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Top 5 Free Online Tutoring Tools

On October 23, 2012, in ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As online learning grows in importance and popularity worldwide, new tools are emerging to support it. Here are 5 free tools that enable tutors, teachers – or even just well-intentioned friends and relatives – to interact with learners over the Internet, no pens or paper required. 1: IDroo whiteboard for Skype Everybody already knows about […]

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Contract Grading

On October 2, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though it was introduced perhaps 30 years ago, contract grading has recently grown increasingly popular among (mostly) high school and university educators and students alike. There are two primary reasons for this trend. First, contract grading helps streamline the grading process and the questions and issues of subjectivity that go with it. Second, contract grading is increasingly perceived as facilitating both better teaching and better learning.

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4 Steps to Bring Learning Analytics to Online Education

On September 4, 2012, in Assessment & Testing, learning analytics, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the emerging research area of learning analytics, technologists and thought leaders are envisioning ways to reveal how engaged students are, how much they’re learning, and how to enhance the lessons going forward.

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Top 5 Free Online University Courseware Sites for Tutors

On August 28, 2012, in Content, digital content, Resources, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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More and more universities are offering free online content – everything from lectures to course notes to past exams. The purpose of these programs, in many cases, is to help make education free and available worldwide, without even the need to register or sign up.

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4 Learning Styles for Tutors to Tune Into as You Meet New Students

On August 21, 2012, in Assessment, Intelligence, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As you begin meeting new students, especially younger kids, it’s worthwhile to investigate their learning styles. The most effective tutors are attuned to how different kids process new information.

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Computer Skills for Elders: A Growing Tutoring Need

On July 17, 2012, in Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Improving elders’ computer skills can reduce isolation and bring social contact, enjoyment and learning opportunities that enrich their lives and help older people feel more connected in the tumultuous modern world. We need more elder bloggers, more elders on Facebook, more elders Skyping, and so on.

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The “Shadow Side” of Asia’s Tutoring Boom

On July 10, 2012, in In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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A study just released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a development institution devoted to reducing poverty in Asia, calls into question many aspects of this burgeoning trend – especially whether all this tutoring is beneficial for students and cost-effective for their families. The report also raises concerns about the social inequalities that access to tutoring could be perpetuating.

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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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The Value of Online Tutoring for Remediated College Students

On June 5, 2012, in Education Industry, In The News, online learning, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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If online tutoring really is highly effective, and is preferred by many learners because of its convenience and the fact that it offers a degree of anonymity… why not leverage it to support remedial students? Better yet, why not build online tutoring support into redesigned, entry-level for-credit classes as “Bridge to Nowhere” advocates?