Tuesday May 31, 2011

Flipping the Classroom

Another great TED talk this time by Kahn Academy's Salman Kahn on their model to use video to re-invent education. I spoke with the good folks at Kahn last week about collaborating with us at Quest to Learn to see if students and teachers would benefit from using the Kahn model for lectures and competency training as homework and the Q2L model to really engage students in the classroom  using game-based learning, digital tools and powered by OSL to solve real-world problems and apply what the kids learned online. Well, we are on our way to find out just what that kind of blended learning might actually look like. Stay tuned.



Friday May 20, 2011

Next Up, Ed Tech 2011


After a week in Long Beach with the good folks at the IMS Learning Impact despite the rain. Highlights included Gerry's update on Merlot and the Affordable Learning Solutions program they have put in place for OER resources to save student's money. Other cool stuff on Common Cartride at the GLRC and the semantic web, Gates Foundation on digital learners and the Florida Virtual School. Of course the best part was seeing Linda's killer demo of SAIP with Blackboard and Marc's talk on the print-to-digital revolution in libraries and the power of Oracle UCM to get help get there. Next up Monday morning and the SIIA Ed Tech Forum fortunately taking place a BART ride away.




Monday Jun 11, 2007

Digital Hollywood - Day One

It's a beautiful day in Santa Monica and the first session just broke entitled " The Exploding Appetite of Film, Cable, TV and Broadband Networks - The New Golden Age of Hollywood". They'll post the whole session in video on the main site, but here are the notes from the discussion relating to educational content and learning:

  1. CurrentTV - Now in 50 Million homes
  2. Short-Form Content - 3-10 minute videos (Learning Objects?)
  3. Different experiences for different media formats
    • Narrative format of Film vs Television (30min-1 hour episodes vs 2 hour narrative)
    • Platform: Moble vs Home
  4. New advertising models for universities and branded content and services
  5. Allowing viewers, ie students, to participate in the generation of content (courses)
  6. Audiences are not time-based. A TV show is not on at 9:pm on Tuesday's, it's on whenever you download or stream it (Classes on Demand)
  7. Brand relationship - Alumni, Faculty, Students, Parents
  8. Owning the reaction to the experience as much as the experience itself
  9. The merger in roles between content creators and instructional designers
  10. Plummeting costs of digital tools and distribution models
More tomorrow including our Launch Party Reception for the University Project Island in Second Life. Join us in-world at 6:30pm.

 

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