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Thursday, November 6, 2014


I hope everyone is having a great week.  While doing my research this morning I came across a collection of old videos on wired.com I think you'll enjoy. If you have time today, these videos are worth watching.  Please give me some feedback on the link and let me know which of the videos you enjoyed best. 

http://www.wired.com/2008/11/top-10-amazin-1/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Biology

Cells are the central unit of living organic entities. Scientists have considered cells for quite a long time to comprehend their physiological properties, their structure, the organelles they harbor, associations in the middle of cells and with their extracellular surroundings, their life cycle, how they separate and how they die. 

Current cell scientists utilize a huge number of systems from entire living being microscopy directly down to the sub-atomic level exploring the proteins and the hereditary qualities of cell segments and cell capacities. Cell science examination includes both the incredible assorted qualities of single-celled organic entities like microscopic organisms and protozoa, and the heap specific cells in multicultural life forms, for example, people and plants. Cell science is at the center of formative science and undifferentiated organism explore and in addition immunology and malignancy science. 

This page is the begin point for your voyage into cell science. We trust you appreciate researching the life of cells!
I have added a link which will take you on a virtual field trip into a living cell.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Doing without an Expensive LMS

Buying content from the major e-learning developers makes the already challenging task of budgetting for free tutoring operations particularly difficult. Students and families expect free access to materials, particularly if they are used infrequently and without a lasting commitment to the tutoring program. The best option financially is to buy a limited number of seat or user licenses from the provider and then switch user names as new students matriculate and other families stop showing up. Unfortunately, this means that recycled accounts are no longer available for those students who have left and returned again, something virtually all of them eventually do.

Another option then would be developing content in-house and making it available a-la-carte, with no log in necessary. This requires long hours of developing the format and entering the content, a tedious task for anyone. It only makes sense if it can be sold again, unless one has the kind of funding that organizations like Khan Academy enjoy. Barring that, one must really monetize content or set up a pay wall. All of this requires enormous technical skill and is fraught with all manner of problems that really distract from the mission of teaching.

A third option is purchasing an LMS, but here again, one ends up spending so much on set-up, hosting and maintenance or support fees, that it hardly represents an improvement over purchasing content each year. Adobe presents a potentially intriguing solution by which the teacher develops in Captivate and publishes directly to Adobe hosted connection services without the astronomical costs associated with purchasing a separate LMS.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Building Interactive and Self-Grading Quizzes

There is no quick and easy way to build interactive and self-grading quizzes for a teaching site: even with a template it's a tedious and labor-intensive process. A quiz of just twenty questions could take hours to construct because each answer must yield a response, whether positive or negative, if the user/student is to stay engaged.

Ideally one would begin with a template, but those are expensive to develop and therefore tied up in proprietary issues. Starting from scratch with Google Forms or Adobe Webforms means settling for an unprofessional look since the customizing options for each are limited. Without an understanding of code or a passable fluency in techniques and possibilities, the result will look as inexpensive (read cheap) as it really is.

In order to get noticed then, in the very crowded world of online education apps. one must really splurge on a well-designed UI and template with significant potential for interactive features-- students will naturally gravitate to the sites with the best designs and graphics--and then put in some serious hours tweaking the entering and tweaking the content.