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I have re-enabled the free download PDF on the website. The reason is that a few University libraries have added the book, and PDF download, to their systems, but are unable to host the PDF file. Thus, hosting it myself on my blog, enables the libraries to further the book and the work of the wonderful individual authors in it.
Title: The Really Useful #EdTechBook. Editor: David Hopkins Word count: 61000. Price eBook: $6.99 / £4.50 / €5.80. Price Paperback: $29.99 / £19.99 / €24.99. Publish date: 28 January 2015. Available: Paper and eBook editions are available from the following online stores.
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Great post by Ian Wilson who is 'slowly' working is way through the book, here is what he thinks so far:

"I’m currently reading ‘The Really Useful #EdTeach Book’ which discusses the role of both the learning technologists and technology within learning. The chapter written by Peter Reed links the work of the learning technologist to teaching and this is where I see learning actually being enhanced by technology. Learners and practitioners need to develop their own understanding and use of technology in order for it to have an impact on their practice and/or learning. I wrote a waffle about developing your own style of teaching and even wrote a magazine article about it. If technology is not your thing then you don’t have to teach with it – but should we then impose this onto the learners? Should the learners not have the option to use their mobile devices within sessions to support their learning if this is how they learn? I’m going to waffle about how they do actually use them in a second, but I just needed to first establish that I think the choice needs to be with the learner/practitioner and not be imposed by either one onto the other. I would never suggest within a session that I didn’t want any pens or paper used – maybe this analogy is too extreme, but I feel it makes my point."
Talk about a catchy waffle post to get your attention! It is, of course, a Pink Floyd reference to another brick in the wall - not that I was or ever will be a Pink Floyd fan but I am a fan of tech...
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Amazing imagination, wish we heard more stories like this!
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I've heard of town centre shops being taken over by schools and colleges before, but nothing on this scale. Top job!!
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Love the cover-flip animation available on the printed copy listed on Amazon US website - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1503110842. Pity the feature is only shown / available on COM website
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Good post, thanks Pete!
 
That +David Hopkins has started me thinking again...
iPad image CC BY Flickr user Official GDC I've been thinking about the difficulties in developing online learning for a while, and a few months back questioned what innovation in online learning actually looked like. Well goo...
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New post on the +ALT Newsletter website: "What does the Ed Tech think about all this? The Really Useful #EdTechBook launches with free download"

Taking an idea about how to engage the wider learning technology community in exploring how and where we work is where the initial idea for The Really Useful #EdTechBook came from. In seven months we went from an email exchange about the concept for the book into the finished, launched, and available product.
Taking an idea about how to engage the wider learning technology community in exploring how and where we work is where the initial idea for The Really Useful #EdTechBook came from. In seven months we went from an email exchange about the concept for the book into the finished, launched, ...
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I’ve just read the post by Donald Clark called ‘What does ‘learning’ have to learn from Netflix?’ which has resonated with much of my own thinking from recent work and discussions I’ve been having on Twitter.

So, if we’re changing our viewing habits, are we changing our learning habits (as pointed out by Donald)?

Yes. Consider Donald’s points ...
I've just read the post by Donald Clark called 'What does 'learning' have to learn from Netflix?' which has resonated with much of my own thinking from recent work and discussions I've been having on Twitter. I signed up for one of the free 1 month trials of Netflix when it was first available ...
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Inspired by the many talented people who draw and sketch their thoughts (and hoping I can emulate even just a smidgen of their abilities) here is my first (public) drawing from the iPad App Paper by 53 – Why I Tweet
Inspired by the many talented people who draw and sketch their thoughts (and hoping I can emulate even just a smidgen of their abilities) here is my first (public) drawing from the iPad App Paper by 53 – why I tweet. David Hopkins - Why I tweet. Please feel free to share or remix, ...
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Great news Wendy, you won't be disappointed
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The Association for Learning Technology has published findings and data from the Annual Survey 2014 carried out in December 2014.

"Analysis of the survey responses indicates a number of areas ALT should continue to support and develop. Priorities for the membership are ‘Intelligent use of learning technology’ and ‘Research and practice’, while ‘Online/blended delivery’ and ‘Course design’ remain to be key areas of work. The survey also reveals a number of emerging areas including ‘Data and Analytics’ and ‘Open Education’"
The first report from the ALT Annual Survey, launched in December 2014, has been published. The survey was primarily for ALT members but open for anyone to respond. The purpose of this survey was to:
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Great post from Nick Daniels, “We’ve always done it this way”, bringing themes from chapters by +Sue Beckingham and +Rachel Challen and +Sharon Flynn together.
In the recently published Really Useful #EdTechBook, a range of people from the educational technology sector each get a chapter to write about a chosen issue. It was an interesting read, especiall...
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Indeed, an interesting perspective. In my experience, it's only really used as an excuse if the individual has never really considered (or may not even be aware of) any alternatives.
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Well, it's just over a month since the launch of The Really Useful #EdTechBook, so I thought I'd update you with a few details on progress and interest:

Free Downloads (PDF) - 1030 (42 different countries)
Printed editions sold - 25 (3 US, 22 UK)
eBooks (Kindle) - 62 (17 US, 1 AUS, 44 UK)
eBooks (Kobo) - 2 (2 UK)
Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "I am in awe of what we have been able to achieve here. Not only have a group of incredibly busy and hard working people been able to come together on a shared passion - our work and those we work with - but we’ve all been able to share the journey with our colleagues, friends, and family too." David Hopkins
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Good points raised here about the monetisation of MOOCs. I agree that it shouldn't be a taboo subject, and that a tiered approach could work, if worked out and made clear at the start - it's as much about the student numbers and the revenue, but also the intended use or benefit to the learner?
David Smith, Director Simon-Kucher & Partners, explains how universities can make money from online education
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With experience of learning technologies my main area of interest is the support of learning and education, where I focus on the use of appropriate technologies to enrich and engage students and educators both in and out of the classroom. I have further interest in the appropriate use of tools and techniques for online and distance learners to foster relationships, networks, and their learning capabilities in an environment that is as comforting and engaging as we can make it.

I also use my background with learning technologies to question the support roles and how they can be used to their maximum potential, and how I myself fit into this arena. My work and research continues to focus my attention, experience, and reading in online and distance learning, mobile learning, open badges, eBooks and eReaders, social media for learning, and the use of tablet and smartphones in effective student engagement.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, 2011) and holder of Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology (CMALT, 2013), as well as an assessor for CMALT candidates and I sit on the CMALT Development Group for ALT.

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