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Google Tools for Education [electronic resource]

Beginning with a concise overview of the benefits of cloud computing, this video introduces Google's integrated suite of Internet-based applications while explaining how these tools-powerful, universally available, and free!-can be used to improve learning. Educators and students alike will benefit from a look at the following Google products: Google Search and Google Accessibility; Google Scholar; Google Docs, with its document, spreadsheet, and presentation software; Blogger; Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Sky; Google SketchUp; Google Groups; Google Reader; Gmail; Picasa; Google Notebook; Google Video, YouTube, and YouTube EDU; Knol; Google Sites; Google Calculator; Google News; and Google Books. A perfect primer!

Open Source Revolution [electronic resource]

Once the domain of programmers and tech-savvy hobbyists, open source software has hit the mainstream. How exactly did computer users go from living in a world of purchased programs to a world where many of the most sought after applications are free to use, free to copy, and free to modify? This video traces the open source movement in detail, from its earliest days to the present. Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, is profiled, and open source tools for education and business-Linux, Open Office, Firefox, and GIMP-are discussed.

Effective Internet Search [electronic resource]: Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Formed decades ago from a small pool of data sources, the Internet has grown into a seemingly endless ocean of information-in which today's young researcher can easily get lost. This video introduces strategic, study-related online search methods that teenage or college-level viewers may not be familiar with, especially if they're accustomed to the more recreational side of the Internet. Outlining ways to formulate initial questions about a topic, the program offers examples of frequently used search engines (from Google to specialized databases) and how to take advantage of them using keywords, quotation marks, Boolean operators, nesting, wildcard and truncation symbols, and other typed-in directives. Result-oriented topics are also featured, including: the differences between prima [...]

Recognizing Online Propaganda, Bias, and Advertising [electronic resource]

While their motives aren't always evil, people who bend the truth don't usually do so for the greater good, either. The online world is no exception-in fact, it's a paradise for purveyors of hype, pseudo-journalism, and intellectual snake oil. This video explores ways to identify bias and propaganda on the Internet and sift through the various influences, such as political or corporate interests, that may be behind some Web content. Spotlighting key aspects of propaganda and bias-driven writing, such as the use of glittering generalities, name-calling, or card-stacking, the program also presents important tips for differentiating between advertising and genuinely useful, scholarly material-a task made increasingly difficult by cleverly disguised sponsorship. Web savvy is further deve [...]

Plagiarism 2.0 [electronic resource]: Information Ethics in the Digital Age

For a generation raised on the ideology of "open source" and the ability to quickly cut and paste, the concept of plagiarism may seem foreign or passé. And that, of course, can lead to trouble. This video examines the behaviors that constitute plagiarism, their consequences, and the best ways to avoid them. Showing how accidental copying as well as willful plagiarism can occur, the program lays out the dangers of cheating, then illustrates the pitfalls of non-attribution and patch writing while showing how to properly attribute and paraphrase a lengthy quotation. Copyright, trademark, and intellectual property concepts are clearly discussed, in addition to potential sources of non-copyrighted material. Common citation formats (APA, MLA, Bluebook, etc.) are listed along with the sugge [...]

Moving to e-Learning [electronic resource]

E-learning is not the answer to all learning, but it presents companies and individuals with flexible alternatives. This video explores a variety of topics on the subject including What's Wrong with E-Learning?, the Characteristics of Today's Learners, Make E-Learning Successful, Use Individual Development Plans, the Latest in E-Learning, and Essentials of a Learning Management System.

The Future of Reading [electronic resource]

In this program, host Alberto Manguel uses the history of the written text-from hand-copied codex, to machine-printed book, to digital document-as a vehicle to address large-scale efforts to preserve the world's literary heritage, a dual challenge involving a rapidly deteriorating corpus of old books and an overwhelming proliferation of blogs and other significant writings on the Internet. In addition, the implications of cell phone fiction and interactive online novels are discussed; the One Laptop per Child initiative, bringing online reading to the developing world, is praised; and concern over Google's proprietary book digitization project, which would make the company the de facto owner of the planet's largest cache of published writings, is expressed.

Wikis in the Classroom [electronic resource]

Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, have enabled educators and students to become instant creators of shared online content. This video describes what wikis are and how they can be employed as educational tools at both the school and college level. Benefits of wikis are cited, and the use of wikis within academia and far beyond is covered, with examples ranging from student projects, classroom management, and teacher-to-teacher resource sharing to international cultural exchanges. The video also offers cautionary advice about reliance upon Wikipedia as a primary research source.

Design, Construction, and Technology [electronic resource]

Focuses on technology as an aid for learning. Mitchel Resnick discusses the effect of technology on learning when students design and construct tools to support their own inquiries. Shows examples of teachers using technology in their classrooms. Provides a sneak peek at Resnick's newest learning tool.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Richard Baraniuk, Goodbye, Textbooks; Hello, Open-Source Learning

Rice University's Richard Baraniuk has a big idea: to replace textbooks with free open-source online educational resources that facilitate curriculum creation and professional collaboration among teachers worldwide. In this TEDTalk, Baraniuk describes Connexions, a Web site that uses Creative Commons licensing to enable teachers to quickly "rip, mix, and burn" coursework without fear of copyright violation. Encompassing hundreds of online courses, Baraniuk's virtual educational system is revolutionizing the way people teach and learn.

The Hole in the Wall [electronic resource]: An Experiment in Learning and Technology

When Indian researcher Sugata Mitra embedded a touch-screen computer in a wall separating his IT firm's New Delhi offices from an adjacent slum, he discovered that street children quickly taught themselves how to surf the net, read the news, and download games in what he calls "a spiral of self-instruction." What's more, when one child stumbled upon a shortcut or a new function, he quickly taught it to several other children. In this inspiring program, Mitra tells the story of the electronic hole in the wall that enabled some of India's poorest children to leap the digital divide and improve their future prospects, and Mitra to test his theory of minimally invasive education. Just how far will kids go if allowed to teach themselves? Mitra was awarded the prestigious TED prize in 2013 [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Brenda Brathwaite - Gaming for Understanding

It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies, so when Brenda Brathwaite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living: she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix, Brathwaite describes the surprising effectiveness of this game and others in helping the player really understand the story.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Daphne Koller - What We're Learning From Online Education

Educator Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free - not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. In this TEDTalk, Koller explains how Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company cofounded with Andrew Ng, tracks each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion, and self-graded assignment to build an unprecedented pool of data on how knowledge is processed.

Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Who's Widening America's Digital Divide?

America has a wide digital divide: high-speed Internet access is available only to those who can afford it, at prices much higher and speeds much slower in the U.S. than they are around the world. But that doesn't have to be the case, says Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama for science, technology, and innovation and author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Crawford joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public interest. As a result, says Crawford, all of us are at the mercy of the biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded Age a hundred years ago.

Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb [electronic resource]: A Debate

Smart technology provides users vast and instant access to information and to other people, forming a strong and pervasive presence in our lives. But is there a downside to all of this connectivity? Some argue that while smart technology may put a world of knowledge at our fingertips, it also fosters dependency on electronic gadgets, narrows our contacts to echo chambers, and impairs cognitive skills by creating shortcuts and distractions. Are smart-tech devices making us dumber, guiding so much of our decision making that we are losing autonomy without even realizing it? Or are these concerns overblown, an exaggeration of the negative effects of high-tech consumption?