essential Twitter Tools And Applications #EDTECH20 #ISTE11 #SOCIALMEDIA #EDCHAT
     #edtech20 project in Technology, June 23, 2011
            This project was finalist in ELEARNING AWARDS 2010. Teachers worldwide can join
            free this #edtech20 #curation and #semantic project in XXI Century Education to
            discover together semantic web 3.0.

     Interactive Learning in the Connected Classroom
              The editors of eSchool News have assembled this collection of ten articles related to
              interactive learning. Examples are Ten Ideas for Interactive Teaching and Teaching in a
              Socially Networked Classroom.

     When Social Networking Goes 'Live'
     Bridget McCrea, THE Journal, June 22, 2011
             An English teacher in Iowa talks about how she parlayed Twitter interactions into a class
             trip halfway around the world.

     Big Think: If You Were on Twitter
     Scott McLeod, June 2, 2011
             Scott McLeod, an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration program at
             Iowa State University, posts these ―what-ifs‖ for educators.

     Social Networking
     Social Networking Sites and Our Lives
     Pew Internet and American Life Project
     Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions Goulet, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell, Jun 16, 2011

        Questions have been raised about the social impact of widespread use of social
        networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter. Do these technologies
        isolate people and truncate their relationships? Or are there benefits associated with
        being connected to others in this way? The Pew Research Center‘s Internet & American
        Life Project decided to examine social networking sites in a survey that explored
        people‘s overall social networks and how use of these technologies is related to trust,
        tolerance, social support, and community and political engagement. Download the

        This is report is part of a Pew series entitled The Social Impact of Technology.

Twitter Update 2011
Aaron Smith, Pew Internet and American Life Project, Jun 1, 2011
        13% of online adults use the status update service Twitter, which represents a
        significant increase from the 8% of online adults who identified themselves as Twitter
        users in November 2010. 95% of Twitter users own a mobile phone, and half of these
        users access the service on their handheld device. Download the full report here.

The Best Social Media Tool for the Classroom
Richard Kassissieh, Social Media, April 04, 2011
        What is the best social media tool for the classroom? Blog? Facebook? Wiki? Twitter?
        Chat? Surprise! It‘s the discussion forum. Really? How can a discussion forum be best
        suited to the classroom, when newer social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter
        receive all of the hype? Read on….

When it‘s Time to Use Twitter in the Classroom
William Stites, Social Media, June 14, 2011
        ―A survey of 1,920 U.S. teachers published in April found that 2% of them use the micro-
        blogging site in college lectures. About half those polled said the use of Twitter and
        Facebook in class is harmful to the learning experience, according to the study from
        consulting firm Pearson Learning Solutions.‖

        How do you find this balance between giving students a vehicle to find their voice and
        the perception that these tools are ―harmful to the learning experience‖?
        When is it time to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more.

Teaching, Learning, and Sharing: How Today's Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media for
Work and for Play
Pearson Learning Solutions, April 2011
       For the past several years, Pearson has been researching faculty use of social media.
       Pearson's collaboration with other thought leaders, including Babson Survey Research
       Group and Converseon, is one of the ways we're gaining that understanding. As a
       reflection of our commitment to sharing our knowledge with the higher education
       community, the following pages contain the findings of our most recent social media

Improving Web Searches for Students
Steve, Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed, June 8, 2011
        The problem with students using Google is not that the search giant is incapable of
        retrieving useful educational content. It‘s that finding that content using simple search
        terms is a difficult art to master.

        But a coalition of education-oriented companies and organizations aims to make it
        easier to find useful educational content amid the detritus of the Web. The Association
        of Educational Publishers (AEP) and Creative Commons, the leaders of the group,
        announced on Tuesday that they are forming a working group to come up with more

        detailed criteria that could eventually be incorporated into the search interfaces for
        Google, Bing, and Yahoo!

Future Trends: Are Browsers Becoming a Thing of the Past?
Tom Green, WebDesign Tuts+, June 8, 2011
        Browsers just might be an endangered species. The author will take you on a fun ride to
        find out if it is true.

The Problem of 'Pedagogy' in a Web 2.0 Era
Trent Batson, Campus Technology, June 15, 2011
    In a time of knowledge stability, teach; in a time of rapid change in knowledge, learn…
    There is no requirement that faculty in higher education understand learning theory. Even
    saying that, and knowing it is true, seems astonishing. How is it possible to make the turn
    from teaching to learning without knowing what that means? Read more.

How To Get Better Grades Using Social Media [Infographic]
       It‘s summertime and you know what that means…students are not paying attention to
       teachers. They‘re likely dreaming about what they‘re going to do this summer, texting
       friends every chance they get, or updating their social networks.

        But is that such a terrible thing? According to a new infographic by Masters in
        Education, social media may actually help students get better grades. One of the most
        jaw-dropping figures featured in the image here is that ‗heavy‘ social media users
        actually got better grades than ‗light‘ social media users. While there is obviously more
        to this story than this boiled-down infographic, it is both entertaining and informative (just
        like all infogrpahics, no?)

The Google+ Project
      This blog offers a good introduction to Google+. Take a tour.

Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, Rethought for the Web

Google+ and the LMS: Ads and Education
Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed, June 29, 2011
       A critique of the ups and downs of Google+.

What You Need to Know About Google's New Social Network
Kristin Burnham, CIO, June 28, 2011
         While the similarities between Facebook and Google+ are obvious, Google's new
         network may make it a contender in the social media arena. Here's a look at the
         features it unveiled today.

Google+: Huddle and Hangout Look Promising
Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed, July 4, 2011
        Let's face it. Google and Facebook aren't creating social networks for altruistic reasons.
        While Google and Facebook compete in the multi-gazillion-dollar ad revenue space, we,
        as social media consumers/communicators, get to benefit from their innovations.
        Google+ has been getting a lot of "buzz" lately as it is Google's latest foray into creating
        a service that can compete with Facebook.

      It may be hard to get a Google+ account.

      Google For Educators
             Here, you‘ll find a teacher‘s guide to Google Tools for Your Classroom. And to spark
             your imagination, you'll find examples of innovative ways that other educators are using
             these tools in the classroom.

              While you‘re here, you can sign up for the quarterly Google for Educators newsletter, as
              well as check out the latest from The Infinite Thinking Machine, a Google-sponsored,
              WestEd-produced blog for educators, by educators. + more.

              On the Google for Educators site you will find a link to Google Web Search - Classroom
              Lessons and Resources, which was developed by Google Certified Teachers to help
              teach better search skills. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any
              discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom.
              Additionally, all lessons come with a companion set of slides (and some with additional
              resources) to help you guide your in-class discussions.

      Daniel Russell's Home Page
              Dan works for Google and his specialty is research…. searching, that is. He tries to find
              out what makes Google searchers tick. You might check out some of the several links
              he has here about searching. I especially liked this one:
              Google Search Education Evangelism web site. Lots of teaching resources there.

              This Google site also has tips/directions for creating a Website.

Textbooks / iPads / eReaders
      Is the iPad Ready To Replace the Printed Textbook?
      Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, June 15, 2011
               After trying out the Apple iPad for a short period--about three weeks--three out of four
               college freshmen said they'd be willing to purchase an Apple iPad personally if at least
               half of the textbooks they used during their college career were available digitally,
               according to the results of a classroom poll.

              A majority of students who had the chance to work on the devices within their classes
              reported that reading on the iPad was "more convenient" than reading from traditional
              paper textbooks. But they also rated paper texts as "easier" when asked to compare the

      E-reader Ownership Doubles in Six Months
      Kristen Purcell, Pew Internet and American Life, June 27, 2011
              The percent of U.S. adults with an e-book reader doubled from 6% to 12% between
              November 2010 and May 2011. Hispanic adults, adults younger than age 65, college
              graduates and those living in households with incomes of at least $75,000 are most
              likely to own e-book readers. Parents are also more likely than non-parents to own these
              devices. Read/download the full report.

Online Learning / Blended Learning

      2010 Report on State Virtual Schools
      SREB Educational Technology Cooperative

        All responses reflect the 2009-10 academic year, unless otherwise noted. For the
        purposes of this survey, the academic year is defined as summer 2009, fall 2009 and
        spring 2010. Included are the Executive Summary, Survey Responses from all states
        and Course Lists.

        Other topics of interest may be found on the SREB Ed Tech Policy Wiki.

Knewton Debuts Blended Learning Infographic
Michael B. Horn, Innosight, Posted on June 28th, 2011
        Blended Learning; A Disruptive Innovation — Blended learning is a disruptive innovation
        in education that can take many forms. Here is a look at what blended learning is, why
        it‘s spreading, and how it works in real and virtual classrooms.

        Horn: Blended learning is growing fast, and our friends at Knewton created this graphic
        to summarize our report, The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging
        models, with the Charter School Growth Fund.
        Read about Knewton here.

Who the Students Are, Part 1
Dean Dad, Inside Higher Ed, June 14, 2011
       Over 90 percent of our online students aren't online students. They're onsite students
       who also take online classes. They use online classes to round out their schedules and
       reduce conflicts with work. In most cases, the majority of their coursework is onsite. The
       pure ―online student‖ is very much the exception.

Demand For Online Learning Increases
Staff, eSchool News, June 29, 2011
         Number of high school students learning online triples in three years, survey shows—but
         there is still 'untapped potential' In just three years, the number of high school students
         who have access to online learning has tripled, while twice as many middle school
         students are now learning online, according to a new report.

        These figures come from the nonprofit group Project Tomorrow and its most recent
        Speak Up survey on school technology use. Project Tomorrow first released data from
        its this survey earlier this spring, but the organization has teamed up with learning
        management system provider Blackboard Inc. to dig deeper into the results that pertain
        to online learning.
        Project Tomorrow and Blackboard issued a report on these findings during the
        International Society for Technology (ISTE) in Education‘s annual conference June 28.

Online Learning Portals: Customizing Colleges Right Out of Higher Education?
David Glenn, The Chronicle, May 29, 2011
        Another look at ending-higher-education-as-we-know-it. An online infrastructure is
        emerging that could someday offer a different alternative. Depending on how it evolves,
        this infrastructure might profoundly change how Americans certify their skills and
        transform their relationship with colleges.

Education Week's 2011 Spotlight on E-Learning
       brings together a FREE collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights
       on several topics, such as How Elementary Schools Incorporate E-learning and
       Understanding Different Models of Online Learning.

10 Ways Wikipedia Has Changed Education
Online Courses, June 21, 2011

             Just about as many ideas about Wikipedia‘s influence exist as there are individuals to
             even hold them, but nobody can deny that the online encyclopedia, not to mention the
             other Wikimedia websites, certainly left a splash in the classroom and mainstream
             society alike. Here are several ideas.

     How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education
            Check out this Infographic from OnlineEducation.net about how the world of online
            learning has changed and grown over the years.

             Then you may like to read comments about this by Jolie O‘Dell at Mashable: How Online
             Education is Changing the Way We Learn (Infographic)

     As Costs of New Rule Are Felt, Colleges Rethink Online Course Offerings in Other States
     Kelly Field, The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1, 2011
              Bismarck State College, a two-year institution located in the capital of North Dakota,
              offers something few colleges do: online degrees in power-plant technology. Utilities
              across the country send workers to the community college for specialized training in
              electric power, nuclear power, and other fields. This may change with the new federal
              rule. Read more.

     There‘s No Going Back on the rule (Libby A. Nelson, Inside Higher Ed, June 24, 2011).

Information Technology
     New Initiatives To Drive IT Growth Through 2011
     David Nagel, Campus Technology, June 30, 2011
             Growth in IT spending is expected to outpace overall economic growth in the United
             States for the remainder of the year, though IT growth in education will lag behind most
             other sectors, according to a new report from market research firm International Data

Professional Development (ISTE Conference White Paper)
     The white paper, Technology, Coaching, and Community: Power Partners for Improved
     Professional Development in Primary and Secondary Education, released in conjunction with a
     first look at ISTE‘s new standards for coaching, NETS*C, focuses on the transformation of
     professional development for a new digital generation. ISTE recommends a three-pronged
     approach to better prepare teachers to help students learn and unlock their potential. The
     approach embraces

             • An effective coaching model
             • Online communities for greater collaborative
             • A fully embedded use of technology

Emerging Trends in Technology — K-12 and Higher Ed
     CoSN Toolkit - NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition
     New Media Consortium with eSchoolMedia Eduvision
           Overview of the Report: Identification of key trends and critical challenges as well as six
           emerging technologies likely seen in mainstream use within five years; and CoSN
           Toolkit. There are many videos at this site that vividly describe the components of the
           NMC Horizon Report 2011 K-12 Edition.

              Check out NMC WikiSpaces

     And here is the 2011 Horizon Report: Emerging Trends in Higher Education Technology (April
     21, 2011).

     Educational Technology Cooperative (SREB)
            You are invited to a series of webinars focusing on practitioners sharing how blended
            teaching and learning works and how it can be successfully incorporated into classroom
            instruction. Registration and instruction for the series of webinars can be found here

                                     Add To Your Calendar

            Case Study of the Florida Virtual School Blended Learning Models
                        Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:00 AM (ET)
                            Dianna Miller (Florida Virtual School)
     Elementary Students: Back and Forth between Online and Face-to-Face Instruction
                      Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (ET)
                       Michelle Lee (Fayette County Public Schools)

       Online Driver Case Study of Jeffco Virtual Academy Blended Learning Models
                         Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 4:00 PM (ET)
                      Kristin Kipp (Jeffco's 21st Century Virtual Academy)

           Time Management, Lesson Planning and Instruction for Blended Learners)
                            Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:00 AM (ET)
                                  (SAS® Curriculum Pathways )
                Katie Higgins (Mooresville Graded School District – North Carolina)

                  How to Avoid Blended Learning Obstacles and Roadblocks
                          Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM (ET)
                                   (CourseSites Platform)
                        Norka Ratnavale (Maryland Middle School ESL)

              How to Communicate with Blended Learning Students and Parents
                        Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM (ET)
               Tracy Seiler and Trixi DeRosa-Davis (South Carolina Virtual School)

                       Overview of The Six Blended Learning Models:
                  How each one works best, its strengths and shortcomings
                             Thursday 18, 2011 at 4:00 PM (ET)
                             Heather Staker (Innosight Institute)

     Bring Your Own Device: More Tools, Less Money, Better Security
     Tech & Learning
     Thursday July 21, 2011 | 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST Register here.
             With increasing demands for greater access to technology and school budgets strained
             to the limit, many districts turn to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy. Classroom
             technologies now include smartphones, tablets, handheld game machines and more.
             The biggest issue in using these outside devices is keeping students and data safe

             This webinar will provide information on how districts are managing student and staff
             devices on their networks, how they are providing cost effective support, and how they
             make sure that all of their systems are secure both on and off site. You‘ll hear from
             Kevin Hogan, editorial director of Tech & Learning magazine, who will discuss this trend
             and how it is working. And speakers from a public school district and a charter school
             system will explain how they are managing their BYOD strategy.

      Webinar: Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum (edweek.org)
      Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time.
             Many arts advocates suggest integrating dance, music, theater, and visual arts across
             the curriculum holds great promise to enhance student learning—and revitalize the arts
             in public schools.

Online Assessment / Analytic Tools
      Next Generation Assessments: A Roadmap to 2014
             The Pearson Roadmap to 2014 outlines how the use of more innovative question types,
             online delivery, automated and artificial-intelligence powered scoring engines, and
             immediate web-based reporting of results can transform learning, and offers concrete
             resources to help states navigate and mitigate the challenges they will encounter as
             they transition to online assessments. Download the print version of the Roadmap to
             2014. Includes benefits of online assessing, guidelines for making the transition,
             important considerations and case studies.

      Pearson‘s Roadmap for Online Assessments
      Heather Clayton Staker, Innosight, July 6, 2011
             Following a meeting in June with several states about The Roadmap, Heather Staker
             notes that she left the conference with two impressions. The first was that online
             assessments pose an enormous opportunity. In the short term, they eliminate the
             sizable hassle of shipping, storing, securing, and grading reams of pencil and paper
             assessments. They also allow states to report results much faster and iterate more
             quickly based on results.

      Schools Find Uses for Predictive Data Techniques
      Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, Education Week, June 30, 2011
             The use of analytic tools to predict student performance is exploding in higher
             education, and experts say the tools show even more promise for K-12 schools, in
             everything from teacher placement to dropout prevention.

Blackboard / Providence

      (Thanks to Russell Poulin, WCET, for these articles.)
      The Future of Blackboard
      Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, July 01, 2011.
             Gartner researcher Marti Harris provides her perspective on the Blackboard acquisition
             and what it means for the company and its customers.

      Investment Bankers and Blackboard‘s Future, Part One: If …
      e-Literate, Michael Feldstein
      Jim Farmer, July 2, 2011
      This is a guest post by Jim Farmer, Chairman of Sigma Group Inc., who looks at the impact of
      the buyout on higher education.

Some Other Resources

TeacherWeb Tutorial Videos
       TeacherWeb will be releasing short tutorial videos for teachers on the go. These videos
       will help you with creation, modification and customization of your site. You can currently
       view these videos here by clicking a topic on the left.
        TeacherWeb provides numerous links to topics on 21 Century Learning here.

Wiki: K-12 Tech Tools
        This website features a collection of free, kid-safe, online resources categorized by
        subject, grade level, and standard.

NOAA Education Resources
      A wealth of resources from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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