What is massive open online course (MOOC)?

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a free Web-based distance learning
program that is designed for the participation of large numbers of geographically dispersed
students. 

A MOOC may be patterned on a college or university course or may be less structured. Although
MOOCs don’t always offer academic credits, they provide education that may enable certification,
employment or further studies.

The word MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier, from the University of Prince Edward
Island for a course offered by the University of Manitoba, “Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.”
There were 25 tuition-paying students from university and 2,300 non-paying students from the
general public who took the course online. There were RSS feeds for material and participation was
facilitated through a variety of venues including Moodle (a learning

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Webinar: "Growing Your STEM Curriculum with Hydroponics"

Teaching STEM Through Hydroponics?

In previous posts, we’ve discussed why you should be using hydroponics in the classroom and even highlighted one of our most innovative educators.

Remember: hydroponics is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. Aquaponics, therefore involves growing plants without soil (i.e. hydroponics) using fish waste as an organic nutrient source (i.e. aquaculture).

Hydroponics and aquaponics incorporates every STEM field – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – in a fun, food-growing package that every student can relate to. (After all, everyone eats food, no matter what their background.)

But we get it.

You’re busy.

And you have questions.

Giveaway: Get A Free Copy Of iAnnotate For A Paperless Classroom

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Do you have a paperless classroom? Do you want one, but you’re not sure where to start and what tools to use? Evernote and Google tools are popular choices with teachers, but they have a huge thing going for them that is key with educators – they are free (or Freemium, for Evernote). Without huge cash flow, checking out paid offerings isn’t always an option.

iAnnotate is a great tool that can bring you into paperless classroom territory. It is an extremely sophisticated tool that gives teachers a lot of options. In short: you can annotate pdf documents. In long, teachers can mark up digital textbooks, student work,

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Giveaway: Get A Free Copy Of iAnnotate For A Paperless Classroom

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Do you have a paperless classroom? Do you want one, but you’re not sure where to start and what tools to use? Evernote and Google tools are popular choices with teachers, but they have a huge thing going for them that is key with educators – they are free (or Freemium, for Evernote). Without huge cash flow, checking out paid offerings isn’t always an option.

iAnnotate is a great tool that can bring you into paperless classroom territory. It is an extremely sophisticated tool that gives teachers a lot of options. In short: you can annotate pdf documents. In long, teachers can mark up digital textbooks, student work,

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Aug 29

@coolcatteacher Thanks for tweeting my post

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Free Technology for Teachers: Video Creation and Editing 101

Creating videos is one of my favorite classroom activities for students. A well-planned video project can be used to have students sharpen their research, writing, and revising skills while developing video production skills. Below you will find a collection of tips and resources for learning to become a better video editor. If you’re looking for a mobile video creation tool, take a look at this comparison chart.

In the video below WeVideo offers three key tips for shooting better videos.

The Vimeo Video School offers more than five dozen videos about creating better videos. Two of their videos are embedded below.


Quick Focusing Tips from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

Zoom vs. Moving Camera from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

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What Are The Biggest Online Learning Trends And Challenges?

Online learning takes many forms these days. From all-online degree programs to taking one class online as part of a more traditional, in person degree program, to blended and flipped classrooms, more and more teachers and students have some type of online component to their teaching and learning. 

Since learning online can take many different forms, it is interesting to look at some of the trends and challenges that moving from an in-person to a virtual environment can pose. The handy infographic below (from the awesome folks over at Education Dive), takes a gander at some of the trends in online learning (and a few fun statistics) and some of the challenges that online learning poses. Do you teach online? What challenges do you face? Weigh in

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