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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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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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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 | Learning & Mind & Brain | 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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Charles Fischer's curator insight, December 18, 8:08 PM

Charts like these always make great resources to use in the classroom. Laminate a copy and walk around the classroom to ask better questions. Post a large version in the room to have a constant reminder that there are levels to questions. Give each student a copy to help them ask better questions in seminars!

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Personal Learning Networks: A Short Guide for Teachers and Educators

Personal Learning Networks: A Short Guide for Teachers and Educators | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
December 18, 2014
A Personal Learning Network ( PLN ) is a way, a process, a network of interrelated connections you make for the purposes of discovering, collaborating and sharing ideas and...

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Building Learning Societies Investing in Education and Lifelong Learning [pdf]

 

In this briefing paper, the SOLIDAR Foundation, together with its members and partners, presents a closer look the state of play in 12 EU Member States regarding education and lifelong learning. It was completed with national and European recommendations to support education as a driver for inclusion, participation and
lifelong learning inside and outside formal education systems.


To fight against inequalities in education and to counteract social distress, we need sound policies and investment in the development of education...

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 18, 10:46 AM

In this briefing paper, the SOLIDAR Foundation, together with its members and partners, presents a closer look the state of play in 12 EU Member States regarding education and lifelong learning. It was completed with national and European recommendations to support education as a driver for inclusion, participation and
lifelong learning inside and outside formal education systems.


To fight against inequalities in education and to counteract social distress, we need sound policies and investment in the development of education...


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A Moodlemas Carol: resources for past, present and future

A Moodlemas Carol: resources for past, present and future | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

I’ll be taking an unofficial holiday break until the new year starting this week. While I don’t have planned posts I just might get a few out when I find something truly too good not to share (as often Moodle-related news is). In any event, so as to not leave you with nothing to read or brush up on that’s somewhat connected to my favorite LMS, here are some resources to invest your time over the holiday break provided with Dickensian theme.

* A few years ago I published 12 days of Moodlemas (from which the title of this post is borrowed) which includes a host of links, resources, books and more shared across the community. While things have changed a lot since the original publishing there are always worthwhile resources in the archives: relive something from Christmas Past with the 12 days of Moodlemas

 

* For Moodlemas Present let’s turn to the latest Moodle release, 2.8 and all of the amazing features that it’s brought to the community. 2.8 brought major changes to the Gradebook, user interface, fun tricks with email (like replying to forums and uploading docs to private files), and loads more. Moodle HQ has done a brilliant job of highlighting the features via video and documentation. Check out the videos for 2.8 here.

 

* Finally for Moodlemas future. It’s certainly bright with Moodle 2.9 and 3.0 due out in 2015 and at the very beginning of the year anyone can join in and become a Moodler by signing up for the LearnMoodle MOOC (part 2) which starts in January. There are loads of Moodlemoots to attend as well so add some Moodle to your future by following along or getting involved.

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More Class Time with Flipped Learning ~ Edutopia News

More Class Time with Flipped Learning ~ Edutopia News | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

3 arrticles by Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, the teachers most responsible for popularizing the Flipped Classroom


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Wireless brain sensor-transmitter could unchain neuroscience from cables

Wireless brain sensor-transmitter could unchain neuroscience from cables | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections. Experiments in the paper confirm that new capability. The results show that the technology transmitted rich, neuroscientifically meaningful signals from animal models as they slept and woke or exercised.


“We view this as a platform device for tapping into the richness of electrical signals from the brain among animal models where their neural circuit activity reflects entirely volitional and naturalistic behavior, not constrained to particular space,” said Arto Nurmikko, professor of engineering and physics affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the paper’s senior and corresponding author. “This enables new types of neuroscience experiments with vast amounts of brain data wirelessly and continuously streamed from brain microcircuits.”


“The brain sensor is opening unprecedented opportunities for the development of neuroprosthetic treatments in natural and unconstrained environments,” said study co-author Grégoire Courtine, a professor at EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne), who collaborated with Nurmikko’s group on the research. To confirm the system performance, the researchers did a series of experiments with rhesus macaques, which walked on a treadmill while the researchers used the wireless system to measure neural signals associated with the brain’s motion commands. They also did another experiment in which animal subjects went through sleep/wake cycles, unencumbered by cables or wires; the data showed distinct patterns related to the different stages of consciousness and the transitions between them.


“We hope that the wireless neurosensor will change the canonical paradigm of neuroscience research, enabling scientists to explore the nervous system within its natural context and without the use of tethering cables,” said co-lead author David Borton. “Subjects are free to roam, forage, sleep, etc., all while the researchers are observing the brain activity. We are very excited to see how the neuroscience community leverages this platform.”



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The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
In 1968, two researchers conducted a fascinating study that proved the extent to which teacher expectations influence student performance. Positive expectations influence performance positively, and negative expectations influence performance negatively. In educational circles, this has been termed the Pygmalion Effect, or more colloquially, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

What has always intrigued me about this study is specifically what the teachers did to communicate that they believed a certain set of students had "unusual potential for academic growth." The research isn't overly explicit about this, but it indicates that the teachers "may have paid closer attention to the students, and treated them differently in times of difficulty." This begs the following questions:

Why can't teachers treat all of their students like this?
How do we communicate to students whether we believe in them or not?
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Quality Indicators for Learning Analytics

This article proposes a framework of quality indicators for learning analytics that aims to standardise the evaluation of learning analytics tools and to provide a mean to capture evidence for the impact of learning analytics on educational practices in a standardized manner. The criteria of the framework and its quality indicators are based on the results of a Group Concept Mapping study conducted with experts from the field of learning analytics. The outcomes of this study are further extended with findings from a focused literature review.


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The Evolution of Learning Technologies an Interactive Infographic

The Evolution of Learning Technologies an Interactive Infographic | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
How has learning evolved over the course of human history and what might the future hold for us? Follow our time traveller on his journey through time and space.

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How Common Myths About the Human Brain Can Be Dangerous | Big Think

How Common Myths About the Human Brain Can Be Dangerous | Big Think | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A paper published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience last week addressed the prevalence of neuromyths among educators. The paper has been widely reported, but the lion's share of the coverage glossed over the impact that neuromyths have had in the real world. Your first thought after reading the neuromyths in the table below — which were widely believed by teachers — may well be, "so what?" It is true that some of the false beliefs are relatively harmless. For example, encouraging children to drink a little more water might perhaps result in the consumption of less sugary drinks. This may do little if anything to reduce hyperactivity but could encourage a more nutritious diet which might have impacts on problems such as Type II diabetes.
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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
But does all this really change our relation to reading and writing? The advocates of digital documents are convinced it makes no difference. “What we want from writing – and what the Sumerians wanted – is cognitive automaticity, the ability to think as fast as possible, freed as much as can be from the strictures of whichever technology we must use to record our thoughts,” Anne Trubek, associate professor of rhetoric and composition at Oberlin College in Ohio, wrote some years ago. “This is what typing does for millions. It allows us to go faster, not because we want everything faster in our hyped-up age, but for the opposite reason: we want more time to think.”

Some neuroscientists are not so sure. They think that giving up handwriting will affect how future generations learn to read. “Drawing each letter by hand substantially improves subsequent recognition,” Gentaz explains.

Marieke Longchamp and Jean-Luc Velay, two researchers at the cognitive neuroscience laboratory at Aix-Marseille University, have carried out a study of 76 children, aged three to five. The group that learned to write letters by hand were better at recognising them than the group that learned to type them on a computer. They repeated the experiment on adults, teaching them Bengali or Tamil characters. The results were much the same as with the children.

Drawing each letter by hand improves our grasp of the alphabet because we really have a “body memory”, Gentaz adds. “Some people have difficulty reading again after a stroke. To help them remember the alphabet again, we ask them to trace the letters with their finger. Often it works, the gesture restoring the memory.”

Although learning to write by hand does seem to play an important part in reading, no one can say whether the tool alters the quality of the text itself. Do we express ourselves more freely and clearly with a pen than with a keyboard? Does it make any difference to the way the brain works? Some studies suggest this may indeed be the case. In a paper published in April in the journal Psychological Science, two US researchers, Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer, claim that note-taking with a pen, rather than a laptop, gives students a better grasp of the subject.
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S.T.'s curator insight, December 16, 12:52 PM

Het is logisch dat schrijven met de hand ervoor zorgt dat leerlingen informatie beter onthouden. Hoe meer zintuigen je gebruikt bij het verwerken van informatie, hoe beter je die informatie kunt onthouden. Dat inzicht wordt al jaren toegepast in het (basis)onderwijs. Voor schrijven met de pen geldt dat het veel meer hersengebieden aan het werk zet dan typen op een keyboard. Het resultaat: meer actieve gebieden = beter onthouden van informatie. Toch is het goed dat er steeds meer studies zijn die deze regel onderschrijven.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz |

 

With a new generation of teachers coming into the work force, there’s a discrepancy between what principals expect of teachers-in-training and what they’re actually learning in school.

A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest influence on new teachers — veteran educators —  don’t always embrace new ways of using technology to engage students.


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Tim Hopper's curator insight, December 16, 5:42 PM

We need reflect on how ed tech shifts our pedagogical practices. Minimum is individualized learning.

 

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 18, 7:17 AM

I think most future teachers are ill-equipped to use technology effectively primarily because they don't have the resources nor the opportunity to learn how to use technology--"innovative" or otherwise--in their own learning.


"Principals want new teachers to know how to use technology to create authentic learning experiences for students (75 percent) and how to leverage technology to differentiate instruction (68 percent) before they apply for a position at their school." It doesn't help that many principals might think they know what these terms and phrases mean but they might know really know the implications for making sure teachers have the best possible skills and the best possible resources.

WEAC's curator insight, December 18, 10:17 AM

A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools.

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Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based

Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark - New higher ed options are bringing fast, flexible solutions for adults balancing work, family, and life obligations


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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education. Let me know of any others that you found of value during 2014!

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A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

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The school, simply named 42, requires no high school diploma and no money to apply. It's turning French education on its head, but it may also solve some of the country's most pressing problems.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 19, 1:44 PM

This concept reminds me a little of US education before mass education, of online learning potentials currently and some of the progressive schools going back to the 1930s. -Lon

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Future of Learning and Technology 2020: Preparing for change

The education landscape of 2020 will be characterized by the blurring of boundaries. Learning anywhere and anytime will be commonplace in many different ways based on the ubiquitous and innovative use of technology. Our organizations face a duality of change—conceptual and technological—regarding the practices of education and learning. The practices of teaching, presenting and learning will undergo fundamental change as it responds to global, social, political, technological and of course, learning research trends. Will your organization be ready and prepared to take advantage of these seismic changes to education, learning and technology?


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Our 14 Most Popular Articles of 2014 - Faculty Focus

Our 14 Most Popular Articles of 2014 - Faculty Focus | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
As another year draws to a close, the editorial team at Faculty Focus looks back on some of the top articles of the past year. Throughout 2014, we published approximately 225 articles. The articles covered a wide range of topics – including group work, course redesign, flipped learning, and grading strategies. In a two-part series, which runs today and Friday, we reveal the top 14 articles for 2014. Each article’s ranking is based on a combination of factors, including e-newsletter open and click-thru rates, social shares, reader comments, web traffic, reprint requests, and other reader engagement metrics.
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An Open Education Reader. Introducation to Open Education

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A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University. An Open Education Reader is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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Argenis's curator insight, December 18, 11:14 AM

CIS120

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Seven Must-Read Books About Education: 2015 List

Seven Must-Read Books About Education: 2015 List | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Two thousand and fourteen was a great year for books. I read all the books on last year’s list, “Seven Must-read books about education for 2014” and wrote reviews for each. The books were thought-provoking, refreshing, well worth the investment of my reading time. I’ve complied a selection of titles for 2015 and share the top seven related to education. Collectively the books provide unique and broad perspectives on education. Three titles fall outside the education discipline though each provides insight worth exploring. The list is based upon reviews of several published lists featuring best books overall and best-selling education books of 2014 by The New York Times, NPR, The Chronicle of Higher Ed etc. as well as readers comments on GoodReads and Amazon. Like last year, I’m aiming for thought-provoking reads, and quality over quantity.
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Using time and space in online learning

Using time and space in online learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Tony Bates

 

Different media and technologies operate differently over space and time. These dimensions are important for both facilitating or inhibiting learning, and for limiting or enabling more flexibility for learners. There are actually two closely related dimensions here:

* ‘live’ or recorded (time)
* synchronous or asynchronous (space)

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Why does this matter?

Overall there are huge educational benefits associated with asynchronous or recorded media, because the ability to access information or communicate at any time offers the learner more control and flexibility. The educational benefits have been confirmed in a number of studies. For instance, Means et al. (2009) found that students did better on blended learning because they spent more time on task, because the online materials were always available to the students.

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Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future

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The Top 10 Education Gamification Examples according to Pioneer and Stanford Lecturer Yu-kai Chou is 1. Duolingo 2. Ribbon Hero 3. Class Dojo 4....

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Chris Carter's curator insight, December 15, 7:35 PM

"Accio broom!"

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, December 16, 10:55 AM

Le gamification reste un grand mot sans les finances qui peuvent soutenir ce genre de projet en informatique. Depuis toujours les jeux de rôles, et autres activités ludiques sont faites au cours, mais l'ordinateur rajoute une couche spécifique.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 17, 1:59 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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Skype's newest app will translate your speech in real time

Skype's newest app will translate your speech in real time | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Microsoft’s Skype software will start translating voice calls between people today. As part of a preview program, Skype Translator makes it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate...

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.

 

"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.

 

"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 18, 10:30 PM

Excellent lessons. Must be used.

Deborah Fillman's curator insight, December 15, 8:47 PM

This is a pet peeve of mine--schools are still not teaching kids how to do this properly, with disastrous results. Whether you homeschool or send a child to school, these lessons will help them use the Internet more effectively (and responsibly) for research projects. 

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5 Psychology Books That Contextualize Gamification Design

5 Psychology Books That Contextualize Gamification Design | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
The obvious and ultimate point of creating games is to satisfy players. But to do this successfully requires a complex process to develop a game that adequately anticipates and meets its target audience’s motivations. As you’ve seen reflected in previous posts, people are not always driven by logic alone, which makes this development process all the more difficult.

What we might assume to be true about human motivation and thought processes may require further examination and analysis.

While the Octalysis framework focuses on the core drives of players, these principles are expanded upon by other fields. These include behavioral science, human cognition, and other areas that focus on how and why we make decisions or naturally think the way we do. A holistic understanding of cognitive behavior will deepen your understanding of motivation, drives and how to shape experiences for desired responses.

Without further adieu, here are five insightful psychology books that will expand your perspective on the workings of human cognition.
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