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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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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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New YouTube Channel for Teachers and Tutors

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The YouTube Teachers channel invites you to “spend more time teaching, less time searching. This well-organized channel “was created to help teachers use educational YouTube videos to educate, engage and inspire their students.”

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Learning Analytics – What Is It and How Can It Help Tutors and Teachers?

On December 6, 2011, in Assessment, online learning, Technology in Education, by Scott Cronenweth
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Learning analytics is becoming one of the hottest topics in higher education, mostly in theoretical/research contexts but increasingly in real-world applications. Still in its early stages, it is a rapidly expanding and diversely defined subject area that intersects with data mining, data modeling, knowledge management, business intelligence, information storage/retrieval and potentially much more.

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Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Heats Up

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Enter the badge, “… a validated indicator of accomplishment, skill, quality or interest…” that can be earned in almost any learning environment. Badges can motivate and support ongoing learning, validate skills and education, help build reputation and confirm knowledge acquisition.

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Why Tutors Should Fight Student Idleness with Technology

On November 17, 2010, in ed tech, Education, In The News, Teaching, Technology, Technology in Education, tips, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Shannon Sweetser
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Imagine that you’re tutoring one of your students. As you’re working with them on a problem, you start to notice that they’re not quite…there. You try to bring their concentration back to the work at hand, but despite your best efforts the student just will not focus. He/she just keeps looking out the window and […]

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