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By Starshine Roshell | Friday, October 17, 2014

Visit to lynda.com Studios Surprises First-Time Author

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Ever wonder what it’s like to record a course at lynda.com?

Flying out to our seaside California studios from his Pennsylvania home, first-time author Karl Kapp was surprised by the overt friendliness of the staff, the exotic afternoon snacks, and the intense recording pace (he shot 29 videos in a single day!). So surprised, in fact, that he blogged about it.

During the five days he spent recording his new course, Gamification of Learning, Karl learned a lot about lynda.com that you’d never know just from watching our videos.

Here’s what surprised him most:

By Jethro Jones | Friday, September 26, 2014

Send Teacher Newsletters That Get Read—and Enjoyed!

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Like most teachers, you probably send out a classroom newsletter each month, right?

They’re popular tools for communicating with students and parents—but they’re typically not very exciting. Use these tips to make your teacher newsletter newsworthy this school year.

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teachers: 3 Tools to Get Students Collaborating in Online Courses

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Online education has boomed this past decade. Students around the world—such as Masters Students in the Johns Hopkins School of Education—can now attend classes while sipping a latte in the campus coffee shop or anywhere else they can access the Internet, as a bulk of their classes are now online.

The downside, of course, is they may never meet their fellow classmates.

While online education is making learning more accessible, it can also alienate students from their peers. These virtual classrooms often lack academic conversation, collaboration, and debate—all of which push student thinking, and are an important part of the learning process.

Here are three ways to foster collaboration, encourage student-to-student interaction, and create a classroom community with your online class.

By Jethro Jones | Sunday, September 14, 2014

Become a Better Teacher with Twitter Education Chats

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Are you interested in learning and becoming a better teacher? Twitter chats are one way to focus your learning and get tons of information in a very short amount of time.

You might even get so much information that you can’t get through it all. That’s OK! Take what will help you become a better teacher—and then share with others the tools and tips that worked for you.

By Aaron Quigley | Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Learnist and Other Tech Tools Making Textbooks Extinct

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As a college student, I learned to wrap my textbooks covers with a brown paper bag in order to keep the book looking new. This is a skill my own children will never learn.

They will never wait in line to sell back a 40-pound stack of books, and won’t have heavy boxes of outdated editions to move out of their dorm rooms.

The textbook is quickly becoming extinct. Emerging is a new wave of classroom technology that’s redefining what school looks like, and how we learn.

By Aaron Quigley | Friday, August 29, 2014

Texting in Class? Go Right Ahead

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It’s back-to-school time, and that means shopping for paper, pencils, a ruler, and the various other tools of academia.

One surprising item popping up on school lists around the nation is an Internet-ready mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Classrooms as young as kindergarten are working mobile applications into their curricula, hoping the technology can aid instructional pedagogy and increase student engagement and achievement. At the same time, these devices are helping teach students technical skills that translate to their future careers.

By Jethro Jones | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hey, Teachers: 8 Smart Ways to Use Your iPad in the Classroom

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You just got an iPad for your classroom, but—er—you’re not sure what to do with it yet.

Here are eight clever ways to use your iPad with your students right away.

By lynda.com | Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week, and we at lynda.com would like to thank all the teachers who shape the minds and lives of learners young and old.

To celebrate your hard work and dedication to a brighter future, we’ve unlocked two lynda.com Education courses for you to watch this week: Flipping the Classroom and iPad Classroom: Apps for Educators.

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