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Internet Forums for Teaching Materials and Lesson Plans

On October 16, 2012, in ed tech, Resources, by Scott Cronenweth
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Besides saving other teachers time and money by giving them access to top-quality instructional aids, TeachersPayTeachers.com and similar sites also provide a supplementary source of income for teachers who sell lesson plans, student data sheets and other wares online. In a few cases the income has exceeded their teachers’ salaries.

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Peer Assessment in MOOCs and Online Courses

On September 25, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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MOOC type courses, such as those that leverage the Coursera platform, are inherently conceived to empower learners to educate each other, such as through posts and responses in course forums. This form of “crowd-sourced commentary” helps create a learning community – so why not build the community even further by empowering learners to evaluate one another?

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Student Peer Evaluation: Plusses and Minuses

On September 18, 2012, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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With the rapidly growing popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and online education in general, peer evaluation by students is coming to the fore as a way to assess student performance in online courses.

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Digital Textbooks: Are They Better Learning Tools?

On August 14, 2012, in digital content, digital publishing, ed tech, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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As students’ needs are better understood and addressed by digital content providers, the adoption of ebooks will undoubtedly increase. The students, after all, are the ones who need to study. They will choose the best learning tools they can get for their money.

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How Are iPads Changing Education?

On August 7, 2012, in digital content, ed tech, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Do you use Apple’s iPad for educational purposes, one-on-one and/or in the classroom? How do they help students learn better, and/or help you teach better? What do you do with them that you couldn’t do with other tools, like a chalkboard or a laptop?

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Envisioning How Learning Analytics Can Improve Educational Outcomes

On July 3, 2012, in ACT, ed tech, learning analytics, SAT, standardized testing, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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In a broader context, learning analytics is envisioned as a tool for improving education in nearly any environment. One new company, Junyo, was created to “make learning data actionable and fun to improve each student’s achievement.”

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Top 7 FREE iPad Apps for Tutors: Summer 2012 Edition

On June 19, 2012, in ed tech, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Recently I’ve seen several surveys asking educators to rate their top iPad apps for teaching and tutoring. Following is a compendium of what these helpful bloggers found to be the most popular free apps out there for tutors.

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Study Shows Interactive Online Learning Is Effective

On June 12, 2012, in ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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In short, the learners in the hybrid format “paid no price” for using this mode of instruction in terms of pass rates, final exam scores, or performance on a standardized test designed to test how well they actually knew the material. This calls into question the widely held concern that students who receive hybrid instruction won’t learn the material as well.

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MOOCs – 5 Ways They Can Help Tutors Grow Their Businesses

On May 29, 2012, in digital content, ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Whether you’re an independent tutor or work for a training company, private school or other organization, teaching a MOOC gives you multiple opportunities to grow your business.

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Microsoft + Nook = More Electronic Textbooks

On May 1, 2012, in digital content, digital publishing, ed tech, In The News, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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What’s likely to happen, like incorporating cameras into phones, is that e-book readers will simply be incorporated into our PCs, laptops and mobile devices. So ultimately it’s not about selling a Kindle or a Nook, but about selling electronic content for learners and readers.