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Blended Learning Toolkit: University of Central Florida and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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The Blended Learning Toolkit supports the course redesign approach, and interest in its openly available clearinghouse of online tools, strategies, curricula, and other materials to support the adoption of blended learning continues to grow. When the resource originally launched in July 2011, 20 AASCU institutions used it, but now universities, colleges, and K–12 schools from around the world access the Blended Learning Toolkit.

This grantee profile from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) provides at-a-glance information, course model design details, grant project activities, results and outcomes, participant impressions, next steps, and additional resources.

NGLC accelerates educational innovation through applied technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. To learn more about NGLC and the grantees it supports, visit nextgenlearning.org

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 4, 1:38 PM

Strong research based toolkit for blended learning.

NancyEvans@ATS-LU's curator insight, April 14, 11:28 AM
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This is a good model, easily adapted for higher education.
 
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What comes first: education or technology?

What comes first: education or technology? | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

Some people are adamant that educational practice, or pedagogy, must be the first consideration, before technology is even mentioned. But is this actually right?


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malbert's curator insight, March 15, 2:56 AM

Um?

Geraldine Jones's curator insight, March 16, 9:05 AM

How many times has playing with a new technology given you a new insight about teaching and learning or how often have you you gone all out to use something because it is cool?

Jennifer Osborne's curator insight, March 17, 5:57 PM

Um?

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The Digital Classroom - TES

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A collection of lesson plans, books and development resources to help teachers exploit digital technologies and build digital literacies.


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Darya Barfuss Horuzh's curator insight, March 2, 1:37 PM

A collection of lesson plans, books and development resources to help teachers exploit digital technologies and build digital literacies.

Ester Feldman's curator insight, March 28, 8:50 AM

A collection of lesson plans, books and development resources to help teachers exploit digital technologies and build digital literacies.

Brad Fallis's curator insight, April 3, 10:29 AM

A collection of lesson plans, books and development resources to help teachers exploit digital technologies and build digital literacies.

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12 Must Watch TED Talks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Must Watch TED Talks for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
TED is another wonderful source of educational and inspirational videos to use in your class and for your professional development. A few days ago TED released its annual list of the most popular talks of the year featuring a number of interesting presentations covering different topics (e.g ). However, the list we have curated for you below goes beyond’s TED official collection to embed some wonderful talks directly relevant for us in education. We invite you to check it out below and as always share with us your feedback. Enjoy

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Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, January 13, 9:23 AM

Here are 12 great videos you need to check out.  

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 25, 4:23 AM

Les sessions TED méritent d'être davantage connues, aussi pour les enseignants.

Les Parents Engagés's curator insight, February 2, 4:43 PM

Oui bon c'est en anglais.....mais TED c'est quand même souvent "amazing"....

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10 Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom

10 Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

Now you have learnt how to create your very own QR Codes and are able to print these out but how would you use them in the classroom? Well do not worry, as I offer 10 practical ideas whereby teachers could use QR Codes, with text embedded within it, in the classroom. So what are you waiting for?


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, December 10, 2015 9:03 AM

If you still doubt about the usefulness of QR codes :) find ideas here.

 

Sri's curator insight, December 18, 2015 3:11 AM

Very useful and quick way. But one has to have the technological resources and be tech savvy to an extent.

TD's curator insight, March 8, 6:03 PM

Some really nice ideas.

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Fine-Tune your e-Learning Program with These Instructional Design Tips

Fine-Tune your e-Learning Program with These Instructional Design Tips | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

Instructional design tips for fine-tuning your #eLearning program - https://t.co/gepiEsGGbL #instructionaldesign https://t.co/W7M7UcbM7c...

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20 helpful apps for teachers and educators

20 helpful apps for teachers and educators | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
Students shouldn't be the only ones trying to use their smartphones in the classroom. Check out our top picks for the best apps for teachers and educators.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, August 19, 2015 4:26 PM

A few of these apps cost, but most are free. 

Cindy Peters's curator insight, August 21, 2015 9:15 AM

This is a great resource for #ucdsb teachers - some great apps here, let me know what you think after you try them out! #ucdsbtech #21stcenturylearning

Gert Nilsson's curator insight, December 18, 2015 6:59 AM

Det är inte bara eleverna som ska försöka använda den smarta telefonen i klassrummet!!

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10 Must Have Tools for BYOD Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Must Have Tools for BYOD Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
There are now several web tools and mobile apps that support BYOD learning. The collection below features 10 popular recommendations in this regard. And as we have argued elsewhere, the emphasis in BYOD should not be on technology itself but rather on the pedagogical ends to be addressed using that technology.

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Prometheus's curator insight, November 18, 2015 1:33 AM
The key to BYOD, it seems to me, as suggested by this article is that the technology should support the teaching and learning process. To simply add technology to a classroom environment or focus on the technology itself as a means to an end without considering the pedagogical ramifications it to delude oneself as the the effectiveness or even reason for using ICT in education.
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Six Advantages of Online Learning

Anant Agarwal, the founder and president of edX, an online education company, shares what he considers the top six advantages of online learning.

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James Ace Moore's curator insight, November 16, 2015 4:55 PM

A quick, engaging video that explains reasons online learning is more beneficial to students than face-to-face learning. This echos some of the same themes that Sugata Mitra addresses in his work.

Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 18, 2015 10:54 PM

A quick, engaging video that explains reasons online learning is more beneficial to students than face-to-face learning. This echos some of the same themes that Sugata Mitra addresses in his work.

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Cloud Education: The Future of Learning, The Forum - BBC World Service

Cloud Education: The Future of Learning, The Forum - BBC World Service | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

What are the big challenges in education around the World? How do we ensure everyone learns to the best of their ability? Is new technology the answer? And what does it mean for teachers and pupils?


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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, May 20, 2015 3:11 PM

Cloud Education, what does it mean for teachers and pupils?  Will this be the future?

CHRISTINE OWEN's curator insight, May 22, 2015 9:29 PM

New technology must be accompanied by new pedagogies for new learning to take place. We are really only guessing at what the future holds for our students. In previous and even recent ages, we had a pattern of development to base our predictions upon. Now,the impossible is very likely, and the possible will be something else entirely tomorrow. We must ensure our students have the capacity to be adaptable and creative in their thinking to take advantage of and flourish in our world of ever improving technology and access.

Antonio Bautista's curator insight, May 24, 2015 12:33 PM

Buena Información Sobre las Alternativas de futuro

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The case for engineering our food

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

 

Tags: GMOs, technology, agriculture.


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Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 27, 2015 12:57 PM

Pamela Ronald studies the genes that make plants more resistant to disease and stress. In an eye-opening talk, she describes her decade-long quest to help create a variety of rice that can survive prolonged flooding. She shows how the genetic improvement of seeds saved the Hawaiian papaya crop in the 1950s — and makes the case that it may simply be the most effective way to enhance food security for our planet’s growing population.

Jill Wallace's curator insight, May 30, 2015 9:38 PM

Agriculture

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, June 1, 2015 9:44 AM

unit 5

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Three frequently overlooked Google Slides features

Three frequently overlooked Google Slides features.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, April 26, 2015 4:15 AM

Richard Byrne is giving three useful tips on improving your Google Slides presentations - font selection, image layering and language choice.

Filomena Gomes's curator insight, April 27, 2015 12:06 AM
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Richard Byrne is giving three useful tips on improving your Google Slides presentations - font selection, image layering and language choice.

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Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends

Why Some Teachers May Question ‘New’ Education Trends | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
Many teachers are tired of cycles of education reform that come with new trendy ideas about how they should do their job. What does all the hype look like from the perspective of teachers?

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 25, 2015 11:00 AM

I sympathise.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, February 26, 2015 12:40 PM

Je partage ce point de vue, trop de réformes éducatives qui ne se laissent pas le temps d'exister ...

ITTC_TEFL's curator insight, March 2, 2015 9:39 AM

It would be interesting to hear from real teachers about how new ideas filter into their teaching.

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Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel

Managing the digital classroom - Using a backchannel | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

If you are working in a classroom where your students have internet connected devices, either through wifi or their mobile phone, using a backchannel can have a transformative impact on the way you can use technology with your students.


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My blog post from September

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 26, 1:40 PM

My blog post from September

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9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics

9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

Infographics are a great source of information and make reading information from the computer screen much easier, but just showing students an infographic and telling them to study it isn’t the most effective way to exploit the medium.


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Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, January 16, 6:22 AM

A Nik Peachey blog on exploiting infographics - examples of how to use them as a teaching tool.

Fatiha CHAHI 's curator insight, January 17, 5:35 AM

Comment exploiter les infographies en classe ? Des idées sur le blog de Nick Peachey.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 18, 9:33 AM

Excellent ideas to be shared by everyone ;-)

 

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Editorial Pick 2015: What does collaboration really look like? - eCampus News

Editorial Pick 2015: What does collaboration really look like? - eCampus News | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: Our editorial picks include stories the editors believe either highlighted an important issue in 2015 and/or signaled the beginning of an escalating trend or issue for 2016.]

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 14, 12:36 PM

As an online instructor you must know how to quickly build a safe community of learners.  Collaboration and facilitated discussion are essential.


Graduates of UW-Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program understand receive hands on practice in these skills.

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The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning

The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

"The Importance Of Learning Objects In Instructional Design For eLearning" by @marisa_keramida on @LinkedIn https://t.co/e8BsJa8DqK

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A Quick Overview Of Four Instructional Design Models

A Quick Overview Of Four Instructional Design Models | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

If you’re new to eLearning, then understanding and employing the best Instructional Design Models from the beginning is crucial to your success.

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iPad Settings That Can Make a Big Difference in the Classroom

iPad Settings That Can Make a Big Difference in the Classroom | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
With iOS 9 came a lot of new iPad functionality, as well as settings to manage those capabilities. Some are not very useful in the classroom environment, but others can be difference between purposeful work and “My iPad isn’t working!”

When optimizing your iPad apps and settings, be sure to make use of the new search function in Settings. The app itself has become so big and unruly that searching can save a lot of time. You can find the search function at the top of the Settings app main screen. Once you’re there, check out these five new settings that are definitely worth a look for educators:

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5 Questions To Get Started With Online Learning - eLearning Industry

5 Questions To Get Started With Online Learning - eLearning Industry | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
So, You Want to Get Started with Online Learning. Senior technology specialist Mary Burns outlines 5 questions to get you started on the e-learning journey.

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James Ace Moore's curator insight, November 16, 2015 4:35 PM

The last two questions in particular are important and ones that I find are not always addressed. An honest assessment of how ready your organization is for implementing online learning and addressing whatever concerns this question brings up would lead to a smoother launch of online learning for two important reasons: faculty confidence would be higher since they will be trained in best practices and the needed technology would be in place to best utilize the tools online learning has to offer. The last question regarding long-term strategic planning is something that organizations need to consider when budgeting for technological upgrades and updates. 

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20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic]

20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning [#Infographic] | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
Online learning has become one of the fastest-growing industries in education technology, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

The availability of mobile devices on campuses has drastically changed the playing field for e-learning. By 2020, the global mobile-learning market is on track to reach $37.8 billion, according to a new infographic from TalentLMS, a learning management system. By 2019, half of all college students will be enrolled in online courses.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 20, 2015 3:38 PM

The future is bright and filled with change. Are you ready?

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, May 22, 2015 2:55 PM

Very interesting facts regarding E-Learning and what we can all learn.

Carlos Godoy Rodríguez's curator insight, May 22, 2015 7:25 PM

Cifras claras que evidencian el avance del eLearning frente a los métodos tradicionales de distribucion del aprendizaje. Definitivamente, todos los que trabajamos en docencia tenemos que abordar este tren los antes posible.

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How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom

How flipped learning works in (and out of) the classroom | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

Flipped learning is more than just having students do homework during the school day. It’s more than just putting the onus on students to teach themselves. In fact, it’s neither of those things. Don’t be fooled by simple explanations of flipped classrooms that simplify a highly complex undertaking.


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Jess Farley's comment, May 29, 6:55 PM
Great article Mina! I have seen this strategy on prac. The students love it.
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 30, 4:03 PM
A short and easily read introduction to flipped learning.
Tim Pennycuick's curator insight, June 2, 6:37 AM
Very good comparison between traditional and new ways of teaching and learning.
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Why Earthquakes Are Devastating Nepal

Why Earthquakes Are Devastating Nepal | Alive classroom | Scoop.it
The May 12 7.3 magnitude aftershock was one of many that followed the April 25 earthquake that shook Nepal. Why is this part of the world such a hotbed of tectonic activity?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 13, 2015 8:11 AM

This video is in a series by National Geographic designed to show the geography behind the current events--especially geared towards understanding the physical geography.  Check out more videos in the '101 videos' series here.   

 

Tags physicalNational Geographic, tectonics, disasters, video.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 9:44 AM

Summer reading, tectonic plates

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 30, 2015 9:16 AM

Geography determines human activity, and not the other way around; that has been the theme of this course, and it holds true as we look at the devastating impacts of earthquakes in the nation of Nepal. Sitting right over one of the most active plate boundaries in the world, with the Indian subcontinent being violently forced under the rest of Asia, Nepal is therefore the home of both the infamous Himalayan Mountains and numerous earthquakes, varying in severity and frequency. As violent and as costly as they are, violent earthquakes are just another part of life in Nepal, as are other natural events in other parts of the globe, and the people who call it home adjust their lives accordingly, through a variety of means. However, nothing can prepare anyone for the extremes of earth's power, and the violent earthquake that shook the nation to its very core in May has left behind a great deal of human suffering and destruction. I hope that those who lost their homes and businesses are already well along on their path to recovery, although I don't think it's possible to every truly heal from such a traumatic experience, at least not completely.

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An earthquake felt across South Asia

An earthquake felt across South Asia | Alive classroom | Scoop.it

"The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday morning destroyed parts of Kathmandu, trapped many people under rubble and killed more than 2,500 people. It was the worst to hit the country since a massive 1934 temblor killed more than 8,000."


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Joshua Mason's curator insight, April 29, 2015 11:04 AM

It's absolutely devastating what happened to Nepal. Any loss of life is a tragedy but loss of this scale is unimaginable. It's going to be a difficult rebuilding process for the Nepalese whether that's coping with the loss or physically rebuilding the nation.

 

Watching footage of shakes, what struck me the most was hundreds of year old temples crumbling. Those just aren't something you can easily rebuild. The building can eventually be replaced but the significance of it is almost lost. 

 

Those temples, like the homes in the area, were most likely not built up to a standard that could withstand earthquakes or at least earthquakes of this magnitude. It's easy to see how destruction on this scale can occur in large urban populations that were not designed to stand against such a dramatic event.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 1, 2015 3:59 PM

I've experienced earthquakes more times than I've ever felt the need.  We used to get them all the time it seemed in Japan.  My bed would role across the room.  It got to the point where I just slept through them.  If I had even felt a shake half as violent as what Nepal went through I could not even imagine the fright.  I wonder how long the India and Eurasia tectonic plates will stay on top of each other?  Or if a few more earth quakes will split the area?  

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 1, 2015 1:52 AM

Australian Curriculum

The causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053)


GeoWorld 8

Chapter 4: Hazards: causes, impacts and responses

(4.5 - 4.6 Earthquakes)