What does education really mean today?

From the time man developed the tools to read and write, education has been a social status marker. Those who are educated are considered better-or at the very least, more intelligent-than those who are not. At first, it was only the rich and powerful who possessed the knowledge to read and write: kings, who led wars and people; priests and other religious figures who led the people spiritually; and scribes who took down what others would not or could not. Reading and writing, the very basis of learning, were not for the poor masses.

Time and the evolution of man have of course changed this, and the number of people who are illiterate is smaller than the number of people who are literate. However, this positive development has only given way to more intense markers of education, which in turn mark social status. In…

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Online Learning News – November 28, 2012

Virtual School Meanderings

Yes another item from yesterday’s inbox…

Online Learning News

A biweekly update from Contact North | Contact Nord,
Ontario’s Distance Education &Training Network

New on the Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty & Instructors:

Trends & Directions

  • Download New Ecologies and Trajectories of Learning, a recent presentation by Professor Gráinne Conole, Professor of Learning Innovation; Director, Beyond Distance Research Alliance; and author of the upcoming book, Designing for Learning in an Open World.

Tips & Tools

Pockets of Innovation:

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EdTech Digest

Millions of educators and students have used it for more than a decade, now it’s been upgraded. Sure, it looks better — its new facelift makes it very easy on the eyes, but it’s got some brains behind the beauty: netTrekker search’s new interface provides access to more than 330,000 relevant digital resources aligned with state and Common Core standards. To address the variety of student needs in the classroom, this academically-oriented search engine enables teachers to quickly differentiate search results and identify the best resources to reach every student, providing teachers with the ability to:

__Easily sort and refine search results by academic or reading level, subject, language and recommendations.

__Conveniently access teacher-specific content, including standards, lesson plans and instructional resources.

__Save, organize and share digital resources.

For students, netTrekker Search now better supports independent learning and:

__Enables students to instantly find the resources and safe, school-friendly images they…

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