Archive for the ‘K-12’ Category

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Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the […]

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The Post-LMS LMS

Blackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

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The Influence of Instructor-Generated Video Content on Student Satisfaction with and Engagement in Asynchronous Online Classes

Studies on the influence of video content on student outcomes in online courses generally reveal two consistent and contradictory themes: students perceive value in the content, but there is no measurable difference in student outcomes in courses that use video content. This study examined the influence of instructor-generated video content on student satisfaction (measured by […]

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NMC and CoSN Release the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition

The NMC and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), with the support of HP, are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition at a special session at the 2014 NMC Summer Conference in Portland, Oregon. This sixth K-12 edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to […]

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Ed-Tech Market Dealmaking Fueled by Data Use

The increasing use of data generated by education technology in K-12 is driving more sophisticated conversations among dealmakers looking to buy or sell companies that serve schools. Education Week Full Article

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Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in […]

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Putting the PLE1 Into PLD: Virtual Professional Learning and Development

The range of affordances that a virtual environment offers can provide opportunities for more formal Professional Learning and Development (PLD) that has flexibility of choice, time and approach for educators. It was this potential that inspired the design of the Virtual Professional Learning and Development (VPLD) program that was instigated in October 2009 by the […]

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A Study of Personal Information Management Strategies for Online Faculty

The literature suggests that personal information management is a serious challenge for many computer users. Online faculty are especially challenged because of the large number of electronic files necessitated by teaching online. Those who have experience in this environment may offer valuable insights regarding information management challenges and practices. Faculty who teach online courses as […]

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Brief on Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age for State and District Leaders

Contact: Geoff Fletcher SETDA Deputy Executive Director gfletcher@setda.org 202-715-6636 x703
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2014) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) recently released a policy brief for state and district education leaders focused on considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students. The brief, The Accessibility of Learning Content […]

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Teacher training in the use of a three-dimensional immersive virtual world: Building understanding through first-hand experiences

This study offers recommendations and a model for other teacher educators who are interested in training teachers in the use of three-dimensional (3D) immersive virtual worlds (IVWs) for their own teaching. Twelve special education teachers collaboratively explored the usability of Second Life (SL) for special education by completing a full inquiry cycle to develop the […]