Top Learning, Technology & Media Links: Weekly Digest – 9

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In continuation to our weekly roundup of the best links shared on Twitter and Facebook, here is a collection of our top 15 links from the last week, each accompanied by a quick brief.

1. Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night
It’s none-too-shocking news, but well worth noting: a new study of over 10,000 smartphone users has indicated that mobile Web and mobile application usage increases during the evening and night time hours. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day.

2. Ten Top Technology Tools for Teachers
Lists 10 top technology tools that are all free, easy-to-use, easy-to-access and can be used in any subject, at any age to enhance the learning experience.

3. Survey: Mobile Learning At A Tipping Point
According to a recent national survey, access to mobile technology in the classroom has more than tripled among high schools students in the past three years – and even more interesting, parents say they are more likely to purchase a mobile technology device for their child if it’s for classroom use.

4. Predictions and Hopes for Elearning in 2011
Lists 22 predictions and 14 hopes covering diverse topics including: mobile learning, analytics, accreditation, open educational resources, quality of e-learning, perceived quality, accountability, faculty development, and many calls for collaboration.

5. 40% of All Tweets Come From Mobile
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo revealed that 40% of all tweets come from mobile devices, demonstrating mobile’s increasing importance to the social media.

6. 100+ Online Resources That Are Transforming Education
Most education innovation is centered around a short list of fundamental ideas. This post walks through nine clusters of education tech companies.

7. Why Low Performing Schools Need Digital Media
What if young people were encouraged to view their mobile phones, cameras, and iPods as learning devices and tools for critical citizenship and engagement in their communities? This article discusses how the initial impact of technology in low performing schools can help break the ice between resistant students and reluctant teachers.

8. 30+ Ways to Use Foursquare In Education
Foursquare is a smartphone app that is quickly becoming one of the most popular and useful geo-networking tools for general social networking and for promoting business. Read on for great ways to use Foursquare in education.

9. Leveraging Virtualization Technology for e-Learning
Technology continues to make our lives as training professionals both easier and more challenging. This article talks how one can leverage virtualization to enhance the quality of training offerings, both in the traditional classroom environment and as part of synchronous and asynchronous e-Learning.

10. Talking Instructional Design to Non-Instructional Designers
If you are a learning designer/instructional designer, these five things can help when you meet with clients.

11. 100 Ways to Use Your iPod to Learn and Study Better
From downloadable podcasts to just-for-iPod study guides and applications, learning on the go has never been easier. To find out about the many different ways you can transform your iPod into a learning device, check out this article.

12. Social Gaming Market to Surpass $1 Billion
The rapid rise in popularity of social networking sites as a venue for casual gaming since Zynga released FarmVille in June 2009 will make social gaming a billion-dollar business this year, eMarketer estimates.

13. Predictions for e-Learning in 2011
At the start of each year, eLearn Magazine’s editors, advisory board members, and other contributors predict what changes are afoot for the coming 12 months. Here are some predictions for 2011.

14. Why innovation makes executives uncomfortable
If you have labored under the assumption that others see innovation as a valuable capability and commodity, here’s an article that will disabuse that notion.

15. How The World Spends Its Time Online
The web is diverse and users obviously log on for different reasons. From reading news, socializing on social networks, email and search, advertisers are always trying to understand where people usually spend their time on the web. This infographic depicts how.

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