Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Academic-Zone Attending 3rd Annual Educational Technology Summit

Members of the Academic-Zone team will be attending the 3rd Annual Education Technology Strategies for K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities Summit on Tuesday February 26th and Wednesday February 27th 2013. The Education Technology Summit is “an exclusive forum that provides knowledge and insights for education technology professionals and educators on strategies to build 21st Century schools. Attendees will walk away with the tools they need to redefine the education and learning paradigms of their institution.” The conference is organized by Strategy Institute. Strategy Institute has been a facilitator of information sharing for over 15 years. They provide education decision-makers with the knowledge and tools they need to cultivate an engaged and creative learning environment for all Canadians.

This year’s agenda has a bountiful list of education leaders from across North America that will be speaking on education technology throughout the two day event. The main topics of discussion for this year’s conference are listed below.

Source 12 strategies to enhance teaching and learning:

  1. Redefine outdated teaching models to enhance personalized learning
  2. Bridge the transition gap to post-secondary education
  3. Embrace BYOD and build it into your curriculum to enable new learning opportunities
  4. Get a handle on your performance measurements through data analytics
  5. Improve learning outcomes through the integration of emerging technologies
  6. Secure faculty buy-in with effective professional development tactics
  7. Leverage the interactive value of social media to create a connected classroom
  8. Enable peer-learning and class-collaboration time with flipped classrooms
  9. Source scalable and cost-effective solutions to your education technology deployments
  10. Innovate how you teach and engage students with game-based learning methodologies
  11. Support new learning environments for your students with MOOCs
  12. Make the case to fund your technology deployment projects under tight budgets

Click on the following link for more information:

Education Technology Summit Website
Education Technology Summit Online Brochure
Strategy Institute Website

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Steve Wheeler’s Three Things About Learning For This Generation

Steve Wheeler’s Three Things About Learning for this Generation

I read another very interesting article from fellow blogger and noted e-learning expert Steve Wheeler. He is an Associate Professor of learning technology in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society, at Plymouth University.

To view the blog post click the title or click here. This article focuses on three things that Steve thinks we need to know about learning for this generation. These three things are:

  • Learning needs to be personalized
  • Learning needs to be social
  • Learning needs to be globalized

Steve notes that learning must be differentiated because one size definitely does not fit all. Everyone learns in a different way, and personalized learning allows for a stronger connection to the material being taught. Academic-Zone avoids the “one size fits all” aspect of online resources through its interactivity, helping create what can be described as a personalized experience. Social interaction is also very important in the learning process. Steve notes, “Much of what we learn comes from contact and communication with others.” Through the use of video and audio clips featuring students and educators our modules deliver a very interactive and social learning experience. Globalization is the last topic discussed in this post. It is important to create a global learning community. “Students who share their content online can reach a worldwide audience who can act as a peer network to provide constructive feedback. Teachers can crowd-source their ideas and share their content in professional forums”. This is the reason Academic-Zone is available to other institutions. We want to share our resources to enhance education across the board.

The tools and devices students choose, and the pathways they decide to take are in many ways beginning to challenge the synchronised and homogenised approaches we still practice in schools, universities and organisations”

Academic-Zone is bridging the gap between traditional learning and innovative learning practices. As a result, Academic-Zone has a community of engaged and empowered student learners and supported educators making significant strides in developing academic success throughout the field of education.

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Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education

Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education

I read a great article this morning on Forbes.com called “Beyond Gamification: Cutting-Edge Technology Meets Alternative, Progressive Education”.

Dr. Matthew Peterson is the founder and CEO of the MIND Research Institute. The MIND Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization that “enables elementary and secondary students to reach their full academic and career potential through developing and deploying math instructional software and systems”.

This article focuses on Dr. Peterson’s creation ST Math, “a unique game-based math curriculum for elementary and secondary schools that uses neuroscientific, mathematics, and education research to improve math education and advance scientific understanding.” 

I found the article extremely captivating. It is amazing what people and organizations are doing to change the way we educate and learn. The power of technology has enabled new ways of thinking and new understandings of how people learn.

ST Math concentrated on three principles that they consider “prerequisites for enabling quality learning”

  • Interactivity
  • Informative feedback
  • Intrinsic motivation

Academic-Zone follows these very principles. All of our modules are driven by interactive content with informative feedback that encourages intrinsic motivation. It is our goal to offer innovative resources that help today’s students proactively take control of his/her education. Our flexibility and ability to address the unique learning styles through interactivity and the use of multiple channels to present content creates an educational offering that positively impacts today’s students as well we today’s learning environment.

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Is School Actually Meeting The Current and Future Needs of Our Learners?

Is School Actually Meeting The Current and Future Needs of Our Learners?

I was reading the blog on the Canadian Education Association’s (CEA) website and came across a great post called “Is school actually meeting the current and future needs of our learners?” The post discussed the need for innovation in education, and how the use of technology can engage today’s students in learning. The article is definitely worth a read! The post relates very well to Academic-Zone. Academic-Zone is bridging this gap with our online educational resources. Academic-Zone was designed to meet the needs of today’s students and support teaching initiatives, using technology to its advantage.

To read the full article click the title or here

For more information on the Canadian Education Association check out their website: www.cea-ace.ca