Saturday, November 16, 2013

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry

We present a special Christmas story called "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. Here is Shep O'Neal with the story.

SHEP O'NEAL: One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it in the smallest pieces of money - pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by negotiating with the men at the market who sold vegetables and meat. Negotiating until one's face burned with the silent knowledge of being poor. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Technology in Education

E-learning refers to the use of electronic media and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. E-learning is broadly inclusive of all forms of educational technology in learning and teaching. E-learning is inclusive of, and is broadly synonymous with multimedia learning, technology-enhanced learning (TEL), computer-based instruction (CBI), computer-based training (CBT), computer-assisted instruction or computer-aided instruction (CAI), internet-based training (IBT), web-based training (WBT), online education, virtual education, virtual learning environments (VLE) (which are also called learning platforms), m-learning, and digital educational collaboration.
A virtual learning environment (VLE), or learning platform, is an e-learning education system based on the web and often use a mix of communication technologies.

Types of Education

There are three forms of learning: formal education, informal education and non-formal education.
Formal Education
Systems of schooling involve institutionalized teaching and learning in relation to a curriculum, which itself is established according to a predetermined purpose of the schools in the system.


Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

Etymologically, the word "education" is derived from the Latin ēducātiō ("A breeding, a bringing up, a rearing").

Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but may also be autodidactic.

A right to education has been recognized by some governments. At the global level, the United Nations' International Covenant (an agreement in writing under sea) on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 1966 guarantees this right under Article 13.


The learning modalities (mode, mood, manner) are probably the most common:

·         Visual: learning based on observation and seeing what is being learned.

·         Auditory: learning based on listening to instructions/information.

·         Kinesthetic: learning based on hands-on work and engaging in activities.

Asynchronous learning is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources to facilitate information sharing outside the constraints of time and place among a network of people.
Synchronous learning refers to a learning environment in which everyone takes part at the same time. Lecture is an example of synchronous learning in a face-to-face environment, where learners and teachers are all in the same place at the same time.
Blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.