Australian Children’s Television Foundation’s Learning Centre – resource for educators.

Television, film and multimedia have an important role in learning across curriculum areas and topics.

The ACTF has quality Australian resources to support educators in primary to tertiary and community roles.

There are free lesson ideas, learning resources and classroom activity sheets to help your students learn. ”

ACTF’s Learning Centre

K-12 online conference: Bridging the divide, 30 November

http://k12onlineconference.org/

The K-12 online conference invites participation from educators around the world interested in innovative ways Web 2.0 tools and technologies can be used to improve learning. This free conference is run by volunteers and open to everyone.

See ‘ME’ not the ADHD, 20 August, Melbourne

http://www.acer.edu.au/proflearn/SpecialNeeds.html

This one day workshop will provide research findings related to the characteristics of ADHD and the most effective strategies to support the learning and social needs of students with ADHD.

We choose the moon


  • We Choose the Moon is an interactive experience recreating the historic Apollo 11 mission to the Moon in real time.

Teachers – Win the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica

In celebration of the upcoming release of Robert Swan’s new book, Antarctica 2041: My Quest to Save the Earth’s Last Wilderness, with Native Energy and Broadway Books, is proud to offer one teacher a once-in-a-lifetime free trip to Antarctica, aboard Robert Swan’s International Antarctic Treaty Expedition (IATE), November 16-30, 2009.

From July 1 through September 4, 2009, teachers or professors can visit the contest website and submit a compelling essay, 500 words-or-less, titled: “Why I want to visit Antarctica this November, and how I plan to bring the skills I learn back to my classroom.”

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Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning. A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies

” The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.”

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DOE Sees Increased Role for E-Learning


Online classes coupled with classroom instruction may be more effective than traditional face-to-face teaching alone, according to an analysis of 46 studies of student performance recently released by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

The results were most stark at the college level, but DOE officials are looking at how to apply the findings in K-12 classrooms, potentially emphasizing e-learning over teacher-led classes.

“A computer can do as well as a professor and [is] a heck of a lot cheaper and a heck of a lot more reliable,” says Marshall Smith, senior counselor to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “At the post-secondary level this is a pretty powerful thing.” more » » »

Six-Figure Teachers


Zeke Vanderhoek believes you get what you pay for—even in education. That’s why this former middle school teacher is launching the Equity Project (TEP) Charter School, a middle school in upper Manhattan where teachers will make six-figure incomes, this fall. We caught up with him to ask why he thinks his vision will succeed.

How did you decide to pay teachers $125,000 a year?
This is not an original idea. Many people since the beginning of time have said we’ve got to pay teachers. When I wrote the charter I looked at our budget, and I wanted to see if we could value teachers without lip service. Teacher quality is essential to student achievement. What is the way to get great people? First, you have to pay people according to their talent. Two, you have to provide an environment where you give them freedom and autonomy. They have one-year contracts, and they operate like they’re in any other job. They don’t have tenure, and they’re evaluated based on performance. more » » »