Attend Online Nonprofit Technology Conference (Special Discount for Beth's Blog Readers)

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NTEN and Jossey-Bass/Wiley is hosting the " Online NTC ," a 2-day online conference based on the book, Managing Technology to Meet Your Mission. It is a learning event to help you better understand how to manage technology.

Interesting Uses of Technology: Virtual Libraries in Second Life

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These virtual libraries are meant to support different aspects of student learning, making the aggregate and perhaps distributed content of a physical library more accessible. "Second Life libraries are examples of immersive learning environments ," explained Dr. Hill.

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Teaching with Tech: The Incredible—and Inevitable—Evolution of the Digital Classroom

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a single computer running basic DOS for an entire school was considered the very cutting edge of the tech-enhanced learning environment. Today 48 states support online learning programs, and 95 percent of institutions of higher learning offer online classes.

Learning Analytics: Big Data Applied to Training, Teaching, and Learning

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Learning Analytics comes from a report about the impact of emerging technologies for practitioners in a field. Two or three years to adoption: Learning Analytics (K-12/Higher Ed), Open Content (K-12), Games and Gamification (Higher Ed). Learning and Knowledge Analytics.

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Gaming the Talkback Experience with the Signtific What If? Machine

Museum 2.0

It's fun, I learn something, I'm challenged to contribute something meaningful, and I connect with other users. In museums, we are often struggling to find deeper ways to encourage people to engage with each others' opinions and to learn collaboratively and relationally.

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Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. Research about the physical space can impact learning, can be found here.

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The importance of Sandboxes and Play in online learning spaces!

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I was reminded yet again about the importance of play and experimentation as part of the online spaces, particularly those that are learning environments. The short piece explores the push/pull between computers/technology and people. Download pumpkins-apples-not-blogging.wmv.

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Newsmastering for Professional Development 2.0 Dashboard: Online Community Management Aggregator and Report

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for online community managers or what education technology bloggers like Stephen Downes call " Personal Learning Environment." My colleague Marshall Kirkpatrick at Read/Write Web gave me a sneak peak at their Guide to Online Community Management Report and Aggregator.

New Models for Children's Museums: Wired Classrooms?

Museum 2.0

But last year, over Thanksgiving, I sat next to a man who was working on his laptop (not an activity that invites conversation), creating a presentation on elementary education and technology. Bob argues that giving kids laptops enables more participatory, engaged learning.

The Birth of a Field: Digital Media and Learning

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This morning I attended the MacArthur Foundation Digital Learning briefing that was taking place at the Natural History Museum in NYC. The environment for learning is no longer in the classroom and its online, and outside of school. They document their learning."

PowerMyLearning: Free Online Education Games and Videos for Nonprofits and Libraries

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CFY was founded by Elisabeth Stock in 1999 with the mission of helping low-income students do better in school by improving their learning environments at home. It is designed not only to enhance instruction in the classroom, but also to extend learning beyond the classroom.

Where I'm Coming From

Museum 2.0

I'm a strong believer in free-choice learning, and I see museums as places to circumvent the hazards of compulsory education and support a democratic, engaged society of learners. What is free-choice learning? As John Holt wrote, "Learning is not the product of teaching.

Can Networks Have Social Impact?

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The focus was on learning about "Network Effectiveness" and the specific topics included strategies for network impact, approaches to evaluating networks and tools for accelerating and assessing network impact. A peer learning environment requires creating a safe space for conversation.

NpTech Tag Summary: Party Metaphors, Conversations, and A Few Good Links

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Via Laura Quinn at Idealware comes a pointer to a research paper titled " Technology Motivators and Usage in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations " that comes from the Systems Synthesis Project course at the H. " The 1cent thoughts on NPTech blog muses , "Is technology the step child of older organizations? Want to learn how to use Google Analytics in 90 minutes? This slide show from Common Craft uses a party as a metaphor for online community.