Education of Tomorrow

February 23, 2011

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February 16, 2011

Elearning 2.0

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Web 2.0 uses current and newer technology for sharing information over the Internet. Elearning 2.0 is being introduced in education. What is elearning 2.0 one may ask; well it uses new technology for distributing and sharing knowledge. Wikis are considered to be an elearning 2.0 technology that promotes and facilitates learning. Some teachers are trying out Wikis to introduce their students to new teaching methods that will broaden their horizons.

What are Wikis for those who are unsure of the term? Well they are a web site that collects and organizes content that is created and revised by its users. Wikipedia is the most well known example. Teachers are influencing their students to start using it as a way to communicate with others their research and insight into subjects. However not all wikis allow everyone to alter the information that is posted on them like Wikipedia does. Some only allow register users to alter the information, which would be very good to use for classroom purposes. The ultimate goal of them is to make information easily accessible for people so that guidance and tips can be made to solve problems in needed or comments to provide further information. (Malamed)

People use Wikis in education for certain reasons. Some of those reasons are that the software either has no cost or if it has a cost it is very low. The contributors are allowed to add to the account independently of each other so that more than one person can be altering the Wikis at a time. Topics of any kind can be discussed through them especially for the purpose of learning and education. People seem to also like them because they are easy to search and navigate through. This website provides a few more advantages of using Wikis as well as some general tips to making them successful.

Wikis can be a useful tool when it comes to education for the purpose of learning, experiencing and engaging in ideas. Students are allowed to provide as much information as they would like and even team up with other students to create Wikis pages for assignments, study notes even, experiences and a whole lot more information that they would want to share. People need to experience social media, how it works and how it can benefit everyone, especially when it comes to learning for educational reasons.

By: Stephanie H

Is Twitter Becoming the New Learning Tool?

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The Grey’s Anatomy episode was not the first look into Twitter as a learning tool. Teachers have been looking into it as a way to connect with their students in a better and more affective way using social networking. A woman by the name of Melanie McBride is a teacher who decided to use incorporate Twitter into education. She only gets 2 hours to teach her course, which is not enough time for everything she wants to teach her students. Some students she found were shy to ask questions in class as well if they were uncertain about something. A child in her class liked the idea that twitter has synced up with other programs such as facebook, skype, blogs, etc. (McBride) This is a link to her blog where she has posted her information on using twitter as a learning guide as well as a students perspective on how useful it was for education purposes

At the University of Texas at Dallas a history professor by the name of Monica Rankin did an experiment with Twitter using her class of 90 students. She set up a Twitter account for the class, which allowed students to post comments, questions and answers on in 140 characters. She wanted to see if more students would participate in class discussions and being involved in her class.  Her is a link to a video that Monica posted explaining the results of her experiment

By using Twitter it allowed her to create a more student-centered environment. It allowed the shy students in class to have a voice through a tweet sent on the computer or cell phone. This has to do with the issue of identity. People feel more comfortable creating an identity through social networks because they can be anyone they want and say anything they feel. They become a whole new more comfortable person. Monica found that instead of the regular 3 people who will generally participate in a discussion in class that the number has bumped up to about 40 through the use of twitter. Students are also able to refer back to twitter conversation for tests and exams since answers to certain questions may have been answered on it. (Kirkpatrick)

Monica Rankin’s Twitter Experiment even took her to another state during her experiment. She was not able to teach her lecture one week due to a personal reason but connected to her students lecture lead by the T.A on the day of her lecture. Monica logged in online to her twitter account and answered questions and commented on students’ tweets. The students found it beneficial and helpful that it allowed them to connect with their teacher when she was not able to be there. Just like how she was not able to attend, a student in the same predicament would still be able to participate in the class discussion. Thanks to twitter it has allowed for teaching and learning to go beyond the classroom. (Kirkpatrick)

By: Stephanie H

Teaching With Twitter

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On Thursday February 3, 2011 and interesting episode of Grey’s Anatomy aired on TV. On the episode Twitter was being used to broadcast a surgery that was taking place at the hospital, Seattle Grace. Every step taken in the procedure was being tweeted about in 140 characters or less. This link

This link tells the episode in more depth and how Twitter could be beneficial in the education process. Twitter was being used as a teaching tool to show medical students and others who wanted to learn the thought process and actions. Followers were allowed to ask questions, share their advice and provide useful information as the surgery was in progress.  At the end of the episode Twitter came in handy and helped to save a patients life by others finding a hospital that had a certain piece of equipment that could save the person from dying. Just so readers understand who do not watch this show, the chief surgeon doing the surgery elected a ‘designated tweeter’ so that they could focus on saving the patient.

The idea behind this show was to give evidence that Twitter could be useful. People are skeptical about using it and what value it holds. People most commonly use it update the world on what they are doing at that present moment. In this episode Twitter it won its case and proved that is be useful beyond anyone any other type of social media and conversation. What had to be kept in mind is that this show is fictional but it did go to show that is has value and is a potential tool for teaching. It would be able to teach people without any barriers. (Puri)

By: Stephanie H

Education 2020

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Everyone learns differently in the classroom. Some pass and some fail due to the learning strategies of the individuals. Education 2020 is a virtual classroom for people who learn at their own pace. This site is available 24/7 so students can access information anytime them feel like learning or doing assignment or tests. This website and program is focused towards students are failing school and may have to drop out. Education helps to lead more knowledgeable future and to help find jobs. They offer course in math, science, language arts, social studies and electives to middle and high school students. People who failed courses in an actual classroom are able to have the opportunity to recover the lost credits using Education 2020.

This diagram shows the aspects of learning in a virtual classroom entail and shows that they are all connected to each other to help a student become successful in education. The identity issue and social media work well with this example of how online learning can give students a way of speaking their mind that felt they were not able to before. This site however still uses teaches to come up with a curriculum that will benefit students and provide them with links that can further enhance their knowledge and interest into the courses. Something that is very helpful about education2020 is that students are able to receive immediate feedback during activities and are able to track their progress and performance from any computer. Students are not limited to the one teacher that is running the course; students are able to receive additional support from a new teacher tutorial if they please for any reason. Each person receives their own lesson plan to benefit them and the lives they are living.

This is a link to a video that was posted on Education2020’s website that helped to understand that people are learning something from virtual classrooms. The video showed an example of students in the range of Highland Park in Detroit.  79% of the students in this region graduated on time, which is 34% above their neighboring district. 76% of that 79% were originally dropouts. It is surprising to see just how much certain things can help to improve a person’s attitude towards school and learning. (Education2020)

By: Stephanie H

Will Teachers Be Needed in 2020?

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With the use of technology being incorporated into education some wonder whether or not computers will ever replace teachers. The answer to that is NO. It may be hard to understand and pay attention to teachers sometimes but they can be more helpful sometimes. Computers are hardy and will help to enhance the learning experience in classrooms around the world. What happens when computers malfunction, provide errors, black outs happen or they stop working? My goodness, well that is where teachers come in real handy. They are there to teach and help children to decide and function for themselves instead of relying on a piece of machine. In the world of today and the future, schools are preparing children to work with the technology they will be using in their future careers. Everything learned in school is used to help people build futures. If people are not able to rely on themselves when failure happens who knows how they will function.

Besides some teachers make the lessons worth going to. A lecture is just words unless the teacher brings it to life with enthusiasm and charisma. The world of social media and the Internet exist to help provide more answers to questions that cannot always be answered in the classroom but usually it is just words on a screen. A wonderful teacher can make all the difference when if comes to remembering what was taught. No matter how far technology grows teachers will always be needed.

This is a link to a debate on “should computers replace teacher?”

It is interesting how many people think that computers will never fully take over a teachers job. What people like most about being in a real classroom is the social aspect of it and especially the teachers who inspire students. One person in this debate made an interesting point about how in no communication skills are used if computers were to replace teachers that respect could fly out the window. People do not have the patience sometimes when it comes to technology because they get tired of waiting or something does not work out so well. When a person is in a social atmosphere they are more likely to more patience and respect because there is personal connection. (Chris)

By: Stephanie H

Will it Be Worth That Much if It Is This Easy to Get?

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Here is another side of the argument. Education will be so convenient that it will allow anyone to get it with a few clicks of a mouse. Will it still be as valuable as it is right now? Clearly, effort is needed to obtain a degree. Without effort it will decrease its value and will decrease it dramatically. Even though someone is still getting knowledge, they do not live up to the same standards as the student in the traditional university.

Since many years the whole going into post-secondary or even graduate school is often associated with finding time and sacrificing 5-6 years of life for learning towards a future career. Online education allows for getting a degree in a convenient time and place. Many people get masters degrees nowadays while on the train or waiting for children to come back from hockey practice. This is one of the first differences between the traditional schools and one’s from the future.

Also, available at the finger tips, online universities seem to have easier programs and teachers that seem to be easier markers, since most of the students right now are busy people with families and other things keeping them away from formal educational institutions. At least for now online degrees and diplomas receive skepticism from people around.

By: Yuliana Zaborova

How to avoid choosing the wrong school?

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We all have seen “Accepted” where a high school graduate made up university for himself and his friends to go to after being rejected by every school he applied to. This does sound like a case with the online universities. Anyone with minimal programming skills and a little bit of imagination can “open” a school and collect tuition money from everyone who clicked “apply”. Everyone is accepted. Is that not it great? Sure it does, until you realize that your school was another scam in the worldwide web. Avoiding this from happening is easy with a little of the research done.

First Step- Look at the Website:

Does it actually look real? Lately all the respected schools have got pretty professional looking web pages. Online schools should not be an exception. Seriously, even Mohawk College finally has made their website good looking. Any institution that is specializing on providing online learning experiences must have a stunning and professionally done site. However, great looking from the web is far not the most important hint when deciding which school is real or not, but, if it does look like some kid made it in MS Word, be alert.

Second Step- Does it Have an Address:

Go to contacts and see whether a school physically exists. Furthermore, explore Google maps and all the technology available nowadays to virtually creep around the building. It is impossible to run an educational institution of a large size, recognized by a government in a basement, whatever people say, technology has not gone that far yet. So, in a word, school must have a legible address, building, employees and a phone preferably.

Third Step- Find Out Who To Contact When You Have a Question:

Back to the people question, you are technically buying an education online, so there should be some type of “customer service” available to you. This will once more prove that the institution you are interested in does or does not exist. E-mails and contacts are the most likely results that could be some “after work scam plans” of some cruel computer genius. Check before your information before you send.

Fourth Step- Is it Accredited?

Make sure that your school of choice is accredited by the local ministry of education and the diploma you are getting from it is valued in the area you are planning to work in. Only fully accredited schools are valued by the employers and worth paying money for.

Fifth Step- What are People Saying about It?

Just as you would choose a traditional school you should listen to what people are thinking about it. Find feedback on the education and the experience they are providing. Make sure to go further than the page of the schools web site where happy students show how happy they are. None of the institutions will allow bad stuff to appear there.

And finally, if you are unsure of something, ask questions. Also if something just does not feel right, maybe you should look for another place, since it is a big amount of money and your future that are on the line.

By: Yuliana Zaborova

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