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7 Things You Should Know (from the Educause Learning Initiative)

Thanks to MERLOT member Lisa Pirinelli, I was reminded of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About... series that, “…provides concise information on emerging learning technologies and related practices.

Each brief focuses on a single technology or practice and describes: What it is, Who is doing it, How it works, Why it is significant, What are the Downsides, Where it is going, and Why it matters to teaching and learning. When you go to http://www.educause.edu/7ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutSeries/7495, you’ll see links to PDF documents covering topics such as:

  • Open Journaling

  • Digital Storytelling

  • E-Books

  • Google Earth

  • YouTube

  • Facebook

  • Mapping Mashups

  • Virtual Worlds

  • Google Jockeying

  • Remote Instrumentation

  • Screencasting

  • Virtual Meetings

  • Grid Computing

  • Collaborative Editing

  • Instant Messaging

  • Augmented Reality

  • Blogs

  • Video Blogging

  • Wikis

  • Clickers

  • Social Bookmarking

Some of these I’ve mentioned in this blog. Some of them I haven’t a clue about – so I guess I’ll be doing some reading this weekend! Oddly, I don’t see Tablet PCs in the mix, or the general idea of “Graphical Response Systems” and other innovations I’m hearing about from all of you.

If anyone knows how to get an item added to the EDUCAUSE “7 things…” list, let me know! Perhaps we can all collaboratively make a contribution to the list!

Jim Vanides, BSME, M.Ed.
Program Manager - Worldwide Higher Education Philanthropy

For information about the HP Technology for Teaching philanthropy initiative in higher education, visit www.hp.com/go/hpteach-hied

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  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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