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February 5, 2010

iPad for Publishers

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 2:03 pm

Last week Apple released its newest device, the iPad. The device is available with 3G connectivity. The device has iBooks application features. This gives Apple an extra edge over the e-book world market

The iBook Store allows iPad users to browse and purchase e-books on their device. With 3G connectivity, an iPad user can buy a book virtually anywhere, which puts the device on par with Amazon’s Kindle. The iBook Store is set up much like the iTunes store, except it’s for books. When using the iBook app you are presented with your virtual bookshelf; all the iPad user has to do is tap on the book they wish to read. Most titles will be sold for between $12.99 and $14.99.

Apple has the support of five major publishing houses; Penguin, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette Book Group, and Simon & Schuster. Negotiations with Random House, the worlds largest consumer book publisher, were going on up until the day of the iPad’s release and they were left out of the keynote presentation last Wednesday.

One of the most exciting things about the iBook Store for publishers is that it will utilize the ePub format. This format is the e-book standard and non-proprietary. This means that publishers don’t have to learn a new format when they convert their print books into e-books.

Will the iPad change the world of e-books, and in so doing, publishing? Or is this new technology just another over-hyped product by Apple? Time can only tell but it seems like the iPad is already changing things, only a week after its announcement.

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January 18, 2010

K12 Education Strategy

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 1:23 pm

Online course content has been the educational trend for long years now. Online lessons are developed to cover every learning day of school. There is a lesson for every single day, from kindergarten to 12th grade,”.

The other recent trend is publishers are running their own private online school, as well as provides technology, content, management services and provide training to other online public schools (foe e.g: Kaplan Education).

Offering technology-based distance learning solutions is another growing trend. Advanced placement courses and other courses for failin students is another growing trend. Apex sells Ap and distance courses to public schools where teachers often deliver those courses in a classroom setting.

The objective is to develop a customized content that makes learning easier and effective. There are many web-based platforms that is being developed with rich interactives to make learning easier and effective. The general aim is to create an easy platform of learning and help struggling learners. This is the strategy being adopted across schools.

January 13, 2010

V-learning – Learning through 3D virtual reality, the new trend

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 12:44 pm

“V-learning” – Learning through 3D virtual reality.

V-learning, as this new trend has come to be known, offers everything a traditional educational program would offer, and lots more. Through 3D virtual reality technology, a student has the chance to go beyond learning theoretical content to applying it to the real world, or perhaps more correctly, to real-world contexts in a virtual reality. In this virtual reality the student works with products, market, customers and competitors. As Paul Richardson, director of Indiana Wesleyan University’s extensive graduate business programs has said, the obvious advantage to this kind of working apart from efficiency, convenience and the green aspect is that,” while in the business simulation; they learn by doing.”

This new method of learning could be of particular interest to freelancers and home workers who are currently relying on remote, online university courses to develop their skills and enhance their profiles. The V-learning discovery can be said to be the “icing” of online education which has changed the lives of many mothers, freelancers and many more who prefer or have no choice but to work from home. V-learning is a revolutionary technological breakthrough that will not only enable remote education and consequentially home-working, but it will also facilitate personal development and provide a higher educational experience to all.

January 6, 2010

Open Courseware is Gaining Popularity

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 1:18 pm

Over time our online world has become well populated with “learning opportunities, objects and events,” not only do we need to filter and sort through this but also determine if we are going to validate these and if so how. In the last several months many new social networking, collaboration, and information ‘tools” have burst on the scene..and soon to follow are those of us in education who start evaluating these tools for the application to education.. I think this is a good thing, however  I also have to question if we are expending our energies appropriately.

Educators and tech-product developersare pushing for more open educational resources in classrooms as a way not only to engage students through technology, but also to save money in a time of tighter budgets.

Courseware is really making a difference in the educational medium..  Digital repositories of textbooks, Online content is gaining its momentum. Using open textbooks is not only cheaper, but also more efficient and faster when it comes time to purchase new editions.

E-Book Readers are another emerging trend, not only in the line of publishing but also e-learning. July, 2009, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) published a paper, “A Kindle in Every Backpack: A proposal for eTextbooks in American Schools,” which proposed that the government supply each student in the country with an electronic reading device, allowing textbooks to be cheaply distributed and updated. (Source : eschoolnews).

Various formats of open courseware is emerging and is here to stay. Cost-effective and convenient methods of learning are much needed and appreciated in today’s educational need.

September 29, 2009

Custom e-Learning Content Creation Solutions

Filed under: New Trends — Focus EduVation @ 6:46 am

Understanding the client’s requirements better is one of the key succes to better develop a custom e-learning solution. Customized e-learning addresses both exact needs and dynamics of learning.

Customized e-learning can be built with the ADDIE methodology. Initiating a project through rigorous analysis, which is the key to obtaining valid results and ensuring that a significant cross-section of the organization has a stake in the process. One should determine learning solutions to address the needs.

This helps one design and develop effective solutions that translate the customized learning programmes that help organizations succeed in the marketplace. The customized approach to learning methods enhances the experience.

About Focus EduVation: Focus EduVation based just outside of Boston, MA and are an Education Management company. Focus EduVation is in the space of writing Items for formative assessments, standards alignment, Media development, test scoring, grading services and curriculum design. Including writing lesson plans with differentiated instruction, PowerPoint Lessons (for in-class use) for the teachers and guided practice and application activities for the students.

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