Wednesday, December 12, 2012

1st CALL FOR PAPERS: The 11th International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications

1st CALL FOR PAPERS                                           


                          July 9 - 12, 2013 - Orlando, Florida, USA                         

                            The 11th International Conference on                             

             Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications:              

             EISTA 2013,, in the context of               

    The 7th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics:         

                        IMSCI 2013,                       


                          June 30 - July 6, 2013 - Porto, Portugal                          

                                     Special Tracks on                                      

  Education, Informatics, and Cybernetics: stEIC 2013,    

   Society and Information Technologies: stSIT 3013,      

                                     in the context of                                       

International Conference on Complexity, Cybernetics, and Informing Science and Engineering: 

                       CCISE 2013,                        


Deadlines for this 1st CFP                                                                  

   Abstracts/Draft Papers Submissions: January 8th, 2013                                   

   Notification to Authors: February 8th, 2013                                             

   Camera Ready: February 28th, 2013                                                       


The following issues apply to both conferences. Differences are included in the respective web sites:

   Submission for face-to-face and virtual presentation (via asynchronous communication) are accepted

   Technical keynote speakers will be selected from early submissions because this selection requires an additional evaluation according to the quality of the paper, assessed by its reviewers, the authors' CV and the paper's topic.

   Submitted papers/abstracts will go through at least two reviewing processes: (1) double-blind (at least three reviewers), (2) non-blind, and/or (3) participative peer reviews.

   Authors of accepted papers who registered in the conference can have access to the evaluations and possible feedback provided by the reviewers who recommended the acceptance of their papers/abstracts, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

   Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference (included those virtually presented) will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.


Best regards,


IMSCI/EISTA 2013 and CCISE 2013 Organizing Committees

Converge Special Report Complimentary Webinar Update: Specialty Classroom Technologies



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A whole new class of specialized learning tools and technologies are appearing in classrooms today and are expected to increase in the near future. This influx of new classroom technology is driven by Common Core and other curriculum standards, student demand for cutting-edge technology and need to produce a more globally competitive workforce.

Specialty classroom technologies are also being used in the area of workforce readiness. Campuses face challenges both in trying to interest students in certain fields that are hiring as well as to retain them through graduation. However, a whole new class of specialized technology is emerging that not only can make up for campus’ limited resources, but can spark student engagement.

To equip students with the skills they need, K-12 and Higher Education institutions are now employing intensive and often specialized technologies such as:
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  • Gaming, animation and media programming labs
  • Art labs
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Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School, NY

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From administrative considerations to assessment and advising - learn how to successfully deploy blended courses.
Blended learning models are one of the fastest growing delivery modes in higher education. The growth of blended models has been fueled in large part by students with differing technology comfort levels, institutions with physical space constraints, and an increase in the demand for more scheduling options.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

"Learning Online Info": How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

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How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level

Gone are the days when your standard blackboard and chalk were the primary tools educators used to visually convey information in the classroom. In fact, for decades, teachers have had an array of options available to use in assisting with the learning process (think overhead projectors and other basic audio-visual equipment).

Today, however, technological advancements have made what once may have seemed impossible into a reality in the classroom. Particularly at the college level, technology is transforming the educational process and expanding opportunities for teachers and students alike. The following information highlights some of the most exciting innovations that educators and students benefit from today, as well as some of the promising developments that are on the horizon.

Online Course Management Systems

Course management systems are software applications designed to consolidate and manage various aspects of the educational process. Let’s say you’re a history professor and you have a small seminar-style class. You can use a course management system as an online forum to publish and organize class materials, including the course syllabus, assignments, and reading materials. However, you can also post messages and make announcements for students, allow students to share ideas with the entire class or a subset of students through chat functions or email messages, let students submit assignments online, and professors can maintain an online automated grading system. In this way, course management systems function as a sort of “home base” to connect students and instructors, and the various options available provide endless possibilities for introducing web-based interaction in the learning process.

Interactive Quizzes and Surveys

Getting students in large lecture classes engaged in the material is one of the biggest challenges college professors face. When you’re dealing with several hundred students, one-on-one interaction is simply not possible. However, requiring each student to use an electronic clicker, which typically resembles a small television remote control, can help give each person in the lecture hall a voice. For example, professors can pose questions for the class and require students to register their answers with the click of a button. That information can be immediately compiled and the results displayed to the entire class. Teachers can administer quizzes, polls, and surveys in this way as well, and students get instant feedback. While this technique alone won’t completely transform the educational process, it can certainly enliven the material and make students become active participants in the instruction.

Video Conferencing

Geographic distances are much less limiting in the era of video conferencing. Instead of just reading about what experts in your field of study may have to say about a topic, get them on a video conference and let students ask them their own questions, even if they live half way around the world. Students can also take virtual “field trips” with video conferencing. So, if you’re studying marine biology but aren’t close to the ocean, you can bring the ocean into the classroom. And if you’re studying ancient civilizations, you can bring those worlds to life without leaving campus.

Distance Learning

Offering courses online is nothing new, but until recently, lesser-known educational institutions and for-profit schools had that market cornered. Today, however, the biggest names in higher education are experimenting with academic courses conducted completely online. Critics charge that completely eliminating face-to-face contact between students and teachers leaves a void in the overall educational experience.

On the other hand, proponents of distance learning argue that schools offering online courses can reach more people (some of whom wouldn’t otherwise have such educational opportunities) and still provide ample means of student-teacher interaction. In any event, it appears that distance education is here to stay. Not only do many of the most prominent colleges and universities in the nation currently offer individual courses online, some institutions have complete degree programs that require little or no presence on a physical campus.

Perhaps the most important insight emerging from years of research concerning technology in the classroom is that, while electronic modes of communication and fancy gadgets can significantly enhance the educational process when introduced in a meaningful way, they are not substitutes for thoughtful preparation and compelling content. Therefore, experts encourage college professors to utilize technology when it would naturally add to the dynamic in the classroom, rather than forcing it upon students arbitrarily.

Author info: The author of this post is Lizzie Wann. Lizzie is the Content Director for Bridgepoint Education. She oversees all website content and works closely with New Media, Career Services, and Student Services for Ashford University.

How Technology Can Enhance the Educational Experience at the College Level is a post from Learning Online Info, a blog dedicated to the world of e-learning and the emerging learning technologies.

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The debate online vs. offline learning seems interminable. There are so many points to consider that it is difficult to get a definite conclusion.
Some argue that traditional learning is better because is the only way to maintain a fluid and solid learning process. Other models are always considered inferior or less effective.
However, students seem to prefer the online learning model and in most cases obtain better results (when comparing the same courses online vs. offline models).
The cost is another important factor. Online degrees can be up to 80 times less expensive than traditional degrees. This is an universal rule, but this can be a decisive point for the student’s choice.
The number of students taking online courses is growing very rapidly. At the same time, 59 % of students taking traditional courses claim that their classes are becoming increasingly boring. With the recent advent of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) online learning is definitively on the map and must be considered as a credible educational model.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Free Google Search Tools You Might Not Be Using So Much

More Free Google Search Tools You Might Not Be Using So Much

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The Googleplex must be a busy place indeed. There is always something happening around Google. Take their flagship product, Google Search for example. Google Search alone is a maze and it takes quite something to use it in different ways to call oneself as a ‘power user’. Google Search operators and Advanced Search are just barrels of a multi-barreled canon.
Too confusing? No…look at it this way – each filter and operator on Google Search is designed to be a crosshair on a scope mounted on that ‘canon’. You need to use them appropriately for the relevant search result. So, I am advancing this article with the assumption that you don’t use most of the search tools as much as you should every day. Let’s explore a few neat search tools which we miss in the flurry of typing in the queries.

The Idea behind Google’s Revamped Search Tools

The Google Search page was minimalistic to begin with. But when there’s so much to dig around on the web, it practically turned into a maze. Earlier this month, Google went in for a more uncluttered look. The update took a cue from the Google interface on tablets and mobile devices. The idea is to provide “more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you’re looking for”.
search tools
Most of the filters that were on the left have been moved to the top. Now, the More menu hides other Google search services like news, books, blogs and a few more. Search Tools to its right gives you a set of filters to finetune the primary results. Let’s take a look with an example.

Using Google Search to Hunt For Free Applications & Future Technology

Yes, you can just search for free (or paid) applications on Google, completely removing the clutter of irrelevant results.
tools search internet
Put in the keyword for the app you are searching for.
Click on More – Applications to view filtered search results from a variety of app hosting sites and stores.
Now, you can click on Search Tools and filter the already narrowed down results by Any Price and Any Source.
tools search internet
You can use Search Tools with any of the other search services to finetune the results. For example, you can use Google’s Recipe Search for getting low-cal diet recipes that can be quickly prepared.
tools search internet
In my lazy hours, I also find it interesting to look at what major companies are up to. As you may know, every company is trying to make a beachhead in the patent wars. Also, filed patents give us an early teaser into how the world is shaping up. Check out this screenshot which uses Google’s patent search tells you about an interesting swim wear developed by an inventor which has a retaining device for swim goggles. Try out some of your own searches.
google search tools

The Filters That Strip Down All Results to the Bare Essentials

The Filters that you see in the above screenshot are supplemental to advanced search operators you can use. The filters make it a one-click deal as opposed to typing it out. Let’s look into how we can use each filter to not only get better content, but also cut short the time it takes to separate the wheat from the chaff on a regular Google Search results page.
A Use for Sites with Images: You can do a regular Google Image Search. But Sites with Images gives me a better view of images organized around sites hosting them. With a glance I can see how the image I am searching for and the sites hosting it are connected.
google search tools
A Use for Related Searches: A related search helps you to cast your net wide and then bring it close. Let’s say, you are unsure about what you are looking for. Try a general search and then start narrowing it down by using related search. Alternatively, related search helps you go deeper into results and discover more. For example, you can use it to sieve out ‘brand’ names that have already been trademarked. One of the more common uses is to find related keywords for quick search engine optimization.
A Use for Reading Level: Filtering your results by reading level is very useful, from a teacher to a Nobel laureate. You’ll now see a percentage breakdown of results by reading level on a bar graph. If you are a teacher looking for basic reading material for kids, you can click on Basic. If you happen to be a Nobel laureate reading this humble post, click on Advanced.
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A Use for Dictionary: This filter gives you the meaning of the word in a single click. It is also what you get when you use the [define] operator and click ‘More info’ below it. You will get links to definitions on other sites, and also an option to translate it to another language.

A Use for ‘Nearby’: Using this filter is a trigger for a local search. One of the uses could be to find local businesses or someone like a freelancer based near your city, state, or region.
A Use for Translated Foreign Pages: Translated foreign pages can have some great content too in comparison to the English ones. It is also a great language learning aid. If you planning a visit to a foreign locale, you can read through some of the native language sites in their translated English versions pr any language of your choice. As you can see from the numbers below, there are quite a lot of them.

A Use for Verbatim: A search using the ‘Verbatim’ filter gives you exactly or the exact literal word you search for. It makes Google ignore your browsing history, synonyms, similar terms, spelling corrections etc. It is also a replacement for the ‘+’ operator, that now finds use in Google Plus. But I didn’t find it absolutely accurate but nearly so.
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Google Search tools and filters can be worked around in alternate ways. The idea is to grab the vast information out there and make use of it in ways not envisaged normally. What about you? Do you use these filters consciously? Have you explored them lately? Tell us if you use them in some specific ways. We would love to grab a few hints without ‘Googling’ around for them.