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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers

Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses. On Thursday both companies plan to announce partnerships with universities that will use their software to teach massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. The companies hope to pull in their own college clients to compete with online-education players like Udacity and Coursera."


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Anthropomorphic Technology: Making Online Education Social | Edudemic

Anthropomorphic Technology: Making Online Education Social | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The advent of online education has been a wonderful gift for both educators and students. It has allowed teachers to reach out to students in other parts of the globe and has allowed students to form a study group without actually being together physically. Online education is permitting students who live in a rural or isolated area to attend classes from the comfort of their own home and it has added to home school curriculums across America. However, there is one drawback to all of this innovative technology: The lack of socialization.
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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.
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10 Ways Teachers Can Make The Best of Twitter

10 Ways Teachers Can Make The Best of Twitter | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As a micro-blogging platform, Twitter has rapidly grown to widespread popularity due mainly to its unique features that set it apart from other social networking websites. One of the foundational principles of Twitter and also a key element in its success is brevity. Tweets are limited to 140 characters which is a short portion of text yet a very powerful way to communicate. In a digitally focused world where distractions and short attention span are common currencies, people tend to connect more with short and succinct content, something which Twitter excels at providing.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing

3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing | Education Matters | Scoop.it
I am back on my soapbox... ...because I continue to see great things happening in classrooms, but get blank stares, when I ask, if these things are being shared beyond the school building. ...becau...

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Twitter Aligned with Blooms' Taxonomy: A Must Have Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Twitter Aligned with Blooms' Taxonomy: A Must Have Poster for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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Social media added to learning can be fun, and a minefield. Twitter is an easy way of doing it successfully. The infographic here gives teachers some great reasons to use Twitter with their classrooms.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning resources - great list


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Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would mention when asked about the skills they target in their instruction. Critical thinking is also the key to developing other equally crucial thinking habits such as divergent, lateral  and convergent thinking. Critical thinking starts with asking and answering critical questions. By critical questions I mean those questions that enable students to categorize, infer, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the past to solve existing problems and learn new information. This is a well thought-out process in which students get to challenge their cognitive capacities and explore novel thinking paths.

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Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Getting Everybody On Board

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For parents, students, and administrators to make flipped learning a success, they must understand the best possible outcome and their roles in making it happen.

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The Why’s and How’s of Gamifying Your Classroom

The Why’s and How’s of Gamifying Your Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"Three years ago I flipped my high school math classes, but wasn’t satisfied. Having heard about mastery-based learning, I wanted to move my classes in that direction. But I could not figure out how to make that step work for me; I wanted to make this move fun and exciting, get away from old and boring. Enter gamification."


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8 Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem

8 Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel

The Big Picture Of Education Technology: The Padagogy Wheel | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The SAMR model (which acts as a kind of continuum to reflect the possibilities of technology in learning) is a helpful tool to make sense of this idea, a visual reminder that ideally technology moves beyond Substitution phase (the “S”) towards a Redefinition (the “R”) of what was previously impossible without it.

 

This, among other shifts, will help fully realize the potential of learning technology. When you take a Bloom’s wheel, and smash it together with 60+ educational apps that allows learners to brainstorm, collaborate, research, create, curate, and create new knowledge–well, you have the image below, courtesy of Allan Carrington of Designing Outcomes.

 

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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Last year, Edudemic published a list of the most essential and popular educational tools used in modern classrooms across the globe. While many of 2013′s contenders retain top spots for 2014, there are a few new and noteworthy tools that made it onto this year’s list, and some of last year’s mentions have shifted in the rankings. We highly recommend taking a look at these “battle-tested” teaching tools; some of them may be a perfect fit for your modern classroom.

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The Digital Learning Wheel

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Ring of Technologies is a beautiful visual wheel that displays a host of learning goals together with some examples of web tools to achieve them. To me this work  (created and shared by UAF eLearning Faculty Resources) represents the core of digitally-based learning. It also chimes in with what we have said about purposeful use of technology in instruction. Having clear goals about what you want to target in your teaching using technology will definitely help your learners make the best of that technology.

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Ring of Technologies is a beautiful visual wheel that displays a host of learning goals together with some examples of web tools to achieve them. To me this work  (created and shared by UAF eLearning Faculty Resources) represents the core of digitally-based learning. It also chimes in with what we have said about purposeful use of technology in instruction. Having clear goals about what you want to target in your teaching using technology will definitely help your learners make the best of that technology.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Education Matters | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 11:46 PM

Here's a bit of online facilitation wisdom: "The Two-Question Rule: This means to follow a question with another question that probes for deeper understanding."


Author/Blogger Professor Maurice Elias does a fine job of explaining how questioning helps deepen thinking. 

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I like asking open ended questions to see how students think,

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A Handy Chart Comparing 5 Good Web Tools to Flip your Classroom

A Handy Chart Comparing 5 Good Web Tools to Flip your Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.

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A few of the questions collected here are laugh-out-loud funny!

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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As I argued in an earlier post titled ”Critical Thinking Questions Based on Bloom's Taxonomy”, questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students  get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list.

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Collaboration as a Change Force: The Power of "Know How" over "Have To"

Collaboration as a Change Force: The Power of "Know How" over "Have To" | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Every educator has had them: the “ah-ha” moments that happen when teachers pool their collective expertise to crack a tough instructional problem. Maybe it happens in a grade level or depa

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5 Effective Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into the Learning Experience | Edudemic

5 Effective Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into the Learning Experience | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it

With a motto like, “Ideas worth spreading,” it’s almost like TED Talks were made for the classroom — after all, spreading ideas is fundamental to what education is all about. The TED Talk format is great too: talks are relatively short, deal with the most pressing issues of the day, and are packed with interesting ideas and inherently shareable information. It’s no wonder that they’re embraced by all kinds of learners in every stage of life across the world.

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​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Special Needs Students

​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Special Needs Students | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"At a glance, technology in special education classroom looks just like it does in a regular education classroom: computers, laptops, SmartBoards, and even an iPad or two. When you take a closer look, you will realize how much more this assistive technology provides in special education."


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Using new technology in special education...

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The usage of technology such as the iPad is used to help students communicate with their educators, practice their writing, or to even practice their control over their muscles and hand-coordination. Many students with special needs sometimes take a long time to finish a simple task such as pressing a button on the screen, and the iPad is another technology which can make the task enjoyable.

 

Time Taken: 3 years and 4 months (from volunteer experience)

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A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching

A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As both hardware and software design improve, the possibility of mobile learning is increasingly accessible.

 

Video is undoubtedly at the core of a modern mobile learning experience. (As opposed to, say, an early 20th century “mobile” experience that was likely hands-on, place-based, and experiential.) To actually be useful beyond the cool-video-as-a-writing-prompt-every-once-in-a-while stage is going to require smarter tools. Teachers need to be able to capture, upload, download, edit, slow down, speed up, annotate, curate, share, and otherwise “own” video content so that is fully merges with everything else.

 

With that in mind, below are 25 of the best resources for teaching with YouTube. Some are web-based, some are apps, and others are guides or tips. Let us know in the comments what your favorites are that we mioght have missed

 

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20 Apps and Tips to Help Students Study Better

20 Apps and Tips to Help Students Study Better | Education Matters | Scoop.it

It is amazing how much technology can do for students to enhance their learning and personal development. I wish we had these tech affordances when we were students, things could have been much easier. Technology, however, is only effective when it is leveraged in the right way and to the right purposes. The first step in the effective use of technology is to have access to the educational tools available out there. This is usually a daunting task as the web is teeming with all kinds of tools and it could take you forever to find, assess and evaluate the tools you want to use. To this end, the folks in Open Colleges have compiled this excellent list featuring 20 educational apps and gadgets. Students can use these tools to perform a variety of learning tasks from writing and researching to managing their time efficiently.  Together with these apps there are also some handy study tips for students to boost to their creativity. I spent sometime going through these tips and found them really worth a share here.

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New Visual: 25 Success Features Characterizing 21st Century Teachers

New Visual: 25 Success Features Characterizing 21st Century Teachers | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Here is a good visual that features some of the things successful teachers do differently. This infgraphic is based on an article written by Julie DeNeen which I would refer you to for more details on each of the 25 ideas included below. Read the list and see the ones that resonate with you and also identify the ones missing in your teaching pedagogy.

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