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Peer to Peer U – A New Model of Learning

Peer to Peer U – A New Model of Learning | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

Knowledge used to be the sole domain of the individual, highly educated expert. A professor with a PH.D. or a carefully researched and written book were the best sources to find out about something. This is a model of learning that has held sway since the earliest human societies formed and people with particular fields of expertise taught other members of their groups. The Internet and social media have dramatically changed what it means to know something, and initiatives like Wikipedia are reshaping where we turn for "expert" information. Social collaboration and meaning making are allowing for knowledge to be the domain of a collective group rather than any individual. A recent study even revealed that Wikipedia is now as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britanica.

 

The P2PU Model


P2PU works on the premise that everyone has something to offer, the idea that passion for a subjects can substitute for expertise, and that social interaction is the key to motivation and learning. The motto of the institution is, "learning for everyone, by everyone, about almost anything." While this crowd-based model of expertise cannot substitute for the highly educated scholar’s years of research and careful consideration of a single topic, it does provide a potentially good source of entry-level knowledge to many subjects.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/07/peer-peer-u-%E2%80%93-a-new-model-learning/

 


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English resources, English revision, English worksheets,TES Resources

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TES Resources free secondary English resources for teachers: English revision, activities, worksheets, tests, lesson plans, games, puzzles, advice...

 

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http://www.tes.co.uk/english-secondary-teaching-resources/

 


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Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web

Educators as Curators: 8 Steps to Bringing Your Students the Best of the Web | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Jennifer Funk

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Last spring, Dr. Corinne Weisgerber turned her undergrads into Guggenheim-like curators. After building personal learning networks that delivered subject-specific tweets and blog posts, her students chose the most salient content and arranged it online the way a museum curator might an art exhibit. Their goal was to design a learning experience that cut through the noise to bring the Internet’s best content to others.

 

The project arose from Weisgerber’s own experience curating content for students, which she and her St. Edward’s University colleague Dr. Shannan Butler shared at the second annual SXSWedu conference in March.

 

Today, they answer questions about why they think the museum curator is the perfect model for today’s educators (and students), and how you can become one too.

 

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http://edcetera.rafter.com/educators-as-curators-8-steps-to-bringing-your-students-the-best-of-the-web/

 


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Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization

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Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey developed a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization.

 

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http://barbarabray.net/2012/01/22/personalization-vs-differentiation-vs-individualization-chart/

 


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The growing headache of protecting mobile devices

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Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) schemes have become increasingly prevalent in most businesses worldwide, as employees look to use their own personal devices in a business context. When asked if employees valued certain devices over others, 89 per cent of those surveyed claimed this was the case.

 

“Rather than fight against the tide, organizations should embrace the use of these devices and work alongside staff to ensure that comprehensive IT policies and best practice guidelines are put in place to assist and inform employees about how their devices should be used. End-point protection for these devices is also crucial if businesses want to safeguard employees against an ever-changing, increasingly sophisticated threat landscape.”

 

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http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=13245

 


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Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals

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Teaching grammar with movie segments is inspiring and highly motivating.

 

Here you are a series of movie segments and activities to assess or practice grammar points through fun, challenging exercises.

 

Here you will find the movie segments, the lesson plans, printable worksheets with answer key for each activity, and the tips to develop your own grammar activities with the DVDs you have at home.

 


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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

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Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...

 

How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?


I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!

 

Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!

 

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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201107/when-students-are-inspired-they-and-their-teachers-are-happier

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
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Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 8: Communicate, communicate, communicate

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This is the ninth in a series of 10 posts on designing quality online courses. The nine steps are aimed mainly at instructors who are new to online learning, or have tried online learning without much help or success.

 

 

 

The first eight posts (which should be read before this post) are:


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Introduction


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 1: Decide how you want to teach online


- Nine steps to quality online-learning: Step 2: Decide on what kind of online course


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 3: Work in a Team


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 4: Build on existing resources


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 5: Master the technology


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 6: Set appropriate learning goals


- Nine steps to quality online learning: Step 7: Design course structure and learning activities


A condensed version covering all the main posts in this series can be found on the Contact North web site: What you need to know about teaching online: nine key steps. (French version: Ce que le personnel enseignant doit savoir sur l’enseignment en ligne: neuf étapes clés‘)

 

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http://www.tonybates.ca/2012/07/04/nine-steps-to-quality-online-learning-step-8-communicate-communicate-communicate/

 


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Make Your Podcast Sticky [Infographic]

Make Your Podcast Sticky [Infographic] | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

There are six principles of sticky ideas according to Dan and Chip Heath, authors of Made to Stick. Sticky ideas are ones that we can plainly understand, clearly remember, and easily retell. When teachers and students make educational podcasts, whether audio or video, we want them to be sticky.

 

I created the infographic below that that applies the principles outlined in Made To Stick to podcasting for teaching and learning. You can click the image for a PDF version of the infographic.

 

Thanks to http://donnamurdoch.net/make-your-podcast-stickyinfographic  for this link.

 

Read more:

http://learninginhand.com/blog/make-your-podcast-sticky-infographic.html

 

 


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Internet Etiquette in Online Learning

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The importance of etiquette in online learning (a set of rules and boundaries) on how classmates and instructors interact online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://learningonlineinfo.org/internet-etiquette-online-learning/

 


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What is a 21st century teacher?

What is a 21st century teacher? | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
If we want to gain respect as a profession, then we must embrace a 21st century model of constant growth and improvement.

 

 

 

 

Be a reflective practitioner.

 

This is probably one of the most important areas, as we as a profession have in many ways not changed in 100 years. Tools in our classrooms have changed, but the pedagogy and practice have not. A 21st-century teacher is able to look at his or her practices and adapt and change based on the needs of learners. Too many teachers are teaching as they did when they started their careers 10, 20 or 30 years ago. What we know about student learning and motivation has changed; so, too, must the art of teaching.

 

===> Stagnation is the death of any teacher. <===

 

Read more:

http://smartblogs.com/education/2012/06/22/what-21st-century-teacher/

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 1, 2012 6:14 AM
Teachers have a lot to do with their students' motivational level. A student may arrive in class with a certain degree of motivation. But the teacher's behavior and teaching style, the structure of the course, the nature of the assignments and informal interactions with students all have a large effect on student motivation.
Educational psychology has identified two basic classifications of motivation - intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation arises from a desire to learn a topic due to its inherent interests, for self-fulfillment, enjoyment and to achieve a mastery of the subject.
On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is motivation to perform and succeed for the sake of accomplishing a specific result or outcome. Students who are very grade-oriented are extrinsically motivated, whereas students who seem to truly embrace their work and take a genuine interest in it are intrinsically motivated.
As the population of the World Wide Web (WWW) increases, its use as a means of delivering instruction is also growing. Several researchers (Parson, 1998; Alexander, 1995; Miller, 1995a & 1995b) argued that while implementing a new technology, educators should evaluate how and why students learn via the new technology in order to help with curriculum and instructional designs. Additionally, Parson (1998) stressed the importance of understanding how the new technology can affect learning when it is used by different types of learners.
Identifying students’ learning styles helps educators understand how people perceive and process information in different ways. According to Cano, Garton, and Raven (1992), one of the most widely studied learning style theories contrasts field-dependence and field-independence. Several studies (Annis, 1979; Moore & Dwyer, 1992; Ronning, McCurdy, & Ballinger, 1984) have shown that field-independent people tend to outperform field-dependent people in various settings. However, in their study related to the effects of learning styles on achievement in a WWW course, Day, Raven, and Newman (1997) found learning styles had no effect on student achievement or attitudes toward Web-based instruction, which echoes the findings of the study on learning styles in a hypermedia environment conducted by Liu and Reed (1994).
The taxonomy of learning styles developed by Curry (1990) used the concepts of learning styles, student achievement, and motivation to explain the process of learning. Learning styles consist of a combination of motivation, engagement, and cognitive processing habits, which then influence the use of metacognitve skills such as situation analysis, self-pacing, and self-evaluation to produce a learning outcome. Curry’s taxonomy (1990) suggested that motivation, learning styles, and student achievement are associated



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Hi, Thanks for your valuable comment, much appreciated. Have a nice Sunday.
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Google Produces an Informal Web Threat Report, Shares Insights

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Google has shared some interesting Web security statistics, and while the information was not published as an official “threat report”, the company has provided some insight into the growth of malicious activity across the Web.

 

he company provides a free and public Safe Browsing API that allows other organizations to keep their users safe by using the data Google has compiled.

 

• Google said it discovers about 9,500 new malicious websites every day – These sites could be either innocent sites that have been compromised by cybercriminals, or purpose-built sites designed for malware distribution or phishing.

 

• Approximately 12-14 million Google Search queries per day show warnings in order to caution users from going to sites that may be compromised.

 

• Google provides malware warnings for about 300,000 downloads per day through its Chrome download protection service.

 

• Google also sends thousands of notifications daily to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) & CERTs to help them keep their networks clean.

 

Read more:

http://www.securityweek.com/google-produces-informal-web-threat-report-shares-insights

 


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10 Incredibly Powerful Teaching Tools of the Future

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Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y.

 

Read more:

http://edudemic.com/2012/06/june-edudemic-magazine/

 

 


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The ART Of Collaboration (Collaborative Behaviours)

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If people are given the right tools and the right environment, will they spontaneously collaborate and share knowledge? Why do some people find it difficult to share and collaborate? Would incentives and rewards make a difference?

 

Collaboration in the workplace is now high on the priority list of many organisations seeking to leverage social technologies to free-up knowledge and provide opportunities for co-creation, co-production and innovation.

 

Gust MEES: I was one of the TOP10 Knol authors (Google Knol discontinued its service as on May 1, 2012) and I was involved in a lot of collaborative articles with multicultural authors and it was a very positive experience... I hope one day having the same opportunity back again on WordPress now...

 

One of our "old knols" (created on  November 02, 2010 [we were pioneers]) is being migrated to WordPress here if you would like to check it:

 

- For A Better World

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/for-a-better-world-test/

 

 

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http://steve-dale.net/2012/07/12/the-art-of-collaboration-collaborative-behaviours/

 


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What Does It Take to Create Effective e-learning

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Developing effective elearning requires expertise in Project Management, Computer-based Instructional Design, Multimedia Design, Instructional Technology a...

 

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http://leanforward.com/what-does-it-take-to-create-effective-e-learning/

 


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Wortschatz - International Portal

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Search in 158 Corpus-Based Monolingual Dictionaries

 

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http://corpora.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/?dict=ltz_wikipedia_2007

 


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21st-Century PLNs for School Leaders

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George Couros (@gcouros on Twitter) is the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division, a large district near Edmonton, Alberta.

 

As many school administrators are enjoying their summer break, we all tend to think of ways that we can make our school better in the upcoming year. Often, I point school principals and district leaders to a powerful post by Will Richardson that helps us point the finger right at ourselves when we are looking to push our school ahead. Richardson states:

 

"Meaningful change ain't gonna happen for our kids if we're not willing to invest in it for ourselves first. At the heart, it's not about schools . . . it's about us."

 

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http://www.edutopia.org/blog/21st-century-PLNs-school-leaders-george-couros

 


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5 Great Free iPad Translation apps

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Using iPad for reading is something we all enjoy doing; but what about when reading articles in a foreign language ? It is highly probably that you will come across vocabulary you don't know. Of course you might guess the meaning of words from the context in which they are used but this can never replace a clear and definite explanation of a dictionary.

 

To help you find translations of the new words you come across, I compiled a list of some of the best free iPad translator apps. Check them out :

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/5-great-free-ipad-translation-apps.html#.T_jvDb877UM.facebook

 


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Guide for parents - digital citizenship

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The evolution of the web

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Interactive infographic about the evolution of browsers and the web.

 

The Evolution of the Web
The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn't see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible.


Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today's web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they're supported in all web browsers.


The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.

 

Interactive infographic here:

http://www.evolutionoftheweb.com/?hl=en#explore

 


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How-To use Twitter with success for Education and more

How-To use Twitter with success for Education and more | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it

 How-To use Twitter with success for Education and more… . . Ever wanted to use Twitter but didn’t find his utility? You tried Twitter but you didn’t have that success with it? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/how-to-use-twitter-with-success-for-education-and-more/

 


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What is Creativity?

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What is Creativity?


In the leadership development world, creativity is currently getting a great deal of attention. But what is it? Can you learn it? Is it a skill? How do we lead in ways that encourage it?


When we explore the question “What is creativity?” from a thinking and learning point of view, an open and active mind is clearly required – one that can see new possibilities. But is there more to it than that? This post explores the variables that make up what we think of as “creativity.”

 

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http://leadingincontext.com/category/context-2/

 


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Which Country is Leading Online Education?

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Online education is a hot topic if you are an academic institution or a corporation looking to train your employees with a learning management system (LMS)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://interactyx.com/social-learning-blog/which-country-is-leading-online-education/

 


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How to Avoid 17 Internet Scams [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Avoid 17 Internet Scams [INFOGRAPHIC] | Aprendiendo a Distancia | Scoop.it
All over the world, Internet scams abound. Check out this infographic for tips on how to ensure that you don't fall prey to a scheme.

 

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http://mashable.com/2012/06/17/internet-scams-infographic/

 


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Becoming a 21C Teacher (Are we there yet, dad?)

This is the "workshop" version of the keynote presentation - Imagineering the 21C Teacher.

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http://www.slideshare.net/tonygurr/becoming-a-21c-teacher-are-we-there-yet-dad

 


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