Baker's Guide to Christian Online Learning

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Jason D. Baker

2013 Horizon Report Released

The annual Horizon Report from the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE has been released.  The technologies highlighted in the report include MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses), tablet computing, gaming, learning analytics, 3D printing, and wearable technology.

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E-Learning for Teens with Autism

Learning how to navigate the socially challenging world of high school can be stressful for autistic teenagers. Even with the support of teachers and parents, teenagers with an autism diagnosis struggle to complete basic tasks and learn social skills needed for success. What if an e-learning application for smart phones could assist these teenagers through various social situations? According to the research of Peter Ohrstrom in his article Helping Autism-Diagnosed Teenagers Navigate and Develop Socially Using E-Learning Based upon Mobile Persuasion, Ohrstrom discusses the prototype of a mobile application that could be customized to help autistic teenagers in challenging situations.

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Education Apps: The New Use for Smart Phones

With the ubiquitous presence of the iPhone or Droid smart phones on college campuses, students carry around a potential learning tool. Smart phones can access the internet, a plethora of applications designed for education, but how can these devices change education? In 2008, Abilene Christian University wanted to see how smart phones could better education, and they provided students and faculty with iPhones or iPod Touches. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, several universities are developing applications for smart phones that would help students engage with the material, their professors, and each other.

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Smartphones: The New Online Learning Tool

Since the revolution of the smartphone,  college professors and students are discovering its power to aide classroom instruction. Professor D. Kirk Richardson of Virginia Commonwealth University enhanced his lecture on Edgar Allan Poe by using his smartphone to access documents, pictures, and other pertinent materials. According to an article in The Washington Post, smartphones help connect college professors and students outside the classroom and provide instant access to information for class discussions.

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Tech Company Making Online Education Better

Tech company 2tor, an online education provider, wants to raise the standards for online education. John Katzman, founder of 2tor and the Princeton Review, believes online education can be the impetus for real change in higher education.  According to an article in Tech Crunch, Katzman's new company 2tor will focus on making online education as a natural extension from the traditional classroom.

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