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Are kids all that techno-smart? Maybe not

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 02:00 PM PDT

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Dennis Pierce, Editor writes, "In this week's news: Just because today's students are comfortable using technology doesn't mean they are skilled at creating with the latest devices, experts say--a distinction that has important implications for education."

The Millennial Generation was born and raised in the digital world. Whether they are checking their Facebook status or running a business on the go, this constantly connected generation has earned the reputation of being the most tech savvy ever. But are they really?

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"What we are seeing today is a certain amount of familiarity for the millennial generation around using technology. Whether it is a mobile phone, a tablet or computer, or also doing things with television, video recordings, gaming, there is a particular set of skills that they have developed," says Akhtar Badshah, senior director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft Corp. "However, we also know that just because you've had familiarity with the use of a device, it may not necessarily lead to proficiency in the use of technology where youth are effectively using technology to better their lives through a job, start something, or undertake further studies."

Being connected
Whether it is texting, Facebook, or Skype, millennials, like most people, mainly use technology as a tool for communication.

Gabe Griffith, a junior at Penn State, remembers playing games on the computer at age 3. He has had technology available to him throughout his education. In addition to using his computer, cell phone, iPod, and video game system almost daily, he uses the internet every day for communication and schoolwork.

Becoming proficient in the use of technology requires an intermediary, whether it comes from home or the classroom, says Badshah, but although many American schools have technology in the classroom, he adds that it is not being adequately incorporated into instruction.

"For example, the ability to run science experiments through technology or to think about how (to do) complex math formulas using technology," he says, ought to be emphasized more.

Clearly there is a role for tech in improving education, says Badshah, and there are many who are using tech to open the minds of kids.

Source: eSchool News

Back to school apps help with organization, learning across all ages by Kevin C Keller

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 12:28 AM PDT

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Kevin C Keller writes, "The iPad has been around for only two years, but the tablet computer and its many competitors are already starting to change the way both parents and teachers approach education."

Though experts remain divided on the benefits of exposing children — particularly very young ones — to tablets, smartphones and even computers, applications that aim to teach children have proliferated.

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The Apple App Store, for example, has more than 65,000 active education apps available to students, teachers, and parents getting ready for back to school. App metric website 148apps.biz says educational apps trail only games in total numbers.

"Teachers are open, receptive and excited," said New York state middle school teacher Jayne Clare, co-owner of teacherswithapps.com. "We sorely need a revolution in the education system, and the iPad will really help with that."

Clare added educational apps are beneficial to students of all ages when used right. The iPad is flexible and helps from college organization to special education differentiation.

The Denver Post examined a variety of educational apps, along with expert reviews. Here we highlight the way educators and parents are using apps, along with examples of some helpful apps for each age group.

Source: Denver Post

Is virtual education any good? by Flavia Cuervo

Posted: 20 Aug 2012 12:10 AM PDT

Florida Virtual School is one of many online alternativeschooling options around the country that have become increasingly popular inrecent years. Most high school students will take at least one virtual classduring their four years in school. In Florida, students are now required totake at least one class online before they graduate.

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Although virtual school is a useful option for those who donot have time in their schedule to take the class at school, or those whoseclasses are not offered at school but is it really a tool that can replaceeducation in the class rooms?

Most might say it can because it is efficient andinexpensive. However, there is a conflict among students who take these classesabout whether or not they are effectively teaching them.

"Honestly, it's a lot of information to digest for a courseyou're taking without the aid of a physical teacher," Christopher Romero, asenior in Graphic Design said.

Source: my.hsj.org 

Anti-Corruption E-Learning Course Now Available from Knowledge Platform

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 11:56 PM PDT

Corruption has been a global phenomenon which affects businesses, both in private and public sector. Failure to comply with the pertinent legislation can lead to serious consequences for both companies and employees, including criminal sanctions of imprisonment and/or fines, civil law claims, and severe trust and confidence damage.

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In response to this, Knowledge Platform designed this course to provide information, understanding and practical examples/scenarios on the concept of corruption, its consequences, and the various measures to identify the warning signs of corruption in public administration and financial management.

The 1-hour course has 4 modules; Introduction to Anti-Corruption, Penalties and Obligations, Third Parties and Corrupt Practices, and Anti-Corruption in Singapore. It also includes a master bank of 80 randomized assessment questions on anti-corruption principles which aims to evaluate comprehension and application. A set of audit and performance reports will be available.

E-Learning courses are significantly advantageous because it is available 24/7, cost-effective, scalable, leave audit trails, and can be personalized by assignment of learning content and automated scheduling. It is the best way to create compliance culture within your organization.

To know more on Knowledge Platform's Anti-Corruption course,

please visit http://www.knowledgeplatform.com/cic-form.aspx

Related link
Anti-Corruption Brochure (PDF)

About Knowledge Platform

Knowledge Platform is one of Asia-Pacific's leading instructional design, e-learning content development and learning technology solutions companies. Established in early 2000, Knowledge Platform has offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Delhi and Islamabad. By providing services such as E-Learning Content, Instructional Design, Training Solutions, and E-Learning Technology Solutions, Knowledge Platform helps its clients to increase their learning efficiency. Knowledge Platform has a rapidly growing, blue chip enterprise, banking, educational, and government sector client base.

For additional information regarding Knowledge Platform,

please visit http://www.knowledgeplatform.com

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