Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012:
Nowadays small and medium size organizations (SMEs), educational institutions, and independent consultants struggle to adopt an expensive eLearning solution. This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning projects for 2012 that will help you implement a low cost eLearning solutions => Please leave a comment if you would like me to include another Free or Open Source eLearning project that needs to be mentioned!

Fedena - The best way to manage your school or college Fedena is a multipurpose school/campus management software which is used by thousands of educational institutions worldwide for all administration and management related activities. It helps you manage student, teacher databases and all other activities online.
VoiceThread - collaborative presentations by collecting comments. With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.
Voki - a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.
Wallwisher - an online noticeboard maker. Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.
Mindmeister - a collaborative mind mapping tool. Collaborative web-based tool supporting unlimited simultaneous users. Users can create, edit and share maps on the Web.
eFront - an open source LMS A 2.0 award winning learning system, SCORM 2004 4th edition certified, bundled with key enterprise functionality ranging from skill-gap analysis and branch management to tailor-made reports. ELearning Media Group announced eFront as Best of ELearning! 2011 with the Award of Excellence in the following two categories: 1. Best Learning Management System – eFront Enterprise, and 2. Best Open Source Solution.
Annotum - Share what you know and write a knol! An open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.
Storybirds - Collaborative storytelling Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun.
Screenr - online screencasting tool Screenr's web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share your screencasts around the web. Just click the record button, capture your screen & voice, and share the link.
GeoGebra - Free mathematics software for learning and teaching GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

2.011 Conference - Library 2.0
Ambient Learning
Ambient Learning helps education providers develop and expand online and blended learning programs and related educational technologies. We believe online learning is the future of education. It can empower teachers to reach all students, all the time, anywhere.
Online K-12 Schooling in the U.S. | National Education Policy Center

Thursday, October 20, 2011

USDLA 2011 Public Policy Forum Website USDLA Public Policy Forum held on Thursday, October 6, 2011 in Washington DC

Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

75 Tips to reduce eLearning costs. http://www.elearningguild.com/showFile.cfm?id=4402

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Five things students say they want from education | Featured Superintendent's Center | eSchoolNews.com

Five things students say they want from education | Featured Superintendent's Center | eSchoolNews.com

Kim Ross mobile blog: Top 3 Countries North American K-12 Online Learnin...

Kim Ross mobile blog: Top 3 Countries North American K-12 Online Learnin...: "Top 3 Countries North American K-12 Online Learning Practitioners Should Pay Attention To « Virtual School Meanderings"

Three Ways That These 70 Rapid E-Learning Tips Will Help You Build Better Co...


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via The Rapid eLearning Blog by tom on 8/2/11

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - 70 Rapid E-Learning Tips

I like to keep things simple so I usually package ideas around three key points.  It all started when I was taught that there are three steps to getting things done:

  • Prepare to do the job. 
  • Do it.
  • Then clean up when you're done.

Did this give me all the details I needed to do the job?  No.  But it did provide some clear steps to guide me.  And that's what I see as my mission with this blog.

I like to provide some simple steps to help you move in the right direction.  Of course there'll be some gaps between the steps, but that's OK.  They'll get filled as you apply what you're learning and gain more experience.

For this week's post I decided to review all of the posts where I provided three steps to do something.  You'll find them below with a summary (and of course loosely organized in three groups).

General Thoughts on Rapid E-Learning

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - elearning stunt double

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - free tools to build elearning

Instructional Design

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - interactive elearning

Graphics & Course Design

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - build interactive branches

The Rapid E-Learning Blog - community resources

So there you have it.  Seventy rapid elearning tips that will help you get started, save time, and find the resources you need to build better elearning.

What three tips do you have?


Just added the info for the free jam session in Atlanta on August 17.  Click here for details.  This one has a sign up list so that I know how many will attend.  I'm also working on a jam session while I'm in Charlotte on December 8.  Still working on the details, but if you're interested in attending let me know.

Here's a list of upcoming conferences and presentations:

  • August 3-4: Madison, WI–Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. I'll be working the Articulate booth.
  • August 16: Atlanta, GA—ASTD: I'll be doing two sessions, a pre-conference workshop on elearning (3 hours) and the other on elearning graphics.  $149 for the workshop and the conference seems to be a fair price.  I'm bringing my "A" game and some new jokes. Click here for details. Also doing a free jam session on the 17th.
  • September 15: Lincoln, NE (ASTD)—Become a Rapid E-Learning Pro. $80 for an all day workshop is a good value and worth the trip if you're close to Nebraska. I'm also doing a free Articulate jam session while in town.  
  • October 16-19: Las Vegas, NV (CUNA)—Experience Learning Live!  I'll be presenting on building communities and how to build elearning courses with limited resources.
  • October 25: Baton Rouge, LA (ASTD)—Webinar. Details to follow.
  • November 1: Las Vegas, NV (Elearning Guild)—Devlearn. Doing a pre-conference workshop and presentation at the conference.
  • November 12: Los Angeles, CA (ISPI)—Articulate Workshop. Details to follow.
  • November 14: Minneapolis, MN (ASTD)—Articulate Workshop: Build Interactive E-Learning…Rapidly. Click here for updates.
  • December 8: Charlotte, NC (ASTD)—Rapid E-Learning Design.  I'll also be doing a free Articulate jam session while in town.  If you want to attend let me know and I'll send the details as I get them.

2012 is just around the corner.  If you're interested in having me present, now's a good time to connect with me since my schedule fills quickly.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Arizona school goes virtual with VenueGen – Hypergrid Business

Arizona school goes virtual with VenueGen – Hypergrid Business: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

The top 10 ed-tech stories of 2010: No. 8 | Mobile and Handheld Technologies | eSchoolNews.com

The top 10 ed-tech stories of 2010: No. 8 | Mobile and Handheld Technologies | eSchoolNews.com: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"
The Shocking Numbers Behind Cell Phone Usage

The Electric Educator: 5 Technologies to Watch In 2011

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The Electric Educator: 5 Technologies to Watch In 2011

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Horizon report 2011

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Horizon Project | NMC

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Jane's Pick of the Day: The Horizon Report 2011

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Drill Down: Mobile Devices in Education

Drill Down: Mobile Devices in Education: "As educators continue to weigh the many considerations attached to allowing student-owned handheld devices on campus, Speak Up asked parents what good they think the use of mobile technologies would have on their children's education."

The Innovative Educator: The Complete Guide to Facebook For Educators!

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4 Interesting iPhone Apps Those Who Use Facebook

4 Interesting iPhone Apps Those Who Use Facebook: "
New appointment with our '5 iPhone Applications for ...' in which we choose a particular category of users by offering the five most interesting applications. We currently have the 5 most popular applications for those who use Facebook. 1) Videoup VideoUp application for Facebook is only available for iPhone 3G. Through a simple interface, we achieved to upload video directly to Facebook. First we have to log in, simply select the video after the film (or record it on the fly) and press Upload. Application only works on the iPhone 3G.
2) Fex for Facebook FeX for Facebook is one of those indispensable utility for people using Facebook and wants to remain updated with the iPhone Contacts. Through a nice graphic interface, in fact we could transfer all the profile images of FB to the iPhone, importing them as thumbnails (images contact). Just a few taps to create a completely custom book complete with photos for each contact is present in the native application on Facebook that 'Contacts'. In addition you can also synchronize birthdays from Facebook to our iPhone, not to forget to wish for more friends / relatives. It does not end here: the application also allows you to make a call or write to the Board of any of our friend on Facebook.
With My Phone + for Facebook we can organize contacts, synchronize information directly on the iPhone and Facebook contacts. We operate in a simple and quick calls (keypad, contacts list, and bookmarks) and sync your photos and contact information from Facebook.
With this application you can view videos directly from Facebook on the iPhone, with the possibility of viewing them from DailyMotion, Vimeo and YouTube and Facebook without leaving the page.
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