While most teachers will not understand what this means, an API is something that lets other websites interact with a main website. OpenEd has released an API to allow others to interact with their resources and find things based on standards or keywords. What this means is that OpenEd is going to be a very useful tool for all of education in the future because of this technological tool. It also means that if you're developing for a state or for an organization that provides educational resources, you should tap into this for a huge repository of almost a quarter of a million standards aligned resources that your teachers can search. This is great news.
"Around 7,000 online students recently earned the first certificates awarded by MIT and Harvard through their Edx partnership. That’s more than twice the number of degrees that MIT awarded at this year’s commencement.
Another 147,596 observers signed up to marvel at what an MIT course is really like. Substantially greater numbers are expected for the spring course offerings."
With a title like this, the blog post is a great overview of the infancy of online learning. Perhaps the information age is giving way to the learning age. Whatever the case, we no longer have silos of learning by location but rather, by connection. High speed Internet and self discipline will give you access to leading edge learning without having to leave an aging parent or move your family. A new age is certainly dawning.
If you want to understand what FLOE does and how it can help you use free resources to help all learners, then you can watch this video. This is for everyone in special education and especially those developing curriculum for those in special education. The first year it is free and after that they do charge for the service, I believe.
This is being used by Jonathan Zittrain at Harvard law school as a tool to link with students and content. He shared this as the future of the textbook. Here's information from the notes I took with "SJ" at the Berkman center presentation. This professor gave the best preso I 've seen on the what the textbook should look like of anyone I've seen because he sees that the connection needs to happen behind the text. (I wish I could see Stephen Downes ask him questions.)
" Playlists - described above; each student creates their own playlist and can share them. (Playlists can be books, case studies, videos, notes, etc.)
'Collage' - Wants to take all of the public domain tort cases and let professors annotate and share each others work (people can be "slacktivists" not activists and each person could be a little bit of an activist and share a little bit to this massive case book)
'Rotisserie' - every teacher hands articles out, they rotate through the room. aperson writes their answer and then is critiqued by someone and they themselves critique another.
'Question Tool' - questions asked here are kept nicely related, one person to another."
Excellent article on Edweek by Justin Reich about the challenges issued to Open Education yesterday. Joi Ito from the MIT Media lab is one of the most spellbinding presenters I've ever heard. (I wish he could give that same presentation at ISTE.) He challenged us to help people build something. The push was to help open education resources to stop viewing themselves as content creators (like publishers do) and become connectors (what we need and publishers won't do.) If OER platforms take the challenge then publishers are in trouble - they refuse to link the users of common textbooks across the country or world and it will be to the detriment if they don't listen to what teachers want and need instead of the top-down control paradigm we are in now.
Here is the presentation I gave to the Open education forum at the Berkman Center at Harvard - it was a very short overview of Flat Classroom and designed to make the point about creating symbiotic learning relationships. Students don't consume to learn - thinking you can make a video and "teach" is pretty preposterous. This talks about pulling people into your network and how to get them there. Again, it was very short and then a panel discussion afterwards.
Students need to be open and use open content, however, there are still questions that haven't been answered about open content that need to be addressed. How long will it take to bring these issues to the forefront? Will many higher ed institutions have to become irrelevant first? Do colleges realize that there are things they can do that will make them more attractive (intellectual property rights, for example.)
The IIT's in India are planning to offer an online master's degree for engineering college teachers. In this interview, a leader in online learning responds to MIT's open courseware, etc. Here is how India's IIT should respond, according to IIT-Madras Director, Bhaskar Ramamurthi. Open education will have a definite impact on education overall.
This is is a very important study from the U.K. and Office of Standards in Education in 2009 entitled "The Safe use of new technologies" showed that where provision for e-safety was outstanding all used ‘managed’
systems to help pupils to become safe and responsible users of new technologies."
This is being cited EVERYWHERE. Take a look.
Don Tapscott asks students and educators to share what they are doing for "national volunteer week" even if you are not in the USA- share what you're doing this month (Earth Day is coming up.) He's listening, let's talk and engage in conversation.
Free webinars from Discovery on Learn Central and Elluminate as part of the NetGenEd project - you're invited!
Webinar 1 - Joe Brennan, Storyboarding
Other sessions are listed below. These sessions are also being promoted on LearnCentral (http://www.learncentral.org)
as part of the community events calendar. The link to the room for you
your students is: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007066&password=M.F69412....
Webinar 2 (Zone 2)
April 14, 9pm EST, Hall Davidson host
Topic: Budgeting / Big Picture
Webinar 3 (Zone 1)
April 21, 11am EST, Joe Brennan host
Webinar 4 (Zone 2)
April 28, 9pm EST, Hall Davidson host
Open content and sharing is a shift in the way traditional academics have run. This is a cost-effective alternative to textbooks and customizable educational content is becoming increasingly available for free over the Internet. (Just be wary that you do not confuse "free" with "open source" - it is not the same.)
Current links from the Horizon Report 2010 on this trend.
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