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  • jkotler 11:10 am on November 25, 2012
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    Welcome to KidConnect, an online learning program for young hospitalized patients in Canada. The goal of this venture is to bring learning, communication and entertainment to those in need. For a better look at what KidConnect offers, watch the elevator pitch below. As well, please keep in mind that although the pitch is delivered as […]

    Continue reading KidConnect Posted in: General, Venture Forum
  • jkotler 3:23 am on November 5, 2012
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    Instead of responding to the discussion on the articles given in the Newsstand, I wanted to provide another link to a video about an amazing organization I recently learned about, World Reader. Since they began they have sent more than 200,000 e-readers to children (and schools) in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, and their mission is […]

    Continue reading World Reader Posted in: General
    • Peggy Lawson 8:10 am on November 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Jkotler. That’s a nice story. If I watch from a more unbiased view, I might wonder how much the eReader itself played in increasing reading fluency – maybe it was just good teaching? Are the students more likely to carry around an eReader more than a regular book? Is the eReader more economical than physical books, and how do they keep them powered? I like hearing good stories, but would be interested in some of these underlying questions, too. So I further explored the site and found some answers.

      We’ve had discussions along these lines in some of my other classes. As MET students we obviously all have strong feelings about the power of technology in the classroom. But in some specific cases there are other factors that need to be addressed. I think the eReader project shown in your video is a great project – I don’t know if the video did full justice to the program.


    • pcollins 8:24 am on November 6, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      I appreciate the link. The idea behind this is fabulous. It really makes the impact from open-source learning visible. I agree with Peggy that the program seems much more influential then what the clip shows.

  • jkotler 4:46 am on October 16, 2012
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    I have always been a big fan of Ted Talks, so while I was going through some of the activities for this weeks topic I happened to find these two Ted Talk videos on augmented reality and thought I would share them. The first one is with Marco Tempest, a magician and illusionist who uses […]

    Continue reading Ted talks & Augmented Reality Posted in: Week 07:
    • avninder 2:17 pm on October 17, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Awesome presentations – thanks for sharing Julie! AR can really be used in amazing ways. We are all used to seeing AR mostly in sci-fi movies. Seeing it being used in the first video was great – it made the presentation very engaging.

    • Ranvir 9:21 pm on October 17, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Magic + Augmented Reality = Fantasy! An amazing TED talk by Marco Tempest and I really enjoyed how he was able to the audience mesmerized. The show basically redefined my understanding of Augmented Reality and I am still wondering what it is and what it is not?

    • Eva Ziemsen 7:57 am on October 18, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      These were so great, I re-posted on my facebook. The magician really took it to the next level. It exemplified form=content, which is what I think is the equation of art (good art). Thanks for this!

    • visramn 9:27 pm on October 19, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing. TED talks are always great.


    • Lisa Nevoral 7:02 pm on October 20, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Julie, thanks for the videos. I tried out Aurasma, but the TED Talk helped me see the potential of how it could be used.

    • Peggy Lawson 8:25 pm on October 20, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Julie. This video shows a much better example of how AR can be used for better effect. It’s fun to play around with the simple things many of us have been trying, but it takes an expert to give a hint how really effective AR might be.

  • jkotler 3:56 am on September 25, 2012
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    Armie Carabet is the founder, director and CEO of ClickN KIDS Inc. He is a unique leader with extensive knowledge, understanding and capability, which he has strengthened through his experiences as a business owner, franchisor, franchise, marketing director and general manager. For more than a decade, Armie owned and operated many successful companies like TyRyMow […]

    Continue reading Armie Carabet is the founder, director a… Posted in: Week 04: Entrepreneur Bootcamp
    • Jonathan 10:57 pm on September 25, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      These are the type of solutions that people probably envisioned entering the 21st Century Learning. Where you able to see how some of the games were played? Were the innovative or simple games?

      We are always looking for new solutions to implement inside the primary realm.

      — Cheers,

      • jkotler 2:11 am on September 27, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Jonathan,

        The countless games they offer are all really amazing because they are all animated and interactive making it really engaging for the learner, but they also range in content from simple to complex depending on the age and level of the user. I also really like that the approach they used in designing the steps the user moves through was so well-thought out. For example when a child is just starting to read, the program offers many lessons on teaching the basic sounds of letters and then after much practice they are automatically taken to the ‘listening cube’ to hear and see how those letter sounds fit into various words.

        If you are interested in learning more about it, the website is http://www.clicknkids.com.

  • jkotler 2:52 am on September 10, 2012
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    Overall, the research reports put forth by Educause are very useful and can be of great value to a wide range of educators, learning technology specialists and venturers. More specifically, one of the main reasons it is so insightful, especially in comparison to other reports or market projections, is because instead of giving a general […]

    Continue reading The Value of Educause Posted in: Week 02: The Edtech Marketplace
    • avninder 12:53 pm on September 10, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      It sounds like your report was a lot more detailed than the one I read (Learning Technology Trends to Watch in 2012). I’d have to agree that these reports have been designed with a broad audience in mind. As a corporate trainer though I’ve noticed that many technologies and can be used in different learning environments effectively.

      • tomwhyte1 12:29 pm on September 12, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        I would agree that most, if not all technologies can be used within multiple levels. However, in my experience I have noticed that teachers are more comfortable when they are given a concrete situational example to begin with.


    • tomwhyte1 12:27 pm on September 12, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      I like how Educase breaks down the technology, into what it is, what it can do, and who is using it. This approach would provide instructors at all levels an entry point to either introduce themselves to the technology, enhance knowledge, and begin making connections to learn how to deploy it for themselves.

      I would also like to see what this might look like for K-12.

      What are your thoughts on why they have only focused on Higher Ed?

  • jkotler 6:49 am on September 5, 2012
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    My name is Julie Kotler and I am originally from Montreal, Quebec, but now live in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is my 4th MET course, but I am also taking two others this semester too. In addition to this program, I was recently working part time as an assistant program developer for a center that […]

    Continue reading Hi everyone! Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • kstackhouse 7:22 am on September 5, 2012 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Julie,
      You have an interesting and diverse background. I am also taking three courses right now…Yikes! Best of luck this term.


      • jkotler 2:41 am on September 6, 2012 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Ken,

        I am also a little bit nervous about taking three courses at once, but hopefully we will both make it through! Good luck to you too.

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