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Online Training Software Company, DigitalChalk, Expands its Certificates Feature

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 07:46 AM PDT

DigitalChalk, a leading online training software and learning management system (lms) provider, announces expanded functionality for the Certificates Feature of its e-learning platform.

In DigitalChalk's June release, the online training software company added the ability for companies to collect customized data from their students in the form of a new "user fields" feature. With this new release, DigitalChalk has expanded the function of the user fields data to allow companies to easily add the information directly on to the Certificate of Completion that is issued when their students pass a course.

Certificates Feature of DigitalChalk Online Training Software

Certificates Feature of DigitalChalk Online Training Software from DigitalChalk on Vimeo.

Also included in this new release, DigitalChalk has added the ability to issue multiple certificates per course. Previously, a certificate was only issued when a course was passed based on the settings the course administrator defined for course completion. With the new changes, course administrators can issue certificates throughout the course (i.e. certificates issued when certain milestones are reached in the course), as well as issue one or more certificates upon full passing and completion of the entire course.
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About DigitalChalk

DigitalChalk is a leading Online Training Software and Learning Management System (LMS) for companies to create and deliver their training courses online. DigitalChalk enhances users' e-learning experience through its innovative design which has been developed to offer the most versatile and feature-rich e-learning platform available. They offer pay-as-you go pricing, no contracts, and a cloud-based, hosted solution that is always on, always up.
To learn more please visit http://www.digitalchalk.com.

Source: PRWeb

Innolance's MyMathBook Education App is New, Exciting, and will be Available Soon

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 07:24 AM PDT

Innolance, a leading Mobile apps development company in the US, has put together an innovative, fun filled educational application for young children.

An exciting iPad app for children is here! It's called MyMathBook. Innolance, a leading Mobile apps development company in the US, has put together this innovative, fun filled, educational application for young growing minds. The MyMathBook app is perceived to revolutionize the way children approach learning math and is available to everyone.

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Innolance's MyMathBook is a fantastic way for children to learn the fundamentals of Math in a fun-filled way. It has embraced 3 critical techniques of Audio, Video, and Tactile learning. It incorporates various interactive animations and illustrations to invoke children's interest of learning Math, making it much more than just a math lesson. Innolance has combined MyMathBook into one, simple, fun to use application that children will want to embrace.
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About Innolance

Innolance is an IT service oriented corporation based in the Washington D.C. area that is dedicated to offering Innovative Technology solutions to our customers. Our company focuses on Mobile and Web Application Development as well as Quality Assurance for various verticals. As a company, we strive to be the leader in our industry by providing our customers with the most dynamic and unique business services available in today's market.

Source: PRWeb 

McGraw University: Online Education is as Effective as Traditional Classroom Instruction

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 03:55 AM PDT

More universities are considering online education to accommodate their shrinking budgets. McGraw University supports online learning as a viable educational resource for students.

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--Online learning has received a bad rapport when compared to traditional in-class instruction but according to a recent study from Ithaka S+R, the gossip has been unjust. An article by US News discusses the study and the advantages of interactive online learning. The study proved that students receiving online education or a combination of online and in-class instruction produced equivalent or better results than students participating in face-to-face education. While there is, undoubtedly, a strong difference between traditional class instruction and online learning, McGraw University believes online classes can be just as engaging as traditional lectures.

The study asked 605 college students taking the same introductory statistics course from six different public universities to complete a series of tests before and after the course. Researchers split study participants into two groups one that completed in-class education and the other that completed the course online in addition to a weekly in-class session. According to the report, students taking a combination of online hours and in-class instruction performed better than those taking strictly traditional classroom sessions.
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About McGraw University


McGraw University offers challenging and relevant classes to a diverse student body. McGraw students receive lifelong learning opportunities and the ability to achieve diplomas, degrees and certificates through distance learning. McGraw University offers 71 majors and an innovative online learning platform that tailors to student's individual needs.

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Public-private partnership transforms school bus into mobile learning lab by Thelma Jarrett

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 03:22 AM PDT

Calvin Coolidge High School Principal Thelma Jarrett writes, "With nearly 500,000 school buses transporting students daily in this country, one in particular stands out at Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.
Instead of the familiar vehicle emblazoned with bright yellow paint, this one is wrapped in bold graphics showing enthusiastic students using wireless devices to reflect what actually goes on inside this unique vehicle, known as the Mobile Learning Lab.


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It's a retrofitted school bus equipped with its own generator, air conditioner, wireless 4G LTE internet connectivity, on-board tutors, and individual workstations with tablet computers and docking stations.

Eager students like Carl Harper, who just graduated from Calvin Coolidge High School, have been piling into what we've come to call our very own "Magic School Bus" when it pulls up every Wednesday in the school's parking lot. Harper and about 70 of his classmates worked for the better part of the school year on board the vehicle alongside tutors from nearby Howard University on essays for their college applications and scholarship nominations.

Made possible through a partnership with Verizon Wireless and Samsung, this bus brings cutting-edge wireless technology to underserved communities in D.C. and Maryland to help students become 21st century learners. As educators, we strive to provide our students with the best educational opportunities, but we don't always have much-needed resources. The idea of providing our students with consistent access to the latest tablets running on 4G LTE technology, and the software and apps that go along with these, is very exciting for us and for them.

When school starts back up in the fall, our juniors and seniors will get on board the Verizon Wireless Mobile Learning Lab bus to begin the application process anew. I hope to work with our students who have been participating in the Mobile Learning Lab over the summer, continuing to cultivate inspired and digitally literate learners.
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Source: eSchool News 

Introverts and An Online Education by Matt Herndon

Posted: 15 Aug 2012 02:19 AM PDT

Today I have Matt Herndon as guest blogger. Please be sure to check out his unique guest post. Guest posts are always welcome, please contact me. 

There's a word for "people who are in their heads too much": thinkers. -- Manifesto #1, by Susan Cain.


Shhhhhh!

Introverts have always suspected as much, but their opinions went unheard above the extroverts' clamor. Before Susan Cain spoke out in her acclaimed study, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can't Stop Talking," introverts were considered socially inept and introversion--confused with shyness--was a personality trait to be overcome in order to achieve success. Everyone knew the best ideas came about from group brainstorming, an idea and practice named and promoted by ad executive Alex Osborn in the 1950s. Elementary school children are taught in "pods" and work as adults on teams. Solitary time as a catalyst for innovation is dismissed in favor of collaborative efforts. But why?

The Lies of GroupThink

GroupThink, a term Cain uses to emphasize our culture's unquestioning emphasis on this method of interaction, can be defined as the mindless acceptance that work, learning and most other activities are best when performed with other people. Thus, most adults serve on at least one work team and 70 percent work in an open-plan office that limits solitude and time to concentrate without interruption. Even elementary school children are educated in groups within their own classes, despite research demonstrating that people learn faster and "are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption." Designed for Extroverts Traditional classrooms and smaller graduate student conference classes are designed for extroverts. Not only does the architecture and arrangement of classroom furniture favor extroverts, the typical class schedule does as well. The collective group of students is asked if there are any questions regarding assignments to have been completed between classes, queries are tendered and responses discussed nearly instantaneously and without any allowance for consideration or contemplation. A lecture then follows, ending with a reminder of coursework expected before the next class meeting. A bell rings or a wristwatch is noted and class is over.

Introversion, Learning & Creativity

Introverted students are not learning-disabled; nor are they neurotically fearful of social interaction. They prefer, however, time alone for contemplation, concentration and creativity. They are not fearful of solitude, but actively seek it in order to work or learn. An online educational opportunity, such as returning to school for a master's degree, can be an enormous opportunity for an introverted student. For instance, while a traditional classroom and class are designed for an extroverted student, engaging in work toward an online graduate degree rewards many of the characteristics demonstrated by introverted students, including:
  • Working alone;
  • Answering questions with considered and crafted responses as opposed to quick verbal replies;
  • Freedom from working in groups and interruptions from team members;
  • Solitude and privacy in which to learn and work;
  • Peer-to-peer and student-to-professor interactions on a preferentially limited basis.
As the current expert in the field, let's allow Cain to conclude our article as she did with a recent CNN interview:
I'm not saying that social skills are unimportant, or that we should abolish teamwork.... But I am saying that we all need alone time. And that the more freedom we give introverts to be themselves, the more they'll dream up their own unique solutions to the problems that bedevil us."

About the author:
Matt Herndon (@Just_Matt_) lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife and children. He recently completed his graduate work, studying communication and leadership development.


Many thanks to Matt.
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