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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012 | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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What about Skype? Too well-known?

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

 

 

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“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”

 

Great Talk!

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

Worth watching..

Laurent Picard's curator insight, January 22, 12:22 PM

Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish

Great list of app based on task you want students to accomplish | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

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10 Tips for Creating A Boring Presentation

10 Tips for Creating A Boring Presentation | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
With so much great content and useful tools out there, creating a boring presentation is getting more and more challenging these days. I found it unsettling tha

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, October 23, 12:11 PM

A humorous list of how not to do a presentation, great for watching with students. They should be advised to do the opposite :)

Barbara Bray's curator insight, October 23, 10:31 PM

What a great way to get a point across by teaching the opposite!!

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, Today, 8:00 AM

veeeeeery nice!

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MOOCs: Know your enemy

MOOCs: Know your enemy | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

The extent to which MOOCs or their offspring will make the classroom obsolete may depend in part on how clever such courses become in the future. For some, adaptive teaching on a mass scale is the Holy Grail of distance education, a scenario in which nifty programming and big data allow courses to adjust to students’ abilities and online behaviour. MOOC platforms’ data-mining is not yet up to the task, warn Ms Holland and Ms Tirthali, as common standards are lacking and privacy laws are an obstacle. The amounts of data that will be needed are also daunting. But if the technology can be made to work, MOOCs could be superseded one day by what some are calling “personalised open online courses”. To misquote the New York Times, might we soon be having a “year of the POOC”?


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Other academics are weighing in on the MOOC debate. In a survey, Fiona Hollands and Devayani Tirthali of Columbia University asked staff at 83 institutions (including public and private universities, community colleges and online-learning platforms) for their views on MOOCs. Published in May, the report shows a mix of opinion on where online learning is headed. While 42% of respondents saw MOOCs as a means of increasing access to education, only 25% considered them useful for branding (however, the percentages, at 65% and 41% respectively, were much higher for respondents who actually used MOOCs)...

The extent to which MOOCs or their offspring will make the classroom obsolete may depend in part on how clever such courses become in the future. For some, adaptive teaching on a mass scale is the Holy Grail of distance education, a scenario in which nifty programming and big data allow courses to adjust to students’ abilities and online behaviour. MOOC platforms’ data-mining is not yet up to the task, warn Ms Holland and Ms Tirthali, as common standards are lacking and privacy laws are an obstacle. The amounts of data that will be needed are also daunting. But if the technology can be made to work, MOOCs could be superseded one day by what some are calling “personalised open online courses”. To misquote the New York Times, might we soon be having a “year of the POOC”?

Aryaoka's curator insight, October 22, 10:09 PM

elearning sekarang kurang pamor...

MOOC sedang naik daun dan

POOC akan datang?

Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, October 23, 2:47 AM

yes, some new acronim!! from MOOC to POOC ...

Smartness is a plus everywhere but astonishing is the key for audience.

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How to use Grainne Conole's 7Cs of Learning Design

How to use Grainne Conole's 7Cs of Learning Design | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

ngFrom E-Learning V Fig.1. Grainne Conole's 7s of Learning Design  7Cs is an OU with OU Learning Design Initiative with JISC through the Curriculum Design Programme. Activity Profile and Course Map. ...


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10 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools You Must Know About - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

10 Open Education Resource (OER) Tools You Must Know About - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
OER(Online Education Resources) are current edtech trend which are providing free online courses from many universities to our teachers and students.

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The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part I

The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part I | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
How many times has an author cried: ‘Oh, God, I wish I’d never started on this!’? Well, I wanted to have a short section on MOOCs within a chapter on design models for teaching and learning in my online textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ and it is probably poetic justice that the section on MOOCs is now ballooning into a monster of its own.

Although I don’t want to inflate the importance of MOOCs, I fear I’m probably going to have to devote a whole chapter to the topic. (Well, I do have to agree that the topic is relevant to teaching in a digital age.) However, whether MOOCs get their own chapter may well depend on how you, my readers, react to what I’m writing, which I’m putting into this blog via a series of posts.

I’ve already had two posts, one on the key design features of MOOCs in general, and another on the differences between cMOOCs and xMOOCs that has already generated quite a lot of heated comments. Here I’m posting the first part of my discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs. I’ll do another couple of posts to wrap it up (I desperately hope).
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Could We Be Doing Better with Our Assignments?

Could We Be Doing Better with Our Assignments? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Assignments are a terribly important part of the teaching and learning equation. They aren’t just random activities that faculty ask students to complete for points and grades; they are the vehicles through which students learn course content. By studying for exams and engaging with content as they write their papers, students deepen their understanding of key concepts and build learning connections. In short, assignments represent learning experiences for students and, as Dee Fink reminds us, we want those learning experiences to be “significant.” Is that how you’d describe your most often-used assignments? Are they the only ways students could encounter and explore course content? Are they still the best ways?
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Brands becoming media: Mozilla launches its online magazine mixing original and curated content

Brands becoming media: Mozilla launches its online magazine mixing original and curated content | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
As so many brands have done, Mozilla — the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox browser — has become a media entity, by launching an online magazine that it says will focus on reporting about open technologies

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Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, October 17, 12:54 PM

The trend isn't new (I actually gave a talk last year at LeWeb about this) but while it's now more and more obvious that brands should become media, it's interesting to see how they're doing it. 


As Mathew Ingram explains, Mozilla invested: they set up an editorial team and recruited a former editor at AOL and CNN. They also give a prominent place to curated content through a right column widget called "From around the Web" which is not unlike the New York Times' recent "watching" section. Following the success of the new media rockstars such as the Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Business Insider or Upworthy, it's good to see innovative brands embrace the idea of becoming media - in the 21st century meaning of the word which is leveraging a mix of creation and curation.

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Week 1: Introduction to DALMOOC Topics

An introduction to the various topics that will be covered in the Data, Analytics and Learning MOOC by George Siemens
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Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses

Universities Rethinking Their Use of Massive Online Courses | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

“The MOOC was a good starting point. It’s a lot of work, and if you don’t have a strategy, you kind of lose the value,” she said.


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James Phyland's curator insight, October 20, 6:42 PM

Agree that MOOCs need to fit ito an overall strategy.

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Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance

Grooming Students for A Lifetime of Surveillance | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The same technologists who protest against the NSA’s metadata collection programs are the ones profiting the most from the widespread surveillance of students.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Content Curation (but were afraid to ask)

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Content Curation (but were afraid to ask) | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"What can content curation do for you? Who is it for? What are interesting case studies? How does content curation help SEO? What's the ROI of content marketing in general and how does content curation help improve it? What features does Scoop.it have? How do they work?"

These are just some of the questions you'll find answers for in our newly revamped resource center as well as in our brand new product tour page.


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Our curation of the best answers we could find to all these questions.


Enjoy! 

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Rest your mind the right way to strengthen and consolidate memory, and boost learning - Futurity

Rest your mind the right way to strengthen and consolidate memory, and boost learning - Futurity | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Posted by Marc Airhart-Texas on October 21, 2014

 

"Scientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information.

 

"Now, research shows that the right kind of mental rest, which strengthens and consolidates memories from recent learning, may boost later learning.

 

"At the University of Texas at Austin, graduate student research Margaret Schlichting and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Alison Preston gave participants in the study two learning tasks in which participants were asked to memorize different series of associated photo pairs.

 

"Between the tasks, participants rested and could think about anything they chose, but brain scans found that the ones who used that time to reflect on what they had learned earlier in the day fared better on tests pertaining to what they learned later, especially where small threads of information between the two tasks overlapped.

 

"Participants seemed to be making connections that helped them absorb information later on, even if it was only loosely related to something they learned before.

 

“'We’ve shown for the first time that how the brain processes information during rest can improve future learning,' says Preston. 'We think replaying memories during rest makes those earlier memories stronger, not just impacting the original content, but impacting the memories to come.'"


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Top 5 Citation Manager Tools for Academics and Student Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 5 Citation Manager Tools for Academics and Student Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The first thing you want to start thinking of when you start your graduate studies is to find a suitable citation manager to help you organize and store your references. This is something that will save you a lot of time and effort down the road. In this post, I want to share with my fellow student researchers some of the top citation managers out there. Most of universities worldwide support one of them. Check out your university library and see which of the citation managers below it supports. That will make it easy for you to organize and store the references you come across in your university library.

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ID and Other Reflections: Social Learning is Voluntary; Collaboration Platforms are Enablers

ID and Other Reflections: Social Learning is Voluntary; Collaboration Platforms are Enablers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning.

This totally hits the nail on the head. As an Instructional Designer and L&D Consultant, I am often asked questions like:

1.What social collaboration platform should we use?
2.How do we get people to collaborate?
3.Oh, but they don't want to share. How do we make them share their learning?

My first reaction is to say: "You can't make people share or get anyone to collaborate." Then, I take a deep breath and start a dialogue.
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Personalized Learning: A Working Definition

Personalized Learning: A Working Definition | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning.

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Miriam Scurrah's curator insight, October 21, 5:36 PM

Personalised learning - this is what we need in our prison service as well.

Carolyn Wiberg's curator insight, Today, 11:47 AM

As EdTech businesses rally around "Personalized Learning", it is crucial that we establish a common vocabulary and definition so that the offer is clear, well understood, and fulfills a need.

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From Collectivism to Connectivism (Video)

Keynote for Changemakers 2014, at the Science Exchange in Adelaide on 21 October 2014. The transition to connectivist civilisation takes some getting used to...

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The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic

The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy

 

"Blended learning. Digital literacy. Mobile learning. Game-based learning. When these top educational trends came onto the scene, they sparked a learning revolution. That revolution continued into 2014, but if there was one theme to come out of the top educational summits this year, it was this: smarter use. We take a look at exactly what that means below."


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Astrocytic mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered.

Astrocytic mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered. | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A previously unknown mechanism through which the brain produces new nerve cells after a stroke has been discovered at Lund University and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The findings have been published in the journal SCIENCE.

A stroke is caused by a blood clot blocking a blood vessel in the brain, which leads to an interruption of blood flow and therefore a shortage of oxygen. Many nerve cells die, resulting in motor, sensory and cognitive problems.

The researchers have shown that following an induced stroke in mice, support cells, so-called astrocytes, start to form nerve cells in the injured part of the brain. Using genetic methods to map the fate of the cells, the scientists could demonstrate that astrocytes in this area formed immature nerve cells, which then developed into mature nerve cells.
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EduGeek Journal » Social Learning, Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs, and Dual Layer MOOCs

EduGeek Journal » Social Learning, Blending xMOOCs & cMOOCs, and Dual Layer MOOCs | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
For those who missed it, the Data, Analytics, and Learning MOOC (DALMOOC) kicked off orientation this week with two hang-outs – one as a course introduction and one as a discussion over course design. Also, the visual syllabus, the precursor of which you saw here in various blog posts, is now live. The main course kicks off on Monday – so brace yourselves for impact!

The orientation sessions generated some great discussion, as well as raised a few questions that I want to dive into here. The first question is one that came about from my initial blog posts (but continued into the orientation discussion), the second is related to the visual syllabus, and the third is in relation to the Hangout orientation sessions themselves:
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Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall

Why Every College Teacher Should Take a MOOC This Fall | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

I won’t have an opportunity to test the theory that taking a MOOC makes me a better teacher, but I know when I observed move-in day this year, it was with more empathy than last year. I’m tuned less to their lack of preparation for college and more tuned to the opposite. The ominous feeling I have now is for how unprepared college is for their needs.


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Social or Fauxial Learning?

Social or Fauxial Learning? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

SOCIAL LEARNING is how we learn naturally and on a continuous basis – with our friends and colleagues. Social learning doesn’t require the use of social media, although it can be a powerful enabling tool, for instance to help us connect with our trusted network of colleagues (aka PLN) around the world to ask and answer questions, and exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences,.

FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning.

Smart organisations recognise the difference between social learning and fauxial learning. So, instead of asking questions like

* How do we force people to use social tools to collaborate, share and learn?
* What collaboration platform can we install so that we can track every piece of social activity that takes place, in order to monitor what people are sharing (and learning)?

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A Data Analysis of the #MOOC Research Initiative

A Data Analysis of the #MOOC  Research Initiative | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

This paper reports on the results of an analysis of the research proposals submitted to the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) funded by the Gates Foundation and administered by Athabasca University. The goal of MRI was to mobilize researchers to engage into critical interrogation of MOOCs.


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