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Why Digital Learning is Here to Stay

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Digital learning is coming whether people like it or not. The new standards call for it. Twenty-first century readiness requires it. Future jobs rely on it. There is no doubt that educational technology has the power to motivate kids, so why not harness that passion in the K-12 classroom? There are many reasons why digital learning has arrived and is here to stay.


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Sue Osborne's curator insight, February 20, 2:23 PM

Definitely should be part of learning, but not ALL the learning. Digital skills are like all other skills - tools. The CONTENT is what is really important! Too much focus is often on the tools being used, rather than what they are supposed to be teaching.....

Ángeles Mirón Martín's curator insight, February 21, 12:16 AM

Fantastic article about digital learning....world is changing, and tecnology must be in our day-to-day....

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Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning

Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning | 21st Century Technology Integration | Scoop.it

Found this fantastic infographic touting the success of infographics. Reading it (or more correctly, viewing it) immediately focused my thoughts on the use of visual texts in classrooms today.

 

Unlike other infographics I link to on Mr G Online, I’m not going to discuss the specific points presented – that would be contradictory to the message of the infographic. I’ll let you get your own meaning from it. However, I am going to reflect on how it made me consider the use of visual texts in education.


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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 15, 2013 10:50 AM
 

As a visual learner myself, I love onto graphics, beginning with the dAiley ones posted NBC USA Today since its inception. 

Caleb Yap's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:30 PM

really? more of these non-classical pedagogical methods?

Audrey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 11:53 AM

You can absorb the visual faster and make sense of it in a holistic way; particularly if you spend time engaging with the information from different physical points of view. The information is embedded in the memory because the individual is encouraged to project their own meaning.  Having been directed to view educational materials, the learner can them be asked questions to test their understanding. 

 

Visual learning is necessary from a young age and is what home school sources learning is all about.  

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Search, Collect and Organize Information Into Visual Learning Boards with Edcanvas


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:50 AM

This looks fantastic!

joanna prieto's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:42 AM

Se ve genial la herramienta, la probaré y les cuento!

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reyhan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 10:14 AM

EdCanvas is a web service which allows you to search, find, clip and collect any kind of content, from text to video clips and to organize it into visual boards for educational and learning purposes.

 

Differently than Pinterest, EdCanvas is specifically targeted at the education world and at schools and teachers, and it makes possible not just to collect "images" from web pages, but to collect and organize whichever content elements you want, including full web pages.

 

EdCanvas boards also offer the ability to easily reposition each item in the collection according to your preferences and it provides a number of pre-set layout options for displaying content in your boards.

 

The strongest feature for EdCanvas is an integrated search engine, which allows you to search for images, websites, video clips across Google, YouTube and Flickr, and lets you grab and drop any relevant result into anyone of your collections. Furthermore Edcanvas can connect directly to your Dropbox or Google Drive giving you access to all of your personal library files.

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

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Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.


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Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 2:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:09 AM

Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

Open Doors's curator insight, January 12, 2:59 PM

Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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The Right & Wrong Way To Use Technology For Learning

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So much in learning is subjective, which makes sense because so much in life itself is also subjective, and we learn in order to live. So it’s natural.

Grey areas abound–the usefulness and quality of the Common Core Standards. The importance of curiosity in learning. The evaluation of technology in learning. The utility of letter grades. (And alternatives to letter grades.)"

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:27 PM

What is the best way to use technology in your classroom? We know that students like to use technology but are they using it constructively? Are  you using technology constructively? This post explores these issues, not ing that there are some right and wrong answers in how technology should be used?

I believe that technology is a tool, a tool that can be used to reinforce, enhance and extend the curriculum; a tool that allows students to use critical thinking skills; to find answers to questions.

Check out the graphic that accompanies the discussion of this topic and consider how you will be using technology in your class.

Diego Sánchez's curator insight, July 10, 2013 5:15 AM

Technology is a tool, not a learning outcome...