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Immersive Learning for Teacher Professional Development

Immersive Learning for Teacher Professional Development | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

One of the most emergent and rapidly mutating forms of online and computer-based learning is "immersive environments." This article discusses both their benefits and limitations,  and argues for investigation or "test driving"of the use of immersive learning for teacher professional learning.


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Intelligence Is Overrated

Intelligence Is Overrated | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

This article from Forbes is mainly aimed at businessmen, but the research findings and recommendations it discusses are not irrelevant to educators.

 

Reserach carried out by the Carnegie Institute of Technology shows that 85 percent of your financial success is due to skills in “human engineering,” your personality and ability to communicate, negotiate, and lead. Shockingly, only 15 percent is due to technical knowledge. Additionally, Nobel Prize winning Israeli-American psychologist, Daniel Kahneman, found that people would rather do business with a person they like and trust rather than someone they don’t, even if the likeable person is offering a lower quality product or service at a higher price.

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Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.


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The Promise and Peril of Ed-Tech Democratization

The Promise and Peril of Ed-Tech Democratization | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

Ben Wildavsky considers two divergent strands in educational philosophy that seem to be emerging, each with quite different implications for how techno-reformers ought to proceed.

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Content Creation And Content Curation: The New Rules

Content Creation And Content Curation: The New Rules | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Mauriello: I selected this article written almost two years ago by Nicole Nicolay. It is still applicable and full of highlights. The author analyzed the new situation by introducing informative tips. Below I have excerpted few gems from it:

 

"...***THE REAL ISSUE

Broadcasting what you think may be relevant information again and again, without pre-screening the source and considering the context is a waste of your time.

Most importantly, it begins with content.

...The tools and strategies for sharing good content with your sphere can be learned. But, creating and sharing good content takes skill.

 

 

***SO, WHAT'S NEXT?

 

1) Identify your role in obtaining good, relevant content.

...Are you a content creator a content curator? Or perhaps you’re both.

A content creator is someone who identifies the “needs” within their audience and seeks to help by creating original and highly relevant content.

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A content curator is someone who sifts through the Web to find and deliver the most relevant content for their intended audience. Sort of a Hunter-Gatherer 2.0!

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But a thoughtful content curator is more than just a broadcaster of good info. It’s someone who understands their brand and their audience well enough to identify the relevancy of the content, as well as the best context for sharing.

 

2)Recognize the sources that deliver consistently rockin’ content.

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You need to recognize both local and national sites that can assist your content delivery efforts. And if you ROCK a niche, be sure to recognize those sites as well.

 

3) Organize your sources in a dashboard or reader format for easy access...

 

 

***YOUR CHALLENGE

 

1) Balance the type of content you share.

...The content you share represents you, and your brand. So be sure to really check out what you share with your network.

...Your goal should be to find and share content that REALLY helps your audience…or is REALLY interesting.

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Your consumers don’t gain anything from a constant stream of commentless Foursquare checkins…and the same could be said about listing tweets that are not framed in a social context. If it doesn’t add value or create conversation….don’t share it!

 

2) Moderate your frequency level and improve your quality of life.

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The feeling is important…you need to be motivated to deliver consistency with social media. That being said, I’m far more concerned with delivering better quality content than quantity. And so should you if your strategy is to become your network’s trusted advisor.

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And in order to do that, you need to listen, share, and respond. I see a lot of sharing out there….but far less listening and responding. Social media is about creating opportunities to engage with others. So rather than auto-posting 20 articles a day….try scheduling 3-5 REALLY GOOD shares!!!.."

 

 

Read full and useful article here: http://j.mp/Ip2lId


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, April 20, 2012 2:55 PM
Hello Susana,
thank you so much for the appreciation!
About your question, you must consider the following points:
- the topic of your choice;
- the quantity/quality of your selected articles that you want to curate;
- but above all, the articles must be "the best of" for your readers.

About publishing...There are daily periods and other weekly, But I don't like to post every article that I found some my keywords about my topic.
Pintolaranja's comment, April 20, 2012 4:45 PM
I agree, I also don't like to publish everything I find.
The thing about doing it weekly is that it also allows me to read them carefully and gather ideas on what to say about them while posting.

Yet I think I had some more engagement from other people while doing daily posts, so I was just wondering whether I should do this differently :)
Slavica Bogdanov's comment, April 23, 2012 8:34 PM
Thank you. Great article!
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Create PDF from text images or html FREE

Create PDF from text images or html FREE | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

Very easy to use free tool for creating PDF documents online.


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Ofsted 'to be barred from classroom' in teacher protest - Telegraph.co.uk

Ofsted 'to be barred from classroom' in teacher protest - Telegraph.co.uk | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

School inspections in England could be thrown into chaos after teachers threatened to boycott Ofsted.

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Sharp drop in staff teaching 'soft subjects', figures show

Sharp drop in staff teaching 'soft subjects', figures show | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Growing numbers of new teachers are abandoning “soft subjects” in favour of core academic disciplines, new figures show.
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5 Useful Search Engines You’re Not Using

5 Useful Search Engines You’re Not Using | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

Google is great, and for the foreseeable future, it will remain to be my main source for searching on the web.  However, Google isn't the only way to find information on the internet. There are a lot of useful search sites out there.

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Online learning inspires refugees

Online learning inspires refugees | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

With only three-quarters of refugee children accessing primary education and just over a third enrolled in secondary schools, according to a recent assessment by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), higher education is generally considered a low priority and opportunities for young refugees are extremely limited. Recently, however, there has been a growing recognition of the benefits that higher education can bring, not just to individual refugees, but to the vast reconstruction needs of countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and the DRC which will require a new generation of teachers and other professionals when peace finally comes.

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Pedagogical Ethics in a Digital Age

Pedagogical Ethics in a Digital Age | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

In some situations, it’s now rather taboo to communicate with students over Facebook. Once a realm for innovative pedagogy, the site has now, for most people, become a strictly private (yet public) space.

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Five Trends to Watch in Educational Technology | Leadership Think Tank

Five Trends to Watch in Educational Technology | Leadership Think Tank | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Curriculum -- Across education, the very notion of curriculum is changing in a number of ways. We are seeing a shift to newer literacies and are even beginning to entertain significant changes to what core content needs to be taught/learned.
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Free schools 'harm education of children nearby'

Free schools 'harm education of children nearby' | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
The Government's flagship free schools are seriously damaging the education of children in neighbouring schools, according to research published today.
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Networked Student

The Networked Student was inspired by CCK08, a Connectivism course offered by George Siemens and Stephen Downes in 2008. It depicts an actual project completed by Wendy Drexler's high school students. The Networked Student concept map was inspired by Alec Couros' Networked Teacher. 


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Make your iPad Speak

iOS has a number of accessibility features that even those without visual or hearing impairments may want to use. One of those is the voice over feature called 'speak selection'. You can select any word, or text and have the iPad speak it.


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Blended-classrooms - The Flipped Classroom

Blended-classrooms - The Flipped Classroom | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

A useful wiki with resources on the Flipped Classroom. 


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'Banning Is Not the Answer' to Mobile and Social Tools in Schools

Before choosing to restrict the use of social and mobile tools in schools, policymakers and education leaders have to consider the negative impact such restrictions will have on learning.
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Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill

Tim Berners-Lee urges government to stop the snooping bill | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who serves as an adviser to the government on how to make public data more accessible, says the extension of the state's surveillance powers would be a "destruction of human rights" and would make a huge amount of highly intimate information vulnerable to theft or release by corrupt officials.
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Teachers Texting Students: Should Schools Ban Or Encourage?

Teachers Texting Students: Should Schools Ban Or Encourage? | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Texting is the communication mode with which young people are most comfortable: The Pew Research Center recently found that teens exchange 60 texts a day, a hike from 50 a day in 2009. And a suicide hotline in Minnesota set up a texting option in January, resulting in the receipt of more text messages in one day than phone calls in an entire month.
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Five critiques of the Open Educational Resources movement

Five critiques of the Open Educational Resources movement | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

This post reviews existing literature on Open Educational Resources, introducing five critiques: 1) An under-theorisation of ‘openness’, in which the concepts of positive and negative liberty will be used to suggest a neglect of coherent theorisation concerning the practice of self-directed learning. 2) The simultaneous privileging and rejection of institutional authority, where OER literature will be shown to endorse the reputations of established institutions while claiming liberation from them. 3) The diminishing of the role of pedagogy, in which OER will be aligned with an untheorised learner-centred model of education. 4) Humanistic assumptions of unproblematic self-direction and autonomy, and 5) an alignment with the needs of capital, in which a Foucauldian interpretation of subjectivity will offer alternative perspectives on the notions of power and emancipation in OER discourse. It is suggested that these critiques may provide a framework for OER to develop a theoretically rigorous area of scholarship.

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This column will change your life: when present self meets future self

The Yale economist Keith Chen, suggests that which language we speak determines how likely we are to engage in various bad habits, from failing to save for retirement to smoking and overeating. Chen claims the reason the Greeks and the Brits, for example, rack up more debt and smoke more than the Germans and speakers of Mandarin Chinese is the fact that they speak Greek or English.

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Ministers 'spent £66m on consultants', say teachers

Ministers 'spent £66m on consultants', say teachers | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it

 The Coalition has been accused of “wasting” more than £66m of taxpayers' money on education consultants at a time of sweeping public sector cuts.

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Lesson plans for teachers

Lesson plans for teachers | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Find free lesson plans for teachers from Microsoft for subjects including math, science, language arts, history, geography, and more.
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Teachers get angry every year. Now it's time to listen

Teachers get angry every year. Now it's time to listen | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
Peter Wilby: Through academies, Gove has destroyed the power structure that governed English education for more than a century ('That is the big story.Schools are being privatised, but also nationalised')
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Pupils in 'stifling classrooms'

Pupils in 'stifling classrooms' | Silvana Richardson | Scoop.it
A third of teachers say they have to teach in classrooms with temperatures of more than 30 degrees.
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