10 Ways Twitter Is Reinventing the College Lecture – Online Universities

This item is from today’s inbox. Although it speaks to postsecondary students, there are ways to apply the use of Twitter–and other online social facilities–to enhance learning at any level. In the past, I have re-posted or re-blogged material from other blog sites that deal with digital education and enhancing traditional classrooms with digital media. Here is another article to consider.

10 Ways Twitter Is Reinventing the College Lecture – Online Universities.

URL: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/07/10-ways-twitter-is-reinventing-college-lecture/


Webinars and Online Courses for Teachers and Students

Today’s inbox contained this post from Virtual School Meanderings, a blog I follow about online resources for educators and students. Items include the addition of Japanese language courses, driver education, conferences, and using social networking for learning. Read on:

JULY 2012 eNewsletter

In this issue:  New Courses For Fall 2012, Summer Session II – Now Registering,

Join Our Upcoming Webinar, STEM for College & Careers

VHS Introduces New Courses In Fall 2012

New Languages Pave the Road to a New School Year

In partnership with Connections Learning, The VHS Collaborative (VHS) will be offering more online course options for middle and high schools worldwide. Starting in the fall of 2012, students will have the opportunity to take sought-after courses including  Japanese I and II, Sign Language I and II and Driver’s Education.

Our continued partnership with Connections Learning allows VHS member schools and individually enrolled students access to a wide variety of programs. Students are able to access courses that would otherwise be unavailable to them through their local school programs. Read the full article.

Join Our Next Webinar

The VHS Collaborative Webinar Series Presents…

“Policy, Quality and Cost Considerations of Blended Learning Environments“

Join us on July 30, 2012 for a free webinar to review options for online education that will boost your school’s 21st century studies.

Identify the goals and benefits of implementing a blended learning environment

Explore the range of delivery methods

Look at the current marketplace of online education providers and partners

Discuss Policy and Cost considerations

Our session concludes with setting goals, offering ideas of delivery models that that will best suits your needs, and provide ways in which your school or district can further develop a curriculum to incorporate online learning.

Webinar: Policy, Quality and Cost Considerations of Blended Learning Environments


Date: Monday July 30, 2012

Time: 12:00 pm EDT


For more information contact dneuffer@TheVHSCollaborative.org, or call 978-450-0413.

STEM Learning For College & Careers

Blogging On Preparing Students for Careers in Science

Jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are growing faster than in any other field in the United States but less than 30% of high school graduates are ready to pursue college education in science.

We need to do more to ensure that all students have access to rigorous and engaging science courses that provide them with the skills, tools, and global perspective necessary to succeed in STEM careers. Read the full blog post now.

Subscribe to The VHS Collaborative Blog. Read more from colleagues, experts and online learning advocates and join in the conversation to discuss blended learning initiatives in education today.

Now Enrolling for Summer Session II

There’s Still Time to Take An Online Summer Course – Register Now

Whether you need to make up credit before the fall semester, or you are looking for interesting courses that will teach you new and innovative skills, VHS online Summer School courses are a great way to get ahead!.

With the support of a teacher, and interaction with online peers troughout the course, VHS’ Online Summer program is a convenient option for students who:

Need to make up credits to graduate on schedule

Have other commitments and need flexible scheduling

Want to try an online course while their schedule is less demanding

Are looking to get ahead or stay academically engaged during the summer months


Summer Session II offers online studies in the following subject areas:

Chemistry, Biology, English Literacy Skills,  Financial Literacy, Pre-Algebra/Algebra Preparation, Planning for College, Health, U.S. History, Video Game Design

For more information, please visit our website, or contact Lauren Skinner at 978.450.0427 for enrollments and questions.

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“Open Data for College Affordability and Better Student Outcomes”

Reblogged from Homeroom, the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education:

Open Data for College Affordability and Better Student Outcomes

Cross-posted from the White House Blog.

The Obama Administration recently launched the Education Data Initiative to help students and their families benefit from innovation enabled by open data from the US government and other sources.  By working to make education data more available and useful to entrepreneurs and innovators, we’re confident that new products and services will continue to emerge to help American families make informed educational decisions and improve student outcomes.

The Education Data Initiative is part of a series of Open Data Initiatives—other ones include energy, health, and public safety—in which the Administration is working to help catalyze the development of innovative apps and services fueled by open data, while rigorously protecting privacy and confidentiality.

Todd Park speaks at the data jam

US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park speaks at the Education Data Jam

This week, staff from the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the George Washington School of Business held an Education “Data Jam” in Washington, DC.  A diverse set of educational technology experts and entrepreneurs gathered to brainstorm new applications, products, services, and product features that could be developed using open educational data to drive increases in student success.

The MyData Initiative, which encourages schools, software vendors, and others who hold student data to make it available to parents and students in electronic, machine-readable formats, was an important focus of the workshop discussion.  Allowing students to download their own data enables them to maintain their personal learning profile, access customized learning experiences, and make informed school selection and financial aid choices.  At the workshop, the Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid unveiled the MyData files it will be launching for student aid application (FAFSA) and disbursement (NSLDS) data downloads. Students will soon be able to retrieve their own student aid data in machine-readable format, which they could then share with online services that can harness the data to provide customized assistance with finding scholarships, choosing schools, or repaying loans.

The Education Data Jam also focused on Federal education data sets now available at education.data.gov.  Publicly available data about education outcomes can help fuel the next generation of customized services and tools for students, teachers, and school districts.

Data from the Learning Registry, a new open-source technical system to help educators and learners use and share digital content, was also a major subject of the brainstorm.  Developers interested in connecting student performance or teacher preparation tools to appropriate content can leverage the information stored in this crowd-sourced platform.

In wrapping up the event, we challenged participants to collaborate on building tools or services using the data demonstrated at the Data Jam.  Groups who successfully implement their ideas in the next 90 days will have an opportunity to potentially be featured at a follow-on event—an “Education Datapalooza”—that will celebrate private-sector education innovation fueled by open data.  The challenge to build innovative education tools and services, for potential demonstration at the Datapalooza, is open to everyone.  Information about the data sets presented at the Data Jam is available here.  And if you’d like more details about the Education Dataplaooza or if you have an idea or an example of a private-sector innovation (a product, service, website, app, or feature) that uses open education data, please send an email to Richard.Culatta@ed.gov.